Before writing this script, I was dreading being forced to write one because there was no good original story line that I could come up with that would fit with the play format, so instead I decided to write an unoriginal story as a satire piece. I also thought this would be the best genre to play a sort of “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” thing where the main character breaks the fourth wall constantly while everyone else around him didn’t notice. I began writing with a vague idea in mind but the more I wrote, the more I found myself really enjoying the story. It’s now actually probably one of my favorite pieces of writing that I have done.
A 1 Act Play
Harvey Jones………………………………………………………….…A male student at Dippy High. He tries hard to be rebellious.
Mr. Varns…………..………………….……………………………….…………………………………..……A male teacher at Dippy High.
Jesse…………………..……….……………………………………………………..…………..…….………A male student at Dippy High.
Sandra……………………………………………………………………………….………………..………A female student at Dippy High.
Dippy High school
Future. Some 800 years from now.
There is a school classroom. The only colors that are used are black, gray, and white. There are about 12 or so students, all wearing gray that are all looking straight ahead at a teacher standing at the front of the room who is lecturing. Everyone has both hands folded on their desks and are very still. There is a drawing on the board of a person giving a sheet of paper to another person who wasn’t really paying attention. Harvey is sitting in the back of the room tapping his finger on the side of his leg. He is sitting slightly away from everyone else.
As the curtain opens the teacher is lecturing loudly to a room full of students. He is talking about the laws of the land that they are forced to follow. Harvey is tapping the side of his leg rhythmically but silently. The focus is on Harvey with a spotlight but all the other lights are still up. All the other students are staring blankly ahead.
…Because of this, we have been made into the greatest unity of people ever in history. The times before this were terrible and people were allowed to do whatever they wanted, like buy eggs without the permission from the government.
[students gasp and recoil a little bit. A few look away in disbelief]
[HARVEY rolls his eyes a little bit]
[raises hand and is called on]
You mean people didn’t have their own food shopping advisor?
Not only that, but they went to shop for their own clothes and had… choice.
[Students gasp a little louder and mutter a little bit. They look away from the teacher. HARVEY looks with some excitement towards the front of the room.]
[students quickly become silent and resume the position of hands on desk and face straight forward. Harvey resumes a bored face.]
I know this is shocking news but that does not mean you can act like absolute hooligans! Now listen closely! The reason we have these laws is to control social order. The reason we have social order is because…
[HARVEY mumbles halfheartedly]
Without social order the Unity will fall and chaos will rule all.
Dippy saved us. He will not betray us.
Good, now write a 1,000 word paper on why Dippy is the ultimate power and why he is correct when he says choice is bad.
[at the same time, all the students reach for a pencil and paper, places them on their desk and begin to write. MR. VARNS goes and sits at his desk and looks at the students. Suddenly everyone freezes and HARVEY stands up in the back of the room. All the lights go dark and there is a single spotlight on Harvey. He turns to the audience and begins]
I hate all of this [waves his hand around the room] so much. No freedom, I can’t wear colored clothing, I never leave the confines of a building because of our complex system of tunnels and walkways that never require leaving. [sigh] There is nothing ever to do but write papers on Dippy and talk about why choice is bad.
[HARVEY begins to cross the stage toward MR.VARNS’ desk.]
I just want a chance
[looks up dramatically]
to live like the people
[puts hand in a fist and puts it straight up defiantly in front of body.]
in dystopian novels from years ago.
[pauses, then continues]
You see, I found this library full of ancient books in one of the old halls. It’s been disposed of now but I had a chance to read some really cool books while it was still there, like the Hunger Games, and Allegiant, and Uglies.
Those people had such cool adventures. They got to find all these secrets and worked to overthrow their government with their friends. They all got to fall in love. It sounds like so much fun! But every time I try and rebel I just get thrown in solitary confinement and can’t eat for a few days. I’ve been doing it for, like, 3 months now and I haven’t even found another person to follow me to try and take a stand. They just all continue on like I’m not special, like I’m not trying to start a revolution or anything. And I’ve tried to get friends to help me in my revolution, I really have.
[walks over to JESSE and pats his frozen body on the back.]
Like Jesse here. My bed pod is next to his bed pod and we once pondered the idea of skipping our nightly cleanse.
[mumbled and trailing off] We never actually did it, because he didn’t want to get in trouble…
[exclamation] BUT he was interested so I figured I’d ask him if he wanted to be my rebellion friend, but then all he did was report me and I got three days of special assimilation training which was awf-
[JESSE suddenly jumps out of his frozen position and sits straight up looking straight forward. HARVEY looks at JESSE, startled but tries to play it off.]
[chants] We love assimilation because it unifies the nation.
Don’t make a friend or it will spell your end.
[JESSE resumes previous position. HARVEY looks at the audience again]
Creepy. But that’s how everyone is anymore. That’s about how Sandra [HARVEY walks over to SANDRA and gestures to her] reacted when I talked to her about becoming my romantic interest. You see once she fell down in the hallway and I’d never seen anyone do that before so I asked if she wanted to fall in love so that we –
[SANDRA suddenly jumps out of his frozen position and sits straight up looking straight forward. HARVEY looks at SANDRA and is startled but makes an even more exaggerated effort to play it off.]
We do not fall in love. We only care for Dippy above.
[HARVEY looks slightly confused then unamused then resumes.]
Did you even hear that one? It’s so ridiculous. I believe in a thing called Love. I think Love has the power to save this broken world [HARVEY looks very inspired]
But then also did you hear that name in there again? Dippy? Gosh that’s such a lame name. Out of all the people how was Dippy the one to take charge and why did he insist on keeping his name? I mean at least in those books that I read the leaders have really menacing names that make them sound like a real force to be reckoned with. Dippy just sounds like that if I could beat him in a game of hopscotch I could win back the country. I mean, how did Dippy even get into power. He doesn’t –
[MR. VARNS pops up quickly and speaks very loudly. HARVEY is startled badly and doesn’t have time to play it off.]
[shouting] Dippy came into power when he proposed a bill to the American Congress that stated that he was to become dictator of America. The bill had nothing to do with religion, abortion, marriage, minority or women’s rights, or anything else remotely controversial. It appeased everyone. Congress all agreed that it was the most beautiful piece of legislation to ever pass through Congress. When the President read it he immediately decided that Dippy was the perfect man to run the country and resigned that same day. He then called Dippy to tell him he was to become dictator. Dippy took the position graciously and was soon conquering the whole world with nuclear weapons and secretly hidden, powerful government devices. Truly Dippy is the greatest ruler to ever live.
[MR. VARNS relaxes but does not go back into his frozen position. HARVEY looks back to the audience and speaks.]
Dippy couldn’t even leave a better legacy than that?
[while HARVEY is talking, MR. VARNS realizes that he is speaking and turns to him quickly, confused.]
What in Dippy’s name is going on over there?!
[HARVEY looks back at MR. VARNS very quickly and in shock. MR. VARNS stands up and walks briskly over to where HARVEY is standing. HARVEY begins to back away from him.]
[stammers] I – well you see, I… I was just trying to… well I need to tell the people – It’s like a speech, I just – [HARVEY cuts out from fear]
[MR. VARNS is standing right above HARVEY while he cowers]
Command 2,683: There shall be no monologuing at any time without direct permission from Dippy himself.
But Dippy has been dead for hundreds of years, how am I—
There will be no more of this non-sense.
[MR. VARNS pulls a colored candy and holds it up to HARVEY’S mouth]
If rules you cannot keep, you will have to go to sleep.
[MR. VARNS grabs HARVEY’S mouth with one hand and shoves the candy in with the other. HARVEY struggles but is soon chewing the candy. Bliss spreads across HARVEY’S face as he slowly slides to the floor with his eyes closed.]
[chanting rhythmically] We love assimilation because it unifies the nation.
Don’t make a friend or it will spell your end.
We do not fall in love. We only care for Dippy above….
[Curtain falls slowly as he is saying this]