Real Quick / by Jeffrey Lo

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REAL QUICK BY JEFFEY LO (DOWNLOAD PDF HERE)

A MAN on a busy sidewalk.

He doesn’t look special at all.

Not particularly put together.

Not particularly disheveled.

Sort of nondescript.

PASSERBY 1 walks by.

MAN: Excuse me! Can I ask you a question real quick?

PASSERBY 1 kind of stops out of reflex but quickly keeps going.

MAN: Excuse me!

PASSERBY 1 exits.

MAN: Ok.

PASSERBY 2 walks by.

MAN: Can I ask you a question real quick?

PASSERBY 2 speeds up and exits.

MAN looks at the audience.

MAN: Can I as you a question real quick?

PASSERBY 3 and 4 enter talking to each other.

MAN: Oh! Excuse me!

PASSERBY 3 and 4 stop and look at MAN.

MAN: Can I ask you a question real quick?

Pause.

PASSERBY 3: No.

MAN: Ok. What about you? Can I ask you a question real quick?

No response.

MAN: Umm…

PASSERBY 3 and 4 laugh, shake their heads and walk away.

Silence.

PASSERBY 5 enters.

MAN: Excuse me.

PASSERBY 5 stops.

PASSERBY 5: Yes?

MAN: Oh!

PASSERBY 5: How are you doing today?

MAN: Oh, ok.

PASSERBY 5: Ok.

MAN: I was just wondering, could I ask you a question real quick?

PASSERBY 5: Um. Sure. I don’t see why not.

MAN: Ok great!

PASSERBY 5: What’s the question?

MAN puts his hand in his pocket to pull something out.

PASSERBY 5 doesn’t flinch.

MAN: Do you want a hundred dollars?

MAN pulls out a one hundred dollar bill to hand to PASSERBY 5.

Blackout.

END OF PLAY.