THE TIKI VILLAS, a ten minute play
Place: A bungalow in the Tiki Villas. Time: The Present
Characters: Coco, Muriel, Veronica (older women)
Opens with Coco and Muriel alone on stage
Coco: Is the world just a projection of us Muriel?
Muriel: I’d hate to think the world smelled like chicken soup and Lysol.
Coco: And urine.
Muriel: And urine.
Coco: That’s why we are staying here at the Villas. It’s so cheerful.
Muriel: Now, why are you crying?
Coco: I’m crying because…
Muriel: (Warning) we’ve talked about this, Coco.
Muriel: We made a bargain not to give in. We have a show of strength to put on here at The Villas.
Coco: O.K. I’m crying because I’m happy.
Muriel: That’s better. What shall we do today?
Coco: We could get started on this (Gets shoebox from table)
Muriel: On what.
Coco: Sorting through these words in the shoebox. Memorizing them.
Muriel: All the words people lose.
Coco: Yesterday I tripped on the...on the… and couldn’t remember the word for sidewalk So, I wrote it down and when it happens again I’ll just check in here (indicates box.)
Muriel: The shoebox is getting full.
Coco: Well people need choices.
Muriel: I tripped on the…
Coco: I’d wait 30 seconds, it’s only fair…. We may recall.
Muriel: I tripped on (picks out word from shoebox) FLORIDA.
Coco: Oh yes. Many proper nouns saved here. They’re the first to go.
Muriel: Tripped on Florida.
Coco: It may help people who come to visit us.
Muriel: Everyone loses words.
Coco: Everyone loses everything that ever lived.
Muriel: Stop it Coco.
Coco: I’m happy about it (crying). This is how I look when I’m happy.
Coco: I‘ll get it ((Enter Veronica with suitcase)) (Coco whispers) you weren’t to come downstairs yet (looks at watch) until next month.
Veronica: There’s no heat up there. (Veronica kisses her on the mouth).
Coco: (Brushes her away) I don’t care- this is not our plan.
Muriel: (Enter Muriel) Who is this?
Coco: Veronica, I’d like you to meet Muriel. Muriel, Veronica
Veronica: How do you do.
Coco: I was going to explain later, Veronica, but Muriel and I got into somewhat of a spat..and this is a surprise to me as well….
Veronica: Where do I put this? (Sets down suitcase)
Muriel: What do you mean?
Veronica: Where do I stash my clothes? The rest are coming.
Muriel: Well certainly not here! Coco?
Veronica: Ok, ok. Let’s all sit down. May I?
Muriel: I don’t want to sit down.
Coco: Well I think you need to Muriel. Veronica has come to stay.
Coco: With us.
Muriel: You and me. Where?
Coco: She can’t live upstairs forever.
Coco: She’s been here weeks already.
Muriel: Upstairs...our villa? And I didn’t know it? How could this be? What does this mean. Coco!
Veronica: She didn’t know how to break it to you.
Muriel: I guess not.
Coco: I let her.
Muriel: This isn’t your villa only.
Coco: I know I know I did it anyway
Muriel: You didn’t care what I thought? Felt? This is my home too.
Coco: There’s a part of me that does things like this.
Veronica: Alien love.
Muriel: Upstairs in our house? (to V) Why?
Veronica: I like people
Veronica: And I like being alone
Veronica: But I don’t like those two things at one time.