#31plays31days Y6 #29. Playing with the Clock

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PLAYING WITH THE CLOCK – A Short Play by Paul Hagen

 

We are in a futuristic science lab built around a large, empty glowing platform. Suddenly, it emits a high-pitched whine and a blinding blast of light, and FUTURE TIMOTHY appears on the platform dressed in a shimmering, skin-tight jumpsuit with wraparound sunglasses that glow neon blue.

 

TIMOTHY: It’s tricky when you’re playing with the clock,

The consequences can be quite extreme.

Be careful, you may get a nasty shock.

 

The platform flashes again and FUTURE TIMOTHY disappears but is quickly replaced by CAVEMAN TIMOTHY, who wears a crude fur loincloth and carries a crudely-carved club.

 

You. May. Need. To. Hit Something. With. Big. Rock.

And. It. Might. Hit. You. Back. Or. Make. Big. Scream.

It’s. Tricky. When. You’re. Playing. With. The. Clock.

 

The platform flashes and CAVEMAN TIMOTHY is replaced by ANCIENT ROMAN TIMOTHY, dressed in a toga and crowned with laurels.

 

And like the lone wolf on the path you walk.

Where enemies, at first, like allies seem.

Be careful, you may get a nasty shock.

 

The platform flashes and ANCIENT ROMAN TIMOTHY is replaced by VICTORIAN SOLDIER TIMOTHY — all brass buttons and medals of honor and sporting an elaborate hat.

 

The rules of war — some follow and some mock.

Some meet you head on; some will hide and scheme.

It’s tricky when you’re playing with the clock.

 

The platform flashes and VICTORIAN SOLDIER TIMOTHY is replaced by ROARING ‘20s TIMOTHY — sporting a striped suit and boater hat and zippy affect.

 

You may hide treasures underneath a rock.

With riches you’ll retrieve to fund your dream.

Be careful, you may get a nasty shock.

 

The platform flashes and ROARING ‘20s TIMOTHY is replaced by HIPPIE ‘60s TIMOTHY — splendid (and perhaps a bit stoned) in faded jeans and beads and a dashiki.

 

And if you run into yourself, take stock:

Are you as good as you thought you would seem?

It’s tricky when you’re playing with the clock.

Be careful, you may get a nasty shock.

 

The platform flashes HIPPIE ‘60s TIMOTHY is replaced by FUTURE TIMOTHY. He wipes his brow and steadies himself against the side of the platform before deciding to step off and exits as lights slowly begin to fade. The platform flashes one last time. LIGHTS OUT.

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About misterpaulhagen

Editor-in-Chief of Metrosource Magazine - http://www.metrosource.com. Contributor to Sirius/XM's The Focus Group - http://focusgroupradio.com. Co-creator and Master of Ceremonies of the "Casual Fridays" podcast, which you can download free here - http://itun.es/i6t6b6 - Graduate of Fordham University
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