Experiment in Theatre #17
A man crawls on stage like a snake, slithering army-style,
mid-stage. From the other side, a woman appears and
singing an old favorite Christmas song, “Drummer Boy.”
herself on top of the man’s body lying on stage.
lifts his head and sings “Should auld acquaintance be forgot…”
as the snow
starts to falls on them. They wiggle and try to disengage
but are stuck, hers on his, both face down, as they sing louder
The man writhes until he turns on the floor, facing the woman
and they see
eye-to-eye. The singing stops. They pause and then kiss with gusto,
as the curtain closes. The audience hums “Jingle Bells” as they leave
on their reindeer.
David James has published three books, six chapbooks, and has had over thirty one-act plays produced. He teaches at Oakland Community College.