SCIENCE FICTION BLAST-OFF THEATER

"Dinosaurs"

                                                               by Richard Nathan

 

Before the lights come up, a voice announces the title of the story:

                                                            VOICE
                                    "Dinosaurs"

A HUSBAND and WIFE are on stage.  They are dressed as ordinary people, with no special makeup, but they are supposed to be dinosaurs, as we will find out in a moment.  

                                                            HUSBAND
                                    So, do you want to see it?

                                                            WIFE
                                    I don't know.  Tell me again why we built this 
                                    thing.  We've never done anything like this before.  
                                    Isn't it against everything we believe in?

                                                            HUSBAND
                                    Of course it is.  That's the whole point.  

                                                            WIFE
                                    But why?

                                                            HUSBAND
                                    Because if something were to wipe out our
                                    kind.....

                                                            WIFE
                                    What could wipe out our kind?

                                                            HUSBAND
                                    Lots of things.  A mutated virus, or a giant meteor
                                    smashing into the world....

                                                            WIFE
                                    Would you like some tea?

                                                            HUSBAND
                                    Tea would be nice.

The wife prepares the tea.

                                                            WIFE
                                    You were saying something about our kind being
                                    wiped out?

                                                            HUSBAND
                                    Yes.  Well, if something were to kill us all, and 
                                    if a new species were to evolve, they 
                                    might not think we were very bright.

                                                            WIFE
                                    And why is that?

                                                            HUSBAND
                                    Because everything we produce is 
                                    biodegradable.  It's all environmentally friendly.

                                                            WIFE
                                    But surely that's a sign of our intelligence!  

                                                            HUSBAND
                                    It is to us.  But it also means every sign of our 
                                    civilization will disappear within a hundred 
                                    years or so. 

                                                            WIFE
                                    Is that what this is all about?  Leaving 
                                    something behind so we won't look 
                                    stupid if we all die and if some new sort of
                                    creature came along.

                                                            HUSBAND
                                    That's right.

                                                            WIFE
                                    I would think the new creatures would 
                                    appreciate our not littering up the countryside
                                    with all sorts of rubbish we'd left behind.

                                                            HUSBAND
                                    We're not going to leave all sorts of rubbish.  
                                    Just this one special piece, the monument.  
                                    And whatever happens, nothing will destroy it.

The Wife serves tea.

                                                            WIFE
                                    But isn't the monument just a couple standing
                                    there?

                                                            HUSBAND
                                    Yes, but they're fully clothed.

                                                            WIFE
                                    So?

                                                            HUSBAND
                                    So they'll know we didn't walk around naked!

                                                            WIFE
                                    You think these future creatures might think we
                                     walked around naked!

                                                            HUSBAND
                                   The other lizards do.  They never wear a thing!

                                                            WIFE
                                    But they're just beasts.  With tiny little heads, 
                                    and tinier brains!  We're tyrannosaurus rexes!  

                                                            HUSBAND
                                    But whatever comes after us might not be
                                    intelligent enough to understand that.  They
                                    might think all lizards were alike.

                                                            WIFE
                                    Well if they're that stupid, I'm not sure I care
                                    what they think.

                                                            HUSBAND
                                    You want them to think you spent your life 
                                    walking around naked everywhere?

                                                            WIFE
                                    No, I don't like that idea.

                                                            HUSBAND
                                    That's why we built the monument.  A fully
                                    clothed tyrannosaurus rex husband and his
                                    fully clothed tyrannosaurus rex wife, built to last
                                    for a billion years.

                                                            WIFE
                                    And they put it right on the tip of the Yucatan 
                                    Peninsula?

                                                            HUSBAND
                                    Yes, it's a lovely area.  It's sure to be found there.

                                                            WIFE
                                    And there's only one?  They didn't want to make
                                    another copy?

                                                            HUSBAND
                                    Why should they?  Nothing on earth could harm
                                    this one.

                                                            WIFE
                                    I suppose.  But a moment ago, you were talking 
                                    about a meteor wiping us out.  What if a meteor 
                                    fell right there, right on the tip of the Yucatan
                                    Peninsula.  Couldn't a huge meteor destroy the 
                                    monument, as well as us?

                                                            HUSBAND
                                    Oh, I suppose.  But really, what are the odds of
                                    that happening?

  

Blackout!    

 

THE END

 

 

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