PLAYHOUSE OF THE DAMNED

 

"A Dybbuk for Chanukah"

 

by Richard Nathan

 

 

The spotlight is up on our host, GUS THE GHOUL while the set is prepared for the next story.  The set is the living room of the Cohen Family, who are celebrating Chanukah. 

                       

                                                            GUS THE GHOUL
                                    When the year draws to a close, and the
                                    holidays approach, here at the Playhouse
                                    of the Damned, our thoughts turn to our
                                    families.  For if thoughts of our families
                                    canít inspire nightmares, what can?  This
                                    next nightmare is called, ďA Dybbuk for
                                    Chanukah.Ē

 

Gus exits as the lights come up on the living room of the Cohen family.  A menorah has two candles in it.  The center candle (called the shammes candle) and one on the far right are lit, signaling that this is the first night of Chanukah.  Seated on the floor are the two Cohen children, DAVID and his little sister BRENDA.  Their mother DIANE and father MICHAEL are standing by the door.

 

                                                            DIANE
                                    I hope this works, Brenda.  Your father and
                                    I have been studying the Kabbalah for months
                                    so we could get this for you.

 

                                                            BRENDA

                                    Thanks, Mom, Dad.  I really appreciate it.

 

                                                            MICHAEL
                                    Weíre going to go down to the basement and
                                    cast the spell now.  Keep your fingers crossed.

 

She exits.

 

                                                            DAVID
                                    Whatís she talking about?

 

                                                            BRENDA
                                    My Chanukah present.

 

                                                            DAVID
                                    What did you ask for?

 

                                                            BRENDA
                                    A dybbuk.

 

                                                            DAVID
                                    A dybbuk!  Are you nuts?

 

                                                            BRENDA
                                    No.

 

                                                            DAVID
                                    Do you know what a dybbuk is?

 

                                                            BRENDA
                                    Sure.  Itís a powerful giant monster that
                                    does whatever you tell it.

 

                                                            DAVID
                                    Thatís a golem!  Youíre such a moron.

 

                                                            BRENDA
                                    Then whatís a dybbuk? 

 

                                                            DAVID
                                    Itís the spirit of some dead person who comes
                                    and possesses the living!

 

                                                            BRENDA
                                    Oy gevalt!

 

Suddenly Brenda is possessed by the spirit of her dead Uncle Morty.  For the remainder of the piece, Brenda goes back and forth between being herself and being possessed by Uncle Morty.

 

                                                            BRENDA
                                                   (as Morty)
                                    Hey!  Whatís this?  Iím out of the
                                    hospital?  Did I get better?  I donít
                                    feel so bad! 

 

                                                            DAVID
                                    Brenda?

 

                                                            BRENDA
                                                   (as Morty)
                                    You!  You look like my nephew
                                    David, only older!

 

                                                            DAVID
                                    Uncle Morty?

 

                                                            BRENDA
                                                   (as Morty)
                                    Have I been in a coma?

 

                                                            DAVID
                                    Youíve been dead.  But now youíre
                                    possessing my sister Brenda!

 

                                                            BRENDA
                                                   (as Morty)

                                    Little Brenda?

 

                                                            BRENDA
                                                   (as herself)
                                    Get out of my body!!!

 

                                                            BRENDA
                                                   (as Morty)

                                    Hey.  I didnít ask to be here.

 

                                                            DAVID
                                    Itís her fault!  She asked for a dybbuk
                                    for Chanukah.

 

                                                            BRENDA
                                                   (as Morty)
                                    Looks like she got her wish.

 

                                                            BRENDA

                                                   (as herself)
                                    I wanted a golem!  I made a mistake.

 

                                                            BRENDA
                                                   (as Morty)
                                    And how is this my fault?

 

                                                            BRENDA
                                                   (as herself)
                                    I didnít say it was your fault!  I just said
                                    get out of my body!

 

                                                            BRENDA
                                                   (as Morty)
                                    And go back to being dead?  Is that how
                                    you treat your uncle?

 

                                                            BRENDA
                                                   (as herself)
                                    Is this how you treat your niece?

 

David runs out of the room yelling!

                       

                                                            DAVID
                                    Mom!  Dad!  You brought back Uncle
                                    Morty.

 

                                                            BRENDA
                                                   (as Morty)

                                    Hey!  Pull my finger!

 

                                                            BRENDA
                                                   (as herself)

                                    You havenít got a finger!

 

                                                            BRENDA
                                                   (as Morty)

                                    Then pull your own finger!

 

                                                            BRENDA
                                                   (as herself)

                                    No!!!

 

                                                            BRENDA
                                                   (as Morty)

                                    Why not?

 

                                                            BRENDA
                                                   (as herself)

                                    Youíll fart!  I mean, youíll make
                                    me fart!

 

                                                            BRENDA
                                                   (as Morty)

                                    Can I even do that?!

 

                                                            BRENDA
                                                   (as herself)

                                    Get out of my body, you creep.

 

Enter David, Diane and Michael!

 

                                                            DAVID
                                    See!  You brought back
                                    Uncle Morty!

 

                                                            DIANE
                                    Morty!  How nice to see you -
                                    or hear you - again!
                       

                                                            MICHAEL
                                    And just in time for Chanukah!

 

                                                            BRENDA
                                                   (as Morty)

                                    Hey!  Pull Brendaís finger!!!

 

                                                            BRENDA
                                                   (as herself)
                                    Get him out of my body!!!

 

                                                            DIANE
                                    We canít force him back to his grave! 
                                    At least not until after dinner!

 

Brenda makes a farting sound.

 

                                                            BRENDA
                                                   (as Morty)

                                    I did it!

 

Brenda looks mortified.

 

                                                            DAVID
                                    This is the best Chanukah ever!!!

 

Blackout!  The lights come up on GUS, as the actors exit and clear the set.

 

                                                            GUS
                                    Lucky for them, they have candles lit
                                    in that room.

 

 

THE END

 

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