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The One Minute Play Festival premiered in Seattle in May of 2014, and I was invited to contribute a pair of plays. The time limit was (obviously) one minute each; we were given no specific guidance on theme, other than a hand-waving in the direction of "we want a local connection", and were not given any instruction regarding number or gender of cast members. My two entries are below. Legal Two friends on chairs, each smoking marijuana joints. #1: Can you believe this... I mean, smoking joints on my balcony, in plain view. Never thought I'd see the day that smoking joints would be totally legal. #2: My uncle Carl's still in jail for dealing pot. He's got seventeen more years. Thank god smoking joints is totally legal now. #1: Don't be a downer. Smoking joints is legal now, gay marriage is legal now... #2: Yeah, Carl's boyfriend was shot dead when the cops raided their apartment. So they aren't planning a gay marriage. #1: Oh. Pause. You know what a "buzzkill" is, right? Cliffhanger Two friends meet over a drink. #1: I wanted to let you know - I'm going to kill myself later tonight. #2: Oh, really? But could you - I mean, are you sure about - #1: I know you're gonna be watching - #2: It's just a really compelling storyline right now - #1: I know but I staged it so my funeral would be during the hiatus before the back half even airs - #2: Totally awesome, but - are you sure you wanna miss the mid-season finale? What about Marjorie and her baby? #1: I know, I know, I thought about that... Long pause. Okay, I can wait until tomorrow to kill myself. #2: It might be a cliffhanger. #1: I can wait until next season to kill myself.
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