What are you doing here at this hour?

Drama/Sci-Fi scene from the short play, “Unknown Pieces” where Dana talks about a friend that was captured to be put to rest.

Town alarm stops sounding.

TESSY: (sighs relief) Oh, finally, that dreadful sound.

Dana, a mail carrier approaches Tessy’s doorstep.

DANA: Evening, Mam.

TESSY: Is that you, Dana?

DANA: Howdy, Mam.

TESSY: What are you doing here at this hour?

Dana hands her mail.

DANA: Haven’t you heard the news?

TESSY: What news?

DANA: That alarm going off today was no false alarm.

TESSY: It wasn’t?

DANA: That was a real alarm.

TESSY: It wasn’t a test?

DANA: No, Mam. It was discovered that Leonard Japhy was sent in.

TESSY: Oh, my…Leonard Japhy?

DANA: It’s a crying shame.

TESSY: What’s going to happen to him?

DANA: He fell unconscious and they transferred him over to a special unit where they’re running a bunch of tests on him. Doesn’t look good.

TESSY: That’s the fourth one this month.

DANA: Yep.

TESSY: But when are they ever going to get their act together over there, Dana?

DANA: Not easy to say. There’s a lot of hush hush going on.

TESSY: Leonard Japhy wasn’t the overachiever type. Why him?

DANA: Must have been doing better than we thought.

TESSY: But he didn’t seem to be doing all that fantastic. I only spoke with his wife not two weeks ago and she told me all about how they were keeping everything even.

DANA: Perhaps they’ve lowered the bar.

TESSY: We weren’t informed.

DANA: You and I both know the rules are always changing.

TESSY: Makes one feel as though nobody’s safe.

DANA: (sadly) Sure does.

TESSY: (concerned) Are you okay? Would you like some freshly made iced tea?

DANA: I better not.

TESSY: You sure?

DANA: …I knew Japhy.

TESSY: Oh, I’m so sorry Dana.

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Unknown Pieces by Joseph ArnoneIn the one act eplay Unknown Pieces, Tessy gets visited by Dana, a mail carrier who has surprisingly sad information to share regarding their post-apocalyptic reality.  3 Women, 1 Man.  Drama/Science Fiction.

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