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The Swimming Pools of California

(California light comes waltzing in across the swimming pool)

A YOUNG MAN.
      I'd like a little something to brighten up my drink

A YOUNG WOMAN.
      Maybe an ice cube would you like an ice cube?

A YOUNG MAN.
      That sounds great

A YOUNG WOMAN.
      And maybe a twist of lemon?

A YOUNG MAN.
      Yes a twist of lemon and a splash more vodka

A YOUNG WOMAN.
      A splash more vodka

A YOUNG MAN.
      You better make it a couple splashes

A YOUNG WOMAN.
      A couple three or four splashes and ice and a twist of lemon

A YOUNG MAN.
      A lemon from our very own lemon tree

A YOUNG WOMAN.
      We grow our lemons for just this very thing


Visit the Beautiful State Parks of Idaho

BEAR.
      In the old days we couldn't give away the blackberries

RANGER.
      Well, now there's more to consider, recreational tax cuts et cetera

BEAR.
      My spirit animal is going to eat your spirit animal

RANGER.
      I want you to!

(The Bear's spirit animal eats the Ranger's spirit animal)

BEAR.
      You were a good ranger
      Walking carefully
      Between the trees
      Putting out
      Fires


The Past in Massachusetts

(A long table, pumpkins)

PILGRIM.
      Sometimes I think I could eat nothing but corn for the rest of my life

INDIAN.
      Thanks for the blankets

WITCHES.
      We can float! We can float! We can float!

VILLAGE PRIEST.
      If you like that
      You should see our wooden
      Stakes our
      Lapping flames

FOUNDING FATHER.
      Things seem older
      Overseas
      Like churches and bridges
      They'll always be older!


Matthew & Michael Dickman

50 American Plays
Copper Canyon Press


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