Icebreaker

by Christopher Cassidy

 

INT. COMMUNITY CENTER – EVENING

A group of people sit around a table at a community center.

DENISE

Good evening, everyone! Welcome to the first-ever meeting of the Bucks County community service task force. Thank you for expressing interest in helping out your community. We hope to make some real progress here. Before we begin, I thought it would be useful if we did a quick icebreaker to introduce ourselves. How does 2 Truths, 1 Lie sound?

EVERYONE agrees, more or less.

DENISE

Excellent! I’ll go first. Hello, my name is Denise. My three facts are: I have a cat named Benny, I played soccer in college, and I’m originally from Boston.

MARK, another attendee, raises his hand.

MARK

I don’t think you were born in Boston. I could hear that South

Philly accent from a mile away.

DENISE

Haha, you got me. Who wants to go next?

BILL

I’ll go! Hi, my name is Bill. My facts are: My middle name is

Gordon, I like to eat zoo animals, and I just came back from a

trip to Brazil.

People shoot each other suspicious looks.

DENISE

Excuse me, Bill, what did you just say?

BILL

I’m sorry, I misspoke. I thought we were playing 1 Truth, 2 Two

Lies. What I meant to say was: My middle name is Gordon, I like

to eat zoo animals, and I’ve got a thing for cute zebras.

People are alarmed.

DENISE

Bill, I’m sorry but what is-

BILL

Oh my god, did I just say that? I didn’t mean to come off that

way. I’m a zoologist at Drexel. I’ve spent years studying

sub-Saharan mammals. It’s my thing. I hope you guys didn’t get a

bad impression. I guess I’m not thinking straight tonight. My

bad.

DENISE

Whew, that makes much more sense. Moving on-

BILL

You know what though? I’ve never really been a fan of 2 Truths,

1 Lie. It’s too complicated. Do you mind if we play High, Low,

Surprise instead?

DENISE is surprised but doesn’t interfere.

BILL

Great! How about you go first.

BILL looks at LAURA, who is startled.

LAURA

Oh, um, I guess my high this week was finally ordering a new

sofa for the living room. My low was getting a parking ticket.

And my surprise was hearing that a zebra was stolen today from

the Philadelphia Zoo.

BILL

Wow, that’s pretty wild. I guess I’ll go now. My high was

getting a good price on a new smart TV. My low, ironically, was

paying the tax for the TV. And my surprise was discovering the

rush of making out with a live zebra.

People are shocked.

BILL

Don’t even get me started about that last one.

DENISE

Okay, Bill. We’ve had enough. I think it’s time we moved on.

BILL

You’re right. This game kinda sucks, now that I think about it.

Let’s switch again. It’ll be the last time, I promise. Let’s

play Key Exchange. Everyone close their eyes and put their car

keys in the middle of the table.

EVERYONE reluctantly agrees and puts their keys in the middle.

BILL

Great! Now let’s go around the table and guess which key belongs

to whom. Denise, you’re up first. Does anyone have any guesses

about Denise’s keys?

LAURA

Uhh, I think Denise’s keys are the ones with the soccer ball,

because she played in college.

DENISE

You’re right.

BILL

Nice work! My turn! What do you guys think about me?

JILL

Bill, do you own the Toyota keys?

BILL

No, good guess though. I drive a white Ford van. The trunk space

is so big, you could fit a whole zebra back there if you really

tried.

MARK pulls out his phone.

MARK

Hey Laura, I just got this emergency text message. I think it’s

related to that zebra you talked about earlier. It says to look

out for a white Ford van. They say it was last seen driving around Bucks County.

EVERYONE looks at BILL.

BILL

That just reminded me I left something in my van. I’m gonna see

if everything is alright. Be right back.

BILL exits.

–END–

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