Ten Minutes on a Bench
FEMALE VOICEOVER and ENTIRE COMPANY
The voiceover should sound like a commercial actor pitching a product.
*SCENE 1 – DOG PERSON
TOM and SUE (20s-40s), talking about their pets
Tom — Salty, peevish, critical, insecure, unskilled at communication but tries. Lonely. His own worst enemy. Not self-aware. A quirky, earnest oddball you don’t want a second date with.Sue — A patient listener, slow to boil, curious but knows when to step away without tearing someone down. Not vivacious — sincere. A homebody, perhaps, who you might want a second date with.
*SCENE 2 – HOTHOUSE FLOWERS
BETH and LARRY (40s), talking about gems, flowers and blossoming
They are both kind, somewhat wounded people, with very little experience in relationships.
*SCENE 3 – THE STORY OF MY WIFE
SALLY and BECCA (30s-50s), talking about how they met their exes
Both of them are open books eager to share their life stories. Candid. Charming. They complement each other, have chemistry. Lots in common. Too much maybe.
*SCENE 4 – SUNBLOCK IN OCTOBER
DAVE and HELEN (40s-50s), talking about skincare and widowhood
Dave — Critical, insecure, unskilled at communication but pretends otherwise. Lonely. A widower. Grieving. Hyper-verbal to hide pain. Has issues with women, except for perhaps with this late wife. Unskilled at dating. His own worst enemy. Has had no therapy.
Helen — A patient listener, slow to boil, knows when to step away and will give a piece of her mind before doing it. Smart, together, has had some therapy.
*SCENE 5 – THE LOVE OF YOUR LIFE
CHRIS and JEFF (30s), talking about the idea of soulmates
Jeff — Smart, educated, open, inquisitive, a cynic.
Chris — Smart, educated, open, a dreamer.
*SCENE 6 – RESPECTING THE RULES
ALAN and ANDREA (30s-40s), talking about their love of craft
Both are smart, educated, curious, candid, funny, a match in so many ways.
*SCENE 7 – MY FOLKS SMOKED
TIM and LARA (30s-50s), talking about smoking
Lara — Grim, salty, angry, grieving but putting herself out there even though she’s not ready.
Tim — Patient, game, curious but shows the good character to not shut down someone in pain.
*SCENE 8 – HIGH AND DRY
MICKI and PAT (30s-40s), talking about drinking
Micki — Loquacious, on guard, defensive, maybe a little buzzed, maybe a little judgy.
Pat — Moderate, sober, curious but not judgy.
*SCENE 9 – A SENSE OF MY OWN ACCOMPLISHMENT
CLAIRE and MARK (60s/70s and up), talking about their shared histories
Both of them are accomplished, well-read, smart, game, funny, mature, old enough to speak the truth.
*SCENE 10 – INSTANT GRATIFICATION GUY
JOHN and RALPH (20s-30s), talking about living in the moment vs. settling down
John — A gym rat/party boy whose confidence hides loneliness and insecurity. Wants more as he’s getting older but unskilled about how to get it. Immature.
Ralph — Buttoned-up, charming, patient, knows who is. Mature.
*SCENE 11 – SUPERMAN
ANDY and MAGGIE (20s-30s), talking about two kinds of art
Andy — Jeans-and-graphic-t-shirt type. Clark Kent glasses. Casual, cool, sexy without knowing it. Liberal arts major. Comic book nerd. (Preferably with a curl of hair that dangles over his forehead, as indicated at the end of scene.)
Maggie — Slightly pretentious art history/grad school type, dressed crisply and stylishly for work. Put together. Judgy. Tough but ready to melt. You imagine she’s been on a lot of these dates.
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