Childish Things

10 Minute Play - Jerry is faced with the task of telling his estranged adult daughter that he has a terminal illness. He plans on using a go-between: Teddy and Bunny, who initially seem to be her siblings but in fact are her childhood toys - a stuffed Teddy bear and a rabbit - which he used as puppets when she was a little girl.
This play is published in The Best American Short Plays 2015-2016, and...
10 Minute Play - Jerry is faced with the task of telling his estranged adult daughter that he has a terminal illness. He plans on using a go-between: Teddy and Bunny, who initially seem to be her siblings but in fact are her childhood toys - a stuffed Teddy bear and a rabbit - which he used as puppets when she was a little girl.
This play is published in The Best American Short Plays 2015-2016, and produced as a short film in 2017.

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Childish Things

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  • Asher Wyndham:
    16 Jul. 2015
    An original, heartbreaking, painful play about a father-daughter relationship. Memorable. It showcases the quirky imagination of its writer. There's a powerful monologue for an actress at the end of the play that's perfect for auditioning.

Character Information

  • JERRY
    60's up,
    Male
    Jerry, who has spent a lifetime sidestepping honesty and confrontation, tries to tell his estranged daughter that he has a terminal illness using two of her childhood toys as puppets.
  • TEDDY
    Adult,
    Male
    Smart, funny in a goofy way. He comes across as a son to Jerry and older brother to Bunny - although, while it is not apparent in the first half of the play, he is actually a stuffed teddy bear, used as a puppet by Jerry.
  • RACHEL
    30ish
    Jerry's daughter - his only real daughter. She is the adult daughter of an alcoholic mother and a co-dependent father, still trying to overcome her childhood.
  • BUNNY
    Adult,
    Female
    Caring, a little less aware than Teddy. She is another stuffed toy, although coming across as Jerry's older daughter initially.

Development History

  • Reading
    ,
    Last Frontier Theatre Conference (Monologue)
    ,
    2015

Production History

  • Professional
    ,
    Midnight Summit Ensemble, Chicago
    ,
    2017
  • University
    ,
    Mt. Hood Community College
    ,
    2016
  • Professional
    ,
    Mildred's Umbrella Theatre Company, Houston TX
    ,
    2016
  • Professional
    ,
    Short & Sweet Hollywood Festival
    ,
    2016