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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  • Christopher Plumridge:
    2 Sep. 2021
    I found this play equally engaging and moving, I can't help feel sorry for Jerry in his situation, trying to break his sad news to his daughter in such an odd way. A lovely short piece which still leaves me pondering....
  • Cheryl Bear:
    29 Jan. 2021
    A cathartic and moving expression as a father works up to telling his daughter something you'd hope he'd never have to. Excellent work.
  • Emily Hageman:
    18 Apr. 2019
    This is a fascinating play. It's not quite funny, but it's not quite sad, it falls somewhere in between--and when it truly turns to Rachel, when she gets the floor to speak, Jolly has given her simply one of the best monologues I've ever read. There is so much happening in this ten minute play. It's utterly breathless, and just as beautiful as it is ugly. A true masterpiece.

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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