One Minute Plays: The Epistomology of Geraldine

TEXT:

Geraldine tries to turn herself inside out. Her little brother Vilhelm watches.

VILHELM

Geraldine is trying to turn herself inside out.

GERALDINE

Vilhelm is watching me turn myself inside out.

VILHELM

The operative word is “trying.”

GERALDINE

It’s good to have goals and dreams. The sixth grade has been about realizing my potential. Now that I stand on the brink of seventh grade, my horizons are even broader.

VILHELM

Last night I dreamed that Geraldine turned herself inside out. She was very red and very slippery and everything about her throbbed. It was unnecessary and I didn’t like it.

GERALDINE

Vilhelm is only in the fourth grade, and so he has no goals and dreams.

VILHELM

I want to play soccer. Like Beckham.

GERALDINE

Beckham is outdated.

VILHELM

Beckham is old-school.

Geraldine’s attempts to turn herself inside out become more and more frantic.

GERALDINE

I am a very honest person. You’re not. I saw you take gum out of my bag when you thought I was on the phone. I only had two pieces left and one of them was for Caleb. I want to stand in the world and have it look at me and if I’m slippery and red, then that’s honest. Nobody will ever know you if you keep living the way you do. I’m not a judgmental person but I am standing in judgment.

Geraldine finally succeeds in turning herself inside-out.
Wilhelm watches, both sickened and interested.

VILHELM

It is the first day of the fourth grade, and my sister has finally turned herself inside-out. It is not as disgusting as I thought it would be, but even so the concept alone does make one slightly nauseated. I am left with this thought: The only true knowledge is self-knowledge. And I know that I want to be a soccer star.

Vilhelm walks off-stage.