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A Dog's Tale - a short Christmas play

A Dog's Tale - a short Christmas play



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Published by Dale Andersen
It’s Christmas and four dogs in an Animal Shelter contemplate life, death, happiness and the hereafter.
It’s Christmas and four dogs in an Animal Shelter contemplate life, death, happiness and the hereafter.

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Published by: Dale Andersen on Aug 25, 2009
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Dale Andersen27702 Crown Valley PkwySuite 117, D-4Ladera Ranch, CA 92694562-508-5820andersen.dale@gmail.com  ©Copyright 2004Cast of Characters Ali………………Female, Mongrel, street-savvy Artie…………Male, Pug, fiesty, leads with his mouthBrick…………Male, Akita, tough guy but not a leaderCyril…………Male, Russian Wolfhound, a thinker, an artistSynopsisIt’s Christmas Eve and four dogs in a pound contemplate life, death, happiness and the hereafter.Technical Requirements A table, four chairs, a deck of cards.1
(Christmas Eve. Animal Shelter. CYRIL sitswaiting, a bowl of dog biscuits on table.Each biscuit is tied with a Christmasribbon. A deck of cards. He shufflescards. He waits, humming “Jingle Bells.” Enter ALI, ARTIE & BRICK)
(Gestures to festive bowl of biscuits)
 Welcome! Welcome! ARTIE:Ooooh, biscuits! ALI:Thank you, Cyril. That is so sweet of you.BRICK: Awww, Cyr. You didn’t have to.
(They help themselves and get seated)
(Mouth full of biscuit)
So what’s the deal with the ribbons?CYRIL:It’s Christmas. ARTIE:Yeah, so?CYRIL:Haven’t you noticed how everyone’s gone?BRICK:That’s right. They all skedaddled just after lunch. ALI: Now that I think on it, the only one left out there isEvelyn. ARTIE: Not that loser!2
 ALI: Artie. She’s very nice. ARTIE:Right.
(Looks around. Smiles. Rubs hands together)
So. We got the place to ourselves.
(ARTIE picks up cards and shuffles, talking as he does)
Dja all hear about Becky?BRICK:Yeah. ARTIE:It sucks! It just sucks! ALI: What about Becky? ARTIE:I tell ya. Chicks get all the breaks. ALI:Yeah right. Lucky us. We get all the breaks. Whatabout Becky? ARTIE:It sucks! I mean, it just sucks! ALI:I’ll give you sucks. Try nursing seven pups.CYRIL: Wha? What’s all this about Becky? ALI:It’s nothing, Cyr. Just some type-A males ventingabout you know what. ARTIE:Hey, shut up! ALI:Ooooh, struck a nerve there.3

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