Jumping to Conclusions
Theme: Jumping to a conclusion may cause you to misjudge others.
Length: 4-5 minutes
Characters: Two singles, John and Jane
Scene/Props: A room with 2 easy chairs and a table with lamp.
Synopsis: Jane is angry because when she interrupts a group of girls involved in a conversation, they all stop speaking. She automatically assumes the worst—that they are talking about her. In the end she learns she is right…and wrong.
(John sits in a chair reading a newspaper when Jane enters. She paces in anger.)
Jane: I am so angry I can just spit.
(John covers his head with the newspaper. Annoyed, Jane grabs it away.)
Jane: I was using an expression.
John: And very convincingly I might add.
Jane: Who does that, Mary Jo thinks she’s kidding?
Jane: Do I look dumb? Like I am completely gullible?
John: Well I—
Jane: Do you see “Duh” written on my forehead?
John: Of course not—
Jane: And I thought they were my friends. Well, I know how things work. I wasn’t born yesterday. When a group of girls are involved in a conversation and I enter the room and they all stop talking at once…
(She looks at him expecting him to finish the thought)
John: They’re all catching their breath?
(She looks at him like he’s wrong, but should guess again)
John: They’re pausing momentarily for a topic switch.