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The Calling
By Bill Johnson
Posted: Saturday, July 04, 2009
Last edited: Tuesday, July 17, 2012
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A one minute play by Bill Johnson about a dog and a cat in the afterlife waiting to accept a new assignment on earth.

                                 The Calling

                a one minute play by Bill Johnson

SETTING: a room with two chairs.

CHARACTERS: Sam, Lilith, Voice of Announcer

AT RISE: a young woman licks the back of her hand and uses it to rub her face.

A young man enters and sits with great pleasure in the other chair.

SAM: I've been looking forward to sitting up in one of these.

LILLITH: Rough life?

SAM: Oh, yeah, the kids pulling bugs in my ears, husband and wife always yelling. And every time I hear the can opener, it's always the same, meat flavored -- 


SAM: Chicken flavored-- 


ANNOUNCER: A lapdog is needed in Los Angeles as a companion for a TV star; one only pampered, yappy lapdog to Los Angeles, please. Pit bulls need not apply. 

SAM: Being a yappy lapdog, that's my idea of hell. 

LILLITH: When a full-grown dog is afraid of a kitten, something's wrong. 

SAM: Been here long? 

ANNOUNCER: Dalmation to New York for elderly lady with arthritic knees; dalmation to New York, please. 

SAM: Housebound ones are the worst. My bladder always ready to explode. 

LILLITH: You get comfty. I'll teach you how to purr like a lion. 

SAM: That's your dream, not mine. 

ANNOUNCER: Homeless young boy in Ohio dying of AIDS needs friend; a lifetime of neglect and abuse. Volunteer, please. Volunteer only please.

           Sam looks around, squirms. Sighs. Gets up. 

LILLITH: Don't be a fool, you just got here. Where are you going? 

SAM: Where I'm needed. 

LILLITH: You dogs never change. 

SAM, leaving: You stay here and lick your fur balls, kid; it suits you. 

ANNOUNCER: Snooty, snotty kitty needed for a lifetime of pampering in Belize. Snooty, snotty kitty to Belize, please. 

LILLITH: That's my call.

           She stretches luxuiously, purrs, winks at audience, and slinks        away.


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Reviewed by Dorothy Krusky
Loved this!! Great depiction of what both beautiful creatures are meant to do in this world. Yup, the cat gets spoiled. What can we cat lovers say?

Reviewed by JMS Bell

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