What’s Your Problem?

$5.00

Description:

This is a short puppet sketch that can also be done as a straight skit with actors. The characters are disabled. One is in a wheelchair and one has leg braces.

 

Description

In the story, the girl in the wheelchair has cerebral palsy and tells jokes and encourages the girl with braces to celebrate her disability. But they also get real and talk about how even though she has an upbeat attitude, she still has her difficult moments and being with others and talking seems to help. This may be hard to portray with puppets if you can’t come up with the props. The props could be out of sight and just talked about. This could work easier as a skit with two girls. Boys could be used also if you change some of the lines.2 actors. About 5 mins

Excerpt:
This can be done as a straight skit with actors or puppets using a puppet stage. Only two female (or male, if changes are made) characters.
SCENE ONE – DAY
Kelly enters, a girl puppet with braces on her legs. She seems upset/mad.
KELLY
Oh! This is the pits! Being lame is so lame!
Tina enters, another girl puppet in a wheelchair who has cerebral palsy. She talks slowly and perhaps a bit slurred with her speech.
TINA
What’s your problem?
KELLY
Huh?
TINA
I overheard you saying something about being lame.
KELLY
I didn’t see you there. Hey! You’re in a wheelchair!
TINA
What? I am? Man! No wonder I sucked (did badly) at the Dancing with the Stars auditions!
KELLY
I’m sorry if I offended you.
TINA
Offended me? That’s not likely. What’s with the leg sticks?
KELLY
They’re braces. I can’t walk without them. What’s with the wheelchair?
TINA
I have cerebral palsy. But I can still swallow a flaming sword, so my dream of joining the circus is still alive.
KELLY
What’s cerebral…?
TINA
I have impaired muscle coordination. My brain can’t tell my body how to move.
KELLY
I’m sorry.
TINA
Why?
KELLY
Huh?
TINA
Why are you sorry? You didn’t do anything!
KELLY
I’m sorry that you have that problem. And that you have to be in a wheelchair.
TINA
No reason for you to feel sorry for me. I celebrate my disability. And I can still spend money, lie and blame others, so my dream of going into politics is still alive!
KELLY
What do you mean…celebrate? What’s to celebrate?
TINA
Life.
KELLY
I don’t get that. I hate my life.
TINA
Why? What’s wrong with your life?
KELLY
Duh! I have to wear these!
TINA
Don’t you mean, you GET to wear those? I think you’re pretty lucky.
KELLY
Lucky!? I think you’re nuts!
TINA
No. Actually, that part of my brain works just fine. I may not sound like it… but I’m pretty smart.
KELLY
I didn’t mean you weren’t smart. I just meant…
TINA
I know. You think I’m crazy to celebrate my disability. Well, I think you’re crazy not to.
KELLY
I’m not going to celebrate anything! My life is over!
TINA
Oh…I didn’t know you were terminal? Do you have a disease?
KELLY
I’m not dying. I just mean, my life is over as I know it. I was in an accident and now I can’t walk. What kind of a life can I have with braces on my legs?
TINA
I don’t know. You’ll have to figure that one out for yourself. I’ve never really walked. But I do have round glasses, so my dream of replacing John Lennon in the Beatles reunion is still alive.

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