The Good Samaritan

good-samaritan

A short comedy about carrying out a murder fantasy. 9 min read. A note on performance: while I have written one or two characters in specific genders, the only gender that is fixed is that of the victim’s mother. All other genders can be changed depending on the cast available. But please, no crossdressing for …

The anxiety of pigeons

Cat observing pigeons

Many of the buildings in the center of Madrid have interior and exterior apartments. An exterior apartment borders the street, while an interior one meets the apartment building on the parallel street. Imagine a solid building with a few shafts bored out of the center. When you open the curtains in the morning, the chances …

The emigration department

Satirical coat of arms for South Sudan

A short comedy about racism and police brutality. 9 min read. South Sudan Department of Emigration. A young man is waiting in line to receive his emigration visa. Finally, it is his turn, and he approaches the clerk. CLERK: Name? DAVID: David Halim. The clerk shuffles through some papers. CLERK: (muttering to himself) David Halim, David …

What we say when we experience racism second-hand

A group of actors are preparing to read from scripts. FIRST ACTOR So, then he said sorry but he couldn’t help me and that I needed to go to the other office, where I’d already told him I’d been, but he just said I had to go back there again. THIRD ACTOR No, you’re wrong. …

Brothel hopping with my mother-in-law

Brothel hopping © 2017 William A. McNeice, satire

Not so long ago, I, my wife and my mother-in-law went to a restaurant in the center of Wroclaw, Poland. We ate at an Indian restaurant where the dishes are bland enough to satisfy the German tourists, but which nevertheless, my wife believes is a good restaurant. I find this puzzling, because both my wife …

The most pointless beer run in the world

Communism, or at least the Polish brand of communism, was a centralized system where all decisions were made in Warsaw via Moscow. Maintaining such a monolithic system and ensuring all decisions were carried out as per the wishes of the Communist Party required more bureaucracy than had ever existed before in the history of the …