Mother, We Never Knew You

by Diane Helliker

Setting: A morgue, sparse white room. One body laid out on table, covered with sheet. Only one exit. Only one light.

Characters:

Coroner -
Man, 50 years old, slightly bald, plump. Wears green cotton pants, white lab coat.

Sibling A -
Woman in mid 30′s – dressed in black, as if in mourning. She wears a black hat with veil over her face.

Sibling B -
Man in late 30′s – wears a well tailored dark suit, with white shirt and subdued tie. His shoes are laced and well polished. He too, appears as if he were in mourning.

Coroner:
(Pulls back sheet covering head and shoulders.)
Can you identify corpse 3479A?

Sibling A:
It looks like her. Only she had red hair.

Sibling B:
Her hair was brown. It’s the eyes. She had blue eyes. Yes, I’m sure of it.

Sibling A:
Maybe she’s wearing coloured lenses.

Coroner:
There are no attachments on any of our corpses.

Sibling B:
The nose. This looks like a Jewish woman.

Sibling A:
She was Jewish

Sibling B:
She was Irish Catholic

Sibling A:
You never knew her

Sibling B:
You insult me.

Coroner:
(Goes to cover the corpse.)
We are to presume the deceased is not your mother?

Sibling A and B:
We presume nothing.

Sibling A:
No one else has it

Sibling B:
No one. May we see the left leg?

(Coroner lifts sheet to bare the leg.)

Sibling A:
The mole in the shape of a scorpion. That is her

Sibling B:
Yes. Our dear mother, Marion Wheatley.

(Coroner covers body with the sheet.)

Sibling A:
What was the cause of death?

Coroner:
Liver complications due to life long alcohol abuse.

Sibling B:
That’s not possible. She never had a drink in her life. She was Methodist.

Sibling A:
She drank like a fish. I don’t remember her sober

Sibling B:
You never knew her

Sibling A:
You insult me.

(Sibling A and B leave. Coroner is left with the corpse.)

All works the express copyright of the author. Any reproduction or use of the material contained in these pages is at the permission of the author.

Please respect the artistic integrity of these playwrights and fight the urge to plagerize or distribute these works without our permission!

If all else fails, contact us for further information.