My Dad

  • Cast Number: 1
  • Run-time: 7 minutes
  • Bible Reference: Exodus 20:12

A monologue remembering a Dad.
The father has collected small mementos of things which he has treasured in his life and stored them in a box with the word “TREASURES” written on the outside.
The importance of a good father in a family.
What are our memories of our fathers and what memories are we passing on to our sons and daughters?
Useful for Father’s Day or at any time.
 

Bible Reference:         Exodus 20:12

 

Cast:                1 (male)

                       

Set:                blank stage

 

Lighting, Sound, Costumes:   standard

 

Props:            large box marker “TREASURES” and inside some ornaments, wooden objects, empty candy box and papers

 

Time:             7

 

Sample of script:           

 

actor comes on stage

 

Father’s Day. . . .

Dad’s Day . . .

A day to honor our fathers, our dads. . . .

pauses, shakes head, smiles

My Dad, my Father . . .

He’s gone now . . .

Died back when I was a teenager . . . . 18 or 19 . . . guess I was.

Looking back,  . .  always felt . . . I dunno . . . cheated is the word, I guess . . kinda.

So for me,  . . Father’s Day is . . .

I dunno . . . different I guess.

moves a few steps, in thought

I kinda remember Dad’s funeral . .  . all the flowers . . all the wonderful things the pastor and others said about my Dad.

How Dad was a great friend, family man, man of God.

Only thing went through my mind was . . 

“Keep the flowers and words . . . just give me back my Father.”

But Dad wasn’t coming back. . . .

After Dad died I found this big ol’ box, high up on a shelf in Dad’s closet, “Treasures” written in big letters, handwriting distinctly my Dad’s . . .

opens the box, sorts through, takes out an ornament and a piece of wood

Wow . . . 

I remember, . .  when I was a kid . . . preparing for Father’s Day . .

Usually there would be some kinda school project . . . (looks at ornament) . . . making a something outta plaster of paris . . (looks at piece of wood) . .  maybe a something outta wood. . .

thinks, chuckles

Came time to bring my creation home from school, hand it to my dad . . .
“Happy Father’s Day Dad!”

“Made this for you Dad, . . . special for you Dad!”

Look on my Dad’s face . .  it was . . .

gets emotional, wipes eyes, signals audience to stop, as though someone is comforting him

Hey, listen . . . no idea where that came from it’s just that . .
Anyhow, like I was saying . . . look on my Dad’s face was like he had . . I dunno . .  like he had just been given the Nobel Peace Prize . . Pulitzer Prize . .

And nothing phoney, know what I mean? . . .

Like I say, after Dad died we found this big ol’ box, “Treasures”  . . .

Inside, carefully wrapped, every one of the . . . creations . . . I had made for Father’s Day over the years.

chuckles, smiles

“Creations!”

Them . .  creations . . . something else . . for sure!

Looking at them that day . .  couldn’t help thinking . .

Too bad a piece of wood, or a hunk of plaster . . had to be sacrificed for to make those . .  creations.

But to my Dad . .  those there . . . creations . . . they were . . .  treasures . . .!

picks a candy package out of the box, thinking, smiles

 

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