Three on a Bench
Other Plays by Doris Estrada
Estrada, Doris, “Three on a Bench,”
a __-minute whimsical comedy, set on a wooden bench in the middle of a park, U.S.A., noon, May, 1953,
© 1953 by Doris Estrada;
• in Doris Estrada’s Three on a Bench (Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.A.: Baker’s Plays, 1953), 201-B;
• script/rights available from Baker’s Plays, 100 Chauncy Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02111-1783, telephone 617-482-1280, fax 617-482-7613, e-mail info@BakersPlays.com, http://www.bakersplays.com/; Western Representative, Samuel French, Inc., 7623 Sunset Boulevard, Hollywood, California 90046, telephone 213-876-0570, fax 213-876-6882; Canadian Representative, Samuel French, Ltd., 80 Richmond Street East, Toronto M5C 1P1, Canada, telephone 416-363-3536, fax 416-363-1108, SF 1074.
• Cited in Baker’s Plays One Act Play Scripts, http://bakersplays.com/oneact.htm, accessed July 17, 2001.
Harry (m), 18, Betty’s fiancé, two months her senior; Mrs. Moore (f), late middle age, a lonely, kindly widow; Betty (f), 18, Harry’s fiancée; Officer Callahan, middle-aged, good-natured patrolman of Bright Green Park.
“A lonely widow amuses herself by observing couples that come into the park. One day, she sees Betty and her fiancé Harry in a violent altercation over ‘the other girl.’ Mrs. Moore innocently sits between them, removes her shoes and casually engages them in polite conversation, while helping herself to their lunch. At first they resent the intrusion but soon realize the futility of taking offense at Mrs. Moore’s bluntness. With sly, sure strokes, she holds the mirror up to human nature and the couple soon see their quarrel in true proportion to more important things.
• ‘Distinguished’ rating, Virginia State One-Act Play Festival; ‘Excellent,’ Marysville, Missouri, State College Contest. . . . Sketches are included in the playbook, with a number of suggestions for staging."
Page mounted July 17, 2001, updated August 31, 2009.
altercation, amusement, bluntness, couple watching, engagement, futility, human nature, insight, intrusion, jealousy, loneliness, lunch, observation, other girl, proportion, quarrel, resentment, taking offense, widowhood, youth vs. age.