STUPID was written with the intention that a student perform it as a monologue in a drama competition, or as an audition for a drama program/school at the middle or high school level, as lately I have received requests for short dramatic pieces for those purposes; but it could easily be used for story telling at the upper elementary levels with teacher direction. Either way, bringing this story to life requires switching character voices and personas, and a range of emotive displays.
Performance/read time is 10-15 minutes. Works for male or female reader/actor. Ten and a half pages, 16 pt. font for easy reading.
This is an adaptation of a story told to me by a dear old friend. “Harry” was quite the character, and is no longer with us, so the veracity of it being a first-person account of a strong memory from his childhood growing up during the Depression cannot be verified.
Nevertheless, I found it to be so compelling, with such a delightful twist at the end, that I have told it to my captivated elementary students each year. Names were fictionalized, along with many other details, but the heart of Harry’s story, of a boy who was considered “stupid” who turns out to be quite clever, lives on in the tale of “STUPID.” I hope you will enjoy it!
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