THE END BY JOHN BACA-SAAVEDRA

Dim lights. SIDNEY enters with a flashlight. He searches, finds Center Stage. He sits cross-legged. He pans above with his light, squinting, searching the sky.

RANDOLPH enters with a flashlight. SIDNEY and RANDOLPH cross their respective beams. They spotlight each other. They scream, then recognize each other.

SIDNEY
Come’re.

RANDOLPH joins SIDNEY center. They both search above with their lights.

RANDOLPH
Did you hear?

SIDNEY
Yeah.

RANDOLPH
So. Whadyuh think?

SIDNEY
Dunno.

RANDOLPH
Yeah.

SIDNEY produces a small radio which he turns on.

ANNOUNCER
…What the Defense Department is calling a strange … well seemingly a fleet of UFO’S, in formation headed toward the earth…this looks like it folks … First Contact! Jesus! Sorry, I mean … This is amazing, unbelievable … what do they want? Are they friendly? Oh my God!!.. We’ll be switching momentarily to a live feed from the White House. The President will be …

SIDNEY turns off the radio.

RANDOLPH
I think I see something.

SIDNEY
Yeah? Where?

RANDOLPH
There. Over there.

He points with his light, above to Stage Right.

SIDNEY
It’s a meteor.

RANDOLPH
Yeah.

SIDNEY
Should of brought my binoculars.

RANDOLPH pulls out some binoculars and hands them to SIDNEY.

SIDNEY (Continued)
Thanks.

RANDOLPH
Don’t mention it.

SIDNEY observes the sky for awhile.

RANDOLPH (Continued)
Anything?

SIDNEY
Nah.
(pause)
Wait a minute…wait a minute…
(pause)
Nah.

RANDOLPH
Think they’ll take us over or something?

SIDNEY
What for?

RANDOLPH
I dunno. The planet? Maybe they’ll want the Earth for their own? Maybe us for food?

SIDNEY
We got nothing. There’s nothing here. Whada we got? Nothing. There’s nothing they could want.

RANDOLPH
Oil? Gold? Water? Something. Why’re they coming then? We gotta have something they want.

SIDNEY
Probably just curious. See what we look like. That’s all.

RANDOLPH
I dunno? Advanced civilization comes all this way just to take a look. Lookit our own history. Whenever we discover something new, some new land, we take it. Why should they be different?

SIDNEY
What’re you saying?

RANDOLPH
They gotta be centuries ahead of us, interstellar travel and all. Weapons that’ll flatten us in seconds. Nah. We’re done for.

SIDNEY
You think?

RANDOLPH
Probably.

SIDNEY
That’s it then?

RANDOLPH
Probably.

SIDNEY
Got anything to eat?

RANDOLPH
A few popcorn kernels in my pockets.

SIDNEY
Crap.

RANDOLPH
You didn’t bring anything either.

SIDNEY
Yeah. Well.

RANDOLPH
Why’nt you turn on the radio…

SIDNEY
Nah.

RANDOLPH
The Prsident’ll be …

SIDNEY
Nah. Let’s just wait here and see what happens.

RANDOLPH takes the binoculars and scans the area.

RANDOLPH
Lookit that.

SIDNEY
What?

RANDOLPH
Raymond and his whole family. There’re on the rooftop .. of his house.

SIDNEY
What’re they doing?

RANDOLPH
Same as us.
(pause)
End of the world.

SIDNEY
You think?

CURTAIN.

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