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You're a Good Man Charlie Brown

Adapted by Clark Gesnerfrom the comic strip 'Peanuts ' by Charles M Schultz

(Extract taken from "LAMDA Acting Anthology, Volume 1", Published by Oberon).

Published by Hal Leonard Publishing Corporation

CHARLIE BROWN was first brought to life as a cartoon character by Charles M Schultz. Here, CHARLIE is alone in the playground eating his lunch. He is speaking his thoughts aloud to himself, hoping that the 'little redhead girl' will talk to him.

CHARLIE BROWN: I think lunchtime is about the worst time of the day for me. Always having to sit here alone. Of course, sometimes mornings aren't so pleasant, either - waking up and wondering if anyone would really miss me if I never got out of bed. Then there's the night, too - lying there and thinking about all the stupid things I've done during the day. And all those hours in between - when I do all those stupid things. Well, lunchtime is among the worst times of the day for me.

Well, I guess I'd better.see what I've got. (He opens the bag, unwraps a sandwich, and looks inside.) Peanut butter. (He bites and chews.) Some psychiatrists say that people who eat peanut butter sandwiches are lonely. I guess they're right. And if you're really lonely, the peanut butter sticks to the roof of your mouth. (He munches quietly, idly fingering the bench.) Boy, the PTA sure did a good job of painting these benches. (He looks off to one side.) There's that cute little redhead girl eating her lunch over there. I wonder what she'd do if I went over and asked her if I could sit and have lunch with her. She'd probably laugh right in my face. It's hard on a face when it gets laughed in. There's an empty place next to her on the bench. There's no reason why I couldn't just go over and sit there. I could do that right now. All I have to do is stand up. (He stands.) I'm standing up. (He sits.) I'm sitting down. I'm a coward. I'm so much of a coward she wouldn't even think of looking at me. She hardly ever does look at me. In fact, I can't remember her ever looking at me. Why shouldn't she look at me? Is there a reason in the world why she shouldn't look at me? Is she so great and am I so small that she couldn't spare one little moment just to... (He freezes.) She's looking at me. (In terror he looks one way, then another.) She's looking at me. (His head looks all around, frantically trying to find something else to notice. His teeth clench. Tension builds. Then, with one motion, he pops the paper bag over his head.)

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