Miscellaneous Mental Musings of an Emerging Artist
Bedtime Theatre Presents:
“LIFE / GOALS”
(a short play featuring Robin Dardai and his father, Bilal)
8:30pm. Robin, a six year-old boy, is in bed reading an encyclopedia of soccer history under a desk lamp. A Mozart composition plays softly from a small stereo in the room. Bilal enters.
BILAL: Okay, buddy. Lights out.
Robin closes his book. Bilal turns out the light and lies down next to Robin.
BILAL: What were you reading about tonight?
ROBIN: The history of the World Cup.
BILAL: Nice. When was the first World Cup?
BILAL: So it’s almost 90 years since the first one. And 2030 will be the 100th anniversary. That’s 12 years from now.
ROBIN: I’ll be 18 years old.
BILAL: That’s right. How old will I be?
BILAL: Yes. So, hopefully we’ll get to see the 100th anniversary together.
BILAL: Yeah, kiddo?
ROBIN: I want you to be around forever.
BILAL: What do you mean?
ROBIN: I want you to be around for as long as I live.
BILAL: Oh, buddy. You know that’s probably not going to happen, right?
ROBIN: I know.
BILAL: But I’ll try, okay? Your mom and I will try to stay around with you for as long as possible.
A long pause. Robin drifts off to sleep. Bilal sneaks out of the bedroom and resolves to stay alive and lucid until at least the end of 2030.