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Saturday, 01 January 2000

Turn Down That Music: A Drama

Written by  Sherri Mandell

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Brett and his Dad, Roger, have not been getting along. This is the latest in a recent series of arguments.

Roger: Turn off that damn music!

Knocks on the door.

Roger: Don't you hear me?

The music gets turned down.

Roger goes downstairs.

The music gets louder again.

Roger goes upstairs again.

Roger: Turn off that music. I'm going to break this door down. I swear. Turn off the music.

He starts kicking the door.

Brett opens his door.

Brett: What's the matter with you?

Roger: What's the matter with me?

Brett: Yeah, you're acting like... God, it's just music.

Roger: You're blasting that music so loud that I can't think. You're waking your little brother. You are being totally inconsiderate

Brett: So?

Roger: Why can't you use the headphones?

Brett: They hurt my ears. Besides, I lost them.

Roger: I'll buy you a new pair.

Brett: I'm not going to use them.

Roger: Why are you acting like you don't care about our feelings? We live here too.

I'm just acting like a teenager , Dad. Teenagers are supposed to listen to loud music. It's not so terrible. You probably did it too. And your dad probably hated it too.

My dad would have taken a strap to me if I'd been so inconsiderate.

Brett: Don't make such a big deal out of this.

Roger: It is a big deal to me. I can't read. I can't watch TV. I have to keep getting up and knocking on your door. I can't sleep. That music wakes me in the middle of the night.

Brett: I live here too, you know. I have rights too, you know.

Roger: And so do I. I work all day . I bust my chops for all of you. And you're so ungrateful. Everything you have is because I'm the one who gets up every morning and goes to work.

Brett: What am I supposed to do? Kiss the ground you walk on because you buy us food?

Roger: I just want you to be considerate.

Brett: I am considerate. I pick up Kevin every day and bring him home and take care of him. Do you ever say anything about that? About the way I help? About the way I have to drag him with me to my friends' houses in the afternoons?

Roger: That's what you do in a family.

Brett: You're not considerate of me. I want to be a normal kid. I don't want to be saddled with a 4 year-old every afternoon.

Roger: You have no choice. Your mom and I have to work in the afternoons.

Brett: Let me have my fun, Dad.

Roger: I can't stand that music. If I hear you playing it anymore, I'm going to break that CD player. I'm sorry I ever bought it for you.

Brett: If you break it, I'll move out of here.

Roger: So go. Who's stopping you?

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Sherri Mandell

Sherri Mandell

Sherri Mandell has a Master's degree in Creative Writing and has taught writing at the University of Maryland and Penn State University. She is the author of the book Writers of the Holocaust. She has written articles for the Washington Post. She is married with four children

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