This play can be done with 2 or 4 or 3 people.
Car Driver that is angry
And Burger King Person
“John Learns to Drive,” a one-act play
John: (shouting) So, what do I do now?
Phyllis: (calmly) Release the clutch with you left foot, slowly
John: (loudly) But I thought that was the brake?
Phyllis: No, (sigh) that is the clutch pedal. The brake is operated by your right foot.
John: Then how to I give it gas?
Phyllis: You mean, how do you depress the accelerator pedal?
John: (in desperation) But the driver’s manual says that you start by releasing the clutch and slowly apply the gas.
Phyllis: You mean, depress the accelerator pedal.
John: I’m depressed and I haven’t even started the car.
Phyllis: Okay let’s get started. First, make certain the car is in neutral.
John: So, who’s got the key? (He takes his hands off the wheel and holds his palms upward)
Phyllis: (Sigh) Have you check your pockets?
John: (Digging into pockets) Here it is. (He pulls out an imaginary key, hold its up and places it in the ignition just below the steering wheel.
Phyllis: Now lets start driving!
Set up for scene two.
John: (Pushes down the gas pedal and screams.) Yahoo! Now this is fun!
Phyllis: SLOW DOWN!!
John: (Worried Expression on face) HOW?
Phyllis: Push the left pedal!
John: Phew! That was close! I almost ran that stop sign!
Driver: HEY MAN! SLOW DOWN! (Beeps horn in frustration.)
Phyllis: Hey pull into that burger king! Don’t forget your turn signal!
John: I guess this is easy.
Burger king come over…. May I take your order?
Phyllis: I’d like a… hmm… A number 5 with a water.
John: I’d like a number 4. I like pop, but I’ll have a water too. Oh can I have a kid’s meal with one of the toys? (Smiles and gives a pleading look.)
Hands them burgers…
Phyllis: Let’s go over to that park. (They leave the car in the parking lot.)
Phyllis & John eat their sandwiches and drink water.
John: (getting restless) let’s go home.
Phyllis: Okay let’s go!
Walk across street and get in car. Scenery moves.
John: What a day! I can’t believe I’ve learned how to drive. (Steps on pedal.)
Phyllis: SLOW DOWN JOHN!
John: Sorry! (grins and guns engine again) And we’re off.
Phyllis: What a kid!!!
(Everyone comes out and bows.)