The Time Times Thursday Theater: ‘The Obsolete Man’

7 Jun

The Time Times Thursday Theater presents:

The Twilight Zone’s 

The Twilight Zone: “The Obsolete Man”

‘The Obsolete Man’

“You walk into this room at your own risk, because it leads to the future, not a future that will be but one that might be. This is not a new world, it is simply an extension of what began in the old one. It has patterned itself after every dictator who has even planted the ripping imprint of a boot on the pages of history since the beginning of time. It has refinements, technological advances, and a more sophisticated approach to the destruction of human freedom. But like every one of the super States that preceded it, it has one iron rule: logic is an enemy and truth is a menace... This is Mr. Romney Wordsworth, in his last forty-eight hours on Earth. He’s a citizen of the State but will soon have to be eliminated, because he’s built out of flesh and because he has a mind. Mr. Romney Wordsworth, who will draw his last breaths in the Twilight Zone.”

Chancellor:You are obsolete, Mr.Wordsworth!

Wordsworth: A lie, no man is obsolete!

Chancellor: You have no function, Mr.Wordsworth. You’re an innacuranism, like a ghost from another time….

Wordsworth: I am nothing more than a reminder to you that you cannot destroy truth by burning pages!

Chancellor: You’re a bug,Mr.Wordsworth. A crawling insect. An ugly, misformed, little creature, that has no purpose here, no meaning!

Wordsworth: I am a human being…

Chancellor: You’re a librarian, Mr.Wordsworth. You’re a dealer in books and two cent finds and pamphlets in closed stacks in the musty finds of a language factory that spews meaningless words on an assembly line. WORDS, Mr.WORDSworth. That have no substance, no dimension, like air, like the wind. Like a vacuum, that you make believe have an existence, by scribbling index numbers on little cards.

Wordsworth: I don’t care. I tell you: I don’t care. I’m a human being, I exist….and if I speak one thought aloud, that thought lives, even after I’m shoveled into my grave.

Chancellor: Delusions, Mr.Wordsworth, DELUSIONS!! That you inject into your veins with printer’s ink, the narcotics you call literature: The Bible, poetry, essays, all kinds, all of it are opiate to make you think you have a strength, when you have no strength at all!!! You are nothing, but spindly limbs and a dream, and The State has no use for your kind!!!! (Calming down) You waste our time, Mr.Wordsworth, and you’re not worth the waste. Instruct him!

Secretary: Romney Wordsworth, step back to await the finding of this board…

Wordsworth: Yes, sir…

(Wordsworth steps out of the light once again.Three state officials walk forward)

Chancellor: Ladies and Gentlemen, how do you find?

Official 1:Obsolete

Official 2:Obsolete

Official 3:Obsolete

Secretary:Obsolete

Chancellor:I concur…

Secretary: Romney Wordsworth, Step forward.

(Wordsworth steps forward)

Secretary: The board finds you obsolete.

Chancellor: Your rights are as followed, Mr.Wordsworth, you are to be liquidated within a period of 48 hours, but you have a option as to method and precise time. There are several prescribed methods, Mr.Wordsworth: pills, gas, electrocution…and it can be done immediately, or an hour from now, or any specific time you request.

Wordsworth: (Pauses and smiles with glee and inspiration) I am very rich man…

Read the rest of ‘The Obsolete Man’ script here

 

Edited  August 6, 2012 to fix link.

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