This collection of plays in one act first appeared in the Summer 2021 issue of Evangelization & Culture, the quarterly journal of the Word on Fire Institute. Learn more and become a member today to read more pieces like this.
Years ago, radio personality Art Linkletter hosted a show known as House Party. Thriving at first as an award-winning radio show, it turned into an equally successful television program, running for a combined total of twenty-five years. Arguably, the most popular segments of the show involved the straight man Linkletter asking questions of children only to find himself in stitches from what would come out of their mouths. The great acclaim these rib-tickling conversations generated led to a 1957 bestselling book, Kids Say the Darndest Things. Years after he had retired from television, Linkletter would smile and say, “Everywhere I go I hear, ‘Why don’t you interview the kids again?’”
For the last fourteen years, my home and car has taken over Linkletter’s spirited work. For years, when my two daughters were quite small, they would say something wickedly funny or strikingly insightful and I would reach for my journal (dedicated to the preservation of these comments) and furiously pen whatever genius wit or observation just spilled out. As I grew older, the material was so good that I couldn’t help but preserve dozens of them as One-Act Plays. And so, please enjoy some choice samplings from the Worner Performing Arts Center.