EMPATHY- A FARCE :A play by Dr. Payal Trivedi


(For performing this play read the corollary at the bottom)

CHARACTERS: Dhruv, Vrushali, Dhruv’s friend

Dhruv- I cannot love you. I have tried a lot vrushali but I cannot.

Vrushali- Just because I have scars on my face!

Dhruv- Vrushali I know what you mean! But I have tried to like u, I mean love ypu . I know you are immensely talented. You have a sweet voice. But…I cannot love ypu and Im sorry.

Vrushali- Dhruv why did you preach to everyone that don’t judge a book by its cover! You cannot love me because you see these scars and…

Dhruv- Vrushali am sorry but I cannot somehow develop feelings for you.

( some days later Dhruv is talking to his friend)

Dhruv- Rishab I know I have to forget her face and love her because we need to love the character not the body but Im helpless. I cannot just overlook her ugliness ans I would not be able to do any justice to her.

Rishab- Amazingly double standard. You talk about the futility of looks and you make the same mistake now!

Dhruv- I am trying.

Rishab- You BETTER.

( A few days later)

Dhruv- Vrushali I will marry you. Come.


Dhruv- Vrushali EMPATHY is a FARCE. I CANNOT UNDERSTAND YOUR NEED unless I become YOU. Let us start a new venture today. And yes I agree never judge a book by its cover. But cover is the unfortunate first thing that everyone sees. Come Vrushali let us start a new beginning.



The playwright permits theatre practitioners to perform this play Royalty free with one request. Please message us in the comment box if you are interested in doing this play. Also, if and when you schedule your play, inform us and our readers in the comment box about it. Who knows someone might amble into your show after reading your message.

Dr. Payal Trivedi

Dr. Payal Trivedi

Dr. Payal Trivedi ,a Phd, is an English Educator/Communications skills/soft skills trainer. She is also a Life skills coach/Personality development Trainer and a Literary writer/Theater critic

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7 Responses

  1. Avatar PL.Narasimham says:

    Liked it…! More of such shirt plays are welcome, with limited characters and an inherent, subtle message in each to correct common human errors. Good initiative.

  2. Avatar Himanshu says:

    Nice. But declaring Empathy is a Farce is not good. May be in stead it can say I am unable to develop Empathy for you without these scars or something like that. Empathy is in fact such an amazing force. Declaring it as Farce is problematic.

  3. Avatarwp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-48 alignnone photo Gouri says:

    Very short sweet and crisp

  4. Avatarwp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-48 alignnone photo Gouri says:

    Very short sweet and crisp ! Will make a great performance

  5. Avatarwp-user-avatar wp-user-avatar-48 alignnone photo Umang says:

    Beautifully written

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