Friday, October 21, 2011

October People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... This month's People's Choice Award goes to Ken Slattery for his original short play, When Emoticons Run High, presented as a staged reading at the Monday Night PlayGround season opener at Berkeley Rep this past Monday.  Congratulations, Ken!

Courtesy of Mr. Slattery, we're pleased to share the first two pages from the award-winning script.  Enjoy!

When Emoticons Run High
by Ken Slattery

Cast Breakdown (In Order of Appearance):

BRAD MILLER Male Age 30s
NICOLE BENNETT Female Age 30s Brad’s girlfriend
JERRY MARTINEZ Male Age 30s Brad’s friend from High School
SALLY JACOBS Female Age 30s Brad’s friend, stuck on a Muni
ZACH WILSON Male Age 30s Brad’s colleague from work
CARMEN HERNANDEZ Female Age 30s Brad’s ex-girlfriend
SIMON DAVIS Male Age 50s Random Guy 




BRAD MILLER and NICOLE BENNETT have checked in to Mount Tamalpais. #walking #smartphones in their hands #staring at their smartphones #communicating with their Facebook friends #ignoring surroundings.

BRAD
Brad Miller checked into Mount Tamalpais with Nicole Bennett, nearby San Francisco, a few seconds ago.

NICOLE
Nicole Bennett likes this.
                       
JERRY
(# sitting in audience #stands up #also on Smartphone) Jerry Martinez likes this.

SALLY
(# sitting elsewhere in audience #stands up #also on Smartphone) Sally Jacobs likes this. Commenting on Brad Miller’s activity: “That is so awesome. Hashtag jealous hashtag lovely day today hashtag beautiful views from Mount Tam hashtag stuck on a Muni hashtag first world problems.”

BRAD
Commenting on his own activity: “At symbol Sally: What Muni are you stuck on, Sally?”

SALLY
At symbol Brad:“J”

NICOLE
At Sally: “That’s terrible, Sally. Did the J break down? Frowny face.”

SALLY
At Nicole: “Just very slow. Hashtag crowded. Hashtag people are gross. Hashtag just saw a guy floss his teeth.”

NICOLE
At Sally: “Wait, what? He flossed his teeth on the J?”

ZACH
(# sitting elsewhere in audience #stands up #also on Smartphone) Zach Wilson likes Sally Jacobs’ comment. At Sally: “LOL! Did you take a photo?”

SALLY
At Sally: “Yes.” At Zach: “Yes. Uploading it now.”

ZACH
Zach Wilson likes Sally Jacobs’ photo. “LOL! Guy flossing his teeth on the Muni!”

BRAD
Brad Miller likes Sally Jacobs’ photo. “Awesome photo, Sally.”

NICOLE
Nicole Bennett likes Sally Jacobs’ photo. “Gross.”

SALLY
At Zach, at Brad, at Nicole: “Thanks, you guys. Hashtag feel better about my life now.”

JERRY
Jerry Martinez  likes Sally Jacobs’ photo. At Sally: “I know we’re not friends, but we have 7 mutual friends, and your photo appeared on my feed.”

SALLY
At Jerry: “np Jerry. Adding you now.”

JERRY
“Awesome. Confirming now.”

JERRY AND SALLY
(in unison)Jerry Martinez and Sally Jacobs are now friends.

BRAD
Brad Miller likes this.

NICOLE
Nicole Bennett likes this.

ZACH
“Zach Wilson is listening to “Smells like Teen Spirit” on Spotify.”

SALLY
At Brad, at Nicole: “So how is the date going, you guys?”

BRAD
 “Smiley face.”

NICOLE
“Happy face.”

ZACH
“Wait, what? You guys are dating? How did I not KNOW this!!!? Confused face.”

BRAD
 “Raised eyebrow face.”

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Join us for the next Monday Night PlayGround at Berkeley Rep on Monday, November 21, 2011 at 8pm and choose your own favorite!

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