Friday, February 24, 2012

February People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... This month's People's Choice Award goes to Diane Sampson for her original short play, What's True, presented as a staged reading at the Monday Night PlayGround "Math Night" at Berkeley Rep this past Monday.  Congratulations, Diane!

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


Still from West Side Story
What’s True
by Diane Sampson

Character Descriptions
MARCUS Male – Caucasian – mid-50s – shows sign of a serious illness – dressed casually but wears slippers
AMANDA Female – his wife – Caucasian – early 50s – dressed casually but more “together” than Marcus
LILY Female – their daughter – Caucasian – 18 or 19 – dressed casually and youthfully as she’s a college student

Setting
Marcus and Amanda’s living room in the present. A couch and several chairs and a coffee or side table. At rise, Amanda has a notepad and pencil. Marcus sits with a blanket over his legs. When Lily enters, she carries a teacup.


(At rise, MARCUS sits on a couch, his lower body covered with a blanket. AMANDA sits beside him, writing on a notepad.)

MARCUS
So tell Kaminsky that the Lattice Models presentation is almost complete. If I don’t get to finish it, he absolutely has the chops. Tell him he has my blessing. And my parking space. That should put him in a good mood.

AMANDA
Marcus!

MARCUS
And send a bottle of a really good chardonnay to Rick Azoulan. I never really congratulated him appropriately on his article in the JMP.

AMANDA
Why don’t you let go of this stuff, honey? It’s just more stress.

MARCUS
It’s less stress, Amanda. I feel better knowing that I’m taking care of things. (Beat) Which brings me to the song.

AMANDA
Oh, no. I do not want to sing at your memorial service. I believe I’ve made that very clear.

MARCUS
And I believe I’ve made it clear that it would mean a lot to me. And my wishes take precedence here, since I’m the one who’s …

AMANDA
(Interrupts) Okay. All right. I get it.

MARCUS
(Sings) “Maria. I just met a girl named Maria.” C’mon.

AMANDA
(Repeats singing) “Maria. I just met a girl named Maria.”

MARCUS
(Sings) “And suddenly I’ve found how wonderful a sound can be.”

AMANDA
I know the lyrics, Marcus. That’s not the issue.

MARCUS
Well, what is then?

AMANDA
Well, for one thing, my name isn’t Maria.

MARCUS
Of course it isn’t. That’s the point. I want you to tell them how I always loved “West Side Story” and then when we met, I substituted “Amanda” for “Maria” and sang it to you all the time.

AMANDA
My voice isn’t good enough. I’ll be embarrassed.

MARCUS
Of course it’s good enough. You sing in the community choir.

AMANDA
(Angry) Well, you know what? I’m going to be crying, Marcus. And I just don’t think I’ll be able to sing, too.

MARCUS
(He gets it now) Okay. Okay. It’s just that I wanted everybody to know how you swept me off my feet, and I thought that would be a good way, but … (Beat) You know I’ve had a crush on you for twenty-two years.

AMANDA
Twenty-three.

MARCUS
Not for two months. Which means that…

AMANDA
Must you always be so exact?

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Join us for the next Monday Night PlayGround at Berkeley Rep on Monday, March 19, 2012 at 8pm and choose your own favorite!

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