Wednesday, March 21, 2012

March People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... This month's People's Choice Award goes to Mercedes Segesvary for her original short play, Room for Rent, presented as a staged reading at the Monday Night PlayGround season finale at Berkeley Rep this past Monday.  Congratulations, Mercedes!

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


ROOM FOR RENT
by Mercedes Segesvary
  
CHARACTERS 
Jenny: Female. Age, 20’s/30’s. No specific race.

Christine, Friend, Sign Person Three, Margaret: All four characters played by same actress.  Female, Caucasian, age 20 to 30. 

Richard, Shawn, Sign Person Two: All four characters played by same actor.  Male, Caucasian or mixed race, age 20 to 30.

Serge, Jack, Sign Person One: All three characters played by same actor.  Male, Caucasian, 20’s to 40’s.  As Serge, he has a thick Russian accent.

SETTING
Multiple apartments in San Francisco

(Lights up.  Jenny standing center.)

JENNY (To audience)
Look I’m not gonna lie.  San Francisco is fucking awesome!  The weather is mild, the trees are always green and the ocean breeze pushes all our smog to Livermore.  The Marin Headlands 5 minutes north, Berkeley right next door and Santa Cruz is just a short drive away.  There’s always something fabulous to see and adventurous to do.  This city rocks!  But it’s expensive as shit.  I mean seriously, the places I’ve lived just to save some cash have been… well… colorful.  And by colorful I mean ridiculous.  And by ridiculous I mean character building.  And by character building I mean, ok, ok see for yourself.

(Light change. Sign Person One walks through with a sign that reads “Christine and Richard” then flips the sign and it reads “The Drug Addicts.”)

CHRISTINE, RICHARD and JENNY (to audience, as sign is shown)
Christine and Richard.  The Drug Addicts.

(Light Change.  Christine, Richard and Jenny stand center.)

CHRISTINE
So that’s the space.  The best part is, we’re just a five-minute walk to SFSU.  Our last roommate also goes to State. 

RICHARD
Do you have any questions?

JENNY
Well, just one really.  If you don’t mind, why did the last roommate leave?

CHRISTINE
I’m totally glad you asked.  Erin, our last roommate, she’s a good friend and all, but she got heavy into drugs.  And Richard and I don’t care much for drug addicts so we had to kick her out.  So that’s super important to us that you don’t do drugs.

JENNY
Oh that’s terrible.  Well I can assure you I don’t do drugs. 
CHRISTINE
That’s good. I mean we don’t care if you smoke pot now and then, just don’t bring it into the apartment. 

JENNY
Absolutely.  I’m not that big on pot.

RICHARD
A little coke is alright too.  Seriously, it’s not like we all haven’t done a line or two to get us through finals but as long as you don’t bring that stuff in the apartment we’re good.

JENNY
Oh, for sure.  Yeah, no coke.  Never even tried it.

RICHARD
Really?  Never?

CHRISTINE
And, like, I love a good trip on E, but for real though, not in the apartment.

RICHARD
But if you’re at a party and you need some E just call this number.  It’s my cell.  (Makes air quote gestures.)  My work cell.  A little side biz.  Academy of Art ain’t cheap.

CHRISTINE
But not in the apartment.

RICHARD
Yeah, not in the apartment.

JENNY
Ok, yeah, no Ecstasy. 

RICHARD
In the apartment.

JENNY
Yeah, umm, right.  Not in the apartment.  I’ll probably just be spending a lot of time at school and work so I‘m pretty sure I won’t be doing any—

CHRISTINE
Oh and totally no crack.
RICHARD
Crack is whack.  It’s so Tenderloin.  We’re pretty classy here.

CHRISTINE
But if that’s you’re thing—

RICHARD
Just not in the apartment.

JENNY
Got it.  No Crack… Just one other question.

RICHARD
Shoot.

JENNY
What kind of drugs was your last roommate doing that you actually kicked her out?

CHRISTINE and RICHARD
Heroin.

JENNY
Oh my god!  That’s awful.

CHRISTINE
Yeah.  It was pretty sad.  She was way cool before.

JENNY
I’m sorry to hear it.

RICHARD
Yeah.  (Pause)  But if you’re into heroin that’s cool.

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11 comments:

  1. Yay, this is so cool. Thank you very much PlayGround audience!! Sincerely, Mercedes

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  2. Gimme more, I need it! :) Thumbs up for ya, Hugi!

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