Friday, October 19, 2012

October People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... This month's People's Choice Award goes to first-time PlayGround writer Patricia Cotter for her original short play, Tallulah, presented as a staged reading at the Monday Night PlayGround season opener at Berkeley Rep this past Monday.  Congratulations, Patricia!

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



Tallulah
by Patricia Cotter 


Cast:
MOLLY - Female - Age near forty - any race - urban, patient (up to a point), Billy's old friend.
BILLY - Male - Age near forty (old enough to be a slightly older parent of an eighteen month old) - any race - usually a good friend, currently slightly obsessed with his child.

A bare stage. BILLY, a newish dad and a MOLLY, his dear, baby beleaguered, friend play "catch" with his unseen eleven-month-old, TALLULAH. MOLLY is bored, but trying not to show it. BILLY slowly rolls the ball to his daughter. HE does this throughout the play: rolls it, and  then has to go fetch it, since his daughter is too young to be able to play ball. (Actors can use a real ball, or an imagined one.)

BILLY
(to Molly) ...did you see that? Did you see it? See what she did?

MOLLY
Yup.

BILLY
The way her hands are just naturally cupping? Ready to receive it? That's so advanced.

MOLLY
Yeah. Nice try.

BILLY
GOOD GIRL, Tallulah! Now roll it back.

MOLLY
Yeah, Billy? I don't think she's actually capable of doing that yet. Is she? I mean, she's pretty little.

BILLY
Oh, no. She is. She just got confused for a second. Right, sweetie?

MOLLY
She does seem to like putting it in her mouth. Which is, you know, fine by me. Big, round object. Who wouldn't want to gnaw on that?

BILLY
Her coordination is actually amazing. She's in the ninety eighth percentile.

MOLLY
Cool. (beat) I...I don't know what that means.

BILLY
Here it comes again, honey! Well, you know her friend Leo?

MOLLY
No. I don't think so...

BILLY
You met him. He was at her party, half-Asian kid? Super cute parents.

MOLLY
Oh, yeah. Kinda...that's okay though...

BILLY
Leo is in the second percentile.

MOLLY
So what then? Tallulah is ninety six percentiles better than poor little, half-Asian Leo?

BILLY
What? No. I mean, yes, but not really in that sort of competitive way. It's just a gauge to give you an idea, comparatively, of how advanced she is - that's all. He's a great kid. (Billy claps his hands so that Tallulah will roll the ball back. She doesn't.) Come on. Show Molly how you roll the ball back to Papa.

MOLLY
I thought we might open that red I brought.

BILLY
Look! Look! She's leaning into it. Are you seeing this? GOOD JOB!

MOLLY
It looks like she's just kind of collapsing under the weight of her own head.

BILLY
Roll it back, Tallulah! Roll it back! I don't think of her head as being abnormally large.
_______

Join us for the next Monday Night PlayGround at Berkeley Rep on Monday, November 19, 2012 at 8pm and choose your own favorite! For more info, click here.

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