Thursday, December 06, 2012

November People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... Last month's People's Choice Award goes to first-time PlayGround writer Amy Sass for her original short play, Significant People, presented as a staged reading at the November 19 Monday Night PlayGround "O'Neill Night" at Berkeley Rep.  Congratulations, Amy!

Eugene O'Neill's Tao House
Courtesy of Ms. Sass, we're pleased to share the first two pages from the award-winning script.  Enjoy!






SIGNIFICANT PEOPLE
A play in one act
By Amy Sass


Cast of Characters
Docent 1 - Male, 60s
Docent 2 - Female, 60s
SETTING
We begin with a blank stage. It is an historic site of cultural significance. The house of a notable couple. As the characters tour the house, the scenic objects and rooms mentioned in the text are left to the imagination. The only room to appear in tangible form is The Study.

(As the play opens, the Docents stand addressing the audience. They wear tags that say: DOCENT. A tour is about to begin.)


DOCENT 1
Certain people are important.

DOCENT 2
More important than others.

DOCENT 1
This is because they contributed. They put us on the map.

DOCENT 2
By us, we mean: Americans. They put Americans on the map.

DOCENT 1
They made strides in one direction or another.

DOCENT 2
They were known.

DOCENT 1
Known for their contributions, their works of outstanding creative or cultural genius. They were significant.

DOCENT 2
Well, he was significant. She wasn’t quite as significant.

DOCENT 1
She was significant.

DOCENT 2
Not really.

DOCENT 1
She was significant to him.

DOCENT 2
Not the same.

DOCENT 1
Does it matter?

DOCENT 2
Depends on whom you ask.

DOCENT 1
Ok, she was somewhat significant.

DOCENT 2
Maybe. But she was certainly not historic.
(Pause. She remembers the audience. Smiles.)
He was famous.

DOCENT 1
He didn’t start famous.

DOCENT 2
He won awards.

DOCENT 1
He became famous.

DOCENT 2
Famous people thought he was famous.

DOCENT 1
He was only famous to some.

DOCENT 2
He was trendy-famous. Tortured-famous. Remove yourself from the world famous. Drink yourself into oblivion famous. (Pause.)

DOCENT 1
Well.

DOCENT 2
Well.

_______

Join us for the next Monday Night PlayGround at Berkeley Rep on Monday, December 17, 2012 at 8pm and choose your own favorite! For more info, click here.


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