Thursday, January 10, 2013

December People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... The final People's Choice Award of 2012 goes to PlayGround writer Amy Sass for her original short play, Structural Instability, presented as a staged reading at the December 17 Monday Night PlayGround "Holiday Extravaganza" at Berkeley Rep.  This marks Amy's second People's Choice Award of the season... she also won in November for her play Significant People. Congratulations, Amy!

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



STRUCTURAL INSTABILITY
by Amy Sass

CAST OF CHARACTERS
ANALYST 1 – A structural engineer. Vegan. Female 20’s – 30’s
ANALYST 2 – A structural engineer. Old hat. Male 40’s-50’s
MRS. Wealthy. Acerbic. 50’s
MR. – Wealthy. Morose. 50’s

SETTING
The top floor of a multi-million dollar penthouse.

As the play opens, MR. & MRS. sit on the balcony.
They stare morosely out. He holds a bourbon, neat.
She: a martini. A plate of small sandwiches set
between them. No one consumes anything.
ANALYSTS 1 & 2 quietly inspect the interior walls.
They survey the walls up and down, making notes
on a clipboard. ANALYST 1 notices something on the wall.

ANALYST 1
Uh oh. A crack. (They look at each other.) A small one. See for yourself.

ANALYST 2 goes over. He takes out a magnifying glass.

ANALYST 2
Hm.

ANALYST 1
You see it. Don’t tell me you don’t see it.

Pause.

ANALYST 2
Okay. I see it. (Pause.) Shit. (Pause.) I’ve never seen one here before.

ANALYST 1
I know. It’s…surprising. I mean, everything is so…

ANALYST 2
Well, note it down. (ANALYST 1 does so.) Okay, let’s go get lunch. I’m starved.

ANALYST 1
Wait.
ANALYST 2
What?

ANALYST 1 gestures for ANALYST 2 to come closer. He sighs and does so.

ANALYST 1
What are we going to do about… (Pause, then, delicately) The crack.

ANALYST 2
Oh. (Pause.) Nothing. (Pause.) C’mon, let’s go-

ANALYST 1
We have to say something.

ANALYST 2
To what end?

ANALYST 1
Well… so they know.

ANALYST 2
(Looks at her.) You think it’s important.

ANALYST 1
I do.

ANALYST 2
Okay. You tell them. (Pause.) Go on. Tell them.

They look over at MR. and MRS.

ANALYST 1
They’re eating breakfast.

ANALYST 2
No, they’re not.

ANALYST 1
Right. Okay. (Clears throat. Goes over to MR. & MRS. who barely move
from their poses.)

_______

Join us for the next Monday Night PlayGround at Berkeley Rep on Monday, January 21, 2013 at 8pm and choose your own favorite! For more info, click here.
 

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