Tuesday, February 26, 2013

February People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... In our most competitive voting yet, with $479 in donations tallied for the six short plays presented at last night's Monday Night PlayGround "Math Night" at Berkeley Rep, the February People's Choice Award goes to PlayGround writer William Bivins for his original short play, Symmetrical Smack-Down. Congratulations, Bill!

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



Symmetrical Smack-Down
by William Bivins

Cast Breakdown:
Napalm – Male, 20s-30s. any race. Professional wrestler.
El Chupacabro – Male, 50s, any race, but with preference for Latino. Professional wrestler.
Raquel – Female, 20s, any race, but with preference for Latina. Sports writer; El Chupacabro's daughter.
Marion – Female, 40s-50s, any race. Reference librarian.

Setting:
A cafe table and two chairs.

The DING of a bell, as in a wrestling match. Napalm and El Chupacabro enter, stand at either end of the stage facing the audience. They are dressed in the costumes of professional wrestlers and are full of bluster.

NAPALM
I am Napalm, the fire-bomber. I leave behind me a wake of devastation. El Chupacabro is my sworn enemy. Today I will OBLITERATE HIM!

EL CHUPACABRO
I am El Chupacabro. Destroyer of men. Inflicter of pain. Napalm is my sworn enemy. Today he will TASTE MY WRATH!

DING. Marion and Raquel enter, stand on either side of the table and chairs, facing the audience.

RAQUEL
(To audience.) I’m Raquel. I am a sports writer and daughter of a professional wrestler. Marion is my
girlfriend of three years. Today I will find out if she’s willing to fight for me.

MARION
(To audience.) I am Marion. I’m a reference librarian. Do not laugh. Today I am angry with Raquel for reasons I’d rather not discuss.

DING. The two women sit at the table across from each other.

MARION
Your hair could use some attention.

RAQUEL
You got something you want to say to me?

MARION
Why would you think I have anything to say to you?

RAQUEL
You've been crabby all morning.

MARION
Have I? I haven’t noticed. Where is the waiter? The service here is abysmal.

RAQUEL
Let’s pretend we’re breaking up.

MARION
You want to break up?

RAQUEL
I want to pretend to break up. Kind of a game.

MARION
Okay. You start.

RAQUEL
Marion, I’m breaking up with you.

MARION
How do I react?

RAQUEL
I don’t know. Shock, anger, indifference.

MARION
I choose indifference.

RAQUEL
You do?

MARION
We’re just pretending, aren’t we?

RAQUEL
Yeah, but why indifference?

MARION
What happens next?

RAQUEL
You ask me why I’m breaking up with you.

MARION
Why are you breaking up with me?

DING. The two women freeze. The two fighters face off with each other.

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