Friday, February 22, 2013

January People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... The January People's Choice Award goes to PlayGround writer Tracy Held Potter for her original short musical, A Mother's Seduction, with music by Don Seaver, presented as a staged reading at the January 21 Monday Night PlayGround "Musical Theatre Night" at Berkeley Rep. Congratulations, Tracy!

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



A MOTHER’S SEDUCTION
by Tracy Held Potter

CHARACTERS
Sally – Female – Age 30 – Any Race – A sleep‐deprived mother.
Sleep – Male – Any Age – Any Race – Mysterious, seductive, and serious.
Chores – Male – Any Age – Any Race – Wily, determined, and a bit sassy.
Baby Bella – The 3‐month‐old baby can be a doll or similar, but she sure does cry a lot!

SETTING
A bedroom, into the dark hours of the night.

NOTES
All the dialogue in caps are meant to be sung. The crying could be “live” or an instrument, or a combination.

(SALLY sings lullabies to her baby as she tries to rock her to sleep. SHE is wearing a pretty nightgown that makes nursing convenient. SALLY is exhausted from repeating this routine several times a night for the past three months. The sleep deficit that she has accumulated has taken its toll on her sanity. BABY BELLA cries.)

SALLY
Shh … shh …  (BELLA cries out loudly.)

SALLY
Shhh!!!! Just go to sleep already!  (BABY pauses and then cries more.)

SALLY
Oh, I’m sorry, Baby Bell! I didn’t mean it! I didn’t mean it, Bella Belly … there, there. I’m so tired. Just go to sleep, so I can finally rest, too. Okay?  (SHE paces, trying more lullabies, and yet nothing will end the crying. She trips over a pillow and is near the brink of tears. SLEEP appears, humming a lullaby and beginning his seduction.)

SLEEP
COME TO BED AND CLOSE YOUR EYES. MELT INTO THE NIGHT’S DISGUISE, SLUMBER IS YOUR SWEET SURPRISE. GIVE IN TO MY LULLABIES.  (Though Sleep is singing to Sally, BELLA is lulled to sleep.)

SALLY
OH, YOU FAIL TO REALIZE I AM BOUND BY MOTHERS’ TIES. TEMPTING ME WITH WISTFUL LIES … WHAT IF BABY BELLA CRIES?

SLEEP
JUST TRUST ME, SHE WON’T, MY DEAR SEE, THERE’S NOT A THING TO FEAR. COME CLOSE, YOUR SOFT BED IS NEAR BECKONING, A PERCH RIGHT HERE.

SALLY
I NURSE, BURP, WIPE EVERY DAY. ALL NIGHT, I ROCK, SING AND SWAY. THREE MONTHS SINCE YOU’VE BEEN AWAY. HOW CAN I TRUST WHAT YOU SAY?

SLEEP
HONOR BY THE MOONLIGHT, I SWEAR. BELIEVE IN THE WARM QUILT RIGHT THERE. CONFIDING IN THE COOL NIGHT’S AIR, ON JOURNEY TO MY RESTFUL LAIR.  (SALLY yawns and slowly rests with her baby on the pillow.)

SALLY
JUST FOR A MOMENT OR TWO I STILL HAVE SO MUCH TO DO  (SLEEP cradles SALLY, who in turn cradles BABY BELLA.)

SLEEP
REST AND REGAIN STRENGTH ANEW. EIGHT HOURS WILL CARRY YOU THROUGH.  (CHORES bursts in, as SALLY dozes.)

CHORES
Eight hours?! He did not just say that. Sally, wake up!

SALLY
Huh?

CHORES
The baby’s asleep! Now you can do all the things you couldn’t do while she was awake!


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Join us for the next Monday Night PlayGround at Berkeley Rep on Monday, February 25, 2013 at 8pm and choose your own favorite! For more info, click here.
 
 

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