Tuesday, March 19, 2013

March People's Choice Award

The people have spoken (again)... and The March People's Choice Award goes to PlayGround writer (and January People's Choice Award winner) Tracy Held Potter for her original short play, Princess Audrey, presented as a staged reading at the March 18 Monday Night PlayGround at Berkeley Rep. Congratulations, Tracy!



PRINCESS AUDREY
by Tracy Held Potter

CHARACTERS
Audrey – Female, Age 5; Any Race; Little girl.
Aunt Beth – Female; Age 32; Any Race; Aunt on Audrey’s mother’s side.

SETTING
Bed‐time in Audrey’s bedroom.

BETH and AUDREY are playing with dolls on the floor.

AUDREY
When is Mommy coming back home?

BETH
Not until after your little baby brother is born.

AUDREY
When is that going to be?

BETH
Any minute now.

AUDREY
Are you going to stay here?

BETH
Yep, for the next few days, until your mommy and daddy and baby brother come home and after everyone gets settled in.

AUDREY
I like when you visit.

BETH
Me, too.

AUDREY
You let me stay up late and eat ice--‐cream.

BETH
Whoa! It’s already 8:30! Okay, Squirt, time for bed. (BETH ushers AUDREY to bed.)

AUDREY
But, Auntie Beth! I wanted to keep playing dolls with you.

BETH
Nope. Your mom said you could stay up until 8:00, and look, it’s already 8:30. You don’t want me to get in trouble, do you?

AUDREY
No.

BETH
Come on, Audrey, get under the covers. (BETH tucks AUDREY into the bed.)

AUDREY
Are you going to tell me a story?

BETH
Of course! Is there a particular story you want to hear?

AUDREY
I like the one about the princess.

BETH
Yeah? Alright. Once upon a time, there was a princess who liked to ride horses and—

AUDREY
And her name was Audrey, you forgot that part.

BETH
How could I do that? Once upon a time, there was a princess named Audrey who liked to ride horses and—

AUDREY
You forgot to say how beautiful she was …

BETH
She was very beautiful—

AUDREY
And she was the prettiest princess in the whole kingdom and all the princes wanted to marry her.

BETH
Maybe you should tell me the story.

AUDREY
No, I want YOU to tell it!

BETH
Well, how about you start it and once it gets going, I’ll finish it, okay?
  
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