Tuesday, March 11, 2014

February People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... The February People's Choice Award goes to Patricia Cotter for her short play, When You Talk About This, presented as a staged reading at the Monday Night PlayGround MATH NIGHT on February 17 at Berkeley Rep. Congratulations, Patricia!

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

WHEN YOU TALK ABOUT THIS
by Patricia Cotter

Cast: One man, one woman

Nina - Female - Age 40's - College statistics professor,
attractive, self possessed, powerful, a fantastic teacher and very
practical. Never has stepped over the line with a student until
this day.

William - Male - Age early 20's. Open, sincere, passionate about
life, a good student, no real interest or aptitude for math.

A college classroom. William and Nina, his statistics professor make out on her desk.

WILLIAM
...This is...wow...this is ...great.

They kiss some more.

NINA
You locked the door?

WILLIAM
Yeah.

They kiss more.

WILLIAM
I think.

NINA
You think? Or you know?

WILLIAM
I am ninety nine percent sure.

Nina goes to check the door.

NINA
Since ninety nine percent is not a hundred percent...

She checks, it’s locked. She goes back to kissing William.

WILLIAM
This is awesome. I mean...come on... this is the best statistics class ever.

NINA
Thank you...feel free to include that in your class evaluation. (Beat.) Not really.

WILLIAM
Professor Jacobson-Cray --

NINA
-- How about just...call me Nina.

WILLIAM
Yeah, cool. I’d love to call you Nina. Nina...you’re a really, really good kisser.

NINA
Thanks.

WILLIAM
And...a great statistics professor. I thought I would hate statistics, since I don’t really like
any kind of math or numbers thing, but when I came into class and I saw you I thought:
“Hey, this might not be the worst thing in the world.” At least my prof is hot. Like really,
really incredibly hot and not just for a professor but for, like, a woman...

NINA
Maybe, let’s just...not talk so much.

WILLIAM
Right.

They kiss. Nina is distracted, he notices.

WILLIAM
Do you want some music? (Pulls out his phone.) Here pick a station. Whatever you want.

She scrolls though his Pandora stations.

NINA
Okay. I don’t know any of these people.

WILLIAM
Really? That’s funny. How about...

He randomly hits a station. Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”
begins. They make out but, after a few beats Nina can’t
stop herself from laughing.

NINA
Sorry. Sorry. That just reminds me of Stephen Colbert.

WILLIAM
Okay.

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Join us for the next Monday Night PlayGround on Monday, March 17, at Berkeley Rep and choose your own favorite. Click here for more info.

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