Friday, December 19, 2014

December People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... The December People's Choice Award goes to first-time PlayGrounder Davern Wright for his short play, Cratchit, presented as a staged reading at the Monday Night PlayGround Holiday Extravaganza on December 15 at Berkeley Rep. Congratulations, Davern!

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


CRATCHIT
by Davern Wright

Character Breakdown:
BOB — Male — 40-50 — A clerk
EMILY — Female — 40-50 — His wife
MARTHA — Female — 14-18 — His older daughter
BELINDA — Female — 12-16 — His younger daughter
PETER — Male — 10-16 — His older son
TIM — Male — 9 — His younger son
SCROOGE — Male — 60s — A miser
THE GHOST OF CHRISTMAS PRESENT — Male — 30-50 — A large man

A tiny cottage.  MARTHA and BELINDA stand near a POT on a stove, arguing. 

MARTHA
Don’t lie to me!  Sarah told me you told him I liked him and that was only because you liked him and wanted to get with him —

BELINDA
No, I don’t like him ’cause he’s ugly and he told me he’s not talking to you anymore ’cause he thinks you’re ugly and Anna’s prettier —

MARTHA
(taking up the POT)
You know what, I’m about to dump this all over your stupid lying face, you lying —

Suddenly, BOB bursts through the door, tearing off his coat. 

BOB
Tell me the gravy’s ready.  TELL ME THE GRAVY’S READY!!

BELINDA
(crying)
Dad, Martha threatened to pour boiling hot liquid all over my —

MARTHA
That’s cause Belinda told Adam at school that I liked —

BOB
HOLY!  SHIT!  Not today, girls!!  NOT!!! TODAY!!! 
(The girls fall silent.)
Now that gravy better be ready in thirty fucking seconds or you’re both spending next year at a workhouse!
(The girls go back to fixing the gravy.  BOB calls into the other room.)
EMILY?!!!  EMILY, WHERE ARE YOU?!!!
EMILY
(off)
STOP FUCKING SHOUTING, I’M IN THE WASHROOM!!!

BOB
WE HAVE TWO MINUTES, EMILY!!!  TWO FUCKING MINUTES!!!

EMILY
(off)
TAKE ’EM AND SHOVE ‘EM UP YOUR ASS!

BOB
YOU ARE NOT GOING TO SABOTAGE THIS FOR ME, EMILY!!! NOT THIS TIME!!! NOW PINCH IT OFF AND GET YOUR ASS DOWN HERE!!!

TIM
(entering)
Hey, Pop —

BOB
Tim, where the fuck is your crutch?!

TIM
(pointing)
It’s, it’s in the corner  —

BOB
(running to get the CRUTCH)
WHAT DID I TELL YOU?!  Do I have to NAIL that thing to your armpit??  Jesus FUCK, you’re not even practicing the limp!

TIM
(taking the CRUTCH, putting it on)
I practiced this morning, Dad...

BOB
THIS MORNING isn’t good enough!  I need you GIMPED UP 24/7!!!  You’re the fucking emotional centerpiece to the entire fucking enterprise! 

TIM
It just strikes me as a bit... dishonest, Pop...

BOB
What did you say?

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