Tuesday, February 03, 2015

January People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... The January People's Choice Award goes to Davern Wright for his short play, Would You Like the Can, Sir?, presented as a staged reading at the Monday Night PlayGround STEM Night on January 26 at Berkeley Rep. Congratulations, Davern!

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

WOULD YOU LIKE THE CAN, SIR?
By Davern Wright

Character Breakdown:
HELICASE — Any sex — Any age — An alpha; wears all red
LIGASE — Any sex — Any age — Easygoing; wears all blue
PRIMASE — Any sex — Any age — A diplomat; wears all orange
POLYMERASE — Any sex — Any age — Heavyset, sweaty; wears all green
DECITABINE — Any sex — Any age — A bruiser; wears all white
RANDALL — Any sex — 50s–60s
NURSE — Any sex — Any age

A line of FIVE OBJECTS (e.g. basketballs or whatever is convenient) extends from stage left to stage right.  A single LETTER is marked on each object, so that the order of the objects, from house left to right, reads “CAAGG.”  HELICASE stands stage left, impatient.  LIGASE waits stage right, holding a GLUE STICK.  PRIMASE enters stage left, leading POLYMERASE, who carries a BAG filled with similar OBJECTS with letters on them. 

PRIMASE
(to POLYMERASE)
Riiiight this way... eeeaaasssy does it...

POLYMERASE
(staring at OBJECT 1 (marked “G”))
Oooh, shit... oooohh shit... ooohkay.  Okay.  So “G” goes with... goes with what now?

PRIMASE
It’s okay.  “G” goes with “C.”  Remember?
(pointing to OBJECT 1)
“Guanine” —
(pointing to an object in his bag)
“Cyto—”

POLYMERASE
Whoa, whoa, whoa — Primase.  Can we just — stick to the letters please?

PRIMASE
Okay —

POLYMERASE
(rummaging in his bag)
You know, just — you start getting all, like, guavanine and cyberspace and I get really —

PRIMASE
(correcting)
Guanine.

POLYMERASE
What?

PRIMASE
It’s pronounced guanine. 

POLYMERASE
Yeah, but — what did I just say?

PRIMASE
You said “Guavanine” —

POLYMERASE
No, like, about using LETTERS instead of NAMES?

PRIMASE
I was only —

HELICASE
You’re gonna to have to learn them sometime


POLYMERASE
(to HELICASE)
Am I talking to you?

HELICASE
You’re looking at me and moving your —
PRIMASE
Helicase, let me handle it —


POLYMERASE
(to HELICASE)
You’ve had it out for me since mitosis, dude, / don’t think I haven’t —

HELICASE
Well, when you can’t tell a purine from a pyrimidine

PRIMASE
Helicase!  Helicase!  C’mon.  C’mon, man.
(HELICASE falls silent.)
Let’s just all take a deep breath, okay?
(Only PRIMASE takes a deep breath.)
Okay.  Let’s start again.

POLYMERASE
Right.
(He points to the FIRST OBJECT.)
So Guanine.

PRIMASE
…right.

POLYMERASE
(rummaging his bag)
“Guanine” goes with “Cyberspace.”

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Join us for the next Monday Night PlayGround on Monday, February 16, at Berkeley Rep and choose your own favorite. Click here for more info.

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