Tuesday, February 02, 2016

January People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... The January People's Choice Award goes to Madeleine Butler for her short play, The Story of Our Lives, presented as a staged reading at Monday Night PlayGround on January 18 at Berkeley Rep. Congratulations, Madeleine!

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


THE STORY OF OUR LIVES
by Madeleine Butler

Cast in Order of Appearance
Alice - A retired professional woman, well-to-do, sophisticated, creative, liberal, feminist, to play age 69. Any race.

Sarah - Alice’s daughter, suburban, well-to-do, conservative, to play age 48. Her race should be a plausible match for her to be Alice’s biological daughter.

Setting
Alice’s kitchen, present day.

Please note that stage directions are suggestions only.

A large suburban kitchen, in the process of
being packed up for a move. ALICE is
pulling dishes out of cabinets, wrapping
some, and putting others into a box to
donate.

ALICE
Honey? Is there more packing tape out there?

SARAH
(Offstage) Just a minute. Coming…

SARAH enters, carrying a roll of packing
tape, which she hands to ALICE.

SARAH
Here. I think there are about ten rolls left. That should be plenty.

ALICE
Thanks.

SARAH
Alice? Alice. Listen to me. This move is a terrible mistake. It’s so impulsive! Sam hasn’t
even been dead a year and you’re not supposed to make decisions right away. And New York? That makes no sense? What will you do in New York?

ALICE
What won’t I do in New York? Museums, plays, the ballet. I think I’ll take art lessons.

SARAH
You can take art lessons here in St. Louis, you know.

ALICE
Oh, God, how did I raise such a provincial child?

SARAH
I beg your pardon. I am NOT provincial. I am a very sophisticated person and you know it.

ALICE
Of course you are, dear. I’m sorry.

SARAH
I just don’t understand why you won’t move in with Jerry and me. You know we’d build you a beautiful in-law unit in the back, and then as you age, we’ll be right there and we can take care of you. Really, that’s what’s best.

ALICE
Sarah Jane Webster, I am only 69 years old and in excellent health. I do not need you or anyone else to take care of me. Talk to me when I’m 89 and I’ll see how I feel about it.

SARAH
Well, Sam thought he was in good health, too.

ALICE
He got hit by a semi, honey. That’s not a health crisis. That’s a cruel trick of fate. Trust me, I’m fine.

SARAH
And what about the danger? You’re used to the suburbs. What if you get mugged? Or worse? New York is dangerous! It’s filled with criminals.

ALICE
Pshaw.

SARAH
Pshaw? Nobody says “pshaw.”

ALICE
I just said it.

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