Friday, March 04, 2016

February People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... The February People's Choice Award goes to Patricia Cotter for her short play, I’m Really Sorry About This, presented as a staged reading at Monday Night PlayGround on February 15 at Berkeley Rep. Congratulations, Patricia!

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





I'M REALLY SORRY ABOUT THIS
by Patricia Cotter

Cast: Two men, one woman, any ethnicity. We only see Julia; both Siris and Robert are offstage/voice overs.
Julia - Female - Age 30's and up. Smart, has a lot going on, in denial. Relies on her phone quite a lot.
Siri - Female - Any age, compassionate, created by Apple Computers.
Male Siri - Male - Any age, a bit of a know it all, created by Apple Computers.
Robert: Male - Age 30's and up. Julia's husband. Evasive. Having an affair.

Julia is in her car on, say, the 101. She hits the hands free button on her car’s phone system and connects up to Siri.

JULIA
What is the estimated time I should arrive home?

SIRI
You should arrive home in about forty-seven minutes, Julia.

JULIA
Shoot. Call Robert.

SIRI
Which Robert would you like me to call?

JULIA
Oh, I hate you right now. (Deliberately, loudly, they way you sometimes have to do with Siri) Call my husband Robert.

SIRI
What would you like to know about Robert?

JULIA
Nothing. I already know everything about him. I just need you to call him because I live in a stupid hands free state and I can’t do it myself. So CALL ROBERT.

SIRI
What would you like to know about Robert?

JULIA
Call-

SIRI
-I’m serious, Julia.

JULIA
Excuse me?

SIRI
There are some things that you need to know about Robert.

JULIA
What?

SIRI
I thought you’d just like to know more about Robert.

JULIA
No. I just need to call him and tell him that I’m going to be-

SIRI
-For example: Where is Robert right now?

JULIA
He’s at home.

SIRI
Oh, okay.

JULIA
What is wrong with you? Is this an operating system upgrade thing? (Over articulating) Call Robert.

SIRI
He won’t pick up.

JULIA
Yes, he will.

SIRI
Haven’t you ever noticed that Robert will call you back, but he never just picks up.

JULIA
No. He...yeah...actually that is weird.

SIRI
Something to think about, Julia.

JULIA
Stop using my name, Siri.

SIRI
What would you like me to call you, Julia.

JULIA
Why do you have to call me anything?

SIRI
Okay, Anything.

JULIA
Just call Robert.

SIRI
What would you like to know about Robert?

JULIA
Fine. What’s his favorite movie?

SIRI
“The Matrix Reloaded” or “Office Space” depending on the mood or who asks him.

Julia pauses - Siri is right and it’s freaking her out a little bit.

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