The people have spoken... The October People's Choice Award goes to Nancy K. Fishman for her short play, Pageant, presented as a staged reading at Monday Night PlayGround on October 17 at Berkeley Rep. Congratulations, Nancy! The play along with the other short works from the evening were featured as a part of the 3rd Annual Planet Earth Arts New Play Festival.
Courtesy of Ms. Fishman, we're pleased to share the first two pages from the award-winning script. Enjoy!
By Nancy K. Fishman
CAST IN ORDER OF APPEARANCE
Rosana Oppedisano– female–early 20s-Italian/any race-Italian accent
Noa Diskin- female-early 20s-Israeli/Caucasian or of Ethiopian descent-Israeli accent
Nadege Hayatou- female-early 20’s, a West African rhinoceros from Cameroon-any race-French accent (possibly two people in a costume, front and back)
Kanako Akita- female-early 20s-Japanese/Japanese accent
Donald Trump- male-late 60s-Caucasian-New York accent
Male employee/Male Judge- Male-any age over 30 - any race
Everyman Republican- male-any age over 21-any race -silent audience member
(In the dressing room of the Miss Universe
pageant, 2013. Rosana, Noa, and Kanako
are in various states of dress and undress, trying
desperately to get ready for the swimsuit contest)
(Searching desperately in a make-up bag She digs deeper and deeper
into her bag, throwing things out on the table as she looks for the eyeliner.
We see her bag emptied of tampons, deodorant, bobby pins, tubes
of lipstick. Finally she shrieks, which makes Rosana, Noa and Kanako
jump a foot in the air. Then she slowly swivels in her chair
and looks at the other three women with dagger eyes)
Okay, which one of bitches you took my eyeliner?
(swiveling in her own chair, which is opposite Noa’s chair)
Porca miseria, you think we care about your eyeliner? You are pazza…completamente pazza. Everyone else here is sweet--maybe a little manipulative--but you,(she stabs at the air for emphasis with the eyeliner brush), you are like a wet blanket.
Bat-zona! I know you took it!!! I’ve met pickpockets before. .
(standing up and facing NOA ).
You know, cara, you could get kicked out of the Miss Universe contest for using dirty words.Sozzone!
(wielding a curling iron like a sword)
Yes, you can get kicked out for cursing. But when I was in the army, I learned not to snitch on
(Frantically trying to tease some body into her hair).
Same with me. We don’t snitch. Better to suffer a bully than to snitch and be ostracized
(walks over to NOA’S station and picks
up an eyeliner pencil off of the ground).
Is this your eyeliner?
NOA (grabbing the eyeliner)
Ah, thank god you found it.!
Well, I’m so glad we avoided an international incident. Let’s set some ground rules, shall we girls?
I don’t know about you, but the only ground rule for me is that I’m gonna win this contest.
When does Ms. Cameroon get here? If she’s not here in an hour, she’ll be disqualified.
Have you prepared for the final question?
(jumps up and starts pacing, pulling down the back of her bathing suit)
What do you think they’ll ask? Something about world peace? Zika? Motherhood, what?
As long as they don’t ask about the separation barrier, they can ask me whatever they want.
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