Friday, January 13, 2017

December People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... The December People's Choice Award goes to Ruben Grijalva for his short play, Nutcracked, presented as a staged reading at the Monday Night PlayGround “Holiday Extravaganza” on December 19 at Berkeley Rep. Congratulations, Ruben!

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


Nutcracked
by
Ruben Grijalva

CHARACTERS
TED Male, 35 - 45
JILL Female, 35 - 45
CLARA Female, Youthful
NUTCRACKER Male, youthful
MOUSE KING Male, 40s
DROSSELMEYER Male, 60+

(LIGHTS UP on TED seated, watching a football game.
The crowd roars and Ted jumps to his feet.)

TED
That's what I'm talking about, baby! Wooooo --!

(JILL enters. Ted, startled, drops quickly to the couch,
wraps himself in a blanket. His woohoos dissolve into a
coughing fit. She's not buying it.)

JILL
Feeling better?

TED
(weak, scratchy voice)
Hmmm? Oh, hey there, you're early. I'm, you know, I'm okay. Still a little...
(he shivers)
You know? Still not quite fully -- uh, how was --
(cough, cough)
How was the ballet?

JILL
If you didn't want to go, you should have just said so.

TED
No, I wanted to, I just -- this thing going around the office, it's really --
(she's not buying it)
Alright, but, to be fair, I did say so. You asked if I wanted to go, and I said there was a game on, and you said there was a game every week, but the Nutcracker was only once a year, which is --

JILL
Which is true.

TED
Yeah, but...don't you think every four years would be fine? Like the Olympics. Keep it novel.

JILL
Well, you would have loved it tonight, because it was...novel.

TED
It was good?

JILL
I didn't say that.

TED
Too novel?

JILL
They changed it.

TED
What, like the costumes or something?

JILL
Like the plot.

TED
The plot? But aren't people kinda expecting --

JILL
Yes, they are kinda expecting.

TED
And they just changed it?

JILL
They just changed it.

TED
And not for the better?

JILL
Not for me.

TED
What did they change? Actually, what is the plot again?

JILL
Oh come on, you saw it last year.

TED
Yeah, but I wasn't exactly --

JILL
Engaged?

TED
Awake.

JILL
Your eyes were open, I checked multiple times.

TED
Yeah...that's a little trick I learned in college.

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

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