Thursday, January 24, 2013

January People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... This month's People's Choice Award goes to Carolina Rojas Moretti for her original short play, Flight Time, presented as a staged reading at the PlayGround-LA Monday Night PlayGround January 14 performance at the Zephyr Theatre. Congratulations, Carolina!

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

by Carolina Rojas Moretti

MAGGIE—mid 20s to late 30s
MOTHER—Maggie’s Mother
FATHER—Maggie’s Father

MAGGIE stands center stage and addresses the audience.

I have a dream. An airplane crash dream. It’s recurring. If there is an airplane in my dream, that’s bad. I mean, it’s going to be a nightmare. It’s not going to go well. For me.

FATHER enters—beer in one hand, newspaper in the other—and plops down heavily on an old recliner. He drinks and reads. MOTHER enters with a deck of cards, sits on a couch, and starts dealing herself a game of solitaire. We are now in MOTHER and FATHER’s living room, but MAGGIE is not a part of their scene yet.

And it’s almost always the same series of events. Very vivid, with smells and everything. With motion.

MOTHER stands and exits into her kitchen off stage. FATHER drinks and reads.

I think to myself, “Where should I put this bag? In the overhead compartment or below my seat?”

MOTHER enters. Sits in front of cards again.

I have to plan the next few hours of flight time carefully because I’m confined, you know? Stuck, in a way. I’m in the middle seat, with a woman at the window and a large man on the aisle, so getting up…it’s a challenge.

FATHER finishes his beer and shakes the empty bottle. MOTHER sees the empty bottle, stands, takes the empty from FATHER and exits into the kitchen.

If I leave an item in the overhead and the captain refuses to turn off the “Fasten Seatbelt” sign—like they do, all the time—then I won’t have this item, this thing that I need for the flight.

MOTHER enters with a full beer and hands it to FATHER. FATHER drinks and reads. MOTHER sits for a moment. Then she stands and exits into the kitchen again.

If I put a bag under the seat in front of me, there is a good chance I won’t have enough legroom and…

But her speech fades away as she tries to come to the point. FATHER reads. Drinks.
MOTHER enters. She sits at her cards.


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