Friday, February 22, 2013

February People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... This month's People's Choice Award goes to John Corcoran for his original short play, The Kid in the Trunk, presented as a staged reading at the PlayGround-LA Monday Night PlayGround February 11 performance at the Zephyr Theatre. Congratulations, John!

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



THE KID IN THE TRUNK
by John Corcoran

CHARACTERS
DEES - An oversized widower & reluctant serial killer, 40.
SMOKI - A precocious, sexy, 19-year-old girl and his lover.

At Rise. SMOKI and DEES are in the front seat of a car. DEES is driving. It is late afternoon.

SMOKI
Weird. Car’s all clean as shit outside, but smells kinda funky in here.

DEES
That’s cuz’ I got a kid in the trunk.

SMOKI
What do you mean, you got a kid in the trunk?

DEES
He’s, I dunno, twenty. He’s dead. I sat on him until he was dead.

SMOKI
Accidental like?

DEES
Not really sure.

SMOKI
You just killed him and didn’t have no place to put him, so you put him your trunk?

DEES
Didn’t plan on killin’ him. Shit happens.

SMOKI
So you already killed a guy? The guy we’re goin’ to kill now ain’t your first?

DEES
Nope. Second. And “we” aint’ killin’ this next guy, I am.

SMOKI
Tell me more about the kid in the trunk, Dees.

DEES
He worked at a car wash. I got my car washed. He vacuumed my trunk without asking
me first, so I sat on him until he was good and dead. Skinny little kid.

SMOKI
What the hell? You killed a guy for vacuuming your car?
DEES
I had Jenny’s ashes in an urn back there. I was off to dump her in the ocean. Out of
respect, I stopped for a car wash. Kid was vacuuming inside the car and I went off to grab
a smoke. When I come back, he’d vacuumed in the trunk too. He’d sucked Jenny right
out of her urn with a high-powered vacuum. (makes slurping noise) Sllllllluuuppppppp!

SMOKI
Hell, Dees.

DEES
I just sorta snapped.

SMOKI
He was probably just trying to be helpful, and you, like, squooshed him? I’ll bet he
didn’t know that was a dead person in that urn.

DEES
He should have asked. You don’t just go sucking up somebody’s wife without asking
first.

SMOKI
You sat on him? Why didn’t you shoot him?

DEES
I don’t want to talk about it no more.

SMOKI
I’d rather be shot than be squooshed under the ass of a 300-pound biker.

DEES
Two-seventy. And I ain't a biker no more since I sold the Harley to pay for Jenny’s
medicine.

SMOKI
Okay, then tell me how come you’re killin’ this other guy? He vacuum up yer Momma?


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3 comments:

  1. 2 pages isn't enough! Wanted to read more.

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  2. How much are plane tickets to the Zephyr Theater? Do you have a landing strip nearby? I gotta see this play.

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  3. Congrats, John, on the well-deserved recognition! I remember hearing the piece at the workshop and it's hysterical. Cheers--Felix

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