Tuesday, March 12, 2013

March People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... This month's People's Choice Award goes to Andrew Crabtree for his original short play, The Prince and the Closet Castle, presented as a staged reading at the PlayGround-LA Monday Night PlayGround March 11 performance at the Zephyr Theatre. Congratulations, Andrew!

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



THE PRINCE AND THE CLOSET CASTLE
by Andrew Crabtree

CHARACTERS:

TALIA (30s) - The Alpha. Aggressive. Something to prove but no clue what it is. Unconcerned with a lot of social norms.

WILLIAM (20s) - The Omega. His tail perpetually between his legs. Prone to exaggeration and getting carried away. Oblivious to a lot of social cues.

RALPHIE (20s) - The Optimist. Happy go lucky. Has the best... and often loudest... of intentions.


SCENE ONE. Lights up on WILLIAM. He wears a collared shirt - under a tie - under a sweater. He stands alone. He holds a red Solo cup and a cell phone. Party music plays in the background He looks around and bounces awkwardly. As he speaks on the phone he looks at the “party” surrounding him.

WILLIAM
This is so futile. I don’t want to be here. I hate parties.

Lights up on RALPHIE. The other side of the phone call. He’s not at the party. Maybe he’s in the audience. Maybe.

RALPHIE
Relax! What kind of party is it? A rave? A frat party? A-

WILLIAM
Work party.

RALPHIE
Like... a sexy work party?

WILLIAM
Celebrating someone’s promotion to VP of something-or-other.

RALPHIE
Huh. Well that’s... It’ll be fun!

WILLIAM
False. It will be nauseating.

RALPHIE
Williaaaam.... Just talk to / someone!

WILLIAM
I can’t just walk up and start talking at someone, it’s rude!

RALPHIE
No it’s not! That’s socializing! Come on! We’ve gotta break this slump.. This curse... and find you a nice girl! You’re smart, you’re funny, / you have a j-

WILLIAM
I am not funny.

RALPHIE
Of course you are! In that.... Dry, think-about-it-for-awhile kind of way.

WILLIAM
I do have one doozy of a joke. It’s about a binary-coded machine going on a date with an HTML server.
(He starts chuckling.) The binary machine says...

RALPHIE
On second thought, maybe don’t do that. Listen, if you’re not gonna talk to somebody, I’m gonna come over / and intervene.

WILLIAM
Absolutely not! (William, panicked, crosses to center stage and opens a door, entering a very small room. A closet.)

RALPHIE
Agh. I heard the door, Will.

WILLIAM
No you didn’t.

RALPHIE
Are you hiding in the closet again?

WILLIAM
No! / Who hides in closets?

RALPHIE
I’m coming over.

WILLIAM
NO! Ugh. Damn it all. Fine. I’ll talk to people. I’ll mingle.

RALPHIE
Too late. You had your chance.

WILLIAM
Please don’t come over.

RALPHIE
You want to keep me from wingmaning for you?

WILLIAM
Embarrassing me / until you ignore me.

RALPHIE
WINGMANING! -- Then you need to kiss a girl.

WILLIAM
What? You’re crazy! I barely-

RALPHIE
It’s... 11:30 now. If I don’t get confirmation that you’ve kissed somebody... I’m not even going to specify gender in case there are some massive revelations on the horizon.

WILLIAM
Shut up.

RALPHIE
If I don’t get confirmation by midnight, I’m coming over.


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