Friday, January 10, 2014

December People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... The December People's Choice Award goes to Mercedes Segesvary for her original short play, @LoVerBoY2248, presented as a staged reading at the PlayGround-LA Monday Night PlayGround December 9 performance at the Zephyr Theatre. Congratulations, Mercedes!

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

by Mercedes Segesvary

CHARLIE - Male, no specific race. Age; Late 20’s to 30’s
SARA - Female, no specific race. Age; Late 20’s to 30’s.
JULIE - Female, no specific race. Age; 20’s. She wears a winter coat and hat.
CJ (Charlie Junior) - Male, no specific race but he is the child of Charlie and Sara so
some resemblance to either parent. Age; pre-teen/toddler, can be played by adult for
comedic effect.

The living room of an apartment. Romantic lighting. A cold winter evening.

Cheap toy drum with drum sticks. Paper receipts. Cell phone. Two glasses. Liquor bottle.
Lap Top. Two gold rings.

Lights Up. Charlie and Julie are standing center stage facing each other.

I really can’t stay.

God, I’ve been hoping that you’d drop in. No, not hoping. Wishing, dreaming, praying.
Now here you are, not even five minutes and you’re ready to leave? You haven’t even
thawed from the cold outside.

Charlie grabs her hands and blows on them to warm her hands. He examines the ring on
her finger.

CHARLIE (cont’d)
Do you like it? I know you said silver but gold suits you so much better.

They embrace and kiss. Julie giggles. Charlie takes Julie’s hat.

CHARLIE (cont’d)
Julie, it’s miserable out there. There’s no way you’ll find a cab in this weather.

It’s not that bad.

Look I got this great fire going. Stay and I’ll drive you as soon as this storm passes. An
hour…maybe two?

Charlie goes to the table, puts down Julie’s hat and pours two drinks. He brings them to

CHARLIE (cont’d)
Just call your parents and tell them the weather’s too rough, that you’re staying the night
at a friend’s.

A friend?

A very good friend.

Julie takes the drink and sips it. She coughs a little from its strength.

That’s strong.

Yes. It’ll help you… thaw.

A faint drum sound is heard.

What’s that sound?

The fire. Listen to it roar. Don’t you just want to take that coat off and sit by the warmth?
I promise to behave.

Charlie puts down his drink and removes Julie’s coat.

Mind if I move in a little closer?

Charlie takes Julie’s glass and coat and puts them on the table. He grabs her and they
embrace in a passionate kiss. The drum sound gets louder.

What is that?


You don’t hear it? That drumming sound?

That’s my heart beating its way out of my chest. You make me feel so alive.


Oh crap.


You need to go.


Join us for the next Monday Night PlayGround on Monday, January 13, at the Zephyr Theatre and choose your own favorite. Click here for more info.

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