Friday, October 31, 2014

October People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... The October People's Choice Award goes to Karen Howes for her short play, The Effects of Drought on Mary Zimmerman’s Metamorphoses, presented as a staged reading at THE DROUGHT-inspired Monday Night PlayGround on October 13 at the Zephyr Theatre. Congratulations, Karen!

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

THE EFFECTS OF DROUGHT ON MARY ZIMMERMAN’S METAMORPOSES
by Karen Howes

CAST
Stephen Steinman Male, age 35-45; Caucasian. Suave and hip theater director with 3 days tillopening and mounting problems. But he can take it. He's more concernedabout the bottom line than artistry, and he's more interested in a starlit thanhis wife. In the end, he's a good director who always comes throughbecause "the show must go on."

Mrs Giles Female, 45-60; any race. Stage Manager who has it under control and is always one step ahead. She's been doing this a long time.

Angela Steinman Female, age 35-45; probably Caucasian. At one time, she was the pretty ingenue who could wrap the audience and her husband, the director, around her finger. Age has got her, but she's still talented and has a high standard for theatrical ethics and artistry.

Poseidon Male, age 40-55; could be any race, but he's Stephen's brother. He carries a trident and looks like Poseidon, though he has also played the part of Moses (perhaps tussled white hair).

SET: director's chair on a bare stage.
TIME: The Present

STEPHEN, in his director’s chair facing a bare
stage, crosses off words in his script. MRS
GILES mops the floor. The SOUND of RAIN.

STEPHEN
Nope. Take it out! No rain.

MRS GILES
(looks to the sound booth) No rain, Jimmy! Cut the rain!

SOUND of WATER running.

STEPHEN
What’s that? Water? Why water? No running water.

MRS GILES waves the sound out. Now, the
SOUND of THUNDER, a DOWNPOUR.

STEPHEN
Are you kidding me? Does he need a thesaurus?

MRS GILES is on her headset. The storm stops.
ANGELA enters with a script. She’s fuming,
livid; doesn’t know what to say. Decides to act.

ANGELA
“He turned to wave at her. She waved at him while the ribbon of black water widened
between the ship and shore --until he was no longer distinguishable but still she could see
the ship . . . then the whole hull was gone”

STEPHEN
Angela?

ANGELA
and only “the sails” remained. “Empty and desolate blue --

STEPHEN
Mrs Giles?

ANGELA
“-- to lie down on the huge and vacant bed and give herself over to weeping.”
Angela cries. It’s honest., not overdramatic.

STEPHEN
What are you doing?? I’m -- I’m lost. Mrs Giles, what is this?

ANGELA
The script. It’s how it’s writen. It’s how I’m going to say it.

MRS GILES
She’s upset with you Mr Steinman

STEPHEN
(Counting on his fingers) “Wave, waved, water, ship, shore, ship, hull, sails, weeping.”
That’s nine words that engage the imagery of water. Nine thousand dollars.

ANGELA
Wave and waved don’t count. It means this (waves her hand) not --
She acts out a large wave coming at her

ANGELA
I need to tell you, Utah. It’s “time to dance with the Universe.”

STEPHEN
What is that?

MRS GILES
Patick Swayze. Point Break.

ANGELA surfs a giant wave while waving.

MRS GILES
Now she’s showing you that WAVE is a homograph. It has two meanings.

STEPHEN
I know what a homograph is (maybe he doesn’t), and I don’t care. Two words. It’s a two thousand dollar gamble that I’m not willing to take.

ANGELA
Then maybe you shouldn’t have slept with Aphrodite, you shit.

MRS GILES
She means Veronica Hud . . .

STEPHEN
I know who she means, and she’s wrong. I think maybe she’s just a little jealous because
instead of playing the young and pretty parts this time, Ms Angela Steinman was cast as
the Nursemaid, the Therapist, Erysichthon’s Mother, and the Scientist.

ANGELA
I think it’s more likely that she’s angry and hurt because her husband, the director, is
sleeping with the actress who is playing the young and pretty parts that should be mine.
(Playing a child as Erysichthon’s mother) “Sir, I swear by the god of the SEA that no one
except myself has come to this shore.”

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Join us for the next Monday Night PlayGround on Monday, November 10, at the Zephyr Theatre and choose your own favorite. Click here for more info.

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