Thursday, December 18, 2014

December People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... The December People's Choice Award goes to Mercedes Segesvary for her short play, Record, presented as a staged reading at THE HOLIDAY PARTY-inspired Monday Night PlayGround on December 8 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!


RECORD
by Mercedes Segesvary

Characters

SARA: Female, no specific race. Age; late 20’s to 40’s.
CYRUS: Male, no specific race. Age; late 20’s to 40’s.
Sara and Cyrus are married so they should be somewhat close in age.

Setting
Sara and Cyrus’s bedroom.

Time
Present Day

Props
Two chairs, one small table, a smart phone. Some make-up items, hair brush.

Lights up. SARA sits downstage at a small vanity table, facing audience. She is wearing a robe. Her nice high heels are near her chair. She is slowly applying make-up as if looking in a mirror. Her smart phone is on the table. She picks it up and checks it, pressing the screen. She puts it back down on the table. CYRUS enters opposite of SARA in boxers and t-shirt holding his pants, shirt, shoes and tie. He places his clothes on a chair and shoes on the floor. He gets down on the floor and begins doing push ups.

CYRUS
Ninety-three, ninety-four, ninety-five, ninety-six, ninety-seven….

He struggles with the last few push-ups.

CYRUS
Ninety-eight… ninety-nine… One hundred!

He falls to the floor.

SARA
I’m impressed.

CYRUS
As you should be.

CYRUS sits up on his knees and massages his arms as if they are sore.

CYRUS
Did you get the tickets babe?

SARA
Tickets?

CYRUS lifts his arms and flexes them. Kissing each muscle.

CYRUS
To the gun show.

SARA
Are you fucking kidding me?

CYRUS
Every time. You fall for it every time.

SARA
Quit messing around. You’re gonna make us late.

CYRUS
Five minutes. I need five minutes. You on the other hand…

Pause. CYRUS rethinks his comment.

SARA
Yes? You were saying oh wise one?

CYRUS stands.

CYRUS
I was saying that you, my treasure, on the other hand, are like a lovely diamond who’s beauty may take centuries to form but such exquisite extravagance is worth the wait.

SARA looks at her phone with a casual smile.

SARA
You should really consider wearing briefs. I believe all the cool air that seeps up to your little brain does make you a babbling fool.

CYRUS looks at his boxers. He stretches out his boxers as if looking down his boxers and walks over to the chair with his clothes.

CYRUS
The boys thank you for your attention to their details.

CYRUS takes his pants and puts them on. He looks off stage as if looking in a mirror, checking himself out.

SARA
So…?

CYRUS
So…?

SARA
Come on Cyrus. I don’t want to wait.

CYRUS
I want to wait.

            SARA checks her phone.


SARA
Why? I’ve waited all day. Damn it, I should have gone with you. You never ask questions.

CYRUS
I want to tell everyone, tonight.  At the party.

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