Friday, March 13, 2015

March People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... The March People's Choice Award goes to Mercedes Segesvary for her short play, Dinner Story, presented as a staged reading at HEROES AND VILLAINS-inspired Monday Night PlayGround on March 9 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!


Dinner Story
by Mercedes Segesvary

Characters

NARRATOR: Female. Age; 30’s. No specific race. Intended to be grown up version of Daughter so some similarity to Daughter is favored.

FATHER: Male. Age; 40’s. No specific race. Married to Mother. He has no speaking lines. All his actions are pantomimed.

MOTHER: Female. Age; late 30’s. No specific race. Married to Father. She has no speaking lines. All her actions are pantomimed.

DAUGHTER: Female. Age; 10. Mother and Father are her parents so some similarity necessary. Intended to be younger version of Narrator so some similarity is favored. She has few speaking lines. All her actions are pantomimed.

Setting
Dining room of Mother and Father’s house.

Time
Present Day but dream like.

Props
Table, four chairs, three plates, three napkins, three sets of forks/knives, one serving dish. A newspaper. A Journal. A Lego figurine.


Dinner Story
by Mercedes Segesvary

Lights come up low.

There is a table center stage with three chairs around it.

There is a chair down stage facing audience.

Narrator enters carrying a journal. She walks past the table and examines it. She then walks to downstage chair and sits. She adjusts herself then opens her journal and begins to read to the audience.

NARRATOR
Lights come up.

                        Lights come up quickly.

NARRATOR
Slowly. They must come up slowly.

                        Lights dim. Lights then come up again slowly.

NARRATOR
A soft music begins to play.

                        A soft music begins to play.
                        Narrator listens to music. Then she looks off at the table.

NARRATOR
Mother enters carrying three plates.

                        Mother enters carrying three plates.

NARRATOR
She softly moves around the table placing a plate in front of each chair.
Adjusting and readjusting each plate.

                        Mother moves around the table placing a plate by each chair.
Adjusting and readjusting each plate.

NARRATOR
She does this over and over, almost neurotically,
until it is uncomfortable to do anymore.
Then, she stops.
She looks at her table and tries to admire it.
Its presentation must hold a certain value. It must be, perfect.
Mother knows this. 
                        Mother stops and admires her table.

NARRATOR
She pulls a cell phone from her pocket and pushes the screen trying to call someone.

Mother pulls a cell phone from her pocket and pushes the screen trying to call someone.

NARRATOR
It goes to voicemail.
She hangs up, annoyed.
She places her phone on the table.

                        Mother hangs up, annoyed. She places her phone on the table.

NARRATOR
She adjusts the plates again.
She then exits to the kitchen. Her kitchen. Her secret lair where she plots the demise of the world. Her world. Their world.

                        Mother adjusts the plates again.
She exits.

NARRATOR
Here there is an uncomfortable pause.
The table sits alone in the middle of an empty dinning room.
It waits and waits for someone to attend to its loneliness.
The music changes.

                        The music changes to something sad.

NARRATOR
No, not that. Something … happier.

                        A happier song begins to play (softly.)

NARRATOR
Good. That. Yes.

Daughter enters slowly. She looks over at the Narrator. They acknowledge each other.

NARRATOR
Daughter enters slowly. She sees something in the room. Something. Maybe a ghost? Or an imaginary friend? She’s not sure but she acknowledges it then continues her entry.
She has a toy.
It’s a Lego figurine from the race car series. It’s only the figurine, no racecar. She’s named the Lego figurine—

                        Music stops.

DAUGHTER
—Robert Diego the Holy Man of Emptysville.

NARRATOR
Or Empty Rob for short.
She runs around the table playing with Empty Rob.

                        Daughter runs around table playing with the Lego figurine.

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