Tuesday, November 17, 2015

October People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... The October People's Choice Award goes to Jessica Rowe for her short play, Thirst, presented as a staged reading at the Monday Night PlayGround season opener/Planet Earth Arts New Play Festival on October 19 at the Zephyr Theatre. Congratulations, Jessica!

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


THIRST
by Jessica Rowe

THE PLACE
The Desert.

THE CHARACTERS
Cutter – Male – Age 50+ – Any race – Bitter, paranoid, haggard. Dressed in rags.
Avani – Female – Age 10 – Any race – Innocent, yet streetwise. (Actress can be older, but should look and act as young as possible.)
Larissa – Female – Age 30+ – Same race as Avani – Regal, hardened woman.

Night. Darkness. A single light shines down on CUTTER, sitting on the ground next to a blanket. He holds a gun. His head hangs heavy. He coughs, throat dry. He looks around, cautious, then pulls the blanket aside, revealing a hole in the ground: a shallow well. He dips his hand down, cups water and drinks. He savors each drop. Then—A NOISE. He jumps up, lifts his gun. He kicks the blanket back over the hole.

CUTTER
Who’s there? (pause) I heard you, I know you’re there! Come out or I’ll swear to God start shooting—don’t think I won’t!

More noise. Cutter points his gun at the sound, where—AVANI enters, takes a few steps toward him. Stops. Cutter does not lower his gun.

CUTTER (CON’T)
Shit. You shouldn’t be here, girl. You need to get outta here.

Avani turns to go.

CUTTER (CON’T)
Wait—don’t move! I said don’t move!

She stops.

CUTTER (CON’T)
Turn around. That’s right. Do what I say. Don’t think I won’t kill a girl—I have before. I don’t want. Don’t make me do that. Come here.

She takes a few steps closer, slowly, wary.

CUTTER.
What did you see? Tell me.

AVANI
Nothin.

CUTTER
Don’t lie! I heard you out there. You saw it, didn’t you?

He steps closer, threatening her. She nods.

AVANI
Yes. Sorry!

CUTTER
Shit. Shit. How old are you?

AVANI
10.

CUTTER
Where’s your family? How far away are they?

AVANI
I don’t have a family.

CUTTER
Don’t lie, girl. No way could a kid make it this far into the desert alone.

AVANI
They’re dead.

CUTTER
(Suspicious) You sure?

AVANI
Pretty sure.

CUTTER
How’d they die?

AVANI
Fightin over a tanker.

CUTTER
When was that?

AVANI
Long time ago.

CUTTER
(Suspicious) Where?

AVANI
(Annoyed) Long way away. I’ve been walkin forever. I’m thirsty.

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