Tuesday, February 2, 2016

December People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... The December People's Choice Award goes to Jessica Rowe for her short play, Psycho, presented as a staged reading at Monday Night PlayGround on December 14 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!


PSYCHO
by Jessica Rowe

THE PLACE
A Restaurant.

THE CHARACTERS
Mike – Male – 20s/30s – Any race – Well-meaning but misguided dudebro.
Jenna – Female – 20s/30s – Any race – Fast-talking blonde, petite, also a bit of a bro.
Waiter – Male – 30s/40s – Any race – Just trying to do his job.

Late night. A romantic restaurant, table for two.
MIKE and JENNA are just finishing their meal. JENNA groans and pushes her plate away.

JENNA
Oh my god, stop me. I’m such a whale, I can’t believe I ate all that!

MIKE
You can kinda destroyed that spaghetti, babe.

JENNA
I totally did. I hate myself.

MIKE
You’re like, the coolest chick I know. And trust me, I’ve dated a lot of crazies—

Enter the WAITER.

WAITER
Did we save room for dessert? I have to say, our Christmas dessert menu is superb!

MIKE
What’ve you got?

WAITER
Tonight we have a flourless hazelnut chocolate cake, as well a holiday five-spice tarte tatin and, a personal favorite, our famous gingerbread tiramisu—

JENNA
(Interrupting) Oh my god stop talking. No, sorry. I mean, it sounds amazing, but I can’t.

WAITER
For the tiramisu, we also have a special champagne pairing. Very delicious (he leans in toward MIKE, whispers) and very romantic.

MIKE
Come on babe, let’s share. If you eat it all, I’ll pretend I did it so you don’t feel bad.

JENNA
Oh, alright! God.

WAITER
I’ll be right back.

He exits.

JENNA
(Suspicious—but in a good way) Mike. You didn’t need to do that.

MIKE
I want this to be romantic.

JENNA
Tonight was nice! Consider me romanced.

MIKE
Yeah. But I mean, special.

JENNA
Mike…

He reaches for his pocket—

MIKE
It’s almost Christmas, and I’m not good at this stuff—

He pulls out a velvet box—

JENNA
(To herself) Ohmygod.

MIKE
But I really like you, Jens, and I wanted to do something nice—

He slides it across the table to her—

MIKE
So I hope you don’t mind getting your gift a little early this year.

JENNA
(As she picks up the box) Mike, oh my god, Mike, I can’t believe this—

She opens the box—
And freezes.

MIKE
…so? Do you like it?

JENNA
It’s a bird.

MIKE
Yeah! It’s for our first date—just like tonight, we came to dinner here, and then walked over to the three-dollar theater and saw that old movie. Y’know, the one that was basically that M.Night Shyamalan film about plants killing us all, but with birds. Fucking birds man. That shit was awesome.

JENNA
(In shock) Awesome.

He leans forward to show her, in fact, how awesome it is.

MIKE
See? It’s covered in those, uh, Sarwoski? Saroffski? The really nice crystals girls like.

JENNA
…Is it a pin?

MIKE
Yeah! That way you can put it wherever you want. (He finger-guns at her) Am I thoughtful boyfriend or what?

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Join us for the next Monday Night PlayGround on Monday, February 8, at the Zephyr Theatre and choose your own favorite. Click here for more info.

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