Tuesday, February 2, 2016

January People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... The January People's Choice Award goes to Nicki Spencer for her short play, Goodnight Joanne, presented as a staged reading at Monday Night PlayGround on January 11 at the Zephyr Theatre. Congratulations, Nicki!

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


GOODNIGHT JOANNE
by Nicki Spencer

CAST BREAKDOWN
JOANNE – Female – Age 25 –Any Race – A highly capable woman, except when it comes to dating.
FRANK – Male – Age 27 – Any Race – Handsome but awkward in a painfully relatable way.
FRANK’S RESOLUTION – Male – Any Age – Any Race – Very suave James Bond type with the sexy British accent to match.
JOANNE’S RESOLUTION – Female – Any Age – Any Race – Geeky librarian type who is not at all easy to charm.

*Note – The Resolutions are free to wander around and react to the actions of Joanne and Frank as they watch them. For most of the play, Frank’s Resolution and Joanne’s Resolution cannot see each other or interact.

 A friendly porch with a red front door at CENTER. FRANK’S
RESOLUTION stands UR. JOANNE’S RESOLUTION stands UL.
They both watch FRANK and JOANNE enter. FRANK and
JOANNE walk towards the porch. They linger in front of the door.

JOANNE
Wait… so your brother and sister accidentally kissed? Oh my God. That’s horrible!

FRANK
Horrible for them. Hysterical for the rest of mankind.

They both laugh until it dissipates into silence. They stare into
each other’s eyes. It’s that “ will they won’t they” kiss kind of
moment. The silence lasts for too long. FRANK leans his head in
ever so slightly for a kiss. He pulls it back. It’s awkward.
FRANK’S RESOLUTION snaps his fingers twice and approaches
FRANK. JOANNE and JOANNE’S RESOLUTION freeze in place,
stuck in time.)

FRANK’S RESOLUTION
What are you doing?

FRANK
Ah! Who the hell are you?

FRANK’S RESOLUTION
You’re just staring at her. It’s two seconds away from being terribly creepy.

FRANK
Joanne? Joanne! What’s wrong with her?

FRANK’S RESOLUTION
I didn’t have to interfere during your date, but this is the pivotal moment of the night, and so far it’s an utter disaster. (FRANK waves his hands in front of JOANNE. She remains a statue.) She can’t move. I stopped time for a bit. You needed to take a moment. And since I’m your New Year’s Resolution—

FRANK
Wait, you’re my… what?

FRANK’S RESOLUTION pulls out a sheet of paper. Reads.

FRANK’S RESOLUTION
“I will do everything in my power to not enter the Friend Zone in 2016. To be a bold, move-making ladies man.” This is yours, correct?

FRANK
Well, yeah. Actually that is my resolution.

FRANK’S RESOLUTION
Well, I am the embodiment of your resolution. I’m here to make sure you are not put in the Friend Zone. I’m here to help you be bold with the ladies, to go for that mindboggling kiss that makes her knees weak! No longer are you Frank Stumbaugh, King of The Friend Zone. Now you will be Frank Stumbaugh, lover extraordinaire.

FRANK
So… you’re here to help me on this date?

FRANK’S RESOLUTION
Exactly. And you managed very well during dinner; I didn’t have to interrupt once!

FRANK
Yeah well… It was a blast…she’s really great…

FRANK’S RESOULTION
Yes she is. Now, what are you going to do to repair this moment?

FRANK
This moment isn’t so bad…

FRANK’S RESOLUTION
Frank, it is probably the most awkward encounter I’ve ever witnessed. You must take action! Otherwise you’ll muck it up like you did with every woman you dated in 2015.

FRANK
It wasn’t… every woman.

FRANK’S RESOLUTION
Annie, Julianne, Tayah, Caroline.

FRANK
What about em?

FRANK’S RESOLUTION
All Friend Zoned. Nancy and Pam on the other hand were just plain weirded out by your behavior and therefore never returned your phone calls. And Stephanie got a restraining order because you broke her dog’s leg.

FRANK
That was an accident! I swear!

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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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