Friday, March 4, 2016

February People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... The February People's Choice Award goes to Lauren Gorski for her short play, Emergency Operation, presented as a staged reading at Monday Night PlayGround on February 8 at the Zephyr Theatre. Congratulations, Lauren!

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




EMERGENCY OPERATION
by Lauren Gorski

Cast in Order of Appearance
Adam - Male, 20s+, Any Race
Kelsey – Female, 20s+, Any Race
Nurse – Any Gender, Any Age, Any Race
Patient with Scissors Male – Any Age, Any Race
Doctor – Any Gender, Any Age, Any Race
Gail – Female, 50s, Any Race
Larry – Male, 50s, Any Race

An ER waiting room. Present day. A couple, ADAM and KELSEY (20s) stand in line for the NURSE receptionist. They look relatively healthy around sick PATIENTS.

KELSEY
This is crazy, Adam. I got a drink with a friend. That was it.

ADAM
You kissed him.

KELSEY
I told you he kissed me.

ADAM
You kissed him, Kelsey.

KELSEY
Fine. I kissed him. Is that what you want? Will you stop this now, please?

NURSE
Next.

The PATIENT in front of ADAM approaches the NURSE.

KELSEY
Adam.

ADAM
You kissed him.

KELSEY
It didn’t mean anything.

ADAM
How is that possible? Every time I kiss somebody it means something. My girlfriend. (aka YOU) My dog. Even my grandma, you know, because I’m never quite sure if I’ll see her again.

KELSEY
We had a few drinks. I was feeling good. I felt like kissing somebody. Anybody.

ADAM
See. That’s it. That’s the fucking problem. I don’t want to be someone in your life that you’re with just because “it feels good.”

NURSE
Next.

KELSEY
Can we have this conversation someplace else?

ADAM
No, it’s my turn. (approaches NURSE.)

NURSE
How can I help you?

ADAM
It’s my heart. I need a new one. Or a repair. Whatever my insurance covers. (pulls out IDs.)

NURSE
Excuse me?

ADAM
(points to KELSEY) She broke it. She ripped it out and spit on it and fucking used it like chewing gum. Or a punching bag. Or a piece of veal that you have to hit with a mallet so it collects all the flavor of the sauce. (off NURSE’s look) The point is, my heart is broken and it doesn’t work and I need a new one.

NURSE
This seems more like a private matter?

KELSEY
We were leaving. We can work this out by ourselves. I’m so sorry.

ADAM
I would like to see a doctor or surgeon as soon as possible. This is an emergency! I can’t live like this!

KELSEY
I’m sorry. He’s seen too many Meg Ryan movies.

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Join us for the next Monday Night PlayGround on Monday, March 14, at the Zephyr Theatre and choose your own favorite. Click here for more info.

1 comment:

  1. CONGRATS! I was delighted to be a part of this very winning script!

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