Monday, March 28, 2016

March People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... The March People's Choice Award goes to Vincent Terrell Durham for his short play, A New Happily Ever After, presented as a staged reading at Monday Night PlayGround on March 14 at the Zephyr Theatre. Congratulations, Vincent!

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

A NEW HAPPILY EVER AFTER
by Vincent Terrell Durham

CAST:
PRINCE CHARMING - Male, White, young, handsome, from the land of fairy tales.
CINDERELLA - Female, White, young, pretty, from the land of fairy tales.
EBONYERELLA - Female, Black, young, pretty, from South Central L.A.
CARMENITA - Female, Mexican, young, pretty, from South Central L.A.
FAIRY GODMOTHER - Female, White, any age, from Fairyland.

Setting: The front yard of Cinderella's farm house.

The year 2016 has intruded on Cinderella and Prince Charming in the form of wise talking Ebonyerella and street smart Carmenita.

AT RISE:

(An annoyingly happy fairy tale tune plays the entire
time, until other music is called for. PRINCE
CHARMING is kneeling down at the foot of
CINDERELLA. He is preparing to place the slipper
upon her shoe-less foot.)

PRINCE CHARMING
My dear Cinderella if this slipper fits, then you are the one I’ve been searching for. You are the one who captured my heart on that enchanted evening.

CINDERELLA
I would love nothing more then that, Prince Charming. Please place the slipper upon my bare foot. I’m sure it will fit quite nicely.

(EBONYERELLA enters and interrupts the action.)

EBONYERELLA
Hashtag - Cinderella so white.

PRINCE CHARMING
Yes, isn’t it wonderful?

EBONYERELLA
No, it’s not. It’s a lot like the Oscars. Hashtag - Cinderella so white.

PRINCE CHARMING
Oscars? What is this Oscars you speak of?

EBONYERELLA
Lately it’s very similar to a 1950s high school prom in Jackson Mississippi.

CINDERELLA
Pardon me, but you’re interrupting a very magical moment. The Prince is about to free me from a world of washing windows, scrubbing floors, and cleaning out soot filled fireplaces.

EBONYERELLA
Bitch please. It’s your house. You’re supposed to do all that shit. Try washing windows and scrubbing floors for a living and then going back to your own house and having to clean that too.

PRINCE CHARMING
Madam I cannot allow you to speak with such vulgarity to the one I love.

EBONYERELLA
That shoe ain’t on her foot yet. This flyer says that the Prince will search the entire kingdom for the one who fits the slipper.

PRINCE CHARMING
Yes, and I have searched my kingdom high and low.

EBONYERELLA
I ain’t see you coming over to the South Side.

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Join us on Monday, May 9 at the Zephyr Theatre for the 2016 Best of PlayGround Gala, a one-night celebration of the best short plays from this season’s Monday Night PlayGround series, with finalists to be announced shortly!

1 comment:

  1. #Classic
    #VincentTerrellDurhamIsABeast
    Playground LA Rocks!

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