Wednesday, February 8, 2017

December People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... The December People's Choice Award goes to Mercedes Segesvary for her short play, The Extraction of a Story, presented as a staged reading at Monday Night PlayGround on December 12 at the Zephyr Theatre. Congratulations, Mercedes!

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



The Extraction of a Story
by Mercedes Segesvary

Characters
MARIE: Woman. Age: 30’s. No specific race. Dressed in dental assistant attire.
FRITZ THOMAS: Man. Age: 30’s to early 40’s. No specific race. Dressed in casuals.
DR. DROSSELMEYER: Man. Age: 40’s and up. No specific race. Dressed in Dentist attire.

Setting
Dental Office.

Props
Three chairs. A small notebook/pen. Clipboard.

Time
Present Day.

Lights Up
FRITZ sits center stage. (Two chairs upstage) He has something in his mouth he’s
biting down on. Clenching. His eyes are shut tight. He looks terrified.
Light flashes down and back up.
MARIE enters.

MARIE
Very good, Mr. Thomas. See? That wasn’t so scary. They’ll be ready in a few minutes.

FRITZ
(Mumbling)
Kahl Ma Fizzzz

Marie removes the object from his mouth.

MARIE
What’s that?

FRITZ
You can call me Fritz.

MARIE
Your parents named you Fritz?

FRITZ
Family name.

MARIE
Bet there’s a story behind that?

Marie pulls out a notebook and pencil from her pocket and quickly begins
scribbling. Fritz watches her as he stretches out his mouth. Marie puts the
notebook back in her pocket then puts the object back in Fritz’s mouth.)

MARIE (cont’d)
OK Fritz. Just one more. Tilt your head to the right and stay perfectly still please.

Marie positions his head gently. Fritz watches her with only his eyes.

MARIE (cont’d)
Don’t move OK?

Fritz shakes his head, a little too excited. Marie frowns.

FRITZ
(mumbling)
Sowwy.

MARIE
Stay still. This is the easy part.

Marie walks off stage.
Lights flash down and back up. Fritz again looks terrified and clenching.
Marie returns holding a clipboard.

MARIE (cont’d)
OK Fritz. Shall we proceed to penetration?

Fritz spits the object out.

FRITZ
Excuse me?

MARIE
Your mouth. Let’s get in there.

FRITZ
Uh, yes. Sure.

MARIE
Dental humor, Mr. Thomas. Sometimes it helps. Follow me please.

FRITZ
Umm… Fritz

Fritz follows Marie around the stage as if walking through an office with many
rooms. Marie continues to read his chart.

MARIE
You’re new to us. That’s excellent. When was your last cleaning?

FRITZ
Three years ago.

MARIE
Oh?

FRITZ
What?
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