Wednesday, February 8, 2017

January People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... The January People's Choice Award goes to Lauren Gorski for her short play, Nothing Left to Lose, presented as a staged reading at Monday Night PlayGround on January 9 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!



Nothing Left to Lose
by Lauren Gorski

Character Breakdown
Sera -- Female -- Any Age -- Any Race
Maggie -- Female -- Teens -- Any Race/Same as John
John -- Male -- 30s+ -- Any Race/Same as Maggie

Evening. The woods.
A woman, SERA, sits at a campfire, eating beef jerky. She’s dirty--perhaps covered in d
dirt, perhaps covered in blood. Her clothes are a mess but she isn’t haggard.
A noise in the distance. An owl. Moving brush.

She looks up. She reaches for her weapon. Another noise, footsteps.
She stands. She spits into the fire, tries to cover up some of it with dirt, but the noise is
getting closer. She lifts her weapon and moves backward, away from the noise. Off stage.
A man, JOHN, and teen girl, MAGGIE, step out of the woods. They see the camp.

MAGGIE
Dad. Look.

JOHN
A fire.

MAGGIE
Someone must be nearby.

Maggie gets closer to the fire.

JOHN
Maggie. Careful.

MAGGIE
There’s food!

Maggie picks up the beef jerky.

JOHN
Don’t touch that. You don’t know where it’s been.

MAGGIE
Why does it matter? I’m starving!

JOHN
It’s not safe. We need to keep moving. The radio said to head to water.

MAGGIE
It’s teriyaki!

Maggie eats the jerky. John starts to rummage.

MAGGIE
Dad, have some!

John shakes his head. Maggie reaches around the fire.

MAGGIE
C’mon. There’s got to be more.

JOHN
Look for a wallet or something valuable. We’re going to need cash.

Maggie’s hand hits a dead rabbit. She squeezes it and blood comes out. She looks at her
hand and screams. John clamps his hand to her mouth.

JOHN
Quiet!

MAGGIE
It’s dead! It’s dead!

JOHN
What’s dead?

MAGGIE
The rabbit.

John looks, sighs.

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Join us for the next Monday Night PlayGround on Monday, February 13, at the Zephyr Theatre and choose your own favorite. Click here for more info.

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