Thursday, November 30, 2017

November People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... The November People's Choice Award goes to Jonathan Josephson for his short play, Dave’s Epic 40th Birthday Party, presented as a staged reading at Monday Night PlayGround on November 13 at the Zephyr Theatre. Congratulations, Jonathan!

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


Dave's Epic 40th Birthday Party
by
Jonathan Josephson

Character Breakdown
Dave - Good-looking, almost 40 M, newly divorced, drives a BMW, kind of a douche.
Max - A little awkward, generally good-natured, drives a used Prius, bit of a dork, about 40 M.


Lights rise on swanky living room.
There’s a bar cart to one side, some
snacks, maybe some decorations.
The doorbell rings. Dave, dapper and
chill, crosses from the kitchen to
answer.

DAVE
(to the door)
One sec!
(to Alexa)
Alexa - play Dave’s Super Sweet 40th Birthday Party Awesome Mix.

Alexa plays Europe’s “The Final
Countdown” over the home stereo system.
It’s loud. Dave rocks out for a second
then crosses to the door - he opens it
to discover Max.

DAVE
Heyyyyo!
(surprised)
Oh Hi.

MAX
(yelling over the music)
Hey Dave, happy birthday!

Max hands Dave a bottle of wine.

DAVE
Thanks, thanks for coming- is that-?

MAX
A bottle of wine! Customary for a happy birthday!

DAVE
Thanks.

MAX
It’s really loud!

DAVE
What?

MAX
I said-

DAVE
I heard you kid- hold on- Alexa - music, off! Please.

The music turns off. Max looks around.

MAX
Great place you have here.

DAVE
Thanks. There’s a full bar outside and in the next room
there’s a spread that will make your draw drop - caviar,
prime rib off the bone, shrimp as big as lobsters. On the
deck there’s, well later - when more people get here we’ll
check that out. Can I get you a drink?

MAX
I’ll take whatever. And thanks again for the invite, it was
super nice of you to include me. In your awesome party thing.

DAVE
Any time.

MAX
I don’t know if you saw my response to the Evite. I said
“thanks for the invite” right on the Evite.

DAVE
I didn’t really look at it after I sent, what did you want to
drink? Do Julio? Blue Lable?

MAX
Whatever. I am easy.
(not cool)
Sooo easy.
(calibrate)
It’s been what - 15 years?

DAVE
Probably, more than that. I didn’t know you were still in town.

Dave hands Max a drink.

MAX
I wasn’t for a while. But I’m back. Got the invite, here I am.

Max drinks - he coughs and gasps uncontrollably.

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