Wednesday, November 8, 2017

October People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... The October People's Choice Award goes to Nicki Spencer for her short play, The Honeymoon, presented as a staged reading at Monday Night PlayGround on October 9 at the Zephyr Theatre. Congratulations, Nicki!

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

THE HONEYMOON
by
Nicki Spencer

CAST BREAKDOWN
LAVENDER – Female – Age 30 –Any Race – Trying everything she can to stay upbeat and positive.
WARREN – Male – Age 35 – Any Race – A good man who committed a crime when he was desperate, young, and dumb, and is paying the price. Feeling guilty that his new wife is paying for his mistake.

LIGHTS UP. A dingy room. Dark, dirty. A BED at center and a table with two chairs DL. The mattress on the bed is old and dirty, covered with a large, questionable stain. WARREN sits in one of the chairs. LAVENDER enters. They embrace as if they haven’t seen each other in years, as if they both thought they would never see each other again in this close way. They let the embrace last.

WARREN
God I miss this.
(LAVENDER kisses him.)
How’ve ya been baby?

LAVENDER
You know how I’ve been, I talked to you a few days ago on the phone.

WARREN
I know… but that’s different. And I kinda realized we didn’t talk much about you or work or your painting? How’s the painting?

LAVENDER
It’s fine.

WARREN
Any new exciting projects?

LAVENDER
Look, hon, I love you, and I love talking to you, but I was kinda expecting, since this is our first meeting since we got married and since you’ve been… in here, that there’d be a little less talk and a little more…

LAVENDER gets in close to WARREN. He lets her.

WARREN
What are these clothes?

LAVENDER
Oh, yeah. Well, I spent the past month searching for the perfect dress for today. Seriously, I tried on like 20 dresses, and I then got here and the guard made me change into these. Can you believe that? Said my dress was too stimulating and it wouldn’t be good for me to walk passed the other inmates in it.

WARREN
(Intrigued) Stimulating huh?

LAVENDER
But it wasn’t! It was very nice. Something I’d wear to church, ya know— if I were one of those people who went to church. Anyway— (She puts on a sexy, seductive voice) Now I get to turn you on in these used rags that have probably never been washed and smell like BO.
(She does a sexy little dance. Smacks her butt. It’s cute, funny.)
Yeah, you like that baby?
(He laughs, but then there’s a switch to sadness.)

WARREN
I’m sorry they made you change. I didn’t know you couldn’t wear a dress.

LAVENDER
(Lavender notes his heavy tone. She won’t allow it.)
Don’t worry about it, babe. I wasn’t really planning on wearing the dress all that long if you know what I mean. Actually, I think we should take these rags off right now.
(She leads him further into the room towards the bed. She stops.)

WARREN
Everything ok?

LAVENDER
What is that?

WARREN
What?

LAVENDER
That stain right there in the middle of the bed.

WARREN
Oh yeah. Dammit, I meant to cover that with something.
LAVENDER
Is that blood?---

Join us for the next Monday Night PlayGround on Monday, November 9, at the Zephyr Theatre and choose your own favorite. Click here for more info.

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