Monday, November 13, 2006

a scene

here is a scene from my new play. first draft as
always. this time it's in response to the joshua
james challenge.

http://playwrightjoshuajames.com/dailydojo/?p=225


(In the desert, JONES and SARAH)


JONES
I've been wanting to talk to you?

SARAH
Oh?

JONES
Yeah.

SARAH
What about?

JONES
I've seen you looking at me.

SARAH
What do you mean?

JONES
You know what I mean.

SARAH
What do you mean?

JONES
It's OK. You don't have to pretend. I know how you
feel and I dig it.

SARAH
You dig it?

JONES
Yeah, because I have a soft spot for you. This kind
of thing happens to me over and over in my life.
People fall in love with me. I'm used to it. It's
become a bit of a theme for me. Although it never has
worked out. Sometimes it will work out for a while
but in the end, it never works out because when it
comes down to it, I never feel the same way about them
as they feel about me. Which is how this is different
though. Because I have strong feelings for you.

SARAH
You do?

JONES
I want you to know however strongly you feel about me,
I feel just as strongly about you, or almost as
strongly in any case. It's the way you laugh… more
than anything it's that. The way you laugh, I feel
that all inside me. And I just know. I'm not really
sure why. It's the volume of your laugh maybe or the
snide thing you say before it that adds to it. The
way your face crinkles up. I'm not sure what exactly
but it grabs me by the throat and squeezes everything
out of me. You could kill with that laugh.

SARAH
Thanks.

JONES
Yeah, so I just though you should know. You don't
have to hide the way you feel. Because I feel that
way too and maybe from now on we could find more ways
to spend time together alone like this getting to know
each other better.

SARAH
Yeah, see . . .

JONES
You don't have to say anything. I can see it in your
eyes.

SARAH
I think I should say something though.

JONES
You don't have to though. Don't say a word. Just
close your eyes.


SARAH
Um.

(JONES kisses SARAH)

SARAH
Oh.

JONES
You can do better than that. Let's try that again.

(JONES leans in and SARAH pushes him away.)

SARAH
I don't think so.

JONES
What? Too much tongue?

SARAH
No. Yes. The thing is that I don't really feel that
way about you.

JONES
You don't have to pretend.

SARAH
I'm not pretending. It's just that you're not really
like the kind of guy I usually date.

JONES
Well I am one of a kind.

SARAH
That's not what I mean.

JONES
You aren't serious that you're not into me.

SARAH
There's someone else I have feelings for.

JONES
What, like back home? Because back home is far far
away.

SARAH
Here.

JONES
But I'm the only man around any woman could seriously
consider.

SARAH
Except Hank.

JONES
Yeah but . . .

SARAH
And I'm sorry it won't work out for us but I have to
say I am impressed with your confidence. It's
inspiring. In fact, I think I should follow your
example.

JONES
Yeah but—

SARAH
I've waited long enough. I need to tell him how I
feel. Don't you think?

JONES
Yeah, but he's gay.

SARAH
No, he's not. Hank?

JONES
Oh, come on, you seriously don't know that he's gay?

SARAH
But gays aren't allowed in the military.

JONES
Sarah, seriously. You don't know that he's gay?

SARAH
I know the way he looks at me.

JONES
I know the way he looks at me.

SARAH
You're wrong.

JONES
OK.

SARAH
You just see. He's going to marry me and then you'll
see.

JONES
Oh, like that will prove it.

SARAH
You'll see. I will tell him how I feel about him and
then he and I . . .

JONES
Listen, the only way either of us is going to have any
sex is if we're fucking each other.

SARAH
I'm going to go find Hank.

JONES
If you're honest with yourself, really honest, I think
you'll find that you're really into me.

SARAH
I don't feel that way about you.

JONES
Really?

SARAH
I just don't.

JONES
I think you do.

SARAH
(Exiting)
No.

JONES
(Following her out)
Oh, come on. Really? Well, we can still have sex.
Hey, Sarah, we can still have sex! Come on!