Tuesday, November 28, 2006

scene

This is something I'm working on. These are not the real character names. I had to change them to protect the secrecy of this very secret and confidential project. ACTOR (Reading from the side) So here we are. LILY Yes, we are here. ACTOR At our prom. LILY Yes. ACTOR I can’t tell you how much this night means to me. J Excuse me. That’s good but could you be closer? (LILY gets closer) ACTOR I can’t tell you how much this night means to me. LILY To me too. ACTOR To be touching you finally. To have you in my arms. J Closer still. (LILY gets closer) That’s better. LILY When did you first notice me? ACTOR I don’t remember. It’s like you were always there just out of my reach like a wanton cookie I really wanted or like the most beautiful girl that ever existed. No, wait I remember. It was the start of your freshman year. It was fall. The leaves were falling. LILY Am I holding you too tightly? ACTOR There was a morning mist in the air, a foggy beautiful mist like the start of something. And then the mist parted and you walked through it. Immediately I couldn’t breathe. Was it an asthma attack? I felt I had been shot through the lung, but no, it was the heart instead. I was forever transformed. Who knew it would take me three years to build up the courage to speak to you? Who knew I could speak after that fateful day? LILY And now you’re going off to college. ACTOR I am. LILY Will we ever see each other again? ACTOR Of course. LILY You’ll forget about me. ACTOR I could never do that. Not without some severe brain damage. LILY You’ll find some other girl. ACTOR No. LILY Someone in some way better. ACTOR That’s not possible. LILY You’ll find someone lovier. ACTOR No. LILY She will worship you. ACTOR I worship you. LILY You do, don’t you? I like the way it feels in your arms. ACTOR I like you in my arms. LILY I want tonight to be special. ACTOR It is. I’m here. You’re here. LILY I want tonight—kiss me. J Can we do that? Can we see that kiss? (Hopefully there is a kiss and LILY goes weak at the knees.) ACTOR That was special. LILY It sure was. ACTOR There’s something I have to tell you however. LILY What? (Enter DAVID.) DAVID Excuse me. Hi. LILY Not now! DAVID I’m sorry. J You don’t look sorry. DAVID What? J Nothing. LILY WHAT IS IT? DAVID It’s a little loud. If you could please keep it down. LILY Why are you doing this to me? DAVID I’m sorry? LILY I don’t think you know how bad I need this. It’s been a long time, a very very long time and you are trying to prevent me from getting what I really really need. DAVID What are you talking about? LILY You don’t understand. Nobody understands. Nobody understands me. It is very hard for me. It’s very very very very very hard and I can’t take it anymore. (LILY breaks down. DAVID looks worried.)

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

intruiging - secret confidential and amusing.

Adam said...

thanks, anon. Can I call you anon? i will talk with you anon.

nick said...

I know who that asshole is! J is that friggin’ middleman always trying to push his way into our lives.

And she doesn’t really want that dipshit actor, she’s wants me, the real me, that’s who she goes weak-kneed over.

No wonder they call it playacting. I’m sick of this shit. Get real.

Adam said...

I had to take your character out of the play to protect you, nick.

nick said...

Thanks, man.

Theatre people. Can't live with them, can't live without them.

Anonymous said...

From the mouth of anon, she wants the dipshit actor

nick said...

Anon,

I gave her freshly cut roses on opening night. Three weeks later the bouquet stands dried out in a vase at our front window.

“They are more poignant like this,” she says.