Judgment Day/VK 3
Act 1 Scene 1
Lights come up on an elegantly decorated den. The appointments suggest affluence.Upstage center is a fireplace. To either side are French windows. In front of the fireplaceare matching easy chairs, a coffee table, end tables and a bookstand. Stage left is anarched entry leading to a hallway. The upstage wall is replete with diplomas, awards and photographs. On the downstage wall is a gun cabinet. Stage right is a swinging doorleading to the kitchen. On the upstage wall is a flat panel TV. Adjacent to the TV is a wet bar. Down stage right is a desk with a lamp. The desk is piled with papers and books. A man in his seventies enters, sits at his desk and works on his papers. He is casuallydressed in denim, polo shirt and sandals. A woman enters with a book and quietly sits inan easy chair.
GRACEWill my reading disturb you?SPENCERWhen has it ever?GRACEAre you ever going to talk about it?SPENCERWhat’s to discuss?GRACEHave you said anything to the children?SPENCERNot yet.GRACEWill you tell them, or should I?SPENCERAre you going to read that book or do you prefer to pester me?GRACEA simple answer will suffice.SPENCERYes, I’ll do it … when they’re here together. (beat) Frankly, I have no interest inexplaining it twice.
Spencer moves to the bar
Shall I fix you a martini?