Under Cover by G. L.
Horton (A chamber theater adaptation)
CANDICE: “So they won't be taken for terrorists?” Candice questioned. MOROCCAN SALES WOMAN: The sales woman answered, “We are Americans, too.”
CANDICE: One day, Candice, an American woman, is a member of Solidarity Movement. She went to the marketplace to buy and wear a hijab to show her sympathy with innocent Islamic women treated as enemies after the September 11 attacks. She said to the saleswoman, “Uh… good morning.” MOROCCAN SALES WOMAN: “Good morning”, the sales woman replied. CANDICE: Candice inquired, “I want to buy one of those scarf things. A head covering. Hajib?” MOROCCAN SALES WOMAN: The woman corrected her, “Hijab”? CANDICE: Candice asked the saleswoman, “Hijab. To wear. To show solid— to um, to help—It is all right if a non Muslim buys one? I mean, you don't have to actually be a Believer, do you? If you're a friend?” MOROCCAN SALES WOMAN: “Of course you can buy for a friend,” the sales woman answered. CANDICE: Candice said that she does not going to buy for a friend MOROCCAN SALES WOMAN: The sales woman asked the lady customer on what kind of hijab she likes. CANDICE: Candice said, “Your hijab is very pretty.” MOROCCAN SALES WOMAN: “My family is from Morocco. We like colors.” The sales woman told Nikki. CANDICE: “Who likes black or white?” Candice asked the sales woman. MOROCCAN SALES WOMAN: Very strict or old likes black. American N.O.I. wears white. N.O.I. means Nation of Islam: what you call the Black Muslims. But now, many women now are wearing red white and blue. For America.
CANDICE: Candice stroked the scarf she is holding, “This is really beautiful and Very soft. Lovely and silky and so feminine! MOROCCAN SALES WOMAN: Suddenly the sales woman asked, “You want this for a costume?” CANDICE: Candice was shocked, “Uh—what?” MOROCCAN SALES WOMAN: And the sales woman repeated it, “For a costume? Like for Halloween or the gays wear the nun veil in the parade?” CANDICE: Candice disagreed to the sales woman’s thought. MOROCCAN SALES WOMAN: “But, why will you wear it?” The saleswoman likes to know the customer’s reason to buy hijab. CANDICE: “For friendship.” Candice replied. “I wouldn't want to offend anyone.” MOROCCAN SALES WOMAN: And the sales woman realized Candice’s reason. CANDICE: Candice told her, “I researched about it. I know the scarf has to do with God. Some wear the scarf for God, some for their family. It is also a sign of modesty.” MOROCCAN SALES WOMAN: “We take it off when they do something -- not bad, really -- but what their family doesn't like. Go to the movies, maybe for some that where nobody who knows my family would go. Otherwise, it's like they're are always watching over us. We have to be so careful not to embarrass them.” Said the sales woman. CANDICE: “I'd try not to do anything embarrassing while I'm wearing it.” Candice assured. MOROCCAN SALES WOMAN: The sales woman told, “Not me, by me it's OK. It's mostly the men.”
NIKKI: “Do you? Well. TEENAGE BOY: “But I don’t believe now” The boy told her. “No! I’m not.” The boy told Candice. some Muslims say it was Jews who destroyed the Towers. CANDICE: “What happened to your parents?” Candice questioned the boy. “Darling! Don't you look--! What's the occasion? Aiming for solidarity?” CANDICE: Candice replied.” Candice said to Nikki.” Nikki said to the friend. Secret Mossaad agents. please let me alone.” TEENAGE BOY: “Can you bring back my parents if I will talk to you? If you still have a little bit of consideration. you should be the one not to judge all of us because you know what solidarity means. don't go to work at the Towers. CANDICE: Candice became more concerned. And carry your head tipped a little. NIKKI: Nikki questioned. Candice approached him. why are you crying?” TEENAGE BOY: “Leave me alone! Terrorist!” The boy shouted to her. CANDICE: Candice went to the park. for respect. She thanked the sales woman and made a goodbye. When Candice is walking near the riverside. disguised as Arabs. “The hijab is for modesty. NIKKI: “Jews were warned. You know my friend. “What is the problem? Maybe I can help you.” CANDICE: Candice is now wearing the hijab. don't fly on a plane.
CANDICE: “Not all Muslims are bad.
. “Well. Stand straight. She act in the most modest way as possible in approaching a person Candice likes to chat with.CANDICE: Candice asked the sales woman on how to wear the hijab. They have a lots of muslim friends… but then they still made my parents an instrument to execute their wrong ideas.” CANDICE: “If that’s the case. “Crazier than wrapping up like a mummy?” CANDICE: Candice answered. When she is walking. “Both my parents are Human Rights activists. “Something like that.” Candice tried to persuade the boy. gender or sexuality.” Candice told to Nikki.” Nikki kissed the friend goodbye and walked away from Candice.” Nikki said. She is still looking for other people’s reaction. right? I think you're just borrowing a symbolic gesture made to protect Jews in the 1940's. NIKKI: “She’s a sales clerk. but she failed. Candice suddenly saw her friend Nikki. crashed the planes to bring the US into Israel's war against Islam.” NIKKI: “It’s not a communist fashion statement. just like the saleswoman in the market.” NIKKI: Nikki told the friend. “Excuse me. there are some who likes to be with us behind all of the chaos that struck our country. CANDICE: Candice replied. NIKKI: Nikki asked the friend. Because of deep concern to the boy. but the face tipped down for modesty. just like no shorts at the Vatican. I am doing this for giving my sympathy to the Muslim women in our country who were nowadays looking and treating them as terrorists. “Fasten it like this. CANDICE: “I know. she saw a crying teenage boy.” CANDICE: Candice likes Nikki to clarify the latter’s statement. TEENAGE BOY: The teenage boy calm down on her and said. to make common cause today with the Jews' enemies. They are against any means of oppressing other’s race. CANDICE: “That's crazy!” Candice reacted.” Nikki explained.” NIKKI: “Do you think you can change things only by doing that? Wake up!” Nikki told Candice. Nice is her job. MOROCCAN SALES WOMAN: The sales woman drapes the scarf on Candice. have a nice day.
but I believe that one day. Candice’s friend on the Solidarity Movement.” CANDICE: Candice regain her strength to fight for what she believe is right.” The boy said and then quickly run away. “It’s not too late. “Well Troy. “Because I also believe on your idea. from the two of you. Troy also made the same thing as Candice does. realized that it is hard to live in America if you are… under cover. He said. She feels his pain. Candice became silent. TWO: Candice and Troy does not lose hope. there will be no barriers anymore for people in different race. CANDICE: Candice was surprised. being seen and treated as terrorists by fellow Americans. especially Candice. “I have to get away from here. CANDICE: Candice cheered up again. TROY: Suddenly. can we go to my house and we are going to do something. right?” TROY: Troy replied. Not all Muslims like are like the ones you have been see on TV and the newspaper.” TROY: “What we are going to do?” Troy asked. “Yes. And she has a new idea. a man wearing a male Muslim scarf appeared. you also wore Muslim attire?” TROY: And he replied. TROY: Troy replied. gender.CANDICE: Candice thinks that she cannot blame the boy from thinking about that. to protect innocent
Muslim women like the Moroccan sales woman. to communicate with one another. “Yes. And she also cannot blame Nikki on hating the Muslims to show support to her fellow American. “Just follow me”.” CANDICE: “To make this planet a haven for peace and solidarity?” She smiles. “Troy. religion. He is Troy.” TEENAGE BOY: “Well. that’s a part of your tactic to condition our minds to believe on your terrorist ideolody. I am” CANDICE: “But…Why?” She asked. it is”. Instead. TROY: And Troy replied. It may be hard time for us to show it at this point in time. CANDICE: She answered. We are here in front of you to prove that we are not afraid to be with others because we did not anything wrong. his anger to the ones the boy and his family trusted once. “Yes. or sexuality.” The boy told the muslim man. It is because they.
. they are being motivated in looking for a solution to centuries-old concept of hate and discrimination in their country. “Believe on her.