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Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf Adaptation By Edward Maddalena

Whose Afraid of Virginia Woolf

we should be here for him in his time of mourning. Neither says anything for a minute. As GEORGE fidgets. Besides. GEORGE looks down and realizes that he has been doing exactly as MARTHA has said. there’s no point to it. you begin to play with the buttons on your jacket. FRONT DOOR. what’s the matter? GEORGE Everything’s fine dear. I’m worried about you. GEORGE knocks on the door impatiently and begins to play with the button on his blazer absentmindedly. He stops fidgeting and shoves his hands in his pockets.DAY MARTHA and GEORGE are waiting at the front door of MARTHA’S FATHER house. Every time you get nervous about something. The two are in mourning over the loss of MARTHA’s mother. . your father called us and said he had to tell us something important. MARTHA is dressed in a black dress while GEORGE has on a pressed blazer with a black armband around his bicep. You and your father have never exactly had the best relationship and I’m just worried that your mothers passing will only make it worse between the two of you. a quaint two-floor colonial with a freshly cut lawn and flowers leading up to the path of the door. MARTHA Well George? Whats the matter? GEORGE Well dear. Why would you think somethings the matter? MARTHA You can’t fool me. MARTHA notices the nervous tic. MARTHA shivers and moves closer to GEORGE. MARTHA George. MARTHA I don’t know why were doing this George.EXT. As a brisk winter wind blows across the front lawn. GEORGE Dear.

It is clear that GEORGE is not actively participating in the embrace. if you’re going to come early. After all. wearing slippers and a bathrobe. please do try and be polite to him. MARTHA is still holding on to GEORGE as she looks up and down at her father. MARTHA Daddy. She puts on a false smile. GEORGE pushes MARTHA out of their embrace and smooths down his suit to get rid of the wrinkles in it. I’ll be civil to him as long as he is civil to me. MARTHA’S FATHER (mildly annoyed) You know dear. MARTHA As long as he acts decent to me I promise that I won’t do anything to hurt your chances of getting tenure. its 3:30 in the afternoon. GEORGE Martha. dear. As MARTHA wraps her arms around GEORGE. . He was always miserable to me growing up and I don’t see why that should change now. its customary to phone ahead so that people can prepare. loosely tied around his waist. GEORGE does not move at MARTHA’s request. especially so soon after your mothers passing. He must be vulnerable. MARTHA turns to GEORGE and wraps her arms around him. trying to understand his unkempt appearance. We’re here exactly when we said we’d be here. But don’t get your hopes up. MARTHA’S FATHER opens the door. I am up for tenure next month and I would hate for him to think less of me and hurt my chances of moving up in the university. His hair is mussed up and appears to just have risen from bed He seems surprised to see MARTHA and GEORGE standing on his doorstep. MARTHA Don’t you worry about me. Now come over here and give me a hug.2.

GEORGE See dear. one which has lipstick on the rim.DAY As GEORGE and MARTHA walk into MARTHA’S FATHER’s living room. MARTHA is looking around the room as a frown begins to form on her face. . I guess as long as you’re here now you might as well come inside. MARTHA’s face is contorted in a smiling grimace and GEORGE has begun fiddling with the button on his blazer again. but I’ve found ways to make life a bit more bearable. It is evident that no mourning has occurred in this room in weeks. there is a half empty bottle and two glasses. Of course I still miss her. I don’t see any point in you standing outside here like a dog. I’ve been good.3. The living room has tall ceilings and red silk curtains surrounding the open venetian windows An ornate fireplace sits in the middle of the room with the embers of a fire still glower in the hearth. How have you been holding up? MARTHA’S FATHER (confusedly) Holding up? What do you mean holding up? Oh you mean since Martha’s mother died. MARTHA’S FATHER (sighing deeply) Well. Don’t you think so dear? MARTHA (through gritted teeth) Sure dear. GEORGE We’re sorry if we woke you sir. On the mantle. As GEORGE says this. MARTHA’S FATHER pauses and looks at MARTHA and GEORGE standing in front of him on the doorstep. MARTHA’S FATHER walks upstairs to get changed. whatever you say. GEORGE That sounds like a good plan sir. MARTHA’S FATHER’S LIVING ROOM. Your father seems in high spirits. Very good now that I think about it. it’s not that bad. INT.

He got rid of every picture of the two of them. lets not jump to any conclusions. MARTHA (angry) Look George. Look closer. As MARTHA says this. Just face it. GEORGE then goes over to the windowsill in a vain attempt to find photographs. there’s a bottle on the mantle.4. MARTHA goes over to the mantle to look at the bottle and sees the lipstick stained cup. GEORGE Don’t cry dear. How could he do something like this. GEORGE Now Martha. Look above the fireplace! Remember the pictures of them that would sit there? Where are they? GEORGE goes over to the fireplace and looks at the bare mantle. look. MARTHA Cleaned? That’s a pretty weak excuse. I told you he didn’t stop caring. not even a month later. Not even a month later. He must have been having a real good time without her. hes stopped mourning her. Some floozy’s been here partying it up with my father. MARTHA (muttering under her breath) I can’t believe it. She clenches the glass in her hands and begins to sob gently. He is not successful. GEORGE (inquisitively) How could he do what dear? MARTHA Open your eyes and look. . GEORGE walks across the living room and picks up a picture frame from the table next to the sofa. Perhaps he just sent them to be cleaned. look I found a picture here.

b. The camera should be over the shoulders of MARTHA and GEORGE as they have the ensuing discussion.. I started work at . At first only her shadow is seen on MARTHA and GEORGE’s back. GEORGE (confusedly) Well then if that’s not your mother. GEORGE (confusedly stuttering) I’m sorry. then who is it exactly? MARTHA I don’t know George. MARTHA’S FATHER’s girlfriend begins to make her way into the frame behind MARTHA and GEORGE. I helped ease his pain. MARTHA shrieks loudly and jumps upwards in fear..busty blonde bimbo? What? SUZANNE I’m the woman in the picture with Charlie that you’re holding.. I have no idea who that busty blonde bimbo is. that’s not my mother.. GEORGE turns around to see who is MARTHA (accusatory tone) Who are you? SUZANNE It would appear that I’m the busty blonde bimbo in that picture. As MARTHA and GEORGE discuss the picture SUZANNE. GEORGE Charlie? Picture? What exactly are you talking about? SUZANNE Let me explain.. the b..b. SUZANNE places her handwith its freshly manicured red nails on MARTHA’s shoulder. MARTHA George.5. But I’ll tell you this much. but when MARTHA says "busty blonde bimbo". MARTHA walks over to the table next to GEORGE. She was never a blonde in her life. Charlie and I have been seeing each other for a while and when his wife died.

To be honest. . but it would appear that the cat’s out of the bag. GEORGE Sir. George I see you’ve met Suzanne. as the kids say. MARTHA’S FATHER comes downstairs in a tweed jacket and slacks. It’s like he never even cared about her. MARTHA’S FATHER Ah! Martha. It would seem that we’ve all been taken a bit aback by the circumstances. GEORGE goes to sit down on the sofa. Suzanne is an old friend of your mothers. MARTHA’S FATHER Martha you’re being ridiculous. SUZANNE the university last week as his secretary. He seems surprised to see MARTHA and GEORGE and SUZANNE in the same room. Would you care to explain it again. He’s been dating this floozy over here ever since my mother died. SUZANNE Charlie could you help me out in the kitchen? SUZANNE and MARTHA’S FATHER go into the kitchen. Shall we all sit down and have something to eat? GEORGE Yes. I had hoped that I could introduce her to you two at a more convenient time. As SUZANNE finishes explaining who she is and how she knows MARTHA’S FATHER.6. Besides who I choose to date is up to me and me alone. we’re still having a little trouble understanding whats happening here. SUZANNE I think it was just the initial shock of meeting me so soon after your mother has died. MARTHA (angrily) Open your eyes George. that would be a good idea.

As MARTHA goes to say something.. holding a tray with hastily thrown together crackers and a block of cheese. if that’s alright by you my dear. but instead spies something behind the sofa.7. MARTHA How can you think about sitting down at a time like this. MARTHA’S FATHER and SUZANNE come back from the kitchen. It can only end badly for us. She walks behind the sofa and picks up a pair of women’s underwear. Don’t you see it? GEORGE (resignedly) Don’t I see what dear? MARTHA That the two of them are together. but given the circumstances. MARTHA What do you think that you’re doing? GEORGE (sarcastically) Well. . would you please not bring it up? MARTHA (angrily) Given the circumstances. as to not let her father and SUZANNE see she has found them.. I was thinking about sitting down. I know you probably think that. please don’t go jumping to conclusions. MARTHA (furiously) Do you know what these are George? GEORGE Now dear. MARTHA furtively hides the underwear behind her back.? Given the circumstances?! MARTHA goes to say something else. and not even a month after my mother died! GEORGE Look dear.

SUZANNE We’re back. MARTHA (sarcastically) Yes daddy. SUZANNE So George. SUZANNE But George. Charlie tells me you’re working on a book. but it looks like we’ve haven’t been to the store in a while. I’d rather have it done then show it to you. MARTHA’S FATHER (sarcastically) I hope this is good enough for my little princess. Nothing is said for a moment. its fantastic! MARTHA’S FATHER Well George. MARTHA’S FATHER angrily looks at MARTHA. GEORGE Of course sir. SUZANNE Is it any good? MARTHA (Incredulously) Any good? Any good? Of course its good. I’m sure you haven’t had much time to go shopping with all that’s happened in the last month. SUZANNE looks between the other three and decides to break the tension. hasn’t it. MARTHA stares daggers at her father. In fact. . GEORGE warily eyes MARTHA and MARTHA’S FATHER to gauge their hostility. It has been an exciting month for you. as everyone eyes one another. you absolutely have to tell us what its about. It’s almost done. GEORGE Yes. whats the book about? GEORGE I’d rather not say right now. Sorry it took so long.8.

MARTHA’S FATHER Now that’s enough out of you. which has left her quite well off. There’s no way I’m going to publish this story. MARTHA’S FATHER Yes son. GEORGE Well. which greatly amuses everyone. Then later on in the story he kills his father while driving.9. And in the bar. MARTHA (sarcastically) Beautiful and rich. She’s perfect for you daddy. GEORGE (hastily) You know what. why?!? MARTHA’S FATHER I’ll not have something that scandalous published under the . MARTHA’S FATHER (angrily) I’ll tell you this.. its the story about a few young boarding school chaps who go to a bar to drink. I actually will tell what my story is about. Suzanne is the head of a big publisher... MARTHA’S FATHER (shocked) What type of a story is that? GEORGE This is no story. MARTHA’S FATHER Good. GEORGE (protesting) But sir. As GEORGE tells his story the expressions on SUZANNE and MARTHA’S FATHER’s faces turn from amused to shocked.. This actually happened to me. Let’s hear about it George. one of the boys orders bergin.

Not today MARTHA’S FATHER Yes. MARTHA You disapprove. Sit down and listen! SUZANNE (pleading) No Charlie. Imagine what that would do to the schools reputation! GEORGE But sir. . George I invited you over today to tell you that I’m planning on getting married to Suzanne. please don’t. Ha. I absolutely disapprove. I think it could. MARTHA I know what’s going on with you and Suzanne here. MARTHA’S FATHER (curtly) Now that’s enough out of you. That’s the reason I had them come over today.10. MARTHA’S FATHER What are you blabbering on about? Can’t you see we’re having a conversation... MARTHA’S FATHER Think of what publishing that story would do to my reputation. MARTHA’S FATHER university name. That’s a good one. SUZANNE Going on? What do you mean going on? MARTHA I know that you and my father are seeing each other. MARTHA’S FATHER takes a pause to gather himself. MARTHA’S FATHER Martha.

11. It’s my decision and mine alone. . What I choose to do is my own business. A moment later the front door is heard being slammed. MARTHA’S FATHER Well frankly. MARTHA I knew it! I knew you were seeing her! I can’t believe you MARTHA’S FATHER That’s none of your concern. GEORGE gets up and shoots MARTHA’S FATHER a dirty look as he walks out after MARTHA. MARTHA storms out of the room. I don’t give a damn what you think. Not one bit. MARTHA I don’t approve of this.