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Written by

Joseph Frost
written for the 2014 31 Plays in 31 Days Project
Play #8
Draft
8/8/14
Attic Scripts 2014
Joseph Frost
4550 Normandy Dr
Jackson, MS 39206
atticsripts@gmail.com
Three plastics sheets are hung from above, arranged to
create four rows that run from right to left. Lights should
be set to illuminate each row individually.
Row 1 is downstage, and no plastic separates this row
from the audience. Row 2 has one sheet between. Row 3
has two sheets, Row 4 has three sheets.
Lights up on Row 1. A man sits in a chair on stage right,
as he faces stage left.
ONE
The night air is filled with the sound of crickets. In the distance. A single chair on the
porch, facing the distance. Eyes adjusting to the darkness, slowly, like a sunset. The
distance. The dim shape takes time to form.
Lights down on 1. Lights up on 2. A young girl sits on
the ground, mostly stage left. She faces forward.
TWO
Days pass simply in the memory. When the hours slip by unnoticed, hurried on their way
to the momentous. The highlights. Birthdays and holidays, firsts and lasts, deaths and
births. And the minutes before... before it happened, before you knew, before it was gone.
The inconsequentia. What was happening when the important happened. What happens to
those moments? The ill-remembered. The lost.
Lights down on 2. Lights up on 3. A woman stands on a
box or small table. She holds her arms out wide.
THREE
This is the last. The final. The surrender. Standing on the edge, waiting for the wind to
whisk away. Lacking the strength to resist any longer. And it is welcome. The relief. It is
impossible to continue the struggle. And resistance is set free. And abandoned.
Lights down on 3. Lights up on 4. A young boy.
FOUR
This is the present. This is the now. This is still the now. As close to the now as can be.
The now that is heard is but slightly the past, but is still the echo of the now. Of the now.
Lights stay on 4, and also come up on 2.
Actors in a scene together respond as if they see each
other, as the act side to side.
TWO
Youre leaving.
FOUR
Yes.
TWO
I have so many questions.
FOUR
I want to go. I dont know where. It is not because of you. I do not know if I will return.
(beat)
Will you miss me?
TWO
I cant decide if I will miss you... or if I will hate you.
FOUR
It will be easier to hate me.
TWO
I know.
FOUR
I dont want to break your heart.
TWO
My heart?
FOUR
Dont grieve for me.
TWO
You should go to Paris.
FOUR
Why Paris?
TWO
Ive always pictured you there.
FOUR
In a cafe. By the river.
2.
TWO
Painting a picture of a monument.
FOUR
Which one?
TWO
Its a building. Made of stone.
FOUR
For you... I will go there.
A moment.
TWO
You dont have to really go there. Just know thats what I will imagine you are doing.
FOUR
I will miss you.
Row 4 goes down. Row 3 comes up. She is down from
the height.
THREE
I dont want you to become just like me. You can make your own choices. Your own
mistakes.
TWO
I dont want my own mistakes.
THREE
Promise me.
TWO
I cant promise that.
THREE
Please.
TWO
You think youve made mistakes, but I admire them. These things you regret...
THREE
I dont want them for you.
3.
TWO
I do. I want nothing more.
THREE
Dont say that.
TWO
You are what I want to be. You are my object. My goal.
THREE
You can be so much more.
TWO
There is no more that I want.
Two reaches for Three. Three recoils.
THREE
Please.
TWO
Please.
Three has backed up almost to stage right.
Lights down on 2. Up on 1.
Three stands with back to One.
ONE
Youve come back.
THREE
For now.
ONE
Id apologize.
THREE
I know.
ONE
Will you tell me what Ive done?
THREE
If it were anything youve done.
4.
ONE
I cant...
THREE
What?
ONE
This punishment is cruel.
THREE
I wish it werent.
ONE
You can change this.
THREE
If I could.
One reaches, Three moves away.
ONE
And theres nothing you can say to me.
THREE
So many things I wish I could.
ONE
But you will stay.
THREE
Today I can.
ONE
Then I will take today. Would you like to rest?
THREE
I would.
One rises, crosses to stage left.
Three counters to the right.
ONE
Then rest. Let this be a place of rest.
Three sits in a chair (in row 3).
5.
Lights dim in row 3. Up on 4.
FOUR
She doesnt love me.
ONE
She doesnt know how to love right now.
FOUR
You deserve better than this.
ONE
Would that I did. I deserve nothing more.
FOUR
But she--
ONE
She does nothing more than she knows to do. She is driven. Anxious. Flailing out at any
and every thing near her. And her grasp, as painful as it is, is with all her might. And
that... that is the only love she has right now. And so, I pray that she grabs hold of me as
tight as she may.
A moment.
FOUR
Shes resting.
ONE
Yes.
FOUR
When will she--
ONE
I couldnt say. I wouldnt say. For now, she rests.
FOUR
For now.
ONE
The future will come.
FOUR
And until it does...
6.
One kneels on the ground.
Lights dim on 1. Up on 2.
Two stands behind One as he is kneeling.
TWO
I wish I could answer his prayers.
FOUR
I wish anyone could answer his prayers.
TWO
He doesnt understand.
FOUR
I dont understand.
TWO
Too simple for you? This is his love. This is how he loves.
FOUR
Love.
TWO
This is how he loves you. Since you left.
FOUR
Im nothing like her.
TWO
You are nothing else but her.
FOUR
You cant say that.
TWO
Its true.
FOUR
It isnt. Dont say it again.
Two turns, she walks toward Three.
7.
TWO
You have made yourself a shadow of her image. Here, but gone. Lost, but remembered.
(beat)
How is Paris?
FOUR
I never went to Paris.
TWO
I saw you there. Exactly as I pictured you. Exactly. As I pictured you.
Four runs away - stage left.
Lights out on 4. Up on 1.
ONE
Say our prayers.
TWO
You say them with me.
ONE
You need to learn to do it on your own.
TWO
I dont ever want to pray on my own.
ONE
But you must. Come on now.
TWO
God above
who made all things and me
God the dove
who laid upon a tree
God of love
who gave all things to be
God above
who said come unto me
amen
ONE
Very good.
8.
TWO
I have a question.
ONE
Anything.
TWO
Thats our prayer?
ONE
Yours and mine.
TWO
And yours.
ONE
Yes.
TWO
Then...
ONE
What?
TWO
Then how do you pray... for her? Where is she in our prayer?
ONE
Where is she?
TWO
Yes.
ONE
She is in our hearts. She is in our minds. She is in our souls.
TWO
I... I miss her.
ONE
So do I.
TWO
I miss him too.
9.
ONE
Yes.
TWO
Will we ever see them again?
ONE
I hope so. I hope so.
One returns to his chair on the right.
Two sits on the floor, near the right.
Three and Four are far to the left.
Dim on 1, 3, 4. Up on 2.
TWO
Those times were lost. The times between. The times around. Which made up more of the
day than the times worth remembering. But it is all gone. The inconsequentia. Lost in the
slight moments, where the world would shift, and never be the same.
Lights dim, all go out at the same moment.
End.
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