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Kenneth Lonergant work has been performed in New
aked Angels, Atlantic Theatre Company, Circle Rep.,
orizons, Manhattan Punchline and the HB Playwrighrs Foundariorr,
London, at The Royal Court Theatre and The Bridge Lane; and irr
rs Angeles at The Coast Playhouse. He is a member of Naked Ang,..l.,
s is also a screenwriter.
Betrayed by Eueryone was produced by Act One in association
wi t h Showt i me Net wor ks I nc. , Par amount Net wor k
Television, Viacom Productions and Grammnet
for Act One
A Festiual of Neu., One-Act Plays, at The Met
Theatre in Los Angeles, CA in April 1995. It was directed by
Frank Pugliese with the following cast:
.Mark Ruffalo
Jessi ca. . . . , . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Ri a
pavi a
\TARREN, a young man, around nineteen or fwenty
a young woman around the same age
A small aparrmenr on the Upper
Side of Manhattan.
By Everyone
A smalt pitlbox ttPartment on the Llp?er West Sid'e af-Manhattan'
scantily-lt,td arbitarily' In iie co'n" is a d'ffii lsag and a
of anrique ioys' lt is afer midtt.ight ou a Fridn4'
Tiafic nois,:s ,in be hrard out ilte windou' V/arren hns just opened the
for Jexica'
He is nineteen or twenty' He u'eAts enaftnous
Hi-np snrahrrs arttl hair cttt short' uery rtcently
prcbab!1.for tl
tinte'in yurs'
is tlse sarne llge, weyt-ng.heauy*.but
malttup, dresser/ itt big shoes and n t'ight liule^dress' They are good-
hobirtg hids, but thE"would both look bener if tbry eased up on tbeit'
personal srylc, a litrle.
\vARRENT How you doin,
You're looking very automaied tonight'
is that supposed to mean?
vARRF.N: Nothing^ lt' s
just a fashion concePt'
wARREN: Um - Nothing. Do you want to come in?
(She takes a jiw steps into the roorn')
is everybody?
w.ARREN: Tirey just went to get drugs' They'll be right back'
\fell - what do you rnean? How long are ihey gonna be gone?
viARREN: I dont know. Twenry minutes?
Wetri, how far did they liave to go?
VARREN: The East 80s?
OK ... I dont mean to be paranoid' I just don' t vrant to be the
victim of some teenage matchmaking scheme'
WARREN: Ncted.
You know? If I' m gonna get s€t uP' I' rn gonna do it myself' I
dont need anybodls help gerting fucked'
VARR-EN: \flell nobodys setting you up and nobody wants to firck y,,,,,
so calm down.
Oh you can' r see why I would think that?
VARR-EN: I dont know or care what you Fucki n' t hi nk,
Jessi ca.
I ' m
i , r. r
staying here because my Dad threw me out of the horise. Bur
' .r,,,
hc,me. Itt.fine with me.
JESsl cA:
OK . . . Sorry.
cornes i n. ) You probabl y t hi nk I ' m l i l <. . ,
total bitch now, right?
vARREN: I don' t think anything. I don' t even know what you' re tall' ,irrl,
(He shux tlte door and lochs it. She umts ber head at the sound cf t!"
\X/ARREN: And now ... you're mine .
jfSSfCA: No way.
vARRtlN: I' nr kidding. Calm down,
(Simabaneous with
'ialm. ')
Thats not funny ar all.
I' m just kidding.
Itt not funny.
VARREN: Noted.
(She sits dowrt. He sits down dcrosr tlle roorn
\W' ell,
is it OK if I smoke in here?
ITARREN: Go ahead. Itt not my house.
Is there any ashtray or something I can use?
VARRF.N: I' m sure there' s one somewhere ...
(He looks around
an aslttay and
one around the same ti*t,'
an empty soda can.)
VARREN: Here you go.
No itt OK, I can use this. Thanks.
(He puts doun the ashtray and sits down across the roorn
her. Sl,r
Iighn up. Silence. She smohes in silence. W'arren watches her.)
' wARRr,N:
So are you like a really big cigarette smoker?
I guess so.
\vTARREN: How many cigarettes would you say you smoke in the averagc
I don' t know Like a pack and a half a day, on a really heav-v
smoking day. Maybe like a halF a pack a day if I' m like, in the
vARREN: Yeah ... I never really got into the whole cigarette scene,
myself But I hear
things about it.
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\l7ell, but if you smoke pot al l t he drne i t ' s t l ucl t wt t t ' rr' {ur
your lungs than cigarettes.
,' !flARREN: Vell ... I guess my lungs are pretty severely damaged.
I' m not about to get hysterical about it' I' m nineteen years
old, why should I give a shit what I do?
pletty much how I feel. (Pause.)
,InSSICA: So - Did those guys go to get, um, to get coke?
That was the plan ... And we' re getting some Dom Perignon
to top it off, so it should be pretry good.
ILSSICA: Sounds good ... (Pause.) So why did your Dad throw you out
ofthe house? \J(hat did you do?
\rARREN: Nothing. I got stoned and he came home and was like,
want that smell out of this house." And then he was like,
actually, I rvant jou out of this house," and then he threw a few
hundred bucks on the floor and was like, "here' s some cash, now
pack up your shit and get out before I beat your fuckiil head in."
And I was like,
"Vhatever." So I' m just gonna crash with Dennis
for a few days till I figure out what I' m doing.
Vhat areyou gonna do?
vARREN: I don' t know.-I was thinking I might just buy a bus ticket and
head out Vest. I ha' re a buddy who lives in Seattle so I might just
go see him ... I definicely wanna get out of this -pir. That' s for
You mean New York? You don't like living here?
to like? You go outside and it smells bad. You know?
And I live on Park Avenue.
JESSI (] n:
Yeah . . .
vARREN: I like the oudoors.
I know, but -
\I' .ARREN: Like last winter I went to visit this buddy of mine who lives in
Hol e? I n W' yomi ng? And we' d j ust s*i every day, you
know? And bus t abl es at ni ght . And when you get up i n t he
morning and open the front door, it's like, silent. You know? You
go outside and it' s like, the mountains. And snota. And nobody
around for miles. And like the whole .' - sfui over your head. You
know? So what the fuck am I doing languishing on tbit trash heap
for? The intellectual stimulation? I' m not getting any. All I do is
smoke pot. I can do that anywhere. I can just bring that tuith me,
you know?
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Yeah. I dont really take advanrage of the ciryt facilides at :rll"
and it just seems like such a total waste ...
vARREN: Yeah. I mean ... yeah. (Pause.)
Hey, is there anything to drink here? I ve gor rhis really b.r.i
taste in my mouth.
\X/ARREN: (Gex up.) I think there' s some water ...
(Starts to get up.) l'll get it ...
That' s all righc. "Chivalry is not dead. hjust smells funny."
(She does not know ltow to resltond n th^ afiem?t at humor He exits. .\lr
chrchs her hair. He returns with a glass ofwater which he brings to /tn:)
Thanks a lot. (She drinhs.) God, I was so thirsry.
(He sits down again, n€xt to her, instead of across the room. But 1,,
doesrit looh at her or say anything and it is nnking them botJt ;"'t t,
nerTtotts. She gets up, Ioohs at tbe photograpbs on the uall.)
i[,sslLA: So who are all these photos oP Are yor on rhis u' all?
!(ARRLN: Yeah, I' m represented.
lF.sslCA: God, your friend Dennis is sa hanclsorne ...
\XTARREN: You think?
jESSICA: Oh my God, are you kiclding? Is this f)ennis as a babyl \7hri ,'
tough littie guy with a litrle football helmer.
\X/ARREN: I guess.
IESSICA: Hey, is that his lvlom? She' s beautiflul ...
Itk an incredibly attractive family.
JESSTLTA: ' \X/har
does she do?
\ v, / ARRnN: Um . . . She' s l i ke a bi g ci ry soci al w' orker admi ni st i ' at or, , i
some ki nd . . . She' s al ways l i ke, i nst al l i ng swi mmi ng pool s f or rl r, .
or somerhing.
witRREN: Nothing. She runs these programs for rhe ciry governrnrnr,,'
something. She like dcsigns social work programs fr:r homeless i.,i,1,,
and kids with AIDS and stuff like that. But she' s a fuckin' psychr,
\fhy do you say that?
because she' s a social worker?
v' ARREN: No -. because of her behavior.
Vhy? Vhat does she do?
' wARRL.N:
I don' t know. She' s just reallv striderit. She' s like a bleedj:ri
heart dominatrix, with like a hairdo. She
C u er lapp ing dia logue.)
"Bleeding heart?"
I don't know Yeahl
(End ou e rlapp irzg dia lo gue.)
\7hat are you like a big Republican or something?
vARREN: Not at all. I'm a total Democrat. I just *
So why do you sal thar about her?
\TARREN: Because that's what she's lihe.I dont know. Idoit really care'
M"yb. she's really nice. I dont really want to get into an argurnent
about it.
No, itt just - my sister's a social worket and I really -
!rARREN: I didnt say anything aboutyour sister.
I know you didn't.
I just -
I hnou-butl|ust
think it's like a
really good thing to
do with your life and
I j - OK, l hnout . l
just admire people who
dedicate themselves
like that, and I -
lvARRrN: So do L
she does is fine. It's iust how she li. I rhink it's
totally brave to do that kind of work. Unless you' re just ..
Unless what?
VARREN: Unless you just have no sense of people. No - Like if your
mission overrides your - actual moral opinion, but - forget it. It's
. not - l t doesn' t mat ( er .
wARREN: I didnt know you had
a sister.
And I was not attempting
to vilify the entire
social worker communiryl
: .
(Silence. She goes to tbe corner where Warren\ stuf is piled up. She
"t , Ioohs in the cardboard box.\
ll' lsslcA: Ajl right. I certainly didnt mean to offend you"
VARREN: I' m not offended.
II..SSICA: Hey - what' s this stuff?
w RREN: Those are just some of my belongings
' :
V/hat are these?
' JunRREN:
I t i i ust
some f ucki n' shi t .
I t , ssl CA: V' hat are t hese, l i ke ant i qt
VARREN: Um, f or t he most part . . .
:.;!U.sslca: These are really cool
I/ARREN: You think?
Yeah, they remind me of the stuff my brothers had when I was
a little kid. I always wanted to play with their toys and they were
like, "Go
play with dolls, you litde bitch." And I was like,,l;u, l
yot' I loue old toys.
\flARR-EN: I have a fair amount of this kind of thing.
JESSICA: Do you know how many toys I had
how muclr, ,,r
the stuffI had when I was little, i wish I had now? Like, I think,,i
some of those toys and I just look back on them with this 1ot4.i,,1,
. . . You know?
\O\RRLN: Definirely.
JESSICA: Who are rhese guys?
That' s my Major Matt Mason collecrion.
know M:rjur
Matt Mason?
(She shahes her bead.)
V.ARREN: Come on. Major Matt Mason
when \4,€ were kids. He! ,i
spaceman, and he has these helmets, aw he' s the besr. I havr ,r
complete set, all in prime condirion.
JESSICA: Really cool"
\TARREN: And rhis is my amazing toasrer.
Amazing;,, I cali rr.
Come here and look at this. it' s .."tty ,o*.,frirrg.
*ARREN: \' eah' G.E. made nnly like a few hundred of this mocrel rike iu
t he ' 50s,
and rhen t hey recal l ed t hem because t hey were l i kc
explodin_g in peoplet
kitchens at breakfast and burning d"*" .rr.iu.
So only a few hundred actually exist. I go, o.-r,. from this
dealer I know in Seattle and he had, no ide, *hat f," *". ,.lling ;;.
vARREN: I have made toasr with it and nothing bad has happened to
me. Bur I don'r really use it too much becairse it really"r.,
in.value. But itt grear ro know I have one of ,h" orrly' orr., ln
JESSICA: So you' re really into collecdng, huhl
vARRiN: Not really. Nor much.
stuffI like.
JESSICA: \flhatt your favorite thing in this collection?
Field Opening Day baseball cap my
grandfather gave me. No contest.
tahes out an andent blue and white baseball cap.)
\(/ARR'EN: This is a real collectors'
item, rike an amazingcoflectors,
actually. My Moms Dad gor it the 6rst day at Wiigley Field when
he was totally like a little kid, in tgt4.
(/essica reads uthat's embroidered
on the cap.)
"\(rigley Field, Home of the Chicago
hl' :r,
)l' r' tirill' I lrv
(Reads of the other sidz")
"Tiue Value."
wARREN: Tiue Value Hardware, all ight.
(She puts the hat on.)
$flARREN: Looks good,
So...are your
\rARREN: Yeah.
got divorced a while after my sister died' And
then my Mom moved to San Diego.
God, so why dont you go stay with her? That's supposed to be
(Sht talrut the hat offand ualhs arotmd the room.)
I dont parricularly wanr ro live in california, for one thing.
\fhy not?
v' ARREN: B". "rrs. of t he peopl e i n i t . Pl us my Mom l i ves wi t h her
bofriend ... and anFvay' she' s kind of freaked out generally' So it' s
kind oftough to be around her for very long at one stretch'
Because of your sister?
I guess"
\{hat did your sister die of}
she was murdered.
Oh my God, is that tnre?
No, that' s just a little joke we have about it in the family'
JESsI CA: 1What ?
\(/ARRLN: Yeah ir's true.
I ' m sorry: I di dnt mean,
"l s t hat t rue?" I j ust meant . ' ' You
"Oh my God." l{ow old were
\fARREN: Ten.
' S?' ow.
How did it happen? Do you mind talking about it
" "
Not really. Do you want any pot? (He pichs up halfa joint')
No, no thanks. But you go ahead.
Um - That's all right' (He puts dourz the joint')
So what happened? That is so horrible.
\{/ARREN: U-, She was going out vrith this guy named
Ju' lian'
she was living with. And my parenrs were Lind of freaked out
that she was living with this guy because' she was only nineteen'
and he was much older. And my Dad was like, "I' ll pay for you to
live in your own apartment if you
don't live with
,ft.. n iot of fights and stuff she basically agreed' And then she
went home, ostensibly to tell
and as far as anybody knows,
t hey had some t remendous argument , at whi ch poi nr i t was
11'96'111.1 rh*r lrc w,r"^ ,crually like really out of his mind. so rh.' r* rr
rlrirrp rve kncw, I was home with my Mom and the doorbell t,rrr1r,
aricl I got rhe door, and it was these rwo police derectiv.s. An.l ,1,, ,i
askcd to speak ro my Mom, and I was lnvited to leave rhe r,u,r,,,
and then rhey told my Mom thar my sister had been murderecl .rr,,[
they needed her ro come identi& the bodv.
JESSIC.A: Oh my God.
\ f ARREN: So. . .
JESSICA: All just because she was gonna move our?
vARRIN: No, because the guy was crazy. I mean I'm sure that was tlr,
issue at hand, t:w nobody really knows, because -
JEsst CA: Bur l i ke. . . Di d he l i ke. . . I mean, do yo, ,
t hi nk i t w. r . ,
pr emedi r at ed, or . . .
VARR-EN: I really dont know.
Well I mean, did he go ro.iail? Or did he jusr _
\ x/ ARREN: Um, no. He j ust vani shed. They rhi nk he l i ke, f l ed t l ; , ,
counr r y, bur r hey don' t r eal l y know. The pol i ce sai d i t w, i , ,
definitely him that did it, but unforrunately they were too firckirr'
stupid to ever find him. So as far as we know, he tasically like, jusr.
basically gor away with it.
JESSI CA: \ f ow. . .
Ary*"y, so nor long after that my Mom just
couldn,r take it, I
guess, you know, just
being around the house, so she moved away"
and then I guess they eventually gor a divorce and .". thatk prerry
much i t .
JEsstcA: That is so horrible .. . Nothing like that has ever happened to rne .
V/,ARREN: I would hope not.
JESSICA: I once saw a woman ger her leg cut off by a bus . . .
JESSICA: Yeah. Ir was really horrible. I mean, it was really ...
VARREN: \flas it somebody you
Did she die?
JESSICA: Um, yeah.
TvARREN: 'Where
were you? Were you right there?
JESSICA: Yeah. I was son of holding her hand when she died.
\''ARREN:'W'hen was rhis?
JESSICA: Two years ago.
So what happened? Vas it the driver,s fault, or was it iusr
\f'ell - Is this too morbid?
WARREN: Not at all.
Well, OK, see, that' s the weird thing. Because the day this
happened, I was out iooking for a cowboy hat
WARRTN: \flhat?
I wanted to buy a cowboy hat, but i didnt know where to get
one, so I was j ust wal ki ng down Broadwan l ooki ng i n st ore
. : wi ndows . . .
r Vf,mnBN: Yeah?
';, lrsstca:
And then this bus went by me, and I saw the bus driver was
i"'' wearing this really nice cowboy hat. So I was looking at him, and
he waved at me. And he was kind of cute, so I kind of waveci back,
and that' s when he hit this wofiran.
\(/ARREN: Vhoa.
But when the cops came and they asked me if I saw what
happened, the bus driver and I just sort of looked at each other'
but I didnt say anything' I mean I just said I thought it was an
But when I went home and told my family about it, you know,
I di dn' t say anyt hi ng about t he guy wavi ng at me' You, know'
Because I thought they would think it was my fault" Vhich it
you know which I think it was. But then I finally decided to tell
my mother about it. And she was so nice about it - she was just
"You didnt do it, it was an accident ...
" But when I asked her
if I should say something to the police, she was like,
"Well, you
should really think abour that. Because you could really destroy the
guy' s whole life, and you shoutrd really think about whether you
want to do that or not."
W'ell -
But I mean - that gLry should be exterminated'
That is r arrogantl
V'ARREN: How so?
\7hat are you saying, you know youwortld have told the copr
right away?
vannnN: Nor at all! I' m sure you w€re in a very difficult position' But I
do think if you're driving a fucking bus, you shouldn't be waving ar
chicks! tr have no idea what course of action I would actuaiiy teiir' .
but regardiess ofthat, the guy deserves to fry.
\rt(.nj Wcll, anyway ... I didn' t know what to do. So finally I c:rli,.rl
thc bus company and got the guyt phone number, and I cell.,l
him - I acrually called him ar home. I' m not sure what I wanterl tir
say, but I really felt like I had to talk to him, or ask him abour ir, or
something. But when he picked up, I don' r know, I couldn' r
anything - like I jusr froze. So I just hung up. (Pause.) But I mr:urr I
think about thar accident like euery day. I mean it compler,' |1.
haunts me, and I' m sure my whole personaliq' is differenr n,,*
because of it. Because why shouldn' t I have told the police wh:rr
happened? You know? He' s the one who ran her over because lr,.
was looking at me. And I'm rhe only one who knows that. So r.n;lrr,
didn't anybody just, like, encourage me to jusr say whar happetrJ,,
You know?
\Y/ARRLN: I dont know
You know? So any.rv' ay, since then lve really realized you jr:,:r
gotta make youi own decisions, and make it your own business r,.,
make sure you're covered. You know what I mean?
\c' ARREN: Vell, it' s definitely an advantage. I mean ... ir' s sornethic,l
you can al ways f al l back cl n, no mar r er whar t he speci f i .
circumstances are.
JESsICA: Yeah ... ArI*"y. Leti change the subject.
$TA.RREN: All right.
(Jessica looks out the uindow.)
JESSICA: The Wild City. (A moment.) Hey, you wanr ro put on some rnusicl
\x/AR.REN: (Getting up.) Sure. These are my aurhenric firsr release '60;
albums, all in perfect condition. Got the whole thing here: Early
Mothers, Captain Beefhearr, Herman' s Herrnits, everyrhing. (I.l/
puts on a slou ballad.)
JEsslCA: Oh. OK. Goes for rhe slow song. I get it.
\TARREN: Of course. Care for a spin?
JESSICA: OK. i' m game.
(He holds out his hdndt. She starts to take them.)
Vait. (She lets go.) I ve gor a hair in my mouth.
(.She exnlcys the hair
her mouth, shakes it off her
and pz.its
her hands bacle up. 7-hey dance, not entirely gratelessly)
\TARREN: I'm definitely into actual dancing.
Yeah I t hi nk our generari on def i ni rel y rni ssed our i n rhe
dancing departmenr.
\x/ARREN: Yeah ... I guess like, whoever rhe genius was who decided you
didnt need rzps should have come up with somerhing else instead.
14. 4 KENNE' r H LoNERcAN
rf llSSlCA:
Yeah, right?
(He dips her')
T' ttiss'ca, Check him out. Mr' Dip'
*n*t' Um - Listen. I goma say
I find you incredibly attractivc
Relax, will
-;t, ***.*, So listen:
you be mortally offended if I kissed you for
iust a second?
ilissica: Well, I mean, what's the rush?
;;;;, *;'";h- Id just like to get rid of this knot in mv stomach'
tr.s$cot Oh, sure, I mean - whatever' s expedient'
t . L l - r -
- ^. " - , - - ",
ti, h;ira her' She hisses bach' It geti
heauy uery
until she
'11 breaks away.)
They re gonna walk in and I' m gonna be really embarrassed'
\7ARRF.N: Yeah - me too.
(She takes a.few stePs away'\
So . . . do you l i ke nre, Warren' or what i
: \ilARREN: Of course I do' Cant
I d.n't know. Maybe you
- Idont knoq maybe you just
. want to mess
o, ,o*tihi"g'
(Urrconsciousfu she picbs up the
baseball cap and toys tt''ith ir')
Y/ ARREN: um, I do. Andl l i ke you. I compl et ei y enj oy t al ki ng t o
, you' . .
txstca: Vell, which would you prefer if you had to choose?
;;;^' it-t;t rvould'ld on which one r'r'e'd already been doing
. more or.
nif right. I' m sorry' Pay
no attention' I' m
being weird'
(Pause. ) I "t ' s
i ust
I ' m
i ust
al ways- ge. t t i ng drawn i nt o t hese
,it,r"tions and then getting hurt really badly' So"
\W'.ARREN: Noted.
Can I have a
IiSARREN: Name it.
Um ... Can I have the hat?
No way. Sentimental value of enormous proPortions'
l osri c^t
Come on, t ' i l t "kt good care of i t ' l ' ook' i t ' s f i l t hy and
eveqnhi ng' You' re gonna rui n i t '
\cARREN: Um-... I g.r.i, you don' t want one of rny surplus Major Matt
shahes her head')
\vARR-F.N: Don' t asl< fol that'
(Pause' )
OK. Sorry. That *"s really stupid' Forget I said anlthing'
giaes him the hat.) I'm sorry. (She
goes to the window.)
do you,
fiink they arei
*d;;;;il' i;,.,o
.uh .r_
That's OK. Forget about it. That was a really srupid thing ro
ask for.
' \fell
... I wanna give you something else.
You don't have to say rhat. I mean, you barely know me.
Vell - Are you angry? I mean, ir seemed like we were getring
along prerry well up to a minure ago -
Im just embarrassed. I shouldnt have asked for it. Keep it fol
some - never mi nd.
ITARREN: For some what? That's my special hat.
Yeah, I getit, B$ yo,, ."r, ,.lo ,ro*, because I dont want ir..
I'm completely embarrassed thar I asked for it and Id really like to
change the subject. OK?
Varren pichs up the hat and
it to her.) .
\trARREN: Here. I want you ro have it.
Dont if you dont want to.
I really want ro. (Pause.) i.l
... OK. (She tahes the hat and puts it on) | just
so old.
VARREN: Looks grear on you ...
(Sbe surts dancing again.)
JESSICA: Uh huh, uh huh, come on, dont you
want ro?
\il\RREN: Yeah.
you give it ro me if you dont wanr me to have
keep it!
VARREN: But I really wanr you to have it!
]ESSIC"{: But you obviously don\!
(He starx dzncing too, but he is clearly in distress. She tahes the hat off
and throws it at him.)
vARREN: No! God damnlYlhatdo I have tolike begyou to take it from;
me? (A
OK. I m sorry.
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A One-Act Plav
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