November People’s Choice Award
The people have spoken… The November People’s Choice Award goes to Lauren Gorski for her short play, Living Conditions, presented as a staged reading at Monday Night PlayGround on November 20 at Berkeley Rep. Congratulations, Lauren!
Courtesy of Ms. Gorski, we’re pleased to share the first two pages from the award-winning script. Enjoy!
CLAIRE – Definitely Not Crazy – Female – 20s – 30s – Any Race
MIKE – Psychic – Male – Any Age – Any Race
BRUCE – Ghost – Male – 20s – 30s – Any Race
A living room.
Claire enters with Mike the Psychic.
Thanks again for coming. I’m glad you could stop by on short notice.
After Halloween the work slows down. People tend to focus more on turkey than on poltergeists.
I hope you don’t think I’m crazy. I mean, ghosts. Crazy, right? But I’m not–crazy exactly. I’m just curious. Like, is there a ghost, is there not a ghost? I don’t know, you know? So I called.
Lucky for you, I’m a professional at a reasonable rate. Now, Miss Hatfield–
Claire. You said this room had the most activity.
Yes. Flickering lights. My Hulu account suggesting NBC shows. And this chair, it moves. Just a few inches, so the back is flush with the carpet.
Does that mean anything to you?
We don’t agree on decorating.
We need to open up the channel for communication. If there is a spirit, this will help me know more.
Here, I’ve got some sage, garlic, a ouija board, epsom salts, a crucifix, some pages from the Torah, because I didn’t want to assume what you would need.
All I need is a candle.
Candle. Easy. I’ve got a candle. One second.
Claire leaves. Michael surveys the room. A GHOST enters. This is BRUCE. Mike looks towards Bruce, but can’t quite see him. Bruce puts a finger to his lips. Claire enters, with a lit candle in a muffin.
Would this work? All I had were birthday candles.
That’s fine. Hurry. Bring it here.
Do you feel something?
Mike gets closer to Bruce, the ghost. Claire gets closer to Mike.
Do you mind?
Claire steps back, excited. Bruce moves around the room, trying to avoid Claire and Mike. When the game of Marco Polo becomes unbearable, the ghost blows out the candle.
Oops, I’ve got that.
Claire exits. Bruce gets closer to Mike, almost in his face.
Dude. You’ve got to get out of here–
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