The February People’s Choice goes to…….
The people have spoken (well sung)… The February People’s Choice Award goes to Kate Keleher for her short play, SAME AS IT EVER WAS, presented as a staged reading at Monday Night PlayGround on February 18th 2018, at the Berkeley Repertory Theatre. Congratulations, Kate!
Courtesy of Ms. Keleher, we’re pleased to share the first two pages from the award-winning script. Enjoy!
Same as it Ever Was
By Kate Keleher
Cast in Order of Appearance
SALLY: 30, white, Sarah Lawrence grad, self-assured, extremely pregnant, a little disheveled, wearing a fifties dress
BILL: 34, white, Sally’s husband, Madison Ave ad agency copywriter, excellent dancer,WWII veteran, wearing silk pajamas
OSCAR 32, white, Biltmore Hotel concierge, WWII veteran (same platoon as Bill), quiet and dignified bird lover, descended from generations of New England fisherman, wearing a suit
SETTING: Darien, Connecticut, an affluent suburb of New York City, 1958
Features “Once In A Lifetime” by the Talking Heads, from 2:16-3:08
In the second floor study on a Tuesday night, Bill sits at his desk, chewing a pen and trying to come up with a tagline for Scrubby Soap. A large mirror hangs over the desk. A pile of crumpled paper grows at his feet. Sally putters around the study, dismantling it for the baby’s room.
People are dirty. Soap is clean. Scrub yourself until you’re… green…
[trying on a jazzy voice] Soap! Just add water.
Water water everywhere, and lots and lots of soap.
Bill crumples up his paper and tosses it.
Why do you need two closets for your shoes?
Shoes are the first thing a client notices. That, and the fingernails.
The only one looking at your shoes is you. You’d do well to look up from time to time.
Sally’s hands are full with things she’s packing up from Bill’s study. She balances some things on her belly. Bill doesn’t look up.
Just leave the closet alone, would you?
What about the baby’s things?
How much space does a baby need? He seems perfectly happy in there.
He gestures to Sally’s belly.
If it was up to you, the baby would sleep in a drawer.
Scrubby Soap. Rope. Grope. Elope. Cantaloupe… Nope.
Sally sits on Bill’s lap and puts on his glasses.
[slightly suffocating] You’re fine.
She writes down a tagline in his notebook.
Don’t be dirty like a dope.
Wash it off with Scrubby Soap.
Hey, that’s pretty good.
[flirtatious] Iambic pentameter.
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