SWAMPIRA'S SOGUE BLOG
January 18, 2016
An excerpt from my play "Honey"that was developed at Primary Stages with the support of Winter Miller and Tessa LaNeve. Reading directed by Patricia McGregor.
MARTHA C She’s not disturbing me. She’s Mary C.
MARY C How you my know my name ?
MARTHA C Knew it since you signed it on that big red blossom you painted in Mrs. Brown’s studio.
MARY C You go to Washington Middle ?
MARTHA C Everyone does.
MARY C I never seen you in Mrs. Brown’s studio.
MARTHA C We have different art classes but I’ve seen your red blossom and Mrs. Brown had a photo of you by the painting.
MARY C They hung that blossom in the front hall.
MARTHA C They did. But your photo isn’t next to it ?
ICE CREAM MAN (to himself) Cause they hung it in the front wall.
MARY C I painted a lot last year.
MARTHA C I saw the peacock you painted. It was beautiful.
MARY C Thank you.
MARTHA C You done swimming for today ? It is too hot to stop swimming.
MARY C I haven’t started.
MARTHA C Say. I don’t have your address.
MARY C I reckon not.
MARTHA C I’m having my fourteen birthday in two weeks at Stony Pizza and Bowl and Shakes. Would you like to come ?
MARY C Yes.
MARTHA C I’ll get my mother. She has invitations in her bag. (Martha C runs off.)
(Mary C turns to Ice Cream Man.)
MARY C I’m going to a party at Stony Pizza.
ICE CREAM MAN Her mother hasn’t seen you. You going no where. She’s not coming back.
(Martha C comes back with an invite.)
MARTHA C She’s on her way ?
MARY C Who ?
MARTHA C My mother. She always likes to meet my new friends.
(Martha C gives Mary C the invite through the fence.)
MARTHA C You got a dress ?
MARY C Yes. For Church
MARTHA C Good. Because we are going to play spin the bottle after bingo after bowling.
MARY C You just met me.
MARTHA C But you are in my class. We are classmates and I invited the class. It’s hard having a birthday in August. Everyone is away but I am so glad you got your invite.
MARY C What’s your favorite color ?
MARTHA C Purple.
MARY C I will paint you something purple.
MARTHA C You hair isn’t wet. Have you gone swimming at all ?
MARY C No. I have been waiting.
MARTHA C For what ?
MARY C An... opening.
MARTHA C Funny girl. Can I borrow your intertube ?
(Martha C opens the fence. Mary C enters the threshold. Marilyn, Martha’s mother enters. She hops along the hot pavement in her bathing suit. She is all woman.)
MARTHA C Hey, mommy. It’s Mary C.
ICE CREAM MAN Mary C. Grab your things and go to Bateman.
(Marilyn notices that her daughter is speaking to Mary)
MARILYN Martha C ! What are you doing Martha C ?!
MARTHA C What’s that mommy ?
(A panic look crosses Martha C and Mary C’s faces.)
ICE CREAM MAN That sign ain’t just hanging their Mary C. It gets enforced.
(Martha C runs away from the fence.)
MARTHA C Why you yelling. mommy ? Everyone is looking.
ICE CREAM MAN Everyone is looking.
MARY C Everyone is looking. (Pool noises are silenced.) (Marilyn runs up to the fence.)
MARILYN She is a......
(Mary C walks backs away and exits the pool area. Marilyn slaps the gate in front of her face.)
MARY C I got an invitation.
(Mary C and Martha C look at each other through the gate.)
ICE CREAM MAN That’s what Thaddeus Zucker said.
(Marilyn C grabs Martha C.’s hand.)
MARTHA C She was going to share her inter tube with me.
(Marilyn drags her daughter away.)
(Mary C looks down at the envelope. She picks up her intertube.)
MARY C I am going to Bateman.
ICE CREAM MAN Amen.
MARY C But I am keeping this.
(Mary C holds up the invitation.)
ICE CREAM MAN Martha C doesn’t understand much about things. They call her slow and the boys call her worse.
MARY C I think she understands enough.
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