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1.
LIFE FROM DEATH
2.
ACT I
Scene 1
Coffee shop/Diner
LIGHTS UP
MOM is sitting alone looking rather haggard. A folder sits
on the table in front of her. It contains her medical
records and is thick. GEORGE DAVIS enter, looks
around, sees her, and sits at the table. They greet
accordingly.
GEORGE
smiling warmly
Hey Marie! How are ya!?
MOM
Iíve seen better days.
GEORGE
Ah... that sucks! Well turn that frown upside down!
His banter is weaksauce & while she appreciates
the effort he doesnít know the full story.
MOM
I would (BEAT) but I have alot on my mind and not alot
of time to do it all.
GEORGE
What? Like a bucket list?
MOM
Not exactly.
GEORGE
What then?
MOM
Iím worried about Michael.
GEORGE
(surprised)
Michael?
MOM
Yeah
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 3.
GEORGE
Whatís wrong with him?
MOM
Nothing. Iím worried about... after.
GEORGE
After?
MOM slides the folder over to him as he says it.
GEORGE
Whatís this?
MOM
(matter of factly)
George, Iím dying, and thatís my death warrant.
GEORGE
Wait... they said it was in remission didnít they?
MOM
"was" George. Was, in remission.
A pause to let it sink in.
GEORGE
Jesus, Marie... Iím sorry. I mean is there nothing you
can do?
MOM
Get my affairs in order... ASAP.
GEORGE
Itís that aggressive?
MOM
(nods) So. All the costs are squared away, but Iím
worried about Michael.
GEORGE
Nawww Marie! Mikeyís a tough kid, and you taught him
well!
MOM
(BEAT) No George. No I didnít.
GEORGE
Well you did the best you could with what you had!
MOM
He needs me.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 4.
GEORGE
and you were there for him.
MOM
No George, he needs me too much. I did too much for
him. Instead of showing him how to function I did it
for him. (coughs) and now he doesnít know... how to
wash laundry... or cook a meal!
(cries a bit)
GEORGE
(comforting her)
Marie itís ok. Iíll be here.
MOM
Will you George?
GEORGE
of course!
MOM
thank you so much!
GEORGE
Look Marie, heís a smart kid! Like when heís talking
about movies and stuff itís like heís a completely
different person. Totally out of his shell.
MOM
(laughs)
I know! He was lecturing me the other day because I
said Marilyn Monroe was in Designing Woman, but itís
Lauren Bacall! (laughs) Boy he laid into me for that
one!(
(They laugh together)
GEORGE
and all the little stuff that he canít figure out I can
help him with.
MOM
Youíre a saint George.
GEORGE
Bah! Itís the least I can do darliní.
MOM
You know he sees you as more than a social worker.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 5.
GEORGE
Naww Marie. Heís my buddy!
MOM
Thatís hwy I feel comfortable talking to you about
it. You and I are about all he has in this world.
(GEORGE nods)
MOM
Just one thing George.
GEORGE
Anything Marie.
MOM
Well... a couple of things. You know we have a movie
night at least once a week right?
GEORGE
Ya?
MOM
Well I think if you kept that going with him itíd go a
long way helping him.
GEORGE
of course! No sweat!
MOM
and (BEAT) Iíve always told him to let his heart lead
him to his dreams. (GEORGE is steady nodding)donít let
anything or anyone get in the way of his dreams...
especially missing me.
GEORGE
You got it Marie.
MOM
Promise me?
GEORGE
I promise.
DIM LIGHTS
END SCENE
6.
ACT 1 SCENE 2
LIGHTS UP
We see Mom and Michaelís apartment. Itís unkempt but not
messy. Various film memorabelia lays around, but a large
beautiful framed show poster is prominent.
MICHAEL stands in front of a mirror dressed to go out. Heís
trying to tie his necktie and gets continually frustrated.
MICHAEL
(giving up) Mom! Mooom! (getting whiney) Moooom!!!
MOM enters dressed to go out, but not formal.
MOM
What is it baby!?
MICHAEL
My tie (pokes his chest out) I canít do it.
MOM
Seriously Michael... (motions him over and fixes his
tie. They make small talk)
MICHAEL
I have a hard time. (BEAT) Did you know Lauren Bacallís
real name is Betty Perske? Do you know how she got her
big break?
MOM
(smiling) No I donít. Why donít you tell me?
MICHAEL
She was the cover model for Harperís Bazaar.
MOM
Interesting
MICHAEL
and Harperís Bazaar is owned by the Hearst Corporation.
MOM
mhmmm
MICHAEL
and in the 70ís Patty Hearst was convicted...
MOM (INT)
Thatís good kiddo, but if you keep going weíre going to
be late. (Michael quiets, and mom combs his hair.)
There... my little Clark Gable. (she beams at him) ok
weíre all set! Letís get going!
7.
Together they exit with Michael still going on
about Patty Hearst etc.
LIGHTS DIM
8.
ACT 1 SCENE 3
LIGHTS UP
Apartment later. Mom enters with Michael. She walks off
stage, while Michael sits & starts watching TV, lossening
his tie. We can hear Mom coughing off stage.
MOM (O.S.)
Michael honey! You really need to clean your room!
(Michael acknowledges but really says nothing.)
MOM
Michael!(coughs roughly catching Michaelís attention)
Did you hear me!? (cough gets bad) This place is a sty!
MICHAEL
Mom? Mom are you ok? (Looking O.S.)
MOM (O.S.)
Iím okay honey. (enters & sits on couch reassuring him)
Iím fiiiine donít worry about me. Whatís on?
MICHAEL
I donít know Iím lookin...
OH! OOH! Mom! Casablanca! Casablancaís cominí on!
MOM
I love that channel.
(Mom is absolutely drained.)
Iím beat kiddo. I think Iíll rest here. (BEAT) Can you
get an old lady a blanket honey? Iím so cold.
MICHAEL
(engrossed in the tv)
Yeah. Iíve got time Mom. Is it ok if I stay up and
watch it?
(goes off to get blanket)
MOM
Of course honey. (He exits)
(weakly)
Michael?
MICHAEL (O.S.)
Yeah?
MOM
Iím sorry honey. (whispering out loud) Iím so so sorry.
(gasping for air she sees something far off) Iím sorry,
but I canít stay anymore.
9.
(MOM dies quietly, but looks like sheís sleeping.
Michael enters with the crocheted blanket.)
MICHAEL
Did you say som.. (realizes sheís sleeping, puts
blanket on her gingerly but clumsily) good night Momma.
(Michael goes back to watching tv. maybe opens a
bag of popcorn quietly.)
LIGHTS DIM
END SCENE
10.
ACT ONE SCENE FOUR
LIGHTS UP
Diner/coffeshop. Michael sits with George in formal attire.
They just came from Momís funeral. The scene opens with them
talking already.
MICHAEL
Yeah.. Iím sad but Iím okay.
GEORGE
You know Mikey... these things happen and the best
thing you can do is to just move forward.
MICHAEL
Move forward
GEORGE
Right.
MICHAEL
How Mr. Davis? What do I do?
GEORGE
(brainstorming)
Well... whatís something you... (idea!) Hey! You like
movies right? Oldies, black and whites right? You
could go to the movies!
MICHAEL
Iíve never been to one by myself... Do you want to go?
GEORGE
Canít. Wish I could kiddo.
MICHAEL
Yeah thatís okay. I didnít want to go anyways. (he
really did)
GEORGE
(thinking)
Well you could get a job.
MICHAEL
Get a job.
GEORGE
Yeah! Hell yeah Mikey! You could get a job. Listen. I
got a friend who needs a stockboy. Heís the manager of
the Walgreens on Mulberry.
11.
MICHAEL
on Mulberry
GEORGE
Yup. I could talk to him if you want.
MICHAEL
Get a job.
GEORGE
Yup. Itíll keep you busy you know? Focused on moving
forward.
MICHAEL
moving forward.
GEORGE
(checking watch)
Well. Look Mikey I gotta get going
MICHAEL
get going.
GEORGE
Look (getting up) you got my number if you wanna talk
right?
MICHAEL
Yeah... I can call.
GEORGE
Yes you can (double hand shakes) Youíre gonna be just
fine Mikey. Trust me. Iíll call you about that job
okay?
MICHAEL
Stockboy.
DIM LIGHTS
END SCENE
12.
ACT ONE SCENE FIVE
Diner. Michael sits alone at the table. Today is his
interview & itís early A.M. The place is packed. Not an
open seat in the house save for the one opposite Michael.
LIGHTS UP
WAITRESS
(walks over casually)
Can I getcha somethiní honey?
MICHAEL
I like hot cocoa.
WAITRESS
Sorry honey weíre outta that. What else can I getcha?
MICHAEL
(BEAT)
I like hot cocoa.
WAITRESS
(losing patience)
Look I told you we donít got none! (catching herself)
You want some coffee instead?
MICHAEL
coffee (BEAT) My mom used to drink coffee alot.
WAITRESS
Oh yeah?
MICHAEL
Yeah
WAITRESS
Coffee it is then. (even though he didnít order it. She
pours him a cup to just be done with it)
(Michael doesnít protest. Instead he approaches
the coffee sensorily. Sniffing, and touching. Then
he realizes he can see his face in the cup, unlike
hot cocoa, then he realizes NO MARSHMALLOWS!)
MICHAEL
Uhm. Excuse me? Thereís no... marshmallows. (softens
his tone with this sentence as he realizes the waitress
doesnít care.)
13.
(Michael sighs and goes back to looking at
himself in the coffee. Meanwhile BECKY enters with
MERCEDES. Itís obvious theyíre hookers just
getting off work. Itís cold outside so they stomp
their feet etc. Theyíre looking around for
seats.)
MERCEDES
Shit. Címon girl I know a place up the block. Worst
food in the city! Thereís always open booths there.
(Becky sees the only open chair is opposite
Michael. She sizes him up.)
BECKY
Go ahead without me. I think Iím just going to get some
coffee, and head home.
MERCEDES
A-ight girl. Be safe and Iíll see you tonight?
(They hug goodbye. MERCEDES exits door, and
BECKY walks over to MICHAELíS table.)
BECKY
Hey! Is this seat taken?
(MICHAEL looks up to see a beautiful girl talking
to him and gets incredibly shy.)
MICHAEL
uhm. No. (BEAT) Do you want to sit down?
BECKY
Thanks! (plops down cheerfully, still warming up) Iím
Becky. (Holds out hand)
MICHAEL
H..hi Becky. Iím Michael Cook.
(WAITRESS walks over)
WAITRESS
(to BECKY. Real smartass like)
Hey honey rough night at the office? (BECKY smiles)
What can I getcha?
BECKY
Hot chocolate please. To go.
(WAITRESS walks off without a word.)
14.
MICHAEL
They must have just got some in.
BECKY
Come again?
MICHAEL
I ordered hot cocoa earlier but they didnít have any.
BECKY
(looks at his cup)
So you like coffee too?
MICHAEL
I donít know I never had any. My mom used to drink it
alot.
(BECKY realiezs what happened and gets
irate. Waitress brings to go cup of hot
cocoa)
BECKY
Sorry can I get another please?
(Smiles and winks at MICHAEL)
WAITRESS
(knows what BECKY is up to and doesnít
like it.)
Sorry Hun weíre out.
(tears check out, slaps it on the table,
and exits)
(BECKY mouths the word "bitch")
BECKY
(to MICHAEL)
Wanna trade?
MICHAEL
Trade?
(BECKY switches her cocoa for MICHAELíS coffee &
then smiles at him.)
BECKY
Better?
MICHAEL
but this is yours.
BECKY
No itís not. Itís yours now. I feel like coffee
anyways. (They enjoy a happy mutual smile) Well you
look nice! Thatís a sharp tie!
15.
(MICHAEL fidgets with his tie embarrassed.)
MICHAEL
Thanks I... uhm. I tied it myself! (BEAT) I have a job
interview at walgreenís at 3 oíclock sharp
(BECKY looks at her phone.)
BECKY
Youíve got a wait ahead of you Michael. Itís 7:30 in
the morning.
MICHAEL
Well. Mr. Davis told me not to be late and Iím not
going to be.
BECKY
Mr. Davis is your boss or something?
MICHAEL
No. Mr. Davis is my social worker, and he doesnít like
it when I call him George.
BECKY
oh yeah?
MICHAEL
George is his first name. (pause) So what do you do for
work Becky?
(BECKY does NOT want him to know what she does.)
BECKY
I... I am a laydayyy offf the niiiight.
MICHAEL
Like a vampire!
BECKY
No silly.
MICHAEL
Oh thatís good. I think I would like to work at night
too because the sunís not out and itís cooler at night.
I donít like sweating.
(The simplicity of thought strikes
BECKY)
BECKY
Neither do I Michael. So do you live alone? (He
doesnít acknowledge) Michael?
16.
MICHAEL
Y...yes?
BECKY
Do you live alone?
MICHAEL
Yeah. Since my mom died and went to heaven. Itís a
small apartment, but itís nice. Thereís a family of
squirrels that lives in a tree outside my window. I
feed them but (trailing off) mom didnít like it. (back
to normal) SO I used to tell her I was feeding the
birds!
BECKY
She sounds like a smart lady. (He smiles) Well. I
didnít even know my Mom.
MICHAEL
Didnít know her? (She shakes her head) How come?
BECKY
She left when I was a kid. Right on the firehouse
steps you know?
(The gravity of this hits him hard as he
just canít picture a kid without a Mom
so he starts getting upset maybe tearing
a bit)
Hey! Hey! Itís okay Michael! Iím here now, and Iím
okay! (BEAT) You know when I get upset I think of
things that make me happy.
MICHAEL
wh...wh... what makes you happy?
BECKY
When handsome men that wear ties and drink hot
chocolate smile at me.
(He realizes heís wearing a tie and he
likes hot cocoa. He smiles at her.)
BECKY
(exxagerated)
AHHHH! (BEAT) Wow! Thatís so much better. Ahhh. Thank
you Michael!
MICHAEL
Youíre youíre welcome Becky!
BECKY
So is there anything you think of when youíre sad?
17.
MICHAEL
being sad!
BECKY
(laughs)
Nooo silly. Something that makes you happy again.
MICHAEL
(thinks on it for a second)
Yeah. I think of movies. Black and whites. the golden
age of hollywood my mom and me used to go all the time
BECKY
Well thatís just a hoot because I love old movies
too! I tell you what. Thereís a film house right
around the corner and theyíre showing a matinee in
abouttt. (checks phone) an hour. Would you like to go
to the movies with me Michael? (Heís unsure) Itís on
me. Iíll pay (still unsure) Michael... Youíre going to
let a little thing like me go out all... alone?
MICHAEL
I canít. Iíd like to! I have the job interview at 3
oíclock sharp and Mr. Davis...
BECKY
(INT)
said donít be late, and you wonít be. Honey itís 8
oíclock in the morning. Thatíll give us plenty of
time.
MICHAEL
(warms to the idea)
Ok! Ok! Letís do it!
(They get up, and he starts fishing for
a tip.)
BECKY
What are you doing?
MICHAEL
Getting money for a tip for the lady.
BECKY
but she was such a bitch to you.
MICHAEL
Yeah, but Iíve had some bad days too. (His positivity
blows BECKY away a bit and she smiles dotingly)
BECKY
Me too.
18.
(Together they exit.)
DIM LIGHTS
END SCENE
19.
ACT ONE SCENE SIX
LIGHTS UP
Michaelís apartment later that day.
We hear Michael and Becky talking excitedly O.S. He opens
the door, but they stay outside of the apartment.
BECKY
Well the whole thing is run by the reallly old
couple. I think she used to be an actress and he was a
writer.
MICHAEL
a writer.
(BEAT)
BECKY
Are you gonna invite me in or should I go?
MICHAEL
oh. OH! Yes yeah! Come on in.
She does
Would you like a tour?
BECKY
Absolutely!
(Michael walks around pointing out the tv, couch,
his momís coffee cup etc. They finally arrive at
the poster.)
BECKY
Wow!
MICHAEL
Yeah. Pretty cool huh? Mom said she got it from an old
movie house that was closing.
BECKY
Well Michael Iíve got to get going, and get some sleep.
(They walk to the door, and she turns to face
him.)
BECKY
(Ala Bacall) You know you donít have to act with me
Steve. You donít have to say anything. Not a thing.
Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle donít
you Steve? You just put your lips together and...
blow.
20.
(She smiles sweetly at MICHAEL.)
Nite Michael. I had a wonderful time.
(BECKY exits)
MICHAEL
Good night Becky.
(MICHAEL shuts the door in a dream state (heís
totally taken with her), goes to the couch, grabs
the clicker, and almost starts to watch tv, puts
it down.)
(Ala Bogart) Of all the gin joints in all the towns in
all the world, she walks into mine.
LIGHTS DIM
21.
ACT TWO
SCENE ONE
LIGHTS UP
(MICHAELíS apartment the next day. The place is
getting progessively messier. Michael is sitting,
watching cartoons, and eating cereal.)
(PHONE RINGS AND HE ANSWERS)
MICHAEL
Hello? Oh hi George... Mr. Davis! Oh. Yeah sure! Come
on up I didnít expect you today. (MICHAEL hits the
button on the phone) Didja get in Geo.. Mr. Davis?
Ok. See you in a few! (HANGS UP)
(PAUSE THEN A KNOCK AT THE DOOR)
MICHAEL
Who iiisss itt?
GEORGE
Mr. Davis
(Michael opens the door, and GEORGE enters
looking rather somber.)
MICHAEL
Hi Mr. Davis. (Ignores him and goes back to cereal and
cartoons)
GEORGE
Mikey... Mikey! Where were you yesterday? I was
worried sick!
MICHAEL
Yesterday? Yesterday I went to the movies.
(Starts to slurp the milk which interrupts and
annoys GEORGE.)
GEORGE
You went to the movies! All frigginí day!?
MICHAEL
Nooo (LAUGHS. SILENT BEAT) Yes I went with Becky and we
had fun.
GEORGE
Did you forget something?
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 22.
MICHAEL
Uhmmm. (THINKING) I almost had coffee,(BEAT) then I had
some popcorn... thatís about it.
GEORGE
Mikey! (BEAT) Interview? (BEAT) Job? (BEAT) Walgreenís?
MICHAEL
(BY ROTE)
3 oíclock sharp donít be late (realizes he missed it)
Ohhh! Ohhh my god! (getting huffy) Iím sorry Iím sorry
Mr. Davis! I didnít mean to I just...
GEORGE
(INT)
Hey... hey. (Sits) Calm down Mikey! Calm down! (He does
by looking at the poster) Itís okay. My buddy called
and said you no showed.
MICHAEL
No show
GEORGE
Yeah but I told him you had a doctorís appointment and
I forgot to tell him about it.
MICHAEL
forgot
GEORGE
He knows youíre a little... slow. And your mom.. just..
died.
MICHAEL
(Bummed)
Yeah
GEORGE
Yeah so... I lied and youíre good. We rescheduled it,
but.
MICHAEL
rescheduled.
GEORGE
But Mikey do not miss this one kid... wait. Did I hear
you right? You went to the movies with.. "Becky"?
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 23.
MICHAEL
(Brightens up)
Yeah. Becky. Sheís really pretty and smart, and nice,
and she likes movies just like me!
GEORGE
(Claps MICHAEL on the back)
Well allllriiighttt! Atta boy! Moving forward in life!
Iím proud of ya mikey!
MICHAEL
Yeah weíre gonna go see another movie soon. See! We
took a picture! (He produced a photo booth reel.)
GEORGE
Oh yeah which one? Dammn! She is pretty!
MICHAEL
Iím not sure Mr. Davis, but I know I... I like her.
GEORGE
Thatís good thatís realy good Mikey. (BEAT GEORGE GETS
COMFORTABLE) So whatís she do for a living? She got
kids? What? What? Spill the beans!
MICHAEL
I donít think she has any kids. She didnít know her
mom. And sheís a lady of the night, and she works on
Nebraska Avenue.
GEORGE
(TAKEN ABACK)
Come again? Sheís a what?
MICHAEL
(MATTER OF FACTLY)
Lady of the night. Iím glad I donít work in the sun all
day.
GEORGE
Mikey? Mikey do you know what that means?
MICHAEL
What that means. What what means?
GEORGE
lady of the night
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 24.
MICHAEL
well I know it means she works at night.
GEORGE
Well that much you got right.
(Michael is confused)
GEORGE
Mikey... look kid. Iím only here to protect you, and
thereís alot of people out there that would take
advantage of someone... like you.
MICHAEL
Someone like me.
GEORGE
Yeah someone like you, and this...
MICHAEL
(Getting irate, he INT)
Someone like me means "slow"?
GEORGE
Well... Yeah! Look Mikey donít get mad at me Iím just
telling you the way the world is.
MICHAEL
The world is what you make it Mr. Davis.
GEORGE
and that sounds good on paper Mikey but...
MICHAEL
words on paper donít make sounds Mr. Davis.
GEORGE
I know Mikey but listen to me. When your mom died... or
was dying, I promised her iíd look out for you and
thatís what Iím doing.
MICHAEL
Well you arenít doing a very good job Mr.
Davis. Youíre good at making me feel bad... and
dumb... and slow..
GEORGE
(Rises to go) Alright alright. I can see youíre upset
so Iím gonna go.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 25.
MICHAEL
going to go
GEORGE
Youíre interview is tomorrow Mikey. 2 oíclock sharp
donít be late.
MICHAEL
Donít be late.
GEORGE exits
LIGHTS DIM
26.
ACT TWO
SCENE TWO
LIGHTS UP
Diner early AM. MICHAEL is sitting in his suit
with his tie made, and the WAITRESS comes over.
WAITRESS
(Not looking up) Whatís your pleasure honey?
MICHAEL
(Sheepishly) Hot.. hot cocoa? Two of them?
WAITRESS
Hot chocolate two times, anything else?
MICHAEL
(Sheepishly) No Maíam?
WAITRESS
Cominí right up honey.
(WAITRESS exits to get it. A morose BECKY enters
and sees MICHAEL.)
BECKY
(Sits) Hey Michael.
MICHAEL
Hey Becky!
BECKY
(BEAT) Thereís something we need to talk about.
MICHAEL
Ok! Can I say something first?
BECKY
Of course
(THE FOLLOWING CONVERSATION WILL OVERLAP
THE PRIOR)
MICHAEL
Ok. Well my mom always used to tell me to follow my
heart and itíll lead me to my dreams.
BECKY
...Michael (BEAT) I need to tell you something.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 27.
MICHAEL
... and I never really got a chance to...
BECKY
...but youíre not listening...
MICHAEL
and now sheís gone and I have a chance to meet
people...
BECKY
...Michael...
MICHAEL
to do that!
BECKY
(Getting emotional) Michael...
MICHAEL
and then I met you!
(BECKY ducks her head in shame.)
and my dream was always to find love like in the
movies.
BECKY
Michael this is the real world not the movies.
MICHAEL
I know. But when I followed my heart like mom said
to... I found you.
BECKY
(BEAT) Michael... Mr. Davis came to talk with me.
(MICHAEL shuts up. BECKY is saddened, and
MICHAEL gets irate.)
MICHAEL
What did he say to you?
BECKY
Itís not important Michael. We just talked about you
and me and he made me realize somethings I didnít know
before.
MICHAEL
Like what? (BEAT) That Iím slow? (Angry at the word)
BECKY
No. but... No youíre not slow!
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 28.
MICHAEL (INT)
Thatís not what he says.
BECKY
No no Michael we just talked about... maybe you and
me... dating.
(MICHAEL goes into shyness/ blush rocking.)
MICHAEL
Dating?
BECKY
about you being my boyfriend.
(MICHAELíS posture straightens out a bit, but
heís stil in shy mode.)
MICHAEL
I... Iíve thought about that too.
BECKY
(Softly) about us dating?
MICHAEL
Yeah! Mom was right! I followed my heart and I went
with you to the movies, and I found my dream, and my
dream is you!
BECKY
(Whispers) We canít. Iím not even supposed to be
talking to you...
MICHAEL (INT)
huh?
BECKY
(A BIT STIFFER) I said we canít Michael.
MICHAEL
oh... how come? Donít you like me?
BECKY
Yes! Aw Michael! I love spending time with you!
MICHAEL
Then how come you canít be my girlfriend?
BECKY
Thereís things you donít know about me.
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 29.
MICHAEL
things I donít know... like what Becky?
BECKY
(BEAT) like my... job Michael.
MICHAEL
(A little too loud.) You work as a lady of the night.
BECKY
Shhh. Keep your voice down! Michael. Do you even know
what that means?
MICHAEL
Yes! Iím not slow Becky. It means you work at night.
BECKY
No... Michael.
MICHAEL
No?
BECKY
No. (BEAT) It means I sleep with men for money.
(It doesnít sink in, and she sees that.)
MICHAEL
Thatís ok because you are comfortable. I gave you a
hug remember? and I would give you a dollar for a
hug(starts fishing in his pocket)
BECKY
Stops him, but is humbled by the compliment
Youíre so sweet. Michael (GRABS HIS HAND) I have sex
for money.
MICHAEL
(Lets it sink in word by word. He vocalizes each
word, and says the sentence like five times. Each
time he reacts and is overwhelmed by the revulsion
of it and the confusion of why heís revulsed. The
vocalization ends in a question.)
You... have... sex... for... money.
BECKY
(Nods and hides face in shame but can still see
him. Michael starts getting upset and does the
uncomfortable tics and movements.)
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 30.
BECKY
Oh Michael... calm down (Doesnít know what to do) I
should go. (Gets up and looks back at him.)
Iím sorry Michael.
(BECKY exits. MICHAELíS eyes are scream for her
to stay the second she says "I should go".)
MICHAEL
(Ala Wizard of Oz)
Hearts will never be practical until they are made
unbreakable.
LIGHTS DIM
31.
ACT TWO
32.
SCENE THREE
LIGHTS UP
MICHAELíS apartment. MICHAEL is sitting and
waiting for Mr. Davis. (KNOCK AT THE DOOR)
MICHAEL
Who is it?
GEORGE
Itís me Mikey open up.
(MICHAEL is seething. After doing what his mom
told him to (follow his heart) and finding
happiness all on his own Mr. Davis screwed it
up. He said something to BECKY.... So when Mr.
Davis is at the door MICHAEL glares at it and
doesnít move.)
GEORGE
(KNOCKS AGAIN) Come on Mikey I got stuff to do!
(MICHAEL gets up and opens the door.)
MICHAEL
(MOROSE) Come in Mr. Davis. (SITS ON THE COUCH)
GEORGE
(doesnít let MICHAEL speak or answer any
questions. IE he really doesnít care.)
So. How ya holdiní up kid? My buddy liked you. I
think heís gonna hire you. Díyou clean up around
here? Looks nice Mikey.
MICHAEL (INT LOUDLY)
Mr. Davis. (Stands)
GEORGE
Yeah Mikey?
MICHAEL
(Goes to table) I want to know what you said to Becky.
GEORGE
(Goes to table) What? What are you talking about Mikey
I never...
MICHAEL (INT)
Yes you did Mr. Davis! I donít understand alot about
people... like when people tell you to be an honest
person because being honest makes you a good person.
33.
GEORGE
(OVER HIM) Alright. I did talk with her...
MICHAEL
(OVER HIM) and when the person that says that to you
lies what does that make them?
GEORGE
But Iím only doing what I promised.
MICHAEL
(LOUDER) What does that make them Mr. Davis?
GEORGE
(Sighs) A liar Michael.
MICHAEL
A liar. And no one like a liar Mr. Davis because you
donít know when theyíre telling you the truth.
(GEORGE is nodding in agreement because
ultimately MICHAEL is right.)
MICHAEL
I want to know what you said to Becky Mr. Davis.
GEORGE
Mikey itís not important kiddo sheís...
MICHAEL (INT)
Itís important to me!
GEORGE
(CONFUSED) Why? Why is it important to you?
MICHAEL
Itís important because youíre supposed to protect the
people you love Mr. Davis.
GEORGE
Well yeah, and thatís why I (BEAT) wait... love
Michael?
MICHAEL
Yes Mr. Davis (BEAT) I love Becky and Iím deciding if I
need to protect her from you.
GEORGE
From me?
MICHAEL
Yes Mr. Davis. Since youíre a liar and I wonít be able
to know if youíre ever telling me the truth that makes
you a bad person.
34.
GEORGE
and you donít think Becky is a bad person?
MICHAEL
No I donít
GEORGE
Mikey do you...
MICHAEL (INT)
My name is Michael!
GEORGE
(BEAT) Fine. Michael. Do you know what she does for a
living?
MICHAEL (INT)
Sheís a lady of the night.
GEORGE
(BEAT. GEORGE laughs arrogantly) Sheís
MICHAEL (INT)
Mr. Davis what she does...
GEORGE (INT)
Sheís a whore Michael!
MICHAEL seethes over this.
MICHAEL
Get out Mr. Davis.
GEORGE
Mikey... Michael do you understand...
MICHAEL (INT)
Becky has sex with men for money, and itís ok because I
love her.
GEORGE
Yeah but...
MICHAEL (INT)
and I canít drive a car, but thatís okay because she
loves me!
GEORGE
Michael do you even understand what love is?
MICHAEL
Yes Mr. Davis. I understand it because Iím feeling
it. Because Iím a good person. (BEAT) Now get out Mr.
Davis.
35.
GEORGE exits.
LIGHTS DIM
36.
ACT TWO
SCENE FOUR
LIGHTS UP
Park bench. We open to MICHAEL feeding the birds
from a paper bag (AMBIENT SOUND). Heís talking to
them softly on guard of the passers-by. After a
pause BECKY enters wearing a beautiful sun
dress. She looks NOTHING like how weíve seen her
up until now. She stops a few paces from the
bench.
BECKY
(softly) Michael?
MICHAEL
(Stands grinning ear to ear he sigh/speaks)
Becky! (BEAT) Hi! You look like an angel!
BECKY
(Ducks head shyly) I was kind of surprised you called
me.
MICHAEL
How come?
BECKY
Well... I wasnít very nice to you in the diner last
time I saw you.
MICHAEL
(Confused) I donít know what you mean. You werenít
mean or anything... (Sits)
BECKY
Yes. Yes Michael I was. I said...
MICHAEL (INT SOFTLY)
Becky? If you said mean things I didnít hear
them. (Smiles, pats bench, BECKY sits.)
PAUSE
BECKY
(Grabs a bit of birdfeed and tosses it) Well. I got a
new job!
MICHAEL
Got a new job? What job?
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 37.
BECKY
Well (BEAT) Iím not working at night anymore.
MICHAEL
I thought about that for...
BECKY (INT)
Michael I...
MICHAEL (CONT)
for a long time and it doesnít bother me like it
bothered Mr. Davis.
BECKY
It bothers me.
MICHAEL
Yeah. But you got a new job.
BECKY
Bothered Mr. Davis? Like past tense?
MICHAEL
(Sort of ashamded but proud at the same time) I yelled
at him.
BECKY
(Woefully) Michaelll..
MICHAEL
Then I kicked him out of my apartment.
BECKY
Why?
MICHAEL
Because heíd say one thing and do another. And he
didnít want you around me.
(BECKY marinates. (BEAT) MICHAEL turns and takes
BECKYíS hand.)
Becky? (BEAT) I... I know that it doesnít matter to me
what you do for a job.
BECKY
Michael...
MICHAEL
Does it matter to you that I canít drive a car?
BECKY
(Laughs at the absurdity of it) Of course not!
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 38.
MICHAEL
Why not?
BECKY
(BEAT) Because thatís who you are.
MICHAEL
Do you like who I am?
BECKY
Michael... you are the most wonderful person Iíve ever
met.
MICHAEL
What everyone else sees is a guy who canít drive a car,
canít... dunk a basketball, canít... do this or do
that. But love is about seeing the good thing in
someone else. But also seeing the bad things. Itís
like... itís like... a movie! You canít have a movie
if itís all black or all white! You need both.
(BECKY beams.)
I need you to be the white to my black.
BECKY
(Actress can cry if sheís feeling it.)
Youíre... youíre too good! Youíre too sweet. (SHAKING
HER HEAD) I.. I canít. Michael? Itís scary. Iím
scared.
MICHAEL
What are you scared of Becky?
(BEAT)
BECKY
What your love would be too pure for someone like
me. That. (BEAT) that Iím thinking that I donít
deserve someone like you.
(MICHAEL roars with laughter and stands
up. BECKY is kind of flabbergasted that heís
laughing like this, she stands.)
BECKY
Michael? Michael! Whatís so funny about that?
MICHAEL
(Still giggling, but collects himself enough to
blurt out,)
(CONTINUED)
CONTINUED: 39.
I was thinking the same thing!
(They roar with laughter together, hug, and walk
offstage, and as they start walking they talk
about whatever the actors want)
LIGHTS DIM
40.
END STORY


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