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Breaking Free


         

          (Setting is a bare stage representing

          a space in a commercial art gallery.

          KERIE is bent over, examining a piece

          of artwork, a sculpture, on a table.

MEL enters, walking with a cane, and

joins KERIE at the sculpture)

             

                        MEL

Hi. You’re back. Good to see you again.

 

          (KERIE glances up, but ignores him)

 

                        MEL (Cont’d)

Last week you were over there with the water colors, and we talked for a bit.

 

          (KERIE shakes her head rather vigorously)

         

                        MEL (Cont’d)

Sure. I remember your turquoise necklace. It looks good on you. Hope you’re feeling better today.

 

          (KERIE’S EGO enters)

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

Good grief! Not this pest again.

 

                        MEL

This is a great piece, isn’t it. I’m a nature illustrator, did I tell you? And this looks like it came off one of my pages. This guy put life in it and made it fly. But I wonder what that thing is.

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

Ignore him. Make him go away.

 

                        KERIE

What?

 

                        MEL

Right there.

 

                        KERIE

That’s a talon.

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

You are not supposed to be talking to strangers!

 

                        MEL

An eagle talon. Sure. Now I see it. It’s curled under.

 

          (MEL’S EGO enters)

 

                        MEL’S EGO

Easy now. Don’t stand so close, you’ll scare the young lady.

 

                        MEL 

And he’s just taking off, flying away.

 

                        KERIE  

See . . . I . . . I shouldn’t be talking to you.

 

                        MEL

Why?

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

Tell him, then send him packing.

 

                        MEL’S EGO

What kind of an ego are you. You act more like her warden.

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

Never you mind about me. Go ahead and tell him, Kerie.

 

                        KERIE

Well. My mother . . . She wouldn’t like it.

 

                        MEL    

Your mother? Huh. Okay. Then I’ll leave you alone.

 

                        KERIE   

No! Please. I mean . . . As long as you don’t . . .

 

                        MEL   

Get too close?

 

                        KERIE  

Something like that.

 

                        MEL    

Pardon my saying so, but you look old enough to make your own decisions.

 

                        KERIE  

But see, I . . . my mother . . . she doesn’t like men.

 

                        MEL

Why doesn’t your mother like men?

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

This guy won’t take no for an answer. Tell him it’s none of his business!

 

                        MEL’S EGO

No. You speak right up, Kerie. I need an answer to that one myself.

 

                        KERIE

Well. I . . . don’t really . . .

 

                        MEL

Because she’s afraid of what might happen to you?

 

                        KERIE

Because . . . Yeah.

 

                        MEL

Okay. No problem. I’m certainly not one of those kinds.

          (pause)

It’s peaceful in here isn’t it. But they sure keep it cold. Aren’t you cold in that thin blouse?

 

                        KERIE

Yes . . . No. I mean . . .

 

                        MEL

Would you like to use my jacket?

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

Ah ah ah ah. Don’t you dare.

                         

                        KERIE

Well . . . I really shouldn’t . . .

 

          (MEL hands his cane to KERIE to hold

           while he removes his jacket. He drapes

           the jacket over KERIE’S shoulders, then

           retrieves his cane)

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

          (while above is happening)

Did I mumble? I told you not to do that!

 

                        KERIE

Thank you.

 

                        MEL’S EGO

Not too fast, guy. Slow down. You still don’t know her name.

 

                        MEL

By the way. I’m Mel.

 

                        KERIE

Hi. I’m Kerie

 

                        MEL

Hi Kerie. Nice name.

 

                        KERIE

Thank you.

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

While you’re cozying up, why don’t you ask him what happened to his foot. Some irate father probably shot him.

 

                        KERIE

What happened to your foot?

 

                        MEL

I lost part of it in the war.

 

                        KERIE

Oh. I’m so sorry.

 

                        MEL’S EGO

I bet she’d like to hear more about it.

 

                        MEL

They wanted to take it all off, and I told them no, to save what they could. And it is improving. See? I can wear a shoe now.

 

                        KERIE

That’s wonderful.

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

If Kerie’s mother sees you trying to put a move on her, you’ll be missing more than part of a foot, let me tell you.

 

                        MEL’S EGO

Boy, you are one tough cookie. Women can’t have male friends in your world?

 

 

 

                        MEL

The more I look at this, the better it gets. Oh, now I see, here’s the title. ‘Breaking Free’. Yeah. This is the best I’ve seen for a long time. Say, you know they have complimentary coffee. Would you like to go have a cup?

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

No you would not.

 

                        KERIE

I’m sorry. I don’t drink coffee.

 

                        MEL’S EGO

They’ve got hot chocolate too.

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

Will you just butt out?

 

                        MEL

Or hot chocolate?

 

                        KERIE

Well, gee. That . . . does sound good.

 

          (KERIE and MEL exit)

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

Hey! You know better than that. You can’t just wander off with him.

 

                        MEL’S EGO

Don’t get your dander up. They’re fine.

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

I am not standing idly by and watching this happen.

 

          (KERIE’S EGO starts to follow KERIE & MEL

           but MEL’S EGO steps in front of her)

 

                        MEL’S EGO

Let them have a little fun.

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

Get out of my way! Kerie! Don’t go with that man!

 

 

 

 

 

                        MEL’S EGO

No wonder Kerie’s so quiet and cautious. You’ve turned her into a recluse, afraid of her own shadow. You don’t let her run and play, or smell the flowers.

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

The last time Kerie smelled a flower she got stung by a bee. Right in the snoot.

 

                        MEL’S EGO

So don’t do anything in life because you might get stung.

         

                        KERIE’S EGO

But you don’t have all the picture. Kerie’s not . . .

 

                        MEL’S EGO

Kerie’s not what? Is there something wrong with her?

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

She just needs some help now and then. 

 

                        MEL’S EGO

What’s that mean?

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

A lot of people are a little slow. Your man has only one good foot, you know.

 

                        MEL’S EGO

Why are you shielding her?

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

All right! You won’t leave it alone, will you. Her mother thinks she was brain damaged. At birth. Oxygen starvation.

 

                        MEL’S EGO

Her mother thinks she was brain damaged? Well. Is she or isn’t she?

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

Now see, you’ve distracted me again. Where’d they go?

 

                        MEL’S EGO

Same place they were two minutes ago. Is she or isn’t she brain damaged?

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

How would I know? I’m only her ego.

 

                        MEL’S EGO

Fine ego you are, making her afraid to even turn around. Everything she does is wrong in your eyes.

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

You don’t understand, it’s not my choosing. Kerie had to sneak out from her mother’s house to even be here today.

 

                        MEL’S EGO

How wonderful. Sounds like the mother’s the one who needs help. Kerie’s over eighteen and she has to sneak out?

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

Why are you looking at me like that?

 

                        MEL’S EGO

If Kerie is a little slow then . . .

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

Then what?

 

                        MEL’S EGO

Then the rest of her is too.

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

Are you intimating that I’m brain damaged?

 

                        MEL’S EGO

Between you and Kerie’s mother you’re keeping Kerie locked up in a cocoon. She hasn’t had a chance to spread her wings. 

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

Spread her wings so some lecherous predator can come along and gobble her up?

 

                        MEL’S EGO

You know what? You should try laughing sometime.

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

And you’re just going to sit back and laugh and watch him seduce that poor vulnerable girl?

 

                        MEL’S EGO

Kerie’s not a girl anymore.

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

But she’s vulnerable.

 

 

                        MEL’S EGO

So is Mel. He’s a shy young man who feels bad enough about his foot. He’s smitten with Kerie, you see that. It would shatter him if she rejects him out of hand.

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

That’s his problem. Let him be smitten with someone else. Oh no! Shy young man indeed. Now he’s holding her hand! I have to stop him.

 

          (MEL’S EGO physically restrains KERIE’S EGO)

 

                        MEL’S EGO

Relax. Rather than fighting, we should explore ways to co-exist.

                       

                        KERIE’S EGO

With my adversary?

 

                        MEL’S EGO

Why do we have to be adversaries?

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

Because we are.

 

                        MEL’S EGO

We can’t just be happy?

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

With your attitude? You keep hammering away, always on the offensive. Accusing me. Inferring I’m brain damaged. Making fun of me.

 

                        MEL’S EGO  

Oh no. I’d never make fun of you. I think under all that anger there’s a feeling of . . . inadequacy?

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

Now that’s uncalled for.

 

                        MEL’S EGO

What Kerie needs is some positive feedback for a change. Like what Mel’s giving her.

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

Saving her from a predator like Mel is positive.

 

 

 

                        MEL’S EGO

Mel a predator? You couldn’t be more wrong. But it looks like those two are hitting it off rather well without us. You and I might end up seeing a lot more of each other.

          (pause)

You know, you’re rather attractive. When you don’t frown.

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

Will you stop it! It’s not my job to worry about how I look. I’m supposed to be watching Kerie, making sure . . . Oh no! He’s kissing her! Look what he’s doing. Can’t you stop him?

 

                        MEL’S EGO

Did you know you have a dimple right there?

         

          (tenderly touches her face)

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

          (softening)

No. And please don’t touch me. Those people are watching.

 

                        MEL’S EGO

Egos cannot be seen.

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

And egos do not make love to one another.

 

                        MEL’S EGO

Have you ever tried? You might like it.

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

Oh-h-h. You’re just as bad as Mel.

 

                        MEL’S EGO

Thank you. Another thing you should consider is, humans need a good healthy ego in order to make love. And if humans don’t make love, then where are all the new egos going to come from?

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

That isn’t really our problem, is it?

 

                        MEL’S EGO

Of course it is. Each female human must produce two point three babies or the human race will eventually die out. And their egos will die out with them. Including you and me.

 

 

 

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

Oh please. I’m . . . I’m so confused. What’s happening here? I feel light headed all of a sudden.

 

          (MEL & KERIE enter, walking hand in hand.  

         

                        MEL

And after that we can stop for dinner. Your mother won’t mind if you’re out late will she?

 

                        KERIE

Oh yes. But she’ll have to get used to the idea. I’ll buy her a gift, to help her through it.

 

          (They stop to look at the sculpture)

 

                        MEL

Yeah, this is a great piece.‘Breaking Free.’ By . . . By Kerie? You’re that Kerie? This is yours.

 

                        KERIE

I think it’s the best I’ve done. But my mother said no one will want it.

 

                        MEL

Ah-h-h. Of course they will. I’ll buy it.

 

                        KERIE

No. A stranger has to buy it. I’ll make another one. Just for you.

 

          (MEL and KERIE begin walking off hand in hand)

 

                        KERIE’S EGO

What in the world did Mel do to her?

 

          (MEL’S EGO offers KERIE’S EGO his arm. She

           loops hers in his)

 

                        KERIE’S EGO (Cont’d)

It is a little chilly in here. Are you sure about those two point three babies? That doesn’t seem like enough to me.

 

          (they follow KERIE and MEL off as

           lights dim out)  

 

                        End of Play

 

 

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I really like this concept of two Ego's interacting. I'm wondering, can we see more of the real personalities interacting? Can you split the time a little bit more and only give us glimpses of each seduction? Also, I'm a little concerned about the Mother element. Because we don't get enough information about Kerri's mother I think that mentioning her might bring too much to the table. Especially since I want to know more about Kerri as an artist.

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Mana: 
Excellent play. I really like it. Love the Ego debate. It adds a lot to an already great scene. I guess the very end confuses me a bit. I love Kerie's last line but then Kerie's ego's dialog is odd... maybe I just need more coffee.

I'd love to see Kerie's mom and her ego be in scene 2

Keep up the good work.

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pocolocos,

Thank you for your kind words.

It's only a ten minute play. I haven't given thought to expanding it at this time. Maybe a thought for future work.

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HolyCityTheatre Member,

Thanks for your interest and kind words.

This is only a ten minute play, and I haven't given thought to expanding it. I may not be advanced in expertise yet to go for something more involved. Ten minutes is all I've envisioned for it.

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