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Darkja



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I've started writing this spoof. Please read and let me know what you think especially if you are familiar with plays like "Bang Bang You're Dead"

 

An Angst Driven Teenage Social Awareness Play


By Todd Ford


©2010


 

At Rise: A dimly lit blue stage four actors dressed in all black stand lined up along it. Tim is frozen in a dramatic mid walk going toward a case of coke center stage. As each actors speaks they are enveloped in a bright white light (preferably directly from above) causing stark shadows.

 

Tim’s Mom


I should have seen the signs. It started with an empty can here or there. Then came (she chokes up a little) the cardboard carton. (overdramatically weeping). I should have seen the signs. I should have done something anything. I can’t believe what he’s become and it’s all my fault. All the parents told me it was no big deal. Their kid does Coke all the time.  They even said they tried Coke. Why did I listen to them? Why didn’t I take the can from him? His actions crushed my soul like a can and threw it in the recycling bin of darkness.

 

(Tim dramatically takes a step forward and reaches for the case of Coke)


 

Tim’s Dad


I can’t forgive him. I tried but I can’t. How could he do this to us? We love him. We’re his family. I tried to stop him. I suggested he take a hit of something less addictive. Cheerwine, Mountain Dew, anything but he said he needed the Coke. He said all the cool kids were doing Coke. He said he could handle it. He even suggested that I try Coke. He said it would blow my mind. I knew we were in trouble when he turned to Coke 0. He said the calories just got in the way of his buzz. How could he. He has a brother who looks up to him, a mother who love him. How could I forgive him he’s become a monster? He just wanders from place to place looking fir his next buzz. Why Tim? Why did you do this to us?

 

(Tim dramatically takes a coke in his hand and freezes)


 


Tim’s Brother


(as Tim’s Brother says this line the other three drop character and stare at him)


You hurt me like someone stepping on the soda can of my heart. I felt you size eleven slowly squish and felt the crinkle of the compression. I felt you rip the tab away like you ripped apart our relationship. You drank the soda draining my life. Now I am left empty and shattered on a cold dark street. Cast into the alley like trash.

 

Tim’s Dad


What?

 

Tim’s Brother


It was a metaphor. I was trying to explain my feelings.

 

Tim’s Mom


Actually most of those were similes.

 

 

Tim’s Brother


Really? What’s the difference? I never can remember.

 

Tim’s Mother


Well a simile uses like or as whereas a metaphor….

 

Tim’s Dad (interrupting)


Enough already. The point is it was rubbish it made no sense.

 

Tim’s Girlfriend (mooning over Tim’s brother)


I thought it was beautiful.

 

Tim’s Dad (annoyed)


Whatever let’s just get on with it.

 

(Tim meanwhile has sat down on the stage clearly bored. The others cough. He suddenly realizes what’s happening and strikes a dramatic pose opening the can)


 


Tim’s Girlfriend (very dramatically)


Coke (dramatic pause) is (dramatic pause) bad. (falls to the floor as if exhausted)

 

Tim’s Mom


That’s it?

 

Tim’s Girlfriend


Yeah, coke is bad.

 

Tim’s Dad


No deep monologue on how he ruined my life?

 

Tim’s Girlfriend


Nope. Just coke is bad.

 

Tim’s Brother


No artful similes or metaphors.

 

Tim’s Girlfriend


Nope. Just “coke (dramatic pause) is (dramatic pause) bad (falls to floor).

 

(Tim dramatically drinks from the can. The four dramatically turn to the side of the stage in unison and walk away)


 


(Tim suddenly stands in the middle of the stage five actor’s stand at various areas of the stage. If possible Tim should be on a box. The lighting should be bright and harsh)


 


 


Tim


Love that buzz.

 

Actor 1


Taste it.

 

Actor 2


Feel it.

 

Actor 3


You know you need it.

 

Tim


Need that cool condensation in you hand.

 

Actor 4


Coke.

 

Actor 5


Cherry Coke.

 

Actor 1


New Coke.

 

Actor 2


Vanilla Coke.

 

Actor 3


Pepsi.

 

(All the actors look angrily at actor 3. They point offstage he leaves dejected)


 


Tim


When you drink a coke….

 

Actors


You’re not thirsty.

 

Tim


When you drink a coke…

 

Actors


You’re wide awake.

 

Tim


When you drink a coke….

Actors (confused)


Your uhm…uhmm….really really not thirsty.

 

Tim


You talk different.

 

Voices


When you’re buzzed on coke.

 

Tim


You walk different.

 

Voices


When your buzzed on coke.

 

Tim


You piss different.

 

Voices


Ewww….

 

Tim


Well…you know…sometimes it causes kidney stones.

 

Voices


Ohhhhh.

 

Tim (holding up coke can)


Coke.

 

(Lights blackout. Suddenly flashlights flick on one at a time on the influences each holds a shiny can of Coke. They speak in soft hissing tones)


 


Influence 1


Everyone is doing it Tim. (takes a threatening step forward)

 

Influence 2


You know you want to. (takes a threatening step forward)

 

Influence 3


Don’t be a wimp. (takes a threatening step forward.

 

Influence


Cases studies show that one out of five adolescent males will give into suggestive peer pressure which we represent. (takes a threatening step forward)

 

(The voices continue this chanting come closer and closer and louder and louder with each step forward)


 


Tim (screaming)


Noooooooo…..who are you guys?

 

Influence 1 (still hissing)


Bob.

 

Influence 2 (still hissing)


Fred.

 

Influence 3 (still hissing)


George.

 

Influence 4 (still hissing)


Paul

 

All Influences


Influence.

 

Tim


OK. Well influence. Can I call you influence? What the hell do you want?

 

Influence 4


Well you see. We are a physical representation of your subconscious. We are here to show the audience how the power of suggestion has clouded your decision making process. We are shown as a nefarious malignant force in order to coerce the audience to not make the same choices you have.

 

Tim


What?

 

Influence 1


We’re bad.

 

Influence 2


We made you do bad things.

 

Influence 3


We’re here to scare the shit out of the audience so they won’t do bad things.

 

Tim


OK. Got it.

 

 

Influence 1


OK back to work. (pulls out a black trash bag)

 

Tim (panicked)


What is that?

 

Influence 4


It’s a trash bag. We are going to put you in it to show a symbolic death caused by your vices. Normally we would use a box but we ran out of time and money hence a trach bag. Any more questions?

 

Tim


No.

 

Influence 2


Then may we continue.

 

Tim


OK.