Choices - Rebekah Grace

download Choices - Rebekah Grace

of 59

  • date post

    03-Jun-2018
  • Category

    Documents

  • view

    218
  • download

    0

Embed Size (px)

Transcript of Choices - Rebekah Grace

  • 8/12/2019 Choices - Rebekah Grace

    1/59

    CHOICES 1

    SCENE 1

    SETTING

    (A psychotherapists office. Mid-after noon.

    LOCKWOOD is sitting at his desk reading over

    files, however he is not seen until after MELANIE

    is onstage. There is a desk, with a leather wingback

    chair that LOCKWOOD is sitting in, and then catty-

    corner to the desk is a love-seat sofa with pillows.

    To the left of the sofa is an end table with tissues,

    and a small trashcan sits under it.)

    AT RISE

    (The office is dark, hidden almost. A woman,

    MELANIE enters, and with her the surroundings

    are revealed. LOCKWOOD is still concealed from

    view, a faceless shadow of a person. MELANIE

    tentatively sits down on the sofa and begins to play

    with her hands, out of nervousness. There is

    silence.)

    MELANIE

    So do I just talk to you, is that what I do?

    (MELANIE is talking to LOCKWOOD, who cannot be seen or heard yet.)

    Where do I start I dont really know-

    (Pauses as if she were interrupted.)

    It started with demeaning words, when my father was angry with me.

    (Gradually over the last few words, LOCKWOOD and his desk are

    revealed.)

    LOCKWOOD

    What about physically? Was he excessive? Abusive even?

    MELANIE

    It was his temper, it got away from him sometimes mostly yelling harsh wordsmade me cry. Sometimes almost beating me when I was about 6 years old my father

    had me, by the neck, up against the bedroom door.

    (MELANIE takes a deep breath.)

    All I said was Daddy please dont kill me

  • 8/12/2019 Choices - Rebekah Grace

    2/59

    CHOICES 2

    LOCKWOOD

    That wasnt your fault. Stop blaming yourself for your fathers sins know that he

    cannothurt you here. You are safe. Tissues are on the side table.

    (MELANIE leans over, pulls a tissue, and quickly wipes the tears away.)

    Were there other times?

    MELANIE

    Sophomore year, there was a boy I liked. My dad found out about him and flipped

    started yelling and screaming breaking Christmas ornaments anything he could get

    his hands on. He came after me too mom got in his way, so he hit her. After that all I

    remember is his laughter.

    LOCKWOOD

    Did he try to hurt you again or your mother?

    MELANIE

    Not that night. I stopped talking to the boy for a while. Sort of feel bad, blaming him

    which was very wrong.

    LOCKWOOD

    Did you tell him why?

    MELANIE

    No meant to

    LOCKWOOD

    Was that the worst it got physically for you?

    MELANIE

    One time, it started with the normal yelling and swearing. He got right in my face and

    hit me, not very hard but enough. So I ran to another room and he followed me then

    I was on the floor he decided to grab me by my ankles dragged me across the carpet.

    (MELANIE rises and stands behind the chair, gripping the top tightly.)

    I gripped the edge of the step, with all my strength willing my fingers to hold that he

    would not win. When it was over I was sitting in the corner hugging my legs tight to

    my chest blood trickling down my fingertips my nails had broken off rocking

    back and forth praying for God to make it stop.

    LOCKWOOD

    Melanie, open your eyes. You arent there anymore. You are in my office, and you are

    safe.

  • 8/12/2019 Choices - Rebekah Grace

    3/59

    CHOICES 3

    MELANIE

    Do I have to talk about him anymore?

    LOCKWOOD

    No, thats enough for now, how about you tell me more about your mother.

    MELANIE

    My mom now, or back then?

    LOCKWOOD

    Anything you would like. This is your session after all.

    MELANIE

    Now you tell me My mom and I have weird relationship she never was really amotherto me

    LOCKWOOD

    How is that?

    MELANIE

    Dad stayed home and mom worked full time

    LOCKWOOD

    Did she try to make a bond with you?

    MELANIE

    Later on, we talked more. Did stuff together. Girlie things. That was high school.

    LOCKWOOD

    What motivated this?

    MELANIE

    No idea.

    LOCKWOOD

    What would you hope the reason was?

    MELANIE

    Me growing up.

  • 8/12/2019 Choices - Rebekah Grace

    4/59

    CHOICES 4

    LOCKWOOD

    Did your father start to draw away from you then?

    MELANIE

    Maybe its so hard to remember clearly

    LOCKWOOD

    Melanie, close your eyes. Now, take deep breaths. Focus on your breathing. Relax. Now

    find a happy memory, any memory.

    MELANIE

    And then?

    LOCKWOODFeel the happiness in it. Remember it, focus on it.

    MELANIE

    So, just focus

    LOCKWOOD

    on the emotion.

    MELANIE

    Okay, but how

    LOCKWOOD

    put thathappiness into the void, replace the negative emotions.

    MELANIE

    Will that fix it? The pain?

    LOCKWOOD

    Nothing can fix you; the pain is all in your memories.

    MELANIE

    So I have to accept that? That will make it better?

    LOCKWOOD

    Yes, and no. Its a daily struggle.

  • 8/12/2019 Choices - Rebekah Grace

    5/59

    CHOICES 5

    MELANIE

    Any more tips and tricks for me, doc? Cause I am really messed up over here.

    LOCKWOOD

    Messed up? How so?

    MELANIE

    The stuff with my parents and then instead of making friends, I created imaginary ones

    from the characters in the books I read

    LOCKWOOD

    That was one of the best things you could have done.

    MELANIESo imaginary friends are healthy?

    LOCKWOOD

    No.

    MELANIE

    But, you just said

    LOCKWOOD

    the key part of my statement was best for you.

    MELANIE

    Oh

    LOCKWOOD

    Are you uncomfortable?

    MELANIE

    Yes.

    LOCKWOOD

    Do I make you uncomfortable? Or is it talking about your past?

    MELANIE

    I dont know.

  • 8/12/2019 Choices - Rebekah Grace

    6/59

    CHOICES 6

    LOCKWOOD

    What would you rather talk about?

    MELANIE

    Something less painful.

    LOCKWOOD

    Next time, we can talk about other things. How does that sound?

    MELANIE

    Sounds okay.

    LOCKWOOD

    Well then, thats all for today. Ill see you again in a week. Please try to take what I saidto heart.

    (MELANIE stands awkwardly, before heading off stage, leaving

    LOCKWOOD at his desk. Lights fade. The focus shifts to another part of

    the stage. A living area with a sofa, ottoman, and short coffee table. There

    is also a desk with a chair. Adjacent is a very cramped kitchen area, big

    enough for two people only. Already lounging on the sofa is GARRETT.

    MELANIE enters, not paying attention to her surroundings.)

    GARRETT

    So, how did it go, Melanie?

    MELANIE

    Therapy was hard.

    GARRETT

    Wanna talk about it?

    MELANIE

    Its hard talking about that sort of stuff with someone.

    GARRETT

    You talk to me about it.

    MELANIE

    Thats because youre you.

  • 8/12/2019 Choices - Rebekah Grace

    7/59

    CHOICES 7

    GARRET.

    What makes me easier to talk to?

    MELANIE

    Its hard to explain, Garret Why cant life be simple, and happy, and uncomplicated?

    GARRETT

    What would be the fun in that?

    MELANIE

    Is your mom home?

    GARRETT

    Nope.

    MELANIE

    Eaten dinner yet?

    (GARRET grunts to the negative, but doesnt elaborate.)

    So Im making then?

    GARRETT

    Yep.

    MELANIE

    Any frozen dinners left? Dont feel like cooking anything right now.

    GARRETT

    Not sure.

    MELANIE

    Well, Mr. Monosyllabic, would you mind taking a look for me?

    GARRETTSure.

    (GARRET doesnt move. MELANIE watches to see if he will get up.)

    MELANIE

    Could you?

  • 8/12/2019 Choices - Rebekah Grace

    8/59

    CHOICES 8

    GARRETT

    Only if you say the magic words.

    MELANIE

    Bite me.

    GARRETT

    Thank you.

    (GARRET finally gets up. Starts to walk off, then stops, walks back and

    hugs MELANIE. Continues off to kitchen area.)

    MELANIE

    Men.

    ( MELANIE shakes her head as she sits down on the sofa.)

    Did the freezer eat you?

    GARRETT

    Nope. Just perusing the possibilities.

    MELANIE

    As if you were going to make anything.

    GARRETT

    (GARRET enters back to living room area.)

    I could make something...

    MELANIE

    What?

    GARRET

    Suggestions.

    MELANIE

    Silly boy(MELANIE moves to the kitchen area, GARRETT follows.)

    What are you hungry for?

    GARRETT

    Food.

  • 8/12/2019 Choices - Rebekah Grace

    9/59

    CHOICES 9

    MELANIE

    So it looks like we have Chicken Alfredo mac n cheese corn on the cob chicken

    nuggets crinkle sweet potato fries mixed vegetables you know Im not saying all

    this for my health right?

    GARRET

    What ever you want, Mel.

    MELANIE

    That is not an answer.

    GARRETT

    Yes it is, its just not the one you where looking for.

    MELANIEFine. (MELANIE roughly grabs a random box and bag out of the freezer and shuts it a

    little too hard. GARRETT begins to pull out plates, silverware and cups, as MELANIE

    starts the bag in the microwave.) Could you have been any more helpful?

    GARRETT

    I am being helpful see I got the plates out. Whats wrong? You are never are this tense

    unless something bad has happened

    MELANIE

    Nothing bad has happened.

    GARRETT

    Somethings up. (MELANIE ignores him and busily tries to avoid responding by

    prepping more food.) Melanie, stop. Please. (MELANIE halts her movements but stays i