Scene Detail

"Were always moving. Why cant your job get better in the same place?"

From: Take My Hand
2 Characters
Gender Age Character Name
Female 30s RUTH
Female Young Girl or Boy ANGELA 7
 
Setup:
Three pairs of women, across three different time periods in the life of one of those women - Angela.

48 years ago, Angela was 7 years old and facing the prospect of starting at a new school again, because her mother Ruth's career demanded the family move. Ruth is having a hard time negotiating with Angela to get her out the door to her first day of school.

40 years ago, Angela is 15, and helping her friend Brenna face up to the teenage bullies at school.

In the present, Angela and Brenna are both 55, and it's Brenna's turn to help Angela face the hard reality of Ruth's funeral.

The script moves back and forth across time, offering tiny snapshots of the way we give each other courage, and the way strength is passed down from one generation to the next.

(Casting note: please feel free to mix things up in terms of race)

The following is the scene between Angela at the age of seven and her mother Ruth.
 

Scene

Copyright 2017 by Matthew A. Everett




Three spaces exist side by side, in which three scenes from three different times are interwoven. These locales should be suggested simply - a doorframe, a student's desk, perhaps a chair, respectively. Lights dim and rise as we shift from one time and place to the next, rather than going completely on and off, or forcing actors to freeze in place.


48 years ago

RUTH, a woman in her thirties, calls out to her 7-year-old daughter ANGELA, who stands on the other side of a doorframe from her. The actors play that a door is there, but there shouldn't be a door in the frame, so we can see them both as they converse.


RUTH

Angela, come out of there, we're leaving.

ANGELA (7 years old)

No!

RUTH

This is not up for discussion.

ANGELA (7)

I don't want to go to a new school.

RUTH

Well, we live in a new town, and another state, so your old school isn't an option.

ANGELA (7)

Why, Mama?

RUTH

Mama had to move because of her job. Which is a good thing. I know that means a new school for you.

ANGELA (7)

Another new school.

RUTH

I know new schools can be hard, and I'm sorry for that. But you haven't even been to this school yet. You might like it. You liked the last one. And the one before that.

ANGELA (7)

We're always moving. Why can't your job get better in the same place?

RUTH

I have to go where they need me, Angela.

ANGELA (7)

We never moved for Papa's job.

RUTH

Papa's job is a lot less complicated. Papa can do his job anywhere. Which is why he can spend so much time with you while I'm at my job.

ANGELA (7)

He's not here now. I want Papa.

RUTH

Papa's starting a new job just like you're starting a new school, so today Papa has to be there for a while. And so your mama gets to take you to school instead.

ANGELA (7)

I want Papa.

RUTH

Angela. Honestly.

ANGELA (7)

Papa always goes in with me. You never go in with me.

RUTH

Angela, if that's all it's going to take, I'll go in with you. I can't stay.

ANGELA (7)

Papa would stay until I found a new friend.

RUTH

Angela.

ANGELA (7)

Papa would stay.

RUTH

I'll stay with you as long as I can. Mama has a new job to get to as well, you know.

ANGELA (7)

Papa would stay.

RUTH

And how long would it take you to find a friend, or a friend to find you? Not long, I bet.

ANGELA (7)

No, not long.

RUTH

This school's not going to be so bad, Angela. I promise. Mama wouldn't take a new job where there wasn't a great school for you.

ANGELA (7)

Promise?

RUTH

I promise.

ANGELA (7)

OK.

RUTH

Come out now. Take my hand. I'll walk with you.

They leave together.







Copyright 2017 by Matthew A. Everett

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