"Gay isnt an insult. Theyre idiots. Take my hand."
|From: Take My Hand|
|Female||Young Girl or Boy||ANGELA 15|
|Female||Young Girl or Boy||BRENNA 15|
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 fifteen, and her best friend in high school, Brenna, also fifteen.
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.
40 years ago
ANGELA, 15 years old, appears at the door to an empty high school classroom, where her friend BRENNA, also 15, has gone to escape their fellow classmates.
ANGELA (15 years old)
BRENNA (15 years old)Go away.
ANGELA (15)It's me, Brenna.
BRENNA (15)I can't go back out there, Ange. Don't make me.
ANGELA (15)I'm not gonna make you do anything but you can't hide in an empty classroom forever.
BRENNA (15)Why not?
(pause)Are they still out there?
ANGELA (15)You can't let them have this much power over you, Brenn.
BRENNA (15)Easy for you to say. They like you. You're lucky.
ANGELA (15)They're idiots.
BRENNA (15)Well, they're idiots that everyone else listens to, so I'm screwed.
ANGELA (15)It really bothers you that much?
BRENNA (15)Wouldn't it bother you?
ANGELA (15)My godfather's gay, Brenna.
ANGELA (15)So I don't consider it an insult. If they're using it that way, they're idiots.
BRENNA (15)What if - ?
BRENNA (15)What if it's not just an insult?
I mean, what if what they're saying, what if the thing they're calling me, what if they aren't wrong?
ANGELA (15)Are you trying to tell me something?
BRENNA (15)I don't know. Maybe.
ANGELA (15)'Cause it wouldn't matter. Not to me.
ANGELA (15)You're my best friend, Brenna. Nothing's gonna change that.
BRENNA (15)I'm not sure. I mean, I haven't -
ANGELA (15)But you feel - ?
BRENNA (15)Yeah. Guys don't do anything for me.
ANGELA (15)Well, I'm not exactly finding any prime material out there lately myself.
BRENNA (15)Yeah, but at least you're interested in looking.
ANGELA (15)And who are you looking at?
BRENNA (15)Maybe - Melissa?
ANGELA (15)Melissa? Hanson? Melissa Hanson? That's your type?
ANGELA (15)There's not a whole lot there.
BRENNA (15)Hey, she's pretty.
ANGELA (15)Gay *and* shallow? I'm not sure you can be my best friend anymore.
They laugh together.
BRENNA (15) (cont'd)Thanks, Angela.
ANGELA (15)For what?
BRENNA (15)That was much easier than I thought it was gonna be.
ANGELA (15)Come on. Stop hiding in here. Time to go.
BRENNA (15)I don't know.
ANGELA (15)Take my hand. I'll walk with you.
BRENNA (15)Aren't you worried?
ANGELA (15)About - ?
BRENNA (15)What they'll think. What they'll say.
ANGELA (15)Gay isn't an insult. They're idiots. Take my hand.
They leave together.
Copyright 2017 by Matthew A. Everett