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"It wasnt a surprise. We knew she was sick. So why is this so hard?"

From: Take My Hand
2 Characters
Gender Age Character Name
Female 50s ANGELA 55
Female 50s BRENNA 55
 
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 55, with her friend Brenna, also 55, on the night of Ruth's funeral.
 

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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.


Present

BRENNA, 55 years old, comes to the door of a guest room in Angela's family home. ANGELA, also 55, is trying to collect herself. She's wiping away some tears as she hears Brenna approach.


BRENNA (55 years old)

Knock knock.

ANGELA (55 years old)

Let me guess, Brenna. I've been hiding out in here way too long.

BRENNA (55)

I will admit, Ange, I was sent to fetch you.

ANGELA (55)

How's everybody doing?

BRENNA (55)

The same.

ANGELA (55)

I'm not sure I can get through the rest of this.

BRENNA (55)

It's almost done.

ANGELA (55)

No, tonight's almost done.

BRENNA (55)

That's all we have to get through right now.

ANGELA (55)

After tonight, we've all got the rest of our lives to get through without her.

BRENNA (55)

Your mom'd be proud of how you've handled yourself today.

ANGELA (55)

Except for now.

BRENNA (55)

Including now.

ANGELA (55)

I'm hiding in the guest room.

BRENNA (55)

You're human.

ANGELA (55)

Roger tell you to tell me that?

BRENNA (55)

Your husband, and my wife, both thought I stood the best chance of getting you to come back downstairs.

ANGELA (55)

We needed more time with her. Mama.

BRENNA (55)

We always need more time.

ANGELA (55)

Oh God. Dad. I've abandoned Dad.

BRENNA (55)

The children and the grandchildren are very good at providing distraction, he's fine.

ANGELA (55)

It wasn't a surprise. We knew she was sick.
So why is this so hard?

BRENNA (55)

You're human.

ANGELA (55)

You seem really certain of that.

BRENNA (55)

It's the one thing I can always count on with you. You're the best of us. But that makes you vulnerable.

ANGELA (55)

I'm surprised I made it through the service.

BRENNA (55)

I'm not gonna lie, I was a little surprised, too.

ANGELA (55)

So many people.

BRENNA (55)

Most of them are gone now.

ANGELA (55)

Waited them out, did I?

BRENNA (55)

They know it's time. To let us grieve by ourselves.
You reminded us a lot of her tonight, you know, up there at the front of the church. And later, at the grave site.

ANGELA (55)

What? You're high.

BRENNA (55)

No, seriously. Your father said it, Roger said it, Shelley, too.

ANGELA (55)

She's a good woman. Shelley.

BRENNA (55)

Yes, she is.

ANGELA (55)

You two are really good together.

BRENNA (55)

Thanks. She thinks highly of you, too.

ANGELA (55)

I'm just so afraid she's going to fade. Mama. In my memories. And then she'll really be gone.

BRENNA (55)

No chance of that with you walking around.

ANGELA (55)

Brenna.

BRENNA (55)

Come on. Let me take you back downstairs to the others. We'll all start saying goodbye to your mom.

ANGELA (55)

I feel like I'm gonna come apart.

BRENNA (55)

Take my hand. I'll walk with you.

They leave together.







Copyright 2017 by Matthew A. Everett

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