here is a play I wrote in 2003 - it is a drama (?!?!?!) and it seems like a whole other lifetime ago when I wrote it - and it's really really really long - and possibly full of cliches about relationships - don't worry the next thing i publish will be a return to form (good new weird and silly stuff)
A Great Afternoon
A play in one act
Charlie – He is a grade 12 student. In this scene he is wearing glasses, and has a polo shirt and a pair of jeans on.
Julie – She is also a grade 12 student. She is wearing a nice summer dress with a light cardigan over top.
Setting: bus stop outside school
Time: after school in spring, nearing graduation
Lights come up on a bus stop outside of the school, with the opening music still playing. The music should be some up-tempo jazz music. After a moment, Julie walks in carrying a big bag of books. She looks exhausted and her hair and clothes reflect that. She looks down the road for the bus, and then checks her watch and sits. She opens her bag and takes out a compact and tidies up her hair and clothes. The she takes out a novel and starts to read. After a few moments, Charlie runs up and sits down. Julie looks up, smiles, and moves down a bit to give him room. As Charlie sits, the music fades.
Charlie: (enthusiastically) Hey Julie!
Julie: Hi Charlie, what’s up?
Charlie: Not much. It’s nice to see you. Are you waiting for the bus?
Julie: No, Charlie, I’m currently walking home.
Charlie: (laughs) Right. Why are you here so late today? I never see you around at this time.
Julie: I was at the library trying to get some work done. I’m a bit behind and then, you know it was so warm, and I’m so tired these days, I just sort of dozed off, and then I woke up and it was after 5. What about you?
Charlie: The debating team had a research meeting for our debate next week against Van Tech. Mr. Morris was there to help us, and he had us going over the key points and arguments again and again. We’re working pretty hard at it all.
Julie: I’m sure, you guys always do. What’s the topic this time?
Charlie: Mandatory expulsion for students that get caught drinking or using drugs at school functions. We are arguing the “pro” side.
Julie: I remember when we were in grade 8 how the senior boys basketball team got caught drinking on that trip to the Island and nothing happened…
Charlie: …and the administration tried to keep it a secret.
Julie: Which didn’t work, and then two weeks later Chad Mora got caught drunk at the school dance and he got expelled. Athletes always have a double standard. God, I hate that!
Charlie: Yeah, one rule should definitely apply to all of us, but I’m just not sure if expulsion is the way to go. It is pretty harsh, especially if you never had done anything bad before, like Chad. The basketball team should have got in trouble, but they were never going to expel the whole team and the team managers – some of them were top students and others were lined up for scholarships to university. Also, many of their parents made key financial contributions to the school.
Julie: Right. But all of that just makes the school rules seem hypocritical.
Charlie: I’m going to argue that maybe we need some sort of “three strike” system. So offenders get a couple of chances and the ability to improve themselves. Depending on the seriousness of what they did, of course.
Julie: Sounds like you’ve already been thinking about it a lot; I’m sure you’ll do well. You’ve always been good at arguing a point and thinking on your feet.
(A long pause where both look like they are trying to think of what to talk about, then they both look up the street to see if the bus is coming)