Script Sample: Scenes 5 & 11

On August 29, 2009 - By Carol Kimball

ACT I - SCENE 5

(ANOTHER NIGHT, A FEW DAYS LATER.  DUANE AND CONNIE ARE SITTING ON THE FRONT STEPS OF HER TRAILER, DRINKING BEERS AND LOOKING AT THE STARS.)

 

DUANE: (LOOKING AT CONNIE):  It's beautiful out here tonight.

 

CONNIE:  Yeah, nice and clear.

 

DUANE: With all the lights out, it's cool how you can see every star in the sky.

 

CONNIE: Red's supposed to replace that bulb in the streetlight.

 

DUANE: It's better this way.

 

(PAUSE)

 

DUANE:  So what's up with you and this Steve?

 

CONNIE:  What do you mean?

 

DUANE:  I don't know, I've just been hearin' stuff.  Something about a dinner at Rosetti's.

 

CONNIE:  We had a dinner together.  It's no big deal.  But you're going to have to get used to the idea of us seeing other people.

 

DUANE:  I know…  So, what?  Do you like this guy?

 

CONNIE:  I dunno.  He's nice.

 

DUANE:  Awww.. "He's nice."

 

CONNIE:  What do you have against him?  You say his name like he's Satan or something.

 

DUANE:  He's a weasel.

 

CONNIE:  Oh come on...

 

DUANE:  A snake in the grass...

 

CONNIE:  You don't even know...

 

DUANE:  You can't trust him¼ We can't trust him.  You think that just 'cause he lives in a trailer like us he's one of us?  Huh?  Well think about it.  Plant manager. He could get himself a place up in the Heights if he wanted to.  And why doesn't he¼ I'll tell you why¼ cause this is just temporary for him.

 

CONNIE:  So...

 

DUANE:  So... I think they sent him here to do some dirty work -- make some points for himself at our expense, then move on.

 

CONNIE:  What do you think he's gonna do?

 

DUANE: We've earned every dime of that O.T. we've been getting - but sure as shit he's gonna find a way to screw us out of it.

 

CONNIE:  You don't know that.  You shouldn't jump to conclusions.  You ought to give the guy the benefit of the doubt.

 

DUANE:  Well, you can if you want.  I don't trust him.

 

(THEY LOOK UP AT THE SKY.  CONNIE STRETCHES HER NECK FROM SIDE TO SIDE.  DUANE REACHES OVER AND STARTS RUBBING HER NECK.)

 

CONNIE:  Mmm.  That feels good.

 

DUANE:  You always get real tensed up right here.

 

CONNIE:  Yup, that's the spot.

 

(CONNIE RELAXES INTO THE MASSAGE A LITTLE)

 

DUANE:  I know some other ways to get you relaxed.

 

(CONNIE CHUCKLES AND NUDGES HIM)

 

CONNIE:  Yeah, you do.

 

DUANE:  You know I do, baby.

 

(DUANE MOVES A LITTLE CLOSER.  CONNIE TURNS TO GIVE HIM A QUIZZICAL LOOK.  DUANE TRIES TO KISS HER AND SHE PULLS AWAY.)

 

CONNIE:  What are you thinkin'?

 

DUANE:  Well, talkin' about giving a guy the benefit of the doubt...

 

CONNIE:  Oh, no...

 

DUANE:  I was just thinkin', we've been getting' along pretty well lately...

 

CONNIE:  Oh, no...

 

DUANE:  ¼so maybe it's time we re-think this whole splittin' up idea¼

 

CONNIE:  Duane, we are so way past that.

 

DUANE:  Why do you say that?

 

CONNIE:  Why?  You need to ask why?

 

DUANE:  Why can't you forgive me?

 

CONNIE:  There are just some things that are unforgivable.

 

DUANE:  With love, anything can be forgiven...

 

CONNIE:  Unforgivable!

 

DUANE:  It was a long time ago...

 

CONNIE:  It was my mother, Duane.

 

DUANE:  I was drunk...

 

CONNIE:  My own mom.

 

DUANE:  She was wearing your sundress...

 

CONNIE:  Not even my stepmom, my real mom.

 

DUANE:  She started it...

 

CONNIE:  Don't even be so stupid as to try to make excuses for yourself.  God, that just makes it worse.  If you said, "I'm so sorry, I'm such an asshole, there's no excuse but please forgive me anyway¼" If you said something like that you might have a chance...

 

DUANE:  I'm so sorry.  (WITH PAUSES)  I'm such an asshole...  There's no excuse...  Please... forgive me.

 

(CONNIE SEEMS TO SOFTEN FOR A MOMENT, THEN PULLS BACK)

 

CONNIE:  No.  Nice try, but no.

 

DUANE:  (A BIG SIGH)

 

CONNIE:  It's all over and done with, with us.  You know that.  You know it.  Just let it go.

 

(DUANE LOOKS AT CONNIE, NODS, THEN LOOKS BACK UP AT THE STARS)

(CONNIE STANDS)

 

CONNIE:  Well you can stay out here howling at the moon all night if you want to, but I got the breakfast shift tomorrow morning.

 

DUANE:  Yeah, I better get going, too.  (HE DOESN'T MOVE)

 

CONNIE:  Good night.  (SHE TURNS TO GO IN THE TRAILER, BUT STOPS AND TURNS BACK TO DUANE)  I did have a nice time tonight.  I'm glad we're still friends.

 

DUANE:  (HE LETS OUT AN IRONIC CHUCKLE, THEN SHRUGS AND LOOKS UP AT CONNIE)  Me too.

 

CONNIE:  (AS SHE EXITS INTO HER TRAILER)  Go home and get some sleep, Duane.

 

(DUANE LOOKS UP AT THE STARS AND THE MUSIC STARTS, AND HE SINGS "LET HER GO". 

 

SONG: LET HER GO 

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BNJmbAInwkA 

 

A night like this, twenty years ago

We found a world that we didn’t know

A precious time when I could reach out for her hand

Why I was such a fool, I’ll never understand

 

I didn’t know, I was so blind, but now I see

She is the only one in this world for me

Let her go…

Let her go…

 

A night like this, will never be the same

I made mistakes, yeah I’ll take the blame

They say to prove your love you gotta set’em free

Whatever made me think that she’d come back to me

I didn’t know, I was so blind, but now I see

She is the only one in this world for me

Let her go…

Let her go…

 

A night like this, so many more ahead

I drag myself to my empty bed

Those winter winds, they can chill you to the bone

Am I to live my life without her - all alone

 

I didn’t know, I was so blind, but now I see

She is the only one in this world for me

Let her go…

Let her go…

Let her go…

Let her go…

 

(AT THE END OF THE SONG, THE LIGHTS FADE TO END THE SCENE)

 

(END OF ACT ONE)

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ACT II - SCENE 11

(EARLY EVENING THAT SAME DAY AT CONNIE'S TRAILER.  TANYA ENTERS AND POUNDS ON THE DOOR.  CONNIE COMES OUT.)

 

TANYA:  You bitch!  And I thought you were my friend.

 

CONNIE:  What did I do?

 

TANYA:  You could have told me what that boyfriend of yours had planned.  You should have told me.  Now I'm never gonna get to go on my honeymoon.

 

CONNIE:  Told you what?

 

TANYA:  You can stop acting stupid.  Junior just got home from the plant.  Your boyfriend made the big announcement today.  The company's closing up the plant and moving the whole operation to Mexico.

 

CONNIE:  Everyone's moving to Mexico?

 

TANYA:  No!  Nobody's moving to Mexico! They're moving the operation to Mexico so they can hire Mexicans! (PAUSE)  Oh, my god. You really didn't know. He didn't tell you.

 

CONNIE: This is the first I've heard of it.

 

TANYA:  I guess you're gonna get re-engineered, too.

 

CONNIE:  Go ahead and say, "I told you so."

 

TANYA:  I'm sorry. I really am.  What are you going to do?

 

CONNIE: What can I do?  I know what I’m NOT gonna do— is sit here and wait for him to come home so he can go, “Hey, how was your day?  Mine was fine.  I just screwed over your whole town.”

 

(STEVE ENTERS)

 

CONNIE  (TO STEVE):  You son of a bitch.  You're closing the plant.  Tanya just told me the news.  (TANYA EXITS)  You know what that's gonna do to this town, but you went ahead and did it anyway.

 

STEVE:  I'm really sorry...

 

CONNIE:  You're sorry?  You're sorry?  You should be.  How can you stand yourself?  I can’t believe I…you sure had me fooled.

 

STEVE:  Hey, you're not being fair.  You have no idea...

 

CONNIE:  I have no idea how hard it is to fire about a thousand people in one day.  You're right, I don't have any idea what that's like.  But that's business, right? That's why they pay you the big bucks.  I never want to see you again.  You make me sick.  I make myself thick sinking... I make myself sick... thinking... about being with you.  I'll tell you this.  You better get out of town before someone shoots your ass.  And that person might just be me.

 

(CONNIE STARTS TO EXIT INTO HER TRAILER)

 

STEVE:  Connie...

 

CONNIE:  Just pack up your shit and get out of town.  Duane was right about you.

 

(CONNIE SLAMS THE DOOR IN STEVE'S FACE.  HE TURNS AND STEPS DOWN FROM HER STOOP AS DUANE ENTERS)

TRANSITIONAL MUSIC THAT SETS UP FIGHT, REPEATING BOTTOM [E] NOTE, THAT GETS LOUDER AND PUNCTUATES WITH THE FIGHT SCENE.

 

DUANE: Having a bad day, Stevie?  At least you still have a job.

 

STEVE: Just let me explain something…

 

DUANE:  No, I don't have to listen to your explanations anymore.  You're not my boss now.

 

(DUANE THROWS A PUNCH AND A SCUFFLE ENSUES, WITH STEVE ENDING UP ON THE GROUND UNDER DUANE, ABOUT TO BE PUMMELED)

 

STEVE:  Wait, wait. I'm outa work, too.

 

(THIS STOPS DUANE)

 

DUANE: Really?

 

STEVE: Yeah, I just faxed my resignation to Henderson.

 

DUANE:  Huh?

 

STEVE:  Are we done here?  If so, could you get up off me, I've got shit to do.

 

DUANE:  Oh, yeah, sure.  Why'd you do that?  You don't want to go to Mexico?

 

STEVE:  No, that's not it.  I'm pissed off about this whole deal.

 

DUANE: You faxed your resignation?  You can't quit like that, that's no fun.  Every time I quit Agribig I did it face-to-face.

 

STEVE: Every time?  You quit Agribig more than once?

 

DUANE:  I quit four or five times.  Felt great every time.

 

STEVE:  They kept rehiring you?

 

DUANE:  Not exactly.  I'd just come back after a day or two and we'd all act like nothin' happened.  I'm a good worker… was a good worker.  I couldn't quit Agribig.  That's what I do.  'Cept for bailin' hay in the summers, that's the only job I ever had. (CHOKING UP) Shit.  This ain't right.

 

STEVE: I know.  I'm gonna call Henderson.

 

(STEVE PULLS HIS CELL PHONE FROM HIS BAG)

 

DUANE: Don't be polite to that sonabitch.  Give him hell.

 

STEVE: I will.

 

DUANE:  Good!...What are you gonna say?

 

STEVE:  What do you say to people like that?

 

(STEVE AND DUANE SING "OFF TO MEXICO".)

SONG: OFF TO MEXICO

 

(STEVE)      Well, I'm angry today, like I've never been before

                  You'll try to close the plant, show our trailer-town the door

(DUANE)    There's people and their families dependin' on this work

                  Whose dreams are being sold by some overpaid jerk

 

(DUANE)    Don't tell me, don't you tell me the worth of a man

                  So what you got in store?  Let us in on your plan

(STEVE)      You've sold our working souls, we got no place to go

                  Go tear your plant down and run off to Mexico

 

(BOTH)      There's no place to go

                  Off to Mexico

                  There's no place to go

                  Off to Mexico

 

(STEVE)      How many families could you feed, with your shiny new Lear jet?

                  When you roll up this town what kind of jobs you think we'll get?

(DUANE)    It's hard pumpin' gas when there's no cars to fill

                  You're leavin' us with nothin', it's a hard bitter pill

 

(BOTH)      There's no place to go

                  Off to Mexico

                  There's no place to go

                  Off to Mexico

                  There's no place to go

                  Off to Mexico

 

(STEVE)      Your stocks and your Mercedes, do they take you way up there?

(DUANE)    Do you ever even think of us, do you even care?

(STEVE)      Livin' in gated houses, speakin' Spanish you won't need

(DUANE)    All so you can downsize us and up your corporate greed.

 

(BOTH)      There's no place to go

                  Off to Mexico

                  There's no place to go

                  Off to Mexico

                  There's no place to go

                  Off to Mexico

 

(AT THE END OF THE SONG, THE LIGHTS FADE TO END THE SCENE)

 

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About Lust 'n Rust, The Trailer Park Musical

Productions of Lust 'n Rust are popping up all around the country as theatre companies are discovering this delightful play by Frank Haney, Carol Kimball and Dave Stratton.

Productions were mounted in:

Trenton, NJ, at The Kelsey Theatre, 2007

Prince Frederick, MD,at the Patuxent Playhouse, 2007

Enfield, CT at the Valley Rep Theatre, 2008

Hollywood, CA, at the Lyric Theatre, 2011

Moultrie, GA, at The Arts Centre Theatre, 2012

Kingston, NY, at the Coach House Players, 2012

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