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REALITY CHECK – written by Tanis Harms
PREMISE: Five girls from five different homes,
. each hide their own harsh reality
. with the typical problems that haunt
. young people today. With a message
. of salvation and hope for teens,
. there are also lessons for the parents.
TOPIC: rebellion, salvation
SCRIPTURE: Ephesians 5:1-6:4; John 3:16
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SCRIPT: ACT 1
. DOWN STAGE
SOUND: school bell
(EILEEN leads the way with BECKY, AMANDA and TRISH
following her with duty. MANDY passes by and
nudges BECKY rudely. EILEEN sees that and stops
to call out after MANDY.)
EILEEN Mandy! What is your problem?
. Leave my friends alone!
. Or are you too afraid to challenge ME?
. (to herself) I hate her so much!
. (looking around) Where’s Olivia?
TRISH Probably with Tom.
EILEEN I hate that guy, too.
. Olivia could do so much better.
(OLIVIA finally rushes in.)
EILEEN Did you dump Tom yet?
OLIVIA I can’t find him anywhere. Oh well.
. And I’m not dumping him!
. Just because he doesn’t measure up
. to your standards- whatever those are.
(EILEEN scowls, but the intimidation attempt doesn’t
work, as OLIVIA casually fishes around in her purse.)
BECKY You’re not going to light up here,
. are you?
OLIVIA Are you my mother? Oh wait,
. my mom would have lit up already.
BECKY Seriously, (nods to something off stage)
. the school security is RIGHT there.
. I just don’t want to get into trouble.
(OLIVIA puts the box of cigarettes back into
the purse begrudgingly.)
OLIVIA Okay! Good thing you have those eagle eyes.
AMANDA Only because her parents can afford
. to buy her contact lenses.
BECKY You guys COULD wear your glasses-
AMANDA NOW you sound like MY mother! So not cool.
TRISH (to EILEEN) So what are we doing tonight?
EILEEN There’s a house party at Greg’s,
. and his parents are not home.
OLIVIA You guys have fun.
EILEEN You are NOT going out with Tom again!
OLIVIA My boyfriend - whether you like it or not.
AMANDA You could bring him to the party-
EILEEN (rolling her eyes) Uch!
(TOM sneaks up and grabs OLIVIA’s shoulders and
gives her a kiss on the side of the neck.
OLIVIA scrunches up her shoulders with a giggle.)
OLIVIA Where were you? I was looking all over-
(TOM looks suddenly to the side of the stage
that MANDY exited to, then back to OLIVIA.)
TOM I’ve got a gig tonight.
OLIVIA (hopefully) So I can come and listen?
TOM Ah, look - you really have to be 21
. to get in.
OLIVIA I’ve got my fake id –
. and you can sneak me in again.
TOM The manager’s catching on. Sorry babe.
. Look, I’ve got to go- gotta get set up.
. Maybe I’ll catch you later.
(TOM kisses her neck again, then struts off.)
EILEEN That was disgusting.
TRISH On the bright side,
. you can now come to the party with us!
EILEEN Becky, are you in?
BECKY I- can’t. I have- something- planned-
AMANDA (sneering) It’s youth group night.
(BECKY throws a little scowl at AMANDA
as EILEEN starts making fun.)
EILEEN Youth group night?
AMANDA A church-thing.
EILEEN Kill me now. You’re not serious.
BECKY Look- ah- it’s not as lame as-
OLIVIA That’s okay, you can be our token good-girl.
BECKY (sighs) I just know my parents
. will see the youth leader at some point,
. and ask how things are going, and he’ll say-
AMANDA Oh man! I did not think about that.
. Ugh! I just KNOW my parents have the
. youth pastor reporting directly to them.
. I’m going to be in BIG trouble.
EILEEN So you’re going to jam on us too?
AMANDA Oh no– I’m going. I’ll just be
. in big trouble. But that’s okay.
. They’ll ground me for life and make me
. listen to recorded sermons. I just
. turn up the volume and sneak out my window.
EILEEN I would never have thought of you
. as the religious-type.
AMANDA My PARENTS are! And part of that
. is forcing their beliefs onto us.
TRISH (curiously to BECKY) That is weird.
BECKY My parents aren’t like that. They talk-
. like- it’s having a relationship with God-
. and we go to church because we- WANT - to-
(OLIVIA is about to ask BECKY a question but
AMANDA cuts in with her bitter speech.)
AMANDA Well, we go to church because we HAVE to.
. Because it LOOKS good!
. It’s all about the do’s and the don’ts.
EILEEN (to AMANDA) I think you win the prize
. for having the weirdest parents.
. UPPER RIGHT CENTER – CHAIRS
(Relaxing in chairs, arms reaching out to hold hands,
GERALD and FRANCESCA are deep in discussion
when EILEEN enters and holds out her hand to GERALD.
Letting go of GERALD’S hand, FRANCESCA becomes agitated.)
EILEEN Dad! There’s a party tonight.
. I need money for a new dress.
FRANCESCA She’s just going to use it for drugs.
EILEEN (to FRAN) Why do you hate me so much?
GERALD My daughter does not do drugs.
. It’s the lower-class who do that.
FRANCESCA I do not hate you.
EILEEN You just want all my Dad’s money
. for yourself.
GERALD (going for wallet) Is a hundred enough?
EILEEN I also need something for supper.
(GERALD hands EILEEN a wad of money.)
FRANCESCA You’re just enabling her.
. She needs structure and discipline-
GERALD Francesca, please. She’s my daughter.
EILEEN Thanks, Dad. Love you.
(EILEEN gives GERALD a quick peck on the cheek and
throws a smug smile at FRANCESCA before rushing out.)
FRANCESCA Sorry for trying to care.
GERALD You know I love my daughter – very much.
. So, when she’s happy - I’m happy.
FRANCESCA And the rest of the world has to suffer?
(FRANCESCA shakes her head and gets up to leave.)
GERALD Francesca! Francesca! You know I love you!
. Eileen is my daughter! Do not make me choose-
(GERALD finally gets up to follow after FRANCESCA.)
. UPPER LEFT CENTER - KITCHEN TABLE
(MARK, NOREEN and WILL are sitting at the table
finishing their supper when AMANDA walks by.)
MARK Where are you going?
AMANDA Ahhh, I have youth group, remember?
NOREEN You need to eat something first.
MARK Amanda! Listen to your mother!
(AMANDA rolls her eyes, then turns to sit at the table,
barely able to look at the food on her plate.
She begins to move her food around with a fork.)
MARK Just stop playing with your food and eat.
. Your mother went to great lengths
. to prepare this.
(AMANDA pretends to take a tiny bite.)
MARK What is wrong with you?
AMANDA I don’t like fish. I can buy something
. on my way to youth group.
(MARK glares at AMANDA sternly. AMANDA tries to eat
a bit of food and catches herself gagging.
MARK This is pathetic.
AMANDA I guess you just have two pathetic children
. who always disappoint you.
. What would people say, if they knew?
WILL (with sweet sarcasm) Thank you, Amanda!
AMANDA Don’t worry. We’ll just pull ourselves up
. by our own bootstraps, right?
NOREEN Amanda, please, that is enough!
MARK Go to your room! We’ll drive you
. to youth group when it’s time!
(AMANDA gets up with a smirk.)
MARK And take your food with you!
WILL She’ll just flush it down the toilet.
MARK We better not hear the toilet flush.
(AMANDA scowls at WILL as she exits with her plate.)
MARK (to WILL) You can judge once you
. get YOUR act together.
NOREEN (nervous, but trying to appear calm)
. I can look through Amanda’s room later,
. once you’ve all left the house.
(MARK nods his approval. [Family exits with dishes.])
. UPPER CENTER – CHEAP FUTON
(DARLA and VANCE try waltzing. DARLA laughs as VANCE
spins her around and sends her flying onto the futon,
sending a pillow and blanket to the floor.
VANCE flops down beside DARLA, both laughing.
OLIVIA enters in time to see this and turns away
toward the congregation. DARLA sees this and stops.)
DARLA Don’t you judge me, young lady!
OLIVIA I didn’t say anything.
DARLA (getting up) I had to fold up your bed
. this morning!
(OLIVIA looks at her bedding on the floor, then at VANCE
who starts walking away toward the “bedroom.”)
VANCE Darla, I’ll be in the room waiting.
(Exasperated, OLIVIA quickly picks up the bedding
to put back onto the futon.)
DARLA This one’s different, Olivia.
OLIVIA I know. That’s what you always say.
. Is there anything to eat?
DARLA Ugh! I knew I forgot something.
OLIVIA I’m going out.
DARLA (playfully) Don’t do anything I would do.
OLIVIA You’re so funny, Mom.
(DARLA grabs OLIVIA to give her a hug. OLIVIA hangs
limply in her mother’s arms until it’s over.)
DARLA (mocks a mom’s advice) Ah, well, it stops
. being funny when you pick up an STD.
OLIVIA You’re HIGH, mom.
(OLIVIA walks out as she says this.)
DARLA (singing out as if it is a joke)
. Olivia! I love you, hon’! You know that.
VANCE (from off stage) Darla!
. How long does a guy have to wait?
(DARLA responds to her name and exits to find VANCE.)
. LEFT – KITCHEN CABINETS
(TRISH enters with a cup, which she quickly hides
in the cabinet when she hears SANDRA and ROBERT’S
voices behind her. The PARENTS enter all dressed up,
with SANDRA preening and adjusting ROBERT’S tie.)
SANDRA (to ROBERT) One moment, Robert.
. Your tie is askew.
ROBERT You’re the one who put it on.
SANDRA But you fiddled with it, didn’t you? 9
. You knew I was a perfectionist
. before you married me.
TRISH (fishing for some attention)
. You’re home early.
SANDRA We have a function with an important
. client tonight.
TRISH Aren’t they ALL important?
ROBERT THAT’S your daughter!
SANDRA I’m so proud.
TRISH Is the function yours or Dad’s?
ROBERT Your mother’s the one on the fast-track.
SANDRA If you’d take my advice,
. you’d have more in the pipeline.
ROBERT Do I get a family discount?
SANDRA We can negotiate.
(A little dizzy, TRISH leans against the counter.
SANDRA finally notices TRISH again.)
SANDRA Do you have any plans tonight?... Trish?
(TRISH puts on a sudden smile to cover up.)
TRISH Yep. I’m going out with friends.
SANDRA Not with that trailer trash,
. what’s her name?
SANDRA That’s it.
TRISH I’m hanging with Eileen.
ROBERT Eileen Backenstose?
SANDRA Oh, she’s from good pedigree. 10
. A bit spoiled perhaps, but if you get
. the chance to network with her father,
. take the opportunity and make a good
. impression. With his connections,
. he could help you get into Princeton.
ROBERT Have we NOT heard from Princeton yet?
SANDRA No, and that’s what concerns me.
ROBERT Well, we really should be going
. if we are to be downtown by eight.
(From across the room, SANDRA kisses the air in both directions. TRISH
quickly smiles and copies the motion.)
SANDRA Kiss-kiss, dear.
ROBERT Love you, cupcake.
SANDRA Robert, please don’t call her that.
(SANDRA comments as they exit. TRISH waits until
they are gone before pulling out her cup and
exiting in the other direction.)
. RIGHT – SOFA
(BRIAN reads the paper while CONNIE sews a button
onto a shirt. BECKY walks through the room.)
BECKY Thanks for supper, Mom.
CONNIE You’re very welcome.
BECKY Dad, do you need the car tonight?
. If not, I can drive myself to youth group.
BRIAN We’re not going anywhere, are we?
CONNIE (smiling at BRIAN) No, we finally
. have an evening to do nothing.
. (to BECKY) Oh, don’t forget Matt.
BRIAN Matthew! The youth group express
. is about to leave.
MATT (from off stage) Do I have to go?
BRIAN It would be nice. (in a sing-song way)
(As BRIAN fishes out the car keys from a pocket to give
to BECKY, CONNIE observes BECKY’S attire and smiles.)
CONNIE You are all dressed up. Is there a guy
. at church you’re trying to impress?
BECKY Mo-om. No!
CONNIE Okay, just checking. Have a good time.
BRIAN Drive safely!
(MATT enters. BRIAN calls out after MATT and BECKY
as they walk out.)
. DOWN STAGE
(Walking towards stage left, BECKY gets the car keys
ready as MATT follows.)
MATT Once we get to church,
. just leave the keys with the car.
. I’m going to – take a nap in the backseat.
BECKY Nice try.
MATT Then drop me off at the arcade.
. And don’t tell Mom and Dad.
BECKY No problem.
MATT What? No big-sister-lecture? Ahhhh-
. you’re planning to ditch youth group, too.
MATT So I can ask around later to see
. if you were really there?
BECKY Shut up. Okay, I’m not going.
MATT Good! Then we can have each other’s back.
. DOWN STAGE
SOUND: dance music, with mostly a beating bass
(EILEEN, TRISH, OLIVIA and AMANDA enter at stage right.
EXTRA TEENS can be hanging out, discretely so it
doesn’t distract from dialogue.)
EILEEN Nice party! All the important people
. are here.
TRISH My parents would be so proud.
. Networking at its finest.
AMANDA (surprised) Check it out, here comes Becky.
(EILEEN looks behind to see BECKY entering from
EILEEN Becky, you bad girl.
TRISH You bad church-girl.
BECKY Don’t call me that.
EILEEN Isn’t it the truth?
. Hey! want me to introduce you to my guy?
BECKY You have a boyfriend?
EILEEN I could call him that.
. He can be your boyfriend too.
BECKY Ah, no thanks?
EILEEN You don’t know what you’re missing.
(GREG enters, looking around, then puts his hands up
to his head in distress.)
EILEEN Greg! Awesome party!
(GREG rushes up to the girls.)
GREG Neighbors are complaining.
. I think they’re calling the cops.
EILEEN Already? You’re not serious.
(GREG rushes away looking for other people.
EXTRA TEENS start to scatter.)
BECKY So why are we just standing around?
EILEEN Relax, I’m still waiting for something.
TRISH Come on, Eileen. Let’s go! Now!
EILEEN Why? IF the cops come, they’ll probably
. just tell us to keep the music down.
OLIVIA I cannot afford any more charges.
BECKY You have a record?
OLIVIA Thanks a lot, Trish.
TRISH You brought it up.
EILEEN Psh! My dad will bail me out.
OLIVIA Well I’ve got to get out of here!
. I don’t have a rich Dad in my back pocket-
. and there aren’t any do-overs in life!
BECKY Ah, I’m going with you.
AMANDA Might as well.
EILEEN See you later, wimps.
TRISH Eileen, you’re coming with us.
(EILEEN pushes TRISH’S hand off her arm.)
EILEEN Stop. I can’t go just yet.
TRISH Eileen, you’re not thinking straight.
(DEALER rushes past.) 14
EILEEN (playfully) Hang on – there goes my –
. boyfriend. Yo, boyfriend!
. You have something for me?
(EILEEN quickly makes an exchange and stuffs something
into her pocket.)
OLIVIA Will you hurry up with that!
EILEEN (turns back to the girls with a smile)
. A little something for the road.
TRISH Great, now she’s also holding.
(TRISH and OLIVIA usher EILEEN off, with AMANDA and
. UPPER RIGHT CENTER – CHAIRS
(FRANCESCA enters, holding a baby to her shoulder.
Settling down into a chair, she begins to feed the baby
while cradling it tenderly. EILEEN enters and
rolls her eyes at the sight.)
FRANCESCA You’re finally awake. Is today
. the day you finally clean your room?
EILEEN Where’s my Dad?
FRANCESCA There was an emergency call.
EILEEN Well, I need some cash...
(FRANCESCA shakes her head sadly.)
EILEEN (pleading) Come on, Francesca.
. (threatening) You know I’ll tell!
FRANCESCA I don’t have any.
FRANCESCA What I have is just enough for the nanny
. to get diapers and baby formula.
EILEEN LIAR! 15
FRANCESCA Please stop yelling. You’re starting
. to upset the baby.
EILEEN You haven’t seen ANYTHING yet!
(FRANCESCA gets up while bouncing and shushing the baby
to exit and get away from EILEEN.)
FRANCESCA Eileen, one day this will all catch up
. to you.
(EILEEN rants and raves after FRANCESCA who as exited.)
EILEEN One day, my dad is going to see the real you,
. and find someone to replace you.
. Just like he did with my mom!
. But he will never turn his back on me.
. I come before any of you!
. And – one day – I’ll convince him
. to do a paternity test on your child!
(EILEEN turns to exit and sees Francesca’s purse.
EILEEN quickly pulls out the cash and exits.)
. UPPER LEFT CENTER - KITCHEN TABLE
(Sitting at the table, MARK reads a newspaper
while NOREEN looks through a recipe book.
NOREEN cocks an ear, perplexed. Then AMANDA enters.)
NOREEN Amanda! Did I just hear you throw up?
. Are you sick?
AMANDA Ah, yeah, just a - bit of the flu.
(NOREEN jumps up to touch AMANDA’S forehead.
AMANDA pulls away and sits down.)
NOREEN We should take you to the doctor.
AMANDA Mom! I’ll survive. I’m not THAT sick.
. Just getting a glass of water.
(MARK looks up from the newspaper.)
MARK Some kids were arrested last night 16
. on possession charges. Ever hear of them?
. Bruce Eldridge, and- Greg Foreman-
NOREEN I’m sure Amanda doesn’t know those people.
AMANDA I THINK they go to my school.
MARK They do?
NOREEN Do you think we should homeschool?
AMANDA Noooo! Please, no. School is totally safe.
. Dealers only bother the ones who are into
. that scene. They leave us other kids alone
. because they don’t want us to nark on them.
MARK Where do you even learn such words?
AMANDA (quickly thinking) Ah, TV.
MARK Sounds like you’re watching too much TV.
AMANDA (groans) Why do I even bother talking?
MARK It’s when the parents do not care,
. that kids get into trouble.
AMANDA I’m – going to lie down now – and study.
NOREEN Have you listened to that taped sermon
. on peer pressure yet?... Amanda?
AMANDA (robotically obedient) I’ll do that later.
MARK We need to start quizzing her on that.
. UPPER CENTER – CHEAP FUTON
(OLIVIA sits on her futon with her back turned
to the congregation. She has her skirt/one pant leg
pulled up and pretends to cut her leg at the knee,
holding a rag/tissue [already pre-stained.]
DARLA enters suddenly and OLIVIA quickly wipes her leg
and pulls her clothes down and hides whatever it was
that she used to cut herself, and quickly holds
the bloody rag behind her back.)
DARLA What were you doing? I saw something.
. Are you shooting up?
(DARLA pulls at OLIVIA’S arm to look for track marks
and sees the bloody rag.)
OLIVIA It’s nothing. I just cut my leg.
DARLA Really? How?
OLIVIA I was shaving my legs, and it’s – just -
. taking a while to stop bleeding, is all.
DARLA Is it bad? Can I see?
. If you’re shooting up into your leg!
OLIVIA What? Mom! I don’t do that!
DARLA Well, did you need a Band-Aid?
. (looks around helplessly)
OLIVIA We don’t have any.
DARLA Well, I can find something else.
OLVIA This rag is my something else.
DARLA So, why’d you try hiding that from me?
OLIVIA Mom! Can we drop it now? Okay?...
. I just didn’t want to upset you.
DARLA You didn’t want to upset me?...
. Aw. You always were so grownup.
. Like I’ve been saying, you were
. an adult by the time you were ten.
. (speaks as she wanders off stage)
OLIVIA (mutters) I didn’t exactly
. have a choice.
DARLA (O.S.) Did you say something?... Olivia?!
. Can you come here and help me get on
. this dress. I’m going out tonight.
(OLIVIA sighs and exits to help her mother.)
. LEFT – KITCHEN CABINETS
(TRISH enters with a drink in her hand. Feeling
her phone vibrate, she takes it out to look at it.)
TRISH Nice, Mom, don’t even take the time
. to call me.
(TRISH reads the text aloud, mocking her mother.)
TRISH “Trish, running late.
. Heat up a frozen dinner.
. Reminder: 7 pm interview
. for summer internship program. Wear
. the business-appropriate power outfit
. laid out for you. Best regards.”
(TRISH reacts negatively then downs the rest of the drink
that is in her cup before exiting.
. RIGHT – SOFA
(Sitting on the sofa, BRIAN reads a book while CONNIE does
a needlecraft. As BECKY enters, both PARENTS look up.)
CONNIE How was youth group last night?
BRIAN Why was Matthew not with you?
(BECKY is speechless. MATT enters the room just then.)
BRIAN Matt, why weren’t you in youth group
. last night?
(MATT shoots a quick dirty look at BECKY,
who quickly shakes her head with a shrug.)
MATT You ratted me out?
CONNIE Matthew, what are we going to do?
BRIAN Come on, let’s have a talk.
(BRIAN exits with an arm around MATT’S shoulder.)
CONNIE (shaking her head) Life is hard enough
. without making bad decisions.
(BECKY thinks quickly, wondering if the parents
know anything about what she did.)
BECKY Mom, I have a confession to make.
(CONNIE sets her needlecraft aside and waits.)
BECKY Ah, I was not at youth group either...
. I went to a - party, instead.
CONNIE I thought you were with Amanda.
BECKY I- was. But don’t tell her parents.
. They’re so unreasonable.
CONNIE They have a right to know.
BECKY That they’re so unreasonable? Seriously,
. Amanda would pay for it, big time.
CONNIE Becky, this is serious.
BECKY (blurting out) I know! Why do you think
. her brother attempted suicide?
CONNIE Will - attempted suicide?
BECKY Ugh! Amanda told me that in confidence.
. You cannot say anything.
CONNIE I was wondering why he wasn’t back
. in college this semester.
. They just said he was really sick.
BECKY It’s just- that – Amanda and Will cannot
. live up to their parents’ standards.
. I mean, they’re supposed to be perfect-
CONNIE Well let’s get back to you, then.
. It’s not that you wanted to go to a party,
. but why did you feel the need to lie to us?
BECKY I don’t know.
CONNIE Becky, we need to know where you are.
. You’re old enough to make some decisions
. for yourself, but we are still
. responsible for you and your safety.
BECKY Nothing bad’s going to happen to me, Mom.
CONNIE Even if you’re being careful, there are
. still other people who could hurt you-
BECKY And I could get run over by a truck
. on my way to school.
CONNIE We still need to know where you’re going.
BECKY Okay. Fine! I’ll always let you know
. where I’m going.
CONNIE So how was the party?
BECKY It was just – kids hanging out-
. I really wasn’t there for very long-
CONNIE So, you just went with Amanda?
BECKY And a few other friends.
CONNIE Do we know them?
BECKY I got to know them - through Amanda.
CONNIE So, kids from church?
BECKY I don’t – think so.
CONNIE Not that it’s wrong to have friends
. who do not go to church. We should!
. But your main friends with the biggest
. influence should be good solid Christians.
. Well, just know, your father and I
. love you and we’re always praying for you.
BECKY Got it. Thanks, Mom.
(BECKY exits sheepishly.)
. ACT 2 21
. DOWN STAGE
SOUND: school bell
(EILEEN and TRISH enter and stop as MANDY walks by
while looking back at EILEEN with a smirk.)
EILEEN Get over yourself! (turning back to TRISH)
. What is her issue?!
TRISH Forget about her. Where is everyone?
(BECKY enters, and stops, debating whether she should
talk to them or not. EILEEN finally spots BECKY.)
EILEEN Becky, d’you know where Amanda is?
BECKY (joins the group) She wasn’t
. in class today. I think she said
. her mom was dragging her to the doctor.
TRISH I haven’t seen Olivia all day, either.
. Probably ditching classes to be with Tom.
EILEEN He’s such a waste of time.
TRISH Anyway- what’s the word?
EILEEN Anyway, party at Charlene’s tonight.
. It won’t be the best party ever,
. but it’s something. You’ll be joining us
. again, right, Becky?
BECKY I- think- maybe. I haven’t decided yet.
TRISH Youth group night again?
EILEEN Becky, I’d say it was a no-brainer.
. Look, you have to make a decision.
. I mean, if you aren’t going to join us,
. then you’re not part of our group.
TRISH Exactly. It’s hard to trust
. a goody-two-shoe.
BECKY I’m not – a goody-two-shoe.
EILEEN You’re church-girl - who doesn’t get it.
. All you are - is a hypocrite!
BECKY I’m not a hypocrite. I have not said
. one thing and done another.
EILEEN (smugly) You lied to your parents.
(Not expecting this attack, BECKY is surprised and hurt,
and struggles to think of a comeback.)
BECKY I actually did tell them.
TRISH And they were cool with it?
BECKY They let me make my own decisions.
EILEEN Wait a sec’. How much did you tell them?
BECKY Only that I went to a party! I’m not-
. going to talk about you or what you do.
. That’s your business.
EILEEN So then you’re coming tonight! Because
. if you don’t –I’ll know I can’t trust you.
BECKY You can trust me.
EILEEN I just don’t believe you’re really one
. of us. If you don’t – get involved –
. I’ll know that you’re a joke-
. and we’ll be so over you.
. And- if I find out that you’re a traitor –
. I’ll make sure you pay- big time.
. You’ll WISH you were dead.
TRISH No one likes a traitor.
BECKY No problem. I’ll - see you tonight.
(BECKY walks off stage left, while EILLEN and TRISH
exit stage right, still talking.)
EILEEN I’m still not convinced that
. we can trust her.
. DOWN STAGE LEFT 23
(A chair or two can be pushed out. Holding a file,
DOCTOR motions for AMANDA to sit down.)
DOCTOR I have your test results here, which
. show - you are extremely malnourished.
AMANDA Please do not tell my mother.
. She’ll just try to shovel truckloads
. of food down my mouth.
DOCTOR And besides these test results, I can see
. signs that you’ve been purging.
AMANDA What are you talking about?
DOCTOR You have scarring on your hands and fingers
. from your teeth – from all the times
. you put your finger down your throat
. in order to throw up. So I know, you are
. not only anorexic, but - bulimic as well.
AMANDA So what? I’m fine.
DOCTOR You’re not fine. This is not only
. unhealthy, but very dangerous.
. Both these things are very hard on your
. internal organs, including your heart.
(AMANDA tries to deflect from the issue.)
AMANDA I don’t have a heart.
DOCTOR Come on, Amanda. Listen, I would really
. like for you to go into treatment-
(AMANDA cracks up laughing.)
DOCTOR What is so funny? This is really
. not a laughing matter.
AMANDA You don’t know my parents.
. They do not believe in treatment.
. We just need to pull ourselves up
. by our own bootstraps.
DOCTOR Well, that method is just not going 24
. to be enough.
AMANDA Uh-huh. And if I go into treatment,
. what will the people say?
. They’ll find out and wonder –
. and then all will be lost.
. Our reputation will be ruined.
. WE - must appear to be perfect. And -
. it’s pointless talking to my parents.
. THAT’s why my brother attempted suicide?
DOCTOR Do you realize that what you’re doing –
. is a slow form of suicide?...
. And from what I’m hearing you say,
. this issue is more about control.
. Because your parents are very controlling,
. you think that doing this is the one thing
. in your life that you can control.
. But we need to get you into treatment -
AMANDA My PARENTS are the ones needing treatment!
. They’re the ones who are crazy!
. But if you talk with them – things will
. only get worse for me and my brother.
. It’s a lose-lose situation, and I’m done.
. (weakly) I just don’t care. And there’s
. nothing you can say or do to stop this.
(AMANDA rushes offstage defiantly.)
. UPPER CENTER – CHEAP FUTON
(OLIVIA paces the floor, upset. DARLA enters and stops.)
DARLA What’s wrong? Olivia, what is it?
(OLIVIA runs her hands through her hair, shaking her head.)
DARLA No-no. No-no... I know that-
. I know that look of concern.
OLIVIA Mom! I’m late. Really late.
(OLIVIA rushes to hug DARLA, only to be pushed away.)
DARLA Olivia! DO NOT say you’re pregnant!
OLIVIA I’m not sure yet.
DARLA Why weren’t you careful?
OLIVIA I was! But nothing’s 100 percent.
. If I could do it all over again-
. I’d- probably STILL do the same things-
. What choice do I have?
DARLA Do you know who the father is?
OLIVIA Yes, I know who the father is.
. I’m not exactly like you.
(DARLA is about to hit OLIVIA, then clenches her fist
to stop herself. OLIVIA steps away quickly.)
DARLA Doesn’t – matter!... Olivia!
. I’m beyond angry. Having a baby when
. you’re so young – it changes everything!
. I just wanted you to have a better life!
(BRAD enters from DARLA’S bedroom area and stands there,
waiting. OLIVIA sees him and balks.)
OLIVIA But all I can have – is what you give me.
DARLA Do not blame me! This is not my problem.
. And I refuse to raise another baby!
OLIVIA (sobbing) Mom, what am I going to do?
DARLA Just get away from me. I need some time.
. I can’t deal with this right now.
. Get out! Get out of here! Now!
(OLIVIA rushes out, and DARLA tries to keep from crying.
BRAD approaches with something in his hand.)
BRAD Come on. Lookie here. I’ve got
. something to get you through this.
. Okay? Everything’ll be okay.
(BRAD holds something up in front of DARLA.
She eyes it and slowly follows BRAD out.)
. LEFT – KITCHEN CABINETS 26
(TRISH enters and sets her cup onto the cabinet
while she texts something on her phone. Meanwhile
SANDRA and ROBERT enter behind her and stand waiting
for TRISH to turn around. When she does,
TRISH is taken by surprised, and quickly reaches
for her cup, but it is too late to hide it. TRISH pulls
her hand away so as not to draw attention to it.)
SANDRA Trish! Just what do you think
. you’re doing?
TRISH What - did I do?
SANDRA We just ran into friends who sit
. on the committee for the summer
. internship program. You were turned down.
TRISH Ohhh... Oh well.
SANDRA Oh well? You showed up at the interview-
. drunk! Or high. They weren’t quite sure,
. but, they were not impressed.
ROBERT Do you have anything to say for yourself?
TRISH Maybe I don’t want the internship.
SANDRA Why are you throwing your life away?
. You just threw away an opportunity
. of a lifetime!
(TRISH shakes her head and reaches for her cup.
SANDRA swoops over and grabs it before TRISH can.)
SANDRA And what is that? (sniffs the contents)
TRISH It’s just to take the edge off.
SANDRA Edge? What edge? Edge off of what?
. You have it made! You have advantages
. that most kids would die for.
ROBERT I never had these opportunities.
. I had to make things happen for myself.
TRISH Because you wanted those things!
SANDRA We want those same things for you!
. It’s one of the reasons we work so hard-
TRISH You’re never home. I’m all alone.
. I’m raising myself, yet you expect me
. to get straight A’s, do every
. extracurricular activity there is,
. because I am supposed to become both
. a lawyer AND a doctor. But I’m not
. the super child you want me to be,
. all right??!! I just cannot do it!
. And - I don’t want to do it.
SANDRA This discussion is not over. We will
. come back to it when we have more time.
. I’ve got a conference call coming up
. in 5 minutes, and Dad has to see a client.
. So! To be continued.
(SANDRA and ROBERT suddenly march off, leaving behind
a bewildered and frustrated TRISH.)
. DOWN RIGHT
(OLIVIA enters and looks around. Stopping to wait,
she finally hears TOM’S voice.)
TOM I don’t have time right now, okay?
(TOM enters slightly while talking to someone behind him.
Turning forward, he sees OLIVIA and suddenly goes back
to the person he’s been speaking to.)
TOM Hang on. There’s someone wanting
. to speak to me. Why don’t you - go -
. wait in the car. Maybe you’ll find
. a surprise there, waiting for you.
(TOM sneaks up behind OLIVIA and only speaks once
he gets close enough, but does so in hushed tones.)
TOM Olivia. What are you doing here?
OLIVIA We need to talk.
TOM Why do girls always want to talk?
OLIVIA Tom, it’s important.
TOM This is no place to hold a conversation.
. I told you – I’ll- see you tomorrow.
OLIVIA But my mom just kicked me out.
(TOM groans and tries to think what to do.
Meanwhile, MANDY has entered and sees TOM with OLIVIA.
MANDY runs over and angrily grabs TOM’S jacket.)
MANDY I don’t believe it! You said you
. broke up with her. You’re such a liar!
TOM I was getting to it. Come on.
MANDY (turns on OLIVIA) Tom and I are dating!
. You will have nothing more to do with him!
. Or I will scratch your eyes out!
. (back to TOM) There, did your dirty work
. for you. Happy now? Let’s go.
. (back to OLIVIA) You just better stay away
. or you will feel my vengeance
. coming down on you so hard.
(MANDY drags TOM out. OLIVIA puts a hand to her eyes
and exits stage right.)
. RIGHT – SOFA
(BECKY enters while putting an earring on.
CONNIE enters from another direction.)
CONNIE Going to youth group already?
BECKY Actually, I’ve- ah- there’s another party.
CONNIE Another one?
BECKY It’s Friday – Mom - there’s usually
. a party somewhere on Fridays.
CONNIE So that’s it? You’ll never go to
. another youth group night again?
BECKY Oh, ah, actually, there’s a youth group
. that meets on Wednesday nights at
. a different church. So I was thinking
. of going to that one, instead...
. if that’s okay.
CONNIE Sh- sure. That would be okay.
(BECKY begins to walk away.)
CONNIE Now, about the party, where is it?
BECKY Oh, ah, it’s at Charlene’s.
CONNIE Will her parents be there?
BECKY I – would suspect so.
CONNIE Can I have their address and phone number?
(Doorbell rings while BECKY is thinking of an answer.)
CONNIE Is someone picking you up?
BECKY No! But, I’ll get the door.
(CONNIE speaks as BECKY exits to answer the door.)
CONNIE I still need that address and phone number!
(OLIVIA enters ahead of BECKY while talking back to her.)
OLIVIA (upset) I just need a place to crash.
. I couldn’t think of anyone else-
BECKY Are you okay?
OLIVIA (crying) My life’s totally falling apart.
BECKY It can’t be that bad.
OLIVIA It’s worse!
BECKY Mom- this- is Olivia.
OLIVIA Is- is it okay if I hang here – until-
. I figure something out?
CONNIE What do your parents say?
OLIVIA There’s only my mom. And she does not care!
. We just had a huge blowout-
OLIVIA She kicked me out. It’s not the first time
. but - this time might be it.
BECKY Why aren’t you with Tom?
CONNIE Who’s Tom?
OLIVIA We broke up. He’s been cheating on me-
. with Mandy!... (seeing confused expressions)
. It’s okay, I can find someplace else.
(As OLIVIA turns to go, CONNIE makes a quick decision.)
CONNIE Ah, no, it’s okay. You can- you can
. stay here.
BECKY I was just heading out to that party-
OLIVIA I’m REALLY not in the party-mood.
CONNIE You could always go to youth group.
CONNIE I’ll leave you two alone. Just let me know
. if you plan on going anywhere!
(CONNIE puts up defensive hands and exits. BECKY gasps.)
BECKY My mom is driving me crazy!
OLIVIA Because she cares? You have no idea
. how lucky you are! I wish someone
. cared that much about me.
BECKY I’m sorry. I hope you can work things out-
OLIVIA Becky! I might be pregnant!
BECKY Ah- are you sure? How long has it been –
. since – you know? Are your clothes
. starting to feel tight?
(BECKY lifts OLIVIA’S shirt up a bit to look
at the belly. OLIVIA quickly pulls it down.
BECKY knows what she saw.)
BECKY Do you cut?! Why would you do that?
OLIVIA Look, I don’t have a perfect life-
BECKY I don’t have a perfect life either.
OLIVIA Do you have a drug-addicted mom
. with tons of boyfriends -
. who sometimes take advantage of you?
BECKY No... Have you been raped?
OLIVIA Just forget it. That’s in the past.
. So tell me - what sort of things
. do YOU worry about? Homework? Zits?
(OLIVIA notices BECKY checking the time.)
OLIVIA Look, if you want to go to that party,
. so badly, I’ll go with you. Whatever.
(BECKY grabs the car keys and yells out.)
BECKY Mom! I’m going to the party now!
. (to OLIVIA) Come on, let’s hurry!
(BECKY drags OLIVIA out before anything can stop them.)
. DOWN STAGE
(Walking towards stage left, BECKY clutches the car keys
as OLIVIA follows behind.)
OLIVIA Why are we walking so fast?
BECKY (stops to face OLIVIA) If I don’t go
. to the party tonight, I’m out of the group.
OLIVIA (gasps) I am so tired of the party-scene.
. You’ve no idea. It’s always the same stuff.
. I don’t even know why you’re so interested.
. And if Eileen’s threatened you in any way,
. why’d you want to be her friend so badly?
. Get out while you can.
BECKY Why are YOU Eileen’s friend?
OLIVIA Who ELSE would want to be my friend?
BECKY (thinking) Life does not have to be
. that hopeless.
OLIVIA You’re saying this - as we rush into
. another hopeless situation. Seriously,
. my life has been filled with parties,
. but my life is completely empty.
. I might as well do what my mom does:
. get high– just forget about everything-
. take no responsibility-
BECKY OR – we could - go - to – youth group.
OLIVIA WHAT exactly IS at youth group?
BECKY Answers to life’s questions.
OLIVIA Seriously? Have you been holding out
. on me?... Well, let’s go, then.
BECKY I mean, you don’t have to, if you don’t
. want to. I was just –
BECKY No, it’s REALLY serious. You’ll probably
. be bored, and think it’s weird and sissy.
OLIVIA Well then, if nothing else, I’ll have
. a good laugh. I could really use
. a good laugh right about now.
BECKY I’m just saying, we don’t have to go. 33
OLIVIA Afraid I’m going to embarrass you?
(Bewildered by what she just did, BECKY leads the way,
tentatively, exiting stage left.)
. DOWN STAGE
SOUND: beating dance music
(TRISH enters with two drinks, from stage right while
looking around for someone, until AMANDA rushes up.)
TRISH Where were you?
AMANDA I think I just did something
. I’m going to really regret.
EILEEN (bounces in to the music) Hey!
AMANDA Can we leave now?
AMANDA I have to get out of here.
EILEEN I just dropped a cocktail.
TRISH Pick it up. (laughs)
AMANDA (to EILEEN) Come on. You’re my ride.
AMANDA Please? Look, it’s so embarrassing.
. I just want to get out of here.
EILEEN Not yet! I need something for the road.
TRISH I think you’re good.
EILEEN (suddenly angry) Do not tell me-
. what you think! I will decide!
. Hang on.
(EILEEN suddenly switches gear and rushes off stage.
TRISH and AMANDA follow. TRISH shrugs at AMANDA,
wondering what has gotten into EILEEN.)
. RIGHT – SOFA
(CONNIE sits on the sofa, reading her Bible, when
BECKY and OLIVIA enter.)
CONNIE (ready to scold) Becky!
BECKY Sorry, we went to youth group.
CONNIE You did?
OLIVIA I made her.
OLIVIA I have a lot of questions.
(OLIVIA suddenly breaks down crying. BECKY doesn’t
know what to do, so CONNIE rushes over to hug OLIVIA.)
CONNIE It’s okay, dear. Whatever you’re going
. through- it’ll be okay. We’ll be here
. to help- whatever you need. And-
. we’ll try to answer all your questions
. as best as we can.
(OLIVIA finally pulls away to dry her tears.)
OLIVIA You don’t even know me, why would you care?
CONNIE Olivia, you are loved by God.
OLIVIA Sure, and that’s why bad things
. happen to me.
CONNIE Bad things happen because of sin.
. Unfortunately, sometimes we suffer
. because other people sin. But we all sin,
. and there are consequences to that.
. But God wants us to have a life of joy,
. and have a close relationship with Him.
OLIVIA So I think I understand. If I accept 35
. that Jesus died for my sins, and I would
. be forgiven – I’d have a fresh new start;
. but- what happens- if I mess up?
CONNIE Why don’t we sit down.
(CONNIE goes back to sofa to pick up her Bible.
OLIVIA and BECKY join her.)
BECKY We still mess up.
CONNIE Yes. God knows that we will still sin,
. even when we’re trying not to.
. That’s why we need God in our lives.
. We need to be saved. And once you become
. a Christian, there is nothing that can
. change that. Not even our own stupidity.
BECKY I know I can be very stupid.
OLIVIA I want that! I mean, not your stupidity,
. I have enough of my own.
CONNIE We all do. So – did you want to pray?
. Did you want to become a Christian?
OLIVIA Yes, I definitely want that...
. So - all I do is - pray?
CONNIE Just talk to God and - ask Him.
(Seeing CONNIE and BECKY both bow their heads and wait,
OLIVIA does the same.)
OLIVIA Um, okay... God? I believe that You came
. and died and bled for me, so I don’t have to.
. And something about rising again. But-
. all I know - is that I need to be saved.
. I really need to be forgiven, big time;
. so please forgive me. I really want to be
. a Christian. Thank you so much!...
& BECKY Amen!
OLIVIA Amen. (looks up) Did I say it right?
CONNIE God knows what we mean, so- definitely!
(CONNIE hugs OLIVIA and BECKY joins in for a group hug.)
BECKY You have a Father now.
(OLIVIA looks at BECKY with confusion.)
BECKY Well, you’re now a child of God.
. So God is now your heavenly Father.
OLIVIA Awesome, I cannot wait to tell my mom.
CONNIE I’ll- get you girls something to eat?
(As CONNIE nods and exits, OLIVIA turns to BECKY.)
OLIVIA You have no idea how lucky you are.
BECKY (humbly nods) ...Yeah, I just realized-
. I’ve taken a lot for granted.
. Oh, remind me to get you a Bible.
OLIVIA Are you sure?
BECKY Yeah, we have extras.
OLIVIA I still have a lot of questions.
BECKY Don’t expect to know everything at once.
(OLIVIA suddenly gasps.)
BECKY Are you okay?
OLIVIA Can I use your washroom?
BECKY It’s down the hall to your right.
(OLIVIA rushes off in that direction.
CONNIE enters with a bowl of chips.)
CONNIE Is everything okay?
(As BECKY shrugs, they can hear OLIVIA squeal. 37
CONNIE and BECKY look at each other – wondering.
Finally OLIVIA returns, dancing.)
OLIVIA I’m not – (softer) I’m not pregnant.
. I’m not pregnant. (looks up in prayer)
. Thank you-thank you-thank you!
CONNIE Oh, sweet children- this is why we pray.
OLIVIA (sighs) It’s a really fresh-new-start!
. THAT part of my old life
. is definitely going to change. Right?!
. I’m definitely going to wait for marriage!
(PHONE rings in the next room. Nodding her agreement,
CONNIE exits to answer it.)
OLIVIA So, are you still a virgin?
. (BECKY nods tentatively)
. You are so lucky.
. But – I’ve got a do-over!
. I’m so happy I don’t even know
. what to do with myself.
(OLVIA grabs BECKY’S hands to spin in a circle,
but they stop as CONNIE enters while calling out.)
CONNIE Brian! Can you come here!
. (to BECKY & OLIVIA) Ah, girls, do you know
. someone named Trish MacArthur?
(BECKY and OLIVIA nod. BRIAN enters.)
BRIAN You called? Oh, hello.
CONNIE One of Becky’s friends just called-
. ah, it was her “one phone call.”
BRIAN Why wouldn’t she call her parents?
OLIVIA Probably because they’re not home.
BRIAN Well, let’s go, see what we can do.
. DOWN STAGE 38
(GERALD and FRANCESCA wait for OFFICER to lead in
a sullen EILEEN.)
FRANCESCA You really should have left her
. in there overnight – at least.
EILEEN You’d like that, wouldn’t you?
FRANCESCA She will never learn otherwise.
OFFICER You should listen to your wife. Your
. daughter was driving under the influence-
GERALD But no one got hurt?
(MARK and NOREEN enter. Seeing GERALD and FRANCESCA,
they hang back to wait like if they’re trying to hide.
OFFICER notices them, but he continues talking.)
OFFICER It was a close call. She totaled the car!
. And she had two passengers with her.
GERALD But you said - no one was hurt!
OFFICER Next time could be a whole lot worse.
GERALD I’m sure she’s learned her lesson.
MARK (suddenly bursts into the conversation)
. So it’s YOUR daughter causing all
. the trouble! This is what you get
. for spoiling your child.
OFFICER Sir, please calm down.
GERALD I love my daughter.
. And I would do anything for her.
OFFICER Right now, what you’re doing -
. is loving her to death, because,
. she is headed straight down that path.
GERALD Save the lecture for someone who
. does not care. I love my daughter.
. I know exactly what she needs.
OFFICER (holds out clipboard to GERALD)
. You need to sign this.
GERALD If you don’t mind, I’m going to read that
(GERALD grabs the clipboard to read the form. Meanwhile,
BRIAN, CONNIE, BECKY & OLIVIA enter. OFFICER sees them.)
OFFICER You’ll have to wait. I can only
. process one person at a time.
(BRIAN nods. MARK and NOREEN shrink with embarrassment.)
MARK What are you doing here?
BRIAN We got a call from Trish.
(EILEEN sees and glares at BECKY from across the room.)
EILEEN Where were you two?
(BECKY is too afraid to answer, so OLIVIA pipes up.)
OLIVIA (smiling) Youth group!
EILEEN You missed a party to go to a church-thing?
OLIVIA WAY better choice! I became a Christian.
EILEEN So you are both out of your minds,
. and out of the group!
OLIVIA God loves everyone, you know. Even you.
FRANCESCA (to GERALD) Just sign it already.
OFFICER Take this! It won’t be long before you
. realize you all need some help.
(GERALD signs the form and hands the clipboard
back to OFFICER, who holds out a business card.)
GERALD uses his hand to move the OFFICER’S hand away.
FRANCESCA quickly grabs the card.)
FRANCESCA Thank you.
(As GERALD, EILEEN and FRANCESCA exit, MARK approaches.)
MARK We’re here to collect our daughter, Amanda.
(As OFFICER exits, MARK and NOREEN speak in hushed tones.)
NOREEN Please don’t make a scene here.
MARK It will take everything in my power
. to contain myself.
(OFFICER escorts in AMANDA, then writes up a new form.)
MARK I really should have left you in there,
. but I can just imagine what people would
. think of us THEN. I cannot believe you!
. This will get everyone talking as it is!
. How could you make us look so bad?
AMANDA Because that’s my master plan, Dad,
. making you look bad.
MARK (seething in AMANDA’S ear) You will
. never see the light of day ever again.
NOREEN Mark, dear, you promised!
. Brian and Connie are - right - there!
(OFFICER holds out the clipboard, and MARK quickly signs.
NOREEN smiles weakly at CONNIE as they turn to go.)
NOREEN Well, we- really need to go now.
OLIVIA Amanda, next time you should come
. to youth group with us. I promise!
. You’ll have way more fun than doing this.
(BECKY attempts to hide her amusement at OLIVIA’S
outspokenness. MARK nods at BRIAN, as MARK and NOREEN
escort AMANDA out. OFFICER turns to the BRIAN.)
OFFICER You are –
BRIAN Brian Cooper, for Trish MacArthur.
. Her- parents were unavailable.
(OFFICER nods and exits. BECKY and OLIVIA 41
look around with wide eyes.)
OLIVIA You realize, this so easily could have
. been us. And with my record-
. I’d have been sent away for a while.
(As BECKY nods soberly, OFFICER escorts TRISH in and
up to BRIAN and CONNIE, holding out the clipboard.)
TRISH Thanks. My parents will reimburse you.
(BRIAN nods his understanding. While BRIAN reads and
signs the form, TRISH looks over at the beaming OLIVIA.)
TRISH What happened to you?
OLIVIA I’ve started a whole new life-thing.
. I got – a do-over.
TRISH What are you talking about?
OLIVIA I - became - a Christian. It’s the most
. awesome thing ever! I want to tell you
. all about it, and what God has done for us-
TRISH Save it. I have such a bad headache
. right now.
OLIVIA Okay. Just let me know when you’re
. ready to hear it.
TRISH What is up with you?
OLIVIA So you’re ready to hear it? Just know,
. even though your parents are hardly around,
. God - is always there for you.
(OLIVIA and TRISH talk as they exit.
BRIAN, CONNIE and BECKY follow.)
CONNIE Amazing! Olivia really has no fear,
. does she?
BECKY Well, meet my new best friend. (laughs)
. Probably my only friend right now...
. (resignedly) I love you, Mom and Dad.
(ALL exit. End with a current upbeat Christian song.)