Play One: Anna

INT. ROOM NIGHT

Two WOMEN are seated across from each other.

WOMAN ONE, is frantically scribbling down in a notebook. She looks up occasionally at the other Woman.

WOMAN TWO is looking on, worried.

woman one

(to herself)

If i don’t get this, i never will. If only I had did this right– the first time– I know i can spot a good writer, i know i can why didn’t i?

Woman One GROANS.

Woman One SLAMS her closed fist hand down on the table softly, shucks.

Woman one composes herself. she continues to violently flip the pages, as she scribbles in notebook.

Woman Two stares at woman one with concerning annoyance.

Woman Two LOUDLY clears her throat.

Woman One is not paying attention her surroundings.

Woman Two softly puts her hand over Woman One’s pencil as she smiles gingerly.

Woman One keeps her gaze on the paper.

Woman One jerks up a bit and looks at Woman Two.

Woman One sarcastically gives Woman Two attention.

WOMAN TWO

(CLEARS THROAT NERVOUSLY)

 Wh-whaat are you writing?

WOMAN ONE

(Annoyed)

You wouldn’t understand, It’s going to get me back on the top

woman two

(confused)

On-on th-the top

Woman One softly shakes her head “Yes”.

Woman One looks up from the notebook

Woman One frantically SHREDS the papers, and flicks it to the side.

Woamn One begrudgingly sits-up in her chair. and stares down Woman Two.

WOMAN ONE

Well DOCTOR, In 1971 I worked for big movie studio as a movie executive. (sighs)… I was the (air quotes) “Winning”. I was on the top until i voted against, what turned out to be big hit. I voted for a cult classic where everyone now spoofs the ending to make a joke or two. I regret ever saying that big movie will be a flop. I should of never had said that, I was under so much stress. I didn’t even read the script, I was too busy doing other things…

Woman One Looks on into the horizon, SIGHS.

WOMAN ONE(CONTINUED)

I was worried about things that didn’t matter. American Graffiti never reached that kind of the success Star Wars did. If only I was paying attention. No, no. Never again, never will I do something like that again.

Woman One keeps writing, obsessively.

Doctor cocks her head to the side and shakes it softly.

DOCTOR

Well quite frankly, no body really believed Star Wars was going to make it, Even Lucas said that himself..

…Doctor gives a long heavy sigh….

Doctor (continued)

…In countless, countless, and even more countless interviews.

Doctor silently whines. Talking without moving her lips..

DOCTOR (CONTINUED)

(very, very softly)

…just let it go.

Woman One sits up, offended.

Woman One

I know the mistake because people see me as a failure. After that incident, I just been losing at life.

Woman one changes her tune, suddenly.

WOMAN ONE

(shakes her head NO)

I have been writing a lot of great screenplays lately.

DOCTOR

(Flatly)

You have written all of them.

Doctor furrows her brow as  she shakes her head in disgust.

doctor

(forced, nicely)

you’re quite persistent in this calling, this desperate need to find the next great big film, When did it start?

woman one

(sarcastically)

It started when things went south for me, when do you think?..

Woman One softens her voice…

WOMAN ONE(CONTINUED)

I just don’t want to be known as the person that is always doubting things that will turn out to be great. I keep letting everyone down.

DOCTOR

(leans in)

Who?

Woman One looks off and shakes her head.

woman one

(nervously)

Well, of people.

DOCTOR

I know, you have said that. I am looking for who, who says you are a ruined person?

Woman One silently looks at her writing.

WOMAN ONE

I should of looked at things more, but i was so rushed back then. I was doing so much that was not necessary, but I thought it was.

Doctor puts her hand up in a stop, pat motion,

DOCTOR

(interrupts)

There are a lot of things always look back with should, would, and could. Hindsight is always 20/20. And plus, you made your money. Both movies did well.One is a cult classic.

Woman One stops her writing abruptly.

Woman one keeps he head down, her eyes dart to Doctor.

woman one

(confused)

Cult?

Doctor quickly adjust herself in her chair.

DOCTOR

Uh, well, yeah. It’s like, an actual good movie. You know, and it’s not lampooned to death, depending on who you ask.

Doctor picks up and starts twirling her pencil, she makes hand motions to complement her talking.

DOCTOR (CONTINUED)

You know, like–Lunchboxes, and cheese platters, stuff like that.

woman one

(drops shoulders)

Well, i guess your right.

DOCTOR

And besides, you are stuck in the past, If you would notice all the good things you have done for your career, you would have seen that you have been a great success.

Woman one

I don’t really see past that day, I guess. Wow, thanks Doctor STEVENS,  you have really helped me break my mind up a bit.

Woman one begins to laugh, weirdly.

Doctor Stevens lightly chuckles, fake.

Doctor Stevens CLEARS her throat in a serious manner.

DOCTOR

So ANNA, Now that we got that out of the way, I need you to tell me about the night of December 8th.

Anna kicks back in her chair, folds her arms casually and shakes her head softly, as she looks up to the ceiling.

Anna

well, Detective Stevens. First, it’s weird your parents named you Doctor. Wha–wha–what’s going on there?

Doctor Stevens puts her hand up and shakes her head.

DOCTOR STEVENS (continued)

No, no, no, let’s not do that– today, you murdered your husband. There is insurmountable evidence—I mean– you posted his heart and lungs on social media

Detective Doctor Stevens pulls out a picture from a manila folder and shoves the picture in front of Anna

Anna leans in to the picture.

Anna nods at the picture and swishes the picture back to Detective Doctor Stevens.

Anna casually leans close to Doctor Stevens from across the table.

anna

(chilling casually)

Well Doctor, i had to kill him because he was persistent in his abuse.

Detective Doctor Stevens makes an upward pulling motion with her hand

Two POLICEMEN walk into the interrogation room and pulls Anna up

One Officer arrest her

The Other Officer READS her her Miranda Right’s

DOCTOR STEVENS

(standing up)

That’s all i needed.

anna

(sweetly)

You’re welcome.

Anna slyly smiles and keeps her gaze on Decetive Doctor Stevens as she is whicked away by the two police men.

end.

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