A Micro-Play (responding to COVID-19) #1MPF
Saw an opportunity to write and submit a 150 word micro-play responding to current events on Facebook. It's due today at 5pm (EST, I imagine) so coming right up, but you can learn more about that HERE if you want to write/send something fast. Here's the original version, a little longer than what I cut down to send them.
I hope everyone is staying safe, healthy and managing okay during this wild time.
Much love and goodness to you all.
Inside an apartment. ZOE and CAM, any age/race/gender, together in front of their laptops. They’re sort of talking to each other but sort of to themselves.
CAM: It’s the uncertainty more than anything, all the unknowns.
ZOE: I know.
CAM: How long this will go on, when we can go back to normal…
ZOE: I think I’m such an introvert but then this happens and I realize how everything we do depends on being in a room with people. And you, we’ve both lost shows, but all your gigs, your income…
CAM: Maybe I’ll play music again but maybe not live?
ZOE: I still have a job, but the stress of moving all my classes online is…
CAM: Maybe we'll live on Zoom all our lives...
ZOE: And what if the internet breaks?
CAM: And you’re adjunct so there’s no security.
ZOE: There’s no security for anybody.
CAM: You’re right…there’s no…anything...
Cam gets lost, falls into skin and starts to float away, out of the chair/floor.
ZOE: Cam! Don’t float away!
CAM: Can’t help it...
Zoe reaches up and pulls Cam down with big might, keeping Cam grounded.
CAM: Whoa. Thanks Zoe.
Cam struggles to stay on the floor and grips onto Zoe.
CAM: What do we do?
ZOE: Let’s. Look outside.
They do. Cam opens a window as Zoe holds them down.
ZOE: Look at that squirrel, what’s he burying?
CAM: A walnut?
ZOE: A chestnut?
CAM (like a dirty teenage): Chest-nut.
They both laugh.
ZOE: Smells fresh.
CAM: Like spring.
They hold hands, watching outside. They float away, in a different way, a present way, staying here in this moment but up in the clouds too.
END OF PLAY
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