The Escape – Bridgehampton School (2011)
by Giselle Carmona
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Location: in a government lab at afternoon in summer
LIGHTS UP – LABORATORY LIGHTING
Bianca: Who’s that? (Turns around)
Ana: Hey, do you know the way out of here?
Bianca: No, I don’t even know how the world looks anymore.
Ana: (confused) What do you mean, and why are you here?
Bianca: You don’t need to know.
Ana: Okay well ….. I’m the general’s daughter, Ana.
Bianca: Ana, the general’s daughter, huh?
Ana: Can you please tell me who you are and why you are here?
Bianca: (a bit annoyed) My name is Bianca. I’m an experiment.
Ana: (surprised) Experiment………
Bianca: Yeah, my dad sold me to a man that sold me to a government agent for testing.
Ana: (Really surprised) Why?
Bianca: Well, my mom died, and my dad is a drunk.
Ana: Oh well… What experiments have they done with you?
Bianca: Well, they made me drink things and take pills. Then they’d put me through all kinds of tests. This morning they made me move a boulder with my mind.
Ana: With your mind!
Bianca: Yeah, I have telekinesis. I don’t even know what other powers I have. They don’t tell me what they give me.
Ana: That sucks.
Bianca: Yeah it really sucks.
Ana: So, I guess you wouldn’t know the way out of here.
Bianca: Why don’t you call your dad for help?
Ana: He is busy and anyways he never spends time with me. Same thing with my mom. Both are in the military. They don’t care what I do.
Bianca: I guess we both have it bad.
Bianca: You should stay here and in an hour they’ll come to check on me. Then they can show you the way out.
Ana: Well I don’t know.
Bianca: Come on please stay.
Ana: Okay I guess I could stay for a little bit. (Looking at a control panel) Cool! What do these buttons do?
(Ana starts pressing buttons)
Bianca: Stop that before you hurt yourself!
Ana: What does this one do?
SOUND OF AN EXPLOSION IN THE DISTANCE
Bianca: See, be careful!
Ana: I’m going to stop now.
Ana: (quickly) But this one looks cool! (Touches the button)
SOUND OF ELECTRONIC DOOR OPENING
LIGHTS GRADUALLY BECOME BRIGHTER/MORE NATURAL AS DOOR OPENS
Ana: (Gasping) It opens the door!
Bianca: Wow, it’s so beautiful!!
Ana: Well, come on!
Bianca: Come on, what?
Ana: You can leave now.
Bianca: (In disbelief) No, I can’t go outside with all these powers.
Ana: Sure you can. You can stay with me and my aunt.
Bianca: Isn’t your aunt going to notice?
Ana: She barely notices me.
Bianca: No, I just can’t.
Ana: I will help you deal with your powers and fit in.
Bianca: (Defiantly) No, I’d rather stay here.
Ana: (Grabbing Bianca by the hand) Come on!
Bianca: I can’t step outside.
Ana: Why not?
Bianca: I’m afraid.
Ana: Afraid of what?
Bianca: Of hurting people (pause) or for them to know the real me.
Ana: I will help you fit in.
Bianca: I mean staying here is so horrible.
Ana: Yeah I bet it is; so come on.
Bianca: But you will get in so much trouble if you let me leave.
Ana: My dad never spends time with me, so he won’t even try to find me.
Bianca: Are you sure?
Ana: Yeah, totally.
Bianca: Yeah, but if they find out where I am they’re going to send me back here and arrest you for helping me.
Ana: No, they won’t. If you practice controlling your abilities then you will be fine.
Bianca: It won’t be easy. (pause) I will need time.
Ana: My aunt’s house in the woods. You can practice there.
Bianca: That would very helpful.
Ana: Yeah, see? I got your back.
Bianca: Thanks Ana. (pause) You’re the first friend I’ve had since my mom died.
Ana: You are the first friend that understands what it’s like to have a horrible family.
Ana: So come on. Let’s go.
Bianca: I don’t know.
Ana: Come on, I got your back through thick and thin.
Bianca: Well, I guess it would be a great experience to go outside and see the world and how it has changed.
Ana: Yeah Bianca, I will show you all the cool places around my town. The world is an awesome place, trust me.
Bianca: It does sound like would be fun.
Ana: So how about it?
Bianca: (spotlight shines on her) Out of all the things that they have done to me, this is the hardest thing I have to do.
Ana: Listen, I have everything planned out. You will be able to practice controlling your powers and learn some things about the world.
Bianca: No, I just can’t.
Bianca: (spotlight shines on her) It’s just my mom; ok? She always knew what do. She would always help me!
Ana: Well, at least you had a mom for some time. I never get to see mine!
Bianca: Well, at least your parents are living, and one of them is not a drunk.
Ana: At least you got to spend time with your parents. Even on my birthday I never get to see them. All they give me is a thousand dollars, but it means nothing to me. I would give back all the money just to spend one day with them.
Bianca: It seems that we have more in common than we think.
Bianca: You know, I wonder why they havn’t closed the door.
Ana: Yeah I wonder. Maybe it’s a sign for you to leave and to have a normal life.
Bianca: Maybe. It does look very beautiful out there.
Ana: Yeah it does. The world is a wonderful place, tons of fun.
Bianca: Hey, what’s that?
Ana: The sun, why? You forgot how it looks?
Bianca: (embarrassed) Well, no, they show me pictures, but I guess I forgot how it looks in real life.
Ana: Well, there are also the moon and stars.
Bianca: Seen the moon in pictures, but they’ve never shown me stars.
Ana: Well, you’re going to love them.
Bianca: What do they look like?
Ana: They are tiny shiny white balls of gas.
Bianca: Sounds interesting.
Ana: Come on, let’s go.
Bianca: Are there still watermelons?
Ana: Yeah, why?
Bianca: Because the last thing I saw before they put me here was a watermelon.
Ana: (urgently) When we leave here, I will buy you a watermelon.
Bianca: Thanks, Ana.
Ana: No problem. Now, please let’s go!!
Bianca: Well, you’re right we should, before they close the door.
Ana: This is your chance to escape this horrible life, to be free and live a normal life.
Bianca: All right.
Ana: YES!! FINALLY!!! Come on! Let’s go!
(Both walk off stage)
Government Agent: (offstage) Doors closing.
SOUND OF DOORS CLOSING