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A Young Playwright

March 29, 2017

I am such a big fan of plays and musicals here and abroad. I’m eager to watch an original play next weekend from the Sandbox Collective, No Filter: Let’s Talk About Me. It’s a monologue series by millennials, for millennials, about millennials.

 

Can you imagine my excitement when I saw that one of our young writers wrote a play as part of her anthology for our writing workshop?  Here’s an excerpt from scene one of Rocio Mercado’s play entitled Friendzoned.

 

 

 

FRIENDZONED
by Rocio Mercado, 15 years old

 

Characters:
Cassie, 17. She is the student council president and part of the baseball varsity team.
Jacob, 18. He is a below average student who’s also the football varsity captain.

 

Setting: Cassie is seated alone at the bleachers at the empty football field in the back of the high school. Most people had gone home, but there were still a few students around the campus.

 

Time: 4:30pm on a Wednesday afternoon.

 

Cassie: I didn’t even agree with your proposal.

 

Jacob: Come on, Caaaaass!

 

Jacob:Don’t you want to spend some more time with everyone’s favorite soccer captain?

 

Cassie: Why would I do this for you? We’re not even friends.

 

Jacob: Aw, Cass. I am hurt.

(Cassie and Jacob laugh.)

 

Cassie: Anyways, I guess I’m free on…

(Cassie looks at her phone to check her schedule.)

 

Cassie: Evidently, I am only free on Wednesday afterschool and Saturday mornings.

 

Jacob: Wednesday afternoon. I’ve got to get on that gym grind on Saturdays.

 

Cassie: Yeah okay.

 

Jacob: It’s a date then.

 

Cassie: To study.

 

Jacob: What?

 

Cassie: It’s not a date; we are just going to be studying.

 

Jacob: Yeah it’s a study-date.

 

Cassie: We don’t need to call it a date.

 

Jacob: Why don’t you want to call it a date?

 

Cassie: Because all we’re going to be doing is studying.

 

Jacob: Yeah. Study-date. On this date, we’re going to be studying; study-date.

 

Cassie: Me helping you study hardly qualifies as a date. Even if this was considered a date, aren’t you already dating Scarlett?

 

Jacob: Whoa! I was just saying that the two of us were going to be studying alone together. I didn’t mean that I liked you or anything.

 

Cassie: Yeah… But… Okay. I’m sorry for assuming that’s what you meant. It’s just that I don’t like you that way, so going out with you just wasn’t on my mind.

 

Jacob: Hey, it’s cool. A lot of people would want to date me.

(Jacob winks at Cassie.)
(Jacob and Cassie don’t speak for a while. Cassie looks away while Jacob continues to look at her.)

 

Jacob:What do you mean you don’t like me in that way?

(Cassie faces Jacob.)

 

Cassie: I’m sorry?

 

Jacob: Why don’t you like me in that way?

(Cassie looks at Jacob hesitantly.)

 

Cassie: Why are you asking?

 

Jacob: I’m just curious.

 

Cassie: You’re just not my type.

 

Jacob: What are you talking about? I’m everyone’s type!

 

Cassie:Aw Jacob! Did I wound your ego?

 

Jacob: Ha ha, you’re so funny, Cass. But seriously, what is your type?

 

Cassie: Why would I tell you?

 

Jacob: Because I want to know.

 

Cassie: Well, I don’t want to tell you.

 

Jacob: Come on!

 

Cassie: Look, I’m just going to tell you what I tell everyone else: I’m not interested in dating anyone at the moment.

 

Jacob: You’re never interested in anyone. You barely show me any interest.

 

Cassie: You’re exaggerating. I do show some guys interest. As a matter of fact, I’ve gone on a few dates this past year.

 

Jacob: Oh yeah, with who?

 

Cassie: I’ve gone on a few dates with Ralph and a few more blind dates that Annika set me up on.

 

Jacob: I’ve gone on a few dates too. They were okay, but I just felt like there was something missing, you know?

 

Cassie: Really?

 

Jacob: Yeah, but it’s nothing for you to worry about Cass. You’ll always be on the top of my list.

 

Cassie: What are you talking about?

 

Jacob: You’re my favorite girl.

 

Cassie: Ha ha. Okay.

 

 

Illustration by Anthony Sebastian

 

This article was first published in Manilaspeak.com on July 25, 2015.

 

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