scorching heat

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this was actually an assignment for a theatre class i took last year. i thought it was pretty good, even though it is just a very short play.

Submitted: January 13, 2016

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Scorching Heat

 

 

I chose to write my play based upon the photo showing a couple and a woman leaning against the counter.  The woman against the counter (I have dubbed her as Martha) appears to look in jealousy or discontent at the couple (I have called them Karen and Gregory).  I decided to write a play which would take place after the time of that photo that illustrates Martha’s jealousy of the couple. 

 

 

Characters

 

MARTHA  …………………………………………………………………………………………… Karen’s friend, twenties

KAREN  ………………………………………………………………………………………………. Martha’s friend, twenties

GREGORY ……………………………………………………………………………………..…….  Karen’s fiancé, twenties

 

Time:  Mid 1940’s, span of three days

 

Setting:  A small town in Iowa.  It is summertime. 

 

 

 

Act 1

Scene 1

 

(Lights come up on the scene of a party.  There are decorations, a table of gifts, and appears to be in a living room.  There are three people in the room.  Martha, a woman in her mid-twenties along with Karen and Gregory, a newly engaged couple, also in their twenties.)

 

KAREN

Oh, Martha!  Isn’t this party splendid?  I cannot believe that Greg was able to pull this off!

Walks over to Gregory

Thank you so much, dear!

 

GREGORY

Kisses Karen’s cheek

Oh yes, my love.  I came up with such a grand party, because you deserve the very best birthday celebration.  You do happen to be the woman I am going to marry.

 

KAREN

It’s positively wonderful to know that I have found a man who knows everything I like.  The decoration, the cake, the entire theme of the party expresses who I am entirely.

 

GREGORY

What kind of fiancé would I be if I didn’t know what my woman loves? 

MARTHA

Actually, Karen, I-

 

GREGORY

Cutting off Martha

Darling, why don’t we go speak to the Johnson’s and invite them to the engagement party? 

 

(Exit Karen and Gregory to stage left.  Martha faces audience, looking slightly up)

 

MARTHA

I cannot stand that lowlife of a man.  Gregory doesn’t understand Karen at all.  I planned this entire birthday party.  Gregory had nothing to do with it.  Karen doesn’t know what a liar he is.  I need to tell her!

(Exit Martha to stage left.  The lights go down.  End scene 1.)

 

 

 

Act 1

Scene 2

 

 

(Lights come up on a bedroom where Karen sits at a vanity, brushing her hair.  Enter Martha from stage right)

 

MARTHA

Karen!  Karen!  We need to talk.  It’s about Gregory.

 

KAREN

What is it, Martha!?  Is something wrong?

Turns to face Martha

 

 

 

MARTHA

Gregory is a liar, Karen.This entire time, I’ve been coaching him on what you like.  I’ve been the one writing his love letters to you.  Your entire birthday party was planned by me.  I even wrote him a script for the proposal.  It was always me.  You have to break off the engagement.

 

KAREN

Martha, all men need some help in wooing a woman.  It’s common for a man to ask the assistance of a best friend or even a sister.  You’re overreacting.  I love, Greg, and I am not breaking off our engagement, because he asked for a little advice. 

She turns back to the vanity and applies lipstick

You’re acting irrationally, my dear friend.  It’s rather unbecoming of a lady.

 

MARTHA

Karen, you don’t understand!  He’s not right for you!  You can’t marry him!

Walks to Karen and shakes her by the shoulders, crazed

Are you blind!?  He’ll never know you the way he should!

 

KAREN

Frees herself from Martha’s grip

What on earth has gotten into you!?  Do you know what I think, Martha?  I think you are jealous.  I think you are jealous of the relationship Greg and I have.  He makes me happy, Martha, and I will not have you ruin this for me.  Your behavior is intolerable.  I’m sorry, but I am going to have to ask you to leave my home immediately, and not to contact me anymore.

 

(Enter Gregory from stage right)

 

GREGORY

My love, it’s nearly time for our night out….  Oh hello, Martha.  What are you doing here?

 

KAREN

Martha was just leaving.  Weren’t you, Martha? 

 

(Martha exits, stomping to stage right)

 

GREGORY

What was the matter with her, darling? 

 

KAREN

Nothing, Greg.  She just forgot to tell me she wouldn’t be able to make it to the engagement party this weekend. 

She adjusts her dress and hair

Shall we go then?

 

(The lights go down.  End scene 2) 

 

 

 

Act 1

Scene 3

 

(Lights come up on a living room with a couch and side table.  Martha sits on the couch, rocking back and forth slightly and clutching a pillow.)

 

 

MARTHA

How dare that man?  First he takes credit for all the work I do, and now he steals my best friend.  That’s just not fair.  She’s my best friend.

(She begins to cry)

He doesn’t get to have her!  I’ll do anything to stop him!  They won’t break the engagement, though.  What can I do!?

(Suddenly she perks up)

I know.  I’ll get rid of him.  I’ll kill him.  It shouldn’t be too hard.  Once Karen realizes that he’s gone, she’ll come back to me.  She’ll be so lonely that she will beg to be my best friend again.  That’s exactly what I’ll do. 

 

 

(She quickly gets up and grabs a notebook, writing stuff down.  The lights go down.  End scene 3)

 

 

Act 1

Scene 4

 

 

(The lights come up on Martha and Gregory walking.  They are in the countryside.)

 

GREGORY

I am so sorry about what happened, Martha.

 

MARTHA

It’s fine.  I just don’t know why she blew up like that.  Perhaps it is the stress of planning the engagement party.  All I did was ask how the two of you were doing.

 

GREGORY

I would assume that it is just the stress.  I would just give her a few days to calm down, and she should be fine…

(looks around)

We seem to have strayed from the path a bit, Martha.

 

MARTHA

Yes, it appears we have…

(reaches into her purse)

And I’m afraid you won’t be finding the path ever again

(pulls out a kitchen knife and thrusts it into Gregory’s shoulder)

GREGORY

Aghhhh!!!  Martha, what are you doing?!?!? 

(he collapses onto the ground in pain)

 

MARTHA

(stabs him twice in the chest)

I’m taking my best friend back. 

 

 

 

Act 1

Scene 5

 

(Lights come up on Karen’s bedroom again.  Karen sits on her bed, reading a book. Enter Martha)

 

MARTHA

Karen!  Karen!  I fixed it… I fixed our friendship…

(she still holds the bloodied knife clutched in her hand)

 

KAREN

(jumps up at hearing Martha)

What are you doing here?  What do you mean?  Martha, who’s blood is that? 

 

 

 

MARTHA

Gregory is gone now.  This is my proof.  Nothing is stopping our friendship, now.  Nothing.

 

KAREN

Did you….. Martha, did you hurt Greg? 

(she jumps out of bed, backing away from Martha)

What did you do?

 

MARTHA

I got rid of him. 

(steps toward Karen slowly and sees she is crying)

Aren’t you happy, Karen?  We can be friends again.

 

KAREN

No I’m not happy, Martha!!  You KILLED Greg!!!  I’m going to call the authorities.

(runs towards the phone)

 

MARTHA

NO!!!

(she blocks the phone and stabs Karen in the neck four times)

YOU CAN’T RUIN OUR FRIENDSHIP!!

(as Karen’s body collapses, she cradles it)

I’m sorry, Karen.  At least this way, we can be friends to the grave. 

(She turns the knife on herself and stabs herself through the chest.  The lights go down.  End scene 5)

 

 

Scorching Heat

 

 

I chose to write my play based upon the photo showing a couple and a woman leaning against the counter.  The woman against the counter (I have dubbed her as Martha) appears to look in jealousy or discontent at the couple (I have called them Karen and Gregory).  I decided to write a play which would take place after the time of that photo that illustrates Martha’s jealousy of the couple. 

 

 

Characters

 

MARTHA  …………………………………………………………………………………………… Karen’s friend, twenties

KAREN  ………………………………………………………………………………………………. Martha’s friend, twenties

GREGORY ……………………………………………………………………………………..…….  Karen’s fiancé, twenties

 

Time:  Mid 1940’s, span of three days

 

Setting:  A small town in Iowa.  It is summertime. 

 

 

 

Act 1

Scene 1

 

(Lights come up on the scene of a party.  There are decorations, a table of gifts, and appears to be in a living room.  There are three people in the room.  Martha, a woman in her mid-twenties along with Karen and Gregory, a newly engaged couple, also in their twenties.)

 

KAREN

Oh, Martha!  Isn’t this party splendid?  I cannot believe that Greg was able to pull this off!

Walks over to Gregory

Thank you so much, dear!

 

GREGORY

Kisses Karen’s cheek

Oh yes, my love.  I came up with such a grand party, because you deserve the very best birthday celebration.  You do happen to be the woman I am going to marry.

 

KAREN

It’s positively wonderful to know that I have found a man who knows everything I like.  The decoration, the cake, the entire theme of the party expresses who I am entirely.

 

GREGORY

What kind of fiancé would I be if I didn’t know what my woman loves? 

MARTHA

Actually, Karen, I-

 

GREGORY

Cutting off Martha

Darling, why don’t we go speak to the Johnson’s and invite them to the engagement party? 

 

(Exit Karen and Gregory to stage left.  Martha faces audience, looking slightly up)

 

MARTHA

I cannot stand that lowlife of a man.  Gregory doesn’t understand Karen at all.  I planned this entire birthday party.  Gregory had nothing to do with it.  Karen doesn’t know what a liar he is.  I need to tell her!

(Exit Martha to stage left.  The lights go down.  End scene 1.)

 

 

 

Act 1

Scene 2

 

 

(Lights come up on a bedroom where Karen sits at a vanity, brushing her hair.  Enter Martha from stage right)

 

MARTHA

Karen!  Karen!  We need to talk.  It’s about Gregory.

 

KAREN

What is it, Martha!?  Is something wrong?

Turns to face Martha

 

 

 

MARTHA

Gregory is a liar, Karen.This entire time, I’ve been coaching him on what you like.  I’ve been the one writing his love letters to you.  Your entire birthday party was planned by me.  I even wrote him a script for the proposal.  It was always me.  You have to break off the engagement.

 

KAREN

Martha, all men need some help in wooing a woman.  It’s common for a man to ask the assistance of a best friend or even a sister.  You’re overreacting.  I love, Greg, and I am not breaking off our engagement, because he asked for a little advice. 

She turns back to the vanity and applies lipstick

You’re acting irrationally, my dear friend.  It’s rather unbecoming of a lady.

 

MARTHA

Karen, you don’t understand!  He’s not right for you!  You can’t marry him!

Walks to Karen and shakes her by the shoulders, crazed

Are you blind!?  He’ll never know you the way he should!

 

KAREN

Frees herself from Martha’s grip

What on earth has gotten into you!?  Do you know what I think, Martha?  I think you are jealous.  I think you are jealous of the relationship Greg and I have.  He makes me happy, Martha, and I will not have you ruin this for me.  Your behavior is intolerable.  I’m sorry, but I am going to have to ask you to leave my home immediately, and not to contact me anymore.

 

(Enter Gregory from stage right)

 

GREGORY

My love, it’s nearly time for our night out….  Oh hello, Martha.  What are you doing here?

 

KAREN

Martha was just leaving.  Weren’t you, Martha? 

 

(Martha exits, stomping to stage right)

 

GREGORY

What was the matter with her, darling? 

 

KAREN

Nothing, Greg.  She just forgot to tell me she wouldn’t be able to make it to the engagement party this weekend. 

She adjusts her dress and hair

Shall we go then?

 

(The lights go down.  End scene 2) 

 

 

 

Act 1

Scene 3

 

(Lights come up on a living room with a couch and side table.  Martha sits on the couch, rocking back and forth slightly and clutching a pillow.)

 

 

MARTHA

How dare that man?  First he takes credit for all the work I do, and now he steals my best friend.  That’s just not fair.  She’s my best friend.

(She begins to cry)

He doesn’t get to have her!  I’ll do anything to stop him!  They won’t break the engagement, though.  What can I do!?

(Suddenly she perks up)

I know.  I’ll get rid of him.  I’ll kill him.  It shouldn’t be too hard.  Once Karen realizes that he’s gone, she’ll come back to me.  She’ll be so lonely that she will beg to be my best friend again.  That’s exactly what I’ll do. 

 

 

(She quickly gets up and grabs a notebook, writing stuff down.  The lights go down.  End scene 3)

 

 

Act 1

Scene 4

 

 

(The lights come up on Martha and Gregory walking.  They are in the countryside.)

 

GREGORY

I am so sorry about what happened, Martha.

 

MARTHA

It’s fine.  I just don’t know why she blew up like that.  Perhaps it is the stress of planning the engagement party.  All I did was ask how the two of you were doing.

 

GREGORY

I would assume that it is just the stress.  I would just give her a few days to calm down, and she should be fine…

(looks around)

We seem to have strayed from the path a bit, Martha.

 

MARTHA

Yes, it appears we have…

(reaches into her purse)

And I’m afraid you won’t be finding the path ever again

(pulls out a kitchen knife and thrusts it into Gregory’s shoulder)

GREGORY

Aghhhh!!!  Martha, what are you doing?!?!? 

(he collapses onto the ground in pain)

 

MARTHA

(stabs him twice in the chest)

I’m taking my best friend back. 

 

 

 

Act 1

Scene 5

 

(Lights come up on Karen’s bedroom again.  Karen sits on her bed, reading a book. Enter Martha)

 

MARTHA

Karen!  Karen!  I fixed it… I fixed our friendship…

(she still holds the bloodied knife clutched in her hand)

 

KAREN

(jumps up at hearing Martha)

What are you doing here?  What do you mean?  Martha, who’s blood is that? 

 

 

 

MARTHA

Gregory is gone now.  This is my proof.  Nothing is stopping our friendship, now.  Nothing.

 

KAREN

Did you….. Martha, did you hurt Greg? 

(she jumps out of bed, backing away from Martha)

What did you do?

 

MARTHA

I got rid of him. 

(steps toward Karen slowly and sees she is crying)

Aren’t you happy, Karen?  We can be friends again.

 

KAREN

No I’m not happy, Martha!!  You KILLED Greg!!!  I’m going to call the authorities.

(runs towards the phone)

 

MARTHA

NO!!!

(she blocks the phone and stabs Karen in the neck four times)

YOU CAN’T RUIN OUR FRIENDSHIP!!

(as Karen’s body collapses, she cradles it)

I’m sorry, Karen.  At least this way, we can be friends to the grave. 

(She turns the knife on herself and stabs herself through the chest.  The lights go down.  End scene 5)

 

 


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