Her Pride, Their Prejudice (One Act Play)

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Young Adult  |  House: Booksie Classic
A short One Act Play about a Woman from a Devout Catholic Italian American family who finds love and breaks her families traditions in the process. She's been keeping a secret for a couple of years, that she know will devastate her father mostly.

Submitted: February 11, 2015

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Qualema

One Act Play

Her Pride, Their Prejudice

May 2014




 

SETTING

 

A park bench in South Shore, Staten Island, NY. It is during the ides of March. The air is crisp and cool but the wind is still. The trees surrounding the park are starting to bud little, but surely. The squirrels are scurrying about along the color bleed grass, that hasn’t gained its ember green tent yet. There is a view of the bay from the park bench. The birds are returning from migration and making their nests in the pinnacle of the tallest trees. Michelle is having a deep conversation with her long-time childhood friend Tiffany. She has a moral dilemma at hand and is petrified at the consequences that may ensue.



 

CHARACTERS

 

Michele DiCassio...27 years old. Upper Middle Class Italian American from a devout Catholic Family. Bachelor’s Degree in Computer Science. Timid, shy.


 

Tiffany Lieberhausen...28 years old. Michele’s Best friend (Since the 7th grade). Upper Middle Class German American from an Unorthodox Christian Family. Ph.D in Psychiatry/Psychology. Fun-loving, Charismatic.

 

Jerrod Williams...30 years old. Michele’s Boyfriend for 2 years (Secretly). Upper Middle Class African American from a Rowdy, but loving Christian Family. Ph.D in Human Kinetics. Easy Going, Charming

 

Mia DiCassio...late 50’s. Michele’s mother, devout Catholic. Housewife. Peacekeeper of the family. Laid-back, easy-going.

 

Michael DiCassio...Mid 60’s. Michele’s father, Mia’s Husband. Devout Catholic, closet racist. Argumentative person, Retired Army Captain. Obnoxious, Crude sense of humor.

 

Nurse Kappernac...late 40’s. Ultrasound Technician at the Local town Hospital. Humorous, Kind.


 

TIME: 5 days before Spring (2014).

 

There is no intermission







 

It is a late Friday afternoon. Michelle is in the bathroom in her home. She has just figured out that two lines can change her life in an instant. She throws the pregnancy test in her purse on the floor and calls Tiffany and asks her to meet her in the park they always go to, to chat up a storm. This time it wouldn’t be chats about gossip, television and other miscellaneous topics. Michele is distraught upon arrival to the park, when she sees Tiffany already waiting.

 

TIFFANY

Michele ! What’s the matter honey ? You look like you’ve seen a ghost !

MICHELE

When my dad finds out that I’ve been lying to him all this time, he’s gonna kill me and Jerrod. Then you’ll be the one who see’s a ghost.

TIFFANY

Well, how would your dad find out about Jerrod ? What’s going on ?

MICHELE

I...I umm...well

 

TIFFANY

CUT THE BULLSHIT CHELE AND TELL ME WHAT THE HELL IS GOING ON !

 MICHELE

ALRIGHT! You don’t have to curse at me, kay. I’m just on a verge of a panic attack and you're not making it any better.

TIFFANY

Oh Chele, I’m so sorry. You're on the verge of giving me a panic attack, talking about how your father is gonna kill you and Jerrod...I am anxious to hear what happened, but it seems like you don’t really want to tell me.

 MICHELE

Please understand where I’m coming from Tiff. I’m just embarrassed and petrified at the same time. I’m pregnant...that’s what’s going on.

 TIFFANY

Oh my god. OH MY GOD ! Michele...honey...wh...what are you going to do ? Does your dad know ?

 MICHELE

I don’t know what to do (LONG SIGH) No...he doesn’t know...yet.

 TIFFANY

Wow this is crazy. I thought you were on birth control...you take those god awful things religiously, every single day. What could have possibly went wrong?

 MICHELE

Tiff...I wish I could answer that, but I don’t have an answer myself. I guess I’m that .1% chance that I always here when doctor’s say that birth control is 99.9% effective if taken properly. I know for a fact that I take that pill every single day at the same exact time. But I guess God had other plans for me.

 TIFFANY

Cheley Dear, you know I’m here for you and I will not judge you if you so decide to explore...um you know... other options or something. I just want what’s best for you. I want you to keep this child because it’s with the man you love. But that father of yours is gonna have a conniption and try to kill somebody.

 MICHELE

And that’s the sad part...I’m pregnant with the child of a man that I love with all my heart, who accepts all my nonsense and remains a secret to my family because he loves me so much and doesn’t want me to be alienated. He is willing to be a ghost in my life, than to cause issues, and I am really sitting here contemplating aborting this child without telling him. What kind of monster am I ? I feel so terrible about these thoughts circling around my head. I’m starting to believe that I would do anything to please my family, instead of doing what makes me eternally happy...You know what Tiff...I’m gonna call Jerrod right now and tell him the news, then I’m gonna call my mom and dad and tell them that I want to introduce my boyfriend to them. I’m going to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth, SO HELP ME GOD !

 TIFFANY

Michele...I’m in awe. I never in a million years thought that you would ever stand up to your parents and make such a selfless decision like this. I truly applaud you. You are amazing ! I’ve always seen this in you, but now I think that you’ve finally discovered your inself too. You are a strong, beautiful, intelligent woman. You have a man in your life that loves you to death! I would kill to have that kind of romance! I want the best for you and I will be here by your side for your biggest triumph yet...telling those parents of yours that you're with child and have been secretly in a relationship with a black man. I will not let your father downtalk you when he hears the news, I promise. I’ll have 911 on speed dial if he gets antsy. (In a humorous, Sarcastic Tone.

 MICHELE

Aww...I love you tiff ! Thank you so much for being like a big sister to me. I don’t know what I would have done if you weren’t here with me. I wasn’t thinking clearly at all earlier. I probably would have done something really stupid and regretted it for the rest of my natural born life. I’m gonna call Jerrod right now.

 TIFFANY

Aww...I love you too Cheley Bear ! I’m always gonna be here for ya, pinky promise ? Kay ?...Ok,it’s time to call Jerrod now, I’ll hush up. I’m not even here right now. (Giggling)(Whispering)(Winking)

MICHELE

(Dial Tone...Jerrod Picks up the phone, Michele quickly speaks) Hey my love (In a worried toned voice)

JERROD

Hey baby ! What’s up ? To what do I owe the honor my love ?

 MICHELE

Baby...I have something important to tell you…(Michele takes a deep breath, and gathered her might to speak)

 JERROD

What’s wrong love ? What ever it is.. I’m all ears.








End of Act 1


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