Turncoat

November 4, 2015

 

Directed by: Ray Renati
With: Melissa Ortiz & Aeron Macintyre

 

 

[AMY wanders onstage, wearing a red coat, rattling keys in her hand, looking for the right one.]

 

AMY

Car... garage... office... Ah ha!

 

[She opens a door, JACOB falls out, lies in a pile, unconscious.]

 

AMY
Oh, now that's just not going to do.

 

[She pokes at JACOB]

 

AMY
Hello? Hello, can you get up? I need to get past to-- The

extra flashlights are in there--

 

[A groan from JACOB]

 

AMY

Fine, I'll just-- 

 

[She steps over him. She is gone for a moment, and then appears with a flashlight]

 

AMY

Uh, sir?

JACOB [Faintly]

What?

AMY
Um, could you please stop lying on my back porch?

JACOB

huh?

AMY
You're on my back porch, and it's a little upsetting. Could you leave?

JACOB

I think I'm bleeding--

AMY
Ok, well, I still need you to leave.

JACOB

Can you help me?

AMY
Sure, let a strange man into my house - what's the worst that could happen?

 

[AMY walks inside, JACOB looks up at her.]

 

AMY

Come on!

JACOB

I'm - I don't think I can walk.

AMY
Well, I'll just leave the door open, then.

 

[JACOB crawls to the door, and props himself up inside.]

 

AMY

Why were you in my shed?

JACOB
I don't know, I... I was just walking through the park, and then, something hit me, and the next thing I knew--

 

[He falls over]

 

AMY

I see. What's your name?

[Pause]

What's your--oh jeez.

[She pokes at him.]

 

JACOB

Call the... a ambulance...

AMY

Why?

JACOB

My head...

AMY

You've got bad timing, man--

 

[The lights go out.]

 

AMY
The power's been going out on this block all week. Rolling blackouts.

 

[She turns the flashlight on]

 

AMY

I'm really sorry.
JACOB

I... Can you help?

AMY

How?

JACOB

Get me... some, bandages? Or something?

AMY
I don't think I have any of that stuff. Do you know who brought you here? Who hit you?

JACOB

No, I never saw them.

AMY

Huh.

JACOB

Must've been a big guy, though, he really got me.

AMY

[Pointing the flashlight at her own face] You don't remember anything, then?

JACOB

No...

AMY
Hmm. Well, I guess you can go, then.

JACOB

What?

AMY
If you want to get help, get outside, and maybe one of the neighbours can help you. Maybe a cop car is rolling down the street, or a jogger is going by with her iphone handily strapped to her arm. I'd take your chances out there.

JACOB

I-- I'm in trouble, lady.

AMY

Yeah, and I can't do much for you.

 

[She walks to a front door, opens it]

 

Go on, out ya go.

 

[Jacob crawls towards the door, slowly. He stops, 3/4 of the way there.]

 

JACOB

I did see - A red coat

AMY

Oh, Jacob...

JACOB

How do you know my name?

AMY
You were so close... But The Firm says "hello."

[She turns off the flashlight.]

JACOB

No!

 

 

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