December People’s Choice Award
The people have spoken… The December People’s Choice Award goes to Nicki Spencer for her short play, Merry Christmas, Ruth, presented as a staged reading at Monday Night PlayGround on December 11 at the Zephyr Theatre. Congratulations, Nicki!
Courtesy of Ms. Spencer, we’re pleased to share the first two pages from the award-winning script. Enjoy!
MERRY CHRISTMAS, RUTH
NANCY – Female – 30s – Any Race – Earnest, kind, in love with Carlton.
CARLTON – Male – 30s – Any Race – Thought he had everything planned out perfectly.
RUTH – Female – 60+ – Any Race – Cagier than she looks.
LIGHTS UP. A table rests at center with two plates and two flutes of Champagne. CARLTON finishes setting up the table. It’s perfect. Now, for the finishing touch: he pulls a ring box from his pocket, opens it, and pulls out a glistening ENGAGEMENT RING. He drops the ring in one of the Champagne flutes. NOTE: There is also a small table set at DR which is to indicate the kitchen area. An incessant and annoying KNOCK at the door.
Okay, okay, I’m coming!
Carlton opens the door. NANCY enters shivering. RUTH trails her.
Sorry, it’s freezing out there and I forgot my coat. Hi, honey. Come on in Ruth!
Carlton, this is Ruth, she’ll be joining us for Christmas dinner.
Is this your hubby?
Uh not exactly, Ruth, this is my boyfriend, Carlton.
So nice to meet you. Oh, such a strong, manly handshake.
Go ahead and have a seat here, Ruth. I’ll be right back.
NANCY sits RUTH down at the table at center.
Uh honey, can I talk to ya for a sec?
CARLTON pulls NANCY aside. During their side conversation. RUTH makes herself at home.
So… what’s with Mrs. Clause?
Well… when I was at the market I overheard her talking to the bag boy about how she was going to be all alone on Christmas eating a frozen Stouffer’s Salisbury Steak meal and I just thought that was so… tragic.
Behind NANCY and CARLTON: RUTH sees the full flute of Champagne on the table and downs it. She sees the other flute, and downs that one too.
So, you brought her home for the holidays without giving me a heads up!
It was a clutch decision! I knew you’d be mad—
Tonight was supposed to be just you and me. Our first Christmas just the two of us—
But then I figured that since it’s the holidays… and the season of giving… and the time for sharing and being nice to others…
Ugh, you just have to be a good person! I’ll bet you’re at the top of Santa’s nice list.
It’s just a couple hours. Then you and I can have our own little Christmas just us two I promise… Maybe I’ll even show you some moves that would put me on the naughty list…
She gets in close. He likes it. RUTH interrupts the moment.
I hope I’m not an intrusion. I really don’t want to impose, I can just go back home and watch Miracle on 34th Street all alone like last year.
RUTH and NANCY look to CARLTON.
No, Ruth. Please. It’s our pleasure to have you join us. Now, let’s get you something to drink. What can I get ya?
Some more Champagne would be lovely. Thanks, doll.
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