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Topic: ENVY (jealousy of another’s advantage) (02/12/15)
- TITLE: Worlds Apart
By Allison Egley
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Carly – A teenage girl who wishes she could be Macy
Macy – A teenage girl who wishes she could be Carly
Costumes and Props:
No costumes are needed. Just typical dress for teenage girls. No props are needed.
Setting, Staging, and Intro:
No particular setting. The two girls are talking about each other, but neither is aware of the other, even when lines overlap. The idea is that while they have similar thoughts, they don't know it. This effect can be achieved in a variety of ways. Actresses can be on each side of a divider, or in chairs with their backs to each other. It can also be on a video screen, with a split screen. Perhaps the most effective method, however, would be to have the actresses on each side of the stage, with two spotlights. The spotlights are only on when the respective characters speak. When both characters are speaking and lines are overlapping, both lights should be on. If doing this on stage, allow some natural movement. The characters should certainly not be statues.
Carly: What's wrong? I'll tell you what's wrong. I feel invisible. Again. I wish I were Macy. The boys can't ignore her. Heck, neither can the other girls. She's gorgeous.
Macy: Today I have learned that there is definitely such a thing as too much attention. Fighting off guys with a stick isn't all its cracked up to be, you know. I wish I were Carly. She's so... caring.
Carly: And don't think I haven't noticed how Macy is stealing my best friend from right under my nose. Sure, Jessie still spends time with me, but she seems drawn to Macy.
Macy: I think Carly is jealous of me, though. Jessie has been spending more time with me, and we've really connected. What Carly doesn't know is why we've connected.
Carly: I don't know why Macy and Jessie have hit it off so well. It's like they share something that I don't understand.
Macy: Jessie and I? Well, we've both suffered from abuse from people who loved us. Or, at least people we thought loved us. You sense something in someone else who's been abused, and there's an instant connection. But I'd do anything to take away that connection for both of us.
Carly: I'm just a "Plain Jane." Nothing special about me. But Macy? There's something about her. More than her looks, too. She's got an inner strength that I'd love to have. When someone comes down hard on me, I crumble or give in. But Macy can stand up to anyone. I could learn a lot from her.
Macy: Abuse makes it hard to trust anyone who hasn't been through it themselves. It's forced me to stand up for myself. Carly thinks I'm so lucky to have all the guys after me. And she doesn't see her own beauty. Her natural beauty. Her inner beauty. I could learn a lot from her.
Carly: Macy thinks I have it so easy. She doesn't know that I have to take care of my little brother every night. My parents are divorced, and so now my mom has to work two jobs. I.. my brother... well, we've both had to grow up quickly. I never wanted to be a teen parent, but I feel like one at times. But I love my brother, and I'd do anything to protect him. Mom says I'll make a good mom myself someday. I guess this is good practice, but it's still hard.
Macy: I'm tough because I have to be. But sometimes I'm afraid I'm so tough that nothing will ever soften my heart. I fear that if I let anyone in, I'll be hurt. Again.
Carly: (overlapping with Macy's next line) Sometimes, I just wish I could be...
Macy: (overlapping with Carly's last line) I just wish I could be someone else.
Carly: ...Anyone else.
Carly and Macy: Anyone but me.
Carly: But... you know what? That inner strength Macy has must have come from somewhere.
Macy: Carly's caring nature must have come from somewhere.
Carly and Macy: I know I hide things from others.
Carly: Maybe she is too. I wonder if we could be...
Macy: Do you think maybe we could be...
(Carly and Macy both look up, straight into the audience.)
Carly and Macy: ...Friends?
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