Full Script – Sparkle City

A year ago, I started my Ph.D. program in Theatre and Performance Studies. Almost as soon as we set foot on campus, we had to write our first five-minute play. I figure it doesn’t need to sit in my folders forever, so here’s a free play for you!

Sparkle City

Setting: The single hill overlooking a small city 

At Rise:BETTY and CAM are laying down, leaning against a tree, and talking. 

BETTY 

Anytime I go to  new city, I want to find the highest place and just perch. If it’s nighttime and the wind blows, the lights shake and the whole world sparkles. For a moment, I remember how small I am and all of the pressure goes away. I love feeling small… It’s weirder here. This is my city you know. I forget sometimes. It’s not terribly small. It almost sparkles.  

CAM 

It will someday. 

BETTY 

Where do you think life goes from here? 

CAM 

What do you mean by here? 

BETTY 

Here.  

(CAM raises eyebrows.) 

Tonight. Where does life go from tonight? 

CAM 

Welp, I think that we do what we came here to do, and the exhilaration settles, and, tomorrow, I leave basic. Then, you are going to stay here, if you can stay put for once, and you are going to be something great here. I bet, you’re going to build a huge library there, and a school there, and a park there.  

BETTY 

And you’ll still come back? 

CAM 

I promise I’ll come back. Hey, hey, I promise, okay. There’s nowhere else I’d rather be. 

BETTY 

ummhmm 

CAM 

I’m going for the both of us. You know that don’t you? 

(BETTY nods) 

Someday, this town is going to be perfect, and you and I are going to get our families together here for the holidays, and we’re all going to be so happy.  

BETTY 

Yeah, and your mom is going to steal the good silver wear when we’re not looking, and my mother is going to flirt with you like she does every time she sees you.  

CAM 

She does not flirt with me. 

BETTY 

Then why did she look so jealous when I told her what we were doing tonight? 

CAM 

YOU TOLD YOUR MOTHER? This is sick. That’s just so sick. Who tells their mother about that kind of stuff? 

BETTY 

We’ve always been close. 

CAM 

That doesn’t make this sound any better! You told your mother that we were planning to… tonight… not even that we have, that we’re GOING to.  

BETTY 

You didn’t tell your mother? 

CAM 

NO! Normal people don’t tell their parents things like this.  

BETTY 

I’ve told her anytime I’ve done anything like this with anybody. I swear, I didn’t think it would upset you this much.  

CAM 

You didn’t think? Maybe you don’t know me as well as you think you do.  

BETTY 

Stop that! I love you. Mom loves you. She supportive of everything. She even said so. 

CAM 

That is disgusting. What, is she going to join us up here too? Is that part of the plan? 

BETTY 

What!? No.  

CAM 

Well why not? 

BETTY 

She’s got a perfectly good view from the house.  

CAM 

That’s disgusting. I’m leaving. I can’t do this. 

(BETTY doesn’t let HIM leave. SHE grabs HIM by the elbows, looks into HIS eyes, and breathes deep. SHE brushes a lose hair out of HIS eyes.) 

BETTY 

You’re just looking for an excuse. It’s okay. Everyone is nervous their first time. Do you trust me? 

(CAM nods) 

Do you love me? 

(CAM nods) 

Then what are you waiting for? 

(THEY lean in like they are about to kiss) 

CAM 

Wait, we need protection. 

BETTY 

Don’t you think it’ll be more fun without? 

CAM 

You are disgusting. 

(CAM takes out two pairs of sunglasses from his backpack. BOTH put them on. CAM pulls a remote control out of his pocket.) 

BETTY 

Ready. 

BETTY and CAM 

Set. 

BETTY 

 (whispering)  

Go! 

(CAM presses the button. The bombs he planted under the town explode.) 

BETTY 

Now it’s sparkling. 

CAM 

Go build your dream. 

(They embrace and watch the fire burn.) 

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