PLAYS

Pat Jones a.k.a.  P.J. Edghill

       

  A DAY IN THE AGE OF OBAMA        ©2009

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Excerpt: 

 

 

 

CHARACTERS
MAIN CHARACTER (MC) A black male 

MC’s WHITE GIRLFRIEND (WGF)

CHORUS
OLDER BLACK MAN
OLDER BLACK WOMAN
 OLDER/MIDDLE AGED WHITE MALE
OLDER/MIDDLE AGED WHITE FEMALE
 OLDER/ MIDDLE AGED ASIAN MALE
YOUNG BLACK FEMALE
 YOUNG BLACK MALE
 YOUNG WHITE MALE
FILLERS OF VARIOUS RACIAL MAKE UP

AGENT

AGENT'S ASSISTANT

 

 

 

 

 

SCENE 1

 

A group stands with their back to the audience dressed as if outside. They are at the Inauguration. They chant:

 

CHORUS
Obama! Obama! Yes we can! Yes we

did! Obama! Obama! Etc... (The chanting continues

through dialogue)
 

MC steps away from the crowd and faces audience

MC
This is it! This day has finally

come! I’m here with my whole family and my girlfriend. My grandparents marched on Selma and my granddad’s not stopped crying it seems since we got here. My grandmother told him he better stop because he’s beginning to look like a frog. But he doesn’t care:

 

OLDER BLACK MAN

Woman! I watched my friends get

beaten through my own blood in my eyes. I shook Martin’s hand and for ten blocks walked arm in arm with him. I’m at the mountain top and I will cry until I have shed tears for every beaten and slain brother and sister...

 

OLDER BLACK WOMAN

(playful) Or your tear ducts dry

out...(now tender) But I’ll still love you! I bandaged your wounds that day...

 

OBM and OBW hug and kiss and return to the crowd their backs to the audience.

 

MC
Yeah that’s my grandparents.

They’re pretty amazing. THIS is amazing

(indicating inauguration)  It’s a new day! A new era! You can feel it! Everyone feels it! It’s even helped within

my own family... a little. My sister    

(YBF turns around, standing to side of main character)

Hated my white girlfriend. 

(WGF standing on otherside of MC) 

Not that she was outright rude to her just icy. But now ...well since my girlfriend was the

original Obama supporter and they worked the phone bank together

and well, Obama’s mother was white...she’s a little warmer.

 

YBF
Don’t push it...at least Barak

married a black woman 

(she sniffs and turns back into the crowd)

 

MC
Can you feel the warmth? (shakeshis head)  I refuse to fight with her today, but no one wants to fight today...

Hope, love and I don’t know what else is in the air, its tangible  (pulls girlfriend to him and they embrace) 

and this is a new day in America!

 

MC and WGF turn back into the crowd with his/her back to the audience and joins the chanting

 

CHORUS
Obama! Obama! Yes we can! Yes we

can! Obama! Yes we did!

 

 

LIGHTS DOWN LIGHTS UP.

 

 

SCENE 2

Stage left. Light comes up on Agent in his office and assistant enters.

 

AGENT

(absentmindedly)  How was yesterday?

 

AGENT ASSISTANT

(Overly enthusiastic, believing it to be agenuine question)

Amazing! Oh my god to witness history. You could feel it in the air the hope, the ...

 

AGENT
Uh-huh. Ok I’m being deluged with

requests for black actors. Who do we have?

 

AGENT ASSISTANT
Well, uh, Halle Berry’s not really

working at the moment, she’s staying home with the baby and Denzel is

 

AGENT
No! Not stars you imbecile. I need

actors for commercials, for everything. Every fucking request is for someone black.

Go into the slush file and pull every black actor you can find and be quick and discreet about it

because I want to get the best before the rest of these ass wipes catch on. Got it?

 

 

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