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5 PAGE EXCERPT

ALL OVER

A full-length blues play with music

By Jamie J. Brunson

Represented by:
Neil J. Rosini
Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vassallo, P.C.
488 Madison Avenue, 18th Floor
New York, NY 10022-5707
(212) 935-5500

© All Rights Reserved. 1999, 2008

SCENE
A Blues Joint in Phoenix.

(Lights change. )

MC VOICE OVER

Welcome to The Phoenix Bravado–Arizona’s Place for the Blues…

(Two lonely hands are heard clapping.)

(RED-EYED is sitting in a chair with his back to CLIVE and the audience. CLIVE enters. RED-EYED never turns to face his son. He exhales as soon as CLIVE enters the room, as if sensing him. )

RED-EYED
Damn.

CLIVE
They said you were here.

RED-EYED
Hicks.

CLIVE
(To EAST who is offstage.)

East, go sit down somewhere.

RED-EYED

You still got that gal trailing behind you?

CLIVE

She’s not trailing behind me. I’m her man.

RED-EYED

Yeah. Humph. Heard you been sprayed over there.

CLIVE
How’d you know? Hicks.

RED-EYED
What you want me to do about it? Pat you on the ass?

CLIVE
Turn around.

RED-EYED
I ain’t got no comfort for you.

CLIVE
I don’t need nothing from you.

RED-EYED
Then why are you here?

CLIVE
Mama sent me.

RED-EYED
And you came? Boy, you ain’t got the sense God gave you.

CLIVE
I told East you wasn’t coming back. You’re too busy being washed up, hold up, in a little dirty room, in a little dirty place. Sounds like a song. Ha!

RED-EYED
Don’t mock me boy. I’m moving toward something.

CLIVE

What?
RED-EYED
(drifting off) …man crawls along… all his life grinning… tearing his heart out…moving…moving…moving…toward something …the something …that’s got to be out there…

CLIVE
There’s family.

RED-EYED
That something that’s out there …is the only thing… that will make it good…otherwise…there ain’t gonna be no good.

CLIVE
I had a riffle.

RED-EYED
You got sprayed.

CLIVE

You can’t take away from me the glory of me going …

RED-EYED
Glory? (Pause) You come back crazy, and now you’re gonna waste away, just like …

CLIVE
This spraying shit is gonna wear off…

RED-EYED
Yeah?

CLIVE
Any day.

RED-EYED
Humph.

CLIVE
Then I’m going be better than all right, and then I’ll …

RED-EYED
Go home?

CLIVE
Yes God dammit! Yes. And when I do, everybody’s gonna know …

RED-EYED
What?

CLIVE
I fought for ‘em. No matter how bad it got for me back there, I fought for ‘em.

RED-EYED
Why?
CLIVE
…cause there’s something in everybody worth fighting for.

RED-EYED
You think they give a damn about that? Sheeit.

CLIVE
(Rubs his eyes.)

I ain’t crying. It’s my eyes…

RED-EYED
You want to be a man – then you better find it.

CLIVE
Find what?

RED-EYED
The fight you can win. It’s out there, not where you been…‘cause them folks back home don’t give a damn about you.

CLIVE
Like you?

(RED-EYED dismisses CLIVE with a wave of his hand.)

(CLIVE turns in disgust, to spot EAST)

East, come on! What, you drinking vodka now? Put it down and let’s go. Move it!

(CLIVE exits.)

RED-EYED
Humph. You find just one fight you can win…then you can go home…a winner…You look for it…Like me…I’ll see you somewhere along the road.

(Lights change.)


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