I Hold The Dream-Sample

ACT I

SCENE 6

(The kitchen of Luciana’s and Peter’s home. LUCIANA is in a bathrobe seated at the kitchen table and writing. SUZI ENTERS)

SUZI
Hi Mom, writing all night again?

LUCIANA
No, up early. I may write a juicy little role for you if….

SUZI
What do I have to do to get it?

LUCIANA
Finish school.

SUZI
Make sure I have a great solo number and don’t be stingy with the sexual innuendo. In my opinion there’s not enough sex in musicals.

LUCIANA
Thanks for the advice. Now, how about listening to my opinion?

SUZI
I’m old enough to make my own decisions.

LUCIANA
You mean a stupid decision.

SUZI
Mother, I assure that I will give this matter proper consideration and inform you of my decision in due course. Until then, butt out!

LUCIANA
The only thing that’s stopping me from giving you a good spanking is that one day you will also have children.

SUZI
Oooohhh, curse of the mummy’s revenge.

(PETER, enters in bathrobe towelling his hair)

PETER
Morning ladies.

SUZI
Hi Peter. When are you coming to see Mom’s show?

PETER
Soon.

SUZI
You’d better hurry. See your beautiful fiancée live and in person at Joe’s Dinner Theatre. Ta da!

PETER
I’ve been busy Suzi, but don’t worry. It’s on my list of priorities.

SUZI
Have you ever been to the theatre, Peter?

PETER
Sure, I saw the Irish Rovers once. They were really good.

SUZI
Right. See ya later.

(SUZI exits)

LUCIANA
Bye.

PETER
What are you doing today gorgeous?

LUCIANA
I told you last night.

(Peter tries to get amorous but Lu ignores him. She’s trying to write a musical after all).

PETER
Refresh my memory.

LUCIANA
Peter, there’s only one part of your body that seems to have a memory.

PETER
I repeat. It needs refreshing.

LUCIANA
This is Luciana speaking to the brain in your head. I have to get groceries, pick up my new tap shoes, and then I’ve got a show to do.

(Peter drops the embrace and reaches for a cup of coffee).

PETER
Well, I guess I’ll play a few rounds of golf.

LUCIANA
Good idea.

(Luciana keeps writing and Peter doesn’t like being ignored. He sits down at the table and pushes a few papers aside).

PETER
Hey, babe, we have something important to discuss.

LUCIANA
What would that be?

PETER
Don’t you think we should start planning the wedding? How about August?

LUCIANA
I don’t know. I can’t think about it right now. I can’t plan a wedding until the show is over.

PETER
Right. I hope you got it out of your system so we can return to a normal life.

LUCIANA
A normal life? Peter, for me, this is normal. Being a secretary is abnormal and totally non-creative.

PETER
But it helps pay the bills and we can keep the same hours. You quit a good job to do that acting thing and I don’t see you anymore. It wasn’t part of the plan. What are you going to do when it’s over? You had a decent job, benefits, the works. How are you going to pay your share? I’ve got an ex wife who’s bleeding me dry. I can’t support two families.

LUCIANA
I’ve always paid my share and I’ll continue to do so. If I presented you with a bill for house cleaning, laundry and cooking services, you’d owe me plenty.

PETER
What about this theatre stuff?

LUCIANA
Peter, I was in this business for a long time. I tried to cut it out of me. For the past five years I’ve stuck to being a boring secretary but it’s killing me.

PETER
Jesus, Lu, you’re not the only one who gets frustrated? Do you think I dreamed of being a consultant? I wanted to be a hockey pro! We all have dreams but sooner or later you’ve got to face reality. You’re in bed when I leave in the morning and when I get home you’re gone. Lu, no relationship is easy but we have to work on it together. I’m the same guy you met three years ago. I haven’t changed. But you changed big time. You told me that show biz was crap and you were finished with it.

LUCIANA
Well, I’ll be finished soon. I’ve got nothing lined up when this show closes. But don’t worry, I’ll get another secretarial job.

PETER
Good. And can we also agree that there’ll be no more auditions? I don’t want to go through this….situation again. Times are tough and as you very well know – show biz dreams are the first to land in the ditch.

LUCIANA
Okay.

PETER
What? (Peter is surprised by her swift assent).

LUCIANA
I said okay. No more auditions.

PETER
Okay. Good.

LUCIANA
I’m writing a musical.

PETER
Wait a minute…

LUCIANA
I’ll work on it in my spare time. Peter, if I don’t do something creative I’ll be no good to you or myself.

PETER
But you used to be happy just writing poems.

(Luciana puts her head in her hands, defeated by Peter’s lack of understanding)

LUCIANA
Oh Peter….Needs change, people change.

PETER
I don’t.

LUCIANA
Well, maybe you should. It wouldn’t hurt to be a bit more flexible and non-judgemental where the rest of the world is concerned. I have to go. I gotta pick up my tap shoes. I’ll see you later.

(Luciana exits in a hurry)

PETER
What’s that show biz term they use? Oh yeah…..break a leg.

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