*AWARD WINNER* Death Before DecafDEATH BEFORE DECAF*AWARD WINNER* Death Before Decaf by TillDeathDies
A play in ten minutes
One of the six finalists for the Theater Odyssey Student Ten Minute Playwrighting Festival, to be performed live at the State College of Florida David and Ann Howard Theater on January 17th, 2014.
WALLY Early 20s, female. Coffee-fueled hipster; a tad inconsiderate.
BART Early 20s, male. Going nowhere fast, but proud of it. Easy-going.
ROBBER Hoodlum. He may unpredictably start to yell in THE MIDDLE OF SENTENCES.
LADY Innocent bystander
POLICEMAN Useless. Honestly.
Interior of a seedy convenience store/gas station
Evening, present day
A slash (/) indicates overlapping dialogue. Wherever the slash appears, the next line begins.
Scene 1 The Gas Station Early evening
Scene 2 The Gas Station Half an hour later
(A gas station, early eve
I QuitTears filled my eyes as I looked at the cast list of Peter Pan. Only one word echoed through my head, in perfect three-four time.I Quit by TillDeathDies
Failure. Failure. Failure.
That was the day I decided I was going to quit. Quit doing something I loved. Quit doing something that made me feel like a fish in water. Quit doing something that, once upon a time, made me happy. I couldn’t stop grinning after every performance. Dancing and singing in musical theater filled me with adrenaline, made me happy, enveloped me in a community of people who shared my interests.
It’s very hard to explain my reasoning to people. They see talent—well, they’re the only ones. They get appalled when I utter those two little words, probably stemming from the “don’t quit” mentality that fuels our motivational speakers, music, movies, and fortune cookies. Who hasn’t heard the song “Never Say Never?” Would Troy Bolton have gotten into J