Serious/Comedy - Group, by Ken Bradbury, 2017
New and somewhat alone in this strange place called America, Sofia finds herself a bit lost and frightened until this encounter. The scene is both humorous and dramatic since it includes elements of both genres as it makes its powerful point. For four girls. All the Spanish words in the script are translated as the piece goes along. We hope you’ll give this interesting script a try. Both your audience and your performers may come away with a new understanding.The number and gender of characters can be changed to accommodate available participants. Price is for a master script. Make as many copies as is required for your ensemble.
Duration10 - 15 minutes
- 4 Females
Product Id: #866
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An excerpt …
A scene for four girls: Sofia, Hannah, Judi and Linda. The setting is a restaurant. Three chairs are arranged around a table that may be real or imaginary.
HANNAH: (entering, talking to offstage) Come on … please, Sofia. You can do this.
SOFIA: (a quiet girl of Latin descent to whom the English language is very new, enters, looks around)
HANNAH: It’s okay. She’s not here yet.
SOFIA: Estoy asustada. (I’m frightened.)
HANNAH: What? I mean. ¿Qué?
SOFIA: How do you say? Frightened. Much afraid.
HANNAH: Yeah, that’s how you say it, Sophia, but that’s why we’re here. It’s going to be okay. I promise you.
LINDA: (a waiter, entering) Help you girls?
HANNAH: There’s going to be three of us.
LINDA: Here’s a table right here. Help yourself. (She exits.)
HANNAH: (seating Sofia and taking a seat herself) Look, I know you’re nervous, but it’s going to be okay.
SOFIA: Lo siento. (I’m sorry.)
SOFIA: Sorry. I am sorry.
HANNAH: Don’t be. Look, I only know a little Spanish and you only know a little English. We can do this, Sophia. She’s going to be here any minute.
SOFIA: ¿Quién? Who?
HANNAH: Judi. Her name’s Judi. Say “Judi.”
HANNAH: Good. Perfect. Judi knows everybody. If you’re gonna be new at our school then she’s the girl you’ve got to get to know.
HANNAH: Judi. Gosh, I feel for you, girl. I mean, I just met you at church two days ago. I can’t imagine what it’s like moving into a new school when you don’t speak English.
SOFIA: Estoy muy nerviosa. (I’m so nervous.)
HANNAH: Nerviosa? (nervous?)
SOFIA: Uh … it is … uh … “nervous.” Nervous!
HANNAH: Okay, how’s this? I’ll tell Judi that you don’t speak any English at all, okay? That way you won’t have to talk much.
SOFIA: My English is not …
HANNAH: That’s what I’m saying. That’s what I’m saying. Look, you understand English real well.
SOFIA: Yes. Yes. Understand … entender … but speak no. Very bad speak Inglés.
HANNAH: Perfect! This is perfect! You can understand what we’re saying, but Judi won’t know that. Look, Judi’s sort of the head girl at school. Once you make friends with her you’ll be friends with everybody.
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