A Play by Anthony W.

CHARACTERS: SLIPPY the Bob Barker Slipper, age 11 Slipper Years, RED the Unit 5 Slipper, age 10 Slipper Years (Slippys Girlfriend)
SETTING:

S.F. Juvie Hall Co-Ed Unit where Slippy & Red live

TIME:

11:00 pm in the evening of May 14th.

AT RISE:

At night.  It’s dark, cold and really dim because of the effect of the night light.  It smells like wet dog and tastes like a stale unripe orange.  Slippy and Red begin to speak 


SLIPPY
What’s popping, ma?  What you had to holla at me about? 

RED
I have to tell you something, but promise you won’t get mad.

SLIPPY
What… You just saved a lot of money by switching to Geico?  Naw, but I ain’t gone promise you nothing.  Just tell me RED
“I’m moving.”  My Co-Owner can’t live up here anymore.  We are moving out.

SLIPPY
Get out of here… (Pause) You serious ain’t you?

RED
Yeah Slippy, I ain’t playing.

SLIPPY
How?  Why?  But yaw’ll just got here!
 
RED
I know Babe, but it’s not my call on this one. (Humorously) It’s a O.G. call

SLIPPY
Man, this ain’t the time for jokes.  So now what?  Were do we go from here?

RED
You tell me!

SLIPPY
I need some time to think!  I’mma get you on the tier later…

(Slippy walks off stressing)

SLIPPY
(Soliloquy)  Well ain’t this some stuff?!  Every time me and Red just start to be cool, something goes wrong.  Damn, I can’t win for losing with this Slipper!  The shady part about it is that I’m in mad love wit Lil Mama.  When we together, I feel like that singer J Holiday. I mean, we be bumping soles and rubbing flaps.  I be like “RED; I can’t breathe when touching me.”  And now she is talking about moving away.  She got me “Going out of my mind.”  I mean we been rocking together for too long and now she talking about she gotta move… Am I being punked?   Ashton, where are you at?  Naw, see she got me tripping.  We been doing this too long and if I can’t be with her I might as well go hang up my sole and go back to the supply closet!  When we 1st met, I didn’t even know what to say.  I was just talking out the side of my flap…
      
(20 Minutes later, Slippy meets Red on the Top Tier)

SLIPPY
RED!  RED!  RED!

RED
Dang Boy, what are you yelling for?

SLIPPY
Come Holla at your boy, Ma!

RED
‘Kay

SLIPPY
Check it out.  We have been with each other for 8 slipper years now.  And as soon as something starts going good in my life, somebody is always taking it away.  Big bra always told me not to show no sympathy in this world. And as soon as I go against the code and show affection for you, you are leaving me?

RED
Slip, you act like I don’t feel for you, like I’m not mad that I got to go.  Babe, I been told you that you’re the best thing that came into my life since I came into this world. 

SLIPPY
You act like you’re not one of the best things that have happened in my life.  I…

RED
See, that’s were you got it mixed up.  While I’m “one of the best things,” you are the best thing that has happened in my life. 

(Slippy is Quiet)

RED
The way you make it seem is like this moving madness ain’t hurting me too!

SLIPPY
But Red, while it’s hurting you, it’s killing me!

RED
(Soliloquy) “Oh my God!” Me and Slippy are going through it because it’s a 75% chance that me and my owner might be moving away.  And where they are trying to move us is “real far” especially to a slipper…But I already know that his love is strong for me and he will push his sole all the way until he doesn’t have any sole left to give to me.  I don’t think he realizes that just as it was hard for him to hear I was moving was also extremely hard for me to tell him.  WOW!  Life is crazy

(Red speaks back to Slippy)   

RED
Slippy, I don’t want to be separated from you because if I am, it’s no point in living.  I’m just tripping. 

SLIPPY
“So what should we do?”

RED
Let’s, let’s, let’s just run away!

(Slippy has a brief pause)   

SLIPPY
Where do you suggest we go?

RED
(Seriously)  Well, that’s the conflict.  But I do have an idea?

SLIPPY
What’s on your mind Babe?

RED
Just here me out first… Let’s run away from our owners, but stay here together on the Unit.

SLIPPY
(HAHAHA)  Girl, I thought you were gone say some ole’ James Bond type stuff like use the toothpaste and stick ourselves to the wall and creeeeeeeeeeep…

RED
Boy, quit playing.  This is serious!

SLIPPY
It’s whatever Ma!  Let’s do it.

                        (2 Days later, Red and Slippy are getting ready to run away but have 2 hours until the co-owners have to go to their rooms.  The two begin reading their love and death vows.) 

SLIPPY
Check it out Red; before we leave tonight, we have to promise each other that no matter what happens we in this together to the end.  Are you with me?

RED
FASHO!

(Later on that night around 12:33am, the co-owners are asleep.  Slippy and Red are just getting to the last stair)

SLIPPY
Well, we’re here… (Soliloquy) Whew!  I ain’t even gone lie; my female really is my “ride or die.” Ya boy is shook right now and that’s on the fallen slippers!  At first I was the big bad slipper, but ever since my owner was rough on me my sole has run real thin.  But forget it, me and Red gone ride this thang till the wheels fall off.  We got a life time contract forever in a day!  And if we don’t make it out… we gone die together!

RED
Let’s do it.

SLIPPY
Aite babe, just follow ya man.

RED
Wait Slippy!

SLIPPY
(Soliloquy) As soon as we got to the front door of the supply closet, me and Red hear a toilet flush and a kid starts to yell “A, A, A!”  Then we hear the staff yell “Hey Man, go to sleep!”  That’s when soles are starting to flap…  

(Red begins gasping for air)

SLIPPY
Red, follow me.  Let’s hide behind this file cabinet because you know the old fart is going to get up and check on the kid’s room.  He can tell that people are still awake.  I knew tonight wasn’t the night.  I’m not trying to get wrapped up because we gone and I ain’t going back!

RED
And what you think I am?

(Slippy and Red eventually makes it to the closet.  They haven’t even been talking 30 seconds before they start bumping soles and rubbing each other.  Moments later, they hear a loud thud on the door to the unit.  New news; they are getting a new admission 2 seconds later.  A light appears in the closet (They’re busted!)  The staff grabs slippy for a new person, but slippy slips out of his hands.  Slippy tries to run under the clothes, but is too slow.  Staff grabs him up and says “Gotcha!”  He hands slippy to the new detainee and he takes as slippy rips in half.

RED
NOOOOO!

(RED goes crazy, and it’s nothing scarier than a deranged slipper.)

THE END  

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