A One-Act Play by Jennifer J.

Performance: May, 2004
Hillcrest Juvenile Hall, San Mateo


The Real Me
Mary Jane’s Song
I don’t care, I realy don’t
I get all the chocolate I want!
I only pay a small price too
Chorus:
This iz the real me, believe it or not
I’ll tell you if you promise not to try it,
I’m IRITATION, THAT”S ME!!
I iritate my mom and sister
I gotta tell you, it’s quite fun
I like it, I like it so much……
so much I hate it!
Chorus:
This iz the real me, believe it or not.
It’s very hard for me to say.
I feel that I iritate too much.
My family iz barley home
and wen they are
we don’t talk
I feel…………….
LONLEY!
But like I said.
I get all the chocolate.
Don’t you think that’s a good trade?
Poor Lost Me
Taliyah’s character poem
I feel confuzed, no one wants to listen to my feelingz.
I constantly find myself thinking about the way I think.
Pretty soon, I’ll shrink.
IHATE MYSELF.!
My mind lives inside
THE BOX!
I can’t think like many,
only dull, ordinary and
plain.
I think I’m going insane.
I want out!
This iz not fair.
I’m starting not 2 care.
I can’t stand it,
I feel like melting, like spit.
But pleaze,
won’t you listen to
my feelingz while
I’m on my kneez?

ACT 1
SCENE I

TIME:
MAY 17, 2004 ON A FOGGY MONDAY MORNING
AT 9:48 A.M.
PLACE:
IF YOU TURN RIGHT ON 22ND STREET IN SAN FRANCISCO YOU COME TO AN ALLEY.
THE ALLEY IS DARK, GRIMEY, AND COLD. WEN YOU GET TO THE END IT’S A WALL. IF YOU TAKE ONE STEP INTO THE WALL YOU ARE GARENTEEID TO BEHOLD A NEW WORLD. IN THIS WORLD THERE IZ MAGIC.
CHARACTERS: TALIYAH:
A SIXTEEN YEAR OLD GIRL FROM MADRID, SPAIN.
MARY JANE:
A SIX YEAR OLD GIRL FROM SAN FRANCISCO
(Taliyah is running from cops, in alley.)



Taliyah:

Oh my god, where am I going 2 go? I ‘m stuck! Dang!
(Looks around nervously, looks at other end of alley.) Man I should never came to San Francisco! I can’t believe I stole that souvenir, and how did they catch our license plate? Great, I cam 2 play soccer and now I’m running from the po-lice! My mama iz gonna be so mad! Pleaze God, give me another chance, don’t let them arrest me.
(Takes one step back at end of alley and falls into another world.)

ACT 1
SCENE 2

Mary Jane: (A six-year old girl carrying a bagged lunch. Looking at street signs walking down street, anxiously.)
O.k., O.k., 20th street, 21st Street and the magic number! Ok I turn right (turn right.) Where’s the shortcut? That stupid boy lied to me! Man, now wat? I’ll just ask that bum. Excuse me. Do you know a shortcut 2 Bob Marley Elementary School? Oh, wait wat do you mean? Are you on drugz? Magic! On the other side of this alley wall!!!? No, you’re lying!! (Pauses and waits for response) Oh, I’ll bet you you are lying. Alright I’ll go see. (walks to end of the alley and her finger goez through.) Oh my god, how did you do that?
(then puts her own arm through and fallz to the new world)
 

ACT 1
SCENE 3
(Both girls laying by a wishing-wale, in the new world. Confused and nervous. Don’t know each other.)

Mary Jane:

Are you from this world?

Taliyah: Wat are you talking about?
Mary Jane: You don’t know?
We’re in another world. So I take it your not from here!
Taliyah:

Wat? Another world? How did I get here? Who are you?
(wandering around)

Mary Jane: I’m Mary-Jane. Call me M.J. Well where were you last in San Francisco? And wat’s your name?
Taliyah: My name is Taliyah and I’m from Spain. I won a soccer trip here and I came to San Francisco. We were in the car wen the cops stopped us and I ran to an alley. The last thing I remember iz taking one step back in the back of the alley and puff, I am here!!
Mary Jane:

Well, that explainz it! I wuz going to school and I needed a shortcut. So wen I came to the alley there wuz a bum and he told me,………. there wuz magic on the other side of this wall. So I came.

Taliyah: Dang. I feel so vulnerable here. I mean, wat iz this place like? Iz it good, bad? Will I hate it, love it, wen am I going back?
Mary Jane: I don’t know. I feel the same way. But I don’t know. Let’s go find someone.
Taliyah: Fine, but I better be able to get out I have a soccer tournement 2morrow! Are we trapped here? I hope not!! O.k. let’s go. (She turnz to a stranger) Excuse me. Umm, I’m not from here, can you tell me how I can get back to the alley? Ok, so I just throw a penny into the wishing-wale and wish to go back? Thank you.
Mary Jane: Well, I think we should stay a little longer. I mean wat if there’z like,things here we never seen! Or even magic! Yeah I think we should stay. You might end up liking it, who knowz!
Taliyah:

Wat?! Magic, thingz our eyez haven’t seen, me liking it? Are you going crazy?! No! I am going back! You can stay here with all that B.S.! Where’z a penny? (Looks in pocket for penny and takes it out and throws into wishing-well) I wish I wuz back in the alley.

Mary Jane: You know wat, I don’t care, I don’t even know you! But anywayz wen you go back don’t tell alot of people about this, this iz sacred! Only for special people like me!
Taliyah: Fine I will go back, and I won’t tell noone about this stupid place.
Mary Jane: Leave already!! How long does it take?
Taliyah: Man, I hope this even works!
ACT ONE
SCENE 4

(Characters sat by wishing-well for a hour)
Mary Jane: See this doesn’t work. I guess your stuck here with me for now.
Taliyah: (Sees a big fat man with purple hair. Walks toward him)
Excuze me, wat’s your name? Well Grimmen Horgenshmorg, I’m not from here, would you pleaze have lunch with us and explain this place to us? Thank you.
Mary Jane: Wat kind of food iz this? Oh, fried chicken and lemonade. My favorite.
Taliyah: Oh that’s why we couldn’t go back. (She speaks loudly with a lot of hidden meaning.) We’re never gonna find it. We’re never going back. We’re stuck in this stupid place forever. I hate fried chicken and lemonade.! I want some real food. Spain food!
Mary Jane: Stop being so negative! You’re so, your so…..so boreing. You have nothing important or live to say.
Taliyah: You wanna here something important? Your one of the ugliest girlz I ever met!
Mary Jane: Wat? Iz that how you feel? Well you know wat, you, your closemindedness and Spain food can go to China!
Taliyah: Your so imatuer. You believe in magic and all that crazy stuff. You’re the one wiht problems.
Mary Jane: I never said you had problems!! But you realy do!
Taliyah: So, since your so openminded, wat kind of problems do I have? Mrs. Psychiatrist?!!
Mary Jane: Well since you asked, I only see 2 main onez. Number One: You realy, realy are too closeminded! You need some imagination. Number Two: You have nothing positive to say!!!
Taliyah: Well do you wanna here wat I think about you?
Mary Jane: I guess, let’s see how much creativity you can create.
Taliyah: Well I got a lot of good wordz in my mouth that describe you. I guess I’ll start off with………
Mary Jane: Look you wanna get back for your tournement, I suggest you cooperate and let’s go try to find it.
Taliyah: Alrite, I guess it won’t hurt too much.
Mary Jane: Realy? You’ll cooperate?
Taliyah: Yes, hurry up before I change my mind!! Plus I have nowhere else 2 go.
(Both start walking around happily and looking around and they see a wilderbeast)
Mary Jane: Wat? What do you mean? Wat’s going on? (Waits for response from wilderbeest)(Waits for another response) Wat do you mean it’s sacred grass, and I can see there’z a sign but I can’t read wilderbeastin! That’s stupid! Why do we have 2 leave? Just becuz we walked on grass?
Taliyah: Yeah, it iz stupid, but wat can we do? We’re in there world after all.
Mary Jane: Your rite. We can’t do anything, I guess we have 2 do wat they say. Go back to wishing-wale and wish 2 go back.
Taliyah: Ok. let’s go.
(Both leave and go 2 wishing-wale.)
Mary Jane/Taliyah
I wish I wuz in the alley.
(And both fall into the alley.)
  ACT 1
SCENE 5
Taliyah: Oh my god, we’re realy back! I can’t believe it, I’m so happy. I can play in my soccer tournement now! I can’t wait!
Mary Jane: (Looks very sad and cries) Man, I wuz this close (Showz thumb and index finger an inch apart) from getting my wish! It would have been so cool to have some magic! I would be so happy. I wouldn’t even iritate my family no more. And Taliyah, just listen, in that world you would have learned how 2 be opened-minded, wouldn’t that be nice?
Taliyah: To be honest (starts to sniffle) it would be so nice 2 not think so, so in the box, I would actualy love myself if I could think more opened-minded. ! Hey, I say we go back in there and go get wat we wished for, for a long time. Wat do you say?
Mary Jane: Yeah, I would love 2! Alright let’s go! (Both start 2 walk 2 end of alley. Out of nowhere the bum comes and grins and applauzez them. He starts to talk 2 them.) Wat? Your realy a warlock? That’s so cool. Wat? We passed a test? And now we get gifts? (Waits for response) Wait. I’m getting magic powers?!!! Oh my god! Thank you so much, thank you! Thank you! Thank you! So wat iz the magic power? (Waits for response)
I get to move objects without me touching them?Uh, how cool!! Oh my god, thank you again!
Taliyah: Wat about me? (Waits for response)(Taliyah starts 2 cry and jumps up and down.) Thank you so much! Thank you genuinely. ( Mary Jane and Taliyah say last thank you’z and goodbyes to the warlock.) Wat?! Me, I’m opend-minded? No shut up! Realy? Thank you so much.
ACT ONE
SCENE SIX

(The following day, Mary Jane goez to see Taliyah play soocer. Taliyah won all her gamez becuz she had strategy and wuz opened-minded!)
Mary Jane: You did great! We finally got wat we’ve wished for yearz for!
Taliyah: Wen will I see you again?
Mary Jane: How about, next summer. Here’s my number. (415) 271-0070. Call me!
Taliyah: Thank you, you helped me, I’ll see you next summer, friend!
Mary Jane: Thank you! Have a safe flight! (Taliyah leaves)
ACT 1
SCENE 7
Mary Jane: (Mary Jane goez 2 school the next day and the teacher givez them a test. Mary Jane points to answer sheat on teacher’z desk and easily brings the test answerz from the teacherz desk to her with her magic powerz.)
This is gonna be a great year!(Mary Jane goez home and didn’t know, but the warlock made it so her family finally got along.)
     
    The End.
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