The Magnifying Glass
By Anonymous, Chappaqua, NY
Author's note: Roosevelt is my high school. All the characters in this play are my friends and peers. Granted,... Show full author's note »
Scene Five: DecisionsSCENE 5: DECISIONS
NARRATOR: Scene Five – Decisions.
JONATHAN STEVENS (enters from stage right, pauses to right of spotlight, and speaks into a cell phone): Jennifer. Be reasonable, here. She got an 84 on her last history test. She can’t go on traipsing away to dance classes every other night with her grades dropping like that (he pauses for a few seconds). She has to drop at least one class. Or two (he pauses, again, for a few seconds). Fine. I’ll tell her (he turns off the phone and briskly exits stage left).
MIRANDA STEVENS (joins ORA STANLEY in the spotlight): I’m not so sure I’ll be able to dance next year as much as I did this year. My parents have been thinking about that for weeks. They like to pretend that it’s actually my decision, in, like, any way. They’ll make me think about the choice for a month or two and then they’ll use weird passive-aggressive persuasion and eventually I’ll bend to what they want. It always happens.
ORA STANLEY: We have adult responsibilities, yet our freedoms are limited and we have to listen to what adults say. Some can push through this, and some – I – simply cannot.
MIRANDA STEVENS: They don’t realize that without my dance classes I won’t really have anything to look forward to. The day will just be classes, homework, drudgery.
JONATHAN STEVENS (yells from offstage): Miranda! Come here just a moment!
MIRANDA STEVENS: If school can’t be fun then dance has got to be! (She exits stage left).