Monday, January 2, 2017

Women in the Age of Trump: PRIVATE CITIZEN

PRIVATE CITIZEN by Allie Costa is a semi-finalist for NYCPlaywrights project "Women in the Age of Trump."

ALLIE COSTA is an actor, writer, director, and singer working in film, television, theatre, and voiceover. Her original works have been produced internationally, including Femme Noir, A Taste of the Future, Two Girls, and Don't Shoot the Messenger Pigeon.  http://www.alliecosta.com
Thanks to Allie Costa for allowing NYCPlaywrights to publish this excerpt from her play PRIVATE CITIZEN.

   HENCH

   (to Isra) 
Did you or did you not post, quote, “Dump the Drumpf - hashtag not my president?”

   ISRA

On Twitter?! You’re arresting me over a tweet?!

   (Saoirse runs offstage, back into the kitchen.)

   ADELAIDE

Saoirse, come back!

   HENCH

   (to Isra) 
You will be deported immediately and have your citizenship revoked-

   ISRA

I was born here, you son of a-

   HENCH

To immigrant parents, yes?

   ISRA

They have been here for thirty years. I have been here my entire life. I live a block away-

   HENCH

Yes, in an apartment with your defective boyfriend.

   ISRA

Defective?!

   HENCH

Did he or did he not defect from Israel?

   ISRA

He didn’t defect, he moved (for school)-

   HENCH

So you admit you’re living with a terrorist?

   ISRA

He is not a-

   HENCH

   (right in her ear) 
Don’t worry. We already got him.
   ISRA

   (resuming physical struggle) 
Let. Me. Stand. Up.

   HENCH

You are standing. I am simply waiting for you to calm down so I can escort you to my vehicle.

   ISRA

I am not going anywhere with you.

   HENCH

So you declare yourself to be non-compliant?

   ISRA

   (twists around to look Hench dead in the eye) 
And proud of it.