Sunday, January 15, 2017

Women in the Age of Trump: RENEGE

RENEGE by Sara Ilyse Jacobson is a semi-finalist for NYCPlaywrights project "Women in the Age of Trump."

SARA ILYSE JACOBSON's plays have received staged readings and productions at the Capital Fringe Festival, Planet Connections Theatre Festivity, Kennedy Center Page-To-Stage Festival, Chameleon Theatre Circle, Shelterbelt Theatre, Source Festival, , DC SWAN Day, Life and Death Matters Festival, Flush Ink Productions' Asphalt Jungle, Modern-Day Griot Theatre Company, Ticket 2 Eternity Productions, Live Arts' Barhoppers, Abstract Sentiment Theatre Co., Last Frontier Theatre Conference, and Estrogenius Festival. Sara is the recipient of a 2010 Individual Artist Fellowship from the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. www.sarailyse.com

Thanks to Sara Ilyse Jacobson for allowing NYCPlaywrights to publish this excerpt from her play RENEGE.
   LUKE 
So you’re a reader. 
   VICKY 
I read. 
   ( He looks at the magazine cover)
   LUKE 
The New Yorker. Classy. 
   VICKY 
I like the cartoons. 
   LUKE 
Pretentious, yet classy. 
   (She checks to see if the bus is coming.) 
For such an attractive woman, you sure have unfortunate taste in reading material. 
   VICKY 
Excuse me? 
   LUKE 
Have you ever noticed that the buses are never on schedule when it’s overcast? It doesn’t even have to be raining; a little grey sky will do it. 
   VICKY 
Hold on. 
   LUKE 
You disagree? I’m willing to put money on it. 
   VICKY 
I know what you’re doing. 
   LUKE 
Just making conversation, that’s all. 
   VICKY 
The dig about the magazine. 
   LUKE 
It was a joke. 
   VICKY 
You’re doing that thing...
   LUKE 
I don’t know what you mean. 
   VICKY 
That pick up technique where you insult the woman you’re hitting on, and then quickly change the subject. 
   LUKE 
I was kidding. 
   VICKY 
You’re NEGGING me! 
   LUKE 
No. 
   VICKY 
Trying to make me feel insecure. 
   LUKE 
That’s not how it works. 
   VICKY 
Aha! 
   LUKE 
It’s flirtation. 
   VICKY 
It’s offensive. 
  LUKE 
Negging disarms the target- 
   VICKY 
What am I, a WMD? 
   LUKE 
Let me explain- 
   VICKY 
You went to one of those seminars. 
   LUKE 
Did not. 
   VICKY 
Shelled out a couple of grand to spend two days in a Holiday Inn Express learning the Art of Seduction from some guy named Xenith or Dagger or Lothario. 
   LUKE (sheepish) 
It was a Howard Johnson. 
   VICKY 
Even better. 
   LUKE 
It was supposed to make you laugh. 
   VICKY 
It didn’t. 
   LUKE 
Apollo said it would catch you off-guard, pique your curiosity. 
   VICKY 
Apollo? You should demand a refund.