December 2 & 3: Sean Devine

December 2 & 3: Heads in the Sand, Warm and Dry

Sean Devine

CHARACTERS:

RCMP OFFICER
PROTESTER
VOICES

The symbol / represents the place where one character’s speech is interrupted by the next speaker.

Heads in the Sand, Warm and Dry

Inside an RCMP police car, parked. In the front seat, a male RCMP OFFICER sits behind the wheel. In the rear, a female PROTESTER sits handcuffed.

Outside, a loud and boisterous group of protestors, police and media each play their respective roles in the dance of civilization atop a small mountain in Burnaby, British Columbia.

It is raining. Heavy.

The RCMP OFFICER and the PROTESTER sit in silence for a while, watching the proceedings outside, listening to the rain and police radio.

RADIO: 719, what’s your location? (Pause) 719, what’s your location? 
(Pause) 719, this is Eagle, what’s your location?

OFFICER: Could be worse.

PROTESTER: Yeah.

OFFICER: It could be snowing. It could be freezing cold. You could be out there, freezing.

PROTESTER: I’d rather be.

OFFICER: You’d rather be.

PROTESTER: Yeah.

OFFICER: You’d rather be / freezing cold…

PROTESTER: Yes, I would.

OFFICER: …than inside the car. Where it’s warm. Where you’re dry. Instead of getting soaked like all of your idiot friends.

PROTESTER: (BEAT) You think they’re idiots.

OFFICER: I’m just / saying –

PROTESTER: Can I quote you on that?

OFFICER: Listen –

PROTESTER: Can I quote you / to the cameras?

OFFICER: That’s not what I meant.

PROTESTER: Cause I think the media would run / with that story.

OFFICER: Would you shut up and let me think.

PROTESTER: “RCMP officer calls protesters idiots, after arresting protester for staring.” I’m sure your superiors would love to hear that.

OFFICER: Then I’m not letting you out of the car.

PROTESTER: Is that so?

OFFICER: If that’s how you’re going to be.

PROTESTER: Am I under arrest?

OFFICER: You’re under my watchful eye. Until I figure this out.

PROTESTER: Am I under arrest?

OFFICER: You’re being detained.

PROTESTER: I’m in handcuffs.

OFFICER: It’s for your own protection.

PROTESTER: From what? We’re inside a car. From you?

OFFICER: Would you shut up and let me think?

The radio squawks again.

RADIO: