October 2: That Could Have Gone Better
PETER, a man in a business suit
JOHN, also a man in a business suit
THE GIRL WITH THE BUCKET, a girl with a bucket
That Could Have Gone Better
Peter and John stand at a podium, preparing for an presentation. They have papers and charts. They prepare to address the crowd.
A girl with a bucket walks onstage and pours the contents of the bucket, a thick, tar-like sludge, over both their heads.
They use their ties and jackets to wipe the sludge away from their faces. Peter looks at John.
PETER: That could have gone better.
October 1: We Have Always Lived with The Tentacle
LILLY: a girl
TOBY: a boy
We Have Always Lived with the Tentacle
Onstage, a thickness of giant tentacle, four feet in height, running from wing to wing, as though part of something much larger, and unseen.
From offstage, the sounds of laughter, and a chase.
LILLY (Offstage): I’ll get you for that Toby Miller!
Toby Miller, a young man with filthy hands, runs onstage, looks desperately around for a place to hide, and then, in a stroke of genius, starts to climb atop the tentacle.
Lilly, a young girl with a dirty hand print on a very nice pale dress, chases on stage after him, and stops, horrified.
LILLY: You come down from there!
TOBY: Make me!
LILLY: You’re not allowed to be up there!
TOBY: Says who?
LILLY: Says… Everybody.
LILLY: Nu-unh. You could fall and hurt yourself, or maybe you’ll break it.
TOBY: Oh yeah?
LILLY: Or– or– make it angry.
TOBY: Oh wow, well what if I do this?
He starts kicking the tentacle.
LILLY: You shouldn’t. (When Toby shows no sign of stopping:) Well, if it comes to life and kills us all, we’ll know whose fault it is.
TOBY: Yeah. Yours!
LILLY: Mine? But I–
TOBY: (Mimicking her:) But I–
LILLY: Stop that!
TOBY: Stop that!
LILLY: I’m warning you–!
TOBY: I’m warning–
Lilly jumps up just high enough to shove Toby’s legs. He falls backwards off the tentacle with a yelp.
Toby chases Lilly across the stage with at two-headed frog.
Toby sits, curled up underneath the tentacle, nursing a black eye.
Lilly enters cautious, with a wet towel, and though he flinches away, eventually Toby lets her start cleaning his bruised face.
Older now, Lilly and Toby sit atop the tentacle and kiss.
LILLY: Do you ever wonder what it actually is?
TOBY: Dunno. It’s just always been there.
LILLY: I’m glad it didn’t kill us all before you kissed me.
Still sitting on the tentacle, they look up at the stars.