Scripts

Talking to Her


Characters:

Maria: 15 years old, from previous plays Curiosity and Talking to Her

Ana: Ageless, but actress appears young. Ana is skinny and frail. Her cheeks are hallowed and dark circles are under her eyes. She appears sickly.

Liza: Maria’s sister. 20 years old, again from previous plays.

At Rise: Maria and Ana are standing in front of Maria’s mirror. Maria is on shorts and a tank top. Liza is sitting on Maria’s bed. Ana cannot be seen by Liza, only Maria.

Setting: In Maria’s room again, present day. Late Friday afternoon.

Trigger Warning: Eating disorders, restrictive eating

Liza:

So, I was thinking we could go to the pool or creek tomorrow. I finally have the day off so I figured we do some sister bonding time. It’s so hot out and the water will feel great. What do you think?

Ana:

Gross. We would never go out in a bikini. If you’re in the creek, you’ll probably be sitting on rocks, and we can’t sit in a bikini. Tell her no.

Maria:

(To Liza) I dunno. Maybe.

 Liza:

C’mon, it’d be fun! If we go to the creek, there shouldn’t be as many people there. Would that help you?

Maria:

I guess.

Ana:

No, people will be there! It’ll be worse than the pool. We’ll have to hike in and be all sweaty and gross. Beads of sweat will cover your forehead…They’ll see how much weight we need to lose! Look at you, you can’t tell me your bikini ready?! No, we won’t go with your sister. She doesn’t understand.

Maria:

Where?

Liza:

(Hopefully) I was thinking Sweetwater. It’s only an hour away. We could get boiled peanuts from that guy’s stand on the side of the road! (Hurriedly) Only if you’re comfortable with it.

Maria:

I don’t know Liza…I don’t think I’m ready…

 Ana:

Because you’re not ready! Your stomach is repulsive, and your acne is horrible. You’re not ready until the area around your bellybutton doesn’t jiggle. Why would you even think that people want to see that?

Liza:

We don’t have to swim or anything. We can just hike?

Maria:

I don’t think I have the energy for hiking.

Liza:

You could nap after! Or we could come back and watch movies. Wonder woman was awesome!

  Maria:

That wasn’t that inspiring to me. I think you and mom enjoyed it way more than me. I thought it was eh.

  Liza:

Well, whatever, we’re not just going to sit on our phones all day. Bring your suit with you and we can decide if we will go in the water when we get there. (Lizaa exits the room, leaving Maria and Ana alone in front of the mirror.)

Ana:

Great. Now we have to go! I can’t believe you. You’re disgusting. Ugh! We have to stand next to Liza in her bikini for hours. God, this is horrible!

 Maria:

(Examining herself in the mirror) It might be fun. Stop saying those horrible things. If I just practice those exercises Dr. Smith showed me…maybe those will help?

 Ana:

Dr. Smith doesn’t know you like I do. We’re best friends, trust me. I’m trying to get you to where you want to be. She just tries to get money out of your parents. But I’m doing this for you because I care about you. You know better than to listen to her. Besides, you see that love handle you’re touching? That’s why you shouldn’t go. You ate way too much today. We can’t eat anything else. Do you even remember what you had today?

Maria:

I had a turkey sandwich with cheddar cheese, lettuce and tomato, a Sprite, and a handful of grapes. (Beat) I had coffee for breakfast and a cookie two hours ago. Oh god, now that I say it aloud it sounds horrible. God, why did you let me eat all that?

Ana:

You know what that means, don’t you?

Maria:

No dinner.

Ana:

No dinner. Good, you’re learning so quickly!

 Maria:

What about water? That should be fine, right? There’s no calories in water.

  Ana:

All foods are bad for the rest of the day. You’ve gone longer without eating. This should be nothing! Unless you’re a coward. (Slyly) You’re not a coward, are you? (Maria shakes her head) Good. That’s what I thought.

Maria:

What about Liza and the creek?

Ana:

I guess we will go. Just wear your biggest shirt and do your makeup really well. No one will look at your fat if your makeup is flawless.

(Liza peeks her head through the doorway)

Liza:

We’re leaving in ten!

Ana:

(Maria grabs her bag and stuffs her bathing suit in. Ana watches from the corner.)You’re really doing this?

Maria:

Yeah, Liza wants me to. Are you coming?

 Ana:

I’ll catch up. (Maria shrugs and exits, leaving Ana alone. She moves in front of the mirror and examines herself.) Poor little Maria. She doesn’t know what’s coming. (She smirks, and turns off the lights. Exits.)

                                                  End of scene.   

 

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