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31 Plays in 31 Days, #19 - "Gifted"

I don't know if there's any point in writing scenes for that "college-age Sherlock Holmes modern day transposition" thing. I don't even know if that's too played out this point to be sellable. But here's another scene for it.

Day #19 - “Gifted”
from Baker Hall
by Phoebe Roberts

MICHAEL HOLMES, a school trustee
CHARLOTTE HOLMES, his exceptional younger sister

(CHARLOTTE sits on the roof of the dorm. Enter MICHAEL.)

CHARLOTTE: My, my, Michael. Didn’t anyone tell you it’s against the rules to come out on the roof?

MICHAEL: Please, Charlotte.

CHARLOTTE: In fact, somebody recently told me that. Can’t remember who.

MICHAEL: Had to find some way to be in the same place as you.

CHARLOTTE: I like people to call ahead.

MICHAEL: I did. Eleven times.

CHARLOTTE: My phone is on an adventure this week.

MICHAEL: Yes. If the GPS is any indication, I believe it’s exploring the floor of Elgen Pond.

CHARLOTTE: Some of us should be busy with important things.

MICHAEL: You’ve been avoiding me.

CHARLOTTE: A more perceptive person might see meaning in that. But I guess I shouldn’t be surprised. As you’ve chosen to neglect your gifts in order to play at being a normal person.

MICHAEL: Don’t talk to me about squandering your gifts! You’ve spent the last three years as a perpetual sophomore by the grace of Dad’s pocketbook, just so you can play your stupid— adventure games!

CHARLOTTE: Games? Exposing a meth lab working on campus? Saving that girl from her abusive asshole boyfriend? Those are games? Tell it to those people I helped!

MICHAEL: As if you gave a damn about any of them. Just so far as they presented a challenge to beat yourself against.

CHARLOTTE: Well, it’s not like anybody else did. Even though that’s supposedly why they pay people like you.

MICHAEL: I thought my job was a joke. But here you are, apparently trying to do it.

CHARLOTTE: It is a joke. Because your actual job is coddling rich kids so their mommies and daddies donate enough money to ensure a sufficient level of ass kissing for their precious spoiled brats.

MICHAEL: The same spoiled brats it’s your grand calling to help?


MICHAEL: If everything’s awful forever, you can’t use it to justify yourself.

CHARLOTTE: What the hell do you want from me? To stop embarrassing you?

MICHAEL: This isn’t about me! I want you to do something with yourself!

CHARLOTTE: So you don’t have to be ashamed of me.

MICHAEL: No! Because you’re a brilliant, exceptional human being, and you’re stunting yourself. Because you’re my sister and I love you, and I want better for you than that.

CHARLOTTE: Well. I guess we shouldn’t all waste ourselves.

MICHAEL: If that’s what I’m doing— if you think that’s so terrible— what does it make you if you turn around and do the exact same thing?

(He stands.)

MICHAEL: Get your shit together, Charlotte.

(He exits.)

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About Me

My name is Phoebe. I'm Boston area theater professional and English professor focused in writing, acting, directing, and modeling. I'm known for having lots of interests, lots of opinions about those interests, and a very high estimation of the value thereof. This blog is for talking about whatever's on my mind, from my daily life to my activities to musing on any number of abstract topics. Thanks for taking the time to read.

My productions:

Upcoming Productions:

MRS. HAWKING part 2 and 3

at the Watch City Steampunk Festival 2016

presented by The Chameleon's Dish

Vivat Regina
by Phoebe Roberts

at 2PM


Base Instruments
by Phoebe Roberts

at 6PM

Saturday, May 13th 2017
at 274 Moody Street, Waltham, MA

Other Achievements:

"The Tailor at Loring's End" screenplay
Quarter Finalist in the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Competition 2013

"Adonis" screenplay
Top Ten Percent in the Bluecat Screenwriting Contest 2015

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