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CHAPTER 28: The Snubbed Kiss

Maree Shefford and Damian Vuleta

SCENE 1: The Snub (cont.)
Kirana interrupts Ruby's conversation with Sophia and Henri comes to the rescue.

FEATURING: Jo Boyd, Malaynee Hayden, Maree Shefford, and Damian Vuleta.

SCENE 2: The Kiss
Sienna settles Edward into her dressing room to help him with his makeup and their relationship becomes a whole lot closer.

FEATURING: Scott Knight, Imbi Leili Ling, and Sophie Rose.

SCENE 3: The Celebration
The cast of Richard III get an enthusiastic response to their opening performance and they take a moment to celebrate.

FEATURING: Justin Groves, Axle Gunn, Scott Knight, Imbi Leili Ling, and Sophie Rose

Transcripts below.


SCENE 1: The Snub
(DRAMATICUS FOYER. OPENING NIGHT PRE-SHOW)
RUBY
Let’s agree we both made the wrong assumptions, eh? Do you like Henri’s designs?
SOFIA
Si. I have always dreamed of wearing and Ensemble gown.
RUBY
We can definitely do something to make that dream come true.
SOFIA
Oh, no. That would be too much.
RUBY
Nonsense. Henri and I are good friends. In fact, he has designed the costumes for this play we are seeing tonight.
SOFIA
No!
RUBY
Yes, indeed. In fact, I was expecting him to be up here by now enjoying a champagne with us.
SOFIA
I would be so excited to meet him!
(KIRANA WALKS UP TO THEM)
KIRANA Mrs Drummond
RUBY
Kirana! What are you doing here?
KIRANA I just wanted to thank you for inviting me tonight.
RUBY
I did no such thing!
KIRANA Oh, but Michael/
RUBY
Michael! I am going to kill him! How could he?
KIRANA You didn’t know I was coming.
RUBY
I most certainly did not. If I had known I would have rescinded the invitation immediately.
KIRANA Oh...
SOFIA
Er. Signora... Ruby. Who is this lady and why does she upset you so much?
RUBY
She is nothing but trash. You have no right to be here Kirana. Not after your sordid little affair with my husband. And then to have the nerve to come to our house for Christmas Dinner!
KIRANA Mrs Drummond I am so sorry. It wasn’t what I wanted/
SOFIA
Kirana. Oh so that is you...
RUBY
You know about Kirana?
SOFIA
Si. Flora told me.
RUBY
She has no right to talk about personal matters like that to complete strangers.
SOFIA
I am not a stranger Ruby. Flora and I are best friends.
RUBY
You have only known each other for what? Two months.
KIRANA A lot can happen in two months...
RUBY
Be quiet Kirana. Why are you still here anyway. Get out of my sight before I call security.
(HENRI WALKS UP)
HENRI
What is zee matter ’ere. Madame Drummond, you seem very upset.
RUBY
Henri. Thank goodness you are here.
HENRI
Kirana, what are you doing ’ere?
KIRANA Michael invited me. I thought Ruby did too, but I can see I was wrong.
HENRI
Insensitive fille! Get away from us. Zis is supposed to be a night of zee joy and accomplishmnet and you bring zee memories of pain and zee loss. Ooh la la. Get away now!
KIRANA I am so sorry Ruby, I didn’t mean/
HENRI
Disparaitre! Now!
(KIRANA LEAVES)
RUBY
Thank you Henri. I can’t believe Michael invited that woman.
HENRI
I cannot believe she came quand meme!
RUBY
You have ridden in like my knight in shining armour and saved this damsel in distress. Thank you Henri.
HENRI
I will always be ’ere for you, Madame. Zis you already know.
SOFIA
I can’t believe I am standing here with Henri in realta!
HENRI
Oui, oui. It is I, Henri. Fabien is lurking ’ere somewhere too.
RUBY
Oh, Henri, this is Princess Sofia di Mondo.
HENRI
Un princesse. Buon soir Votre Altesse.
SOFIA
Buona sera signore. And you may call me Sofia
HENRI
Merci Sofia. Call me Henri, sil vous plait.
RUBY
And you should start calling me Ruby, Henri. It is ridiculous that you still call me Mrs Drummond. Especially with the state my marriage is in...
HENRI
I ’ave been waiting a long time for zee day you offer me zis great honour Ruby.
RUBY
I am sorry it took me so long.
HENRI
It is easy to fall into ’abits which eventually do not fit, but we do not like to change zem in case it changes zee other zings too.
RUBY
Yes. I see what you mean.
HENRI
Are you feeling better now?
RUBY
Yes. Having you here is very calming.
HENRI
So Henri puts you to sleep does ’e?
RUBY
That is not what I meant!
HENRI
I ’ope not...
SOFIA
Mmmm. I am starting to feel like the terza ruota.
RUBY
Oh, I’m sorry. We didn’t mean to leave you out...
SOFIA
No, no. E piacevole. You two look like you want to be alone and I need to refresh my drink. Il Cupido works better when there are only due persone, si?
RUBY
Cupid! Oh, no. You have the completely wrong idea Sofia!
HENRI Does she, Ruby?


SCENE 2: The Kiss
(SIENNA’S DRESSING ROOM)
SIENNA Here Edward, you can use this part of the bench. The mirrors and lights extend across the whole wall so you will be able to see what you are doing.
EDWARD I don’t understand why I have to wear makeup. I am sure King Richard III never wore it and everybody is so insistant on authenticity!
SIENNA We might be portraying a candlelit history Ed, but we are playing under tungsten lights and according to the play Richard is not a ghost yet.
EDWARD Hahaha. That’s what I like about you Sienna. You always have a witty piece of repartee to lighten any mood.
SIENNA Thank you Ed.
EDWARD Well, come on.
SIENNA What?
EDWARD Your turn.
SIENNA My turn for what?
EDWARD It’s your turn to tell me what you like about me.
SIENNA What?
EDWARD I give you a compliment and then you give me one. That is how it works.
SIENNA (CHUCKLING) Oh Ed, we don’t have time for this.
EDWARD There is always time for manners, young lady!
SIENNA Oooh, young lady am I? Did I just prick your ego m’lord? Did I rub you up the wrong way?
EDWARD Oooh, yes please!
SIENNA (LAUGHING) Oh Edward, you make me laugh too. That’s what we are, laughing buddies. Who would have thought.
EDWARD Who indeed? Urgh. I can’t get this foundation on evenly.
SIENNA Here, let me help. It’s all that manly stubble getting in the way. Look at this sponge. You’ve shredded it!
EDWARD Do you like a manly stubble Si?
SIENNA I admit to a certain partiality to hairy men. I find it kind of weird that men shave their bodies. What about you Ed. Do you like your women sprouting a bit of fur.
EDWARD It depends.
SIENNA On what? Their species?
EDWARD Well, yes. I quite like full growth on my horses and dogs, but I am a bit more particular with my women.
SIENNA There. Done. You can do the rest yourself. I have some touch ups to do on my own makeup.
EDWARD Thank you.
(A KNOCK ON THE DOOR)
RIVER
(FROM OUTSIDE) FIVE MINUTES SIENNA, EDWARD. FIVE MINUTES UNTIL BEGINNERS.
SIENNA FIVE MINUTES. THANKS RIVER. Oh bugger! I am not even in costume yet. I’ll be right back.
EDWARD You can change here. I won’t peak.
SIENNA Not bloody likely Ed. Besides, you might see some hair in places you don’t like it to be.
EDWARD Does it bother you I might not like it?
SIENNA Everybody wants to maintain the illusion of sexiness. I’ll be right back.
(SIENNA GOES INTO HER ENSUITE)
EDWARD I DO THINK YOU’RE SEXY SIENNA.
SIENNA WHY THANK YOU, MY CHIVALROUS NIGHT.
EDWARD BLOODY MASCARA!
SIENNA ARE YOU OKAY?
EDWARD I JUST POKED MY EYE WITH THE MASCARA WAND.
SIENNA THERE ARE TISSUES ON MY SIDE OF THE BENCH.
EDWARD THANK YOU. SI?
SIENNA YES ED?
EDWARD WHY DID YOU REPEAT THE TIME BACK TO RIVER A MOMENT AGO?
SIENNA THEATRE ETIQUETTE. IT LET’S HER KNOW I HEARD THE TIME CALL AND UNDERSTOOD IT.
EDWARD DOESN’T SHE ALREADY KNOW THAT. YOU DO HAVE ALL YOUR FACULTIES WORKING AFTER ALL.
SIENNA IT’S NOT ABOUT THAT ED. BESIDES, YOU SHOULD HEAR SOME OF RIVER’S HORROR STORIES ABOUT ACTORS MISSING THEIR CALLS SOME TIMES. (SHE COMES BACK INTO THE ROOM) I definitely never want that to happen to me!
EDWARD Sienna Bannister. You look stunning.
SIENNA Thank you Ed.
EDWARD This is where you compliment me back remember.
SIENNA (LAUGHING) Ah, yes. You look quite dapper yourself my King.
EDWARD (LAUGHING BEMUSEDLY AND STANDING) You positively take my breath away.
SIENNA Stop it, you’re going too far now.
EDWARD Come here beautiful lady. Let me give you a twirl. I wan’t to see all of that beautiful gown - and your beautiful body.
SIENNA You flatter me sir. Wheeee.
EDWARD Yes, I do don’t I?
SIENNA Ed, you look so serious all of a sudden.
EDWARD Sienna, I think I am very serious all of a sudden.
SIENNA Ed, you have to let me go. I have to put my shoes on.
EDWARD Let me hold you for just a moment longer. I never noticed just how blue your eyes are until now.
SIENNA (BREATHLESSLY) Did you know yours are hazel, not brown.
EDWARD Are they? Lean in a bit closer - just to be sure...
SIENNA Ed...
(THEY KISS)
RIVER
(OVER THE PERFORMANCE RELAY) Ladies and gentlemen of Dramaticus Company this is your beginners call. I repeat, this is beginners. Mr Drummond, Mr Holder and Mr Fallsworth this is your call to the stage. Mr Drummond, Mr Holder and Mr Fallsworth, positions please.
SIENNA You have to go.
EDWARD Not yet. We’ve only just begun.
SIENNA Go Ed. Get out of here. The play is about to begin.
EDWARD Alright, but we will continue this after.
SIENNA I don’t know Ed. It’s not a good idea.
EDWARD Do not deny yourself. Do not deny us. We are just doing what comes naturally.
SIENNA We don’t have time for this discussion. You have to get on stage.
EDWARD I’m going, but Si...
SIENNA Yes.
EDWARD REMEMBER THIS.
(HE GIVES HER A QUICK, HARD KISS AND THEN STRIDES OUT DOING A VOCAL WARM UP)
SIENNA Oh, Sienna, what are you doing?

SCENE 3: The Celebrations
(A FIRST CURTAIN CALL HAS JUST TAKEN PLACE ON OPENING NIGHT AND THE AUDIENCE IS STILL CLAPPING AND CHEERING WILDLY)
RIVER
Come on you lot. Get back out there. You’ve earnt a second bow. Lights, can we step back to cue 152 on my Go?
MICHAEL Yep. Let’s go.
BRICK
Hurry Edward.
EDWARD We should have rehearsed this. It’s a shemozzle Michael!
SIENNA Come on Ed. Let’s just enjoy the moment.
RIVER
Standby for curtain out and lights 152. Is everybody in place Uncle Mike?
MICHAEL Yep. We’re good River.
RIVER
Curtain out and lights 152 GO. Stand by for curtain in and lights 153.
MICHEAL Everyone bow.
EDWARD We know what to do you know.
BRICK
Shut up and smile Edward.
MICHAEL Good. Now a wave to the operators.
EDWARD Such ridiculous malarky!
SIENNA Ed, don’t spoil the moment.
EDWARD Hrmph!
MICHAEL Now acknowledge River... and one more bow.
RIVER
Curtain in and lights 153 Go. Stand by for house lights up. House lights up Go. Great show everybody. Can we please have work lights up on stage. Thank you. River off comms.
(RIVER TAKES OFF HER HEADSET AND THEN JOINS THE CAST ON STAGE.)
MICHAEL Well we did it. Great job everyone.
RIVER
Yes. You were all amazing and obviously the audience loved it.
EDWARD Well I think we should have done a third curtain call. You were too hasty River.
MICHAEL No she wasn’t. There is nothing worse than interminable curtain calls. Two is plenty.
BRICK
Always leave them wanting more, eh Uncle Mike?
SIENNA Words to live by cousin Brick. Come on. Everybody in for a group hug.
EDWARD I don’t want to hug anyone.
MICHAEL Shut up Edward and lean in. We are a team remember. Let’s celebrate like one.
SIENNA Come on Ed. You know you like it.
EDWARD Mmm. Well I do like it when you put your arms around me like that Si.
MICHEAL Huddle in close everyone. Come on River. Join in. The Stage manager is as much a part of the success of a show as anyone else.
BRICK
Yes, come on sis. Slip in next to your big bro.
MICHEAL Look everyone, I just want to say how proud I am of everyone. It has been a challenging couple of months but by working together we have created art and will hopefully start some engaging conversations around town with this production.
SIENNA Only 23 more performances to go!
RIVER
Yes, and I need to leave this little love fest now and get to work so that we can have our 2nd one tomorrow night!
BRICK
No rest for the wicked eh, River?
RIVER
That’s enough out of you Brick. Now get out of that costume so we can make sure it is clean and ready for tomorrow night. That goes for all of you. Off to the dressing rooms or off with your heads!
MICHAEL And the real boss has spoken! I shall see you all upstairs in the foyer for drinks and debauchery.
SIENNA Um, Ed you will have to let me go so we can obey our stage manager.
EDWARD But I like having my arms wrapped around you like this.
SIENNA I admit, I like it too...
EDWARD Perhaps we can both go back to your dressing room. I think I left something in there earlier.
SIENNA What are we doing Ed?
EDWARD What would you like to do Si?
SIENNA I shouldn’t.
EDWARD Shhhh. Let’s talk about this in the privacy of your dressing room.
SIENNA Yes... I guess so...
EDWARD Si...
SIENNA Yes Ed?
EDWARD You were magnificent tonight.
SIENNA So were you.
EDWARD Ah, you have finally mastered the art of the return compliment.
(THEY WALK OFF TOGETHER CHUCKLING)

END

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