Excerpt from  ReUnion, by Chris Evans    copyright © 2001
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Cast of characters:

Tony Griffith
Justine McCoy
Tina Devore
Carmen DiGinova
Franky McCloud
Kim Kelly
Mike Milton
Mike Berger
Anne King
Tom Henderson
Cindy Hart
Amanda Young


(The scene is the empty high school gymnasium of Reston High School.  It is decorated for a dance.  A banner hangs reading RESTON VICTORY TOUR 1981-REBELS RULE.  There is a table with punch and cookies. An older man walks in and looks around.   He takes a cookie and then takes a bite.   He talks to the audience.)

Tony

I remember it just like this.

(Pause)

Welcome to Reston High School.  Home of the Rebels.  Located in beautiful downtown Reston.  Nice town.  Thereís about 800 kids in this school.  Most of them are just getting into their cars after seeing the homecoming football game against the hated cross-town rival Falls Bison.

(Pause)

We won.  27-0.
Goddamn, that was a good night.

(Lights come down on Tony)

(Scene One- I love him so much...)

 (The girls bathroom at the high school.  There are two stalls.  One stall door is closed.  The sound of crying is coming from behind the door.  Justine McCoy enters.  She hears the crying and walks to the door.)

Justine

Hello?

(Pause-no answer.  The crying stops)

Are you okay?

Tina

Yes.  Iím fine.

Justine

Are you sure?

(Tina Devore opens the door and walks out)

Tina

Oh, God.

Justine

What?

Tina

Youíre a cheerleader.

Justine

Thatís a bad thing?

Tina

Iím sitting in a toilet balling my eyes out in front of a cheerleader.

Justine

You werenít really in front of me.  The door was closed.

Tina

But still-

Justine

That was a joke.  Youíre supposed to laugh.

Tina

Iím sorry.

Justine

Nothing to be sorry about.

(Pause)

So....

Tina

So?

Justine

What were you balling about?

Tina

Oh, no.  Nothing.

Justine

Youíre lying.

Tina

Yes, I am.

Justine

So, you arenít going to tell me?

Tina

Itís way to embarrassing.

Justine

Okay.

(Justine turns to leave)

 Tina

What do you think of Scotty Gianelli?

Justine

The football player?

Tina

Yes.  I canít believe Iím going to tell you this.

Justine

What about him?

Tina

I really like him.

Justine

Aaaannndd?

Tina

Thatís it.  I really like him.

Justine

You like him so much that youíre sobbing in the girlís room?

Tina

Look at me.

Justine

Yeah?

Tina

Iím not his style.  But I really want to be his style.

Justine

He doesnít like any girl who can answer all the Wheel of Fortune answers before he does.  He can play football but he isnít too bright.

Tina

I know, but that doesnít matter. 

Justine

Love from afar?

Tina

Yeah.

Justine

I can go out there and introduce you.  Heís over with the rest of the football boys yucking it up.

Tina

Heíd laugh at me and then I would have to die right there on the floor.

Justine

We canít have that.

Tina

No.

Justine

What are you going to do?

Tina

Stay in the bathroom and cry.

Justine

Not a very fun night.

Tina

I know.

Justine

Why donít you wear makeup?

Tina

Because I look like a clown when I try to put it on.  Isnít the natural look in?

Justine

For girls who donít get dates.

(Pause-opens her purse)

Come here.

Tina

Why?

Justine

Youíre going to meet Scotty Gianelli tonight.

Tina

Justine, no.

Justine

Come here.  You canít meet him looking like someone from Hee-Haw.

Tina

Heís going to laugh.

Justine

Not after Iím done with you.  Come here.

Tina

Are you sure?

Justine

Twenty years from now, you are going to thank me.

(Tina walks over to Justine)

Tina

Why are you doing this?

Justine

(in a high voice)

Because I am your fairy cheerleader, Cinderella.

(Tina laughs)

Head up.

Tina

Are you any good at this?

Justine

My parents wanted a boy.  They were going to name him Justin.  I had to get pretty quick or I was going to wind up crazy.

Tina

Or crying in a bathroom.

Justine

Or crying in a bathroom.  Head up please.

(Justine is making Tina up)

Tina

What does he like?

Justine

Scotty?

Tina

Yeah.

Justine

Chicken wings-the spicy ones, football, beer and kissing with his tongue.

Tina

How do you know that?

Justine

Iím a cheerleader.  I go out with football players.

Tina

You went out with him?

Justine

Yep.  For about three months.  All he wanted to do was eat and make out.

Tina

Isnít that what guys are about though?

Justine

Well....

Tina

Oh my God, you slept with him?

Justine

Oh, no.  No, no, no.  If that would have happened he would have died of not knowing what to do. He just wanted to make out..

Tina

How was he?

Justine

All tongue.  I think thatís the only he way he knew how to do it.  I joked with him that family reunions must be pretty intense.  ďHey, Grandma!  Come here and give me a kissĒ

(Justine acts out a sloppy tongue kiss)

Tina

(laughing)

You are talking about the man I love.

Justine

 Heís a nice guy.  But heís still a boy.  He looks at things as games.  I donít know.   Maybe someone like you can find the good Scotty.  Take that ribbon out of your hair.

Tina

What are you going to do?

Justine

Itís 1981.  The uptight bookworm look is out.  Time for David Lee Roth hair.

Tina

Heís not sexy.

Justine

What are you talking about?  David Lee Roth is sexy on a stick.

(Justine frizzes Tinaís hair)

Iím done.  Take a look.

(Tina walks over to a mirror)

What do you think?

Tina

Itís really different.

Justine

Do you like it?

Tina

Yeah, I think I do.

Justine

Okay, Cinderella.  Time for the ball.

Tina

How am I going to do this?

Justine

You are going to walk right up to him and say ďHi, Iím Tina...and I think youíre really cute.Ē

Tina

That only works in the movies.

Justine

One way to find out.

Tina

Iím going out there.

Justine

Lights, camera, action.

Tina

Iím going.

Justine

Heís waiting.

(Tina runs over to Justine and hugs her)

Tina

Thank you.

Justine

Go. Go.

Tina

This is just like GREASE with Olivia Newton John.

(Tina exits-Justine goes to a mirror and begins touching up her own makeup-she smile-lights crossfade back to Tony)

Tony

I remember my best friend in High School.  Eric Dalton.  We were these two guys always seen together. We would sit and laugh and the dorky things we would talk about.  Jesus.  Life ticking by and we would try and figure out the deep meaning of the topic of the hour.  This of course meant that we would not be dating girls.  That didnít happen until later.  I joined the football team.  Eric moved to Washington.  I never heard from him again.  I donít remember genuinely laughing again.

(Lights down on Tony)

(Scene Two-ďI met him before the game...Ē)

(The bleachers in the gym at Reston.  Carmen DiGinova, the team quarterback is sitting next to Franky McCloud, the team center.)

Carmen

You were brilliant tonight.

Franky

Thanks, man.

Carmen

Yeah.  Brilliant.

(Pause)

Franky

You okay?

Carmen

Sort of.  You keep a secret?

Franky

You pregnant?

Carmen

Franky...

Franky

Because if youíre pregnant Iíd have to tell everybody.

Carmen

Hosehead, shut up.

Franky

Okay.  Whatís up?

Carmen

I talked with a scout today.

Franky

Really?

Carmen

Really.

Franky

Who was he from?

Carmen

USC.

Franky

California?

Carmen

Yeah.  Sat in my house and he offered me a full ride.  Said the pros would take a look at me at USC.  Would also get that pre-med no problem.

Franky

You gonna go?

Carmen

Yeah, I think so.  Thereís a problem.

Franky

And her name is Kim.

Carmen

And her name is Kim.  She was expecting me to go to some college in the area.  We could go to school together and who knows what would happen after we graduated.

Franky

You guys are in love, huh?

Carmen

Yeah.

Franky

So what are you gonna do?

Carmen

I canít tell Kim yet.  I have to think about this.  You canít tell her.  Please.

Franky

My lips are sealed.

Carmen

Thanks, bro.

(Pause)

Franky

Southern California. Wow.

Carmen

Can you believe it?

Franky

Youíre good but not that good. But what the hell you gonna do for an offensive line?  Musclebound surfers going ďduuudeĒ a lot.  You arenít going to have me and Gianelli covering your butt anymore.

(Kim Kelly enters)

Kim

Why are you talking about his butt?

Franky

You kinda grow close to a guy who has his hands touching your butt for an entire football season.

Kim

Iím sure you two will make a cute couple.

Carmen

Shut up.  Me and Franky together.  Just wouldnít work.

Kim

I agree.

Carmen

Me and Gianelli.  Weíre a couple.

Kim

Thatís funny.  Weíre a couple too.

Carmen

Come here.

(Kim sits between Franky and Carmen)

Kim

Franky, you getting fatter?

Franky

More of me to love, baby.

Kim

Canít love it if you canít find it.

Franky

Ha-ha.

Carmen

Sheís good.  You wonít win.  You might as well give up now.

Franky

Iíll let you two do all youíre making out.  Outta here.

(Franky exits-pause)

Kim

Nice game tonight.

Carmen

I was pretty good huh?

Kim

Youíre always pretty good.  God, I love to watch you play.  You are like a man playing on a field with boys.

Carmen

Itís like everybody else is in slow motion.

Kim

Can you kiss me now?

(Carmen leans in)

Wait.

Carmen

What?

Kim

You shower?

Carmen

Yes.  With a bunch of guys.

Kim

Okay, kiss me then.

(They kiss-pause)

Are you okay?

Carmen

Yeah.  Yeah, Iím fine.

Kim

That big mysterious meeting went fine?

Carmen

You get all this from a kiss?

Kim

Yes.  How did your meeting go?

Carmen

Fine.  Coach just wanted to talk to me.

Kim

About what?

Carmen

Game stuff.

Kim

Really?

Carmen

Really.

Kim

Okay.

(Pause)

Can we go?

Carmen

Where?

Kim

I donít know.  Iím just bored.

(Franky enters)

Franky

Kegger at Gianelliís.

Carmen

That guy always gets the frickiní beer.

Kim

Heís got a moustache in high school.  He looks like he could be his own Dad.

Franky

Then you know his family.

Kim

(to Carmen)

Letís go.

Franky

Yeah, loverboy.  Canít beat free beer.

Carmen

Okay.  We get caught, we blame it on Gianelliís Dad.

Franky

We take your car?

Carmen

(tosses him keys)

Youíll get your licence one day, big fella.

Franky

Thanks, Dad.  Donít be too long.

Carmen

We wonít.  Whereís Gianelli?

Franky

Heís over by the food table talking to some girl.  See you out there.

(Franky exits-there is an uncomfortable silence)

Kim

Are you okay?

Carmen

 I love you.

Kim

Jesus, Carm, what happened in that meeting?

Carmen

Nothing I can talk to you about yet.

Kim

Why?

Carmen

ĎCause itís about us.

Kim

When are you going to tell me?

Carmen

When the timeís right.  I canít tell you about it at a high school dance.

Kim

Iím scared, Carm.

Carmen

So am I.

Kim

I love you, too.

Carmen

I know.

(Pause)

Kim

Iíll wait in the car with Franky.

(Pause)

Does he know?

Carmen

Yes.

Kim

I think you two should be going out sometimes instead of us.

(Kim exits-there is a pause as Carmen is left alone)

Carmen

Kim, I think Iím moving to California.

(Lights crossfade to Tony moving to the bleachers and sitting down)

Tony

Do you remember your first kiss?  I do.  It was under a bridge outside of town.  Her name-what was her name?  It was a spice.   Rosemary-Rosemary Nevin.  We were both nervous and then she asked me if I had ever kissed a girl before.  I couldnít breathe.  I remember squeaking out a ďNo.Ē  She smiled.  She said ďCome here.Ē  She closed her eyes.  Since I had never done this before I followed suit.  She said, ďNow, kiss me.Ē  I leaned over, ever so slowly, and softly kissed her.....nose.  Okay, yeah, I missed.  I was embarrassed and had the vision of being the only man in the world who would never kiss someone of the opposite sex his whole life.  She took my hand and then reached over and kissed me softly.  So softly.  The shock of the event made my senses come alive.  Perfume, warmth and the softness of that kiss.  Iíll always remember that.  You say you never forget your first.  In todayís world that has a different meaning.  Me?   Iíll never forget my first kiss.  Rosemary Nevin, hereís to you.

(Tony raises a glass of punch and smiles)

(Scene Three ďOne day were gonna rise up...Ē)

(Standing by the refreshment table are Mike Milton and Mike Berger-they are watching the festivities)

Milton

Why?

Berger

Why what?

Milton

Why do we come?

Berger

Here?

Milton

Here.

Berger

To watch the mongoloids.

Milton

Weíve got nothing better to do?

Berger

My algebra was done hours ago.

Milton

And mine.

Berger

Because weíre smart.

Milton

I concur.

(Pause-they drink)

Berger

Look at them.

Milton

Who?

Berger

The football mongoloids.

Milton

They won tonight, you know.

Berger

Whooppeee!

Milton

School spirit?

Berger

Do they show up to the chess club matches?

Milton

That would be no.

Berger

Yet we show up to the football games and why?

Milton

We have school spirit.

Berger

We have school spirit.

Milton

Go Rebels.

Berger

Go Rebels.

(They give each other a high five-pause)

Milton

I wouldnít mind a spare cheerleader or two.

Berger

Who wouldnít?

Milton

To come to our chess club matches, doof.

Berger

I meant that too.

Milton

Sure.

Berger

I meant that too.

Milton

And what of the cheerleaders?

Berger

Theyíre pretty.

Milton

If youíre into makeup.

Berger

Theyíre sexy.

Milton

If youíre into musclebound thighs and padded bras.

Berger

I kinda like those.

Milton

Really?

Berger

Really.

Milton

I didnít know that about you.

Berger

Just trying to be honest.

Milton

I appreciate that.

Berger

Iím your friend.

Milton

And I am yours.

Berger

And I appreciate that.

(Pause-they drink)

Milton

What do you think it would take to get a cheerleader to go out with us?

Berger

Blindness.

Milton

No, really.  What would it take to get a cheerleader to go out with us?

Berger

Together?

Milton

No.

Berger

I like you but not that much.

Milton

Thatís not what I meant.  What I meant was any good looking girl with us.  Separately.

Berger

Money.

Milton

How much?

Berger

More than we have.

Milton

Strike one.  What else?

Berger

A car.

Milton

A really nice car.

Berger

Unlike your Momís station wagon.

Milton

Or your Schwinn.

Berger

My bike is a nice bike.

Milton

But not girl material

Berger

No.  Not girl material.

Milton

Strike two.  What else?

Berger

Athletic ability.

Milton

I disagree.

Berger

Oh, really.

Milton

Yes, really.  And Iíll tell you why.

Berger

Iím listening.

Milton

My friend, Iíve got the key.

Berger

Go on.

Milton

You gotta have a good heart.

Berger

What?

Milton

A good heart.

Berger

Like a knight?

Milton

Fine example.

Berger

Thank you.

Milton

A knight in those days spent days upon his trusty steed.   In the hot sun and in his armor.

Berger

He would smell bad.

Milton

That he would.  He had no shaving materials.

Berger

Quite a scraggly beard.

Milton

Indeed.  But who always got the girl?

Berger

The knight?

Milton

Exactly.  And why?

Berger

His trusty steed?

Milton

He had a good heart.  Werenít you listening?

Berger

I thought I was.

Milton

I thought you were too.  No, the stinky, scraggly knight always got the girl because he would do something heroic to show how pure and true and good his heart was.  This is a lesson for us.  If we have a good heart, we of the chess club, will rise up and claim all the girls while the lumbering ox of the peasant-

Berger

The football player.

Milton

-will do nothing but get drunk on ale and toil away for us.  So sayeth the captain of the chess club.

Berger

So sayeth us all.

(Pause)

 So where do we start?

Milton

I donít know.

Berger

What?

Milton

I think we already have them.

Berger

How do you know for sure?

Milton

Do we do nice things?

Berger

We do.

Milton

Do we say nice things?

Berger

Most of the time.

Milton

Do we live well?

Berger

We do.

Milton

Then I state right here in front of everybody that we have good hearts.

Berger

Okay.

(Pause-they drink)

Milton

Hey look.

Berger

What?

Milton

The party must be ending.  The quarterback is leaving.

Berger

Where do you want to go now?

Milton

The arcadeís open late.

Berger

You played Pac-Man yet?

Milton

Pac-what?

Berger

A new game down at the arcade.  Itís really cool and itís real easy once you figure out the code theyíve set up.

Milton

You have the code?

Berger

I do.

Milton

Then letís go.  How do we get there?

Berger

I have my bike.  I can give you a ride.

Milton

Thatís good.

Berger

I have a good heart.

Milton

It shows.  Well knight, letís board your trusty steed and journey to the arcade.

Berger

What?

Milton

Letís go.

(They exit-lights crossfade to Tony sitting in a chair down center)

Tony

What do you want to be when you grow up?  I remember.  In order, an engineer, an astronaut, a football player for the Dallas Cowboys, an actor, a radio disc jockey and finally a soldier.  The passion that I wanted to be each of these was unmatched.   Until the next one.  Things change.  Things always change.

End of excerpt


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