Aren’t we all running from something, Mrs. Maureen?
In the drama scene from one-act eplay, “The Attic” Maureen lets her brother Mundy know that Onya is going to be staying with them.
MAUREEN: Do you consider yourself attractive?
ONYA: Not really.
MAUREEN: Good! We like ’em wholesome here. Nothing burns me more than some ditz that likes to look at glamour magazines. Do you look at glamour magazines?
ONYA: I don’t. I, I can’t read.
MAUREEN: What’s that?
ONYA: Can’t read…
MAUREEN: You poor child…that’s a troublesome way to live. My father used to read me bedtime stories, till one day he was struck in the head by a baseball..when he came out the hospital he lost all ability to read.
ONYA: I’m so sorry to hear that.
MUNDY shyly appears from the door-frame.
MAUREEN (Noticing him.): What do you want Mundy?
MUNDY: Who’s the woman?
MAUREEN: Mundy, now you know better than to go around asking questions that don’t concern you. (To Onya.) This here’s Mundy, my brother.
ONYA: How do you do?
MAUREEN: (To Mundy.) Onya is going to be staying with us.
MUNDY: I don’t want her staying here.
MAUREEN: You have no say.
MUNDY: (Blurting loudly.) This is my house, too!
MAUREEN: …Mundy, do I need to beat you with the broom?
MAUREEN: Shouting in front of our guest is extremely rude. Did you know that?
MAUREEN: Say you’re sorry.
MAUREEN: Not to me! To Onya, say it!
MUNDY: I’m sorry, Onya.
ONYA: It’s no trouble, really.
MAUREEN: Don’t mind him. He’s just inquisitive but has the mind of a mule. He’s as harmless as a tree. He takes up space is all. You won’t find him making a contribution to anyone or anything around here. An existence that makes us all wonder WHY. He’s the big WHY in the family. Do you have a WHY?
ONYA: A why? How do you mean?
MAUREEN: You have family?
ONYA: Not anymore.
MAUREEN: Running from something?
ONYA: Aren’t we all running from something, Mrs. Maureen?
MAUREEN: You remind me of someone I know. I can’t put my finger on it, but it’s there. You’re here, and it’s there. Do I remind you of anybody?
ONYA: I get a sense of who you are but I don’t know how –
MAUREEN: Ah, you see, you feel it too.
ONYA: Could be fate that has brought us together.
MAUREEN: I have a will. You can kill me if you so desire, but I have a will written out by law, and this estate is protected. You’ll get nothing!
ONYA: That’s not what I want.
MAUREEN: No? Well, what do you want?
ONYA: I want you to love me.
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In the one act eplay The Attic, Maureen opens up her home to allow a stranger named Onya to move in the attic and take up residency, so long as she does the chores that are expected of her. 2 Women, 1 Man. Drama. Absurd.
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