Cause you’re always busy gallivanting.

In drama scene from one-act play script, “Day In, Day Out,” learning to cook pasta helps bring together a mother and daughter.

Mom is in the kitchen banging pots and pans around.

SCARLET: Another episode?

MOM: What?


MOM: What about me?

SCARLET: Forget it.

MOM: NO, you said something, finish…

SCARLET: You’ve been like this all week.

MOM: Like, what?

SCARLET: Like the world is coming to an end.

MOM: It is coming to an end.

SCARLET: No, it’s not.

MOM: My world is.

SCARLET: (sighs)

MOM: You want to cook?


MOM: Thought so.

SCARLET: Not like you ever show me anyway.

MOM: Cause you’re always busy gallivanting.

SCARLET: You hate cooking, so I don’t know what you’re talking about.

MOM: Yeah, I do, but that doesn’t mean I wouldn’t still show you a few things.

SCARLET: Like, what?

MOM: Do you know how to make pasta?

SCARLET: You boil water, heat up sauce, mix them together, and eat.

MOM: Terrible.


MOM: You need to chop fresh garlic, add some spices, make your own fresh sauce if you really want to do it right. What my mother taught me.

SCARLET: You never show me.

MOM: You want pasta or hot dogs tonight?

SCARLET: Hot dogs.

Mom goes back into the refrigerator and pulls out hot dogs, slamming them down on the kitchen counter.

MOM: You know how to make hot dogs?


MOM: So, make ’em.

SCARLET: I don’t wanna make ’em.

MOM: Make ’em.

SCARLET: I don’t wanna.

Mom throws the hot dogs back into the refrigerator.

What are you doing, psycho?

MOM: I’m done cooking for you!

SCARLET: You never cook for me anyway. Every night it’s either McDonald’s or cereal!

MOM: Stop your nonsense!

SCARLET: Dad eats out cause he’s on the road, and you never eat anything, so I’m always left to starve.

MOM: You’d be dead if you starved.

SCARLET: Cause I eat McDonald’s from up the block or cereal.

MOM: It’s food, ain’t it?

SCARLET: It’s why I always feel like crap.

MOM: I never tell you to eat that food.

SCARLET: Admit it.

MOM: Admit what?

SCARLET: That you don’t cook for your child.

MOM: You’re not a child. You are sixteen years old.

SCARLET: Mom, since the day I could remember, I’ve always eaten fast food, or a plate of spaghetti at best, OR SNACKS. I survive on cheese crackers and chips.

MOM: What do you want me to do?

SCARLET: Don’t act like things are one way when things are a different way.

MOM: Go get a job, then you could eat whatever you want.

SCARLET: It’s not about that.

MOM: Don’t you dare judge me.

SCARLET: I’m not judging you.

MOM: You are judging me, that’s all you do. You loaf around and point your finger at me. Miss Criticism.

SCARLET: You don’t have to cook for me, ’cause it’s not like you ever did anyway!

MOM: I’m gonna ring your neck today, Scarlet!

SCARLET: Stop it!

MOM: What do you want to eat?!

SCARLET: I’m not hungry.

MOM: So starve.

SCARLET: Already do.

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Day In Day Out by Joseph ArnoneIn the one-act eplay, “Day In, Day Out” Scarlet finally tries to open up to her mother in an attempt to bring them closer together.  2 Women.  Drama. Family Drama.

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