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Changes

In this short contemporary acting scene for two men, JARED confesses to DONNIE that he doesn’t want to make music any longer.

Changes

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Donnie: What’s up, man? You seem down.

Jared: I’m alright.  We going to the bar?

Donnie: Alright…why your balls twisted?

Jared: I think I’m moving on.

Donnie: With what?

Jared: This whole thing.  I think I’m gonna make a change.

Donnie: What change?

Jared:  Forget it, I shouldn’t have said anything.

Donnie: What is it?  Can’t start something and leave me hanging.

Jared: I don’t think I want to be this anymore.

Donnie: Can you speak english?

Jared: This man, music…I don’t know about making music anymore.

Donnie: Music?

Jared: I’m done with it.

Donnie: Tomorrow you’ll be talking about your next track.

Jared: Nah, I’m being honest.  Can’t hang with this no more.  Losing my edge.  Not as passionate as I used to be about it all.  It’s getting old and I’m getting tired of the struggle.

Donnie: What put this in your head?

Jared: Nothing. It’s been on my mind for awhile now.

Donnie: Dora, she’s got nothing to do with it?

Jared: Don’t go blaming Dora, alright?

Donnie: Well, I can see her trying to get you to do other things.

Jared: She’s not, she’s not.

Donnie: Just checking cause this doesn’t sound like you.

Jared: Cause I keep this shit in, I don’t ever talk about it.  You know how I am.

Donnie: Yeah, I know that you’ll want to kill yourself if you stop making music.  I know that.  Since we’ve been kids it’s all you ever did.

Jared: Things change. I’m evolving.  I’m getting to a different place in my life now.

Donnie: And what place is that?

Jared: I’m growing up.  I want things.  Not making any progress—

Donnie: You’re not making any progress because you’re not hustling enough.  Don’t look at me like that man, it’s true.  Now you want to walk away from what you love cause you haven’t been fighting hard enough for it to begin with?  Maybe you should walk away from it then.

Jared: Why you coming at me like that?

Donnie: Because man, I see how you are…you’re straight up lazy.

Jared: I’m not lazy.  I’m always grinding.

Dan: I’ve seen you let so many opportunities run cold throughout the years.  How many things come your way that you said no to cause you always have some excuse, always thinking you’re above it, that you should have more.  Everybody starts somewhere.

Jared: That’s not true, people bail on me.

Dan: Come on, man.

Jared: People are always playing themselves and you know it.  Like that one guy who wanted to put me on and kept me waiting for two years and then tells me it’s on and—

Donnie: And what did you do?

Jared: I told him what I had to tell him.

Donnie: See? That’s the kind of shit that gets nobody nowhere.  What if you said yes?

Jared: That guy was a complete a-hole.

Donnie: Really?  He was giving you a shot and you blew it?  You didn’t take it and you should have taken it.  That’s what I’m talking about, Jared.  That’s why you are struggling.

Jared: I just don’t want to do this no more!  It doesn’t make me happy anymore.  I’m quitting the band also.  I’m not doing any more solo work or band.  I’m telling the guys tonight.

Donnie: You’re a damn liar.

Jared: Don’t call me a liar.  You know I hate that word.

Donnie: Liar, liar, pants on fire bitch.

Jared: Yo, shut up DONNIE!  What is this grade school now?

Donnie: You are a lying dog.  Lying to yourself, lying to those that believe in you and lying to me.

Jared: Call me a liar one more time and I will put my fist through your face.

Donnie: Will you really?

Jared: Really.

Donnie: Really?

Jared: I swear I will.

Donnie: If that’s what it takes for you not to give up on your dream….LIAR.

(Jared grabs donnie by the chest and growls at him.  He lets him go.)

(pause.)

Jared: Get out of here before I kill you.

Donnie: You’re not killing anybody.  Listen, wake up.  Sort your priorities out and stop getting soft.  Ever since you met Dora you’ve become soft.  Man up!  A year ago you would have followed through and put a whole in my face.  Wake up!

Jared: I got nothing to say to you.  I don’t want to know you anymore.

Donnie: Yeah, well, tough shit I’m your best friend.  Besides, that makes two of us.

Jared: Oh, you won’t be friends with me cause I gave up music?

Donnie: You’re not giving up on music…you’re giving up on yourself and I don’t want to be around someone who I believed had all the talent in the world and never did anything with it.  I don’t want to see what that guy looks like in the future.  I can’t even look at you now.

(Donnie walks away)

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