Mixed Messages

In dark comedy, “Mixed Messages,” 2 criminal brothers are fleeing the scene of a crime driving in a van through a suburban neighborhood. 

Mixed Messages

FADE IN.

INT. VAN – NIGHT

JOSS drives behind the wheel of a beat up van.  VESCO sits in the passenger seat.

Both men wear black.

JOSS:  I told you man! I told you he wasn’t going to pull on you!

VESCO:  He was reachin’.

JOSS:  He wasn’t reachin’.

VESCO:  I saw him reachin’!

JOSS:  You couldn’t aim for his leg?

VESCO:  You think he was gonna aim for the leg if he pulled first?

JOSS:  He wasn’t pullin’!

VESCO:  Your back was to him when you were grabbin’ the bag.

JOSS: The guy had no gun on him, V.

VESCO:  So why was he reachin’?

JOSS:  Because you see what you want to see.

VESCO:  What if he did pull out a piece?

JOSS:  Then you handle it–

VESCO:  I did handle it! He should have kept his hands at his sides. He was sending mixed messages as soon as he got out of the car, and I wasn’t about to let mixed messages be a mistake for us. (puts his hand in the air steadily) Look, I’m as calm as a feather falling from the sky.

JOSS:  What are you talkin’?

VESCO:  It’s an analogy.

JOSS:  Speak normal, stop talking like a moron.

VESCO:  I’m not jumpy, I know what I was doing.

JOSS:  It didn’t have to be this way.

VESCO:  Next time, I’ll just stand there, that what you want?

JOSS:  You wait until you see the piece!

VESCO:  By then it’s too damn late, you know that. The Good, the Bad and the Ugly is all I’m saying.

JOSS:  What?!

VESCO:  I’ve watched enough westerns man, you have to be quick, it’s all in the timing. If you don’t strike out first you’re done. It comes down to seconds, only seconds!

JOSS:  We aren’t in a freakin’ WESTERN movie, we are in real life, with real people and real guns!!

VESCO:  Watching westerns has kept us alive!

JOSS:  Do you think you’re some kind of Clint Eastwood?

VESCO:  You don’t understand sh’t. If you took the time to educate yourself and watched any of those movies with me, you will see how I’ve kept the heat off us each and every time.

JOSS:  Oh yeah? What about that guy in Texas? We were walking away, the job was done and you go and spin around with your shotgun and blow the back of his head clear off. It was the back of his head, so what the hell do you call that?!

VESCO:  He was startin’ to turn and I beat him to the punch.

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Mixed Messages by Joseph ArnoneIn the short comedy script, “Mixed Messages,” two brothers Joss and Vasco are fleeing the scene of a crime.  2 Men.  Dark Humor.

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