Why you want to travel up to New York for?

Drama scene for two from one-act play script, “Gone Before You Left,” wherein Tash reveals she knows Peggy is leaving town for good.

TASH: Whenever Billy James sneaks over here late at night, I can hear the two of you.

PEGGY: What did you just say?!

TASH: I can, I can hear the two of you, clear as day.

PEGGY: You little b’tch. You’re eavesdropping on us?!

TASH: My bed rests up against that wall and these walls are paper thin and so I can’t help but overhear you two talking and doing things, and I’ve tried – I’ve tried not to listen, honest, but it’s just impossible to avoid.

PEGGY: I bet.

TASH: The reason why I’m, well, I know what’s supposed to happen…tonight.

PEGGY: Which is what, exactly?

TASH: Just that…that, just that I know you’re leaving.

PEGGY: Is that what you think you heard?

TASH: I know it’s what I heard, Peggy.

Peggy grabs Tash by the arm.

PEGGY: You think or you know?!

TASH: Ow..you’re hurting my arm.

PEGGY: That’s the point, isn’t it?

TASH: Stop it! Let go!

Peggy pushes Tash to the bed.

PEGGY: Understand something right now. You haven’t heard a damn thing, ya hear? Not one damn thing about any goings on about me leaving anywheres.

TASH: But I know what I heard.


TASH: You could punch me in my face and it still won’t matter cause I know what I heard and I know you and Billy James are taking off for good.

PEGGY: SHH! SHH! Lower your dumb voice before I put my fist in it. (beat) I ought to punch the living daylights out of you.

TASH: I don’t care.

PEGGY: What?

TASH: I’m just saying.

Peggy circles the room. She goes into her hiding spot and lights a cigarette by the window.

PEGGY: Shouldn’t be having this right now.

TASH: Can I have some?

PEGGY: What? No! Hell no!

TASH: …You gonna have the baby?

PEGGY: …What don’t you know?

TASH: I know pretty much everything.

PEGGY: Is that so, huh?

TASH: Mm-hmm.

PEGGY: Rats.

TASH: Are you?

PEGGY: Am I what? Oh, the…well, well…we want to, but…we want to.

TASH: Why New York?


TASH: Why you want to travel up to New York for? It’s expensive, isn’t it?

PEGGY: Keep your voice down, I said. Yeah, it’s expensive, but Billy has connections up there.

TASH: What kind of connections?

PEGGY: Ways for us to make money connections.

TASH: They’re bad people.

PEGGY: So they are.

TASH: That’s no way to raise a baby.

PEGGY: Don’t you go telling me how to raise my own child!

TASH: But Billy’s gonna do bad things, isn’t he?

PEGGY: Not that bad. Just till we get fixed up.

TASH: Fixed up?

PEGGY: Get things in order.

TASH: Like what?

PEGGY: We want to buy a property out by the shore…they got beaches in New York, it’ll be a while before that happens, but we aim to do it…soon.

TASH: You didn’t tell anybody?

PEGGY: Of course not.

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Gone Before You Left by Joseph ArnoneIn the one-act eplay, “Gone Before You Left” Peggy has secretly arranged plans to leave for New York City with her boyfriend Billy James.  Tash has become all too aware of Peggy’s personal situation but deeply desires to leave with Peggy and James to start a new life.  3 Women, 1 Man.  Drama.

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