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					                    FATHER’S DAY

                          By

                    Ginger Gonzalez




Updated: 4/1/2006
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                         (Lights rise to reveal
                         the physical setting of
                         a casual diner. There
                         are three red shiny
                         booths, each with the
                         traditional accessories
                         [Ketchup, napkin holder,
                         salt/pepper, menus].
                         There is the distant
                         noise of the kitchen and
                         of other guests ordering
                         food. A waitress crosses
                         the downstage
                         occasionally. Two of the
                         booths are occupied, and
                         there is a young-looking
                         35-year-old woman is
                         sitting in the middle
                         booth. She is dressed in
                         blue jeans, white
                         sneakers yet a nice
                         blouse. She is casual
                         but well put together.
                         She has blonde hair.)

                         (The woman, ANGIE, is
                         looking at the menu, but
                         not reading it. She
                         occasionally looks at
                         the watch on her wrist
                         and out the window. She
                         is twirling her hair
                         with one finger. She is
                         waiting for someone. The
                         WAITRESS notices the
                         worried expression on
                         her face.)

          WAITRESS
Excuse me, ma’am, would you like a
cup of coffee or something?

          ANGIE
Oh, um no, I’m just waiting for someone.
I’ll wait till she gets here.

          WAITRESS
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If you say so, darlin.
                         (WAITRESS begins to walk
                         away. Stops, and turn
                         back to ANGIE)

You know ma’am, I couldn’t help
but noticing that you’re lookin
a little nervous.

          ANGIE
(Amused) It’s that obvious?

          WAITRESS
Just a little.           (She takes out a small
                         plastic bag from her
                         pocket.)

Look, I usually take one of
these babies when I’m having a
hard shift. Just take one and
you’ll be so relaxed, you won’t be
worried about nothing.

                         (ANGIE reluctantly takes
                         the pill from the
                         WAITRESS)

              ANGIE
Um. Thanks.

          WAITRESS
No, problem honey. If you need me,
my name’s Millie.

          ANGIE
(More gratefully) Thanks Millie.

                         (The WAITRESS walks
                         away, and ANGIE laughs.
                         Silently puts the pill
                         in her purse.)

                         (A moment later, LORA, a
                         young girl of about 19
                         enters wearing a black
                         leather jacket and blue
                         flare jeans. She is also
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                         wearing black leather
                         boots, and has her dark
                         brown hair around her
                         shoulders. She is very
                         striking, but is unsure
                         of where she is. She is
                         not from around here.)

                         (ANGIE, who had been
                         looking at the ketchup
                         bottle spots LORA. She
                         is about to call out to
                         her, but stops. She is
                         not ready.)

                         (The WAITRESS, seeing
                         the exchange, recognizes
                         the situation)

            WAITRESS
Excuse me sweetie, can I get you anything?

            LORA
Oh no, I am expecting someone.
I think I am just going to sit a moment.

            WAITRESS
If you don’t mind me asking, who are you
Supposed to be meeting?

            LORA
It’s actually a long story, and…
Someone I have not seen for…a while.

            WAITRESS
Well,if you don’t mind me saying (leaning in)
There’s a woman across the place looking just
As nervous as you. But I’m just saying.

                         (LORA notices ANGIE, and
                         the WAITRESS leaves,
                         smiling inwardly)

                         (LORA and ANGIE,
                         although on opposite
                         sides of the stage, are
                         seen taking a deep
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                           breath as if preparing
                           for a task at hand. LORA
                           decides to get up and
                           walk over to the middle
                           booth in which ANGIE
                           sits.)

           LORA
Pardon me. Are you Angela Barnes?

                           (ANGIE is both surprised
                           and shocked with the
                           young girl’s courage and
                           the fact that she is
                           someone very important)

          ANGIE
I might be. Lora Mendes?

          LORA
(slightly smiling) I am.

             ANGIE
I’m Angie.

                           (There is a moment of
                           silent awkwardness.)

Oh, you can sit down. Wow, I’m sorry
Lose my head, forget all my manners.

          LORA
Oh I don’t mind. I felt the same way
coming up here. I almost turned around.

          ANGIE
Yea, I uh, know how you feel.

          LORA
I wasn’t sure how you would
react, and all.

          ANGIE
Trust me, I know. It’s kind of
surreal actually.

             LORA
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It is. Very different.

          ANGIE
Yea…(beat) So… how was the trip?

          LORA
Oh very good. Good weather.
Traffic was pretty moderate. This is a cute town.

          ANGIE
Live in it for 25 years, and see if you
still think it’s cute then.

          LORA
You’re right.

                              (They both inwardly
                              laugh.)
          ANGIE
But, it’s not too bad, you know.
Everything’s in one area. You don’t
get lost. And you got your friends,
coworkers…family.

          LORA
You must have everything down here.

          ANGIE
Almost.

                              (Another awkward
                              silence)

So, you live in New York?

          LORA
(Brighter) Yes, I’m a second year at Columbia,
pre-law. I love the city. I think
I will probably get a job at a firm up
there. But yes, I’ll be a “New York”
lawyer. Well, at least I would like to be.

          ANGIE
That’s…amazing. What kind of law?

          LORA
Um..I’m not quite sure yet, all
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I know is supposedly, I’m good at arguing.

          ANGIE
Well all I know is if you’re smart
enough to go to the city, you’re
gotta be good at something.

          LORA
You sound like my mother.

          ANGIE
(suddenly intrigued)
Do I?

          LORA
Yes.

          ANGIE
She must be a smart woman.

          LORA
Very.

                            (Silence is broken by
                            the WAITRESS, coming up
                            to the table.)

          WAITRESS
How you doing ladies, are you ready?

          LORA
Yes, I will try your tuna salad platter but with
No onions, no peppers, and no pickles.

          ANGIE
I’ll have the same.

          WAITRESS
Alrighty, will that be all?

          LORA and ANGIE
(simultaneously) Extra crackers.

                            (They both smile).

          WAITRESS
That’ll be right out for ya, dears.
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                         (A moment passes, ANGIE
                         begins to interestedly
                         search LORA’s face,
                         which is looking at the
                         window. LORA notices
                         ANGIE staring at her.)

           LORA
What?

          ANGIE
Sorry. Nothing.

          LORA
No, please tell me. We just met
and I don’t want us to start out with secrets.
Like…other people.

          ANGIE
I know. It was just. When you turned you head,
you reminded me.

           LORA
Of what?

          ANGIE
Well, me. When I was your age I mean.

           LORA
Really?

           ANGIE
Yea, we have the same bone structure.
You know, round face, high cheekbones.
Big eyes. God when I wore glasses they
were huge!

          LORA
Oh I know! I look like an insect when I read.

          ANGIE
Me too! Well, I have contacts now,
but I used to.

          LORA
Wow. That’s…funny.
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          ANGIE
Yea.

          LORA
(After a beat) Did you know about it?
What was going on, with him?

          ANGIE
No, he um, he was very quiet about his life
especially around the time of his “business
trips.”

          LORA
Oh.

          ANGIE
I mean, he had always come back with
gifts for me or something. But
never with stories. I don’t remember any
stories.

          LORA
Neither do I.

          ANGIE
How old are you Lora?

          LORA
19. Twenty next August.

          ANGIE
19. Wow. I remember when I was your age.
God I was a crazy thing. Always goin out,
getting into bars, screwing my life away in
the back of mustangs. God that was
livin in this town.

          LORA
It Sounds like you had a time.

          ANGIE
I did. It was that time in my life when
I thought I was invincible (pause).
But then you come to a point where the
fun stops. Work begins. And you
learn things. Things you, well never
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thought you’d learn. You know, I used
to think that I would make it out of
here one day and travel. You know?
Like those people who go to Europe and
stuff. I wanted to get out of here and
see what I was told I could never see.
I wanted to write about it. Maybe a play
or something. Something that would tell
the world, “I’m Angela Barnes, and I
don’t give a fuck what you think of me,
cause I’m out of this hellhole.” But
you make mistakes. End up having a
kid and a divorce on you record, and
wind up sitting in a diner reading the
ketchup label. Then you find out things
you never thought were possible, and
end up meeting strangers in public
restaurants. And you realize, life
is never gonna just go away. You have
to face it. Even if you’re really scared.
Cause, well, you might meet someone very,
(pause) very special.

          LORA
I wish I was as smart as you.

          ANGIE
I’m not smart. Just experienced.

          LORA
Well whatever you that think you are, you are
Definitely smarter than anyone I’ve ever
known.

          ANGIE
Ha. Smart. Good one. I’m not the Ivy-league law
student, here.

          LORA
Trust me, the school, the people, it’s…not what
you think. It doesn’t mean anything.

          ANGIE
No,it really does. I mean
you’re gonna be a lawyer. You live in
New York. Not some redneck town with two-for-one
Thursdays at the Piggly Wiggly. (They laugh).
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God, the opportunities you must have. What I
wouldn’t give to be living my dream.

           LORA
Me too.

                         (WAITRESS enters
                         carrying a tray of the
                         ordered food and
                         crackers.)

          WAITRESS
Here you go Ladies. Two Tuna platters
no onions, pickles, or peppers. And
extra crackers. Can I fill your drink for you?

          ANGIE
Sure thank you.

          WAITRESS
And you ma’am?

          LORA
Yes thank you, but no cream I’m lactose
intolerant.

          WAITRESS
Alrighty ma’am.

                         (WAITRESS walks off)

          ANGIE
You’re lactose too?

           LORA
You are?

          ANGIE
Since I was seven.

          LORA
Me too. Wow. We are related.

          ANGIE
You know I, wasn’t completely
in the dark about the situation.
(beat) I mean, I knew what was going on when
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I found one of Dad’s letters in his coat
pocket. I didn’t say anything at first
to him or anyone. I was just a kid anyway,
and I didn’t want to accuse him of
anything that may or may not be true.

          LORA
For years, I didn’t know he was hiding anything.
I didn’t know you existed. I didn’t even
know he had been married before. The only
thing I can remember is me growing up with
him occasionally being the traditional dad at
school dances or father-daughter picnics.
He was just too busy with work for
me and I thought nothing of it. He was busy with
many things. When I found out the truth, though,
it…it all
made sense.

          ANGIE
I never thought I’d be 25 years old
and meeting my half-sister at a Diner
in Manford, Texas.
                         (They both smile)

But I’m glad I did.


                           (After a moment a little
                      boy walks into the diner
                      wearing a worn out football
                      jersey and dirty jeans. He is
                      about 9)

          BILLY
Hey mom Lacey said she was watching me today
and that you wouldn’t be home until five
but I need a ride to Mark’s house.

          ANGIE
Well how did you get here?

          BILLY
Walked.

          ANGIE
Guess how you’re gonna get to Marks.
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             BILLY
Again?

          ANGIE
Hey if you want fast food for lunch
you’re gonna have to pay a price buddy.

             BILLY
Fine.

                              (He begins to
                              leave)
          ANGIE
Uh uh. Aren’t you forgetting something?

                              (The boy gives her
                              a kiss)
Thank you.

                              (He leaves)
Babysitters, what do I pay them for?

          LORA
He’s your son?

          ANGIE
Yea, unfortunately. I swear they turn
a year older; think they own you.

          LORA
He’s very sweet.

          ANGIE
Do you want him? He’s pretty nice sometimes.
He takes after me.

          LORA
Does he really?

          ANGIE
No. No, he’s like his father. He doesn’t
hit though.


          LORA
Oh. (beat) He reminds me of my little
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brother. (quickly) He’s my mother’s from
her second marriage. He’s 6. Cutest little thing.
Loves football. Drives mom crazy. But
he’s good for her. With me in the city and
everything, she needs to be needed by someone.

          ANGIE
I don’t know what I’m gonna do when he’s
gone. I guess I’ll get a dog.

                              (They both laugh)

          LORA
To be honest, you’re not what I had expected.

          ANGIE
Really? How so?

          LORA
I guess I expected you to be this bitter old
woman, who would manipulate
the paperwork out of spite.

          ANGIE
How’d you know? Kidding, kidding. No, I’m
actually very, very relieved and glad to
have met you. It, I don’t know, kind of
completes things for me. When I found out you
existed, and well, even if we hadn’t come
together on these circumstances, I still would
have really liked to have known you.

             LORA
Thank you.

          ANGIE
So…ready to break out these things?

          LORA
Now or never.


                         (ANGIE and LORA   take out
                         a manilla folde   eachr
                         from thier basg   and take
                         out 2 pieces of   paper.)
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          LORA
Did you open it?

          ANGIE
It said not to. Did you?

          LORA
No.

          ANGIE
Good. Alright then, let’s see…

          LORA
It looks in order. First
page is business policies. (Turns page)
Oh okay here we go, relative assets.

          ANGIE
“In the untimely result of my death, I leave the
following to my daughter, Angela: The gold pocket
watch with engraved initials”…

          LORA
Oh I loved that watch…

          ANGIE
“and the Dayton Beach cottage including the
boathouse and all assistants.” Dayton beach? He
owns a beach? Can you do that?

          LORA
It looks like he inherited it during a poker
game. Lucky hand I say.

          ANGIE
I can’t believe I never knew about this.

          LORA
Good at keeping secrets that man.

          ANGIE
Guess so. Okay what does it say about you?

          LORA
 “To my other daughter, Lora: I leave my prized
1967 Cadillac coup.” A car…I live in New York.
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          ANGIE
I’ll take it.

          LORA
“And the partnership of the Franklin & Barnes law
firm in Manford,Texas.” Law Firm? He’s leaving me
the company?… I need some coffee.

          ANGIE
Not even 20 and you’re an heir to the throne.

             LORA
God.

          ANGIE
I didn’t know he had this much money.

          LORA
The money I’m not surprised by, but the assets…

          ANGIE
Wait there’s one more thing: “In conclusion, to
ensure the relationship between both of
daughters and their respective families, I
leave to them joint ownership of the land
from the Dayton beach pier to the city border on
Meliora Street, altogether 1,000 acres.” Oh my
God.

          LORA
Where is it?

          ANGIE
That’s the town. That’s Manford. He gave us the
entire town.

          LORA
You’re kidding.

          ANGIE
No I’m not.

             LORA
OH MY GOD!

                         (They both get up from
                         the both and begin to
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                         voice their enthusiasm.
                         They rest of the patrons
                         in the restaurant turn
                         to stare.)

          WAITRESS
Excuse me, Ladies, you know I like you but could
you maybe sit down? I think you’re given the old
men heart attacks.

          ANGIE
(out of breath) Millie, we just found out that
our father…to us…the whole town!

          WAITRESS
Excuse me? That’s not—wait. Is your Daddy
Thomas Barnes?

          LORA
Was.

          WAITRESS
That man’s family has owned this property
since 1951. I didn’t know he had 2 daughters.

          ANGIE
Until two weeks ago…neither did we.

          LORA
You mean our father has owned this town for over
50 years?

          WAITRESS
Oh, honey everybody knew the Barnes family. Kind
of disappeared after he left for good in ‘88… I
guess he just never told ya.

          LORA
Never told a lot of things.

          ANGIE
This is crazy. I don’t know if we can do this.
Well… do we have to do anything?

          LORA
It looks like it’s just a property asset.
As long as no one tries to develop on it
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without our permission, then we just well, own
it.

          ANGIE
This is amazing. I can put Billy through college.

          LORA
I have a job.

          ANGIE
I have a house.

            LORA
A car?

          ANGIE
Honey, that’s a classic.

          LORA
The point is, is this is going to change
everything. For both of us.

          ANGIE
Do we have to sign anything?

          LORA
Looks like this page right here, and that’s
it. Just gotta send it in.

                            (They both sign it)

          ANGIE
Well, that’s all she wrote.

            LORA
Guess so.

          ANGIE
So, I guess you’re gonna go back to
New York now?

          LORA
I really should. I have a court final Monday.

          ANGIE
Wouldn’t wanna miss that.
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           LORA
No.

                           (They sit in silence for
                           a moment. LORA begins to
                           twirl her hair around
                           her finger, just like
                           ANGIE did at the
                           beginning.)
          ANGIE
So, guess that’s it?

          LORA
Looks like it.

                           (Another pause. then
                           ANGIE speaks)

          ANGIE
Thank you Lora. You know, for everything.
Coming down here and…thanks.

                           (LORA nods and begins to
                           leave. Just then BILLY
                           runs onstage once again)

          BILLY
Mom, please it looks like its gonna rain.

          ANGIE
Oh fine. (pause) Billy, honey I’d like you to
meet a friend of mine. This is Lora. She’s my
sister.

          LORA
It’s a pleasure to meet you Billy.

           BILLY
You too.

          ANGIE
Go wait in the car Bill.

          BILLY
Alright mom. Bye Aunt Lora.

                           (BILLY exits)
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               LORA
You know, we’re kind of family now
and, I mean, if you wanted, we could maybe
get together sometime?

          ANGIE
(Amusedly) Sure your Mom wouldn’t mind?

          LORA
No, not really. I’m sure.

                            (ANGIE smiles, looks at
                            papers)

He’ll always be here. I’ll always have him.
And you.
                         (She beings to walk out
                         the door. Stops, turns
                         around)
Happy Father’s Day, Angie.

          ANGIE
What are sisters for?

                            (LORA smiles warmly,
                            walks out of diner;
                            exits.)

                            (ANGIE picks up her pile
                            of papers and begins to
                            walk to the door. She
                            waits a moment.)

(Looks up towarsd heaven) Happy Father’s Day
you son of a bitch.(beat) I love you.

                            (Turns towards door
                            exits.)
                            (Lights fade. Curtain.)

				
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