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(Lights rise to reveal
the physical setting of
a casual diner. There
are three red shiny
booths, each with the
[Ketchup, napkin holder,
There is the distant
noise of the kitchen and
of other guests ordering
food. A waitress crosses
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
Excuse me, ma’am, would you like a
cup of coffee or something?
Oh, um no, I’m just waiting for someone.
I’ll wait till she gets here.
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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.
(Amused) It’s that obvious?
Just a little. (She takes out a small
plastic bag from her
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
No, problem honey. If you need me,
my name’s Millie.
(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
(The WAITRESS, seeing
the exchange, recognizes
Excuse me sweetie, can I get you anything?
Oh no, I am expecting someone.
I think I am just going to sit a moment.
If you don’t mind me asking, who are you
Supposed to be meeting?
It’s actually a long story, and…
Someone I have not seen for…a while.
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,
(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
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)
I might be. Lora Mendes?
(slightly smiling) I am.
(There is a moment of
Oh, you can sit down. Wow, I’m sorry
Lose my head, forget all my manners.
Oh I don’t mind. I felt the same way
coming up here. I almost turned around.
Yea, I uh, know how you feel.
I wasn’t sure how you would
react, and all.
Trust me, I know. It’s kind of
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It is. Very different.
Yea…(beat) So… how was the trip?
Oh very good. Good weather.
Traffic was pretty moderate. This is a cute town.
Live in it for 25 years, and see if you
still think it’s cute then.
(They both inwardly
But, it’s not too bad, you know.
Everything’s in one area. You don’t
get lost. And you got your friends,
You must have everything down here.
So, you live in New York?
(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.
That’s…amazing. What kind of law?
Um..I’m not quite sure yet, all
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I know is supposedly, I’m good at arguing.
Well all I know is if you’re smart
enough to go to the city, you’re
gotta be good at something.
You sound like my mother.
She must be a smart woman.
(Silence is broken by
the WAITRESS, coming up
to the table.)
How you doing ladies, are you ready?
Yes, I will try your tuna salad platter but with
No onions, no peppers, and no pickles.
I’ll have the same.
Alrighty, will that be all?
LORA and ANGIE
(simultaneously) Extra crackers.
(They both smile).
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.)
No, please tell me. We just met
and I don’t want us to start out with secrets.
I know. It was just. When you turned you head,
you reminded me.
Well, me. When I was your age I mean.
Yea, we have the same bone structure.
You know, round face, high cheekbones.
Big eyes. God when I wore glasses they
Oh I know! I look like an insect when I read.
Me too! Well, I have contacts now,
but I used to.
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(After a beat) Did you know about it?
What was going on, with him?
No, he um, he was very quiet about his life
especially around the time of his “business
I mean, he had always come back with
gifts for me or something. But
never with stories. I don’t remember any
Neither do I.
How old are you Lora?
19. Twenty next August.
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.
It Sounds like you had a time.
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.
I wish I was as smart as you.
I’m not smart. Just experienced.
Well whatever you that think you are, you are
Definitely smarter than anyone I’ve ever
Ha. Smart. Good one. I’m not the Ivy-league law
Trust me, the school, the people, it’s…not what
you think. It doesn’t mean anything.
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.
carrying a tray of the
ordered food and
Here you go Ladies. Two Tuna platters
no onions, pickles, or peppers. And
extra crackers. Can I fill your drink for you?
Sure thank you.
And you ma’am?
Yes thank you, but no cream I’m lactose
(WAITRESS walks off)
You’re lactose too?
Since I was seven.
Me too. Wow. We are related.
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.
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,
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
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.
Well how did you get here?
Guess how you’re gonna get to Marks.
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Hey if you want fast food for lunch
you’re gonna have to pay a price buddy.
(He begins to
Uh uh. Aren’t you forgetting something?
(The boy gives her
Babysitters, what do I pay them for?
He’s your son?
Yea, unfortunately. I swear they turn
a year older; think they own you.
He’s very sweet.
Do you want him? He’s pretty nice sometimes.
He takes after me.
Does he really?
No. No, he’s like his father. He doesn’t
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.
I don’t know what I’m gonna do when he’s
gone. I guess I’ll get a dog.
(They both laugh)
To be honest, you’re not what I had expected.
Really? How so?
I guess I expected you to be this bitter old
woman, who would manipulate
the paperwork out of spite.
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.
So…ready to break out these things?
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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Did you open it?
It said not to. Did you?
Good. Alright then, let’s see…
It looks in order. First
page is business policies. (Turns page)
Oh okay here we go, relative assets.
“In the untimely result of my death, I leave the
following to my daughter, Angela: The gold pocket
watch with engraved initials”…
Oh I loved that watch…
“and the Dayton Beach cottage including the
boathouse and all assistants.” Dayton beach? He
owns a beach? Can you do that?
It looks like he inherited it during a poker
game. Lucky hand I say.
I can’t believe I never knew about this.
Good at keeping secrets that man.
Guess so. Okay what does it say about you?
“To my other daughter, Lora: I leave my prized
1967 Cadillac coup.” A car…I live in New York.
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I’ll take it.
“And the partnership of the Franklin & Barnes law
firm in Manford,Texas.” Law Firm? He’s leaving me
the company?… I need some coffee.
Not even 20 and you’re an heir to the throne.
I didn’t know he had this much money.
The money I’m not surprised by, but the assets…
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
Where is it?
That’s the town. That’s Manford. He gave us the
No I’m not.
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
Excuse me, Ladies, you know I like you but could
you maybe sit down? I think you’re given the old
men heart attacks.
(out of breath) Millie, we just found out that
our father…to us…the whole town!
Excuse me? That’s not—wait. Is your Daddy
That man’s family has owned this property
since 1951. I didn’t know he had 2 daughters.
Until two weeks ago…neither did we.
You mean our father has owned this town for over
Oh, honey everybody knew the Barnes family. Kind
of disappeared after he left for good in ‘88… I
guess he just never told ya.
Never told a lot of things.
This is crazy. I don’t know if we can do this.
Well… do we have to do anything?
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
This is amazing. I can put Billy through college.
I have a job.
I have a house.
Honey, that’s a classic.
The point is, is this is going to change
everything. For both of us.
Do we have to sign anything?
Looks like this page right here, and that’s
it. Just gotta send it in.
(They both sign it)
Well, that’s all she wrote.
So, I guess you’re gonna go back to
New York now?
I really should. I have a court final Monday.
Wouldn’t wanna miss that.
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(They sit in silence for
a moment. LORA begins to
twirl her hair around
her finger, just like
ANGIE did at the
So, guess that’s it?
Looks like it.
(Another pause. then
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)
Mom, please it looks like its gonna rain.
Oh fine. (pause) Billy, honey I’d like you to
meet a friend of mine. This is Lora. She’s my
It’s a pleasure to meet you Billy.
Go wait in the car Bill.
Alright mom. Bye Aunt Lora.
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You know, we’re kind of family now
and, I mean, if you wanted, we could maybe
get together sometime?
(Amusedly) Sure your Mom wouldn’t mind?
No, not really. I’m sure.
(ANGIE smiles, looks at
He’ll always be here. I’ll always have him.
(She beings to walk out
the door. Stops, turns
Happy Father’s Day, Angie.
What are sisters for?
(LORA smiles warmly,
walks out of diner;
(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
(Lights fade. Curtain.)