Bed Time

1 Act Play

The Players

JAMES:

A young man in his early twenties. He is very caring, and is obviously madly in love with Angel. He has a tough and manly exterior, and has full-sleeve tattoos. He is very outgoing. He wears a white t-shirt and plaid pajama pants.

ANGEL:

A stubborn, hardheaded young woman in her early twenties. She is very quick, witty, and sometimes bossy. She is reserved and a little shy. She wears a casual baggy t-shirt and pajama pants. Her hair is tied up in a sloppy bun.

The Scene:

The stage is partitioned into two sections: a small living room and a moderate sized apartment bedroom. It is nighttime. In the bedroom, the bed is on one side of the room, and a huge desk is adjacent to it. James is laying on one side of the bed, tucked in neatly under the blankets while Angel is sitting at the desk, a little hunched over, looking intently at a text book that she is reading with a pen in hand. Small piles of papers are spread on top of the desk.

JAMES

(Yawns) Boy, I am ready for bed.

ANGEL

(While writing something down in her book) Mhm.

JAMES

It’s been a long, long day.

ANGEL

(beat) (Still reading) Tell me about it.

JAMES

Are you gonna come to bed?

ANGEL

(Still looking at her book) In a little bit. I’ve got so much shit to do this week.

JAMES

(Enthusiastically) Work was crazy today. Everyone’s buying their Halloween costumes last minute… Some guy came in with a blonde wig on today, and I asked him “So, who are you supposed to be, Prince?” and he looked at me all pissed off and said “I’m Chris” and I said “Chris who?” and he said, “Chris is my name” and I was like “Oh.” He was pissed.

ANGEL

(Makes noise that sounds like a beginning of a laugh)

JAMES

But I mean, it’s Halloween. He came in with a wig on. How was I supposed to know?

ANGEL

(continues reading her book) That’s weird.

JAMES

Right? (beat) So… how was class today?

ANGEL

(takes a while to respond) It was alright. Nothing new.

JAMES

And work?

ANGEL

Boring as usual.

JAMES

Oh…

ANGEL

Do you mind? I really need to finish this. (holds book up)

JAMES

Sorry. (lays there for a while without talking. Displays restlessness and pulls out his IPhone from his pocket and uses it). Woah. Brianna and my brother broke up.

ANGEL

(sarcastically) What’s new?

JAMES

(Still using IPhone) I wonder what happened this time. (beat) (laughs at something) Oh man. (beat) (plays a video with the volume on high) This guy is nuts!

ANGEL

(stops reading) Really?

JAMES

Baby, you have to watch this… you have to.

ANGEL

I can’t right now because I am reading. Maybe if I wasn’t reading.

JAMES

Oops… Sorry…Sorry. (lowers volume down then chuckles quietly to himself).

ANGEL

Seriously?!

JAMES

Fine, fine. (turns off volume and continues to look at his phone) (After a while, he puts his phone aside, and lies there without saying anything. He sighs loudly.)

ANGEL

(smiling, but trying to be serious) Shhhhh.

JAMES

(whispers) Sorry. (he moves closer to the side of the bed that is closer to her and looks at her)

JAMES

Are you tired, yet?

ANGEL

I am, but I’m still reading.

JAMES

Fine….. (puts his hand on her lap and rubs it) I know what will help you get tired.

ANGEL

(while pushing his hand away) C’mon, seriously?

JAMES

(puts his hand back on her lap)

ANGEL

(pushes his hand away again) I mean it!

JAMES

You know you want to.

ANGEL.

No. I actually don’t. Not feeling sexy at all.

JAMES

That’s no problem.

ANGEL

I really need to get his done. Can you please just understand that I have all this shit to do?

JAMES

(takes hand off her lap and retrieves back to the other side of the bed and looks at the clock) Alright, babe. Time for bed. Goodnight. Give me a kiss.

ANGEL

(she reaches over and gives him a kiss)

JAMES

Night.

ANGEL

Night. (She continues reading)

JAMES

(after a while of trying to sleep, he turns over) Can you actually turn off the light?

ANGEL

How the hell am I supposed to read in the dark?

JAMES

I can’t sleep with the light on.

ANGEL

Well…I can’t read with the light on.

JAMES

Can you turn that desk light on instead? I just really need to get some sleep. I was late yesterday because I overslept again, and my boss warned me that they could let me go if…

ANGEL

(interrupts) …Ugh, fine… (gets up reluctantly and turns off light and turns desk light on)

JAMES

Thanks.

ANGEL

(sarcastically) No problem, King James.

JAMES

Night. (closes his eyes)

ANGEL

Night. (continues to read book. After a while, she stops reading, looks up, and stretches and yawns. She stands up and walks around the room. She exits the stage and comes back with a granola bar and turns the light on when she re-enters the room. James wakes up for a little bit and turns over. She whispers.) Whoops. (She sits back down at the desk. She opens the granola bar loudly.)

JAMES

(Groans loudly) Can you please just go outside?

ANGEL

I’m almost done.

JAMES

Done eating or done reading?

ANGEL

Both.

JAMES

(Now fully awake) Okay.

ANGEL

(continues to eat her granola bar loudly) I just needed a break.

JAMES

It’s fine, It’s fine. I just have work tomorrow morning…

ANGEL

I have class tomorrow morning, too.

JAMES

…and I need to wake up on time… (beat) I guess I’ll just wait for you to come to bed then.

ANGEL

You don’t have to.

JAMES

Well, I don’t think I have a choice.

ANGEL

(Finishes eating, gets up, and throws away wrapper nonchalantly) Okay.

JAMES

(sighs loudly)

ANGEL

(Gets up and starts walking around the room, stretching every once in while. Pokes around at things on the desk. Picks up a bag and pulls out a little box. Making a considerable amount of noise. Opens box and takes out a lipstick. Walks to the other side of the room and opens a drawer, pulling out other lipsticks, and searching through the drawer a bit frantically. Walk around the room, and searches through things). Hm… (beat) Have…you…seen my other lipstick?

JAMES

(Irritated, but trying to say nicely) No… Which one?

ANGEL

The one that you bought me a couple months ago for my birthday. You know?

JAMES

No, I don’t. You lost it? … that was my birthday gift for you… (beat) Can we please just go to sleep?

ANGEL

…You know which one I’m talking about though? Not the really, really pink one. The one that’s light pink. Kinda peachy.

JAMES

NO.

ANGEL

(continues to search through things) Hm. I don’t know where it went. It was like the only birthday gift you gave me.

JAMES

It’s like/ two o’ clock…

ANGEL

/I thought I put it in here…I swear I did. Where did it go?… I feel like I just had it yesterday.

JAMES

GOD, CAN YOU PLEASE JUST TURN OFF THE GOD DAMN LIGHT?

ANGEL

(stunned)…Uh… What?

JAMES

I would really like for you to turn off the light. I asked you earlier, and now it’s on again. Just turn… it off.

ANGEL

You have no reason to talk to me like that.

JAMES

Whatever.

ANGEL

You know, I have to get up early, too.

JAMES

Ok, I get that you have to read and shit. I try to understand that. But do you really need to be looking for your lipstick right now?

ANGEL

The light was on, for literally, like, 5 minutes of your life.

JAMES

I could be sleeping… also, how did you lose that? I bought that for you…it was like 50 dollars…

ANGEL

…I could be sleeping, too.

JAMES

I have to get up in … like… 4 hours.

ANGEL

It’s not like you have anything important to do tomorrow.

JAMES

…Whatever… I would just like for the light to be off.

ANGEL

You can turn it off yourself.

JAMES

You’re already up!

ANGEL

I… don’t…care.

JAMES

I would really like if you could just turn off the light.

ANGEL

(aside) Well, I would like for you to go sleep outside.

JAMES

What did you say?

ANGEL

I want you to sleep outside.

JAMES

WHAT?

ANGEL

(louder) I said, “I WOULD LIKE FOR YOU TO SLEEP OUTSIDE.”

JAMES

(Angrily) Really?

ANGEL

YES.

JAMES

Fine. (He gets up, grabs a pillow and blanket, leaves the room, and goes into the living room)

ANGEL

Ha…Fine. Hey, don’t take my pillow.

JAMES

(comes back in and throws her pillow on the bed and leaves again)

ANGEL

And stay out there.

JAMES

(No Response. Makes a bed on the floor)

ANGEL

(Sits back down at her desk. Gets up and turns the light off. Continues to read at her desk. After a while, she gets up and goes outside, opens the fridge and pours a glass of water)

JAMES

GOD. Can you be any louder?

ANGEL

(No response. Goes back into room)

JAMES

No. You know what? Fuck that. Fuck that.

ANGEL

What did you say?

JAMES

You just walk around here like you’re in your own entire world, only caring about what YOU want and do whatever pleases YOU. Like if you have to read at fucking.. I don’t know… 3 am in the morning… you expect to just lay there and wait around for you/

ANGEL

/I never asked you to wait for me.

JAMES

/And then if I want to sleep. God forbid. I’m not allowed to sleep!

ANGEL

You could sleep if you want to!

JAMES

No…I can’t.

ANGEL

I’m not like, “Hey, you can’t sleep. You have to wait until I’m done reading.”

JAMES

Well, I can’t sleep with the light on.

ANGEL

The light was on for like 1 minute!

JAMES

Oh, 1 minute, now?

ANGEL

OKAY like 5. Big fucking deal.

JAMES

You woke me up.

ANGEL

It’s not like I intentionally wake you up. I don’t want to wake you up.

JAMES

But that’s the thing. You don’t CARE. You don’t consider that I might want to sleep. Am I not allowed to want to sleep? Am I such a bad guy?

ANGEL

Whatever.

JAMES

You know what, fuck you for that. Seriously. Fuck you. Look. I am not a bad guy for wanting to fucking sleep. It’s fucking 3 in the morning, I’m tired, and YES, I have shit to do tomorrow morning. I have to go WORK. It IS something important to me.

I could get FIRED if I’m late again.

ANGEL

Don’t talk to me like that/

JAMES

/I’m tired.

ANGEL

I never talk to you like that.

JAMES

I know… I know…

ANGEL

(eyes lowered. She avoids eye contact with him.) You’ve never talked to me like that…

JAMES

I raised my voice because I wanted you to turn the light off… I’m sorry… I’m tired. I raised my voice that one time because I wanted the light off. I couldn’t sleep.

ANGEL

…Well, you could have just asked me from the beginning to just read outside…

JAMES

That’s not/ the point.

ANGEL

/I’d be more than willing to just read outside and you could just stay in the room.

JAMES

That’s not the point.

ANGEL

You should have just told me from the beginning.

JAMES

THAT’S NOT THE POINT.

ANGEL

(begins tearing up)

JAMES

The point is that ALL I wanted was for you to turn off the god-damned light. Just to turn it off! For once in my fucking life maybe you could just consider what I want. I don’t want to feel like an asshole for wanting to sleep at 3 am. Am I really such a bad guy— I’m not a bad guy! And you know what? I’m sorry for cussing at you, but that was really bitchy of you to say I didn’t have shit to do tomorrow. I work! Yea, I may not be doing as much as you are, but the reason why I work so much is so that I could buy you those stupid little things, like..like that lipstick! I work to buy those dumb things for you. –And, and — it really hurt my feelings that you kicked me out of bed. I never said you had to leave the room. I never asked you to leave the room, and I never wanted you to leave the room. In fact, I’d rather have you in the room with me while you read your book while I try to go to sleep. Because I want to be able to see you when I sleep. I can’t sleep without you. You know that. You’ve always known that. We’ve been living together for 2 years, and it’s so…hard for me to fall asleep without you. No matter how hard I try. I just can’t. (long pause) So please, can I please come back to bed and can we please just go to sleep now?

ANGEL

(wipes her eyes and then takes a deep breath and lets it go) Okay. Let’s go to sleep.

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