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THE GHOSTS OF DETENTION

(AKA THE WEDGIE CLUB)

Full Length Play with Monologues for Teens and Young Adults

by D. M. Larson


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The Ghosts of Detention (aka The Wedgie Club)

Setting: 1980's High School Detention and Drama Club

See end of script for Cast of Characters

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ACT I Scene 1 - I NEED DETENTION

JIMMY

I need detention.  I really need  detention. See, there's this girl... I know, I know, it always starts with a girl ... But this girl is special... I mean it this time... Really special.  Her name is Harmony... But she goes my Harm.  Cute huh? She can harm me any time she wants.  And she has too.  A couple of times.  But I deserved it... Cause I touched her once.  I didn't touch her anywhere bad.  Just on the shoulder. And she broke my finger.  So I guess we kind of have held hands.  I was just gonna ask to borrow a pencil.  One of those ones she sharpens with her pocket knife and then throws in the ceiling all over school.  She even got one in the gym ceiling.  You know how high that is?  Like 5000 feet.  And I just stand under those pencils, hoping one will fall down and I can have one of them for my very own.  Something to remember her by.  Until I get in to detention.  I gotta figure out some way to get detention because I wanna see her more... Be with her more... And turn Harm into Harmony again... Cause I see that beautiful harmony under all that black and gloom.  She just needs a reason to smile and I want to be that reason. So I have to get detention.  What's something good... I mean I want it to be really, really good so I get thrown in there for a long time... Plus I have to make it worth it... Something great that she can respect... How about giving the principal a wedgie? That would do it... A good old up the back over the head mega wedgie.  Let's do this.


SCENE 2 -The girl who broke his finger

(HARM wears all black and is sharpening a pencil with a pocket knife)

HARM

I don't like to be touched... By anyone... Ever.

Touch me and I touch you back... With my fist.

I want to hurt them... Cause them pain like they did to me... Suffer... Squirm... Beg for mercy.

This guy touched me... with a big smile on his face... Like he did it to be funny... And I broke his finger...

Back in detention again for it... I wonder how long they can keep me in there... I must've racked up a few years by now... At the rate I'm going, I will 30 before I get out of high school detention.

What's the point of trying... no point in being good and pretending because it never gets me anywhere... I've stopped wishing I'm something, I'm not.


SCENE 3 -Wishing

(PENNY is the school drama leading lady)

PENNY

Have you ever made a wish? I make them all the time. I watch for the first star each night...

"Star light star bright, first star I see tonight... I wish I may, I wish I might, have the wish I wish tonight..." I always make the same wish, but I can't tell what it is. Then it might not come true. I really want it to. It would change my life.

I go to wishing wells with lucky pennies... Those pennies you find that people have lost... Unlucky for them... Lucky for me... Then I toss them in the wishing well in front of the old museum.

And I toss them in the fountain at the mall... Each time making my wish.

Have you ever wanted anything that badly in your life?  So badly that you can't imagine your future without it?

I would be so sad if my life weren't different... If things didn't change... If I was still stuck here... In this life.  But I won't stop wishing... I can't...

I don't want to be left with nothing... zero... give me some meaning... and make this suffering worth while.


SCENE 4 - BIG ZERO

Someone runs out in local team colors and a big "O" painted on his chest (or stomach).  A sports jersey with a big O can work as well.  He can have one of those giant foam hands that he waves around. He is excited and screams as he runs on the stage:

BIFF

Go team! Yeah!!!!!

(He calms down and smiles at the audience)

Was that good?  I'm practicing for the big game.

(He looks at his O on his chest)

No, I'm not a zero. I am the 0 in go team. Maybe I am a zero to some people.

But this is my life. This is something that matters to me.  Matters to me more than most anything. You know why?

Unlike most things, there is a clear start and finish.

There are heroes and villains. Winners and losers. There's no pretenders or double agents or false friends. The uniforms make it clear and simple.  We know who to root for and who to trust.

If only life were this simple... This easy... good and bad... Right and wrong.

What if war could be settled with a game?

All the world problems - solved on a Sunday.

Once a year we can have China vs USA... India vs Pakistan... Winner gets what they want for a year.

No more bombs and no more guns... Just helmets and balls.  It sure would be a lot better than what happens now.  Because everyone who fights a war is just a big zero.




SCENE 5 - UNDERDOG

(BENDER is staring at some good looking girls and grabs TINY as he comes by)

BENDER

Fight me.

TINY

I don't want to...

(BENDER punches TINY)

TINY (CONT.)

Ow! What did you do that for?

BENDER

Plenty more where that came from...

(BENDER tries several more punches as TINY uses some folders and papers as a shield)

TINY

Cut it out!

BENDER

Bet you're not so tough without your shield, Captain America.

(BENDER slaps down folders, TINY yelps and BENDER tries a few more punches)

TINY

Have you gone crazy?

BENDER

Something like that.

TINY

I won't fight you.

BENDER

Then I win.

TINY

Huh?

BENDER

I win.

TINY

I guess so.

(BENDER says loudly so girls hear him)

BENDER

Tell me I win.

TINY

Fine, you win.

(BENDER punches him)

BENDER

Louder.

TINY

You win!

BENDER

That's right. I am the alpha dog, baby!

(BENDER does a chest bump against TINY who stumbles back)

TINY

What is with you, man?

(BENDER grabs TINY in a headlock)

BENDER

See her over there?

TINY

Yolanda?

BENDER

That her name?  Yeah the new one.  Yolanda...  so hot.  

TINY

She's why you're acting like an idiot?

(BENDER stops headlock)

BENDER

Yup... I want to impress her.

(BENDER lets TINY out of headlock)

TINY

Great... Glad I could help.

BENDER

She saw the whole thing.  They're laughing.  They think I am awesome. Now for the kill.

(TINY flinches)

BENDER (CONT.)

Not you... Her.  Gonna seal the deal.

(BENDER exits.  TINY tries to fix himself up and gather papers. BENDER returns and holds out a piece of paper)

TINY

What's this?

BENDER

Her number. She wants me to give it to you. 

(Says it snotty)

BENDER (cont.)

She thought you were cute.

(BENDER walks off in defeat)

BENDER (cont.)

Everyone roots for the underdog.

TINY looks at number happily and does a cute little wave.

THE USUAL SUSPECTS

Some of the students from previous scenes (JIMMY, HARM, PENNY, BIFF and BENDER) all standing in a row like a police line up (i.e. The Usual Suspects movie poster).

PRINCIPAL enters adjusting his pants in the rear. He throws a detention slip at each of them as he walks by them saying:

PRINCIPAL

Detention... detention... detention... detention....

When he gets to JIMMY he gets an angry look and throws multiple detention slips at him.

PRINCIPAL (CONT.)

Detention, detention, detention.

Principal goes out adjust his rear and HARM gives JIMMY a little smile when he isn't looking at her.


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CAST OF CHARACTERS

Small cast size (speaking roles): 5 male, 6 female - 11 total

Large cast size (speaking roles): 26 total

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Setting is a 1980's High School

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Detention Cast

JIMMY (also plays AL CAPONE)

HARM (also plays FLO)

PENNY (also plays REMMY)

BIFF (also plays JAQUE)

BENDER (also plays CAL CAPONE)

TINY (can play other characters later or can be doubled with JIMMY if cast is limited)

PRINCIPAL

COACH (can be doubled with PRINCIPAL if cast is limited)

GERTY/GERTRUDE

MADELINE (also plays MAYA)

JASMINE (also plays SADIE the ghost)

BRITNEY (also plays VERA)

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Setting in the past: Roaring 1920's

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Bonnie and Clyde Cast

Detective 1 - PETE played by BRAD

Detective 2 - played by JIMMY or another actor

HENRY - played by BIFF or another actor

MAYA - played by MADELINE

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Ghost Hunters of Route 666 Cast

REMMY played by PENNY

PETE is played by BRAD

HARM plays FLO

JAQUE/JAQUE played by BIFF

MAYA is plays by MADELINE

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Seeing Beyond with Maya Fantasma

MAYA (played by MADELINE): The MAYA who can talk to the dead.

SADIE (played by JASMINE): The dead person who needs to find her killer.

JAQUE (played by BIFF): Boyfriend of Vera

VERA (played by BRITNEY): The person SADIE wants to warn JAQUE about.
 
ANNOUNCER (can be prerecorded) - played by PETE or JIMMY or another actor
 
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Hysterical History of Great Depression

PETE played by BRAD

BAILIFF played by a new actor ideally but can also be played by BENDER or BIFF

AL CAPONE played by JIMMY

MADELINE, HARM, BIFF, BENDER and JASMINE can be crowd if other actors are not available - *Woman 1 and 2 - women in the crowd of the court, *Man 1 and 2 - men in the crowd of the court, Child - male or female - kid who got a bicycle from Capone

VERA (played by BRITNEY)

TRANSCRIPTIONIST (could double with VERA if actors are limited?)

RUTHERFORD - played by new actor ideally or by BENDER or BIFF


*These parts can be combined to one actor.  Additional actors may be in the crowd.

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Creepy Corpse Cast of Characters

REMMY played by PENNY

PETE/PRIEST played by BRAD

FLO played by HARM

JAQUE played by BIFF

MAYA played by MADELINE

SADIE played by JASMINE

**SAM and SALLY: Other patrons in optional scene (new actor)

SIMON: Confused customer (played by new actor or JIMMY)

KID: Another confused customer (can be same KID as Hysterical History scene)

**COP - new actor in optional scene

CAL CAPONE - played by BENDER

**DRUNK - new actor in optional scene



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