free teen drama play script
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TEEN ANGEL (a free play script)

 

by

 

D. M. Larson

 

 

 

 

Copyright © 2003

All Rights Reserved*

 

 

Cast of Characters

 

PEGGY: A teen who has found herself on a mission after her death.

 

GABRIELLA: The guide upon the stairway to heaven.

 

ALICE: Manager of a 50ís diner.

 

KATE: Shy teen who is in love with RICK.

 

DAVID: A mysterious man who offers to help PEGGY in her mission.

 

RICK: A teen who has lost his girlfriend in a car accident.

 

HEATHER: An obnoxious teen who continually picks on KATE.

 

Heatherís friends Ė one or more girls play Heatherís friend but donít have any lines.

 

Time and Place

Early 1950ís at a diner.


[Note: Music is used throughout the show. The play can be done with recorded music or more ambitious productions can be done with live music and actors singing the songs. Depending on your type of production, please observe copyright restrictions when using songs]

 

(MUSIC: ďLast KissĒ by J. Frank Wilson and the Cavaliers. Music slowly fades as cars racing are heard. Honking is heard and then a crash. Screams. Music builds and then fades)

 

(Lights come up on PEGGY, a young teenage girl who is in white, sparkling robes. She is standing before a white, sparkling staircase leading to a passage through a cloudy background. GABRIELLA, a woman in white steps forward from the passage and is at the top of the stairs. Her clothing looks similar to PEGGY but GABRIELLA has wings)

 

GABRIELLA

I see youíve arrived. I almost thought you weren't going to make it. Modern medicine certainly creates a lot of uncertainty in my work these days.

 

PEGGY

Where am I?

 

GABRIELLA

Youíre climbing the stairway to heaven.

 

PEGGY

You mean thatÖ

 

GABRIELLA

Youíve crossed overÖ

 

PEGGY

Iím dead?

 

GABRIELLA

You could say that.

 

PEGGY

But what happened? I donít rememberÖ anything.

 

GABRIELLA

Souls are made to forget the pain and sorrows of life, especially the end. Itís better that way.

 

PEGGY

But I remember so little about my life. I remember that my name is Peggy and that I like vanilla ice creamÖ

(Pauses and struggles to remember. GABRIELLA comes down the stairs)

 

GABRIELLA

Your memories are selected carefully. Too many earthly memories really mess with eternal bliss.

 

PEGGY

But it seems like Iím forgetting something. I hate that feeling. You know, like you know you have to do something but you canít remember what and you know youíll get in big trouble if you donít do itÖ

 

GABRIELLA

Peace, Peggy dear. Thereís nothing to worry about now.

 

PEGGY

I suppose not...

(Something still seems to bother her)

 

GABRIELLA

(Studying PEGGY)

I see what they meanÖ

 

PEGGY

What who mean?

 

GABRIELLA

I was sent to help guide you.

 

PEGGY

Guide me? Into heaven?

(Points to stairs)

The way looks pretty clear.

 

GABRIELLA

It appears so, but nothing is ever as simple as it seems.

(Motions to stairs)

Perhaps I should illustrate. Try going up the stairs.

 

PEGGY

(Looks at GABRIELLA funny, shrugs, and heads to stairs. PEGGY stops at the bottom step and canít seem to go any further)

I want toÖ but canít.

 

GABRIELLA

Youíre not ready yet.

 

PEGGY

That doesnít mean that Iím going toÖ you know whereÖ

 

GABRIELLA

(Smiles)

Fortunately, no. You lived a good life and have few blotches on your record. You shouldnít fear going anywhere but heaven. ButÖ

(Pauses)

Öthereís always a ďbutĒ isnít there?

(PEGGY looks worried)

You will need to earn your wings.

 

PEGGY

Earn my wings?

 

GABRIELLA

You canít enter heaven without wings. So each soul must earn them. Now some people earn them in life with good works and good deedsÖ Mother Teresa for example. Her soul had the most amazing wings when she arrivedÖ

 

PEGGY

So I didnít do anything good in my life?

 

GABRIELLA

You were a good person or you wouldnít be here. But wingless souls are often wingless for a reason. Even good people make mistakes in life. So good people are given a chance to earn their wings despite problems in life.

 

PEGGY

Sounds fair. I only wish I knew I knew what I’d done.

 

GABRIELLA

Itís better not to know anything about your past life. It will only make earning your wings more difficult. Let me give you a warningÖ your memories are there, but donít go seeking them. They will only lead you down the wrong path and will keep you from earning your wings.

 

PEGGY

What happens if I donít earn my wings?

 

GABRIELLA

You will earn them. I know you will.

 

PEGGY

Why? Can you see the future?

 

GABRIELLA

No, but I can see your heart and I have faith that you will succeed.

 

PEGGY

(Suddenly determined)

So what do I need to do to earn my wings?

 

GABRIELLA

There is some unfinished business in your past life that must be resolved. You will be without memory and will appear as a stranger to those who once knew you. Discover the problem and help to fix it. That will earn you your wings.

 

PEGGY

I have a feeling this isnít going to be as easy as you are making it sound.

 

GABRIELLA

Actually it is quite dangerous.

 

PEGGY

Then why send me?

 

GABRIELLA

Because we know that you are the only one that can fix the problem.

 

PEGGY

And what is the problem?

 

GABRIELLA

Unfortunately, weíre not sure.

 

PEGGY

This isnít going to be easy.

 

GABRIELLA

I need to leave you with a warning as well.

 

PEGGY

Leave me? Youíre leaving me? But we just met.

 

GABRIELLA

Donít worry, Peggy. I wonít be far away.

 

PEGGY

I feel so overwhelmedÖ no memoryÖ trying to solve a problem I know nothing aboutÖ And you mentioned a warning?

 

GABRIELLA

You must be careful. Keep your memories buried. If one tries to seek the past, she can become trapped in it and become a lost soul.

 

PEGGY

A lost soul?

 

GABRIELLA

A lost soul is a person whom some people know as ghosts.

 

PEGGY

I could become a ghost?

 

GABRIELLA

(GABRIELLA goes up stairs)

Only if you are not careful. Remember, you are someone else now. No one will remember you. No one will recognize you. But if they doÖ then you could be lost.

 

PEGGY

How will I know what to do?

 

GABRIELLA

You will know. Only you know the way.

(Reaches to of stairs)

Good luck, Peggy.

(Exits and lights fade to a spotlight. PEGGY steps into the spotlight and now is in common street clothes [which actress wore under white robe]. PEGGY looks around into the darkness and sounds can be heard. Faint and unrecognizable at first. Then the sounds grow stronger. Lights come up across the stage on a 50ís style diner. 50ís music is heard now. Waitresses, bus boys, cooks, customers are in the diner. PEGGY watches from her spotlighted area)

 

SONG: ďRock Around the ClockĒ by Bill Haley and his Comets

 

ALICE

(Older waitress who managers the diner)

Clean up on table 7.

(Looks around)

Where is that girl?

 

KATE

(Rushes in. KATE is a teen about PEGGYís age)

Sorry. Iím on it.

(Lights slowly fade on PEGGY)

 

ALICE

Where were you anyway?

 

HEATHER

(Snotty teen who is a customer sitting with friends)

Watching Rick no doubt.

(Her friends laugh)

 

ALICE

Rick? Who is Rick?

 

KATE

Nobody.

 

HEATHER

Nobody? Heís only the man of Kateís dreams.

 

KATE

He is not.

 

HEATHER

You should see Kate when sheís around him. Serious puppy love.

 

ALICE

Hurry with that cleanup, Kate. I need you to go get a jar of pickles out of the pantry.

 

HEATHER

(As KATE comes near she drops something on the floor in front of her so she steps in it)

Ooops. Better clean that up too, Kate.

(Friends laugh and Kate looks upset and slowly bends down to clean it)

 

PEGGY

(Enters and helps KATE)

Here, let me help you.

 

KATE

Thank you.

 

PEGGY

No problem.

(They clean it up and stand)

Hi, IímÖ

(Realizes she needs another name)

Pamela.

 

KATE

Iím Kate.

 

HEATHER

And weíre hungry. Whereís the food, Kate?

 

ALICE

Hurry up with the pickles, Kate.

 

KATE

Okay.

(KATE rushes off)

 

HEATHER

(Gets up and looks at PEGGY)

So who are you? I havenít seen you around before.

 

PEGGY

Iím new in town. I sort of dropped in.

 

HEATHER

Well, you better learn quickly who are the right people to hang out with and who are the wrong people.

(KATE enters with jar and gives it to ALICE)

That girl over there is the wrong people.

(Points to friends)

We, on the other hand, are the right people.

(KATE comes with food for HEATHER and friends. HEATHER sits and looks at meal. ALICE exits)

 

PEGGY

So what makes someone the right people?

 

HEATHER

You know, the people with the right families, the right cars, the right friendsÖ

(Looks at food)

Kate, what is this? I ordered Cheddar cheese not Swiss. I swear this place is run by a bunch of retards.

(HEATHER eats it anyway)

 

PEGGY

Obviously, not the right personality.

 

KATE

Iím sorry, Heather. Iíll get you another one.

 

HEATHER

Look, Iíve been waiting here long enough. Now youíve gone and ruined it. Iím not paying for it.

 

KATE

But Alice will take it out of my paycheck.

 

HEATHER

Thatís what happens when you get the order wrong.

 

PEGGY

(Picks up ticket)

Says here on the ticket that you ordered Swiss.

 

KATE

I swore you said Swiss.

 

HEATHER

(To friends)

Girls? Did I say Swiss?

(Friends shake heads no)

See. I have witnesses.

 

KATE

Fine, Heather. OkayÖ

(KATE exits upset. PEGGY gives HEATHER a dirty look and follows. Lights fade on diner and come up on KATE who is crying)

 

PEGGY

Kate? Are you okay?

 

KATE

Iím sorry. I shouldnít be so upset. I should be used to it by now.

 

PEGGY

Used to what? Being abused? I donít think anyone should get used to it.

 

KATE

Every week she comes in here and does that. She orders something, says I get it wrong and then it comes out of my paycheck.

 

PEGGY

Thatís not fair. Doesnít your boss do anything about it? Sheís right there.

 

KATE

Alice doesnít want to make Heather mad either. Heatherís family is very powerful and no one wants to cross her.

 

PEGGY

That girl needs to be put in her place. Sheís a spoiled brat whoÖ

(KATE is staring with an exciting/scared expression)

 

KATE

Oh, my gosh.

 

PEGGY

What is it?

 

KATE

Itís Rick.

 

PEGGY

Who is Rick?

 

KATE

Heís only the cutest guy in school.

 

PEGGY

You like him?

 

KATE

Of course. Every girl does.

 

PEGGY

So heís not your boyfriend?

 

KATE

(Laughs)

No, he doesnít even know I exist.

(Saddens)

Heís more Heatherís type anyway. Heís the right kind of people. Iím not.

 

PEGGY

From what I can tell, youíre the right kind of people.

 

KATE

Well, youíre the only one who thinks so. Iím the wrong kind of people, from the wrong side of town, with no car and no father. Iím a big loser.

 

PEGGY

Iíve only known you for a few minutes, but I can tell you are a good person, who is a hard worker, and you care about others. That makes you the right kind of people in my book.

 

KATE

ThanksÖ what did you say your name was again.

 

PEGGY

(Struggles to remember the name she said)

UhÖ Paula.

 

KATE

Nice to meet you, Paula. I better get back to work.

(KATE exits)

 

PEGGY

(Looks off stage where Rick would be)

He is cute.

(Frowns)

He looks so sad though.

 

DAVID (voice)

Thatís because he lost someone recently.

 

PEGGY

(Turns)

Who are you?

 

DAVID

(DAVID enters and is wearing a nice black outfit. Heís close to PEGGYís age)

Iím David. Iím here toÖ guide you.

 

PEGGY

You were sent to help me?

 

DAVID

You could say that. These missions can be hard, especially when you are new. A helping hand is often appreciated.

 

PEGGY

It will be for sure. I have no clue what is going on. I only know Iím supposed to help someone, but how or who is a mystery.

 

DAVID

Thatís why Iím here now. We would never want to leave you alone to flounder. For example, the whole name thing. Pamela? Paula? You really need to settle on one.

 

PEGGY

I used two different names didnít I? Shoot. I couldnít remember what I said the first time.

(Frustrated)

My brain feels like scrambled eggs. Why canít we be allowed to remember anything?

 

DAVID

I see the forgetfulness is really bothering you. Perhaps you should be allowed to remember.

 

PEGGY

But I thoughtÖ

 

DAVID

The most important thing is that you succeed. If having your memory will help you succeed, then I think it might be better that you know everything.

 

PEGGY

(Looks back toward Rick)

That guy, Rick, looks so sad. Who did he lose?

 

DAVID

His girlfriend. She was in a car accident. He was driving.

 

PEGGY

How horrible. How did it happen? Was he drinking?

 

DAVID

Itís so easy to blame it on alcohol, isnít it? This time, no. He was drag racing.

 

PEGGY

RacingÖ some other guy. They were only playing around. Racing for fun.

 

DAVID

Then a truck pulled out in front of them. A Mac truck to be exact and smack. Good-bye, girlfriend.

(Smiles at PEGGY)

You look as if you remember it somehow.

 

PEGGY

(Staring. A bit stunned)

Poor guy. He still hasnít recovered from the loss, has he?

 

DAVID

Heís the best looking guy in school. He wonít be lonely for long.

 

PEGGY

So who am I here to help? Kate or Rick?

 

DAVID

What about Heather? Maybe youíre here to help her.

 

PEGGY

Heather is beyond my help.

 

DAVID

I would have to agree.

 

PEGGY

So you donít know who Iím helping either? Doesnít anybody know anything up there?

 

DAVID

Completely and totally annoying, isnít it? But donít worry. Iíll help you figure it out.

 

PEGGY

Thank you so much.

 

DAVID

You better get back in the diner. I have a feeling youíll be needed.

 

PEGGY

Thanks.

(PEGGY exits)

 

DAVID

(Pulls out notebook)

Subjects appears receptive and open to suggestions. Memories near surface.

(Closes notebook)

This will be an easy one.

(Exits and lights go black. Lights come up on diner. HEATHER calls over KATE)

 

 

SONG: ďThe Purple People EaterĒ by Sheb Wooley

 

HEATHER

Kate, you didnít take the burger off my bill. Iím not paying for any of this now.

 

KATE

Heather, you have to pay your bill. You canít keep coming in here and getting free meals.

 

HEATHER

Whatís this? Have a little backbone now do we? Sorry, Kate, but Iím not paying!

 

ALICE

(Enters)

Whatís going on out here?

(PEGGY enters too as KATE and HEATHER get into a shouting match)

 

KATE

Heather wonít pay her bill.

 

HEATHER

She got my order wrong.

 

KATE

She keeps saying that so she doesnít have to pay.

 

HEATHER

If this retard would ever get it right, then I would pay.

 

KATE

I always get it right. Youíre trying to cheat me.

 

PEGGY

(Shouts and waves arms)

Everyone stop yelling!

(Everyone freezes except PEGGY)

Oh, my gosh. What happened?

(Looks at everyone who still arenít moving)

I can freeze people? But how do I get them back?

(Thinks)

How aboutÖ start!

(Everyone is yelling again)

 

HEATHER

I want this girl fired.

 

KATE

I want her arrested.

 

PEGGY

Stop!

(Everyone freezes again and PEGGY smiles)

Iím going to like this.

(Looks at everyone)

Now, how do I stop this?

(Grabs a cracker off table and puts it in HEATHERís mouth)

Start!

 

HEATHER

(Tries to speak but canít because of the cracker. Spits out cracker)

What theÖ how did that happen?

 

ALICE

Heather. Why donít you and your friends go ahead and go. Lunch is on me.

 

HEATHER

There, now, someoneís being reasonable.

(Motions to friends who get up)

Letís go, girls.

(HEATHER and girls exit)

 

KATE

Alice, IÖ

 

ALICE

Iíve never seen you like that before. Yelling at Heather like that.

 

KATE

Iím sorry. I sort of lost it.

 

ALICE

You donít know how many times Iíve wanted to yell at that girl myself.

 

KATE

What?

 

ALICE

Someone needs to take that girl out in the alley and slap her around.

 

KATE

So youíre not mad? Youíre not going to fire me?

 

ALICE

Youíre the best worker Iíve got, Kate. And I know you werenít wrong. But unfortunately, we have a business to run and we canít go around telling off customersÖ especially ones with powerful parents.

 

KATE

Itís so unfair.

 

ALICE

Welcome to adulthood.

(ALICE exits. KATE sighs and sits)

 

PEGGY

(Goes up to KATE)

That was brave of you, Kate. That was great how you stood up to Heather.

 

KATE

If it was so great, then how come I feel like someone punched me in the stomach.

(DAVID enters. He sits at a table behind them and watches)

 

PEGGY

Itís not easy standing up to people. But sometimes we need to draw a line in the sand and refuse to budge anymore.

 

KATE

Thanks. Pamela right? Or was it Paula?

 

PEGGY

Or call me Peggy. Whatever you want?

 

KATE

Peggy? Hey, that was Rickís girlfriendís name.

 

PEGGY

Rickís girlfriend?

 

KATE

Yeah, she was killed in a car accident. Rick was driving. He feels so horrible about it. I wish I could do something for him.

 

PEGGY

(Distant)

Me too.

 

KATE

Can I get you something? I assume thatís why youíre at the diner.

 

PEGGY

(Checks her pockets)

Actually, IÖ uhÖ seem to have forgotten my money.

 

DAVID

Iíll get it.

(They both turn and notice DAVID now)

Give us two specials.

 

KATE

Coming right up.

(KATE exits and shouts order)

Two hunks of cow and make then oink.

 

PEGGY

Two hunks of cow and make them oink?

 

DAVID

Bacon burgers. I speak diner-esse.

 

PEGGY

I canít believe I wasnít given any money. Lucky you were here.

 

DAVID

I live to serve.

 

PEGGY

Something is bothering me.

 

DAVID

Rick?

 

PEGGY

Yes, and the whole thing with his girlfriend. Her name was Peggy, just like me.

 

DAVID

Amazing coincidence isnít it?

 

PEGGY

Iím not sure it is. What if I was that girl? What if Rick was my boyfriend?

 

DAVID

It would make your task more challenging for sure.

 

PEGGY

Why canít I remember anything? This is so frustrating.

 

DAVID

Relax. Your memories will return in time. I think they will definitely help in this situation.

 

PEGGY

But no one will recognize me will they?

 

DAVID

No, you look totally different to them.

(Pauses)

But youíre still very beautifulÖ

 

PEGGY

(Coyly)

David? Are you flirting with me? Is that allowed?

 

DAVID

Probably notÖ so back to business. I can tell something else is on your mindÖ do share.

 

PEGGY

It doesnít seem fairÖ

 

DAVID

Whatís that?

 

PEGGY

Why did I die so young?

 

DAVID

Iím new at this too, but this is my understanding. People are taken for three reasons: either they have accomplished what they were made to do, or they are so bad that they canít be fixed and they need to start overÖ or they simply need more angels.

 

PEGGY

I guess I fall into that last category, because I obviously didnít accomplish what I needed to do. Thatís why Iím here now.

(Still distant)

 

DAVID

What else is on your mind?

 

PEGGY

If Rick was my boyfriend, then I must be here to help him. But instead I seem drawn to Kate.

 

DAVID

It does seem odd.

 

PEGGY

Then you think Iím barking up the wrong tree?

 

DAVID

(Gets up)

Try talking to Rick. I think a guy who lost his girlfriend in a car accident needs you a lot more than some girl who is being picked on by bullies.

(Tosses a $20 on the table)

Keep the change.

(He exits as KATE enters with food)

 

KATE

Your friend had to go?

 

PEGGY

Yeah. Want to have his burger?

 

KATE

Alice would yell at me for eating with a customer. Iíve been in enough trouble today.

 

PEGGY

Heather is quite the trouble maker. Iím glad you didnít get fired over it.

 

KATE

Alice was a good friend of my mom. Actually kind of raised me, because mom was always so sick.

 

PEGGY

Your mother passed away.

 

KATE

Three years ago. Iím doing alright now, but it was sure hard at first. Alice really pulled me through.

 

PEGGY

Youíre lucky to have her.

 

KATE

I amÖ

(Smiles)

So was that guy your boyfriend?

 

PEGGY

Who? David? No, heísÖ

(Thinks to herself)

A friend. Heís here to help me.

 

KATE

Help you?

 

PEGGY

UhÖ help me get settled in.

 

KATE

Heís cuteÖ but not as cute as Rick.

 

PEGGY

You really like Rick donít you?

 

KATE

Heís not like the other guys at school. He has always been so nice to me. I really got to know him at the hospital when my mother was sick. He volunteers thereÖ

 

PEGGY

(Thinks)

Because he wants to be a doctor.

 

KATE

Yeah, howíd you know?

 

PEGGY

(Frowns)

Lucky guess.

 

KATE

After his girlfriend died in the car crash, heís been so sad. I wish I could cheer him up like he did me in the hospital with my mom.

 

PEGGY

Maybe you can.

 

KATE

But I donít know how. I canít even cheer myself up.

 

PEGGY

Iíll help you. Weíll make it our mission to help Rick be happy again.

 

KATE

Okay, letís do it.

 

PEGGY

But first, I need to eat my burger. Iím starving.

 

KATE

And I need to do some dishes. But I get off soon. We can start planning Operating Help Rick.

 

PEGGY

Roger that.

 

KATE

(Laughs)

Thanks.

(Exits. Lights go black)

 

PEGGY

What happened to the lights?

(Lights come up on stairway to heaven. GABRIELLA appears at the top)

 

GABRIELLA

Peggy, we need to talk.

 

PEGGY

Is something wrong?

 

GABRIELLA

You must be careful. You memories are coming back to you. You must bury them or be lost.

 

PEGGY

But David saidÖ

 

GABRIELLA

DavidÖ that is the other problem.

 

PEGGY

Whatís wrong with David?

 

GABRIELLA

He is not one of us. He has been sent to lead you astray.

 

PEGGY

You mean heísÖ a bad guy.

 

GABRIELLA

More like a bad spirit. You must not listen to him. He is trying to trap your soul. You must be careful. Good luck, Peggy.

(Starts to go)

 

PEGGY

Wait! Thatís it. Thatís all youíre going to tell me. This is too hard and now I have a bad spirit after me. Youíve got to help me.

(GABRIELLA is gone and lights fade to black. A spotlight comes up on PEGGY alone. DAVID appears in the shadows behind her)

I canít do this alone.

 

DAVID

Youíre not alone, Peggy.

 

PEGGY

Stay away from me.

 

DAVID

I donít mean you any harm, Peggy.

 

PEGGY

I donít believe you. Go away.

 

DAVID

Iíll leave you for now. But I will be close. If you need help, donít hesitate to call.

(DAVID fades into the shadows)

 

PEGGY

Is this what a lost soul feels like, because Iíve never felt so lost beforeÖ

(Lights fade on PEGGY and come up on diner)

 

SONG: ďAngel BabyĒ by Rosie Hamlin

 

(Lights come up on KATE in diner with ALICE)

 

KATE

Goodnight, Alice.

 

ALICE

You sure youíre okay closing up alone?

 

KATE

Itís not a problem.

(Smiles)

You have a date tonight.

 

ALICE

(A little embarrassed)

Nosey, arenít we?

 

KATE

Sorry. Have fun withÖ whatever youíre doing?

 

ALICE

Thanks. Goodnight.

(Exits and KATE is alone cleaning up)

 

HEATHER

(Enters with friends)

So girls, who is our conquest for this week?

(Looks outside)

What about Rick?

(Looks at KATE)

Oh, but thatís right. Kate loves Rick doesnít she?

 

KATE

Can I get you something, Heather? Weíre closing soon.

 

HEATHER

(Looks around)

Hey, did Alice leave you here all alone? Just you and Ricky boy out there all alone. Why is he always sitting out there anyway?

 

KATE

This is the last place he was before he was in that car accident. It was the last time he saw his girlfriend alive.

 

HEATHER

(Sarcastic)

How tragic. Poor Ricky boy all dark and brooding about his loss. Maybe he could use someone like me to cheer him up. That okay with you, Kate?

 

KATE

(Trying not to get angry)

Do you want some sodas?

 

HEATHER

I know youíve got it bad for him. I see you out there giving him free sodas and fries.

(Knocks some cups on the floor)

 

KATE

I just cleaned the floor.

 

HEATHER

Oh, dear. Clumsy me.

(Knocks some straws on the floor. Her friends laugh and do the same)

 

KATE

Please stop.

 

HEATHER

(Starts tossing napkins)

What are you going to do? Get your boyfriend to stop me?

(HEATHER and friends start trashing the place)

 

KATE

No, donít.

 

HEATHER

Oh, look. Special order for Kate.

(Throws some food on KATE)

Want some ketchup with that?

(Squirts KATE with ketchup. KATE stands there and starts to cry)

Night, Heather. Been fun.

(HEATHER and her friends laugh and exit)

 

RICK

(Enters)

Kate?

(Sees her)

Are you okay? What happened?

 

KATE

(Crying)

Nothing.

 

RICK

I could see Heather and her friends messing up the place from my car. Did they hurt you?

 

KATE

No.

 

RICK

Iíll help you clean up.

 

KATE

No, itís okay.

 

RICK

Do you want to call the police? Iím a witness.

 

KATE

No, we canít. Heatherís parents will really let us have it if we do that.

 

RICK

Iím not afraid of her parents.

 

KATE

But Alice is. They could have Alice shut down.

 

RICK

I guess they could. Itís not fair is it?

 

KATE

NoÖ

 

RICK

Some people have all the power and the rest of us have to suffer so they can have it. I guess thatís why we suffer. Weíre meant to suffer. Weíre the bungled and they botched.

 

KATE

The what?

 

RICK

(Helps KATE clean up)

Iíve been reading Nietzsche. He says most people are the bungled and the botched, going through life suffering. Heather and her family are the Uberminche. The super race.

 

KATE

That sounds like Hitler.

 

RICK

Hitler studied Nietzsche too.

 

KATE

Well, Hitler wouldnít be in here helping me clean up.

 

RICK

I never said I liked it or agreed with it.

(Smiles and helps her with cleaning up food off her face)

Beside, us bungled and botched need to stick together.

 

KATE

Thanks, RickÖ for helping.

 

RICK

Any time.

(Pause. They look at each other a moment)

I like to help out nice people and youíre nice people.

 

KATE

Thanks, Rick.

 

RICK

Can I get you anything else?

 

KATE

No, thatís fine. I can get the rest.

 

RICK

See ya, Kate.

 

(KATE smiles and goes back to cleaning as lights fade on diner. Lights

come up on PEGGY)

 

PEGGY

Poor, Kate. I wish I could do something about those girls.

 

DAVID

(Enters)

I think it is more important to help Kate and Rick.

 

PEGGY

What are you doing back here?

 

DAVID

Have you noticed that youíre stuck?

 

PEGGY

What do you mean?

 

DAVID

Youíre stuckÖ stuck between realities. Neither on heaven or earthÖ only watching.

 

PEGGY

(Scared)

How did I get stuck?

 

DAVID

The minute you felt lost, you were stuck. Itís like the afterlifeís flypaper.

 

PEGGY

Why are you helping me, David? Are you here to stop me? Arenít you the bad guy?

 

DAVID

Itís strange, but I want to help you.

 

PEGGY

But youíre not supposed to, are you?

 

DAVID

I donít know. I donít seem to be bound by any rules that I know of.

 

PEGGY

I canít trust you, David. Anything you say could be a lie.

 

DAVID

Look. Iím about as clueless as you in all this. Iíve been sent here too for some reason but Iím not quite sure why. I thought maybe it was to help you. I do want to help you.

 

PEGGY

I want to trust you, but Iíve been warned not to.

(Sighs)

Beside, I donít even know what Iím doing here anyway.

 

DAVID

I think youíre here to get Rick and Kate together.

 

PEGGY

Rick and Kate?

 

DAVID

Canít you see it? Kate is madly in love with Rick. Rick needs someoneÖ

 

PEGGY

I guessÖ

 

DAVID

You still love Rick, donít you?

 

PEGGY

I doÖ Iím trying to bury the feelings but I canít.

 

DAVID

Itís okay to love Rick. But you have to decide if itís okay to let him love someone else.

 

PEGGY

Thatís not up to me.

 

DAVID

Maybe it is.

 

PEGGY

What do you mean?

 

DAVID

Maybe he canít love someone else until you release him.

 

PEGGY

You donít think he can love someone else until I let him.

 

DAVID

He is bound to your spirit until you release him.

 

PEGGY

I hate to admit it, but you sound like you know what youíre talking about.

 

DAVID

I read a lot of philosophyÖ Plato, SocratesÖ

 

PEGGY

(Remembering)

Rick read stuff like that too.

 

DAVID

Release him, Peggy.

 

PEGGY

I donít know if I can.

 

(Lights fade and come up on KATE in diner. PEGGY enters)

 

PEGGY

Hi, Kate. How are you?

 

KATE

(Cleans)

I had a hard night. Heather and her friends trashed the place.

 

PEGGY

How come youíre not upset? Iíd be furious at them.

 

KATE

Because something good happened.

 

PEGGY

What?

 

KATE

Rick helped me clean up.

 

PEGGY

He did, huh?

 

KATE

He is so nice.

(Pauses)

Do you think heÖ

(Stops. Embarrassed)

Önever mind.

 

PEGGY

(Kindly)

What? Tell me.

(KATE shakes her head no)

Do you think Rick could like you?

 

KATE

But I know he canít. He still loves Peggy.

 

PEGGY

Peggy is dead. He needs to move on.

 

KATE

He loved Peggy so much. He still has all these pictures of her on his dashboard. Itís like a little shine. I donít think heíll ever get over it.

 

PEGGY

(Encouraging)

Let me help you, Kate. Iíll help you get Rick.

 

KATE

Youíd help me?

 

PEGGY

Sure.

 

KATE

How?

 

PEGGY

I knew a guy exactly like him once. I know how to get his attention. You up for it?

 

KATE

Yes.

 

PEGGY

Then letís get to work.

(Lights fade to black)

 

SONG: ďEarth AngelĒ by the Crew Cuts

(Lights come up on DAVID alone and lost in thought. PEGGY enters)

 

PEGGY

David?

 

DAVID

I think Iíve made a big mistake.

 

PEGGY

What do you mean?

 

DAVID

Iím afraid memories are as much my enemy as they are yours.

 

PEGGY

Are you remembering something about your life?

 

DAVID

I think so.

 

PEGGY

What are you remembering?

 

DAVID

I was in a car accidentÖ

 

PEGGY

Anything else?

 

DAVID

I was drag racing. Right out there.

(Pause. PEGGY is silent)

We came up on a curve. I cut the other guy off. There was this truck. Both of us swerved into each other and then the truck hit usÖ

(Upset. He stops. PEGGY doesnít know what to say. DAVID turns angry)

I shouldnít rememberÖ I canít. I must stop remembering.

 

PEGGY

You were the guy that crashed into Rick. I remember now.

 

DAVID

(Upset)

No, donít remember, please. We canít or weíll be trapped here.

 

PEGGY

That must be why you decided to help me. You feel guilty.

 

DAVID

Guilty is a form of memory. Why do I have to feel this way? Make it stop.

 

PEGGY

I think itís too late for me. I remember too much.

(Turns back to diner)

But thatís not going to stop me from doing what Iím meant to do.

(Lights come up on diner with KATE getting ready. KATEís in a nice dress and sets up a booth with food and candles during the following)

 

DAVID

I wish I could helpÖ I donít seem to be able to do anything. My memories are like a weight on my whole body.

(Crouches down as if in pain)

 

KATE

You have helped me, David. More than you know. You were sent on a mission to stop me, but you ended up helping me instead. Thank you for your kindness.

(Pats DAVID on shoulder)

Wait here. Iíll be back. I wonít leave you alone.

 

(Lights fade on DAVID. PEGGY enters diner)

 

SONG: ďSea of LoveĒ by Phil Phillips with the Twilights

 

KATE

(KATE sees PEGGY)

Hey, Peggy. How does everything look?

 

PEGGY

Wonderful. You look great too?

 

KATE

I wore pink like you said.

 

PEGGY

I heard that Rick loves pink.

 

KATE

Iíve got his favorite food. And you thought heíd like this perfume.

 

PEGGY

Heíll love it.

 

KATE

Here he comes.

 

PEGGY

Good luck, Kate.

(PEGGY exits and RICK enters)

 

RICK

Hey, Kate.

(Looks at table all set up for him)

Whatís this?

 

KATE

That was so nice of you to help me clean up the diner, I wanted to return the favor.

 

RICK

It was no big deal.

 

KATE

And you bought me lunch at school yesterday.

 

RICK

You forgot your lunch money.

 

KATE

And you helped me study for my history test.

 

RICK

Iím good at history.

 

KATE

I wanted to do something for you.

 

RICK

(Starts to cry)

Nobody does anything nice for me.

 

KATE

Oh, Rick. I didnít mean to upset you.

 

RICK

Iím such a baby.

 

KATE

Itís okay to cry.

 

RICK

Not for a guy. We always have to be tough. But when you hurt insideÖ

 

KATE

I think itís brave to cry. Most guys wouldnít dare cry. It takes a lot of courage.

 

RICK

I try to hold it back, but the tears hit me all of the sudden. I guess itís the pink dress, the perfume, the music. Peggy would have done something like this for me.

 

KATE

Iím sorry. I didnít mean to upset you.

 

RICK

No, itís fine, Kate. Thank you.

(Dries his tears)

Peggy and I loved this song. We dreamed of going to the sea together. We said weíd get a boat, maybe even a house boat and live off the sea.

(Smiles at KATE)

Thank you for all this, Kate. Youíre sweet.

(Gives her a kiss on the cheek. KATE is thrilled)

I shouldnít have done that. Sorry.

 

KATE

Itís okay. I didnít mind.

 

RICK

But PeggyÖ I still love her.

 

KATE

Itís okay to love her still.

 

RICK

Itís been almost a year since the accident and I canít stop thinking about her. Will the pain ever stop?

 

KATE

I lost my mom. It hurt for the longest time. I didnít think Iíd be able to stand itÖ I didnít think Iíd be able to go on without her. When you lose somebody you love, itís like you lose a part of yourself.

 

RICK

Yeah. Itís so hard. Does it ever get better?

 

KATE

A littleÖ

 

RICK

Sorry to be a wet blanket.

 

KATE

No, youíre fine. I donít mind. I like talking like this.

(They smile)

Iíve got dessert too. Chocolate malts.

 

RICK

Once againÖ my favorite. Itís like you can read my mind.

 

KATE

Iíll be right back.

 

PEGGY

(Enters. Watches RICK a moment as he picks at his food)

Stop.

(Time freezes along with RICK. PEGGY goes up to him)

RickÖ this is so hard, but I have to let you go.

(Goes up to him)

I love you so much and I know you love me, but there isnít a more perfect girl than Kate for you. Take good care of her.

(Touches his cheek)

I release you, Rick. You are free.

(Backs away. Struggles with tears)

Start.

(RICK goes back into motion. Gets a strange look on his face and touches his cheek where PEGGY had touched it)

 

KATE

(Enters)

Hereís a chocolate malt, extra thick.

(Music plays. Blueberry Hill)

 

RICK

Do you want to dance?

 

KATE

Now?

 

RICK

Sure. Why not?

 

KATE

Okay.

(She goes up to him shyly. He takes her in his arms and they dance. Lights come up on PEGGY and she watches a moment. Lights fade on diner. DAVID enters)

 

DAVID

You did it.

 

PEGGY

I did.

(Turns to DAVID and takes his hand)

How are you?

 

DAVID

It was weird. I was overwhelmed at first by all the memories and then suddenly I was okay.

 

PEGGY

The same thing happened to me.

 

DAVID

The only problem is that I donít know how to leave here now. I canít find the doorways to the other side.

 

PEGGY

I think weíre trapped, David. Weíre lost souls now.

 

DAVID

Looks like we both accomplished our missions. You helped Rick and Kate and I made you into a lost soul. But weíre still stuck here.

 

PEGGY

At least weíre not stuck here alone.

 

DAVID

I canít think of a nicer person to be stuck with.

 

PEGGY

So what do ghosts do for fun anyway?

 

DAVID

Haunt things I think.

 

PEGGY

You think we could find a nice ship to haunt. Iíve always wanted to go on a sea cruise.

 

DAVID

Then letís find you a boat.

(Hear SONG: ďTeen AngelĒ by Mark Dinning)

Oh, I love this song.

 

PEGGY

Me too.

 

DAVID

Want to dance?

 

PEGGY

Iíd love to.

(Lights fade as they dance)

 

GABRIELLA

(Appears on Stairway to Heaven and watches PEGGY and DAVID dance. She smiles at them as DAVID dips PEGGY and they laugh. After a moment she speaks:)

I hate to interrupt you butÖ

 

PEGGY

Youíre back? But I thought I become a lost soul. I broke the rules. I have me memories.

 

GABRIELLA

Yes, you did break the rules. And David, theyíre not too happy with you down below either.

 

DAVID

Are they ever happy down there?

 

GABRIELLA

Hardly ever.

 

DAVID

Did you come tell us that weíve become lost souls? Because I think it is obvious.

 

PEGGY

I canít think of a better person to be lost with though.

 

GABRIELLA

Iíve come to tell you that youíve found a loop hole in the rules.

 

PEGGY

A loop hole?

 

GABRIELLA

Lost souls are trapped by their memories, but they also have unfinished business. The two of you took care of your unfinished business. You, Peggy, not only let Rick go, but you helped him to find happiness in the process. And you, David, helped resolve a problem you caused for RickÖ taking his true love away.

 

DAVID

Itís the least I could do.

 

GABRIELLA

The people downstairs arenít too happy about it.

(Rumbling from below)

Quiet you.

(Rumbling stops)

But youíve made the people upstairs very happy.

 

DAVID

That would be a first.

 

GABRIELLA

I call it just in time redemption.

 

DAVID

Redemption. Me?

 

GABRIELLA

And both of you have found something that always tugs at our heart strings up hereÖ

 

DAVID
Killer dance moves?

(Does a little spin)

 

GABRIELLA

No, youíve found love.

 

PEGGY

(Takes DAVIDís hands)

I know I have.

 

DAVID

Me too.

 

GABRIELLA

So, Peggy. You have accomplished your mission. You have earned your wings.

(Heavenly lights and sounds. GABRIELLA or other ANGELS can put wings on PEGGY)

 

DAVID

(Smiles at PEGGY)

So how many of you can fit on the head of a needle?

 

GABRIELLA

And for you DavidÖ

 

DAVID

No pitchfork in my future huh?

 

GABRIELLA

No, Iím afraid you have a second chance.

 

DAVID

I was afraid of that.

 

GABRIELLA

I have a mission for you now.

 

DAVID

Another mission?

 

GABRIELLA

And Peggy will be your guide.

 

DAVID

Now Iím liking this.

 

GABRIELLA

You two are a good team.

 

DAVID

SoÖ before I go, do I get a little peak upstairs?

 

GABRIELLA

It is against the rules.

 

PEGGY

Perhaps you can find a loop hole?

 

GABRIELLA

Perhaps I can. Come on.

(PEGGY takes DAVIDís arm and they follow GABRIELLA up to heaven).

 

 

END OF PLAY


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