RED

By Klaudia DeLorey

SCENE 1

Stage opens in a dim red light. JANE stands center stage with a semicircle of the five victims around her. JANE's head is down and she has a ratty stuffed rabbit in her left hand. The stage is set sparingly with a bed in downstage left and a door in upstage right; the only people who use this door are the human characters. The bed has a colorful blanket and there is a small end table next to it with a lamp. JANE is dressed in a white dress with red ribbons flowing off her arms.

VICTIM 1

She was a pretty girl

VICTIM 2

With pretty curls

VICTIM 3

And her lips where a ruby red

VICTIM 4

And in her pretty dress

VICTIM 5

She felt the stress

ALL VICTIMS

And thoughts went crazy in her head

VICTIM 1

With her head going crazy

VICTIM 2

And he judgment going hazy

ALL VICTIMS

She dealt with all of them

VICTIM 3

All who die

VICTIM 4

Caused her to cry

VICTIM 5

And made her give up HER BEAUTIFUL LIFE

JANE's head snaps up and she stares blankly out into the audience should be said rhythmically.

JANE

She was a pretty girl

With ruby lips

And skin as soft as silk

But one day she broke

The moment he spoke

She decided she couldn't be caught

JANE collapses, Lights up to naturals. Enter DEREK, who takes in the scene then runs to JANE and puts her limp body onto his lap and shakes her lightly

DEREK

Said as previous actions commence

JANE! HOLY SHIT… oh god, please Jane, please wake up. Shit, shit, shit, Jane please wake up. MRS. WINDSLOW! MRS WINDSLOW YOU NEED TO GET UP HERE!

Scene freezes and lights go back down to red LUCIFER enters. JANE stands up, Derek holds his position, lights go down except around JANE and LUCIFER.

LUCIFER

My child, you have come at long last. Are you willing to accept my offer?

JANE

Yes sir, I need your help sir. I can't take it like this any longer.

LUCIFER

Has someone hurt you my child? Broken your heart maybe?

LUCIFER looks over at Derek.

No matter, I can help you. As long as you are willing.

JANE

Yes sir, I am willing

LUCIFER

I'm sure you understand the consequences?

Lights fade to black

Scene 2

Two months later. Lights come up to a dull purple. The bed sheet has changed to a dull grey color there's a chair at the end of the bed and the lamp is now gone. JANE is now wearing a shapeless grey dress, her hair is in a messy bun. JANE is sitting on the bed holding her rabbit in front of her. One victim stands behind her, following most of her movements.

JANE

They play as if I don't know I'm going mad. I know what I am, I agreed to this. I made this damn decision! Does nobody understand? This is what happened when he broke my heart, this is what I turned into. He should have known that I was already on the brink of destruction. He broke my heart and acts like I'M the one who broke HIM! It's his fault I'm like this. Him and the all of the God damned people at school.

There's a knock on the door, NURSE DiFORDE enters carrying a tray of what looks like dinner. Lights come up to naturals.

DiFORDE

Good eavinin' Miss Jane. How are ya? How was your day? Have you eatin' at all miss?

JANE

Miss Jane, Miss Jane

That's all they say

Miss Jane, Miss Jane

Says GO AWAY

DiFORDE

Careful Miss, if ya keep speakin' like that, they'll never let you out of this godforsaken room. You could see some people. People other than us.

JANE

Spitting out the words

I like my godforsaken room. I like to be ALONE. I don't like you people, and I hate the people out there. They're cruel. They can all die. Now that I think about it, So can you.

DiFORDE

Don't say that miss, you'd feel awful bad if it really happened.

JANE turns on the bed away from the door. DiFORDE sighs and leaves the tray on the table next to the bed and exits. Derek enters with flowers in a vase, nodding at DiFORDE as they pass.

DEREK

Hey Janey

Sits the flowers next to the tray. Pause. DEREK sits on the chair next to the bed

What no riddles for me today?

JANE

Well you haven't exactly said anything stupid yet, now have you?

JANE lies on her bed

DEREK

How's rabby holding up?

JANE

Well he is old

Old, old, old

DEREK

Have you taken your meds yet today Jane?

JANE

I'll pee on you if you want to check

DEREK

Have you eaten yet today?

JANE

Does that matter?

DEREK gets up and gets her tray of food

DEREK

You need to eat.

JANE

Food isn't nesicary. I have no need for sustenance… I'm dying anyways.

DEREK

You're not drying Jane. You're just…

JANE

Sick. Crazy. Am I mad Derek? Do I just not know it. You know, I'm not stupid. They have me in a god damned padded room and I'm not allowed to leave. You know, I'm not going to become sane all of a sudden. I. am. DYING. Here

Jane freezes up. She sits up slowly and starts shaking

DEREK

Oh god damn it Jane.

DEREK drops the tray and goes to try and calm her down. NURSE DiFORDE enters and quickly gives JANE a shot. She does limp

DEREK

She's wrong… right?

NURSE DiFORDE pats DEREK on the back and walks out, shaking her head. DEREK lays JANE back down on the bed and kisses her cheek. He exits.

Scene 3

JANE sits up and looks around. Lights go down to red and LUCIFER enters with the DEMONS behind him. JANE outs her legs over the edge of the bed. LUCIFER takes her hands and lifts her to her feet.

JANE

Are you sure sir? He visits here every day he's always here… what if he actuley loves me back?

DEMON 1

Miss Jane, Miss Jane

He will never love you

DEMON 2

Not the way you love him

You're just the little neighbor girl.

DEMON 3

His friend. You're just his friend.

Your insanity is making you crazy.

ALL DEMONS

CRAZY, CRAZY, CRAZY, CRAZY!

LUCIFER

Now you have done well my child, you will have what you wish for in the end.

LUCIFER exits. JANE walks to the front center of the stage and sits down Indian style with the rabbit. the lights fade to a dim bluish-purple.

JANE

I used to be pretty inside, Always doing the right god damned thing. I forgave those who deserved… or those who didn't. I was a pretty little girl

Enter YOUNG JANE standing behind JANE as she speaks.

With hair that flowed behind me… it was always tied with a how… and I had a heart that was whole. But… after years of forgiveness I couldn't take it. I COULDN'T… I couldn't take it any more. I broke… just a little… ok I broke a lot.

YOUNG JANE exits

The people who played around with my emotions became torturous. Then I broke a lot. Then I came here.

JANE lies down on the bed and holds the rabbit in the air over her head.

NO ONE GETS IT! Derek doesn't understand, they all had to go. And there where things that I had to give up for that.i just couldn't turn him down. He offered to much to me… to much. If I had lived with it all. I would have gone crazy.

JANE sits up

With him, I'll be crazy anyways. Now I'll just be crazy forever.