REDBy Klaudia DeLorey
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.
She was a pretty girl
With pretty curls
And her lips where a ruby red
And in her pretty dress
She felt the stress
And thoughts went crazy in her head
With her head going crazy
And he judgment going hazy
She dealt with all of them
All who die
Caused her to cry
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.
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
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.
My child, you have come at long last. Are you willing to accept my offer?
Yes sir, I need your help sir. I can't take it like this any longer.
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.
Yes sir, I am willing
I'm sure you understand the consequences?
Lights fade to black
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.
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.
Good eavinin' Miss Jane. How are ya? How was your day? Have you eatin' at all miss?
Miss Jane, Miss Jane
That's all they say
Miss Jane, Miss Jane
Says GO AWAY
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.
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.
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.
Sits the flowers next to the tray. Pause. DEREK sits on the chair next to the bed
What no riddles for me today?
Well you haven't exactly said anything stupid yet, now have you?
JANE lies on her bed
How's rabby holding up?
Well he is old
Old, old, old
Have you taken your meds yet today Jane?
I'll pee on you if you want to check
Have you eaten yet today?
Does that matter?
DEREK gets up and gets her tray of food
You need to eat.
Food isn't nesicary. I have no need for sustenance… I'm dying anyways.
You're not drying Jane. You're just…
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
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
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.
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.
Are you sure sir? He visits here every day he's always here… what if he actuley loves me back?
Miss Jane, Miss Jane
He will never love you
Not the way you love him
You're just the little neighbor girl.
His friend. You're just his friend.
Your insanity is making you crazy.
CRAZY, CRAZY, CRAZY, CRAZY!
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.
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.