A Haunting

(We open with pitch blackness on stage, with only a spotlight shining down at the forefront. a voice can be heard offstage)

Ghost

This is the story of how I died

(The Ghost walks out onto the stage and stands in the middle of the spotlight, looking downwards so that she isn't looking at the audience but they can still see her face. She is wearing a white dress, and her hair is pushed back)

Ghost

It shouldn't have happened...I shouldn't be dead, you brought me here, you came into the long since abandoned blackbox...you wanted to see if the rumors were true, about the ghosts haunting the theatre, and of the curse that befalls any who dare enter. Well...I'm here to tell you that yes, it's all true, and you're gonna sit there and listen...while I tell my tale. It happened a long time ago...I was a student here, just like my murderer was...unlike her though I was different...

(The spotlight turns off a she walks out of it backwards offstage. The lights come back up, and we see Blair onstage on a bench reading a book. Kristin and Anthony come from offstage holding hands, when Kristin spots Bair on the bench)

Kristen

Uh excuse me, you're in my spot

Blair

It's school property Kris, it doesn't belong to you.

(Kristen snatches the book from her, prompting Blair to stand up)

Blair

Give it back Kris

Kristen

It came from the library right? Which means it's school property, and therefore doesn't belong to you.

(She tosses it to Anthony who catches it, Blair goes up to him and stops in her tracks, immediately looking down shyly. Anthony looks up at Kristen, who motions for him to toss it to her)

Anthony

Let's just go Kris, we can go sit somewhere else

Kristen

Are you taking her side?

Anthony

No I-

Kristen

Then throw it! She's a loser, and she wouldn't move from my spot so she deserves it!

Anthony

Kris I-

Kristen

Y'know what? Whatever, I'm done with you.

(She turns and walks off, before looking back suspiciously, and hiding behind a nearby tree watching them. Anthony hands Blair back the book)

Blair

Thank you….I…I'm sorry you had to get into a fight with your girlfriend though. I- I mean I.

Anthony

It's fine, Kris can be….challenging. I'm Anthony by the way, I haven't seen you around here before.

Blair

Blair, and well….we only have one class together, and you're usually with your friends then, so no you wouldn't. Oh my god I sound like a stalker.

Anthony

(Chuckles) No it's um….it's fine, which class is it?

Blair

English, I sit in the back.

Anthony

Oh well uh, maybe you should start sitting in the front more often, where I sit. I'll cya later, and I really am sorry about…Kris.

Blair

Yeah no it's fine, I've gotten used to it by now, I'll cya later..Anthony

Anthony
Blair

(He turns and Kristen hides herself more, so that he can't see her as he walks past the tree. She looks back at Blair and clenches her hands into fists, the next line is unheard by Blair)

Kristen

I swear, if you come near him…I will crack your head open.

(Kristen turns and storms offstage. Blair does a little squeal and jump off joy, before giggling as she sits back down. The lights dim down as the ghost is once again in the spotlight)

Ghost

I was really excited….I mean, I liked him a lot….he was really nice, he was cute, he was…I could go on and on honestly. Guys like him didn't usually go out with girls like me….they usually went for girls like Kristen. Girls who're pretty…girls who're slender and are social…girls like her always get the guys. But I guess even those girls have their flaws

(The ghost retreats and as the lights come back up, we see Blair under the tree from earlier, when she hears making out noises from offstage. She looks back, and sees Blair walk out, making out with Vince. They stop on the bench, where he wraps his arm around her)

Kristen

Wow Vince…you know just how to make a girl relax and feel good

Vince

Well uh, I can usually hit the right spots

(She giggles, and lays down on the bench when Blair accidentally drops her cellphone causing them to look up)

Vince

Hey!

Kristen

It's you!

(Kaitlin grabs her phone and runs offstage)

Vince

Who the hell was that?

Kristen

I know who that was…..she's a little slut, whose trying to get in my boyfriend's pants.

Vince

Like how I'm getting' into yours?

Kristen

( Waps him upside the head) Shut up, it doesn't count when I do it…..we just need to teach her a lesson….something to keep her quiet.

Vince

(jokingly) Oh yeah like what? Kill her (chuckles)

Kristen

That might not be such a bad idea

Vince

Wait what? I thought you were messing around

Kristen

And why would I mess around about that? She wants to take away something that's mine, besides no one will even care if she's gone anyway…c'mon Vince, just help me with this one thing….and I'll give you a better time than those other two bimbos

Vince

Like what?

(She turns and whispers in his ear, he smirks and they make out, as the lights go back down and the Ghost is there once again)

Ghost

She wanted me dead, because of something that she thought was going on. Anthony didn't like me enough to cheat on her, at least I don't think he did, of course at the time I didn't know that. And, she didn't see it that way. Pretty soon she started stalking me, following me to rehearsals and classes. I'd installed alarm systems and new doors and windows..I started sleeping with the lights on. I tried reporting her so many times, but no one would listen….

(The ghost steps back out of view and offstage as the lights come back on. Onstage is a door, we see Blair open the door and look around before hesitantly come from the door. She closes the door and gasps as Kristen comes from stage left . Blair immediately turns to open the door, when Kristen grabs her and pins her to the door.)

Blair

(crying) Kris, Kris please I didn't-

Kristen

Shut up, you thought you could get rid of me? You thought the restraining orders and the cops would make me stop?

(she places the struggling Blair in a headlock and starts dragging her as she screams and cries for help. )

Blair

Kris please just stop I don't want trouble, just please stop it!

(Danae come from offstage and opens the door)

Danae

What the fuck is going on here?

(Blair gets out of Kristen's grasp and runs over to Danae, her hair is now a mess and her makeup is running. Kristen runs offstage, leaving Blair there crying. )

Danae

What happened?

Blair

I…I she won't stop, She follows me everywhere and she she…she's going to kill me!

Danae

Ok, Blair, calm down (She places her hands on Blair's shoulders) take a few deep breaths and tell me what's going on.

(Blair goes from hyperventilating to being calm, though a few sniffles escape. )

Blair

Her name is Kristin….she hates me, and I don't know why. She follows me around, and I've tried to get rid of her but no one will listen. The cops won't do anything and I'm so scared…..I think she wants to kill me.

Danae

C'mon, I'll take you to the security and you can report it.

(Blair nods as Danae walks out with her and closes the door. She walks with Blair offstage left, and Kristen emerges from stage left having finished running. She looks back as Anthony comes from offstage and grabs her arm)

Anthony

We need to talk Kris

Kristen

Oh, now you want to talk? I've seen the way you've been fooling around with that loser.

Anthony

She's my friend, and you need to stop what you're doing it's sick Kris.

Kristen

She deserves it.

Anthony

For what? If you're gonna be mad at anybody it should be me, I-

Kristen

Oh I am. (She advances towards him making him slowly back away) I am your girlfriend, I'm the only girl you're supposed to have in your life. But y'know what? Apparently I don't matter because you're sleeping with some slut!

Anthony

She's not a slut, and I'm not sleeping with her are you even hearing yourself right now?

(She opens her mouth to speak when Vince comes from offstage)

Vince

Hey babe wh- (he stops dead in his tracks at the sight of Anthony, who immediately turns to Kristen)

Kristen

Anthony it's not what it looks like, he's just drunk or high..you you know I love you.

Anthony

We're done Kris, stay away from Blair and stay away from me. (He turns and walks offstage purposefully bumping into Vince as Kristen falls to her knees)

Vince

Man, what's his problem?

(Kristen smiles and starts giggling, before slowly her giggles get louder and louder until she's laughing like a manic.)

Kristen

(As she talks she giggles just a bit) That whore, that whore turned him against me. She's hurt me for the last time.

Vince

Uh, Kris are you ok there? (he slowly backs away as she stands up and grabs him by the collar of his shirt)

Kristen

You and me are doing it….if she hadn't showed up, Anthony wouldn't have talked to me and he wouldn't have seen you. It's all her fault, everything is her fault….and now, she's gonna pay.

Vince

Yeah about that..Kris, I don't know I mean. If we kill her, then I won't get to go to-

Kristen

Do you think I care? No, you said you would do it..besides, no one has to know it was us. We'll blame it on Anthony, since he likes her so much they'll think it was him. Then it'll be just you and me.

Vince

Yeah Kris I still don't know about that.

Kristen

Just leave the thinking up to me alright? You just play your part and you'll get your reward later.

Vince

And it'll just be this one time?

Kristen

Oh I promise..just this one time.

(The lights fade, except for the spotlight as the Ghost appears again)

Ghost

After Danae and I went to the security office we told them and Kristen got expelled. A security guard came and stood guard, after she didn't come for a few days, everyone thought it was over…but I knew. I knew that she wouldn't stop and she was waiting for the perfect chance….and she got it. I was in a play for the school's One Act Play Festival. We were the last act, before Q & A sessions….and that was the last time I was alive

(The lights come up, as Blair is Stage right handing her costume to Danae. A door separates them from Anthony waiting outside)

Danae

You did good today Blair see? You didn't have to worry.

Blair

Yeah but..I mean….are you sure I did a good job?

Danae

You did phenomenal,

Blair

Thanks…(she smiles and pauses before looking down and fiddling with the hem of her skirt. She looks up at Danae worriedly.) Um, by the way did you see Kristen….there?

Danae

Don't worry, I'm sure she didn't come. Just incase though, do you want someone to walk out there with you?

Blair

No it's fine, I parked my car close by

Danae

Really? Because I could walk out with you, or I could ask Scott or Lisa to do it.

Blair

No really its fine, like literally my car is really close.

Danae

Ok, if you're sure. I'd feel really better if you had someone with you though.

Blair

Really Danae its fine, I (she opens the door, and jumps slightly at the sight of Anthony, Danae stands there looking from one to the other.) Anthony! Um…hi, um Danae this is Anthony. He's a friend of mine I can walk out with him.

Danae

Hi Anthony, I'm Danae I'm the Stage Manager.

Anthony

Hi, nice to meet you

Danae

Ok, so I'll cya tomorrow then Blair?

Blair

Yeah, I'll cya tomorrow.

(She waves, and closes the door as Danae heads offstage. Blair turns to Anthony and stands there awkwardly, as she looks up at him.)

Anthony

So uh Blair,…um great job out there today

Blair

Oh you saw that? Out there?

Anthony

Yeah, I heard you were in it, so I came to check it out. I liked the cannibals one, and yours…you were really good.

Blair

You think so?

Anthony

Yeah, you're a pretty good actress….hey um, are you doing anything this weekend?

Blair

No, not really

Anthony

Oh well um, we should totally hang out sometime, here's my phone number

(He hands her a piece of paper, she smiles and gasps as he hugs her, before letting go)

Anthony

Text me your number, I'll cya later

Blair

Ok…uh..sure, bye

(She waves as he walks offstage, she walks towards the tree, when Vince pops out from behind it and covers her mouth. She struggles and tries to scream, as Kristen comes from offstage holding a knife)

Kristen

You told him…you slut! I loved him and he broke up with me because of you!

Blair

No Kris please! Please I didn't do anything I-

(Kristen slaps Blair across the face causing her to scream, and stands hunched over, her hands gnarled and her hair messed up as her mascara trails down her face)

Kristen

Why would he want a little snitch like you…I deserve him more than you ever will!

Blair

No please Kris, I didn't do anything! (she cries trying to get out of Vince's grasp) Please I just want to go home, please!

(Kristen plunges the knife down, and stabs her repeatedly, as Blair slumps to the ground. The lights turn red, as Kristen stabs her continuously. The ghost comes from offstage as the red lights slowly dim down leaving nothing but darkness)

Ghost

And that's the story of how I died, she went to jail for a few years..so did Vince….it's been 84 years now, and the Blackbox stands empty. The college closed down sometime ago, so this place is nothing but cobwebs and dust. I became an urban legend. Passed on through the generations. Many have heard the tale of the ghosts in the Blackbox theatre…and many have come and gone. Anthony got married to a nice girl, and I heard they'd had a few kids together. Vince died in jail,

What was that? You heard I kill people? That I curse anyone who steps foot inside here? No that's not me

(She looks up at the audience)

That's Kristen

( The spotlight turns off as the red lights turn back on, as Kristen stands there, her hair a mess and the mascara stains still on her face. She looks up at the audience, as demonic growls are heard backstage She smiles at the audience and tilts her head to the side. The lights go down once more, as one last Demonic roar is heard)