Time ~ 5 minutes
A girl – in later teens.
3 to 5 boys – late teens too, they are sitting on stools throughout the play.
- The lights are off as the curtain opens.
- A ray of light follows a girl as she enters from left, moves from left to right – she is singing to herself (a locally popular song), there is a bit of dance in her movements, and she is smiling, laughing to herself.
- As she moves a little ahead, lights turn on a little ahead on her path to reveal some boys sitting on stools on one side. She becomes self-conscious, stops for a moment to check her clothes – she stops singing and laughing and crosses in front of them with a serious look on her face, her gaze down, somewhat scared as the eyes of boys follow her movements as far as they can.
- Once she passes them, the lights on the spot where boys are sitting will go off, and she again loses herself in mirth –singing, same easy steps and laughing.
- Reaching the right end of the stage she exits, the light goes off.
- A few moments pass.
- She enters from the right end – half-dancing, singing to herself and laughing. As in step 2 above but this time she moves from right to left.
- Again, lights turn on a little ahead on her path to reveal the boys sitting at the same spot they were last time. She again becomes self-conscious, stops for a moment – she stops singing and laughing and crosses them. her gaze down as eyes of boys follows her down her path.
- She exits from the left end, the light goes off.
- A few moments pass
- Step 2 and 3 of part 1 above are repeated.
- But this time, she doesn’t quickly resume her relaxed moments, nor singing or laughing, as she gets away from boys, she continues looking down but just a few moments before making exit, she starts singing, she suddenly slaps herself at back of her head, as if she has a caught herself in error and exits with a frustrated look on her face.
- The curtains close.
Copyright – Sidharth Vardhan