Accidental Fish

© 2007 Paddy Gillard-Bentley

Full-Length

Comedy/Drama

2hrs.

3/f (one doubled) 2/m (one doubled)

fluke

 

 

Vanessa drinks too much.

 

Vanessa takes a cornucopia of prescription drugs.

 

Vanessaís doctors donít know what the other ones have prescribed for her.

 

Vanessa probably shouldnít wash down the Xanax with Baileyís Irish Cream.

 

Vanessa smokes too much.

 

Vanessa consumes too much coffee.

 

Vanessa wants to die, really, but her body isnít on the same page.

 

Can someone take so many pills every day that their body becomes immune?

 

VANESSA IS COPING WITH LIFE - - - BADLY.

 

 

 

Mother

Always wasting your time, arenít you.  Trying to do things you canít do.  If you get any skinnier, you can just squeeze through those bars.

 

Vanessa

Iím fat.

Mother

You arenít fat, youíre skinny.

Vanessa

Iím fat.

Mother

Youíre skinny.  When you were a girl, then you were fat.  Now youíre skinny.  I can always tell when youíve lost weight.  It makes your head look unnaturally large.

Vanessa

Iím fat...and I have a big head.

 

Vanessa writes down everything.  She thinks itís the only thing keeping her sane.    It probably is.

 

JENNA

 

Even if you write things down, how are you going to keep them straight?  How do you know what is influenced by too much alcoholÖor your eclectic collection of pharmaceuticals, or hallucinations brought on by recreational drugs, or paranoia, or just plan crazy thinking that comes with a boggled brain?  How will you know whatís true and whatís not?  What if most of it is some trumped up version of reality filtering through your mind, and a bunch of other things?  Jesus, Vanessa, how do you cope?

 

Vanessa

Remember how much you hatedÖ

jenna

What?

evan

Nothing.

Jenna

It felt like something.

Evan

It wasnít anything.

Vanessa

Nothing.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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