“Wake Up Walter” by D. Grenga

An original play written in CW 205:  Introduction to Creative Writing with Dr. Carlos Dews — Spring Semester 2010

 

“WAKE UP WALTER”

 

Characters

WALTER GAGEN, 19-year old college student

NICK GAGEN, 21-year old brother of WALTER, loves being in control

MIKE, 19-year old best friend of WALTER

Setting

Bonnaroo Music Festival in Manchester, Tennessee. It’s 8:30 am and the temperature is already in the 80s. Early June, 2008.

Lights up to reveal three sleeping bags underneath a large tarp in the middle of the stage. WALTER is in the one on the left; MIKE is in the one in the middle. The right sleeping bag is empty. Both Mike and Walter are asleep.

(Enter NICK, who walks behind the tarp and returns with a mini-grill. He puts the grill down stage left next to a cooler, goes back behind the tent, and returns with charcoal. Nick pours some charcoal in the grill, and leaves the rest on the ground next to the grill. He then lights it, and places the lid on. Nick walks over to Walter and shakes his shoulder.)

NICK

Hey, bro, wake up. Come on, Walt wake up.

(WALTER grumbles and sits up)

NICK (cont.)

Are you done?

WALTER

Am I done what? What time is it?

NICK

Sleeping. You should shower, you smell like shit. And it’s 8:30.

WALTER

What the hell? We don’t need to be anywhere for another four hours! I’m going back to sleep.

(Lays back down)

NICK

No you’re not. We have to start planning the day. Plus you have to go get ice for the cooler, the bag from last night melted already.

WALTER

You get ice, I’m going back to sleep. Or ask Mike, it’s his turn to get it anyway.

NICK

Mike’s asleep.

WALTER

And?

NICK

(Pauses) I don’t wanna wake him up.

WALTER

Seriously!? Just cuz Mom had you first doesn’t mean you can boss me around all the time.

NICK

Yes it does. And honestly, you smell awful, so go shower and bring back a couple bags of ice.

WALTER

There’s no point in showering when the second you finish you start to sweat again.

NICK

Fine. I’ll get the ice this time, but you and Mike are paying for all the ice for the rest of today and tomorrow.

WALTER

(mumbles under his breath) Yeah we’ll see about that.

NICK

(annoyed) What was that?

WALTER

(raising his voice) I said fine! Geez!

NICK

Yeah whatever Walter. You’re just pissed because you haven’t eaten anything yet. The grill should be heated up by now so why don’t you cook some burgers while I get the ice.

WALTER

I want two dogs.

NICK

Whatever man, you’re the one doing the grilling. Just make me a burger, will ya?

(exit NICK. MIKE sits up in his sleeping bag and rubs his eyes.)

MIKE

What was that all about?

WALTER

Ice, can you believe that? That ass woke me up to see if I was done sleeping and tell me to go get ice! You want anything off the grill by the way?

MIKE

(laughs) No way! He’s been a jerk to you this whole trip. That drive down here was brutal. And ya, how ‘bout a burger? Nothing like waking up to grill-food!

(WALTER walks over to the cooler and pulls out two hot dogs and two hamburgers and places them on the grill.)

WALTER

Tell me about it. Were you awake when he yelled at me about the cigarette in the car?

MIKE

(imitating NICK) Walt, I know you haven’t been smoking as long as I have, but you can’t be that reckless when you ash your cigarettes or it’ll come back in the window and hit me!

WALTER

(laughs) It’s like every little mistake I make he has something to say about it.

MIKE

Yeah it’s pretty bad. Plus the fact that he doesn’t care which bands anyone want to see when he writes up those master plans of his.

WALTER

Yeah I know. At least he kinda listens to you. Maybe I should just tell you who I want to see and you can mention it to him?

MIKE

Yeah that might work. What did you do to piss him off anyways?

WALTER

Nothing! Well, I don’t think. (Pauses) Actually, I did sleep with Becky.

MIKE

(raising his voice) You did what?! No wonder why he’s so mad.

WALTER

(chuckling) What? There’s no way he found out. We were both drunk and Nick hadn’t come back from school yet.

MIKE

(half laughing, half serious) Dude, you slept with your brother’s girlfriend. What if she told him? Come on man, you know how protective he is.

WALTER

Why would she tell him? It was a drunk mistake on both our parts. Plus they were on a break at the time. Anyway, when she came to say goodbye before we left she wouldn’t even look at me, she was so embarrassed.

MIKE

You’re insane man. When did this happen?

WALTER

About a month and a half ago. It was right after she thought he cheated on her, so she broke it off with him. Then a few weeks later she found out the truth. She forgave him, and even though he hasn’t really recovered, they’ve been spending a lot of time together lately so I think they’re getting back together soon.

MIKE

Damn man. Oh, heads up, I think he’s coming back.

(WALTER walks over to the grill and flips the food. Enter NICK with two bags of ice. He goes and empties them in the cooler.)

NICK

(looking at MIKE) You’re finally up? Good we gotta figure out what bands we want to see today. How’s the food coming?

WALTER

It needs a little longer.

NICK

I can’t believe this place, I can’t walk two feet without people trying to sell me some type of drug. Do either of you guys know what doses are?

MIKE                                             WALTER

Nope.                                        No idea.

NICK

(pulling out a schedule) Well, anyway, the first bands go on is at 1, so we have to leave here between noon and 12:15. Widespread Panic is playing then—

WALTER

Nick, I don’t—

NICK

(talking over WALTER) and there’s no way I’m missing that, and then when they’re done we should head over to That Stage and see OAR.

WALTER

Nick!

NICK

(Continuing over WALTER) Then we’ll grab a bite to eat and get to This Stage in time to see Iron and Wine, before ending our night with Jack Johnson at 9 and Kanye at midnight.

WALTER

(after repeated attempts to get NICK’s attention) Hey, listen a second! What makes you think we want to see all those bands? I thought we were gonna figure this out between the three of us.

NICK

(annoyed) Yeah well, while you guys we’re sitting around doing nothing, I was trying to figure out a way to be as efficient as possible. And that’s the perfect plan, do you have any better ideas?

WALTER

Um, hello? We have different tastes in music. Just because you like a band doesn’t mean I do. It’s two against one here Nicholas, try thinking of someone else.

MIKE

Nick, your schedule sounds well planned out and everything, but you know we don’t care for those kind of bands. We want to see some new faces on stage.

WALTER

You’ve already seen OAR and Jack Johnson twelve times between the two of them, you said it yourself on the ride down here! What’s the point in seeing them again?

NICK

I also said that those two bands put on the best shows out of anyone I’ve seen, and if you were listening when I said that, maybe you would have heard that part. Why would I want to see some scrub on stage when I can be guaranteed a good show? This is my fourth festival, so I think I know more than most that you have to see the headlines.

WALTER

(getting aggravated) You go to school in New York City, for chrissakes, you can see those bands anytime! And what about people like BB King and Robert Plant? You know, classic rock stars that shaped the music industry that won’t be alive much longer let alone touring the country? Like you would know anything about classics would you Nick?

MIKE

Calm down guys, I don’t know why everything turns in a fight with you.

WALTER

Alright, you know what? Go see who you want to see. We’ll go see who we want to see. There. Life is about compromises, and we just made one. I’m going to the bathroom, you take care of the grill.

(exit Walter. NICK goes over and checks on the grill.)

NICK

I’m really getting sick of his attitude. I try to reason with him and all he does is try to defy me. You’re his best friend, you should try talking some sense into him.

MIKE

I don’t know, man. I’d rather stay out of this sibling rivalry you guys got going on. You’re his brother, why don’t you do it?

NICK

I’ve been trying his whole life. He didn’t listen to me when we were younger, and he doesn’t listen now. The kid just doesn’t understand reason.

MIKE

Well, maybe you should be a little easier on him.

NICK

What are you talking about?

MIKE

Uh, you know. (Pauses and scratches his head) I don’t know, you just seem to have a short temper with him, that’s all.

NICK

His fuse is even shorter than mine. Trust me, I’ve tried to be nice, and that doesn’t get me anywhere.

NICK (CONT.)

Plus if that kid pulled some of the things he’s done to me on you, you’d be just as bitter.

MIKE

(confused) What do you mean?

NICK

Nevermind. Hand me some buns, will you?

(MIKE grabs a package from next to the cooler and tosses it to NICK. NICK puts the hot dogs and burgers in the buns and hands one to MIKE. Enter WALTER)

WALTER

Are my dogs ready yet?

NICK

Yeah here you go.

(Passes two hot dogs to WALTER and a burger to MIKE)

WALTER

Aw what the hell this one’s burnt!

NICK

Yeah, well I didn’t wanna undercook it.

WALTER

BS, you probably did it on purpose.

NICK

If I did it on purpose why wouldn’t I burn both of them? Just eat it, it’s gonna taste the same either way.

WALTER

(Beat) Whatever.

(The three sit there in silence eating their food. They finish after a few beats.)

NICK

So what are we doing about the bands? Do you really want to split up? I’m telling you OAR and Jack Johnson are worth seeing.

WALTER

How many times do I have to say that I don’t want to see them?

NICK

You’re making a mistake, that’s all I’m saying. Why are you so short with me? I’m just asking.

WALTER

(raising his voice) Because you ask the same questions over and over again. You think that because you are the older one that everything has to be done your way, and I’m getting really sick of it. I only came on this trip with you because you had nobody else to go with, but now I’m really starting to regret it.

NICK

(trying to remain calm) I really don’t get you man. You’ve been acting really strange the last month or so. I know you’ve always felt jealous or whatever of me but I don’t know what could have possibly turned you into such a hostile person, but I don’t like it.

WALTER

(Irritated) How can you say I’m the one acting weird? Ever since Becky—

NICK

(interrupting) That’s it! It’s Becky isn’t it? You’re jealous, I can tell. I know you haven’t had much success with girls in the past, but that’s no reason to hate me just because I can get a girlfriend and you can’t.

WALTER

(Yelling and moving towards NICK) What?! First off, me getting a girl is not the issue here. I can get a girlfriend anytime I want. This issue is that you’ve been a dick to me ever since you got back together and I’m sick of it. Well I got news for you buddy, I–

NICK

(interrupting, moving towards WALTER) You what? You think you had a chance with Becky? Do you looove her? There it is, your secret is out. I know plenty of guys think she’s hot, but I always knew you would be the one to try and make a move just to spite me.

MIKE

(raising his voice and getting in between NICK and WALTER) What’s wrong with you guys? This is fuckin’ ridiculous.

WALTER

You know what Mike, you’re right. Guess what Nick? I slept with Becky. That’s right Nick. I slept with your girlfriend. How does it feel? And you know what else? It was amazing!

 

NICK

(laughs) You really didn’t think she would tell me that? I know we’re not together right now, but we’re still really close. We’ve been talking a lot lately if you haven’t noticed, and mostly about you.

WALTER

(confused, backs off NICK) I…What are you talking about?

NICK

Well as it turns out, Becky hasn’t exactly felt herself since you guys got together. And as a matter of fact, she’s late, Walter. About a month and a half late.

(Blackout)

—written by Dominic Grenga

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