Refuge

Recently, Rachel Washington had the wonderful opportunity to have a staged reading at TheatreSquared through the University Theatre’s New Work Festival. The turn out and experience was fantastic.

A quick synopsis of Refuge: In order to save her broken relationship with FTM transgender Derek, Julia attempts to try a polyamorous relationship, brining a young artist, Summer, into their relationship. Inevitably things get complicated by Noah, Julia’s brother, who develops feelings for Summer, and later by Julia who begins to fear Summer and Derek may be more compatible than she planned.

 

Here’s a sneak preview of the script:

Act II scene iii

scene iii.                       

 A week later. DEREK and JULIA are sitting in the

 living room reading. DEREK is reading the newspaper.

 JULIA is reading a women’s magazine.

 

JULIA

There’s this article in here about polygamy.

 

DEREK

Huh.

 

JULIA

The woman, who used to be in a polygamous relationship, decided to escape. And break free.

 

DEREK

Are you hinting at something, Julia?

 

JULIA

I bet she didn’t get to fuck the other wives. Maybe then she’d have stayed.

 

DEREK can’t help but laugh.

 

JULIA (cont)

Derek, I—

 

 

JULIA is interrupted by SUMMER’s entrance.

SUMMER walks in with an unmarked box.

 

DEREK

What’s that?

 

SUMMER

A box of fun.

 

JULIA

Is there alcohol in it?

 

SUMMER

No. We’re not drinking tonight. Actually—

 

SUMMER leaves the room. JULIA and DEREK look

                        at the box.

 

 

JULIA

Well, the only fun thing left that I can think of is drugs.

 

DEREK

The box is not full of drugs, Julia.

 

SUMMER brings three juice boxes and gives on to JULIA

                        and one to DEREK.

 

JULIA

This doesn’t look fun.

 

DEREK

I haven’t had one of these since like third grade.

 

SUMMER

It’s the theme of the evening.

 

JULIA

Third grade?

 

SUMMER

No. Innocence.

 

SUMMER opens the box. It’s a puzzle.

 

JULIA

I hate puzzles.

 

SUMMER

Oh. They’re super fun. And we can take our time. It’s technically a jigsaw so…

 

DEREK

Yeah…why…

 

SUMMER

I don’t know. Because puzzles work the mind for the lawyer in the group but it’s also pretty for the artists.

 

JULIA

And for the dancer?

 

SUMMER

Dancing’s an art. You were included in the artists category.

 

 

JULIA

Uh huh.

 

SUMMER

(to DEREK)

Come on. I know you like puzzles.

 

JULIA

But I don’t.

 

SUMMER

(to DEREK; ignoring JULIA)

Please.

 

He goes on the floor beside and starts looking at the

                        pieces.

 

DEREK

It’s been a really long time since I’ve had to do this.

 

SUMMER

Whatever. You’ll probably have it done in like three minutes.

 

DEREK

How many pieces is it?

 

SUMMER

A thousand.

 

JULIA

That’s a lot of pieces.

 

DEREK

We’ll figure it out.

 

DEREK and SUMMER start to do the puzzle.

                        JULIA watches them.

 

JULIA

We could play Twister.

 

DEREK

(to SUMMER)

You are terrible at this.

 

 

SUMMER

Shut up. I have a process. You’re ruining it.

 

DEREK

Does your process include sucking?

 

SUMMER

It’s not a race.

 

Beat. JULIA starts to drink her juice box. Not nearly

                        as satisfying as wine.

 

                       

DEREK

Come on Julia. Join us.

 

JULIA

I don’t like puzzles.

 

DEREK

Join us anyway. This is what you wanted, remember?

 

JULIA watches him for a moment and then sets down

                        her juice box and leaves the room.

 

SUMMER

Oh. Is she okay?

 

DEREK

She’s fine.

 

SUMMER

Should you go—

 

DEREK

Hey. Look. I have a whole corner done. Catch up Summer.