BRAND NEW DAY

BRAND NEW DAY

By Sisombath Souvannasack

CHARACTERS:

YURI…………………………………………….. early 20s. He is lanky and has a random personality.

Very energetic and a social bug.  Talkative and blunt: sometimes way too talkative.  Enjoys being outside and people watching.

GARRETT……………………………………….. late 20s. Tall and average built.  Has brown, wavy hair.  Not confident but confident looking and meek.

TIME: Spring, 2012

SETTING:

In front of the college library. Lots of trees and open space (well balanced).

BRAND NEW DAY

By Sisombath Souvannasack

(It is a sunny morning. Not too hot and not

too cold: just perfect. The wind is blowing

gently. Yuri sits outside in front of the

library and reads. On top of the patio table just

right below a big tree forming that of a semi-

arch. Garrett exits the library and spots Yuri

reading. He stops and turns toward Yuri,

approaching him. Yuri is oblivious to Garrett

and continues to flip through the pages. Yuri

begins to sing to himself. It’s a mundane day

for Garrett and a soon to be not-so-mundane

day for Yuri. He had anticipated today to be

a typical day just like every other day.)

GARRETT:

Hey (He begins to wave his hand between Yuri’s face and the book.) Hey!

YURI:

Yes? (Smiles as though he seems to be confused.)

GARRETT:

Hi.

YURI:

(Continues to smile. This time it is a warm

smile.)

GARRETT:

What are you doing?

YURI:

Reading. (Beat) Reading about air (He laughs to himself). Air in the central valley. Well, not technically reading but just skimming through the pages. You see, I don’t like to read. Well, I mean I don’t read much and so that’s why I skim. I used to love to read. I don’t know how or why I stopped. (Laughs) Hi.

GARRETT:

(He smiles and attempts at a joke.) That’s a lot of air for one person. (Beat) Could get airy.

YURI:

What? (Laughs)

GARRETT:

I said that’s a lot of air for just one guy.

YURI:

Yeah, I heard ya the first time. I’m just not sure what you mean.

GARRETT:

It was a joke. (Chuckles) And apparently, you didn’t get it and overlooked it and now I am a bit embarrassed because of it.

YURI:

Don’t be. Not many folks are great at making jokes to begin with. (Garrett begins to get nervous. Beat.) But if you thought about it, I laughed (Beat) because I was confused! And so if it’s any consolation, it was a funny joke. Maybe not a comprehensible one, but funny nonetheless. (He smiles.)

GARRETT:

Thanks, I guess.

YURI:

Hey! Let’s move into the sun. Although I love being under these big ole, stretched out branches, the shade can be a bit of a cold spot. Does that make sense? Even if the day were not as breezy a day as this day is, it could be, could get… cold. Unless you have other plans and have somewhere to go.

GARRETT:

No. No plans.

(Both relocate from the front of the library,

once 10ft. away, to the front of the library,

now 40ft. away. On the grass in the sun.

Under a bigger tree. Yuri lies down and

spreads across the green grass and Garrett

stays standing.)

YURI:

So, how are classes going for ya?

GARRETT:

I don’t wanna talk about classes.

YURI:

(Begins singing WE WERE SO CLOSE by Val Emmich) We were… so close… to being close. Just when I… loved you the most, you turned into a ghost. (He stops singing and looks over at Garrett with a smile.)

GARRETT:

(Sits)

YURI:

I love to sing. Oh! (He stands and begins dancing.) And dancing is so much fun. Unfortunately, I dance like a turkey. I’m always all over the place and uncoordinated. Do you dance? (Garrett glances at Yuri and is indifferent to the question.) Are you always this mellow?

GARRETT:

Yeah, usually.

YURI:

You know, you could tell me anything. I promise not to tell anyone. Plus, my memory is quite poor so spreading rumors or secrets would be impossible. (Laughs to himself.) And trying to remember anything important is practically hard labor for me. Shoot! I don’t even know my Dad’s name. (Laughs some more.) That why I call him Dad. (Beat. Sigh. A moment later.) I’m sorry. I can be a bit talkative so interrupt whenever okay. I won’t be mad. (Turns onto his side and focuses his attention on Garrett.)

GARRETT:

That’s fine. (Beat) I don’t know… I just feel a bit empty today. A week ago, I told my parents that I was gay. (Garrett pauses. Yuri’s body temperature begins to rise, his heart races and he is without word, unresponsive. He quickly sits upright unsure of what to do or what to say at this point. Garrett laughs at Yuri and his reaction.) You know… I have always had eyes on you. (Bloodshot eyes, Yuri is about ready to jump to his feet but doesn’t. He continues to listen to Garrett out of respect and surprisingly, unbeknownst to Garrett, attraction.)

YURI:

(He is still in shock and whispers under his breath.) Shit! (But a very happy “shit.”)

GARRETT:

What was that?

YURI:

Oh, nothing. (Half smiles. Yuri begins to get nervous. He grabs his face with both hands and pulls on it unnoticed by Garrett of course.)

GARRETT:

I see you spend most of your school days under these trees out front of the library. And I’ve always wanted to approach you. But for some reason, I didn’t have the guts. (Garrett looks over at Yuri and smiles. Yuri returns the favor.) My guy friends usually think of me as a confident guy because it’s easy for me to talk to girls. They’re silly. Anyway, they gave me this look… my parents did. It was a disapproving look and made my heart sink. Of all people, I had hoped and expected nothing but acceptance from them and sadly I didn’t get that.

YURI:

I’m sorry.

GARRETT:

And so I finally decided that I’d approach someone to express myself. I didn’t know what I was thinking but I had to. Surprisingly, I saw you and I did it. I said hi. And fortunate enough, you responded and that’s all it took for me to know that you were the one. (Yuri beings to laugh.)

YURI:

The one?

GARRETT:

Yes, you’re the one I could talk to.

YURI:

I’m sorry. (still laughing) I couldn’t help myself. Now I feel like an idiot. (now serious) Anyway… (He takes a deep breath.) Let me tell you something someone wise has told me. This was at one point in my life when I found myself withdrawn: “You will only be happy again if you learn not to hold it in. Like a grudge, holding onto things can be unhealthy. So learn to accept what had happened but also learn to move past it. Sounds harsh, but it’s the truth.” You seem young, look young. With that, you have plenty of years ahead of you. Meaning, one day if not today you will find happiness. Everything we experience is not always going to go as expected or according to our wants and or needs. Remember that. And as for your folks, they will always love you. Trust me. (Both make eye contact.) Trust me. They’re just new to the idea of homosexuality in general. Ya know. Their love has always been there before you decided to come out and so after coming out to them about this, what makes you think that will ever change? Give them time. Eventually, they will see the same ole… (Beat) …wait, what was your name?

GARRETT:

Garrett.

YURI:

(Chuckles.) Nice to meet you, Garrett. I’m Yuri. (Throws out his hand for a shake. They shake. Continues:) Eventually, they will see the same ole Garrett and it won’t matter to them whether you’re gay, straight, tall, short, black, or yellow. You name it. If they really love you, which I’m sure they do, they will accept you… for you.

GARRETT:

(Begins to laughs with teary eyes, tears of joy) Black (beat) or yellow, eh?

YURI:

Yeah. (Laughs) Although you’re a bit blacker than you are yellow. (Both laughing.) Just kidding. (Beat) But! But if none of it happens accordingly and your parents are still disdainful, remember… You are not alone. And you could always still be happy. Happiness is subjective and so it will always be there. All you have to do is go after it. No one can choose to be happy for you. So, that said, don’t ever lose hope okay. 

GARRETT:

Okay.

YURI:

So? (Beat. Both looking at each other. Smiling.) Are you going to ask me out or do I have to do that also?  And just so you know, I don’t like being rejected.  

(Both laugh and certain closes.)

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