General Script posted January 18, 2015 Chapters:  ...8 9 -10- 11... 


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The Commandant finds out more information than he wanted to.

A chapter in the book British Women

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by Tomes Johnston



Background
Amanda and her daughter, Samantha are prisoners in a European Concentration Camp. Soldiers have been killed and they are being questioned.
SAMANTHA AND FEMALE CHORUS:
(AS KOCH WHEELS INTO VIEW).
Let go of my dress.
 
VAN DAMME:
Tell me what you know and I will protect you.
 
SAMANTHA:
Stop it.
 
KOCH AND MALE CHORUS:
Lieutenant!
 
(VAN DAMME LETS HER GO AND TURNS TO KOCH).
 
VAN DAMME:
Sir, they are hiding something. I know it.
 
(AMANDA RETURNS WITH WET HAIR).
 
KOCH:
And you were just looking for that information under her dress.
 
VAN DAMME:
I was trying to make her talk, Sir.
 
AMANDA AND FEMALE CHORUS:
Are you all right, Samantha?
 
SAMANTHA:
I’m all right. I’m not hurt.
 
AMANDA:
(LOOKING AT VAN DAMME).
It’s a good thing the Commandant came in.
 
KOCH:
Get to your duties, Lieutenant. I'll take care of this, and I want to see you when you’re finished.
 
VAN DAMME:
Yes, Sir.
(VAN DAMME EXITS).
 
AMANDA:
Thank you, Commandant.
 
SAMANTHA:
Thank you, Commandant? What is there to thank him for? It’s only a matter of time before we get raped.
 
SAMANTHA AND FEMALE CHORUS:
He can’t be here every time one of those animals wants to satisfy his lust.
 
SAMANTHA:
Stop thanking him.
 
AMANDA:
You see how it is, Commandant.
 
KOCH:
Go and take your shower.
 
(AMANDA HANDS THE TOWEL TO SAMANTHA, WHO THROWS IT OVER HER SHOULDER AND EXITS).
 
KOCH:
I’ll speak to the Lieutenant and…
 
AMANDA:
It doesn’t matter how many times you speak. My daughter is right. It’s only a matter of time before we get raped. I’m more afraid now than ever.
 
AMANDA AND FEMALE CHORUS:
I’m afraid.
 
KOCH:
Lieutenant Van Damme is convinced you know something.
 
AMANDA:
We don’t know anything.
 
AMANDA AND FEMALE CHORUS:
Please.
 
KOCH:
I can’t take Samantha in as a housekeeper.
 
AMANDA:
You see how pretty she is. If you don’t help, one of those beasts will get her.
 
AMANDA AND FEMALE CHORUS:
They will do terrible things to her.
 
KOCH:
I’ve given orders that no woman who obeys the rules is to be mistreated.
 
AMANDA:
A man who is intent on rape doesn’t care about orders.
 
KOCH:
This isn’t easy for me. I’m used to a field command, but I’ll do my best.
 
AMANDA:
Good intentions have always meant trouble. Those men are vicious… You must do something. I must tell you…
 
KOCH AND MALE CHORUS:
Tell me what?
 
(AMANDA KNEELS IN FRONT OF HIS CHAIR).
 
AMANDA:
She would kill herself before she would let anything like that happen.
 
AMANDA AND FEMALE CHORUS:
She will die I tell you. She will die.
 
KOCH:
I understand that.
 
AMANDA:
You don’t understand anything. You…
 
KOCH:
What is it?
 
AMANDA:
When you left…
 
KOCH:
Go on.
 
AMANDA:
You left me…
 
AMANDA AND FEMALE CHORUS:
Pregnant with Samantha.
 
KOCH:
(BACKING UP HIS CHAIR).
What?
 
AMANDA:
Yes. You are her father.
 
KOCH:
You must be desperate to make up a story like this.
 
AMANDA AND FEMALE CHORUS:
I’m telling the truth.
 
KOCH:
Believe what you like, but remember we had an affair.
 
AMANDA AND FEMALE CHORUS:
I didn’t make it up, Commandant.
 
KOCH:
I remember. You’re not making that up. It was the night before I left..
 
AMANDA:
I remember the day you left. You told me that you wouldn’t forget me. I cried when you left…
 
KOCH AND MALE CHORUS:
Amanda…
 
AMANDA:
How I cried… I panicked later when I found out that I was pregnant. My father was very strict so I had to get married.
 
KOCH:
I understand.
 
AMANDA:
He saved me and I love him for that.
 
KOCH:
My daughter?
 
AMANDA:
You must believe me.
 
KOCH:
This is too convenient…
 
AMANDA:
(MOVING CLOSER TO HIM).
Do you think I’m lying?
 
AMANDA AND FEMALE CHORUS:
Look at me.
 
AMANDA:
You must remember what we had.
 
AMANDA AND FEMALE CHORUS:
Remember. Remember.
 
(PAUSE).
 
AMANDA:
Do you think I would forsake my husband for this lie?
 
(PAUSE).
 
AMANDA CONT:
Bruno…
 
KOCH:
You could do that. You lied to your father.
 
KOCH AND MALE CHORUS:
A huge lie.
 
AMANDA:
Bruno, listen to…
 
(SAMANTHA ENTERS DRYING HER HAIR).
 
AMANDA CONT:
Samantha.
 


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