General Script posted January 20, 2015 Chapters:  ...10 11 -12- 13... 


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Amanda and Samantha get different assignments.

A chapter in the book British Women

An Inconvenient Arrangement.

by Tomes Johnston

VAN DAMME:
(ADDRESSING THE AUDIENCE AS THE LIGHTS COME UP ON AMANDA AND SAMANTHA IN THE EXERCISE YARD).
The rules of the camp were clear. Every prisoner was made aware of the rules.
 
(WE HEAR A SHOT. AMANDA AND SAMANTHA COWER IN FEAR).
 
AMANDA:
Oh, God.
 
SAMANTHA:
What’s happening?
(WE HEAR A SCREAM).
It’s Jane.
 
(JANE ENTERS THE SCENE, CRYING).
 
AMANDA:
Jane…
 
SAMANTHA:
What happened? Are you all right?
 
JANE:
Diana… They killed Diana.
 
SAMANTHA:
Why did they kill her?
 
VAN DAMME:
(ENTERING).
For trying to escape.
 
SAMANTHA:
This is barbaric.
 
VAN DAMME:
You all know the regulations.
 
JANE:
This is an atrocity. You are a war criminal.
 
(AMANDA PULLS SAMANTHA AWAY FROM VAN DAMME).
 
JANE AND FEMALE CHORUS:
I want to pray for her.
 
VAN DAMME:
All right, but only one of you.
 
JANE:
Let me go.
 
VAN DAMME:
If you must.
 
(JANE EXITS. AMANDA AND SAMANTHA TURN AWAY FROM VAN DAMME).
 
VAN DAMME:
Stay where you are. I have duties for your daughter.
 
SAMANTHA:
Duties?
 
AMANDA:
Leave her alone. She isn’t well.
 
VAN DAMME:
The Commandant wants your daughter to work as his housekeeper.
 
(THERE IS A PAUSE. AMANDA LOOKS RELIEVED).
 
SAMANTHA:
Housekeeper?
 
VAN DAMME:
Yes.
 
SAMANTHA AND FEMALE CHORUS:
Housekeeper to that man?
 
VAN DAMME:
I’ll send a guard for you in the morning.
 
VAN DAMME AND MALE CHORUS:
He’ll give you fresh clothes.
 
SAMANTHA:
What if I refuse?
 
AMANDA:
Samantha, you will be out of here every day.
 
SAMANTHA:
I’d rather take my chances in this coop.
 
AMANDA:
You'll survive this place in his quarters.
 
AMANDA AND FEMALE CHORUS:
There’s no point in suffering in this place.
 
AMANDA:
I just want you to be safe.
 
SAMANTHA AND FEMALE CHORUS:
But they killed Diana.
 
SAMANTHA:
She isn’t even buried yet and you want me to work in that butcher’s house?
 
VAN DAMME:
This is not a request.
 
VAN DAMME AND MALE CHORUS:
This is an order.
 
VAN DAMME:
Just be ready in the morning.
 
AMANDA:
She’ll be ready, Lieutenant.
 
SAMANTHA:
You can take me to the house, but you can’t make me work.
 
(VAN DAMME PUSHES AMANDA OUT OF THE WAY AND MOVES BEHIND SAMANTHA).
 
VAN DAMME:
You have no choice. You will work and do what Koch wants you to do… Listen to me.
 
VAN DAMME AND MALE CHORUS:
You will become his housekeeper and your mother will take care of the guards. Do you understand me?
(SAMANTHA TURNS AND NODS. SHE LOOKS SADLY AT HER MOTHER).
Yes, I can see that you understand.
 
(LIGHTS FADE TO MUSIC).

END OF ACT 1
 


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Amanda and her daughter are British prisoners in a European Prisoner of war camp. Amanda is an old flame of the Commandant and says that he is Samantha's father. Commandant Koch's men want to rape Samantha, while Koch is trying to protect her.
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