General Script posted January 30, 2015 Chapters:  ...13 14 -15- 16... 


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Samantha Questions Commandant Koch.

A chapter in the book British Women

Mind Games.

by Tomes Johnston

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.

(LIGHTS COME UP ON KOCH. HE IS STANDING UP AND LOOKING AT MAPS ON A MAP BOARD. THE WHEELCHAIR IS FOLDED UP AND IN THE CORNER).
 
VAN DAMME:
(ADDRESSING THE AUDIENCE)
Now Samantha had a purpose while cleaning and cooking for the Commandant. She opened up to him and talked regularly with him. She was trying to get information out of him. He was astounded at her intellect. They had daily debates about all kinds of topics…
 
(KOCH KEEPS LOOKING AT THE MAPS WHILE SAMANTHA ENTERS WITH A MUG OF COFFEE).
 
KOCH:
Thank you.
(HE HANDS HER SOME MAPS).
Put them over there… There’s no information to be had from them.
 
SAMANTHA:
What?
 
KOCH:
You won’t find any military secrets from them. I saw you looking at them yesterday. There isn’t any information on them.
 
SAMANTHA:
Only a list of the towns and villages that you massacred.
 
KOCH AND MALE CHORUS:
Conquered… Conquered.
 
SAMANTHA:
You used to be a history teacher. What do you think history will make of you?
 
KOCH:
It will call us heroes. History is written by the victors. We will write that history.
 
SAMANTHA AND FEMALE CHORUS:
Are you so sure you will win?
 
KOCH AND MALE CHORUS:
Yes.
 
SAMANTHA:
Hitler was sure too.
 
KOCH:
Really?
 
SAMANTHA:
Really… You should know… You’re the history teacher.
 
KOCH:
History doesn’t always repeat itself.
 
SAMANTHA:
If we joined the European Union you wouldn’t be fighting us now.
 
SAMANTHA AND FEMALE CHORUS:
You want to crush our freedom.
 
KOCH:
I want to preserve the union.
 
SAMANTHA:
But we didn’t want any part of it.
 
KOCH:
Neither did the Confederate States of America, but the Union forces made them to stay in the union.
 
SAMANTHA:
What if one of your daughters loved a British man?
 
KOCH:
I wouldn’t approve of it.
 
SAMANTHA:
Why?
 
KOCH:
Because we are worlds apart.
 
KOCH AND MALE CHORUS:
The cultural divide is too great.
 
SAMANTHA:
There are good and bad people in every nation.
 
KOCH:
It’s not as simple as that, Samantha.
 
KOCH AND MALE CHORUS:
My daughters mean the world to me. My wife too.
 
KOCH:
Now, why would a British man want to go where he isn’t wanted?
 
SAMANTHA AND FEMALE CHORUS:
You still haven’t answered my question.
 
SAMANTHA:
What would you do if one of your daughters fell in love with a British man?
 
KOCH:
I would discourage it.
 
SAMANTHA:
What if she defies you?
 
SAMANTHA AND FEMALE CHORUS:
What if…
 
SAMANTHA:
She ran off with him?
 
SAMANTHA AND FEMALE CHORUS:
What if…
 
SAMANTHA:
She got pregnant?
 
SAMANTHA AND FEMALE CHORUS:
What then?
 
SAMANTHA:
What would you do if you caught up with them?
 
(NO ANSWER).
 
SAMANTHA:
Have you no answer for me?
 
KOCH:
This is all hypothetical.
 
KOCH AND MALE CHORUS:
My daughters would never do that to me.
 
KOCH:
What about you? Your father would never let you be with a European man.
 
SAMANTHA:
That’s true. He would disown us…
 
SAMANTHA AND FEMALE CHORUS:
Or kill us.
 
KOCH:
Now you see my point of view. Have you got a boyfriend?
 
SAMANTHA AND FEMALE CHORUS:
Boyfriend? How could I have a boyfriend at a time like this?
 
SAMANTHA:
These women have husbands, children and people who love them, you know?
 
SAMANTHA AND FEMALE CHORUS:
These women are human beings.
 
SAMANTHA:
Just look around you. There are only women. The boys and men all went to the hills.
 
SAMANTHA AND FEMALE CHORUS:
No, Commandant. I haven’t got a boyfriend.
 
KOCH:
Yes, these are terrible times.
 
SAMANTHA:
When you leave here, are you going home to see your family?
 
KOCH:
(SMILES).
That is top secret.
 
SAMANTHA:
Oh, that’s right… I almost forgot… You are going to be General Koch soon. Do you love your family? Do you miss them?
 
KOCH:
Yes, very much.
 
SAMANTHA:
Brussels.
 
KOCH:
Brussels?
 
SAMANTHA:
You said they were in Brussels. You said that you needed to see them before you took another mission.
 
(KOCH LOOKS AT HER AND SMILES).
 
SAMANTHA CONT:
I can see it in your eyes… You’re going home.
 
KOCH:
You are so much like Amy, my eldest daughter… and…
 
SAMANTHA AND FEMALE CHORUS:
What is it? Why am I like her?
 
KOCH:
Amy is… inquisitive… She keeps going until she finds out what she wants to know, and I don’t want her to know. She keeps going until she gets what she wants.
 
KOCH AND MALE CHORUS:
Oh, Amy.
 
SAMANTHA:
She’s your favourite, isn’t she? I can tell… You stopped looking like a soldier for a moment and started looking like a father.
 
KOCH:
I don’t have a favourite.
 
SAMANTHA:
You don’t have to lie to me.
 
KOCH:
I could never tell any of them, but…
 
SAMANTHA:
But what?
 
KOCH:
Yes, Amy is my favourite.
 
SAMANTHA:
(LIFTING THE EMPTY COFFEE MUG).
I’m sure they know.
 
SAMANTHA AND FEMALE CHORUS:
Of course they know.
 
SAMANTHA:
(NODDING).
Brussels…
 
(SAMANTHA EXITS. KOCH SITS BACK AND SMILES. LIGHTS FADE. SOUND PUNCTUATES).
 


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