from Love (Awkwardly) (full-length version) by Maryann Carolan and John Rotondo

Genre: Drama
Cast Breakdown: 1 female, 1 male

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Teens Roxanne and Luke are dating, but now she's leaving for college and she's not sure they can sustain a long distance relationship.

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(Roxanne is packing her bags at stage right. Clothes are everywhere. She looks distraught. Luke enters. He bends down and helps her. They pack in silence for a few moments.)

LUKE: I always liked this shirt.

ROXANNE: I wore it on our first date.

LUKE: I know.

(Silence again.)

You're bringing a lot.

ROXANNE: I know. It's like trying to cram my whole life into a couple suitcases.

LUKE: (Pause.) Must be difficult.


LUKE: What time do you leave?


LUKE: Too soon.

ROXANNE: How did your audition go?

LUKE: Do we have time to watch a movie once more before you go?

ROXANNE: Luke...

LUKE: I got the lead.

ROXANNE: You're going to be great.

LUKE: I don't know about that.

ROXANNE: You're going to be great.

(Luke picks up a stuffed panda bear.)

LUKE: Remember when I won this for you at the St. John Vianney Fair?

ROXANNE: (Smiling:) Oh yeah. You tried so hard to knock those cats down. It only took you thirty tries.

LUKE: I really wanted to win you something.

(Roxanne takes the panda from him and squeezes it.)

ROXANNE: Look, Luke...

LUKE: So tell me about the classes you're going to take?

ROXANNE: We don't have time.

LUKE: You can tell me while we pack.

ROXANNE: We'll be done soon.

LUKE: Too soon.

ROXANNE: We have to talk about this. It isn't easy. I—

LUKE: No, Roxi, please. You don't have to do this-

ROXANNE: Luke. You know I love you.

LUKE: Then why are you crying?

ROXANNE: I just can't—do this. We can't do this.

LUKE: Yes. Yes we can. We'll make it work. We're worth it. Aren't we?

ROXANNE: I don't want to hold you back. I don't want you to be hung up on me.

LUKE: But everything was perfect. Everything is perfect.

ROXANNE: It won't be good for us. We won't be able to keep it up.

LUKE: You're giving up!

ROXANNE: There's no other way.

LUKE: We can make it work.

ROXANNE: Please. Just let me go.

LUKE: I can't.

ROXANNE: I'm sorry. I have to go.

LUKE: Please don't.

ROXANNE: I have to. It's time.

(Luke picks up a DVD and hands it to Roxanne.)

LUKE: Don't forget Casablanca.

ROXANNE: I'll never forget Casablanca.

(She leaves. Luke watches her go.)