WHEN WE DANCED
A group of female collegiate friends have gathered for a surprise birthday party. They play a game of questions and answers.
DANNY Okay, Okay. “Subject: Chance”. You read it Toni, I don’t have my glasses.
TONI (Reading) “At a Reno casino, a stranger gives you a 100 chip, tells you to play double zeroes, then leaves the casino. Do you play it or pocket it?”
DANNY Are you sure he left? Is he going to catch me and make me pay it back?
FAIREST He’s gone. Never coming back.
DANNY How long have I been here?
FAIREST You just walked in the door.
ANDREA Why are you hesitating so much? Someone gave it to you, it’s the same as winning.
DANNY I’m in Reno to gamble.
ANDREA Exactly! You won when he gave you the chip and walked out the door.
DANNY This guy told to me to gamble, to play with the chip.
ANDREA You’re going to play $100 on a roulette wheel? That’s nuts.
DANNY It’s a chance I have to take.
ANDREA You’re good at taking stupid chances, huh?
DANNY What’s that supposed to mean?
FAIREST Birthday PARTY. You get it? Andrea? Party. Happy. Happy. Fun. Fun.
DANNY What’dya mean, stupid chances?
DANNY (Challenging) Nothing. Right.
ANDREA You see the pattern here?
ANDREA You consistently take chances that you don’t have to. Stupid chances. Sleeping with men you pick up in bars.
TONI Andrea, maybe you shouldn’t drink any-
ANDREA How the fuck did you get yourself in this position Danny? You’re an educated woman.
GIANNA Back off -
ANDREA Don’t try and protect her-
GIANNA Ease up Andrea.
ANDREA Don’t get into this Gianna. You can’t be right all the time.
GIANNA Back out of my face.
ANDREA How could you gamble with your own life? Why did you do it?
DANNY Do what?
ANDREA Was a one night stand worth it? Fucking some piece of trash you picked up in a bar?
DANNY I didn’t pick anyone up at a bar.
GIANNA She didn’t pick up anybody –
ANDREA And you say I repeat everything I’m told? You are the gullible one. You’re the one who doesn’t think Gianna.
DANNY This isn’t the time-
ANDREA But that’s your whole philosophy Danny! No time like the present?
GIANNA Back off!
ANDREA No. Let’s get to the bottom of this.
GIANNA Sit down and shut up.
ANDREA You just can’t stand it that I know what I’m talking about and you’re standing in the dark. Just admit it Danny: You took a stupid chance!
DANNY Okay. Whatever.
GIANNA She didn’t take any chances. I did. (A pause) I set her up with Steven.
GIANNA I thought he was a good guy.
GIANNA His ex-wife got beat up real bad in a car wreck.
ANDREA (As though remembering the name) Steven.
GIANNA She had blood transfusions…..
DANNY I dated him about four months.
GIANNA It’s my fault.
DANNY It’s nobody’s fault. (Taking Andrea’s hand) Andrea -- it just happened.
ANDREA ((Andrea breaks away from her, grabbing her coat and purse) I am so sorry.
DANNY Where are you going?
ANDREA Back to the hotel. I have to go- Give me my coat (It is on the other side of Mallory who does not move). Then move. (She grabs her coat and heads for the door)
DANNY Don’t – No! Don’t leave! Please don’t leave!
ANDREA I shouldn’t be here.
DANNY You belong here.
ANDREA I don’t. I’ve grown apart from you. We’ve grown apart.
DANNY We’ve changed. We’ve grown stronger. You have to understand --
ANDREA I don’t understand a lot of things.
DANNY It’s okay.
ANDREA I’m sorry Danny. I’m really sorry--
DANNY (Triggered by the word “sorry”) Don’t! Don’t feel sorry for me!!
GIANNA Stay. Stay with us where you belong.
ANDREA I am so stupid.
DANNY I need you to stay. For me. Please! You wanted to know the truth because you cared. You can’t just run away when the truth gets ugly. (A moment of silence) Andrea, it’s going to be all right.
ANDREA How do you know?
DANNY It’s more what I believe than what I know. (A pause) Dying is like loosing your virginity. Conquering the unknown. It’s faith.
FAIREST (Handing out Kleenex) It ain’t a party unless somebody cries.
GIANNA Oh, God, what a night!
TONI I love you guys. I really love you.
GIANNA It’s getting late.
TONI I’m tired…
MALLORY When are they going to make Viagra for the whole body?