Stargazing, by Kelsey Mesa

CAST OF CHARACTERS

BOB, an elderly doctor
SUE, a young professor
JOHN, a brilliant student
MARY, a successful attorney

SETTINGS

Bob’s office
Sue’s classroom
John’s kitchen
Mary’s back yard

GEORGE (11), wearing aviator goggles and pajamas, climbs onto the roof.
She shines her flashlight into a neighbor’s window.

GEORGE
I know you’re up.

SEBASTIAN (10) opens the window.

SEBASTIAN
I’m working.

GEORGE
It’s midnight.

SEBASTIAN
You’re on the roof. You’re supposed to be having a birthday slumber party.

GEORGE
My dad left the ladder when he took the Christmas lights down today.

SEBASTIAN
It’s April. Your dad’s lazy.

GEORGE
Come on!

Sebastian closes the window.

Sebastian climbs up the ladder with a notebook. He writes.

SEBASTIAN
Why aren’t you inside, George?

GEORGE
Being inside with those girls makes me feel itchy.

SEBASTIAN
You invited them.

GEORGE
My mom did. They’re not interesting. Doing nails and watching romantic movies. I’m sorry I couldn’t invite you, Sebastian.

SEBASTIAN
I have things to do.

GEORGE
A poem?

SEBASTIAN
It’s in final revision.

GEORGE
My parents gave me a Barbie for my birthday. She’s a flight attendant. I wanted flying lessons. I need 1,000 hours of pilot time to qualify for NASA.

SEBASTIAN
You’ve got time.

GEORGE
The girls laughed at me. They called me an alien. They said, “Where do you come from?”

SEBASTIAN
Where do you come from?

GEORGE
Like, what planet. Where do I come from. Because I don’t like to paint my nails.

SEBASTIAN
So you came up to the roof? I’m just saying, Georgiana, if you don’t want them to think you’re weird, you should probably not climb onto the roof.

GEORGE
Don’t call me Georgiana.

SEBASTIAN
It’s your name.

GEORGE
It’s too frilly.

2.
SEBASTIAN
Those girls are just mean.

Sebastian writes furiously.

SEBASTIAN
You know what my dad got my mom for their anniversary? A star. He named it Becky.

GEORGE
That’s not a very good name for a star.

SEBASTIAN
It’s her name.

GEORGE
Becky the Star.

SEBASTIAN
Stars need frillier names.

GEORGE
Shut up.

SEBASTIAN
How about that one? That one could be George.

GEORGE
That’s Sirius.

SEBASTIAN
How about that one?

GEORGE
That’s Mintaka. It’s part of Orion’s belt. See the other two?

SEBASTIAN
There aren’t many out tonight.

GEORGE
My grandpa said it’s hard to see stars in the city. The street lamps. They crowd out the starlight.

Sebastian turns off George’s flashlight.

3.
SEBASTIAN
What about that one? What’s that one called?

GEORGE
I don’t know.

SEBASTIAN
That’s it. Since you don’t know its name and you know all the names… That’s George.

GEORGE
Georgiana.

SEBASTIAN
Georgiana.

GEORGE
When I get to space, I’ll make sure I go see her.

SEBASTIAN
Isn’t she a ball of gas?

GEORGE
You’re very literal for a poet. I read on the Internet that everything on Earth was made from stardust. So, we came from the stars, too. Can you write a poem about that? Are you done yet?

SEBASTIAN
I just had to change a couple lines. Here.

GEORGE
“You come from Amelia. You come from Sally Ride. You come from Marie Curie. You have all them inside…”

SEBASTIAN
Happy birthday.

END OF PLAY


Biography

Kelsey Mesa is a freelance director in Washington, D.C. She has worked for Taffety Punk Theatre Company, The Hub, American College Theatre Festival, and more. Kelsey is a graduate of Northwestern University.