A Two Act Play

Everything changes for Iris when her best friend, Vivian, crawls through her window in the middle of the night seeking a pair of stockings for her sudden elopement.   Iris has tried and failed to imagine her life after high-school in this Utah mining camp, but at least she thought she would have Vivian by her side!  Iris’s older sister, Albena, has been planning her escape — working at the camp bar for years to save for college — but Iris knows that’s not for her.  She’s afraid to leave her mother alone with her abusive, alcoholic father for one thing.  And suddenly she’s got the attention of the most popular boy in school — the Mormon son of a mining company executive — someone Iris can’t even imagine bringing home to her family.  Could she make a life with him here?


Iris is working at the company store. Ben, the popular handsome boy, enters.
After some awkward small talk…

BEN
What’s this?

IRIS
A Remington Bolt Action Single Shot.

BEN
Single shot?

IRIS
It’s a young boys rifle. You don’t want that.

BEN
Wow, you sure do know your stuff. Say I’m looking to invest in a firearm, what’s your
advice?

IRIS
The gun you want depends on what you’re shooting with it. Clay targets at the fancy gun
club? I’d use the Winchester Over and Under. Rattlers? My personal favorite target. Or
squirrels for a stew? I’d use the Marlin 39-A Lever Action.

BEN
That all sounds too boring for me.

IRIS
Oh, I catch your drift. You need to be able to fight your way out of a bank heist gone
wrong!

She grabs a gun and dramatically points it at the door.

IRIS
Bam, bam, bam!

BEN
I can picture it right now. You’d make a great robber. No one would expect a thing.

IRIS
I’m perpetually underestimated. It’s my greatest weakness.

BEN
It’s not your weakness, it’s everybody else’s.

IRIS
That’s a nice way of thinking about it.

BEN
Which of these fine guns is your personal favorite?

She takes another gun down.

IRIS
This one right here. I’ve had my eyes on it for a while. Isn’t it beautiful?
Powerful, too. I’ll show everyone what I’ve got at the next shooting party.

BEN
You’re wild.

IRIS
Well.

BEN
I like it.


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