So you’re still with me? Or you’re new here? We’re all new eventually. We’re all old eventually.
Kid 1: Poor kid
Kids 2 – 4: Probably got their school clothes at JC Penney’s
Mom: Tired. Rough. Has a spare tire, but looks crack thin somehow
Narrator: Wise old black man
Young Adult 1: Older Kid 1
Young Adult 2: Probably smokes weed, probably works with YA 1
Customer: Someone not minding their own damn business
Roommate: Drug dealer living in the sunroom downstairs
open to rickety wooden ramp with wide green stripe going up the center
the ramp runs alongside the portable
there is some type of completed grade school craft projects displayed on the rail
children are in line on the ramp
Ms. Smith goes through their hair with a fine-tooth comb
Kid 1: Didn’t we just do this?
Kid 2: Yeah, but some kids still have lice. Probably _______.
Kid 3: I heard that, _______! It means my hair is clean.
Kid 1: (Not wanting to leave Kid 2 defenseless) We all know it’s you. We can see them from here. Gross.
close with Kid 4 bouncing on a loose board in the ramp
open to quickly disintegrating dwelling with 3 inspection stickers displayed in the window
Kid 3 hands Mom a note
note has lice scotch taped in the bottom corner
with This is what lice look like at the end of the arrow pointing to the bugs
Mom shakes her head
Mom: I can’t take a damn day off! Who’s supposed to watch you? (Pulls small bottle with a many sided red shape on the side some small word in white in the middle of the shape) I’ll have to wash all the sheets and blankets.
Kid 3: (cries)
Mom: It means your hair is clean. It’s okay.
Kid 3: This is why I want to cut it.
close with brown hair swirling
around a drain with suds and dead bugs
the water burns
the chemical burns
it itches worse than the bugs
– engineered death
open to a daycare
many kids gather around a TV on the floor
Kid 3 sits in a chair in the back
Grown-up 1 plays with Kid 3’s hair
her hands moving through it
Grown-up 1: (whispers) I hope you never cut your hair. It’s so pretty.
Kid 3: (watching movie) shhh (blushing, hating the hair)
Grown-up 1: (quietly chuckling) oh “shhh” yourself
Kid 3: ((Bats Grown-up 1’s hands out of hair, walks to bathroom) (Uses the bathroom) (Comes back to sit in chair))
Grown-up 1: (Whispering) Why is the tip of your hair wet? Were you playing in the sink?!
Kid 3: (Desperate, honest) No! I swear I wasn’t!
Grown-up 1: (snatches Kid 3 by wrist and takes her to daycare principal)
close with a door closing
on a man
on Kid 3
man calls home
open to Kid 3 hitting self in the head
Mom: ((readjusts brush) (Grabs Kid 3’s wrist) (Physically directs her to brush)) You do this 100 times.
Kid 3: This is stupid. I don’t want to do this.
Mom: (over it) Don’t come crying to me if someone doesn’t want to date you because you have a rat’s nest in your hair.
Kid 3: (yelling, snarky) I wouldn’t want to date someone who didn’t want to date me just because of my hair!
Mom: (slaps Kid 3) Go to your room
close with mutterings from Kid 3
but only as Kid 3 walks away
open to Kid 3 laying on a couch
Scissors on plywood used as a wall-shelf
Looks sharp from here – she thinks
– I’m supposed to be napping
Kid 3: ((grabs a clump of bangs) (pulls strands straight out) (cross-eyed staring) (thinks) (doesn’t think) (cuts) (tucks cut hair between couch cushions) (hides scissors where they belong) (screams)) Mom! _____ cut my hair while I was napping! You little jerk!
Mom: (looks at Kid 3’s hair) He did it fairly crooked, huh?
close with adults grown-ups laughing
holding domestic beers
the smell of mildew everywhere
it’s so embarrassing
open to framed school portrait of Kid 3 misshaped hair over forehead
Narrator: And so our little hero shares an interesting relationship with hair. Do you have a relationship with your hair? Do your friends have a relationship with your hair?
close with some song about being young
then some song about being old
open with Kid 3 as Young Adult 1
folks are around
some public place
Adult 1 knows them
she isn’t working
but she works there
Young Adult 1: (announces) I’m gonna shave it all off.
Young Adult 2: But it’s your mane!
Young Adult 1: Only dude lions have manes, man.
Customer: Why would you do that?
Young Adult 1: I just want to.
close with blacked out stage
as Narrator speaks
images of hair cuts
at home hair cuts mostly
moms with bowls
Narrator: But our hero didn’t just want to. She needed to. It was her hair, goddamnit. It gets hot outside, damnit. We’re talking still Florida summer here, folks! Not a breeze to be felt!
It was her hair. End of story. Leave the damn girl alone. It’ll grow back.
open to mirror reflections of Roommate and Young Adult 1
there are electric clippers
they mouth things
Roommate: Okay. I’ll do it. Ready? ((turns on clippers) (drags them down the center of Young Adult 1’s head) (hands Young Adult 1 clippers))
Young Adult 1: Um. Are you gonna finish.
Roommate: Nope. You are. (leaves)
close the curtain
hear a clipper motor
candid disposable pictures of Young Adult 1
hair is in different state of growth for each
Narrator: And everything was just fine.