The Stint: Act 1; Scene 1

Updated: Jan 24


The Stint

A comedy in three acts

By

Meg Myers Morgan





Cast of Characters:


Gemma Sinclair 30s, female

EMT male (NY accent)

ER Doctor female (NY accent)

Nurse 1 female (NY accent)

Nurse 2 female (NY accent)

Nurse 3 female (NY accent)

Nurse 4 female (NY accent)

Technician female, round and busty

Chaplain 50s, male

Dr. Fulkerson 60s, male, black (NY accent)

Dr. Singh 30s, female, Indian (accent)

Dr. Cobb 30s, male, white (NY accent)

Betty 60s, female

Anderson 60s, male

John Sinclair 40s, male, (voice only)

Mom 60s, female, (voice only)

Allison 30s, female, (voice only)

Roommate 50s, female (NY accent)

Dr. G. 50s, male

ER Residents Non-speaking extras (10)


Scene: A New York hospital


Time: February, 2019


Setting: The main character, Gemma, sits in the middle of the stage in a hospital bed throughout the play. Room/scene changes happen around her but she stays mostly stationary. On stage left is a large screen that approximates Gemma’s phone screen. Lock screen is a picture of two young girls (Gemma’s daughters). The screen stays dark until notifications and text messages illuminate it for the audience with a chime. Notifications and text messages are shown in the right column of the script in bold.


ACT I Scene 1

Scene opens on the inside of an ambulance.

In the center, Gemma, on a gurney. Beside

her, a man in an EMT uniform.


EMT:

Are you pregnant?


GEMMA:

[groaning, holding side] No.


EMT:

Date of last period?


GEMMA:

Uh...[groan]...I remember it was raining...


EMT:

Date?


GEMMA:

I wanna say it was a Thursday?


EMT:

And you say this all started with a shooting pain in your side?


GEMMA:

Yes. I passed out in class and a professor called the ambulance.


EMT:

Before you passed out, what do you remember?


GEMMA:

I had thrown up in the bathroom just before class [labored breathing; holding side; wincing]. A lot.


EMT:

How much?


GEMMA:

Enough to clog the toilet.


EMT:

And then what did you do?


GEMMA:

I ran out of the bathroom. I didn’t want to watch it overflow.


EMT:

No, I mean, what happened after all the throwing up? Where did the pain start?


GEMMA:

I was sitting in the classroom. Front row.


EMT:

Impressive.


GEMMA:

I try. [breathing rapidly] But I just couldn’t sit still. The professor kept pacing back and forth and I thought I was going to pass out.


EMT:

And then you did.


GEMMA:

No. I got up and went to the back of the classroom. I figured if I stood up the pain would stop.


EMT:

And did it?


GEMMA:

For a bit. But I’m in an ambulance now.


EMT:

Okay, so then what happened?


GEMMA:

Then I tried to go back to my seat, thinking maybe it would feel better if I sat down.


EMT:

But you had just stood up because sitting was hurting.


GEMMA:

Everyone’s a critic.


EMT:

I’m just trying to understand your logic.


GEMMA:

Pain has no logic. I grabbed the back of my chair and then went down. Don’t remember anything else before waking up and talking to you.


EMT:

Good thing the floor was carpeted.


GEMMA:

Isn’t it though?


EMT:

So the pain...describe it.


GEMMA:

Severe. On the left side of my body. Blinding.


EMT:

Scale of 1 to 10, 10 being the worst pain of your life...what is this?


GEMMA:

A respectable 9. Though, to be perfectly honest, it’s better now than it was. I’m down to a 7 even. I feel a little silly being rushed to the hospital.


EMT:

Oh, we aren’t rushing. We don’t even have the lights on.


GEMMA:

That’s good. I’d hate for anyone to make a fuss....


EMT:

And you’re 25 years old, yes?


GEMMA:

No, I’m 35.


EMT:

Oh come on. [winks] You look more like 25. And didn’t you say you were in college?


GEMMA:

I’m a 35-year-old mother of two. I’m in New York taking a graduate course at Columbia. I’m from Oklahoma.


EMT:

As in the state?


GEMMA:

It’s also a musical.


EMT:

Seems your sense of humor is intact.


GEMMA:

It’s all I’ve got with me.


EMT:

So you don’t have any family here?


GEMMA:

Nope. I’m alone.


EMT:

Tell me about your kids.


GEMMA:

Two girls. Seven and four.


EMT:

Husband?


GEMMA:

Male. 48.


EMT:

No, I meant...well, I was just wondering if you were married. Who was with the kids.

That kind of thing. I shouldn’t have asked.


GEMMA:

Yes, you medical professionals are known for respecting privacy.



They sit quietly for a full minute while EMT

writes on forms on a clipboard.



EMT:

So who will take you home from the hospital?


GEMMA:

[sighs] I dunno. Uber?


EMT:

Have you let your husband know?


GEMMA:

[looks down at phone. On screen stage left the screen illuminates with her text]

Yes...but he’s in the middle of a huge presentation right now. He won’t see my text for another 20 minutes or so.

GEMMA:

In an ambulance.

Not sure what’s going on.

Passed out in class.

Millie’s leotard for gymnastics

is on the stairs.


EMT:

Oh. What does he do for a living?


GEMMA:

Marketing executive.


EMT:

What do you do?


GEMMA:

I’m a professor.


EMT:

Whoa. Really?


GEMMA:

Why does everyone think that’s so hard to believe? I’m actually quite smart.


EMT:

No, it’s not that. You just look young.


GEMMA:

I inherited my dad’s baby face.


EMT:

And also, why are you taking classes? Shouldn’t you be teaching them?


GEMMA:

Clever.


EMT:

Well?


GEMMA:

Ever heard of continuing education?...[winces, rolls over and holds side].


EMT:

Pain coming back?


GEMMA:

Nothing gets past you. Are we done?


EMT:

Hardly. I need you to fill out these forms. [throws large stack onto Gemma’s lap] You’ll fill them out again once we get to the hospital. And just a head’s up. You’re probably going to be “out of network.”




ACT I; Scenes 2 &3

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