An excerpt from my
play, "Chump ChangeS" :
Ken Bon as Malik & David Richardson as
Terrence. Spring, 2001.
From Act I - Scene 2
So . . . Terrence. Where you been keeping yourself all
Same old, same old. I don't hit the clubs that much no more.
Maybe "Jennyís" every once in awhile, or "The Cave" on Sunday
nights. But I gotta be to work early in the morning so I don't be
hanging out like I used to.
I know I ain't been seeing you around the way much lately. And I
been down here almost every day this summer.
I don't understand you, Malik. If I came from a family like
yours...you wouldn't never see me around here.
Yeah, well . . . it ainít my fault. I was supposed to
spend the summer with my big brother in Cambridge, booking all the
little college honeys. But my folks are so scared I'll be a bad
influence on their precious Jamal ó guess they think I'll get him
busted again, or make him flunk out of Harvard . . . or some shit.
If I was in your shoes, the only time I'd ever see this
raggedy ass neighborhood... would be when I was kicked back on my
waterbed, watching the eleven o'clock news...on my color t.v.
Man, you just don't know.
. . . in my air-conditioned bedroom . . .
I ain't got it like that. It's worse than prison at my crib. I
been on punishment since 1997. [TERRENCE laughs.] I'm serious. Can't
do shit. I had to threaten to kill myself before they finally let me
go to public school this year. Probably only gave in cause they got
tired of paying good money for me to get kicked out of private
schools. And ever since my last report card, they been trying to
send me to some military boarding school bullshit. Can you imagine
me in a fucking, all-boys school?
No. But I can imagine me in one.
. . . might as well be back in the joint. That's all money means
to my parents. Control.
If they footing the bills, they can control me anytime they want.
Somebody's always gonna be telling you what to do. Couldnít be no
worse than my job.
Where you working at now?
I'm still out to the mall.
Yeah? I need to stop past there and check you out.
You better do it soon, if you want me to hook you up. I'm just
gonna be working part-time once school start back.
Y'all get a discount on the clothes?
The regular employees, just get 20%. But since they found out I
knew computers, I been assistant manager all summer and so . .
. . . I get a little more.
That's what I'm talking about. Let me holler at you for a
[Putting his arm around TERRENCE's shoulder]
. . . Damn, I like that cologne. What's that? C.K.?
You know it. That's all I wear. That and Obsession.
[Getting close. Turning on the charm. Sniffs his
Ummmmmm. That stuff smells good as a motherfucker.
[On to him.]
Soooo. . . . you still talking to Xavier?
He's just somebody to chill with. It ain't like we that serious
In that case, were you "serious" about wanting to check out the
news from my air-conditioned bedroom, one of these . . . hot . . .
Malik, donít start ó
. . . cause y'know, that can be arranged.
From what I hear, I'd probably have to stand in line.
Awwww . . . it ain't like that. Wouldn't have to be nobody but
you and me. On the down low. Real private-like. Iíll give you my
number. We could get to know each other better.
I think Iíve already got your number.
Aw, see there . . . donít be so mean. Címoooon . . . Iíll let you
play on my . . . laptop: massive hard drive, plenty of RAM . . .and
if cyber donít interest you, I got premium "cable" Ė
Long as it ain't "Pay-per-View"...
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