ZONED BY JEFFREY LO (DOWNLOAD PDF HERE)
KEN and JANNY at a cute coffee shop.
They are eating almond croissants and sipping on pumpkin spike lattes.
KEN just finished telling a story.
JANNY is in the middle of laughing at KEN’s story.
JANNY: That can’t be true.
KEN: Totally true?
JANNY: Oh my god. The craziest things happen to you!
KEN: I know! I don’t know what to do about it!
JANNY: Hahaha! Oh man, Ken… What would I do without your stories? My day’s would probably be so boring with you…
A brief moment of silence.
JANNY smiles at KEN.
KEN builds his confidence.
JANNY takes a sip of her latte.
KEN takes a bite of his croissant.
KEN (Before he’s done swallowing): Can I ask you a question?
JANNY (Laughing at KEN talking with his mouth full): What? Swallow your bite, silly!
KEN puts up a finger – one second.
KEN swallows his bite.
KEN: Sorry. Can I ask you a question?
JANNY: Of course. You can ask me anything.
JANNY: Of course! You should know that by now.
KEN: Right. Of course.
JANNY: So what’s up?
KEN clears his throat.
JANNY: Is everything ok?
KEN: Of course!
JANNY: Are you made at me about something.
KEN: No! Of course not! What would I be mad at you for?
JANNY: I don’t know, I just want to make sure.
KEN: No. No. It’s nothing like that.
JANNY: Ok… well, what is it?
But this time KEN builds the courage.
KEN: Well… I was wondering…
KEN: Am I in the friend zone?
JANNY: The –
KEN: Friend zone.
JANNY: Friend zone.
JANNY: Of course not, Kenny.
JANNY: Why would you think that?
KEN: I don’t know I just –
JANNY: That’s silly.
KEN: You promise?
JANNY: Ken. I promise you are not in the friend zone.
Yet another silence.
KEN processes what just happened.
She didn’t hesitate.
She reassured him.
Surely this must mean a good thing, right?
Did a good thing just happen?
A good thing just happened.
KEN: So then can I ask you another question?
JANNY: Ken, I told you, you can ask me anything –
KEN: Right. Right. I can ask you anything.
KEN: Can I take you out on a date?
KEN: Maybe to a movie? A Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson movie?
KEN: Or lunch.
KEN: Or a coffee… like the one we’re having.
KEN: Or we can just, I don’t know, sit on a bench.
KEN: Whatever you want to do. Whatever works for you. Whatever is best for you, I would like to do… on our date.
JANNY holds KEN’s hand
JANNY: But I don’t want to ruin our friendship.
END OF PLAY.