Lights up to a dimly lit stage. Two empty podiums in silhouette, slightly raised and facing outwards to the audience, sit center stage. Enter Commentator 5. He/she takes out a remote, faces out to the audience, and turns on the “TV,” then sits down to face the commentators as they emerge, one by one and to great fanfare, from offstage.
If you’re just tuning in, welcome to the first presidential debate. This is a debate that has been talked about for months, and could represent a turning point in the election—
We like to talk about the election being five weeks away, but early voters are a determining factor in this election, meaning millions could be voting based off of—
Tonight, we’re going to be looking for some control, some level-headedness from Donald Trump. If he can control his temperament, that would benefit him—
The American people want a likable Hillary, a Hillary that is comfortable, confident, and has specific policies in mind—
A significant portion of viewers are still undecided, are still in that grey area, and they’re looking for a reason why they should vote for these candidates tonight—-
The commentators continue, overlapping each other, their voices building to a crescendo, until—
The stakes could not be higher.
A drum roll and cymbals crash as spotlights zig zag wildly around the stage, until all finally shining directly out to the audience. Black out.
Lights up and commentators now form a semi-circle around Hillary, who is center stage with her back to the audience.
Don’t raise your voice.
Hillary opens her mouth to speak, but is cut off—
Resting pleasant face.
Don’t be shrill.
Don’t be a bitch.
Don’t blink too much.
Don’t use big words.
What we’ve been talking about…
For months now…
84 million households…
The American people want a likable Hillary, a Hillary that is comfortable, confident…
Trails off as Hillary turns to face the audience, and the actor’s face is one of those Hillary Clinton Halloween masks. Blackout.
The commentators are standing in a line, in order. The national anthem, a dinky elevator music version, is playing. COMMENTATOR 1 takes out a wire hanger and hands it to COMMENTATOR 2. COMMENTATOR 2 puts a large suit jacket on the hanger and hands it to COMMENTATOR 3, who puts a blue tie on the hanger, and hands it to COMMENTATOR 4, who puts a Donald Trump mask on the hanger and hands it to COMMENTATOR 5, who puts on the hanger a Make America Great Again ball cap, and gives it back to COMM. 1, who holds it up as the commentators face it, put their hands over their hearts, and begin to sing along to the national anthem. They go in a procession down the aisle through the audience and stand, ready to watch the next scene. Black out.
Lights up. The stage is empty. The voices of Donald Trump and Hillary Clinton echo throughout the theatre. A camera, turned out to the audience, projects the audience’s faces onto the scrim at the back of the stage. Blackout.