WIN: a play for radio

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Win

a play

for radio

 

by

Tim West

 

 

 

 

Win

 

a play

for radio

 

SCENE 1. Parker Pottery, small, struggling studio/shop for the ceramic arts.

Time is just before noon, any day of the week.

 

(SFX of DOOR OPENING)

(SFX of SHOPBELL)

(SFX of DOOR CLOSING)

 

ELLEN: (away from mike) Good morning!

 

MRS. KRUGER: So you say.

 

(SFX of FOOTSTEPS APPROACHING)

 

ELLEN: Can I help you?

 

MRS. KRUGER: Restroom for the boy.

 

WINSLOW: I gotta go now.

 

MRS. KRUGER: You have a public restroom, I suppose.

 

ELLEN: State law requires it if you serve food and beverage.

 

MRS. KRUGER: Well, where is it?

 

ELLEN: In the back. To the right.

 

MRS. KRUGER: Go on, then.

 

WINSLOW: What?

 

MRS. KRUGER: Use the poddy.

 

WINSLOW: Where is it?

 

MRS. KRUGER: Well? Where is it?

 

ELLEN: Back and to the right. It’s marked.

 

MRS. KRUGER: The boy can’t read.

 

ELLEN: Oh. Come on, then. I’ll show you.

 

WINSLOW: Okay.

 

(SFX of FOOTSTEPS TRAVELLING)

 

ELLEN: What’s your name?

 

WINSLOW: Winslow.

 

ELLEN: Winslow. What a nice name.

 

WINSLOW: You’re a nice lady. You can call me Win.

 

ELLEN: Restroom’s in here, Win.

 

WINSLOW: Thank you.

 

(SFX of DOOR OPENING and CLOSING)

(SFX of FOOTSEPS APPROACHING)

 

MRS. KRUGER: He might need me. He manages the toilet alright but doesn’t always manage to button up after. He’s… you know. Not quite right in the head.

 

ELLEN: Oh. I didn’t notice. He just seemed a little shy.

 

MRS. KRUGER: “Shy!” He’s got autism!

 

ELLEN: Oh, I…

 

MRS. KRUGER: I think it’s autism, anyway. What do doctors know. Something odd about that boy, anyway. Very odd.

 

ELLEN: That must be difficult. Are you— Do you—

 

MRS. KRUGER: Well? Spit it out.

 

(ELLEN laughs nervously)

 

ELLEN:Would you care for a cup of coffee? On the house?

 

MRS. KRUGER: Coffee? You serve coffee?

 

ELLEN: We’re trying light food and beverage. To increase the foot traffic.

 

MRS. KRUGER: On the house? Yeah, alright. I’ll take a cup.

 

ELLEN: Coming right up.

 

(SFX of LIQUID POURING)

 

ELLEN: Please, have a seat.

 

(SFX of CHAIR DRAGGED ON FLOOR)

 

MRS. KRUGER: I thought this was a pottery shop.

 

ELLEN: It is. We make and sell ceramics. People rent space. Mostly evenings.

 

(SFX of CUP RATTLING IN SAUCER)

 

MRS. KRUGER: Yeah, I see your little flyer here.

 

(SFX of PAPER RUSTLING)

 

MRS. KRUGER: “Let art put magic in your life.” Magic. Right. They do this at night?

 

ELLEN: You know. People work during the day. My husband thought maybe coffee and muffins would bring in more people, daytimes.

 

MRS. KRUGER: Oh, I get it. It’s a marketing gimmick. “Feed your soul.” More like ‘Buy my stuff. My art!’

 

(MRS. KRUGER scoffs)

 

(SFX of PAPER RUSTLING)

(SFX of CUP SET ON TABLETOP)

 

ELLEN: Here you are. How do you take it?

 

MRS. KRUGER: Cream, no sugar. Unless you have Sucra— Oh, powdered creamer? Never mind.

 

ELLEN: Sorry, that’s the best we can do until we get a refrigerator. My husband’s out now, looking at a used one he found in the—

 

(SFX of CUP CLANKING ROUGHLY ON TABLE)

(SFX of CHAIR PUSHED BACK ABRUPTLY)

 

MRS. KRUGER: Winslow, you done in there?

 

(SFX OF FOOTSTEPS TRAVELLING)

(SFX of POUNDING ON DOOR)

 

MRS. KRUGER: Winslow! I said, Are you done in there?

 

(SFX of TOILET FLUSHING, muffled)

(SFX of DOOR OPENING)

 

WINSLOW: Yes.

 

MRS. KRUGER: “Yes, ma’am.” Wash your hands.

 

(SFX of FAUCET, then RUNNING WATER)

 

MRS. KRUGER: Close the door!

 

(SFX of DOOR CLOSING)

(CUT SFX of WATER RUNNING)

 

MRS. KRUGER: You have to tell him everything.

 

ELLEN: It must be very difficult, being the mother of a special needs child.

 

MRS. KRUGER: Oh, he’s not mine. I mean, I’m not his mother. I’m in foster care.

 

ELLEN: I see.

 

MRS. KRUGER: County pays pretty well for it, if you got room for kids. I got room.

 

ELLEN: How nice for you.

 

MRS. KRUGER: Basement, converted garage. I get paid for referrals. I got a application.

 

(SFX of PAPER RUSTLING)

 

MRS. KRUGER: Winslow, though. He’ll likely go back to County. Don’t think he’ll get adopted. “Special needs.” Pain in the—

 

(SFX of DOOR OPENING)

 

MRS. KRUGER: Buttons! Do up your buttons, Winslow.

 

WINSLOW: I did… I did my buttons.

 

MRS. KRUGER: Then tuck in your shirt-tail! We gotta get a move on. I’ve got a meeting with a man from the County. He’s on my case. What time is it?

 

ELLEN: Almost noon.

 

MRS. KRUGER: Noon! Oh, great. The appointment’s for 12:30, and getting this one from one place to another—

 

ELLEN: You know… uh, we’ve got… a class, yes …a special class for kids starting at…at twelve o’clock. If you’d like to leave Winslow here, he’s welcome to join us.

 

MRS. KRUGER: “Special class,” huh? Oh, I get it. Free coffee, then you try to sell me on pottery classes for a retard.

 

ELLEN: He’s standing right he— um… No. No, there’s charge. We offer free classes. Yes, as part of our… uh, educational outreach program.

 

MRS. KRUGER: Free classes?

 

ELLEN: It’s called… er… POTTERY! Yes. Personal… Opportunity To Teach… and Educate… and Recreate… er, Youths.

 

MRS. KRUGER: That’s the name?

 

ELLEN: We’re still working on it. It’s very new.

 

MRS. KRUGER: Well, I don’t care what you call it if it’s free and it gets Winslow here off my hands for an afternoon. These County people can be difficult to deal with, if you get some do-gooder that’s into a lot of rules and regulations.

 

ELLEN: How long do you need?

 

MRS. KRUGER: They said set aside two hours, but I was going to hit a couple other places downtown. Could I come back, say, four –four-thirty?

 

ELLEN: Sure.

 

MRS. KRUGER: Maybe closer to five.

 

ELLEN: Take as long as you need.

 

MRS. KRUGER: Winslow, this nice lady’s going to take care of you for the afternoon. You be good and don’t give her any trouble. You hear?

 

WINSLOW: Yes, Mrs. Kruger.

 

(SFX of FOOTSTEPS TRAVELLING, DOUBLE-TIME)

 

ELLEN: Well, Mrs. Kruger, I’m so glad to have met you. Don’t worry about the time. I’ll take care of Winslow until you get back.

 

(SFX of DOOR OPENING)

(SFX of SHOPBELL)

 

MRS. KRUGER: Well, that’s great, Miss…?

 

ELLEN: Parker. Ellen Parker. Parker Pottery. It’s right there on the sign.

 

MRS. KRUGER: Sign?

 

ELLEN: The sign outside. Just above the doorway

 

(SFX of THREE QUICK STEPS)

 

ELLEN: See you at five. Bye-bye!

 

(SFX of SHOPBELL)

(SFX of DOOR CLOSING)

 

MRS. KRUGER: (muffled, unintelligible) !

 

(SFX of MUFFLED FOOTEPS RECEDING)

 

(ELLEN sighs heavily)

 

ELLEN: Unreal!

 

(SFX OF THREE SLOW FOOTSTEPS)

 

So… Win. Would you like a muffin?

 

END OF SCENE 1.

 

(MUSIC)

 

SCENE 2. Parker Pottery, later that afternoon

 

(MUSIC FADES)

 

(SFX of A POTTER’S WHEEL: A slight scraping, with two or three tones,

repeated to suggest circular motion. CONINUOUS UNDER DIALOGUE)

 

WINSLOW: What makes the potty wheel turn?

 

ELLEN: “Pottery wheel.” There’s a pedal down here, like the one you have on a bicycle.

 

WINSLOW: Some kids don’t have a bicycle. I’m too small reach the pedals

 

ELLEN: Well, I’ll do this one for you, just for now, until you’re big enough. We could use the electric wheel.

 

WINSLOW: Eclectric?

 

(SFX of POTTERY WHEEL SLOWS and STOPS)

 

ELLEN: Electric. You know, with a motor, like a machine.

 

(SFX of CHAIR PUSHED BACK)

(SFX of FOOTSTEPS RECEDING)

 

ELLEN: (away from mike) This one here

 

(SFX of A SWITCH)

(SFX of ELECTRIC MOTOR)

(SFX of POTTER’S WHEEL, as before)

 

WINSLOW: Wow.

 

(SFX of SWITCH)

(SFX of ELECTRIC MOTOR DIES OUT)

(SFX of POTTER’S WHEEL DIES OUT)

 

ELLEN: When you’re ready. But you start out with this one.

 

(SFX of FOOTSTEPS APPROACHING)

 

WINSLOW: I do?

 

(SFX of CHAIR DRAWN UP)

 

ELLEN: Everybody does. When they’re learning. I did, when I was about your age. My grandmother taught me. She was really good. Famous, in fact. As famous as you get, playing with clay. Lookey here.

 

(SFX of A POTTER’S WHEEL, as before, CONINUOUS UNDER DIALOGUE.

 

See? You spin the wheel, the wheel turns the clay. Then you shape it with your hands.

 

(SFX of HANDS SQUISHING INTO WET CLAY)

 

WINSLOW: Is that how you made all those?

 

ELLEN: Hmm?

 

(SFX of POTTERY WHEEL SLOWS and STOPS)

 

WINSLOW: Those up there. On the shelf. Did you make them?

 

ELLEN: Oh, I made some of them. Tom made some. That’s my husband. Some are from…

 

WINSLOW: Who?

 

ELLEN: You know, other people.

 

WINSLOW: Can you teach me how to do something like that?

 

ELLEN: Like those? Sure, I can teach you. Are you ready to try?

 

(SFX of DOOR OPENING

(SFX of SHOPBELL)

 

WINSLOW: Oh no. Is it five already?

 

ELLEN: No, it’s only— It’s okay, Winslow. That’s my husband. That’s Tom.

 

(SFX of SHOPBELL)

(SFX of DOOR CLOSING)

 

TOM: Hi, honey!

 

(SFX of CHAIR PUSHED BACK)

 

ELLEN: Tom! Ah-ah-ah: Clay on my hands!

 

TOM: I’m wearing overalls.

 

(ELLEN laughs)

 

(SFX of AFFECIONATE KISS)

 

TOM: Well, what have we here? Or should I say, who?

 

ELLEN: Tom, this is Winslow. Winslow, this is Mr. Parker.

 

WINSLOW: Hello.

 

TOM: Well, Winslow. It’s always a pleasure to meet a fellow student of the ceramic arts.

 

WINSLOW: You’re a student?

 

TOM: Well, we’re all learning, aren’t we? Let me tell you, I learned a thing or too about refrigerators today.

 

ELLEN: Did you get one?

 

TOM: In the pick-up.

 

ELLEN: Oh, honey!

 

TOM: Hey! Clay hands!

 

ELLEN: C’mere!

 

(SFX of LONGER, MORE AFFECTIONATE KISS)

 

TOM: Aw, it’s only a mini-fridge.

 

(SFX of A VERY QUICK AFFECTIONATE KISS)

 

(TOM laughs)

 

TOM: But that’ll do for now. We’ll look at it later. After Winslow’s gone home.

 

ELLEN: Well, Winslow is here with us all afternoon.

 

TOM: Oh?

 

ELLEN: Yes. His foster mother dropped him off. She had a meeting with the County.

 

TOM: The County?

 

ELLEN: Yes. I… eh, escue-rayed im-hay.

 

TOM: Hm?

 

ELLEN: Ig-pay atin-lay. Inslow-way’s oster-fay other-may is-yay a-ya eal-ray itch-b—

 

WINSLOW: Pig Latin! I-yay eak-spay it-yay –eal-ray ood-gay! She said,Rescued from Mrs. Kruger.” She’s a foster mother. For kids who don’t have a real mother anymore.

 

ELLEN: You would not believe it. This woman was unreal, Tom. I put in a call while Winslow had some instant cocoa and a muffin. The County said they’d be sending someone before five. Apparently, I’m not the first who called them.

 

TOM: Sounds like you two have had an interesting day.

 

WINSLOW: Mrs. Parker showed me how she makes pottery.

 

(SFX of CHAIR DRAWN UP)

 

TOM: She’s good, isn’t she.

 

WINSLOW: Yep. She’s good. You’re a student, too?

 

TOM: Well, yes. Yes, I am. Good with my hands, but I’d never made so much as a pinch-pot before I met Ellen. And I still have trouble with those. That one up there is the first thing I ever turned on a wheel.

 

WINSLOW: That one there?

 

TOM: Hm? Oh, no. The kind of lumpy thing next to that one.

 

WINSLOW: Did you make that one?

 

ELLEN: Me? Oh, no. I’m not nearly that… that good.

 

TOM: That, Winslow, was made by Ellen’s grandmother, who was a famous artist. That piece should be in a museum.

 

ELLEN: Not for a million dollars. That was the last thing she turned. I watched her make it. When I was about your age, Winslow. She was the one who taught me.

 

WINSLOW: It’s different from the others.

 

ELLEN: It doesn’t have a glaze. After you finish turning something on the wheel, you fire it. Then you glaze it. Only this one never got a glaze. It’s fired, but… but unfinished.

 

WINSLOW: She’s beautiful. Isn’t she.

 

(ELLEN laughs nervously)

 

ELLEN: It is beautiful. Tom, would you…?

 

TOM: Get ‘er down from there? Sure.

 

(SFX of CHAIR DRAGGED ACROSS FLOOR)

 

(TOM grunts with effort)

 

TOM: (away from mike) She doesn’t belong up here with this journeyman work, anyway.

 

(TOM grunts with effort)

 

TOM: (back into mike) This should be in our front window. It’s a museum piece!

 

ELLEN: It’s… it’s unfinished. It doesn’t mean anything to anyone but me.

 

WINSLOW: I like it. It’s special. It sings.

 

(ELLEN laughs nervously)

 

ELLEN: It… it sings?

 

(SFX of FOOTSEPS RECEDING)

 

TOM: (away from mike) On the electric wheel. That’d be a great window display.

 

(SFX of HOLLOW URN SET ON METAL)

 

ELLEN: Careful.

 

(SFX of FOOTSEPS APPROACHING)

 

TOM: (back into mike) Yeah, I see what you mean, Winslow. That’s a good way of putting it. If a pot could talk, the stories that one would tell.

 

WINSLOW: Sing. It sings the story.

 

(TOM laughs)

 

TOM: What an imaginative little boy!

 

ELLEN: He’s— He’s, uh…

 

WINSLOW: Odd. Mrs. Kruger says I’m odd. She doesn’t understand.

 

ELLEN: No. No, Winslow, she doesn’t. Tom, could I talk to you?

 

TOM: Sure, hon. What’s up?

 

ELLEN: Let’s… let’s step outside for a moment.

 

(SFX of FOOTSTEPS RECEDING)

 

ELLEN: (away from mike) We’ll be right back, Win.

 

(SFX of DOOR OPENING.

(SFX of SHOPBELL)

 

ELLEN: (away from mike) Why don’t you show Tom how fast you learned to makea pinch-pot. You know, like I showed you before.

 

WINSLOW: Okay.

 

ELLEN: We’ll be right outside. Tom?

 

TOM: Right behind you.

 

(SFX of SHOPBELL)

(SFX of DOOR CLOSING)

 

(Pause)

( SFX of CHAIR PUSHED BACK)

(SFX of FOOTSTEPS, TRAVELLING)

 

WINSLOW: (whispering, into mike) You’re beautiful.

 

(SFX of HOLLOW URN ON METAL)

 

WINSLOW: (whispering, into mike) But I don’t think she’s heard you sing.

 

(SFX of HOLLOW URN ON METAL)

(SFX of A SWITCH)

(SFX of ELECTRIC MOTOR)

(SFX of POTTER’s WHEEL)

(SFX of SANDPAPER ON SANDPAPER)

 

(GRANDMOTHER, humming a tune)

 

GRANDMOTHER: Why, hello child. I’ve been waiting for you.

 

(SFX of DOOR OPENING)

(SFX of SHOPBELL)

 

ELLEN: Winslow! What are you doing!?

 

(ALL SFX OUT)

                                   

END OF SCENE 2.

 

ANNOUNCER: We’ll rejoin our story in just a moment, but first this brief word from our sponsor.

 

(SFX of CUP SET DOWN HEAVILY IN SAUCER)

 

MAN: Blech!

 

WOMAN: What’s wrong?

 

MAN: Nothing, honey.

 

WOMAN: It’s my coffee, isn’t it.

 

MAN: What?

 

WOMAN: Admit it.

 

MAN: No! I mean, Your coffee’s good. –I mean, your coffee’s great! –I mean… your coffee is the best! I, I, I love your coffee! I want to marry your coffee! I just I couldn’t be happier with… with your coffee.

 

WOMAN: Then what?

 

MAN: It’s… It’s this sweetener. What is this? Equalose? Succraline? Tevia?

 

WOMAN: That’s a character from Fiddler.

 

MAN: Well, I don’t know!

 

(SFX of KITCHEN CABINET CREAKING OPEN)

 

MAN: I like sugar.

 

(SFX of 4-6 BOXES TUMBLING ON COUNTERTOP)

 

MAN: Just plain sugar.

 

(SFX of 6-10 BOXES TUMBING ON COUNTERTOP)

 

MAN: Don’t we have any sugar?

 

WOMAN: We’re trying to cut down. Put that stuff back!

 

MAN: Couldn’t we use honey?

 

(SFX of SQUEEZE BOTTLE SPURTING VISCOUS LIQUID)

 

WOMAN: It’s not really any healthier, chemically speaking. Clean that up!

 

MAN: Chemicals.

 

(SFX of CUP RATTLING IN SAUCER)

 

MAN: That’s what this stuff tastes like. It just spoils the taste of… of your swell coffee.

 

WOMAN: Here, try this.

 

(SFX of LIQUID POURING)

(SFX of CUP RATTLING IN SAUCER)

(MAN slurps liquid)

 

MAN: Hey, that’s not bad. I mean… What is it?

 

WOMAN: It’s coffee, Bob. Just… black… coffee.

 

MAN: Really? Then, no lie: Your coffee’s alright!

 

(MAN laughs heartily)

(WOMAN laughs heartily)

 

MAN: Hey, do we got any creamer?

 

(SFX of CUP RATTLING IN SAUCER)

(SFX of LIQUID SPLATTERING)

 

ANNOUNCER: Cremoron.

 

(SFX of CUP SHATTERING)

 

ANNOUNCER: The tasteless non-dairy creamer.

 

(SFX of SQUEEZE BOTTLE SPURTING VISCOUS LIQUID)

 

WOMAN: (away from mike) You clean that up!

 

ANNOUNCER: It’s nothing to complain about.

 

(HARP PLINK)

 

ANNOUNCER: And now, back to our story. Ellen Parker and her husband Tom have encountered a little boy named Winslow, a ward of the County whose putative guardian, Mrs. Kruger, has parked him in Parker Pottery for the day.

 

SCENE 3. Parker Pottery, moments later.

 

(SFX OF ELECTRIC MOTOR)

(SFX of POTTER’S WHEEL)

 

ANNOUNCER: Winslow has taken an interest in one particular piece of pottery.

 

(SFX of SHOPBELL)

(SFX of DOOR CLOSING)

 

ELLEN: Winslow, you mustn’t touch that. That belonged to my grandmother.

 

(SFX of FOOTSTEPS TRAVELLING)

(SFX of SWITCH

(SFX of ELECTRIC MOTOR SLOWS and STOPS)

(SFX of POTTER’s WHEEL SLOWS and STOPS)

 

WINSLOW: Okay.

 

ELLEN: It’s very special to me.

 

WINSLOW: I know.

 

(SFX of DOOR OPENING)

(SFX of SHOPBELL)

(SFX of DOOR CLOSING)

 

TOM: (away from mike) Ellen? What’s wrong.

 

ELLEN: It’s alright. Win was just taking a look at my grandmother’s…  at grandmother’s—

 

WINSLOW: I wasn’t looking, I was listening.

 

(SFX of FOOTSEPS APPROACHING SLOWLY)

 

TOM: Well, listen, sport: This urn is very special to Ellen. You might have broken it.

 

WINSLOW: I’m sorry. I just wanted to hear her sing.

 

TOM: Hear who sing?

 

(SFX of THREE FOOTSTEPS, SHORT AND SLOW)

 

ELLEN: It’s alright, Win. Hear who sing?

 

WINSLOW: Can I show you?

 

TOM: Winslow…

 

ELLEN: No, it’s alright, Tom. Okay, Win. You can show me. Show me what?

 

WINSLOW: I heard it on the radio. Mrs. Kruger doesn’t let kids watch TV. But I have a radio. A little one, I found in a drawer. Sometimes I listen to it.

 

ELLEN: When Mrs. Kruger goes out?

 

WINSLOW: She goes out a lot. One day, I heard them talking about it. On the radio. About how pots can sing.

 

TOM: Winslow, your imagination’s very strong, but I don’t think—

 

ELLEN: No. I heard that. It stuck in my mind. They found that ancient pottery picked up the sound of an ancient workshop. A stylus in clay on the turntable just like the stylus in vinyl on a recording disc.

 

(TOM scoffs)

 

TOM: That’s a hoax. Gotta be.

 

WINSLOW: No, you have to believe.

 

ELLEN: It’s okay, Win. Show me.

 

(SFX of HOLLOW URN SHIFTING ON METAL)

(SFX of A SWITCH)

(SFX of ELECTRIC MOTOR)

SFX of POTTER’S WHEEL)

 

TOM: See, Winslow? Nothing.

 

WINSLOW: You have to use your hands.

 

ELLEN: //You have to use your hands.// It’s what my grandmother always said.   It’s why she liked ceramics. You have to use your hands. Go ahead, Win. It’s okay. Touch it. Use your hands.

 

(SFX of SANDPAPER ON SANDPAPER, CONTINUOUS UNDER DIALOGUE)

 

(GRANDMOTHER humming a tune)

 

GRANDMOTHER: Why, hello child. I’ve been waiting for you.

 

ELLEN: That’s my grandmother’s voice.

 

TOM: I can’t—

 

ELLEN: Shh!

 

YOUNG ELLEN: Hi, Grandma.

 

TOM: What is it?

 

ELLEN: Oh, my!

 

TOM: What.

 

ELLEN: That’s me!

 

GRANDMOTHER: Come sit by me here.

 

(SFX of CHAIR DRAWN UP)

 

ELLEN: I had to be, what, six?

 

TOM: When was this?

 

ELLEN: Just before she died.

 

TOM: Oh.

 

YOUNG ELLEN: How you doing, Grandma?

 

GRANDMOTHER: Oh, I’m tired, child. You know, the medicine makes me weak. But I wanted to see you. I need your help.

 

YOUNG ELLEN: Like this?

 

GRANDMOTHER: Oh, just like I taught you. Use your hands. Don’t be afraid. Just roll up your sleeves and use the two hands God gave you.

 

YOUNG ELLEN: Aw, I’m no good.

 

GANDMOTHER: Don’t say that, dear. I need your help in another way. This work, it needs to be finished.

 

YOUNG ELLEN: Finished?

 

GRANDMOTHER: You know. When the things we make are fired. And then sometimes, there’s a glaze. You know, when we paint them and bake them in the oven.

 

YOUNG ELLEN: Yeah.

 

GRANDMOTHER: I was always good at glazes. That’s what I’m known for.

 

YOUNG ELLEN: You’re famous.

 

GRANDMOTHER: Yes. The famous ceramicist! Recognized, yes. Acknowledged, anyway. But none of that matters now. My work’s not finished, but… we run out of time. We all run out of time. So I need you to finish it for me.

 

YOUNG ELLEN:Are you going to die, Grandma?

GRANDMOTHER: Oh child, we’re all going to die. But before we do, we have to give something to someone else. We have to do that. With all the success I’ve had, I don’t know that I’ve done that. My work isn’t finished. Ellen, I may need you to do that for me. Will you do that for me?

 

ELLEN: Okay.

 

GRANDMOTHER: Promise me?

 

ELLEN: I promise.

 

(A PAUSE, with only SFX CONTINUOUS from before)

 

(GRANDMOTHER humming a tune)

 

GRANDMOTHER: Why, hello child. I’ve been waiting for you… child, I’ve been waiting for you… I’ve been waiting for you… Waiting for you… Waiting for you…

 

(SFX of SWITCH)

(SFX of ELECTRIC MOTOR SLOWS and STOPS)

(SFX of POTTER’s WHEEL SLOWS and STOPS)

 

WINSLOW: That’s it. That’s her song.

 

ELLEN: It’s beautiful. She was… beautiful

 

TOM: I don’t know what to say.

 

(SFX of A TELEPHONE RING, DISTANT)

 

ELLEN: I don’t know what to say, either.

 

(SFX of 2nd TELEPHONE RING, DISTANT)

 

WINSLOW: Phone call.

 

TOM: I’ll get that.

 

(SFX of FOOTSEPS, RECEDING)

(SFX of 3rd TELEPHONE RING)

(SFX of PHONE PICK-UP)

 

TOM: (away from mike) Hello? Uh… Yes, but… She can’t come to the phone right now. This is Mr. Parker. I see. Uh-huh. Oh.

 

ELLEN: (whispering, into mike) Winslow. Who sent you?

 

WINSLOW: (whispering, into mike) Sent me?

 

ELLEN: (whispering, into mike) Did… Did my grandmother send you?

 

WINSLOW: (whispering, into mike) Nobody sent me, Ellen. Something inside you called. Keeps calling… keeps calling.

 

ELLEN: What are you doing?

 

WINSLOW: You know.

 

(SFX of URN SLIDING on METAL)

 

ELLEN: Win, don’t touch that. Winslow, DON’T!

 

(SFX of POTTERY SHATTERING)

 

TOM: (away from mike) Sorry, I have to go.

 

(SFX of PHONE HANGING UP)

( SFX of FOOTSTEPS, DOUBLE TIME)

 

TOM: Ellen, honey, are you…? Oh, no! Your grandmother’s urn. What happened?

 

ELLEN: It’s broken. It’s broken.

 

TOM: Yeah, I can see that. Honey, what– Where’s Winslow?

 

ELLEN: He’s… He’s gone.

 

TOM: Well, it’s the oddest thing. That was the County, calling back. They checked on Mrs… is it Kruger? The woman you called about. Turns out she had, like, six kids under foster care, crammed into her basement, her garage…. She’s at County lock-up now. But they have no record of her housing any boy named Winslow. No record of any Winslow in their system at all.

 

ELLEN: (whispering, away from mike) There is no ‘Win.’

 

(ELLEN laughs heartily)

 

( SFX of PAPER RUSTLING)

 

TOM: Ellen, honey? Did you hear me?

 

(SFX of PENCIL ON PAPER, UNDER DIALOGUE)

 

TOM: Honey, what are you doing?

 

ELLEN: Designing a new flyer.

 

TOM: “Free classes for kids.” Free classes?

 

ELLEN: Our educational outreach program.

 

TOM: “P-O-T-T-E-R-Y. Personal… “

 

ELLEN: Opportunity…

 

TOM: “To… Educate…”

 

ELLEN: …and Re… Create… Youth.

 

(SFX of PENCIL ON PAPER, FLORISH, then OUT)

 

TOM: That’s the name?

 

ELLEN: I’m still working on it. It’s very new.

 

(MUSIC)

 

END OF PLAY.

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