DIRT RICH

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When five kids from the projects find a thick wad of cash buried near their playground, they have to figure out what to do with it without killing each other. Or...you know... getting killed.

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SHAWNA
(annoyed that she is not the center of attention)
I wanna play double-dutch. Sakeenah, did you bring the rope like I told you to?

SAKEENAH
Yeah…

(Sakeenah quickly retrieves a very long
cable from somewhere and begins to
unravel it.)

SHAWNA
Awright. I‟m goin‟ first. Sakeenah‟s second…
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EBONY
Third…

CAMILLA EVAN
Fourth! Fourth!

SHAWNA
Evan go fourth.

CAMILLA
Nuh-uunh! How come I always gotta go last? Evan don‟t even know how to jump!

EVAN
(mimicking)
“Evan don‟t even know how to jump!”

CAMILLA
(to Evan)
Shut up!

EVAN
You shut up!

EBONY
Both of y‟all shut up! I‟ll go last. I „on‟t care…

SHAWNA
Nope. You called third, fair and square. Evan go fourth. Camilla go last.

CAMILLA
Why?

SHAWNA
Because that‟s they way it is. Spanish kids always go last. Welcome to America.

CAMILLA
I‟m not Spanish.

SHAWNA
You speak Spanish.

EBONY
So? You speak English. That don‟t make you English, do it?

SHAWNA
(glaring at Ebony)
I speak American.

CAMILLA
So do I!

SHAWNA
Fine. Let‟s do this true American-style, then. Let‟s vote. All in favor of Evan going fourth, raise your hand…

(Shawna, Sakeenah, and Evan raise
their hands.)

EBONY
Evan, you don‟t get to vote.

(Evan puts his hand down.)

SHAWNA
(smirking)

All in favor of Camilla going fourth, raise your dumb-ass hand. Ebony.

(A moment of tension between Ebony
and Shawna before Ebony very
deliberately raises her hand.)

SHAWNA (cont.)
Oh well. Two against one. Sorry, Spanish girl.

CAMILLA
(sucking her teeth)
Whateva. I „on‟t even wanna play.
(under her breath)
Punta…

(As the other kids get started with their
game of double-dutch, Camilla retires to
a remote corner of the playground,
where she begins digging in the dirt with
a stick.)

SHAWNA
Stuck-up ass. We „on‟t need her stuck-up self. Evan, when you turn this time, try not to be all lopsided about it…

SAKEENAH
Why don‟t I just turn wit‟ Ebony…?

SHAWNA
(noticing Camilla playing in the dirt)
Be careful playin‟ in that dirt, Camilla! Don‟t get none on your face or you might wind up actually lookin‟ black like the rest of us!
(to Sakeenah)
Yeah, a‟ight. You turn.

(When the rope is ready, Sakeenah and
Ebony begin to turn. It looks fine until
Shawna actually jumps in.)

SHAWNA (cont.)
(jumping in)
Two four sixty one-up…

(The rope catches on Shawna‟s foot.)

SAKEENAH
Nuh-uunh! That was clipsies! She get a do-over…

(Shawna steps out of the rope. They begin
to turn again.)

SHAWNA
(jumping in)
Two four sixty one-up…

(Again, the rope catches on her foot.)

EVAN
Damn, Shawna. I can jump longer than that…

SHAWNA
It's not me!
(glaring at Ebony)
One of y‟all ain‟t turning right…

(Ebony shrugs her shoulders.)

SHAWNA (cont.)
I‟ma just keep going „til y‟all get it right.

SAKEENAH
Come on, Ebony. Stop turnin‟ clipsies...

(Shawna steps out of the rope. They
turn it again. This time, when Shawna
jumps in, Ebony clips her so deliberately and
with such force that Shawna‟s legs come out
from under her altogether and she falls to the
ground.)

SAKEENAH (cont.)
Ebony…!

SHAWNA
(standing and brushing herself off)
What the hell are you doin‟?

EBONY
(facetious)
I ain‟t do nothin‟.

SHAWNA
You tripped me wit‟ the rope.

EBONY
No, I didn‟t.

SHAWNA
Yes, you did.

EBONY
Maybe it was Sakeenah...

SAKEENAH
Nuh-uuunh…!

EBONY
Maybe she got tired of you treatin‟ her like she your slave instead of your sista and of doin‟ everything you tell her to do…

SAKEENAH
(suddenly a little conflicted)
I ain‟t… nuh-uunh, she „on‟t treat me like a slave… I „on‟t do everything she tell me t—

SHAWNA
Shut up, Sakeenah.

(Sakeenah looks hurt, but obeys.
Meanwhile, Camilla has discovered
something in the dirt and is trying to
dig it out.)

EBONY
Or maybe it‟s you. Maybe you just can‟t jump as high as you used to, Shawna.

SHAWNA
You wanna see how high I can jump?

(Shawna steps to Ebony. Ebony does
not flinch.)

EVAN
Come on, Shawna. She was just messin‟ witchu…

EBONY
(ironically)
Yeah, Shawna. I was just messin‟ withchu. Can‟t you take a joke? You got jokes for everybody, but we can‟t have jokes for you…?

(At this point, Camilla has unearthed
a shoebox and is looking inside of it.)

CAMILLA
Conyo…

SHAWNA
(distracted from her prey)
What the hell is you lookin‟ at?

(Camilla smiles triumphantly as she
holds up a huge wad of money.)

CAMILLA
Who‟s last now?

Cast Requirements

3 Black Girls (pre-teen looking)
1 Half black, Half Puerto Rican Girl (pre-teen looking)
1 Black Boy (pre-teen looking)

Set Description

The playground of the King Street Projects; present

Production and Development History

Commissioned by City Parks' SummerStage (2009)