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Production: 'Cave'

Patty (Lead)

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Casting "Cave," a theatrical workshop performance in preparation for a site-specific production to be performed in an actual cave. Synposis: Believing that the apocalypse is upon t...more

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Female, ages 40-60, Caucasian

Role Description

Patty: (Lead) if Patty were a word, she would be denial--she has obeyed her husband's every order and followed his every edict for so many years that she truly believes that he is a prophet ordained by God. Her faith and its emphasis on sticking by her husband no matter leads her to ignore the way Abe treats her two daughters. Still, she does love her girls dearly and she struggles reconciling the protective impulses she has towards them with her loyalty to Abe despite his madness. She is the glue that keeps the family together despite that madness.

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Patty Sides

[Abe storms past Emily, almost knocking her down. Sera catches Emily and holds her up. Patty comes over as if to check on Emily to see if she’s okay. Instead, she slaps her.]
SERA
Mom!
PATTY
What’s wrong with you, young lady?
SERA
What’s wrong with you, mom?
PATTY
I’m trying to stop her from saying something she’ll regret.
SERA
What? You mean, like, the truth? Oh yeah, Emily, forgot to tell you, you get slapped for that around here.
PATTY
I’m trying to talk to Emily here Sera.
EMILY
She’s right, Sera. I can stand up for myself.
PATTY
Where is all this stuff coming from? Your father’s right. You’re acting more and more like Sera every day.
EMILY
Well at least somebody around here is telling the truth even though I know you and daddy don’t really like hearing it. Cause even though all you talk about is what we can expect as our reward when we finally ascend to heaven I know deep down you’re really afraid you’re gonna end up somewhere else.
PATTY
You’re father’s right. You don’t know what you’re saying.
EMILY
Yes, I do.
[Emily heads out the entryway.]
PATTY
Where do you think you’re going?
EMILY
I’m going with daddy.
PATTY
I don’t think it’s a good idea to you have to two around each other right now.
EMILY
Well, I don’t wanna be around you. Besides, he’s all alone. And we’re always supposed to follow the buddy system, right?
[Emily goes.]
PATTY
Emily get back here when I’m talking to you.
SERA
Just let her go. If she wants to try and make peace with him ---
PATTY
She’s not trying to make peace with him. She’s trying to get my goat.
SERA
You’re telling me Emily’s starting to sound like me? You’re starting to sound more and more like him. He’s brainwashed you just like her. Although Emily’s is starting to look like it’s finally starting to wear off.
PATTY
Thanks to you.
SERA
You’d rather she stay brainwashed like you, huh?
PATTY
And you’d rather I tear him down all the time like you?
SERA
Somebody has to.
PATTY
But you don’t have to take so much pleasure in it. And now you’ve got your sister doing it.
SERA
Well it’s about time. You and her have been going along with everything he says for so long...
PATTY
You know I’ve been thinking about this...ever since you told me that...maybe if I didn’t follow him we wouldn’t be here. I started thinking...is she right? Am I just following him, doing whatever he says, no matter how foolish? No matter how dangerous? Even though I don’t agree?
SERA
Uh...yes.
PATTY
But I do agree with him. Everything he says. About the world crumbling down all around us. He’s just trying to grab on to something and hold on before we go tumbling into the pit. And I know you think he’s crazy but that’s just because you’re a product of it all. It’s the world around us that’s crazy, honey. And you’ve been too warped by it to see it. It’s like that phrase about the monkey house. You spend a long enough time in there, you stop being able to smell the poop.
SERA
You don’t think you’re surrounded by poop?
PATTY
It’s easy for you to sit there and judge me...make fun of him...but when I first met him, when we were both missionaries not much older than you, he just had this glow about him, that he was just...meant for something. You just knew he was going to do something special. When he would get going talking about the Lord it was like the air went out of the room and people would just gravitate towards him. Now they might not have all agreed with what he was saying but they listened. And you could see it on his face how much it meant to him to have people listening to what he had to say. It gave him this confidence. This confidence to say things that needed to be said. It was a beautiful thing to see him light up like that. But then as the pressures and the stresses of life piled up on his shoulder and he started to think no-one was listening to him, that light just faded away. But ever since he started hearing the Lord’s voice, that light...it’s come back. And you’re trying to put it out?
SERA
So...we’re supposed to follow him because...no-one else will?
PATTY
Isn’t that what family’s for?
SERA
That’s what he’s convinced you I guess.
PATTY
He didn’t have to convince me of anything.
SERA
You said it yourself our first night here. Everybody has to have somebody in their corner.
PATTY
It’s true.
SERA
That’s just what he wants you to think so you’ll stick around. Feel sorry for him. But he’d be fine by himself, no-one in his corner.
PATTY
No, he wouldn’t.
SERA
He would.
PATTY
He wouldn’t, and even if he would, even if I did think he would be okay...if I left...I mean it’s all well and good to say what if, but where would I really go?
SERA
You’d go with me and Emily.
PATTY
What? Oh stop talking that nonsense.
SERA
It’s not nonsense, mom. I mean...okay, let’s say it is nonsense. You’re right. It’s just what ifs. But...what if... I got to the highway? What if...I could get to the highway and get someone to come here and get us out?
PATTY
Get us out?
SERA
You know, like, call the police or whatever.
PATTY
Call the police?!
SERA
Or just get a phone and call somebody, you know? Anybody. Like Uncle Bill and Aunt Polly. I know dad told them we were on that mission in Belize so they aren’t looking for us or anything but if I called them and told them where we really were...
PATTY
Why would you do that?
SERA
Because they would wanna know. It’s your sister. You used to talk to her every week. You don’t miss her?
PATTY
I was talking to her less and less.
SERA
Because dad told you she was corrupting us.
PATTY
She was. She was on that phone of hers almost as much as you girls are.
SERA
That means she’s corrupt? I think it means she’s just got a problem with using her phone too much.
PATTY
It speaks to a larger problem.
SERA
Fine. I won’t call her then. I’ll just call the police ---
PATTY
All right, that’s enough what ifs and maybes.
SERA
I’m not serious. I’m just ---
PATTY
Speaking hypothetically? Well, that’s good. Cause if we’re talking reality I have to tell you that’d be a very bad idea, sweetie.
SERA
Cause all of this is a good idea? What’s happening to Emily? She’s losing her mind. That seems like a good idea to you?
PATTY
No, you got that backwards honey. You were the one who was living the crazy life. Smoking marijuana on the back of the school bus? These are the actions of a sane person?
SERA
All kids do that stuff.
PATTY
Well, you’re not all those other kids. You’re our daughter. We’re not gonna just let you get swallowed up by all that like those other kids. That’s all your father is trying to do. Save you from that. That’s what you can’t see and I understand cause I was the same way with my daddy when I was your age. But whether you see it or not, he would do anything to protect us. He really does have such a big heart ---
SERA
Oh so now you stick by him because he has such a big heart, not because you feel sorry for him.
PATTY
I never said I felt sorry for him.
SERA
You said he didn’t have anybody in his corner.
PATTY
Well, he doesn’t.
SERA
And why do you think that is?
PATTY
I don’t care why that is. I just know that I’m in his corner.
And I know, deep down, that you know how good his heart is, too. I know you’ll come around and admit it eventually. I just hope it’s not too late by the time you do.
SERA
Too late?
PATTY
I just hope it doesn’t take you doing something stupid like calling somebody up here. You wouldn’t really do that, would you?
SERA
No. Of course not.
PATTY
Then why did you say you would?
SERA
Fine, then momma. I would. I don’t know what you want me to say. I told you I won’t go and you still think I’m lying to you or something. And you’re half right, because I really do wanna go, and I think it’s crazy that you’re just putting up with all of his crap. But if that’s your choice, that’s your choice. I can’t force you to go and I can’t leave you anymore than you can leave him. I mean, seriously, without me, who would you and Emily have in your corner? Him? Seriously? He’s only looking out for himself. Meanwhile, I got NOBODY in my corner. Even Emily’s always siding with him. Even now she went off after him.
PATTY
I’m in your corner.
[Patty goes over and hugs Sera.]
SERA
You are?
PATTY
Of course I am. You need me to tell you that? You’re my baby.
SERA
I guess I do sometimes. I start to think all I am is a whore to you.
PATTY
Hey, whores were somebody’s baby, too.
SERA
Mom!
PATTY
Oh, I was just kidding. As much as you talk back to us, I can’t make one joke?
[Sera goes and gets the Bible.]
SERA
But it’s not one joke. You say it and daddy says and Emily says it. But I guess that means I should be used to it by now. Get used to it or change my ways, right?
PATTY
What are you doing?
SERA
Finding a passage to help me to change my ways. Gotta start somewhere, right?
PATTY
Gimme that. You’re gonna rip the pages like that.
SERA
I don’t need you to find anything for me. I know what I’m looking for.
PATTY
Oh, do you?
SERA
Yeah, I do.
[Sera speed reads the Bible, Patty looking on. Lights fade to a light blue: the light before dawn.]