Issue 5, Autumn 2021 Stage & Screen
The 2021 Prize Winner, selected by Michael Oatman:
The Farewell Burn | Kara Davidson
PIPER A woman in her late 30s.
CHET Her father, mid-60s.
SETTING The Alaskan wilderness.
At rise: PIPER sits by a campfire at night in the Alaskan wilderness. She’s heavily bundled in winter gear, with a blanket wrapped around her. Her breath comes out in puffs. She huddles herself into a tiny ball to keep warm.
Nearby, dogs bark.
Hey! Hey! Quiet down now! Get some sleep.
The dogs quiet. PIPER rummages in her pack. She finds a granola bar. She has difficulty opening the wrapping with her gloves on. She quickly takes her gloves off, rips open the package, and the granola flies everywhere. She picks up the pieces quickly, shoves them into her mouth, and rushes to get her gloves back on.
CHET enters. He is bundled in a heavy coat and wears ski goggles. He carries firewood and kindling. PIPER takes the blanket from around her shoulders and spreads it out. CHET lays the wood on the blanket.
You get something to eat?
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