Just One Night
Scene 3 - Family
PRISON YARD RAMP. Tom is walking up one side of the ramp. The camera is
moving parallel to him at the other side of the ramp as if walking beside
him. Tom speaks naturally turning to the camera only occasionally.
What do you do when something
like this happens in your life? Who do you call? Your
mom, right? Well, my mom and dad were in Europe, at the
Olympics. God only knows what time in the morning it was in Europe,
but it was early. And I hear this voice and it's my dad's and it's
groggy and panicky. [ Tom pretends to be
talking on the phone.] ‘Hello?' ‘Hey Dad, it's Tommy'
‘Jesus Tommy, is everything all right? Are you OK?' ‘No
Dad, I killed a man last night.' [He pretends
to hang up the phone.] The 34 year old hotshot son, the
overachieving student, needs some help. So they leave at some ungodly hour
and get on a plane to fly back to New Hampshire to save their son.
So I go to make another
phone call - to my wife. I call her and I hear her voice and
it's groggy and it's concerned. [Again, Tom pretends
to be using a phone.] ‘Hey Jo, it's Tommy.'
‘Jesus Tommy, is everything all right?' ‘No Jo. I killed a
man last night.' ‘I need help.' So she bundles up the babies,
it's the middle of February, packs them in the car for a two hour
ride, to save her big shot husband.
OPEN AREA AT LANDING ON RAMP. By this time Tom has reached the landing.
He is visibly distressed. Camera is framed on a loose head & shoulders
The next period in my life
is very dark, and very sad. And I don't know if any of you
has ever been depressed, or have known anyone who has been
depressed. I never had, because what's to be depressed about?
Making some money. House in the country, trips to Paris and
the Caribbean, healthy kids, life's great, right? But I was
depressed. And in a dark place. And I didn't really eat and
didn't sleep. I basically laid around on a bed for I don't know how
long - days - months. And I was worthless to anyone. Worthless
to myself, my children, my wife of ten years, those people
at work who depended on me. Worthless. [Tom
looks down at his feet.]
to black and then up on ...Scene 4-
The Letter of the Law