Tonight, I get to perform a scene from Sunshine Cleaning (2008) (written by Megan Holley) for my scene study at ClassAct Studios; opposite Marisol Robles as the Rose Lorkowski to my Paula Datzman-Mead.
In the Film:
In order to raise the tuition to send her young son to private school, a mom starts an unusual business -- a biohazard removal/crime scene clean-up service -- with her unreliable sister.
Below, click "READ MORE" see the script we found online, cut down to just the segment we'll be performing in class. Enjoy!
INT. DATZMAN-MEAD HOUSE - KITCHEN - DAY
PAULA DATZMAN-MEAD sets her bags down on the table and fishes a checkbook from her purse. Rose enters with the vacuum cleaner in tow.
ROSE: We're all finished. Since it's our first visit we did the blinds and appliances but normally we'll alternate those weekly. Nobody mentioned anything to us about laundry so we didn't bother with that but if you want laundry included there is an extra...
PAULA: Rose? Rose Lorkowski?
Startled, Rose looks the woman in the eye for the first time.
PAULA: It's Paula Datzman... cheerleading squad junior year.
Recognition punches Rose in the face.
ROSE: Paula Datzman. Wow.
ROSE: How are you?
PAULA: Great! I'm Paula Datzman-Mead now.
PAULA: Thanks. We're expecting our second in a couple of months.
Paula pats her swollen belly and Rose forces a smile.
PAULA: How are you? You look just the same.
ROSE: I'm good. Really good!
PAULA: God, I always envied you so much. Head cheerleader... dating the quarterback... So did you and Mac end up getting married?
ROSE: Nope. No. (Awkward silence) I'm not sure... I think he ended up marrying Heather Volkman.
PAULA: Wow. Well it's so good to see you. Let me get your info so I can send you an invite to the baby shower.
Paula gets a piece of paper and a pen and hands it to Rose.
PAULA: It'll be like a big reunion. The whole gang from high school will be there.
Rose writes her number and address on the scrap of paper.
PAULA: So what are you doing now?
Woops. Paula immediately regrets the question.
ROSE: I... I've just gotten my real estate license, and so...
PAULA: Real estate?
ROSE: Yeah, this... this is just kind of a temporary thing and I'm about to just really phase over into the real estate full time.
PAULA: You're kidding, I'm in real estate!
Paula pulls a business card from her purse and hands it to Rose. The card has a picture of Paula's smiling face.
PAULA: With Long and Foster. Who are you with?
ROSE: Me? Um. You know, I haven't really decided yet. I might check out Long and Foster.
Paula nods. Uncomfortable.
PAULA: Maybe you'll just be independent.
ROSE: Yeah. Maybe.
They grasp for something to say. They fail.
PAULA: What was that about the laundry?
Top Photo by the wonderful Chris Macke.