INT. APARTMENT LIVING ROOM – EVENING
JAKE sits on the floor, sipping from a red cup and flipping through a script. He’s dressed casually in sweatpants and a polo t-shirt that don’t match or coordinate with one another. He is surrounded by a few of his actor friends sitting in a circle on the floor, copies of the same script in each lap, ready to do a read-through of his first finished script. CHARLIE is sitting to Jake’s right.
I don’t see the sex scene. Didn’t you say you were going to
add a sex scene?
What? Oh – I don’t know. Maybe. Everyone have all the pages?
THE GROUP murmurs confirmation. ABBY is next to Charlie, drinking white wine out of a proper glass, and has her legs out in front of her crossed one over the other.
Am I playing the main girl?
There are a few different – uh – main girls.
Well am I at least one of them?
Next to Abby, FRANCESCA is twirling her long necklace with one hand and feeding herself small pretzels from a cup in front of her with the other.
I think I’m playing Lilly. Is that right, Jake? Lilly? I think
that’s what you told me in the email. I really need to read
Yeah, Franny, you’re Lilly. Abby, you’re playing Penelope.
Ick. Not your best name choice, Jakey. How about –
I think we’re going to table any name-change suggestions for
KYLE, Jake’s ex-boyfriend, is sitting to Francesca’s right, reviewing the script through whispers with his roommate, GRACE. Both are eating chips out of a bag in Grace’s purse.
Can I just ask: why is Lilly even with Adam? He’s abusive. For
you first script – I just don’t know how well that’ll be received.
It kind of turns me off to the whole thing. Anyone else?
I agree. I don’t see how this is even the same storyline as we
discussed – you know, a few months back. Remember? When
we were in Palm Springs?
Wait. Did you two date?
Guys, since it’s 8:35, I really feel like we should start reading.
Yeah Charlie, we did – for a while last year.
Oooh, interesting! Wow, Jakey, I’m surprised you invited him
He obviously felt confortable enough. I’m sure there’s no bad
Or some unresolved feelings.
I’ve been saying that since we got this invite!
Please, guys. Can we just do the read-through and chat about
all this later?
Fine, let’s talk about the script. I think it’s weird how you cast
me as Lilly’s douchebag boyfriend.
I don’t think he’s abusive. Jake, is he meant to be abusive? I
don’t see anything about abuse anywhere? Oh, or did you
mean verbally abusive? Is that his thing?
His “thing?” What does that even mean? He literally tears her
down the entire movie and you’re wondering if that’s his
I don’t know – Lilly sounds pretty whiny.
Oh, cool. So glad you have friends that condone the abuse you
write about, Jake.
Well if it’s an artistic choice to add in a dysfunctional
relationship, that’s his prerogative.
True, but Jake’s been known to make pretty poor choices.
Okay, awesome, fuck every single one of you. I was afraid this
was going to happen but then I thought, no, they’re more
mature than that. They’re adults. This is fucking over.
HANNAH is sitting in between Jake and Grace, still flipping through the script. She takes the headphones out of her ears.
Oh sorry, are we starting? Hey Jake, it looks like you took out
that sex scene – what gives?