I BELIEVE (PART 1)

I believe is a short script produced on Vera’s Lounge Podcast https://anchor.fm/chinenye-vera

INT. DEBBY’S ROOM – DAY

DEBBY, a lady in her mid thirties, is doing a monologue before the mirror hanging on the wall by the side of her window.


DEBBY
Look at me, Dan. What do you see? Do you understand
the impact of your maltreatment on me?

The door opens from outside, and TINA, in her mid thirties as well, walks in. Seeing Debby doing the monologue, she observes her silently with a look of disgust. Meanwhile, Debby is unaware that Tina had come into the room.


DEBBY

(continues with the monologue)
…I gave you all of me, Dan…all of me…and what do I get
back?


TINA

(Clears her throat)


DEBBY

(startled as she turns towards Tina)
Tina…I did not hear you come in.


TINA
Not when you were engrossed in your madness…


DEBBY
You really need to stop calling this madness


TINA
You could do something useful with your time, you
know?


DEBBY
The audition is in four days time. what could be more
useful?


TINA
And you are attending?


DEBBY
Of course, i am. Why else am I rehearsing?

TINA
(Laughs)

Debby, come on. Don’t go disgrace yourself at
that audition.


DEBBY
What do you mean?


TINA
What do I mean? Come on, you know what I mean. That
role is too big for you. It’s not for your type.


DEBBY
And by my type you mean?


TINA
Apart from the fact that you have not featured in any
movie other than your church dramas, you simply have
not got the right looks for the role. They are looking
for someone that…


DEBBY
(cuts in)
That’s enough, Tina. I don’t care what you think about
me, but I am going for that audition.


TINA
It’s not about what I think of you, but about the
reality. You should focus on your job as a
Salesperson.


DEBBY
I am not going to be a salesperson for the rest of my
life. I need to go after my dreams and I won’t let
people like you stop me…

She sadly starts walking away with her script


TINA
Debby there’s no point being upset. I am telling you
the truth.

Debby ignores her and leaves the room.

TINA
I don’t know who is deceiving her. She can’t make it
as an actress. How is she seeing something different?

Reluctantly, she goes to the mirror to admire herself

INT. DEBBIE’S ROOM – DAY

ONE WEEK LATER

Debby is on a phone call


DEBBY
Sir, My name is Debby Igwe, I was at the audition last
week and I haven’t heard back…

Silence as she listens

DEBBY
okay sir…I will look out for your email. Thank you.

She happily ends the call and turns towards Tina, who is in bed.


TINA
(Laughs)

Debby! So, it wasn’t enough that you went
there to disgrace yourself, you even have the guts to
call them to remind them of your disgrace.


DEBBY
Tina, why can’t you be supportive for once? You have
seen me act in church and you know that I delivered
well.


TINA
But that’s a church drama! We are talking about
Nollywood here…and a blockbuster movie by a seasoned
producer! How on earth do you think that you stand a
chance?


DEBBY
Because they asked for new actors to audition for the
role, because I am good, because I have all it takes
to get the role.


TINA
You? Is it this you that I am looking at or there’s
more hidden somewhere?

DEBBY
It’s not my fault that you don’t believe in yourself,
and I won’t let you rub that off of me. You may not
see it, but I know what I have.


TINA
One more bitter truth, Debby…you haven’t actually got
the looks to Grace the Screen…you don’t want to hear
this, but it’s the truth.


DEBBY
(Chuckles) Indeed…thanks, Tina, but that’s your
opinion…and you know what? It doesn’t count as far as
I am concerned.

She walks away, leaving Tina speechless.

*Anticipate Part 2*

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