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THE HELEN HAYES AWARDS POLICIES &
Lilith Written By Emily Bandel Emily Bandel 7786689687 email@example.com 1. EXT. PATHWAY B ESIDE F OREST D AY A c ouple stands together on a pathway near the o pening o f a forest w hile a p olice o fficer asks them questions. The g irlfriend is w orried and t he boy h olds h er tight a round her s houlders out of p rotection. Officer Hayes Can you tell m e exactly w hat you saw? Raine What we saw? ( looks a t F reddy) We didn’t s ee a nything. Freddy It’s what w e h eard that matters. T here w as a w hole bunch of w hat s ounded l ike branches s napping, as i f someone was r unning. A nd a scream. Raine (looking b ack a t the f orest) And laughter. Freddy You heard s omeone l aughing? Raine It was q uiet, b ut y es. Officer Hayes Anything e lse? Freddy (whispering t o R aine) S how him. Raine opens her clenched hand, r evealing a ripped p iece of clothing. O fficer H ayes t akes it in h is own hand with a look o f recognition. I t’s p art o f a hospital gown. 2. EXT. FOREST DAY In t he m iddle of t he f orest stands Lilith i n a g rimy h ospital gown. Her m akeup i s s mudged from crying. Maisie(23)walks up the path behind her calling f or her d og B uddy w hom s he’s l ost. She’s holding his leash. As M aisie m oves to pick a l eaf f rom h er hair, Lilith s teps i n front o f her. Lilith (smiling)Hello, my name i s Lilith. I c an’t seem t o f ind m y way back t o t he street. Maisie Oh, hello! I’m M aisie.(pause) If you f ollow t he p ath backwards y ou’ll probably g et to the r oad. Lilith (worried)Are y ou sure? I don’t want to end u p b ack where I came from. Maisie (oblivious, l ooking around)I mean, I’ve been walking f or about(looks a t p hone)40 m inutes and I came from the street that way.(points b ack to where s he came from)If t hat i sn’t t he way back then I ’d s ay I ’m l ost. (pause)Have y ou seen a G olden Retriever? I’m l ooking f or my dog. Lilith No. Maisie Okay. (finally t aking n otice of the s tate t hat L ilith is in) Are you a lright? D o y ou need me to help you? 3. Lilith (laughs quietly) No. Maisie (alarmed) O kay, well I ’m going to k eep l ooking f or m y Dog. (shouting i nto the w oods on her l eft s ide)Buddy! Maisie s teps t o the s ide of Lilith and t ries t o w alk f orward,but Lilith g rabs h er a rm. EXT. PATHWAY B ESIDE F OREST D AY Raine and F reddy a re s een w alking a way, getting i n their car a nd then looking a t each o ther w ith w orry. F lash t o O fficer Hayes’ notepad. It reads ‘ Another E scapee Oct.13 2 017’. Officer Hayes (on the phone) T here’s b een another one. O kay, yes. Thank you. (he h angs u p a nd writes s omething o n h is notepad) Charles(25) walks u p t o t he opening o f t he path. He nods at the officer when h e looks u p from his n otepad. Officer Hayes Excuse m e s ir. I ’m going to have to ask y ou not to e nter the forest. Charles What? Why? (worried)What’s the problem officer? Officer Hayes (lying a fter t aking a m oment to think) T here’s b een a bear sighting. Charles What? My g irlfriend is i n there. 4. Officer Hayes (pause) What’s h er name? Charles Maisie. Maisie A dams.(pause) And my n ame i s C harles. Officer Hayes Have you e ver b een around a bear before, C harles? Charles No, but I c an a ssure y ou that if my girlfriend is i n t here with a b ear, y ou won’t b e stopping m e f rom looking for her. Officer Hayes Well I’d a sk y ou to wait until my backup a rrives, but Charles nods w hen h e i nterrupts. Charles I’ll be heading in now. Officer Hayes If you f ind h er, climb a tree and wait. W e’ll blow a n airhorn to announce it’s safe for you come d own. Bears aren’t l ikely t o climb u p after you. (tosses a c an of pepper s pray t oward Charles) Just in case. Charles holds his h and o ut a nd c atches i t. Charles Thanks. Charles walks into the f orest.