Magna

FADE IN:

Two girls before play:

“I think I’m going to call her Magna.” Girl 1 says playing with her mask.

“Great name!” Girl 2 exclaims.

“Yeah, cuz that sounds Fierce.”

“Ok, go on.”

“She has superhero powers. She’s gonna speak loud and when she walks into a room everyone looks at her.”

“And be frozen scared!” Girl 2 makes a fearful face.

“Scared and respectful,” Girl 1 corrects.

“What superpowers?”, leaning in.

“She’s got a few.” Counting them off, “She can take her time. She can say, “I made a mistake” or “I changed my mind.” She can enjoy the process. She doesn’t take anything for granted. She says NO! whenever she wants.”

“NO!” Girl 2 echoes adamantly.

Still counting, “Umm, she can see the past as an asset. She knows she’s beautiful. Yeah, she’s pretty Almighty.”

“She sounds awesome. Can I play Magna?” Girl 2 reaches for the mask.

Girl 1 blocks her, “Lemme be her for the first round and then you can be her.”

“Ok, deal. I’ll be…I’ll be the scared city dwellers drowning in their own insecurities!”

“Ok!” Girl 1 claps.

They play.

Author: pizzaslices

Liza is an actor and co-creator of Subway Token Films, a film production company that captures Street Level Miracles through films. That is, moments in our lives when the story as we know it stops, the lens is pulled back and something more expansive is revealed to us. Liza has won awards and audiences alike for her portrayals of the immigrant story on stage and film. She lives in New York City and Los Angeles with her partner, actor Felix Solis.