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  • Tayhani Kannangara

Us Against the World

(Actors speak directly to the audience)


BOY

I’m sick of this I’m so


GIRL

Tired. Why can’t they see me for who I am instead of

BOY GIRL

Treating me like I have some huge neon sign that reads

GIRL

Snobby, slutty, show off

BOY

Godey, monolingual, worthless piece of shit

GIRL

I speak my mind so I’m considered bossy? If I were a guy I bet they’d call it leadership

BOY

One look at me and they clutch their bags closer and walk on the other side of the road just to avoid me.

GIRL & BOY

With just one look, they think they know my story.

BOY

I hate having to act this way just because I’m a guy

GIRL

Just because you’re a guy doesn’t give you an excuse. “Boys will be boys"


BOY

Boys have to be boys. You have to act tough, you can’t cry because if you do


GIRL

You’re weak, is what their eyes say when they stare at me.


BOY

I get defensive and play the part they’ve given me.


GIRL

I fake a smile, nod and mindlessly agree but I really don’t see


BOY

How I can be nice to you after all the shit you say about me

GIRL

And to add insult to injury they end with no not you, you’re great it’s just everyone else!


BOY

Everyone like you, but not you!

GIRL

If I wanna wear that dress, go out at night, I can! It doesn’t make me any less

BOY

Of a human being. Why am I defined by where I’m from

GIRL

My school, my job

BOY

You walked past me that day, and you saw me in my school t shirt and what did you call me?

GIRL

What made you think it was a good idea to ask me to send you that picture?

BOY

I am, what I make of myself. It’s not about what I look like


GIRL

The way I speak


BOY

What I wear


GIRL

It’s about who I fucking am

BOY

And not whom I’m fucking

(Actors turn and look at each other )


GIRL & BOY

You can, so why can’t I?