HONEYBOY JACK AND THE SILVER MIST PART 1



The middle of a dirt track for stock car racing. MOON, a slacker in his 20’s, comes on grunting and dragging an old steamer trunk to the middle of the stage. He stops, lets the trunk drop.

MOON
Let’s do this. (a beam of light from off stage shines on his face) Howdy. I’m Moon Dog McCoy, and this is “Alma’s Anomalies, Episode One”! It’s about ten to three in the morning,and-

ALMA, Moon’s girlfriend, also in her 20’s, comes running on stage, smart phone in one hand filming Moon, flashlight in the other.

ALMA 
Witching hour! Stick to the script, do it again.
MOON
Do I have to say Alma’s Anomalies?
ALMA
It’s the name of the show, Moon! Kind of important.
MOON
It’s lame.
ALMA
Moon, are you directing this project?
MOON
No, but-
ALMA
Then shut it.
MOON
Alma, this is my deal. I’m the one who found the trunk, I’m the one summoning Honey Boy Jack-
ALMA
You’re the one who’s going to be sleeping on the couch tonight! Just say it the way we practiced,okay?
MOON
Fine!
ALMA
And can you face a little more towards me? I’m losing your voice when you turn too far.
MOON
Is the night vision app working?
ALMA
It’s awesome.
MOON
Is it all green like on Ghost Adventures?
ALMA
Totally. Now, let’s do it again. Go from the intro, and then we’ll do the Q and A with you sitting on the trunk.
MOON
Got it.


Alma moves to the edge of the stage, points phone and flashlight at Moon.

ALMA
Rolling.
MOON
This is Moon Dog McCoy, and this is Alma’s Anomalies. It’s about ten minutes before the Witching Hour. I’m standing in the middle of the old dirt track on Madeline Island, the most haunted of the Apostle Islands.
ALMA
Good, perfect. Now sit on the trunk and tell us about Golden Boy-
MOON
Honey Boy! Honey Boy Jack Schaefer.
ALMA
Fine- Honey Bun Schaefer.
MOON
Not funny. (sits on trunk) This is the fabled trunk that Honey Boy Jack had tied to the roof of his roadster, The Silver Mist, on the night he took his last ride.
ALMA
Can you tell our viewers who Honey Boy was?
MOON
The greatest racer that ever graced the fabled dirt tracks of Wisconsin’s North Woods! Ever! But on the night of his greatest triumph, he vanished into the chilly waters of Gitchy-Gummi.
ALMA
I think it’s Kitchy-Koomi.
MOON
Gitchy-Gummi! Like in “The Wreck of the Evan Fitzgerald”.
ALMA
It’s the Edmund Fitzgerald, not Evan.
MOON
We should use that as the theme song!
ALMA
That’s a song about a ship wreck, not a car wreck.
MOON
It’s a cool song.
ALMA
Just tell us about Honey Bun.
MOON
Honey Boy! (back to camera) So, I’m standing on the old dirt track where Honey Boy won his last race- before plunging into the ice water mansions of Gitchy-Gummi.
ALMA
Moon! Stick to the script.
MOON
We are summoning the spirit of Honey Boy tonight, and he’s going to help me win tomorrows race.


This is the first part of a new ghost play I'm working on. More to come, if the spirits are willing.

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