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Manic Pixie Dream Girl Goes to Brunch

Manic Pixie Dream Girl, Seductress, GBF, and Gamer Boy have been best friends since high school. They've stayed in their niches, in character, for as long as they can remember. When Manic Pixie Dream Girl breaks archetype and falls for a jock, their world implodes. It may be for the better. A short play designed for Zoom formatting, Manic Pixie Dream Girl... explores the harm and insanity of media archetypes and why they must be turned on their heads.

MANIC PIXIE DREAM GIRL

See, this is why I didn’t want to say anything! I knew you’d all react like this! I get it, I’m not supposed to do stuff like fall in love with the football player. I’m supposed to fall in love with the quirky, angst-ridden new kid who has some weird obsession with collecting rubber ducks or some equally strange thing, and then I lead him on some journey of self-discovery. That’s my role, I know! What I’m doing, it’s…it’s…

 

GAMER BOY

Off-script.

MANIC PIXIE DREAM GIRL

Yeah.

GBF

Not just off-script. You tore the beloved societal script up, stamped on it in stilettos, and threw the shards in front of a train. Come back to us, babe. We need you in that niche. No group is complete without the weird one.
 

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Reagan Duchesne (Manic), Django Boletus (Gamer Boy), Kyle Kowalewsi (GBF), and Lauren DelGenio (Seductress) in 2020's reading.