SCENE 1: CONVERSATIONS ACROSS CAMPUS
(Three pairs of students appear.)
MASON: What are you doing tonight?
MICHAEL: I’m watching Dead Pool. You want to hang out?
MASON: Sure. Sounds great.
(Lights shift to next pair.)
SIERRA: I just got back from the protest rally.
LAUREN: How’d it go?
SIERRA: It was good. I got up and spoke.
LAUREN: Really? What did you say?
SIERRA: I said we need to start listening to each other again. (Lauren nods in agreement.)
(Lights shift next pair.)
ANIMA: (enters distressed) Hateeyat!
HATEEYAT: What’s wrong?
ANIMA: My mom just called me from Kinshasa. My dad went to the election protest last night, but he never came home.
HATEEYAT: (reaching to embrace her) Oh, Anima. I’m so sorry.
This scene originally appeared in Congolese Immigrant Stories, a publication of The Facing Project that was organized by Illinois College in Jacksonville, Illinois.