According to OmmWriter word count, it's 1428 words.
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A Midsummer Night's Detective Story
INT. POLICE STATION - INTERROGATION ROOM - NIGHT A woman is sitting at a table. She has a blanket wrapped around her and is holding what appears to be a mug of coffee in her hands. She is staring down into the mug. A detective enters the room and sits down across from her. He lays a leather folio, a pen and a digital tape recorder on the table. He sits down, opens the folio, revealing a pad of legal paper. HUTCH Ma’am, I’m detective Ken Hutchison. HUTCH plucks a business card from a pocket in the folio and hands it to the woman. She continues to hold her coffee, still looking into the mug. HUTCH (CONT.) From this point on, I will be recording this interview. HUTCH turns on the recorder and begins taking notes. HUTCH (CONT.) For the record, please state your name, age and place of address. SARAH (Still looking down at the mug) Sarah Kemble. 28. 1755 Maple Avenue, Verona, Illinois. HUTCH Ms. Kemble, do you have any idea how the fire got started? SARAH looks up from her coffee and just stares at Hutch. HUTCH allows her to continue the starring contest for a few moments. He remains indifferent. HUTCH Ms. Kemble, if you know something, you need to tell us. Two people died in that fire. SARAH returns her gaze to the mug. SARAH (dazed) Hannah and Bill.
HUTCH Yes, Hannah and William Pritchard. They owned the Marmont Theatre? SARAH slowly begins shaking her head no. SARAH They were leasing it. They started the company. HUTCH You mean the "Murder of Crows Theatre Company"? SARAH almost imperceptibly nods her head. HUTCH Interesting name. Ms. Kemble -may I call you Sarah? SARAH raises her head again, and just looks at Detective Hutchison. SARAH (Irritably) Can I call you Hutch? HUTCH If you feel like it. Sarah, you are safe now. We are in a room in a police station. We can keep you in protective custody if you are worried about the person who started the fire. SARAH It wasn’t a person. HUTCH raises an eyebrow HUTCH You aren’t going to tell me a story about a lantern and a cow, now are you? SARAH (Disdainfully) We were supposed to be rehearsing for opening night, when John came in with some changes.
HUTCH John? SARAH Fletcher. The writer. He’s always making changes. He can’t just leave things alone. HUTCH What was the play? SARAH "Ophelia is Drowning" It’s a new play, based on "Hamlet" but from Ophelia’s point of view. You know, like Tom Stoppard’s "Rosencrantz and Guildenstern are Dead" is from the point of view of Rosencrantz and Guildenstern. HUTCH Oh, I think I saw that one! Didn’t that guy who was on that show "Lie to Me" play Rosencrantz? SARAH (Sighing) Guildenstern. Rosencrantz was played by the guy who played Beethoven in "Immortal Beloved." HUTCH shakes his head and looks blank. HUTCH Sorry, I don’t know that one. SARAH He played Dracula? HUTCH I thought that was Brad Pitt. SARAH Seriously? No. Okay, He was Sirius Black in the Harry Potter films. HUTCH is till shaking his head and looking apologetic. SARAH He was Reverend Dimsdale in "The Scarlett--" no, forget that one...Oh! He was George Smiley in "Tinker, Taylor, Soldier, Spy"!
HUTCH Still not getting it. SARAH (Glaring, deadpans) Commisioner Gordon in Batman. HUTCH Oh! Commisioner Gordon! Yeah, I thought he looked familiar! I just didn’t recognize him with that mustache! (beat) HUTCH scans his notes. Okay, so the writer, John Fletcher, had changes? SARAH He had changes--He wanted to do homage to other plays by Shakespeare and have certain characters do from other plays do guest spots. Like have Othello, Puck and Mercutio show up. We thought he was losing his mind. What started as a dark comdey was devolving into broad farce. HUTCH What does any of this have to do with the fire? SARAH Well, it was bad enough that he wanted to give characters from other plays cameo roles, but when he insisted on having the Scottish King appear --and be called by NAME! Right there --in the theater! He’s been writing plays for years! He knows better! HUTCH Okay, I’m sorry, you’ve lost me. SARAH The Scottish play -it’s cursed. You can’t say the name of the Scottish Play in a theater. HUTCH You aren’t in a theater now.
SARAH (whispering) Macbeth. HUTCH So he said, "Macbeth" in the theater? How is a play cursed? SARAH I don’t know how, but it is. Does it really matter how? HUTCH So what happened SARAH So a bunch of us kind of freaked out, and Bill made John go outside, spin around three times, curse, then spit, then he had to knock before he could be let in. John was angry and thought Bill was being ridiculous, but he went outside. HUTCH blinks a few times, soaking in her words, then continues. HUTCH According to the report, the fire started in the middle of the stage. There didn’t appear to be any excellerant. Where were you when the fire broke out? SARAH I was in the wings, stage left. I told them I saw it. Before John could knock on the door again. The flames came from no where. I screamed. Bill and Hannah came running and tried to put it out, but it seemed to just jump to them. It was like it was alive. It happened so fast I didn’t have time to get to them, and when it came for me, I ran and hid. HUTCH (reading from a polic report) It says you were found in a dressing room shower, saying something over and over again?
SARAH "The quality of mercy is not strain’d, It droppeth as the gentle rain from heaven Upon the place beneath. It is twice blest: It blesseth him that gives and him that takes." It’s from "The Merchant of Venice." It’s one of the lucky plays. HUTCH Okay, so your story is, after the writer, Fletcher, went outside, that’s when the fire started. And it just spontaneously combusted and attacked the head of your theater group, and half the theater burned down while you hid in a shower and the others? SARAH I don’t know what happened to anyone else. HUTCH See, that’s the thing. Neither do we. SARAH What are you saying? HUTCH We can’t find them. Where were they when the theater broke out? The other actors, the crew, the backstage people, where were they? SARAH Some people were working backstage and some people --Lizzy, Stella, and George, they were in the pit. HUTCH The orchestra pit? SARAH looks surprised.
HUTCH I’m not a complete Philistine. What were they doing in the pit? SARAH I don’t know, but I didn’t see them when the fire started. HUTCH And the writer never came back inside? SARAH I don’t know. I was in the shower till they found me. HUTCH Okay, let’s take a little break, and start back up later. Can I get you anything? SARAH I could use a bathroom trip. HUTCH Okay, hang on, I’ll find someone to escort you. HUTCH leaves the room INT. POLICE STATION - JUST OUTSIDE INTERROGATION ROOM - NIGHT HUTCH motions to one of the police officers filling out a report at a desk. OFFICER LINDA WAGONER, approaches Hutch. She is holding a file. HUTCH I’m looking for someone else who might have been at the scene. A writer, his name is John Fletcher. OFFICER WAGONER looks through the file, and finds something. OFFICER WAGONER We found a body in the alley behind the theater. Mutilated. Like nothing I’ve ever seen except maybe on "Game of Thrones."
HUTCH What do you mean? OFFICER WAGONER The guy’s head was on a pole. HUTCH’S face goes pale for a second. HUTCH Uh...thanks. OFFICER WAGONER No problem. OFFICER WAGONER goes back to her desk. HUTCH finds a desk, and begins and internet search typing in "William Shakespeare" and "Head on a pole." He looks shocked but not surprised. HUTCH (under his breath) No. There has to be a logical explanation. Curses are not real. CLOSE UP: Of Hutch’s search results revealing this link: "the Plays of William Shakespeare" and under the link, this line: "Re-enter Macduff, with Macbeth’s Head on a Pole" FADE OUT