Written by Joss Whedon for Equality Now’s 20th Anniversary event in NYC on April 19, 2012.
The Woman: Debra Winger
The Girl: Eliza Dushku
The Man: Dan Mersh
The WOMAN stands to the left. The MAN stands near the cot, on which sits the GIRL, near the center of the stage. The light on the woman is bright, the light on the other two dimmer. More intimate but not too pretty. (When he turns to the woman, the man will be in the brighter light.) The girl buttons her dress as the man buttons his shirt. His jacket hangs on a chair by the cot.
I’m not a bad guy, you know.
Once you get to know me.
I know you.
You might be the only one who does.
You’re very beautiful. You could
have been a model, I bet.
They told me I was gonna be a model
when they brought me here. Then
they took my passport.
I don’t know about that.
When I was seven my best friend and
I hid under her older brother’s bed
while he was watching a zombie
movie. She screamed when the
zombie ate a baby’s brain and he
heard her and chased us out of the
room. Followed us all around the
house, arms out, trapped us in the
basement with the lights out,
moaning, grabbing at us –
He touched you, right? This is
about, he does something to you and
that’s why you’re --
(finishes by gesturing
vaguely at the room)
This is about Zombies. I was
afraid of Zombies.
(putting on his jacket)
They’re just pretend.
And now I’m afraid of pretend.
The dead don’t walk. Is this to
get extra money? They’re dead --
they don’t shuffle about.
No. They just lie there.
(to the audience)
There are millions of women and girls in prostitution. Almost ten million, are victims of sex trafficking sold into bonded sexual servitude. Into slavery. There are likely many more sex trafficking victims who are simply not recognized - their chains are less visible but just as real. The UN estimates that the human trafficking industry is worth approximately $32 billion a year.
(turns to the man without
-- How was your trip? You look
Why do they send us on these
things? Team building exercises --
what’s the point.
To build teams.
Are the kids asleep?
(as he turns back to the
They wanted to stay up...
(unbuttoning her dress)
How do you want me?
(taking off his jacket)
On your belly. I don’t want to
look at you.
Women and girls in prostitution are beaten regularly. They are subjected to unprotected sex hundreds of times a year and many of them will contract HIV. The average age for girls entering into prostitution in America is 12-14. The number of men, worldwide, who will purchase a prostitute: about one in ten.
And now the man and the girl are back at the start,
buttoning. He’s less sympathetic here.
I’m not such a bad guy, you know.
But you’re a very bad boy...
Don’t do that. That was for then.
So no more “mommy”?
Shut up about that. I walk out of
here. This is just a thing. I
have a life, I have a job -- you’re
just here, waiting.
Waiting for you.
You say that to everyone.
You are everyone.
You’re on drugs.
When I’m lucky.
You could get out.
They find me, they kill me, I
starve, or withdrawals, or it’s
jail. Or I taste fresh air and
then back here is worse.
Excuses. You love this.
I love this.
You want it.
You’re so big.
I could hurt you.
You always do.
(a bit of steam)
You brought me here. You lie here,
smelling of it, pulling me in,
because men have needs and you play
on them, you wait, you make me do
this. You try to make me small.
Do you like movies about Zombies?
(as he turns to her)
She screams every night. Someone’s
Who’s chasing her?
She doesn’t know.
It’s that horror crap you let her
I let her watch?
I’m sorry. I’m tired.
Come to bed.
(turning to the girl)
I’m not a bad guy, you know.
I think about killing you every
time you fuck me. You’re a good
guy. Family man. My savior. I
love you. I wanna kill you every
time you call me baby.
When you’ve got me in your car and
“Don’t use your teeth”
I think about using my teeth.
Zombies use their teeth. They
don’t care. They got nothing.
They’re not afraid, they’re not
depressed, they just wanna rip you
apart and there’s millions of them.
Of us. Walking around, dead.
You’re not dead.
And what happens to you when we
figure that out?
(to the audience)
Through campaigning, pressure and legal action, Equality Now has ensured the passing of the
strongest anti-trafficking law in the US. It has helped shut down sex tour operators Big Apple Oriental
Tours, Video Travel and Jump Off Destinations, and ensured that the Uniform Code of Military
Justice was changed to specifically prohibit the solicitation of prostitution. It continues to work
with grass-roots organizations in countries around the world to end the commercial sexual exploitation
of women and girls. He goes and sits on the bed as the girl stands and crosses to the woman. As they speak, he lies down.
Hey, honey, what are you doing up?
Just thought I’d watch the sun come