Homework for Class #1

Prepare as though for an audition. (Do not watch the film, trailer or video clips. However, research such as imdb is fine.)

Molly’s Game by Aaron Sorkin

Molly’s controlling parent is a shrink who was also her Olympic skiing coach. Earlier in this scene near an outdoor ice skating rink, Molly and her parent finally talked about why she felt unloved by her parent growing up. Now her parent is revealing to her the only thing she did wrong – it refers to a stick in the snow that caused her devastating skiing accident at the Olympics.

 

FATHER/MOTHER

You tripped over a stick!

(beat)

OKAY?!

(pause)

Ten years ago you tripped over a stick. It was a one-in-a-million thing. You tripped

over a stick. That’s what you did wrong.

(pause)

There’s your session. It’s funny how much faster you can do it when you’re not charging by the hour. I’m your father/mother. Trying to comprehend how much I love you would be like trying to visualize the size of the universe.

(pause)

I didn’t know you’d gotten beaten up until I read it in your book, it was a helluva way to learn about it. You should know I’m hiring someone to find the guy who did it and then I’m hiring someone to kill him. I don’t care if it was the leader of Hamas –

(beat)

— Someone put their hands on you… they’re gonna suffer.

They’re gonna suffer.

They’re gonna suffer.