...FOR THE NINTH TIME...
SCENE - BACKSEAT OF A LIMO
DEAN and JESSE are sitting in the backseat of a limo in deep
It's obvious what ending we should
go with. We go with the ending that
won the musical five Tony Awards
back in the 80s.
Why is that the obvious choice
Because it was the original choice.
What's wrong with Luisa forgiving
Guido for his past..
His past? You mean his life as man
She forgives him. I think
forgiveness is a good message.
It goes against her character and
what she has learned throughout the
show. More importantly, it's not in
the script we received.
SCENE - OUTSIDE OF THE THEATER
The limo has park and JESSE and DEAN exit to enter the
I already wrote the rights holders
and we can change the ending to the
forgiveness ending, as so many
other productions have done so in
I like banging to the beat of my
own drum. That's why I'm "director"
and you're "co-director." Remember
that was our deal? You pick the
musical, I'll direct, no matter how
horrid I think it is.
See, you don't even like Nine.
What I don't like is how you
decided to pick it just because
it's our ninth show together.
I think it's cute.
I think you should've put more
thought into it.
Nine is one of my favorite
The movie was bad.
SCENE - THEATER HALLWAY
JESSE and DEAN stand at the closed doorway that leads into
the rehearsal space.
Then it's a good thing we're not
doing the movie, we're doing the
stage show, with the new ending.
We shall see about that.
DEAN opens the door, revealing the huge rehearsal space.
Inside are MISS HOOPS by the piano, GUIDO, LUISA, CLAUDIA
and CARLA. Tape is lined on the floor to indicate the stage
space. Two chairs are a good distance away from the stage
space to indicate the house.
SCENE - REHEARSAL SPACE
Hello cast and crew of Nine. Today
we're going over the staging and
blocking for the song "Only with
Can we go over "My Husband Makes
Movies?" I feel it's much harder
than I remember.
Oh I think you sound amazing.
You get better everyday.
GUIDO, CARLA, CLAUDIA and LUISA head towards the stage
space. GUIDO is confused.
Do I stand here.
No. More to your...
JESSE motions to the right.
okay yes right there.
Miss Hoops, hit it.
MISS HOOPS starts to play "Only with You" as JESSE and DEAN
sit at what would be the house. They whisper and talk to
each other as they observe the performance. GUIDO sings to
Look how he sings to Luisa. How can
we not have her forgive him in the
This song is not a good example for
that. He's singing this song to all
But look how he sings it to her.
GUIDO is very suave with LUISA. He then moves onto CLAUDIA
and he's just as suave.
Look, how he sings to her.
JESSE (TO CAST)
Okay, wait cut.
MISS HOOPS stops playing. Actors hold to listen.
Guido, keep in mind that this song,
when you sing it to Luisa, it's
real. To anyone else, it's just an
So you want me to act as if I'm
How do you...
You'll figure it out. Just do it.
MISS HOOPS starts playing and actors return to their spots
on stage. DEAN and JESSE go back to whispering to each
Was that really necessary?
We are using the forgiveness ending
and that's that.
Oh is it? (to cast) Cut.
MISS HOOPS stops playing, the cast holds to listen.
Okay that wasn't working. Remember,
this man is a womanizer. These
women are just objects to you.
But one of the objects is a trophy
of desire and honesty - Luisa. So
seperate Luisa from the rest.
Let's have the cast input what they
I don't it's really for us to say
This is the vision of yours.
We're having a slight disagreement
about how the play should end.
Oh not this again.
Can I say something?
This man, has cheated on this woman
with countless women. Should she
really forgive him?
Yes, she should.
DEAN (TO JESSE)
It's not real.
It's theater. We're not supposed to
make reality, we're supposed to be
better than reality.
I think it weakens her if she does
that. I wouldn't want to send the
message that one should easily
forgive something so heinous.
I think Jesse's right. We're in a
grand setting. We should do grand
actions. I find forgiveness is not
about how Guido feels, but how
strong Luisa will become when she
let's go of all the hurt and pain
and forgives him. Isn't that when
you can truly move on?
Look, the point is, the guy is a
dog and he should be treated as
such. Yes he's the hero of the
play, but he's an anti-hero. No one
wants to praise a player.
Not onstage at least. For years man
has been praised for sexual
conquests while women were called
whores for showing a little
affection to the wrong guy. Here's
a moment to really punch that in
and shame a man slut.
DEAN (TO GUIDO)
How do you feel about this?
I feel dirty, and confused.
JESSE (TO DEAN)
Don't ask him. Don't ask any of
them. This is up to us okay.
DEAN (TO CAST)
Thank you cast. Back to places.
Miss Hoops, from the top.
Oh, from the top. Okay.
MISS HOOPS continues playing. The cast continues on with the
song. DEAN and JESSE go back to whispering to each other.
Even the cast want the original
Not one of them. Carla likes the
new ending. It takes one person to
Change begins from within.
Yes. Yes it does.
JESSE watches the rehearsal for a moment.
You know I love you Dean.
I'm trying to change.
This is the ninth show we've done
together and the ninth time you've
done this to me and it's always the
same with you. You won't ever
change. People don't change.
Yes they do. I know I've hurt you.
I've hurt you real bad, but you and
I always find ourselves together.
Of course we do. We're directing
partners. We work well together.
You know it's not just that. You
love me too.
I don't know how I feel about you.
I know you can't commit.
It's scary okay? But it's because
I've never met anyone like you
before. I'm afraid of what will
happen if we completely commit and
.... no I'm not ready. But I love
you. I will do anything to make you
DEAN gets loud.
Then why did you cheat on me?
MISS HOOPS stops playing, the cast listens to their
You can word it anyway you want,
but that's what you did. You
betrayed me. I can't forgive you.
You're going to have to do
something major to get with all of
Fine. You say it's always the same?
Here's something that's never
JESSE gets on his knee and takes out a small velvet block.
What are you doing?
The obvious. JESSE reveals a ring to DEAN.
Dean, will you marry me?
The cast start to "ooooh" and "ahhh" and everyone but MISS
HOOPS is surprised.
The fuck!!! Oh this is unfair. He
cheated on me.
Girl look at that diamond.
That must've cost so much.
LUISA (TO CARLA AND CLAUDIA)
What did he have to sell to get
What? What did you sell? Books?
DVDs? Blu Rays?
DEAN (REAL CONCERNED)
Even the criterions?
Especially the criterions.
Did you sell The Apple TV.
Yes. As of now, I have a very
minimal shack. Because I love you.
DEAN is touched. But is not weakened.
Look, I'm not going to marry you.
LUISA (WAVING AT HER)
DEAN (TO JESSE)
What we're going to do is, as soon
as rehearsal is over, we are going
to try to get all of your things
back. And then we're going to go on
a date, and have a really long
talk. No sass, no sarcasm, just two
people on a date, enjoying each
CLAUDIA (TO LUISA AND CARLA)
Is he going to return the ring?
LUISA (TO CLAUDIA)
Shut up okay?
Dean I love you.
JESSE kisses DEAN and the cast applauds.