Lights up: a spotlight on PETER on each side of the stage. He holds a copy of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest. The light from the windows suggests midday on stage left and late evening on stage right.
Stage left: PETER sits at a desk in a classroom. Stage right: PETER stands in a boy’s room in the middle of a group of four other boys, including ANTHONY, all holding bottles of alcohol they’re too young to legally be drinking.
*TEACHER: Will you read Jack, Peter?
*ANTHONY: Will you read Gwendolyn, Peter?
PETER stands up (on both sides of the stage). He begins to read, nervously and quietly on stage left, confidently and theatrically on stage right. As he reads, the other boys laugh, maliciously on stage left, genuinely on stage right. On stage left, another STUDENT mimes Gwendolyn’s lines. On stage right, ANTHONY mimes Jack’s lines.