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1 THE CIRCLE 1
INT. AUDITORIUM
Two chairs sit facing each other in the center of the space,
perhaps over a coffee table wi...
CONTINUED: 2.
BAILEY. (cont’d)
night. Many of the people in this
room already know the broad
outline, thanks to SeeChange,...
CONTINUED: 3.
MAE. CON’T.
I was alone, unwatched, unobserved,
and unaccountable.
BAILEY.
And that facilitated impulses you...
CONTINUED: 4.
BAILEY.
Could you walk us through your
logic, there, Mae?
MAE.
Well, when something is kept
secret, crime is...
CONTINUED: 5.
BAILEY. CON’T. (cont’d)
life, as full as I think possible,
as we are always striving to
improve his opportun...
CONTINUED: 6.
MAE. (cont’d)
your fellow human beings, you share
what you know with them. You share
with you see. You give ...
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Script The Circle - Bailey-Mae scene

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Script The Circle - Bailey-Mae scene

  1. 1. 1 THE CIRCLE 1 INT. AUDITORIUM Two chairs sit facing each other in the center of the space, perhaps over a coffee table with flowers. This is the set for an interview between BAILEY and MAE. If we have a projector, it would be neat to project the Circle logo, or at least dim the lights slight. After a beat, just long enough for the audience to register the scene, BAILEY strides on stage, managing to appear both proud and humble, waving to the audience. BAILEY. (IMPROV) Hello, hello, Circlers! Happy Friday, what a wonderful day. He settles into a chair. BAILEY. CON’T. Good afternoon, everyone. I am so pleased to converge with you all on this special Dream Friday. I had a conversation last week with a Customer Experience newbie, Mae Holland, and I have invited her back to join me today. Without further ado, Mae? MAE steps in, eyes wide out over the audience. She keeps her composure and takes her seat. BAILEY. Hello, Mae. How are you feeling? MAE. Terrified. Laughter. BAILEY. Don’t be nervous! MAE. Easy for you to say. Followed by more laughter. BAILEY. So, Mae, let’s talk about this past weekend, what started on Sunday (MORE) (CONTINUED)
  2. 2. CONTINUED: 2. BAILEY. (cont’d) night. Many of the people in this room already know the broad outline, thanks to SeeChange, but would you like to offer a summary? MAE. Sure, Eamon. I committed a crime, essentially. I borrowed a kayak without the knowledge of the owner, and I paddled out to an island in the middle of the night. BAILEY. That was Blue Island, correct? MAE. It was. BAILEY. And you did not tell anyone you were planning to do this? MAE. I did not. BAILEY. But you knew it was wrong? MAE. Yes. BAILEY. And you did not document what you did at all? No videos, or even pictures? No posts at all? MAE. Nothing. BAILEY. (Slight pause.) Alright, so, you knew what you were doing was wrong, but you did it anyway. Why? MAE. Because I thought no one would know. BAILEY sits back in his chair, allowing this news to sink in. A slight murmur rolls through the audience. (CONTINUED)
  3. 3. CONTINUED: 3. MAE. CON’T. I was alone, unwatched, unobserved, and unaccountable. BAILEY. And that facilitated impulses you regret? MAE. Absolutely. BAILEY. Mae, do you behave better or worse when being watched? MAE. Better, of course. BAILEY. And what happens when you’re not being watched? MAE. Well, for one thing, I steal kayaks. Laugh track. I also do things I don’t want to do. I lie. BAILEY. You lie... You know, Mae, you said something to me during our talk the other day that I found very succinct and memorable. Could you repeat it for our fellow Circlers right now? MAE. Yes, Eamon, I said, "secrets are lies." BAILEY. Secrets are lies. MAE. Yes. Murmurs from the audience. If we have a projector, "Secrets are lies." appears in steel-like letters. (CONTINUED)
  4. 4. CONTINUED: 4. BAILEY. Could you walk us through your logic, there, Mae? MAE. Well, when something is kept secret, crime is possible. That goes without saying. We also, when we don’t know what’s being hidden, tend to speculate. We make up the answers. BAILEY. Very true, Mae, well said. Okay, so together, the super sleuths we are, we have unmasked the motivation behind this first part of your Sunday night crime. Shall we now consider part two: the case of the lack of documentation? Audience laughs. BAILEY. CON’T. Mae, you have said you kayak in the bay often. Is this true? MAE. It is. I go between two and three times a month. BAILEY. Two and three times a month. You go between two and three times a month, and yet you haven’t joined any of the Circle kayaking clubs. (To the audience) Mae has not posted posted a single picture, video, not even a comment. Could it be we have an undercover kayaker working for the CIA in our midst today? In all seriousness, though, I would like to get into something personal. BAILEY stands up slowly from his chair and begins addressing the audience directly, pacing back and forth, TED talk style. BAILEY. CON’T. As you all know, I have a son, Gunner, who was born with cerebral palsy. He is living a very full (MORE) (CONTINUED)
  5. 5. CONTINUED: 5. BAILEY. CON’T. (cont’d) life, as full as I think possible, as we are always striving to improve his opportunities, but the fact of the matter is, he is confined to a wheelchair. Gunner can’t walk, he can’t run. He can’t run off on a Sunday night and go kayaking. If he wants to experience something like this, what does he do? What does he do, Circlers? Right, he watches a video, or he looks at pictures. With SeeChange, anything is possible. Alongside a generous Circler, he can climb Mount Kenya or sail the Pacific or see the Eiffel Tower. With SeeChange, he could follow you, Mae, over the bay, onto that island, to revel in that beautiful sight under the stars. With SeeChange, Mae, you could have provided him with a smile, wist, and awe. You could have provided him inspiration.... He returns to his seat. How does it feel to have deprived them of seeing what you saw? MAE. (After taking a pause to compose herself) It feels wrong. BAILEY. In this short life, why shouldn’t everyone see whatever it is they want to see? Have equal access to the sights and all the experiences of the world? MAE. They should, Eamon. They deserve it. Here, MAE undergoes a change, from nervous and obedient to slightly feverous in her passion for the Circle. She is essentially overcome by emotion. MAE. It’s simple, actually. It’s finally simple to me. If you care about (MORE) (CONTINUED)
  6. 6. CONTINUED: 6. MAE. (cont’d) your fellow human beings, you share what you know with them. You share with you see. You give them anything you can. If you care about their plight, their suffering, their curiosity, and their right to learn, then you share with them. You share what you have and what you see and what you know. As humans, we’re obligated to share what we see and know. BAILEY. Amazing, Mae, amazing. Let’s thank Mae for her candor, brilliance, and humanity, can we please? BAILEY and MAE stand up. BAILEY gestures proudly to MAE and the audience applauds. BAILEY. But just you wait, folks. If you didn’t see one more amazing thing coming, you clearly don’t know the Circle well enough! Right here, right now, in front of all you inspiring Circlers and all of humanity, our very own Mae Holland will be going transparent. She will be broadcasting her every action for the world to see. An assistant walks on stage with a small SeeChange camera necklace and drops it, beaming, around Mae’s neck. BAILEY. One more round of applause for Mae. MAE. Wait, what? The scene ends with roars from the audience, perhaps Mae’s face projected on the screen.

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