Sc 1 ext Alley way – night
“Candy came from out on the island/in the back room she was everybody’s darling/but she never lost her head/even while she was giving head/hey babe/take a walk on the wild side”
A YOUNG MAN, CANDY, in his 20s, is giving head to an OLDER WOMAN, SHIRLY, in her 40’s who is dressed like she is in NEW YORK DRAG. SHIRLY leans against the brick wall in ecstasy grasping the bars of the FIRE ESCAPE.
She is gorgeous in her BLACK HEELS, MAKEUP, LONG WHITE GLOVES, her FUR STOLE slides off her shoulder, her RED EVENING DRESS is hiked up around her shapely thighs.
CANDY is up under SHIRLY’S dress on his knees. He is wearing a BLACK SUIT and BLACK DRESS SHOES. We see his LONG HAIR from behind. As SHIRLY comes, she holds onto CANDY’s head. CANDY swallows and wipes the side of his mouth.
(Looks up at SHIRLY)
Do you want to go back to the party or go home?
(Smiling, drunk and slurring, she pats CANDY’S head as her dress falls into place)
Let’s go home.
CANDY stands up, brushes off his knees and steps out to hail a CAB. SHIRLY follows.
Sc 2 EXT STReet – night
The CAB is right there. CANDY opens his arms wide giving everything to SHIRLY, his back to the party, as SHIRLY gets into the cab. She shuts the door.
The streets are shining. PEOPLE EVERYWHERE lined up to go into the party they were just at, RED VELOUR ROPES, CAMERAS FLASHING, STARS EVERYWHERE. The CAB pulls away from the party.
Sc 3 INT CAB – night
SHIRLY’s dress is hiked up to her knees. She laughs as she takes a METAL CASE from her PURSE then a METAL LIGHTER. She takes a small CIGAR from the CASE.
CANDY, this is for you.
SHIRLY lights her CIGAR. The CAB DRIVER adjusts his rear view mirror, he is a JEWISH INDIAN from ISRAEL. In the mirror we only see SHIRLY in the back seat. No CANDY.
(With an Israeli Indian accent)
You can’t smoke in here.
(Laughs. Inhaling deeply, he blows smoke straight out the window)
Do you have any idea who we are?
I know who you are. You still can’t smoke in here. Anyway where are you going?
Ceci n’est pas un cigar
She throws it out the window.
We’re going to Palmerston Blvd.
The CAB DRIVER looks at her like she is crazy.
SC 4 EXT PAlmerston BLVD – NIGHT
SHIRLY pays for the CAB from her PURSE.
(Drunk and Graceful)
As SHIRLY walks up the stairs she begins to look more like a man dressed as a woman.
SC 5 int sHIRLY’s apartment – night
SHIRLY gets out her KEYS and opens the door and stumbles to her BEDROOM which has a 40’s ART DECO feel to it. SHE puts her PURSE on the BED and sits at the VANITY which is strewn with a STYROFOAM HEAD, MAKEUP, MAKEUP REMOVER, and OLD BLACK AND WHITE PHOTOGRAPHS of SHIRLY’S PARENTS and of A BOY AND HIS SISTER AS CHILDREN in the 70’s.
SHIRLY looks at herself in the MIRROR and begins the process of becoming a man. She takes off her WIG and places it on the STYROFOAM HEAD, then she removes her MAKEUP and takes off her FUR STOLE and her FAKE BREASTS.
CANDY comes into the room still dressed in his SUIT. He is carrying SHIRLY’S PINK ROBE and he looks a bit like a young woman dressed as a man.
Would you like a glass of water?
CANDY puts SHIRLY’s ROBE on the bed. SHIRLY looks at CANDY and smiles.
SHIRLY watches the CANDY apparition walk away. She picks the ROBE off the bed, puts it on and turns to look at herself in the mirror.