Imagining Audrey (Drama, Character-driven/Soft Sci Fi)
GENRE: Drama (Soft Sci Fi)
TONE: Sliding Doors meets Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
THEME: Part of the human condition is to question our lives and our choices. This script illuminates the question that many people have asked themselves, What if I made a difference decision, would my life be radically different or would some things remain the same? It’s the classic Fate vs. freewill exploration with a mystical and environmental twist.
AWARDS: PAGE Awards - Quarter Finalist, 2015 & Stage 32 - Semi-finalist 2015
LOG LINE: An indecisive and endearing woman in her mid-twenties unknowingly becomes part of a cosmic experiment that causes her life to split into three different directions based on three different decisions she makes. Twelve years later, her three parallel worlds collide and her three "selves" must figure out which one of them gets the future or all three will perish.
SYNOPSIS: Imagining Audrey is more drama than Sci-Fi, though there is an element that requires a 'leap' in imagination as the cosmic experiment allows Audrey to live out more than one version of her life to see if her soul can evolve exponentially faster by doing so. Though the choices each Audrey makes are grounded and aligned with elements of her personality (or expressions of her different Archetypes), her three lives unravel in very different directions with some impressive overlapping in each incarnation.
AUDREY FRANKEL (26) grew up in love with her childhood friend, HUGH GARLAND whose parents were best friends with her parents. After a brief romance in their early twenties, they split up when Hugh leaves for medical school. Instead of going with him and eventually becoming his wife as all family members have anticipated, Audrey opts out of her predictable life path to 'find herself' instead. She's still searching for her true self several years later when she learns that Hugh is marrying someone else. This encounter catapults her on a journey to take risks, discover new aspects of herself, and to follow a new path... or three paths!
Audrey seeks counseling from a hypnotherapist, KAREN ROBBINS (54) who manages to place her into a superconscious trance, one where she can access her ethereal essence. She has a mystical experience where AUDREY’S SOUL emerges and reveals an experiment that the two of them signed up for during their 'before life' experience together, which will help them discover if more than one version of a single lifetime will evolve the soul faster. This is important to know since the earth is rapidly decaying and time is running out to evolve souls on earth.
Soon after, Audrey's life splits into three different incarnations. She has no consciousness about it, but Karen meets with them on a weekly basis and works with all three Audreys as she witnesses their different lives unfold. They all have infertility problems and all end up with the same interracial child that she didn’t give birth to, but is clearly her own son.
In one incarnation, Audrey becomes AUDI is a lesbian, lawyer and social activist who convinces her partner and best friend, GABBY to have a baby for them, an interracial boy (TRACE). Each incarnation, Audrey ends up with the same child who comes to her through very different ways since she's infertile in each life.
In another incarnation, Audrey becomes DREY a wealthy socialite with an unfaithful, older, French husband. His supermodel mistress has a baby and Drey ultimately raises their love child, ARMAND after the two of them are tragically killed in a car accident.
Audrey also becomes FRANKIE, a drug addict, photographer, and free spirit. She explores her wild side and has some substance issues, but is all heart and ends up raising her friends' child, ZAP when his father goes to prison for dealing and his mother (a drug addict) drops him off with her after Frankie gets sober.
Even with their very different lives, all three Audreys share some common destiny: all are photographers, all are still in love with Hugh, and all have the same son who she didn't give birth to, but is solely dependent on her. Each incarnation of Audrey confronts her life, her mistakes, and finds her humanity through forgiveness and compassion. Their futures resolve in an unexpected way with a profound sense of unity, personal growth, and inner peace.
Each Audrey has a weekly appointment with Karen at the same time and learn about the tragic death of her only daughter, JULIET who died at age five in a car accident. Karen became a hypnotherapist to help others confront their grief and indecision, which is often rooted in a spiritual experience or reason.
When Karen has an unexpected heart attack and misses their weekly appointments, the three Audreys converge at her office and are forced to confront each other and ‘arm-wrestle’ for their future. They are shocked to learn of one another’s existence and even more shocked when they start to 'disappear' as their collective energies weaken when in such close proximity to each other. The experiment is ending.
After arguing, laughing, and debating, the three Audreys arrive at a place of forgiveness and redemption. The three Audreys put themselves in a simultaneous superconscious trance with the hope of finding answers and connecting on a different level.
A new, 'merged' compilation version of Audrey (38) wakes up in their place. This new Audrey has the same interracial son as the three Audreys, she's married to Hugh (his second marriage), is also a photographer, and wakes up on the day of her big opening exhibit at her best friend, Gabby's art gallery. The only problem is, she can't remember anything from the past twelve years.
This new Audrey confides in Hugh who thinks her memory lapse might be due to the in-vitro fertility hormones or early dementia. Hugh takes her around the city to jog her memory. This life overlaps some of her other lives and the scenes reverberate with an inarticulate, DeJa Vu experience.
At the opening of her photography exhibit at Gabby’s gallery, all of the photographs that she has taken as the other Audreys line the walls, visually reaffirming that the three lives actually existed and are nowmerged. Nothing was lost except her memory of each one.
These photos celebrate all the moment from her previous incarnations, imprinting the joy and the learning that accompanied them. While this new Audrey doesn't remember taking them, she connects with them as they come to life for an instant, re-inserting themselves in the fabric of her past. Even though she's uneasy that she can't remember the past twelve years, she finds inner peace, knowing that this is her 'real' life and she’s so grateful for it.
In the final scene, Audrey and Hugh are at Karen’s graveside burial. Audrey looks up at the sky. Though she can’t see Karen’s spirit, she senses her presence. There’s an interchange (voice overs) between Karen’s Soul and Audrey’s Soul that reveals the outcome of the experiment. The energy and the urgency of knowing that you only have one life to live each time you’re on earth is the only way to evolve the soul. It’s the moment-to-moment experience that evolves our souls.
In the final moment, Karen’s soul receives the ultimate gift. This ‘being’ who has been imagining Audrey all along was really the soul of her deceased daughter, Juliet. Mother and daughter are reunited in their souls on an energetic plane and Audrey and Hugh are reunited in the present moment. Audrey’s sense of joy and peace comes from reweaving all the disparate selves not one, imperfect human being as she learns to live deeply in each moment.