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Bonnie & Clyde 01

Bonnie & Clyde

Book by
Ivan Menchell
Music by
Frank Wildhorn
Lyrics by
Don Black
Direction by
Jeff Calhoun

Broadway Final Draft

Bonnie & Clyde
Musical Numbers

Act I

Picture Show.........................................................Young Bonnie, Young Clyde, Bonnie, Clyde
This World Will Remember Me..........................................................................Clyde, Bonnie
You’re Goin’ Back To Jail..........................................................Blanche, Buck, Salon Women
How ‘Bout A Dance......................................................................................................Bonnie
When I Drive........................................................................................................Clyde, Buck
God’s Arms Are Always Open..................................................................Preacher, ensemble
You Can Do Better Than Him.................................................................................Ted, Clyde
You Love Who You Love.................................................................................Bonnie, Blanche
Raise A Little Hell..........................................................................................................Clyde
This World Will Remember Us...........................................................................Clyde, Bonnie

Act II

Made In America.....................................................................................Preacher, ensemble
Too Late To Turn Back Now..............................................................................Bonnie, Clyde
That’s What You Call a Dream...................................................................................Blanche
What Was Good Enough For You.......................................................................Clyde, Bonnie
Bonnie............................................................................................................................Clyde
Raise A Little Hell (reprise).........................................................................Clyde, Buck, Ted
Dyin’ Ain’t So Bad........................................................................................................Bonnie
God’s Arms Are Always Open (reprise)....................................................Blanche, Preacher
Picture Show (reprise)................................................................Young Bonnie, Young Clyde
Dyin’ Ain’t So Bad (reprise).............................................................................Clyde, Bonnie

ACT ONE

PROLOGUE: A DIRT ROAD / VARIOUS LOCATIONS
In the darkness we hear GUN SHOTS building to rapid
fire. A barrage of bullets striking metal, breaking
glass... And then silence except for “How ‘Bout A Dance”
playing on a busted car radio.
On scrim: BIENVILLE PARISH, LOUISIANA - 1934
Through a haze of smoke and dust, a grey Ford Deluxe
Sedan appears -- riddled with bullet holes, windows
shattered, blood dripping down the open passenger door.
Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker are dead in the front
seat. He sits behind the wheel with blood covering his
face and her lifeless head on his shoulder.
On scrim: VARIOUS NEWSPAPER HEADLINES -- HAIL
OF LEAD ENDS THE LIVES OF BARROW AND PARKER!
Out from the tragic tableau appears Young Bonnie (age
10) in a fashionable dark blue dress.
On scrim: ROWENA, TEXAS - 1920 (12 YEARS EARLIER)
YOUNG BONNIE

I CAN SEE ME
I CAN SEE ME
LIVIN’ JUST LIKE CLARA
SIPPIN’ CHAMPAGNE
CAN’T YOU SEE ME
IN THE MIDDLE OF A DANCE FLOOR
THAT COULD BE ME
THAT COULD BE ME
DOIN’ THINGS LIKE CLARA
FLIRTIN’ MADLY
LOOKIN’ DREAMY
THESE ARE THINGS YOU TAKE A CHANCE FOR
IT MUST BE GREAT TO BE CALLED THE 'IT GIRL'
YOUR FACE ON EVERY MAGAZINE
THAT'S WHERE I'M GONNA END UP ONE DAY
TRUST ME

Her mother, Emma Parker, approaches. She wears a
dark and tasteful dress and hat.
EMMA

Bonnie Elizabeth Parker! It’s your father’s funeral.
YOUNG BONNIE

No. No, it’s not!
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EMMA

Bonnie.

YOUNG BONNIE

I don’t wanna go in there.

EMMA

Baby.

BONNIE

Leave me alone.

EMMA
(gently)

...Come on, baby.

Emma puts her arm around Bonnie and leads her to a
Preacher addressing a small gathering.
On scrim: BAPTIST CHURCH.
PREACHER #1

--Charles Parker was a beloved husband to Emma and a devoted father to sweet Bonnie,
who was baptized here just a few months ago, on her tenth birthday. And now, let us bow
our heads in prayer.
PREACHER #1 (cont’d)
The soul of Charles Parker is now with
Jesus Christ and will rise again with
Christ’s Second Coming when body, soul x
and Spirit will be reunited to be glorified x
forever with the Lord.

YOUNG BONNIE

I WANNA BE HER
I WANNA BE HER
DRESSED IN STYLE LIKE CLARA
I CAN SEE ME
CAN YOU SEE ME
THE MAIN ATTRACTION AT THE PICTURE
SHOW
LIKE CLARA BOW
LIKE CLARA--

Young Clyde appears and shoots his rifle. We hear a
bottle break.
On scrim: TELICO, TEXAS
YOUNG CLYDE
I WANNA LIVE THE LIFE OF AN OUTLAW
I’M GONNA BE LIKE BILLY THE KID
AND WHEN THE LAW HAS GOT ME SURROUNDED NO DOUBT
I'M GONNA SHOOT MY WAY OUT
THERE WEREN’T A MAN ALIVE TO OUTDRAW HIM
NO BARROOM BULLY COULD STAND A CHANCE
HE HAD THE LOOKS THAT EVERYONE GOES FOR - ME TOO

He shoots. We hear a chicken squawk.
YOUNG CLYDE (cont’d)

BILLY I WANT TO BE YOU
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YOUNG CLYDE (cont’d)

BANG BANG YOU’RE DEAD
BANG BANG YOU’RE DEAD
AIN’T NOTHIN’ I CAN’T DO WITH A GUN

Clyde’s mother, Cumie, approaches brandoshing a dead
chicken.
CUMIE

Clyde Barrow, look what you’ve done! I hope you know how to lay eggs.

YOUNG CLYDE

I hope you know how to fry chicken.
CUMIE
(takes his rifle)
Gimme that and go help your pa load the wagon.

Clyde’s father approaches pushing a wheelbarrow piled
with meager belongings.
YOUNG CLYDE
I don’t want to leave, pa! Why can’t we stay?!
HENRY

I don’t own the land. And it ain’t worth it for them to have me work it no more. You’re
gonna like West Dallas.

On scrim: WEST DALLAS, CEMENT CITY - 1921 (8
MONTHS LATER)
Lights up on Young Bonnie holding a suitcase.
YOUNG BONNIE

It’s the Devil’s back porch.

Emma approaches carrying suitcases.
EMMA
You watch that mouth of yours.

YOUNG BONNIE
I didn’t give it that name. It’s what they call West Dallas.

EMMA

With your father gone we can’t afford to stay in Rowena.
YOUNG BONNIE

But why here?

EMMA

Because Grandma Mary has been nice enough to take us in.

(to herself as she goes)

God, this place is a shit hole.

YOUNG BONNIE

I'LL BE READY
I'LL BE READY
WHEN I SWITCH TO CLARA
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RIDIN' HORSES
GOIN' STEADY
WITH A GUY WHO OWNS A JAZZ BAR

She strikes a match and is about to light a cigarette...
EMMA (O.S.)

Bonnie!

She blows out the match and runs off.
On scrim: WEST DALLAS, SQUATTERS CAMP (SAME
TIME)
A Cop crosses wheeling a bicycle and pulling Young
Clyde (age 12) along. Henry and Cumie chase after
him.
CUMIE
Deputy, Please do not take him!

HENRY
He was just borrowin’ the bicycle.
COP

From a store?

CUMIE

Deputy please.
COP

This is the third time your boy has had a
run-in with the law. First time you said it
wasn’t him. He was here with you.
Against my better judgement , I took your
word. Second time, when he was identified
by a witness, you said you would take care
of it. Now, I don’t know how you handled it
but obviously it had no effect on the boy
‘cause here we are again. I’m gonna have
to take him down to the station.

YOUNG CLYDE

I’M GONNA MAKE A WHOLE LOT OF x
MONEY
I WON'T COUNT CENTS LIKE MY MA AND
PA
I WILL WEAR SUNDAY CLOTHES ON A
TUESDAY - SOME DAY
NO ONE WILL STAND IN MY WAY

CUMIE (cont’d)
He’s only twelve. You can’t put him in jail.
COP
I can throw him in juvenile detention.

YOUNG CLYDE
That’d be a a step up from the damn tent we’re livin’ in.

The cop escorts Young Clyde off. Henry and Cumie
follow.
On scrim: WEST DALLAS, PARKER HOME - 1925 (4
YEARS LATER)
Young Bonnie (age 15) and Emma still wear fashionable
dresses but they’re faded and worn.

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EMMA
You are too young to get married, Bonnie!
YOUNG BONNIE

I am fifteen, mama.

EMMA

Getting married to Roy is not going to get you out of this bog.
YOUNG BONNIE

He promised we’d all move to California.
EMMA

And you think he can do that?

YOUNG BONNIE
(smiles)
I got me a publicity photo.

She shows Emma an eight by ten glamour shot of
herself.
On scrim: BONNIE PARKER’S GLAMOUR SHOT.
EMMA

This is nice.

Emma takes the photo and exits.
YOUNG BONNIE
THEY SAY WHEN YOU'RE A STAR IN THE MOVIES
YOU GET TO KEEP THE CLOTHES YOU WEAR
BIG STARS MAKE THIRTY DOLLARS A WEEK
JESUS!
I WANNA BE HER
I WANNA BE HER
DRESSED IN STYLE LIKE CLARA

Adult Bonnie (age 20) appears in a waitress uniform. A
diner forms around her.
YOUNG BONNIE & ADULT
BONNIE

I CAN SEE ME
CAN YOU SEE ME

Young Bonnie exits.
ADULT BONNIE
THE MAIN ATTRACTION AT THE PICTURE SHOW
LIKE CLARA BOW
LIKE CLARA BOW
THE MAIN ATTRACTION AT THE PICTURE SHOW
YOUNG CLYDE

BANG BANG YOU’RE DEAD

Adult Clyde (age 21) appears in handcuffs.

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YOUNG CLYDE & ADULT CLYDE

BANG BANG YOU’RE DEAD

Young Clyde exits.
ADULT CLYDE
AIN’T NOTHIN’ I CAN’T DO WITH A GUN

On scrim: DALLAS CITY, COURTROOM - 1930 (SAME
TIME)
Clyde is joined by his brother, Buck, also in handcuffs.
Buck is bigger than Clyde but doesn’t have Clyde’s
presence. A judge appears.
JUDGE

Marvin Ivan Barrow. Clyde Chestnut Barrow. You have been found guilty on one count of
burglary and two counts of auto theft. You are both hereby sentenced to two years at the
McLennan County Jail.

A cop escorts Buck off while another cop takes Clyde to
his cell.
On scrim: MUG SHOTS OF CLYDE AND BUCK BARROW.
CLYDE
I’M GONNA BE THE GUY KIDS LOOK UP TO
THEY’LL CUT THEIR HAIR THE WAY I CUT MINE
CAPONE WAS JUST LIKE ME WHEN HE STARTED - SOME GUY
HE MADE IT BIG - AND SO WILL I
BONNIE

IT MUST BE GREAT TO BE CALLED THE
'IT GIRL'
THAT ISN’T WHAT THEY’RE CALLING ME
BUT ONE DAY SOON I BET YOU THEY
WILL TRUST ME
I WANNA BE HER
I WANNA BE HER
DRESSED IN STYLE LIKE CLARA
I CAN SEE ME
CAN YOU SEE ME
THE MAIN ATTRACTION AT THE PICTURE
SHOW

CLYDE

CAPONE IS MORE TO ME THAN A HERO
I WANNA BE LIKE HIM
I WANNA BE LIKE AL CAPONE
HE’S MY HERO
AL CAPONE I WANNA BE YOU
BANG BANG
CLYDE (cont’d)

BANG BANG

BONNIE

LIKE CLARA BOW

CLYDE

BANG BANG

BONNIE

LIKE CLARA BOW
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CLYDE

I WANNA BE LIKE
BONNIE

CLARA BOW

CLYDE

AL CAPONE
A cop escorts Clyde off.

SCENE 1: AMERICAN CAFE
Al sits at the counter as Bonnie stands behind the
counter, lost in thought.
JOHN
(whispers)

Hey sweet-cheeks, is it true that for the right price a fella can get a little somethin’ not on
the menu?

BONNIE
(discreet)

For the right price a fella can get almost anything these days.

JOHN

You take an IOU?

BONNIE

Go to hell.

Deputy Ted Hinton enters.
TED

Hiya, Bonnie.

BONNIE
(knows him)
Hey, Ted. Apple pie and coffee?
TED

Thanks.

She cuts a piece of pie.
TED (cont’d)

Hey listen, a friend of mine’s throwing a party Saturday night. Bob Mayfield. Went to
Cement City High School when we were there. Maybe you remember him.

BONNIE

I don’t think so.

TED
Thought maybe you’d like to go.

BONNIE
Sure. Are they gonna have a piana?

A telephone rings O.S.

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TED
Pretty sure there’s gonna be a whole band.
CHARLIE

Hey, Ted. Sheriff’s on the phone.
TED
I’ll pick you up Saturday at Seven.
He leaves.
BONNIE
(to herself)

A whole band!
IT MUST BE GREAT TO BE CALLED THE 'IT GIRL'
THAT ISN’T WHAT THEY’RE CALLING ME
BUT ONE DAY SOON I BET YOU THEY WILL...

Bonnie ends up on a dirt road, standing beside her
smoking, rusted out car.

SCENE 2: A DIRT ROAD
The still blazing sun is beginning to set.
BONNIE
Damn it! Damn it! Damn it! Damn it!

Clyde approaches from the distance.
CLYDE

Hey! Engine trouble?

BONNIE
Engine trouble, tire trouble, oil trouble...
CLYDE

Looks like you and me got the same car. Goes through oil like a preacher through
whiskey, huh?

BONNIE

Yeah.

CLYDE

How ‘bout I see if I can fix you up. And then maybe you gimme a lift into West Dallas.

BONNIE

Sure. Thanks.

Clyde goes to work under the hood.
BONNIE (cont’d)

You live in The Devil’s Back Porch?
CLYDE

Not for much longer.
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BONNIE
I don’t know anybody ever moved out of West Dallas.

CLYDE

You do now.

(winks, extends his hand)

Clyde Barrow.

BONNIE
(smiles)

Bonnie Parker.

CLYDE

You got a beautiful smile. Bet you hear that all the time.

BONNIE

Why, yes I do.

CLYDE

Me too.

BONNIE
(smiles)
So, where you movin’ to?

CLYDE

Anywhere I want. Just like the legendary Billy the Kid.

BONNIE
Billy the Kid? He was an outlaw.
CLYDE

Why, yes he was.

BONNIE

And wasn’t Billy the Kid ambushed and killed by some sheriff?

CLYDE

He wasn’t ambushed. He died an old man in the arms of a young woman.

BONNIE
I’m pretty sure he was gunned down--
CLYDE

And I’m tellin’ you--

BONNIE

In some hotel room.

CLYDE
It don’t even matter. I got plans.
BONNIE

Everybody’s got plans.

CLYDE
Everybody’s got dreams. I got plans.
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CLYDE (cont’d)

THE MEN IN THIS TOWN
LIVE AND DIE AND ARE FORGOTTEN
AND IT DOESN’T SEEM TO SCARE ‘EM
I CAN’T WAIT TO GET AWAY
AWAY FROM THE DROUGHT
AND THE HOMELESS AND THE HUNGRY
WHERE THEY TALK ABOUT FORECLOSURES
EVERY HOT AND DUSTY DAY
I DON'T INTEND TO WASTE MY LIFE ‘ROUND HERE
I GOT IT ALL MAPPED OUT
IF I CAN PULL JUST THREE JOBS A YEAR
I'LL BE RICH, I'LL HAVE WEALTH AND FAME
EVERYONE’LL KNOW MY NAME
BONNIE
“Pull three jobs?” What does that mean?
CLYDE

What do you think it means?
JUST LIKE BILLY THE KID
AND MISTER CAPONE
EVERY KID WILL IDOLIZE CLYDE BARROW
ONE THING YOUNG LADY I GUARANTEE
IS THAT THIS WORLD WILL REMEMBER ME
YES THIS WORLD WILL REMEMBER ME
DON’T YOU THINK IT’S TIME
THAT YOU LOST THAT EGG-STAINED APRON
AND WORE SOMETHIN’ MADE OF SATIN
FROM A FINE MANHATTAN STORE
YES I CAN SEE YOU
IN A CAR WITH YOUR OWN DRIVER
YOU ARE HEADED FOR YOUR PENTHOUSE
THAT WILL OVERLOOK THE SHORE
YOUR FACE SHOULD BE UP ON THE SILVER SCREEN
YOU GOT THAT 'IT GIRL' LOOK

BONNIE
I CAN’T BELIEVE THAT YOU SEE THAT IN ME
I ALWAYS KNEW I’D BE A STAR
HOW INTELLIGENT YOU ARE

CLYDE
WE ARE WASTED ’ROUND HERE
WE’RE TOO GOOD FOR THIS PLACE
WE WEREN’T BORN TO LIVE AND DIE IN TEXAS
THIS IS MY PLAN THERE’S NO PLAN B
YES THIS WORLD WILL REMEMBER ME
YOU AND THIS WORLD WILL REMEMBER ME

She kisses him. A police siren passes in the distance.
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CLYDE (cont’d)

Shit.

Clyde quickly ducks behind the car. Bonnie backs
away.
BONNIE

Are those cops lookin’ for you?

CLYDE

Well, me and my brother did just bust out of jail. So probably.

(off her look)

I’m not lookin’ for any trouble... Look, you don’t have to worry ‘bout me ‘cause I’ve been
in jail.

BONNIE
I know plenty of men who’ve been to jail.
CLYDE
How many you know busted out?
BONNIE

What were you in for?

CLYDE

Robbery, auto theft, a few things. I like to keep busy.

Bonnie smiles. Clyde starts the engine.
CLYDE (cont’d)
So, what do you say? Gimme a lift into West Dallas?
BONNIE

The police are lookin’ for you.

CLYDE

They ain’t gonna find me. By this time tomorrow I’ll be five hundred miles away. I just
wanna see my folks before I go.

BONNIE

...Okay.

CLYDE
YOU AND THIS WORLD WILL REMEMBER ME

SCENE 3: CINDERELLA BEAUTY PARLOR
Eleanor, Trish and Stella sit under dryers as Blanche
and Buck argue.
BLANCHE
Are you crazy -- bustin’ out of jail??!!
BUCK

Now, baby--
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BLANCHE

Don’t you “now baby” me. How in God’s name did you let Clyde talk you into fugitivin’?!

BUCK

It was my idea.

BLANCHE

Yours?

BUCK

Yeah.

BLANCHE

How could you go and do this? Here I am prayin’ my heart out they shorten your
sentence.

BUCK

Well, your prayers were answered. This made it real short.
We hear a SIREN pull up.
BUCK (cont’d)

Shit!

Bucks looks for a place to hide.
BLANCHE

Oh my God. Oh my God.

TRISH

I’m leavin’.

BUCK
(to Trish)

You sit!

She sits.
BUCK (cont'd)
(to Eleanore)

You get up!

Eleanore gets out from under the dryer.
BUCK (cont’d)

Gimme your bib!

He takes the smock from her and covers himself as he
sits under the dryer.
BUCK (cont’d)

Magazine!

She gives them to him.
BUCK (cont’d)
Everybody just take it easy! I was never here!
(to Eleanor)

Purse!
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She tosses her purse onto his lap. Buck hides his face
behind the magazine. Sheriff Smoot Schmid and his
deputy, Bud, enter.
SHERIFF

Evenin’, ladies.

WOMEN

Evenin’ Sheriff.

SHERIFF

I’m here about your husband, Marvin, aka Buck Barrow. You heard from him?

BLANCHE

Oh, not since he got himself arrested. I don’t have no room for a man like that in my life.
You’ll find him sittin’ in McLennan County Jail.
BUD

No you won’t.

BLANCHE

What?

SHERIFF
He should be sittin’ there but he ain’t.
BLANCHE

What?

BUD

Your husband and his brother got it in their heads to escape.

BLANCHE

What?

SHERIFF
(hands her his card)

If you see him or know anything of his whereabouts you call the Dallas County Sheriff’s
office straight away, you hear?

BLANCHE

Of course.

SHERIFF

You have a good evenin’. Sorry to interrupt your hair doin’s.

Schmid and Bud leave. Buck comes out from under the
dryer.
BUCK
Baby, baby, you were fantastic!

BLANCHE
(still reeling)

I’m havin’ a heart attack. They are not gonna stop lookin’, Buck.

ELEANORE

They never do.
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STELLA

That’s right.

TRISH

They’re gonna get him.

BUCK

They won’t find me if we go away someplace. Maybe New Mexico.

ELEANORE

How romantic!

STELLA

How beautiful!

TRISH

They’re gonna get him.

BUCK

You’re always talkin’ ‘bout wantin’ to go to New Mexico, start fresh.

BLANCHE

This wouldn’t be going to New Mexico, it’d be runnin’ from West Dallas.

ELEANORE

She’s got a point.

STELLA
Still, I hear New Mexico’s real nice.
TRISH
(whispers to Buck)

They’re gonna get you.

BLANCHE

You want to be like your brother? Always running from the law? Always lookin’ over
your shoulder? I love you, Daddy. I love you more than life itself but we cannot start
fresh like that.

WOMEN

You tell him, Blanche.

BLANCHE

We start fresh when you are free in the eyes of the law and saved in the eyes of God.

ELEANORE

Amen.

STELLA

Praise the Lord.

TRISH

Thank you Jesus.

BLANCHE
WE CAN'T SPEND OUR WHOLE LIVES HIDIN’ BUCK
THAT AIN’T NO WAY TO LIVE
IT IS TIME TO WIPE THE SLATE CLEAN
ASK THE GOOD LORD TO FORGIVE
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ELEANORE

Amen.

STELLA

Praise the Lord.

TRISH

Thank you Jesus, twice.

BLANCHE
YOU GOTTA SERVE YOUR SENTENCE WITHOUT FAIL
BUCK YOU ARE GOIN’ BACK TO JAIL

BUCK
What the hell are you talkin’ --

WOMEN
Now you’re talkin.

BLANCHE (cont’d)

WON'T BE SCARED TO TURN A CORNER
OR TO OPEN OUR FRONT DOOR
WHEN YOU'RE ON THE SIDE OF JUSTICE
YOU ‘AINT NERVOUS OF THE LAW
NOW PULL YOURSELF TOGETHER BECAUSE YOU'VE GONE PALE
BUCK YOU ARE GOIN’ BACK TO JAIL
BUCK
Baby, you don’t know what it’s like in--
BLANCHE
I KNOW IT'S HARD TO SHARE A CELL
WHEN YOU GOT NOTHIN' TO LOOK AT
EXCEPT PRISONERS WHO SMELL
BUT WHEN YOU'RE DONE
WHEN YOU HAVE SERVED YOUR TIME
WE'LL STILL BE YOUNG AND IN OUR PRIME
BUCK
AIN’T BEEN FREE MORE THAN A MINUTE
AIN’T HAD TIME TO CHANGE MY SHIRT
I'VE BEEN DREAMIN’ OF A HOT MEAL
WITH YOU AS MY DESSERT
BRING YOUR FACE CLOSE TO MINE AND JUST LET ME INHALE

BLANCHE
BUCK YOU ARE GOIN’ BACK TO JAIL
BUCK

But baby--

BLANCHE

We’ll call the Sheriff and tell him your turning yourself in right after church tomorrow.

BUCK

Blanche--

BLANCHE

It’s gonna be just as hard on me, daddy. Stella, you know what it’s like havin’ a husband
in jail. Tell him how hard it is not havin’ Carl around.
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STELLA
(long pause)

Are you kiddin’?
IT'S A TREAT TO GET MY NAILS DONE
AND HAVE TIME TO READ A BOOK
BLANCHE

Stella.

STELLA
SURE BEATS WASHIN’ OUT HIS LONG-JOHNS
IT'S A PLEASURE NOT TO COOK

BLANCHE

Okay, that’s enough.

STELLA

THANK GOD THOSE PRISON WALLS ARE MUCH TO TALL TO SCALE
MY DARLIN'S NICE 'N SAFE IN JAIL
BUCK
(to Blanche)
I don’t want her comin’ ‘round here no more.
BLANCHE

Trish’s husband’s been in jail two years and she’s miserable without her man.

TRISH
AT FIRST I REALLY MISSED HIM
I THOUGHT I WOULD WASTE AWAY
THEN I MET THIS BOY FROM TUCSON
AND HE OWNED A CHEVROLET

BLANCHE

That’s enough.
HE HAD A LOT OF THINGS THAT MY JOE LACKED
LIKE TEETH AND HAIR AND CASH TO BE EXACT
I'VE NOW GOT LOTS OF HABITS I CAN'T CURTAIL
I GOTTA KEEP HIM LOCKED IN JAIL

STELLA/TRISH/ELEANORE

KEEP ‘EM INSIDE - KEEP ‘EM INSIDE
IF WE SEE 'EM ONCE A MONTH
WE WILL BE MORE THAN SATISFIED
AIN’T THAT THE TRUTH DON'T MEAN TO BE UNKIND
CAN'T PUT A PRICE ON PEACE OF MIND
BUCK

Blanche--

BLANCHE
I AIN’T LIKE THESE OTHER WOMEN
I WILL WAIT ‘TIL KINGDOM COME
I WANT THE WORLD TO SEE THAT
I AIN’T MARRIED TO SOME BUM
IT WILL BE HARD FOR US BUT WE’LL COME THROUGH
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BUCK

I CAN’T BELIEVE WHAT YOU ARE ASKIN’ ME TO DO
BLANCHE

ONE THING’S FOR CERTAIN OUR LOVE WON’T GO STALE

Buck and Blanche kiss passionately. The women react.
TRISH

Jesus, close your eyes.

BUCK

Blanche I ain’t goin’ back.

BLANCHE

YES BUCK YOU’RE GOIN’ BACK
BUCK

But baby--

WOMEN
TOMORROW HE’LL BE BACK IN JAIL

SCENE 4: THE WOODS
Dusk. Bonnie lies on a blanket and writes in a small
notebook as Clyde sits on the hood if her car and drinks
alcohol from a jar.
CLYDE

--So, I figure the first thing is to hit someplace with a payroll. Gas station., grocery store --
can’t do nothin’ without cash. Once I get that, I hightail it to another state. Maybe in the
Northeast. Cops can’t cross state lines. And they ain’t gonna be lookin’ for me in Ohio or
New York. After that, I’m a free man. I can do whatever I want. And you know what?

BONNIE
(without looking up)

What?

CLYDE

You’re gonna come with me.

BONNIE
(smiles)
What makes you so sure?

CLYDE (cont’d)

The smile.

BONNIE
Just ‘cause I’m smilin’ doesn’t mean--
CLYDE

I was talkin’ about mine.
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BONNIE
(laughs)

I should get home. And you want to see your folks--
CLYDE
That can wait. What are you writin’?
BONNIE

Poem.

CLYDE

What kinda poem?

BONNIE

Kind that’s gonna be published.
CLYDE

Wow.

BONNIE

Yeah, you’re gonna see my face in the movies and my poems in the magazines.

(envisions)

“Poetry by Bonnie Parker.” And a beautiful picture of me to go ‘long side it. Like this one.
She pulls a photo from her bag and hands it to Clyde.
BONNIE (cont’d)

That’s what you call a glamour shot.
CLYDE

This is the best picture I’ve ever seen in my whole life!

BONNIE

It’s a little old now but I’m gonna get a new one. In a nice hat. I look good in hats. I got a
hat face.

CLYDE

Read me your poem.

BONNIE

You like poetry?

CLYDE
When it’s comin’ out of your mouth.
BONNIE

...Okay.

(reads)
“Billy rode on a pinto horse,
Billy the Kid I mean...”

CLYDE

I love Billy the Kid.

BONNIE

I know.

(reads)
“And he met Clyde Barrow riding
In a little gray machine...”
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CLYDE

You’re writin’ about me?! You wrote a poem ‘bout me?!... Oh, you are so in love, sugar.

BONNIE
(reads)
“ Billy said to the Barrow boy,
‘Is this the way you ride?”

CLYDE

In a Ford Sedan Delux Se--

BONNIE
You gonna interrupt me every line?
CLYDE

I’m sorry.

BONNIE
I can’t read if you’re gonna do that.
CLYDE

I won’t say another--

BONNIE
There’s a rhythm, a flow to these things.
CLYDE

I’m sorry.

BONNIE
I appreciate the enthusiasm but--
CLYDE

My lips are sealed.

He kisses her then lies back down on the blanket.
BONNIE
(reads)
“Billy said to the Barrow boy,
‘Is this the way you ride?
In a car that does its ninety per
Machine guns at each side’?”

CLYDE

Dang!

BONNIE

“’I only had my pinto horse
And my six-gun tried and true.
I could shoot but they got me.
And someday they will get you.’”
CLYDE

What are you writin’ that for? That’s a lousy thing to write!

BONNIE

It’s dramatic.
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CLYDE

It’s stupid.

BONNIE

Don’t you call my poetry stupid.
CLYDE
It is when you write stuff like that.
BONNIE

You don’t know crap ‘bout poetry. I am
gonna be famous for my poetry and my
acting career. Don’t you ever call my
poetry stupid just because your thick head
can’t appreciate it!

CLYDE

I know they ain’t never gonna get me. I
know I am gonna be so far gone from this
miserable place, no one will ever find me.
And then I’m gonna be in control of my own
goddman life!

Silence.
CLYDE (cont’d)

Man, I want you right now.

BONNIE

Shoulda thought of that before you called my poetry stupid.

Clyde laughs.
BONNIE (cont’d)
(smacks him with notebook)

Don’t laugh at me!

CLYDE

I’m sorry, sugar.

BONNIE

Don’t you ever laugh at me! I’m gonna be famous. I’m gonna be a poet and an actress
and a singer.

CLYDE
Singer, huh? Let me hear somethin’.
BONNIE

I’m not in the mood.

CLYDE

Aw, come on, sugar. I wanna hear you sing. Unless that’s also gonna be about me gettin’
shot up.

Bonnie smiles.
CLYDE (cont’d)

Come on. You’re at a nightclub in that there Atlantic City. Me and Capone are sitin’ ring
side. The crowd’s goin’ crazy.

(imitates cheering crowd)

“Bonnie! Bonnie! Bonnie!”

Bonnie becomes entranced.

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BONNIE

HOW 'BOUT A DANCE
WHAT DO YOU SAY
I GOT SOME MOVES THAT I'D LOVE TO SHOW YA
CLYDE

Now, that’s nice.

BONNIE
LET'S FIND A SPOT AND DANCE THE NIGHT AWAY

CLYDE

That is one of my favorites.

BONNIE

HOW 'BOUT A DANCE
IT'S ALWAYS FUN
COME OVER HERE LET ME GET TO KNOW YA
CAN'T BEAT A BAND TO LIFT YOUR SPIRITS HON
YOU LOOK SO HANDSOME

Clyde shines the car headlights on Bonnie.

HOW 'BOUT A DANCE
LET'S MAKE A START
MUSIC LIKE THIS CAN REALLY THROW YA
YOU'LL LOSE THE BLUES AND YOU MAY LOSE YOUR HEART
TONIGHT IS THE NIGHT I'VE BEEN WAITING FOR
EVEN THE MOON LOOKS JUST RIGHT
I'M SURE THE CROWD WILL MAKE ROOM ON THE FLOOR
WHEN THEY SEE YOU LOOK LIKE YOU DO SO
HOW 'BOUT A DANCE
LET'S MAKE A START
MUSIC LIKE THIS HON CAN REALLY THROW YA
YOU'LL LOSE THE BLUES
AND YOU MAY LOSE YOUR HEART
YOU'LL LOSE THE BLUES
AND YOU MAY LOSE YOUR HEART

Bonnie and Clyde kiss as the Parker home forms around
them.

SCENE 5: PARKER HOME
Bonnie and Clyde continue to kiss passionately.
EMMA (O.S.)

Bonnie?

CLYDE

Your mama’s home?

BONNIE
(shouting up)

It’s me, mamma.
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CLYDE
Why didn’t you tell me your mama’s--

Emma enters.
EMMA

What on Earth are you--

(sees Clyde, sharply)

Who are you?

CLYDE

I--

BONNIE

Mama, this is Clyde Barrow. He’s a cousin of my friend, Charlene’s.

CLYDE

Evenin’, Mrs. Parker.

EMMA
Why are you in my house this time of the evening?
CLYDE

I--

BONNIE

He’s passin’ through on his way to Ohio to begin a job in printin’.

EMMA

Printin’, huh?

CLYDE

Uh, yes ma’am.

EMMA
Not many men have a job these days.
CLYDE

No ma’am.

EMMA
You should consider yourself very lucky.
CLYDE

I do.

(spots a ukulele)

Oh hey, who plays the uke?

EMMA
My husband did. God rest his soul.
CLYDE

Amen.

Clyde picks up the ukulele and plays a melody.
EMMA
That’s nice. Where’d you learn to play?
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CLYDE

Colored boy taught me when me and family lived under the viaduct.

BONNIE
You lived in one of those camps?
CLYDE

Pa was a sharecropper over in Henderson County when the land dried up. We left our
farm, headed for Dallas and lived in a tent, under the Oak Cliff viaduct for near three
years.

EMMA
Well, Clyde, you may sleep on the sofa.
(to Bonnie)
There’s an extra sheet in the bedroom.
(to Clyde)

I’m afraid we don’t have an extra blanket or pillow.

CLYDE

That’s alright.

EMMA
(as she goes)
Bonnie, I’ll expect you up very shortly.
BONNIE

Yes, mama.

EMMA

Almost immediately.

BONNIE

Mama--

EMMA
Your husband will be home, you know.
Emma exits.
CLYDE

You got a husband?!

BONNIE

Baby--

CLYDE
I mean, that’s somethin’ you should tell a fella!
BONNIE
I had a husband. Went to jail about three years ago.

CLYDE

Still there?

BONNIE
No. Just not interested in bein’ a husband.

Bonnie takes the ukulele out of his hands as she climbs
on top of him.

Bonnie & Clyde December 1, 2011 23

BONNIE (cont’d)
Is that really what you wanna talk about right now?

She kisses him on the mouth. He carries her to the
floor. They kiss and passion builds until... A knock at
the door.
CLYDE

You expecting anybody?

BONNIE

No.

Clyde looks out the window.
CLYDE

Oh shit! It’s the laws. Meet me tomorrow mornin’. Eight O'clock. 145 Oak Grove over
in Harrison. Whistle or throw somethin’ at the second floor window on the corner.
Clyde runs out the back. Bonnie opens the door to find
Ted.
BONNIE
Ted? What are... what are you doin’ here?
TED

Followin’ some leads on a prison break. Since I was in the neighborhood I figured I’d stop
by, you know, and make sure you and your ma are okay.

BONNIE

We’re fine. Thanks, Ted.

He steps into the room.
TED

Jeez, last time I was in this house was when your grandma died.

BONNIE

That was a long time ago.

TED

You know, that was the first time I ever saw a dead body. I mean, she was wearin’ lots of
make-up and all but you could still see she was dead.

BONNIE
(laughs, then)

I hated seein’ her like that.

TED

And I remember how we both hid under your front porch.

BONNIE

Eatin’ buttermilk pie.

TED

And playin’ cards.

Bonnie smiles.

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TED (cont’d)

So, I’ll pick you up Saturday.

BONNIE

Ted--

TED
And keep this door locked, alright?
BONNIE

Alright, Ted.

He leaves.

SCENE 6: BLANCHE’S APARTMENT
The following morning. Buck carries Blanche into the
living room.
BUCK

I think most folks’d be shocked to learn just how un-Christian you are in bed, Mrs.
Barrow.

BLANCHE
Why daddy, you hush that mouth of yours.
BUCK
I’m gonna miss that over the next eight months.
BLANCHE

The time you’re away is going to fly by. You’ll see. And I’ll work. The salon’s still busy.
No matter how bad things get, women always find money for their hair. Eleanor’s kids
haven’t seen real milk in over a year, but that woman gets her color done every two
months.

BUCK

I love you, Blanche.

BLANCHE

I love you, Daddy.

They kiss. Suddenly, a BOTTLE COMES FLYING IN
through the open window.
BLANCHE (cont’d)

What in God’s name--

BUCK

It’s Clyde.

Buck leans out the window and gives the all clear.
BLANCHE

Marvin Ivan Barrow, you’re using our home as a criminal rendezvous point!

BUCK
Aww, come on Blanche, it’s just Clyde.
Bonnie & Clyde December 1, 2011 25

BLANCHE

Which makes this a criminal rendezvous point! I want him outta here as fast as possible,
you hear?

BUCK

He’s my brother.

BLANCHE

That man puts the Hell in hello.

Three slow knocks on the door followed by three quick
knocks.
BLANCHE (cont’d)
You’re like children with your flyin’ bottles and secret knocks.

She goes off to the bedroom. Clyde enters.
CLYDE

Hey!

BUCK

You okay?

CLYDE

I'm fine.

BUCK

You look like shit.

CLYDE
Slept in the woods. You see the papers today?
BUCK

Nope.

Clyde whips a newspaper out of his pocket and hands it
to Buck.
BUCK (cont’d)
(reads)
“Buck and Clyde on Barrowed Time.”
(to Clyde)
What the hell does that mean?

CLYDE

It means we’re on the front page headline! Right along side Al Capone!

BUCK

Dang!

CLYDE

Remember when we saw Capone ridin’ through town, middle of the afternoon, in a--

CLYDE & BUCK

--white Model T Roadster!
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CLYDE

That’s gonna be us, Buck. Drivin’ the open road in a Model T, or you ever see a picture of
one of those MGs over in Europe? They got a four speed gear box with a top speed of sixty
five miles per hour!

BUCK

Dang!

CLYDE
AIN’T NO CAR TOO SMART FOR ME
GOT THE WHOLE THING FIGURED OUT
TWO DOOR, HARD TOP, MODEL T
LIMOUSINE OR RUNABOUT
PUT ME BEHIND A WHEEL AND STAND WELL BACK
LIKE A CRACKERJACK I'LL GET YOUR HEART PUMPIN'

BUCK
AIN’T NO CAR THAT YOU CAN'T DRIVE
I WOULD BET MY LIFE ON THAT
HOT ROD, ROADSTER, PICK-UP TRUCK
FORTY MILES IN NOTHIN' FLAT
CLYDE

AIN’T NOTHIN' BETTER THAN TO DRIVE THROUGH TOWN
WITH THE THROTTLE DOWN

BUCK & CLYDE

WATCH THE OLD FOLK JUMPIN'
CLYDE
WHEN I DRIVE WHEN I DRIVE
I'M IN LOVE I'M ALIVE
AND I FORGET ABOUT EVERYTHING I HATE
WHEN I DRIVE WHEN I DRIVE
I CAN REACH SIXTY FIVE
I WON’T PAY THE LAW NO MIND
THEY’LL ALWAYS BE BEHIND
AND MAN THAT JUST FEELS GREAT
BUCK
HEY LOOK, THERE'S DANGER UP AHEAD
HERE COMES A CURVE

CLYDE
WILL YOU STOP TUGGIN' AT MY SLEEVE
JUST HOLD YOUR NERVE
GIVE ME A FULL TANK AND AN OPEN ROAD
AND WATCH ME EXPLODE - LOOK AT ME I'M DRIVIN'
WHEN I DRIVE WHEN I DRIVE
I'M IN LOVE I'M ALIVE
AND I FORGET ABOUT EVERYTHING I HATE
BUCK
WHEN YOU DRIVE WHEN YOU DRIVE
LIFE JUST FLIES WHEN YOU DRIVE
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BUCK & CLYDE

WE ARE THE HEROES WHO
THE PEOPLE LOOK UP TO
AND BROTHER THAT FEELS GREAT

CLYDE/BUCK

I CAN FLOAT I CAN FLY
THIS IS HOW I WANNA LIVE AND DIE
I'M IN LOVE I'M ALIVE
WHEN I DRIVE...

A whistle from the street draws Clyde to the window.
CLYDE

She’s here!

BUCK

Who’s here? Clyde?

Clyde rushes out. Blanche re-enters from the bedroom.
BLANCHE

Is he gone?

BUCK

I think he’s comin’ back.

BLANCHE

Why?

BUCK
I think he went outside to get a girl.
BLANCHE

A girl?

BUCK

That’s what he said.

BLANCHE
When on earth did Clyde find time to meet some tart?
Clyde re-enters with Bonnie.
BONNIE

Excuse me?

CLYDE
Bonnie, this here is my brother, Buck.
BONNIE

Pleased to meet you.

CLYDE
(to Buck)
And this is Bonnie Parker.
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BUCK
(shakes hands)

Nice meetin’ ya.

Bonnie puts her arms around Clyde. Clyde turns and
kisses Bonnie.
BLANCHE

He-hem...

Clyde and Bonnie continue kissing.
BLANCHE (cont’d)

He-hem...

Clyde finally pries himself away from Bonnie.
CLYDE
(to Bonnie)
And that there is my sister-in-law, Blanche.
BLANCHE

Pleasure.

BONNIE

All mine.

CLYDE
(to Buck)
How you feelin', Buck? You feelin' strong?
BUCK

Why?

CLYDE

I got some ideas.

BUCK

What kinda ideas?

BLANCHE

Buck.

CLYDE

Ideas that are gonna get you out of this dump. No offense, Blanche.

BLANCHE

Buck.

CLYDE

I figure first we hit up a place with a payroll -- gas station, clothing store--

BLANCHE

BUCK!

CLYDE
What is your problem, woman?
Bonnie & Clyde December 1, 2011 29

BLANCHE
(to Buck)

Tell him.

CLYDE

Tell me what?

BUCK
(reluctant)
I uh... kinda got a plan, too.

CLYDE

Let’s hear it.

BUCK
I’m uh... I’m goin’ back to... to pri...son.
CLYDE

You’re goin’ back to where?

BUCK

...I’m goin’ back to pri...son.

CLYDE
I swear it sounds like you’re sayin’--
BLANCHE

Buck's gonna go back and finish his sentence. And if you had any sense you’d do the
same.

CLYDE
(to Buck)
What is she talkin' about?

BUCK

Blanche decided--

A slap from Blanche.
BUCK (cont'd)

--And me -- you know, the both of us -- that the best thing is for me to go back -- finish out
my sentence. You know, and then we can drive after that.

CLYDE
I feel like I’m losin’ my mind here.
BUCK
Me and Blanche, we wanna start fresh.
BLANCHE

No runnin’, no hidin’, no bottles flyin’ in through windows.

BONNIE
(to Clyde)

Maybe you should go back, too. How long would it be--

CLYDE
(shoves Bonnie away)

Goin’ back ain’t what I do!
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BLANCHE
It’s the only way to wipe the slate clean.
CLYDE

You can wipe all you want, Blanche. Ain’t never gonna be clean. It don’t make no
difference what we do -- they been arrestin’ us since we was kids.

BLANCHE
You’ve been stealing since you was kids.
CLYDE

Even when we didn’t.

BUCK
(to Blanche)

That is true.

CLYDE

How many times they come by our tent and haul us in for no damn reason?

BUCK

Plenty.

CLYDE
When I worked over at Mason’s--

BLANCHE

For a week.

CLYDE

--they come by and pat me down. Right in front of customers. Now, how’s a man
supposed to keep a job? Don’t make no difference what we do The laws are gonna keep
comin’ after us.

BLANCHE

Not if you seek forgiveness.

CLYDE

The sheriff don’t give a rat’s ass about no forgiveness.
BLANCHE

Forgiveness from the Lord, Clyde. That is the only thing that will truly set you free.

CLYDE

I ain’t never gonna be set free, Blanche. Freedom is somethin’ I gotta steal.

(to Buck)
What’s it gonna be, Buck?

There is a moment as Buck looks at his brother and
then at his wife.
BUCK
I’m goin’ back, Clyde. I wanna start fresh.
CLYDE
(starts to lose control)

And what are you gonna get when you get out?! You’re gonna come back here?! And
work doin’ what?! Pickin’ up scrap metal for three cents a load?! Or maybe with Pa at
the gas station, prayin’ somebody rich enough to still own a car stops in!
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(shoves Buck)

And what are you gonna eat?! Huh?! I’m gonna be in control of my life.! I’m gonna live
the way I want! Out on the open road! You have yourself a nice time locked up in that
cage!

(to Bonnie)

Let’s go, sugar.

BONNIE

Maybe your brother has the right idea. Maybe goin’ back--

CLYDE

My brother can do what he wants. Clyde Barrow ain’t never gonna set foot inside a prison
again.

BONNIE

So maybe we go someplace else. We want to get out of Dallas anyway. You could find a
job someplace and work. I want you to be a man, honey, not a thug.
Slap. Clyde smacks Bonnie across the face.
CLYDE
Don’t you ever talk that way to me, sugar.

Slap. Bonnie smacks Clyde across the face.
BONNIE
Don’t you ever raise a hand to me, baby.

There is a moment as everyone is silent. Clyde walks
out.
BLANCHE
(to Bonnie)

My advice to you is to stay far away from that man.

Bonnie says nothing and leaves. A CHOIR begins to
hum.
BLANCHE (cont’d)
(to Buck)

Don’t you look at me like that, Daddy. You know I’m right. If he wants to descend to the
depths of Hell he doesn’t need to drag anyone else down there with him. Not you, not me,
not that poor misguided trash he picked up last night.

BUCK
I thought you said it was wrong to judge.
BLANCHE
That was not a judgement. It was an observation.

A Preacher appears as Blanche helps Buck on with his
jacket and straightens his tie.
PREACHER

GOD’S ARMS ARE ALWAYS OPEN
HE’LL NOT TURN YOU AWAY
HE IS THERE TO LEAD THE WAY FOR YOU
THROUGH EACH NIGHT AND DAY
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Blanche puts on her hat, gets her handkerchief and
picks up her bible.
PREACHER (cont’d)

GOD’S ARMS ARE ALWAYS OPEN
YOUR VOICE IS ALWAYS HEARD
EVEN THOUGH YOUR PRAYERS ARE SILENT PRAYERS
HE HEARS EVERY WORD

Blanche and Buck leave their apartment.

SCENE 7: A RIVER BEHIND A CHURCH / VARIOUS
LOCATIONS
The Preacher stands with his Congregation at the
riverbank as Blanche and Buck approach. Buck’s
parents, Henry & Cumie, look on.
PREACHER

NO ONE NEEDS TO FEEL ALONE
TURN TO HIM AND WHEN YOU DO
HIS LIGHT WILL SHINE
AND PEACE WILL COME TO YOU
GOD’S ARMS ARE ALWAYS OPEN
AND EVERYONE’S HIS FRIEND
WHEN YOU FIND HIM ALL YOUR DARKEST FEARS
WILL COME TO AN END
FEARS COME TO AN END

The Preacher takes Buck in his arms, leans him back
and baptizes him in the river.

RUN TO HIS ARMS IF YOU SEEK SALVATION
WASH YOUR SINS AWAY
THIS IS THE TIME FOR SOME JUBILATION
COME TO HIM TODAY
GOD DOESN’T SPEAK OF RETRIBUTION
EVERYONE’S SOUL IS SAVED
HE WILL FORGIVE EVEN THOSE WHO’VE MISBEHAVED

Sheriff Schmid and Bud approach. He handcuffs Buck.
Cumie kisses him and Henry pats his shoulder. Blanche
kisses her husband farewell. Buck is escorted off.

UNDO THE CHAINS THAT YOU’VE TIED AROUND YOU
YOUR HANDS HOLD THE KEY
YOU’RE GONNA FEEL THINGS THAT WILL ASTOUND YOU
SOON YOU WILL BE FREE
BE PROUD TO JOIN HIS CONGREGATION
TAKE A WALK IN THE SUN
YOU’RE WELCOME HERE THERE IS ROOM FOR EVERY...
YOU’RE WELCOME HERE THERE IS ROOM FOR EVERY...
YOU’RE WELCOME HERE THERE IS ROOM FOR EVERYONE
Praise the Lord!
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The congregation raise their hands as the spirit moves
them.
PREACHER (cont’d)

GOD’S ARMS

CONGREGATION

GOD’S ARMS

PREACHER

ALWAYS OPEN

CONGREGATION

ALWAYS OPEN

PREACHER

YOU GOTTA RUN

CONGREGATION

RUN TO HIM

PREACHER

HE’LL SET YOU FREE

CONGREGATION

HE’LL SET YOU FREE

PREACHER

COME ON JOIN

CONGREGATION

GOD’S ARMS

PREACHER

HIS CONGREGATION

CONGREGATION

ALWAYS OPEN

PREACHER

GOD’S ARMS

CONGREGATION

RUN TO HIM

PREACHER

THEY HOLD THE KEY

CONGREGATION

HE HOLDS THE KEY

PREACHER

NO MORE RETRIBUTION

CONGREGATION

GOD’S ARMS

PREACHER

NO NO
Bonnie & Clyde December 1, 2011 34

CONGREGATION

GOD’S ARMS

The Preacher and Congregation freeze with their hands
in the air.
Lights up on Clyde pointing a gun.
On scrim: GALVESTON MAN HAS CAR STOLEN AT
GUNPOINT.
CLYDE

Put the keys on the seat and step away from the car.
(re gun, threatening)

I don’t want to have to use this gun, mister, but I’ll tell ya right now I will blow your...
Are those seats leather? Dang, that is a beautiful car. You are one lucky fella. I mean,
well you know, until now.

He runs off.
PREACHER

GOD’S ARMS

CONGREGATION

GOD’S ARMS

PREACHER

ALWAYS OPEN

CONGREGATION

ALWAYS OPEN

PREACHER

YOU GOTTA RUN

CONGREGATION

RUN TO HIM

PREACHER

HE’LL SET YOU FREE

CONGREGATION

HE’LL SET YOU FREE

The Preacher and Congregation freeze with their hands
in the air.
Lights up on Clyde.
On scrim: GUNMAN HOLDS UP DRESS SHOP
CLYDE

Oh would you look at that dress. Bonnie is gonna love that dress.

(pulls out a gun)

Put it in the bag. Come on. Come on. Hey, you got a gift card?...

(dictates with gun)
“To Bonnie. I can’t wait to rip this off you.”
He runs off.

Bonnie & Clyde December 1, 2011 35

During the following we see various headlines.
On scrim: TEXACO STATION STICK UP
On scrim: GUNMAN STRIKES AGAIN IN TURTLE
CREEK
On scrim: AARON’S FIVE & DIME ROBBED
PREACHER

GOD’S ARMS

CONGREGATION

GOD’S ARMS

PREACHER

ARE ALWAYS OPEN

CONGREGATION

ALWAYS OPEN

PREACHER

YOU GOTTA RUN

CONGREGATION

RUN TO HIM

PREACHER

HE’LL SET YOU FREE

CONGREGATION

HE’LL SET YOU FREE

PREACHER

GOD’S ARMS

CONGREGATION

GOD’S ARMS

PREACHER

ARE ALWAYS OPEN

CONGREGATION

ALWAYS OPEN

PREACHER

YOU GOTTA RUN

CONGREGATION

RUN TO HIM

PREACHER

DAY BY DAY

CONGREGATION

HE HOLDS THE KEY

PREACHER

COME ON CHILDREN
Bonnie & Clyde December 1, 2011 36

CONGREGATION

GOD’S ARMS

PREACHER

COME ON CHILDREN

CONGREGATION

GOD’S ARMS

The Preacher and Congregation freeze with their hands
in the air.
On scrim: SHERIFF CAPTURE ESCAPED CONVICT
Lights up on the Sheriff pointing a gun.
SHERIFF

Keep your hands in the air.

Clyde appears with his hands in the air. Ted appears
with a gun on him.
SHERIFF (cont'd)
Finger off the trigger, son. Now, place the gun on the ground.
Clyde places the gun on the ground.
SHERIFF (cont'd)

Step away from the weapon.

Ted takes the gun.
SHERIFF (cont'd)
(to Ted)

Cuff him.

Ted places Clyde’s hands behind his back and cuffs
them.
PREACHER & CONGREGATION

GOD'S ARMS' ALWAYS OPEN
GOD'S ARMS' ALWAYS OPEN
GOD'S ARMS' ALWAYS OPEN
GOD'S ARMS' ALWAYS OPEN

Ted leads Clyde to a prison cell.

YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, YEAH
YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, YEAH
YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, YEAH
YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, YEAH, YEAH

Clyde spits at Ted. Ted punches him.
PREACHER

AMEN

The cell door closes and locks.

Bonnie & Clyde December 1, 2011 37

SCENE 8: MCLENNAN COUNTY JAIL
A row of jail cells. Trish stands outside her husband’s
cell. Blanche stands outside Buck’s cell.
BLANCHE

--And I’m painting the bedroom a nice soft blue. Not too feminine.

BUCK
There ain’t gonna be no work, Blanche.
BLANCHE
We’ll get by. You’ll find somethin’.
BUCK

Doin’ what?

BLANCHE

I don’t know. I don’t know. But we’ll find a way. The good Lord will--

BUCK

Screw the good Lord.

BLANCHE

Buck.

BUCK

The good Lord ain’t done nothin’ for anybody I know. And he’s been letting the guards
kick the shit out of Clyde.

BLANCHE

Well, the good Lord, better than anybody, knows that Clyde needs a good shit-kicking.

Blanche exits.
At another cell, Trish talks to her incarcerated
husband, Joe.
JOE
You swear you’re bein’ faithful to me, Trish?
TRISH

I swear.

JOE
If I ever find out you cheated on me.
TRISH

Honey, I promise -- you will never find out I cheated on you.

Trish exits.
Bonnie enters and is stopped by a guard. He looks
through her purse. Ted notices Bonnie.
TED

Bonnie?

He waves off the guard. The guard leaves.

Bonnie & Clyde December 1, 2011 38

BONNIE

Ted.

TED
You missed some party Saturday night.
BONNIE

I am so sorry.

TED

I’ve been meanin’ to come by the diner this week but I’ve been busy as hell. Evictions
mostly. Thought maybe you would want to make it up to me.

BONNIE

Ted--

TED
Let me take you out to dinner tomorrow night.
BONNIE
I don’t know. I mean, I don’t think I can.
TED

What are you doin’ here?

BONNIE

Just visiting somebody.

TED

Who?

BONNIE

Clyde Barrow.

TED
Clyde Barrow? You know him?

BONNIE

He’s a friend of a friend.

TED

I don’t know who your friend is, but I can tell you that Barrow is a bad seed. You’d do
yourself a favor to keep a good distance.
BONNIE

Thanks for the advice, Ted.

She walks off. Ted watches after her as she arrives at
Clyde’s cell.
CLYDE

Bonnie!

She reaches through the bars and kisses him.
CLYDE (cont’d)

How ya doin’, sugar?
Bonnie & Clyde December 1, 2011 39

BONNIE

How am I doin’? I’m miserable without you. I can’t think about nothin’ else but you.

CLYDE
I’m sorry, sugar. Sorry you gotta go through this.
BONNIE

When you get outta here you’re goin’ straight, you understand?

CLYDE

I got a friend knows a guy in construction in Worcester, Mass.

BONNIE
I’d go anywhere on this earth with you, baby.
CLYDE

And if it don’t pan out -- they got places to rob up there just the same as here.

BONNIE
No more hold ups, baby. We are gonna start clean.
CLYDE

Okay, sugar.

BONNIE

I brought you a picture, baby.

She gives him a photo. They continue under...
TED
I GIVE YOU FAIR WARNIN'
HE'S NO BED OF ROSES SWEET BONNIE
I CAN'T SEE HIM FINDIN'
THE TIME TO RAISE CHILDREN HELL NO
HE'S WILD AND HE'S RECKLESS
AIN’T NOTHIN' BUT TROUBLE
YOU'RE BETTER WITHOUT HIM
YOU THINK HARD SWEET BONNIE
AND THEN YOU SHOULD THINK ONCE AGAIN
WE BOTH KNOW YOU CAN DO BETTER THAN HIM
WHY YOU DESERVE SOMEONE WHO'S THERE ALL THE TIME
SOMEONE WHO THINKS CRIME DON'T PAY
I STILL SEE THAT SNOWY WHITE DRESS YOU WORE... YEP
PLAYIN’ THE ANGEL IN SOME DUMB SCHOOL PLAY
FOR A WHILE I THOUGHT THAT YOU WOULD FLY AWAY

The Guard enters and escorts Bonnie away. She stops
when she sees Ted. She walks past him.

I STILL SEE THE APPLE-CHEEKED GIRL YOU WERE... YEP
HIDING IN TREETOPS AND FEEDING THE BIRDS
MAKIN' UP RHYMES HOW YOU LOVED PRETTY WORDS

CLYDE
(in his cell)

YOU COULD FIND SOMEONE THAT PEOPLE RESPECT
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A MAN WHO IS RICH AND SMART
SOMEONE WHO'S KNOWN IN ALL THE RIGHT PLACES
AND KNOWS THE GOOD BOOK BY HEART
BUT I KNOW

TED
(echo)

...BUT I KNOW

CLYDE & TED
YOU WON’T DO BETTER THAN ME... NO
NOT WHEN IT COMES DOWN TO LOVE THAT IS TRUE
THERE’S NO MAN WHO COULD LOVE YOU LIKE I DO

SCENE 9: CINDERELLA BEAUTY PARLOR /
AMERICAN CAFE
At the Cinderella Beauty Parlor, Blanche cleans up as
Eleanore puts on her coat.
ELEANORE
Good luck with the hearing tomorrow, Blanche.
BLANCHE

Pray the Good Lord brings my daddy home to me tomorrow.

ELEANORE

I will.

She starts to go then turns back.
ELEANORE (cont’d)

Blanche?

BLANCHE

What?

ELEANORE
...I just hate to see you get hurt, honey.
BLANCHE

I’m not gonna--

ELEANORE
That man of yours has been in and outta jail ten times--

BLANCHE

Seven.

ELEANORE

All I’m sayin’ is, chances are--

BLANCHE

I asked you to pray, Eleanore, not to judge. If you can’t do that--
Bonnie & Clyde December 1, 2011 41

ELEANORE

I’m sorry.

She leaves. Blanche continues cleaning up.
American Cafe
Bonnie cleans up as Emma waits at the counter.
BONNIE

Charlie says he’s only gonna be able to keep me on another week. There aren’t enough--

EMMA

Margaret Cummings said she saw you get on the bus to Eagle Rock yesterday. Where’d
you go?

BONNIE

Must’ve been someone else. Someone who looks like me.

EMMA

No. She was sure it was you.

BONNIE

I really don’t see--

EMMA

Why are you lying to me, Bonnie? What is so awful that it’s causing my daughter to lie to
her mama?

BONNIE
(blurts it out)

I’m in love, mama.

EMMA

You’re married.

BONNIE

You and me both know Roy ain’t never comin’ back. And I wouldn’t want him if he did.

EMMA
How’d you meet a boy lives in Eagle Rock?
BONNIE

He doesn’t live there. He’s... just staying there for a short time.

EMMA
There’s nothing in Eagle Rock except the penit--
(realizes, horrified)
Bonnie Parker. You’re flirtin’ with a convict?
BONNIE

I’m not flirtin’.

EMMA
What is goin’ through your head?
BONNIE

I love him, ma.
Bonnie & Clyde December 1, 2011 42

EMMA
You love who?! Who do you love?!
BONNIE

Clyde Barrow.

EMMA
(placing the name)

Clyde Barrow... The boy who spent the night at our home?

Bonnie nods.
EMMA (cont’d)
You said he was headed up north to a job.
BONNIE

I love him mama!

EMMA

You don’t know him! And what you do know ain’t so good.

BONNIE
I know him, mamma. I know everything I--
EMMA
He’s a convict you met a few months ago.
BONNIE

You always said you and daddy was love at first sight.

EMMA

Do not compare some convict to your father! Your daddy was a fine upstanding citizen.
He earned a good living and was a good father to you and a good husband to me. Don’t
you ever compare your daddy to a convict. I’ll see you at home.

Emma walks out. Bonnie’s left alone. She takes a glass
and smashes it on the floor.
BONNIE

I KNOW MY HEART DON'T CARE WHAT PEOPLE SAY
ALL I KNOW IS THAT I NEVER FELT LIKE THIS
AND BESIDES I WOULDN'T CHANGE HIM IF I COULD
NO MAN'S ALL GOOD

Lights up on Blanche in the beauty parlor.
BLANCHE
I ALWAYS KNEW WHAT I WAS TAKING ON
BUT I ALWAYS FELT THAT I COULD CHANGE HIS WAYS
EVEN IF MY MAN WILL NEVER FALL IN LINE
I'M GLAD HE'S MINE

BONNIE & BLANCHE

'COS YOU LOVE WHO YOU LOVE
AND YOU CAN'T HELP HOW YOU'RE MADE
YOU DON'T HAVE NO SAY YOUR HEART DECIDES
IT'S THAT SIMPLE I'M AFRAID
YES YOU LOVE WHO YOU LOVE
Bonnie & Clyde December 1, 2011 43

COMMON SENSE MAY SAY IT'S WRONG
THERE'S A PART OF HIM YOU KNOW IS WILD
MAYBE THAT'S WHAT MADE YOU LOVE HIM ALL ALONG

BONNIE
I ONLY CARE THAT HE’S MINE AND I AM HIS
THERE AIN’T NO RULES THAT’S HOW IT IS
MOST GIRLS WOULD HATE TO BE STANDING IN MY SHOES
BUT TRUE LOVE'S SOMETHIN’ YOU DON'T CHOOSE
BONNIE & BLANCHE

‘CAUSE YOU LOVE WHO YOU LOVE
AND YOU GO WITH WHAT YOU FEEL
BLANCHE
AND YOU NEVER THINK WHAT'S DOWN THE ROAD
WHILE THE FAIRY TALE SEEMS REAL

Bonnie steps out of the diner. Blanche steps out of the
beauty parlor.
BONNIE & BLANCHE

OH YOU LOVE WHO YOU LOVE
COMMON SENSE MAY SAY IT'S WRONG
BONNIE
THERE'S A PART OF HIM YOU KNOW IS WILD
MAYBE THAT'S WHAT MADE YOU LOVE HIM ALL ALONG
BONNIE & BLANCHE
COULD BE THAT'S WHAT MADE YOU LOVE HIM ALL ALONG

Bonnie and Blanche find themselves in a court room.

SCENE 10: A COURTHOUSE
Clyde and Buck stand before the Judge. Blanche and
Bonnie sit with Henry and Cumie. Sheriff Schmid, Ted
and reporters stand off to the side.
JUDGE

Marvin Ivan Barrow. The court has reviewed your record and for turning yourself back
in and for your good behavior you shall be released into the custody of your wife, Blanche
Caldwell Barrow.

BLANCHE

Amen! Amen! Daddy!

A cop takes the handcuffs off Buck. Blanche runs to him
and they hug.
JUDGE

Clyde Chestnut Barrow. You have been found guilty of seven counts of robbery over fifty
dollars and are sentenced to receive two years on each count.

CUMIE

What does that mean?
Bonnie & Clyde December 1, 2011 44

JUDGE
Plus an additional two years for your escape.
CUMIE

I don’t understand!

JUDGE

For a total of sixteen years at the Eastham Penitentiary.

CUMIE

No! No!

She rushes to Clyde but is immediately restrained by a
cop.
CLYDE

Ma! Let her go!

Before anyone knows what happened, Clyde has his
handcuffed hands around the cop’s throat and throws
him to the floor. Ted pulls his gun on Clyde.
CUMIE
My boy! Do not hurt my baby!

SHERIFF

Take him!

They walk Clyde out.
CLYDE

I’m sorry, ma.

BONNIE

I love you, baby!

CLYDE

I love you too, sugar!

Cops take Clyde away as the Sheriff talks to reporters.
SHERIFF

I think this sends out a strong message that in these hard times we will not tolerate
criminal behavior of any kind. Clyde Barrow will be servin’ sixteen years hard labor at
Eastham Penitentiary.

SCENE 11: PARKER HOME
Emma enters with a disgruntled Bonnie.
EMMA

You look beautiful.

BONNIE
I don’t feel beautiful. I don’t feel anything but sad.
Bonnie & Clyde December 1, 2011 45

EMMA

You’re makin’ the right decision. It’s been six months since that hoodlum of yours--

BONNIE

Stop calling him that.

EMMA

--has been in jail.

BONNIE

I will never love anybody else the way I love Clyde, mama.

EMMA

Honey, you think your father was the first man I ever fell in love with? Before I was your
mamma, I was a girl. But I understood that love can be blind. And in this life you need to
see clearly. You need to find a stable, responsible young man who can provide for you all
the things you deserve, darling. And then love... real love... comes from that.
Emma pins a brooch on Bonnie’s lapel.
BONNIE
...I’m too young for a brooch, mama.
EMMA
This brooch belonged to your grandmother.
BONNIE

That is my point.

EMMA

You’re makin’ the best decision. The heart’s not always right, Bonnie.

Emma leads Ted in. He wears a suit and caries a box of
chocolates.
TED

Hiya, Bonnie.

BONNIE

Hiya, Ted.

TED

I like your brooch.

Bonnie hangs her head as he escorts her out.

 

COMMON SENSE MAY SAY IT'S WRONG
THERE'S A PART OF HIM YOU KNOW IS WILD
MAYBE THAT'S WHAT MADE YOU LOVE HIM ALL ALONG

BONNIE
I ONLY CARE THAT HE’S MINE AND I AM HIS
THERE AIN’T NO RULES THAT’S HOW IT IS
MOST GIRLS WOULD HATE TO BE STANDING IN MY SHOES
BUT TRUE LOVE'S SOMETHIN’ YOU DON'T CHOOSE
BONNIE & BLANCHE

‘CAUSE YOU LOVE WHO YOU LOVE
AND YOU GO WITH WHAT YOU FEEL
BLANCHE
AND YOU NEVER THINK WHAT'S DOWN THE ROAD
WHILE THE FAIRY TALE SEEMS REAL

Bonnie steps out of the diner. Blanche steps out of the
beauty parlor.
BONNIE & BLANCHE

OH YOU LOVE WHO YOU LOVE
COMMON SENSE MAY SAY IT'S WRONG
BONNIE
THERE'S A PART OF HIM YOU KNOW IS WILD
MAYBE THAT'S WHAT MADE YOU LOVE HIM ALL ALONG
BONNIE & BLANCHE
COULD BE THAT'S WHAT MADE YOU LOVE HIM ALL ALONG

Bonnie and Blanche find themselves in a court room.

SCENE 10: A COURTHOUSE
Clyde and Buck stand before the Judge. Blanche and
Bonnie sit with Henry and Cumie. Sheriff Schmid, Ted
and reporters stand off to the side.
JUDGE

Marvin Ivan Barrow. The court has reviewed your record and for turning yourself back
in and for your good behavior you shall be released into the custody of your wife, Blanche
Caldwell Barrow.

BLANCHE

Amen! Amen! Daddy!

A cop takes the handcuffs off Buck. Blanche runs to him
and they hug.
JUDGE

Clyde Chestnut Barrow. You have been found guilty of seven counts of robbery over fifty
dollars and are sentenced to receive two years on each count.

CUMIE

What does that mean?
Bonnie & Clyde December 1, 2011 44

JUDGE
Plus an additional two years for your escape.
CUMIE

I don’t understand!

JUDGE

For a total of sixteen years at the Eastham Penitentiary.

CUMIE

No! No!

She rushes to Clyde but is immediately restrained by a
cop.
CLYDE

Ma! Let her go!

Before anyone knows what happened, Clyde has his
handcuffed hands around the cop’s throat and throws
him to the floor. Ted pulls his gun on Clyde.
CUMIE
My boy! Do not hurt my baby!

SHERIFF

Take him!

They walk Clyde out.
CLYDE

I’m sorry, ma.

BONNIE

I love you, baby!

CLYDE

I love you too, sugar!

Cops take Clyde away as the Sheriff talks to reporters.
SHERIFF

I think this sends out a strong message that in these hard times we will not tolerate
criminal behavior of any kind. Clyde Barrow will be servin’ sixteen years hard labor at
Eastham Penitentiary.

SCENE 11: PARKER HOME
Emma enters with a disgruntled Bonnie.
EMMA

You look beautiful.

BONNIE
I don’t feel beautiful. I don’t feel anything but sad.
Bonnie & Clyde December 1, 2011 45

EMMA

You’re makin’ the right decision. It’s been six months since that hoodlum of yours--

BONNIE

Stop calling him that.

EMMA

--has been in jail.

BONNIE

I will never love anybody else the way I love Clyde, mama.

EMMA

Honey, you think your father was the first man I ever fell in love with? Before I was your
mamma, I was a girl. But I understood that love can be blind. And in this life you need to
see clearly. You need to find a stable, responsible young man who can provide for you all
the things you deserve, darling. And then love... real love... comes from that.
Emma pins a brooch on Bonnie’s lapel.
BONNIE
...I’m too young for a brooch, mama.
EMMA
This brooch belonged to your grandmother.
BONNIE

That is my point.

EMMA

You’re makin’ the best decision. The heart’s not always right, Bonnie.

Emma leads Ted in. He wears a suit and caries a box of
chocolates.
TED

Hiya, Bonnie.

BONNIE

Hiya, Ted.

TED

I like your brooch.

Bonnie hangs her head as he escorts her out.

SCENE 12: EASTHAM PENITENTIARY
Two guards help a beaten Clyde into his cell.
CLYDE
You gotta keep him away from me.
GUARD #1

Who? Ed Crowder? He seems like a nice enough fella to me.