HIGH on a MOUNTAIN by tenderbastard tenderbastard | Script Revolution


Five college classmates re-unite for a road trip that reveals what's changed, what's remained the same, and what if anything, they still like about each other.



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Five college classmates reunite for a road trip when Zack Hoam, whose music career is launching, texts radical-activist, Jode Thomas, the conservative D.C. lobbyist, Thane Van Buren, Andi Heller the NYC actress, and Kirby Sikes, a world-viewing, possession-less, smiling homeless Buddha sort, and all are in.

At Jode's house the first evening, the quintet converses about cell phones, social media, snacks, childhood, and children, Zack being the only one with a child, a girl, now eight, and never met. After dinner, everyone fixes a leak in the roof. Next morning, Kirby has backed out of the trip. Thane - “Your bag's packed, but you're not coming?” Kirby: “I'm homeless. My bag's always packed.” Kirby agrees, upon two conditions. Everyone must be honest about any topic, and they all must head to a mountaintop Kirby knows that will instill the first tenet.

Barreling through a rural-road protest, the quintet heads for a hot springs. As music and conversation ensues and the afternoon wanes, they steer to Kirby's mountain, where legend has it, if anyone camps on this particular plateau, under the twinkling cosmos, their hearts and minds will open and everything humanistic and heavenly will be revealed. Relationships strain under the cosmic swirls of mystical light, the bong gets smashed, and in the morning, Kirby is dead in his sleeping bag, or as Bodie the Mystical Mountain Man tells them, “dead again,” the conundrum being what to do with Kirby's mortal coil. While not coveting the experience, all are in favor of carrying Kirby down, except Thane. “He's homeless. Who's going to miss him? We walk down and get on with our lives.”

Kirby is carried down, and in the van ride to Boulder, a flatulence situation reveals Kirby is not deceased, merely proponenting his Tibetan practice of lowering body waves. Back in town Zack finds his daughter, completing the circle of reunification as each returns to the progression of their lives, little changed, but with much to ponder.

All Accolades & Coverage: 


"His writing is like Jack Kerouac and Douglas Adams.” ~ A Novel Way

“There's a fine line between sexiness and absurdity and Mr. Emm is determined to find it.” ~ Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

"I find his work witty." ~ President Barack Obama

Moon Over Mangroves cast interview with Charlie Lyttle /WNYU - https://soundcloud.com/wnyu/a-c-e-moon-over-mangroves - 17:43-17:50 / 24:20-24:4 / 4:20-4:30 / 12:25-13:20 / 14:07-15:33 – stag eplay - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MihqiYE3h6c - Synopsis – On the evening four homeless men are to be given a boat, they meet on the beach to celebrate, but fates twist and taunt until only the moon and mangroves witness their earthly demise.

2016 Dawson River Writers Residency for Let it be Christmas - the musical - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nauprc2dRgA - Danny Kringle is arrested and tried for trying to get everybody to 'let it be Christmas all of the time', and achieves his goal, on Christmas day, but only for that day. - title song - https://soundcloud.com/tender-bastard/let-it-be-christmas-by-tender-bastard

Submitted: April 6, 2021
Last Updated: April 6, 2021

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