by Halee Pierog
It Is What It Is
EXIT Studio, 156 Eddy St, SF
WARNING: MATURE CONTENT, HARSH LANGUAGE, FOG OR SMOKE, NOT FOR CHILDREN
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Two best friends, Alice and Zane,spend every waking minute together in Zane’s father’s basement listening to records and getting high to escape reality. One day they decide to make a suicide pact to, one day, forever leave behind their sullen jobs and abusive parents.
After making the pact, Alice comes to sober terms of what Zane means to her and what her own life means to her. Alice and Zane are best friends who hang out every day in Zane’s father’s basement to listen to records, get high, and escape their sullen jobs and abusive parents. They talk about their seemingly meaningless lives, dreams, and future. One day, Zane suggests they make a suicide pact to carry out when they just can’t stand life anymore. Alice agrees but makes Zane promise that they have to carry out the pact together. Slowly, time passes and Alice tells Zane she wants to go through with their pact. Zane plans everything out and tries to make it special for them. Alice hesitates and Zane assures her that she doesn’t have to go through with the pact – the “pact” stood for their friendship. But Zane tells Alice that she can’t continue to live and even though Alice begs Zane to stay with her, Zane dies. Shortly after Zane’s death, Alice is back in the basement. She reminisces the memories of her and Zane and silently promises to find something in her life to keep her going.