“Sexual Relations”

Play #5 in “La noche de las obras cortas” (The Night of Short Plays) performed in Oaxaca, Mexico in June 2018.

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“Sexual Relations” synopsis: a vow of celibacy,  a change of heart and family.

CHARACTERS

A

B

TIME: The Present

PLACE: A bar and a park in a small city

1.

(Lights up on a bar signified by one tall table people would stand at. Music PLAYS in the b.g.)

A: Ready for another?

B: Are you?

A: If you are.

B: Maybe. You?

A: I’m good either way.

B: Me, too. Glad that’s settled.

A: Nothin’ happenin’ here.

B: No.

A: So?

B: Up to you.

A: A movie?

B: Which one?

A: Too much pressure. I’m open.

B: Anything is fine.

2.

A: Scifi?

B: Not a big fan.

A: Anything but scifi.

B: Yeah. Comedy?

A: What about a comedy club?

B: Ooh, that sounds good.

A: Great. Let’s go.

B: Oh, we can’t.

A: Why not?

B: It’s Tuesday. It’s closed.

A: Ah, crap.

B: Yeah.

A: I need to move.

B: Where?

A: A city with more action.

3.

B: Yeah, this burg is boring.

A: One comedy club. One cinema.

B: But, four screens.

A: Whooooppeee! What’s your dream city?

B: Hmmm. Springfield.

A: Springfield? What about Miami? LA?

B: Too big.

A: New York. That’s my city.

B: Ever been?

A: Once. Didn’t want to leave.

B: What’s stopping you now?

A: Money. And you?

B: Me what?

A: Springfield.

B: Umm…a possible situation.

4.

A: Ooh, how cryptic.

B: I think you know it.

A: (smiles) Maybe. Go for a walk?

B: Sure. Where?

A: With walking, destination doesn’t matter.

(The ACTORS walk aimlessly around the stage and through the audience if possible, for the next several lines. They stop at the park bench. B takes A’s hand. A pulls away)

B: You didn’t like it?

A: No. I mean, yes.

B: But, you pulled away.

A: Maybe too soon.

B: For holding hands?

A: Well…

B: We’ve done it before.

A: I know.

5.

B: Then what is it?

A: Nothing.

(B holds out hand. A hesitates, but takes it)

B: How does it feel?

A: Fine.

B: That’s it? Just fine?

A: Soft. It’s a nice hand.

B: Are you nervous about something?

A: (quickly) No.

B: You don’t have to lie.

A: Okay, maybe a little.

B: About what?

A: One thing leads to another.

B: It can.

A: Yes, it can.

6.

B: Do you want it to?

A: Yes, but…

B: But, what?

A: Where are we going?

B: I thought my apartment.

A: Why?

B: One thing leads to another.

A: Let’s stay here. Please?

B: Sure. For a little while.

(THEY sit on the bench)

A: Thanks. I’m not really afraid.

B: Of what?

A: You know.

B: Can you say it?

A: Of course.

7.

B: Okay.

A: Now?

B: If you don’t mind.

A: The one with three letters?

B: Or four. Your choice.

A: Three.

B: Okay.

A: S-s-sex.

B: That was difficult for you.

A: A little.

B: A lot. Why?

A: I can’t say.

B: Bad experience?

A: Not that.

B: You won’t tell me.

8.

A: It’s too soon.

B: To tell me or sex?

A: Both.

B: I like you.

A: I like you, too.

B: Really, really like you.

A: Oh, thank you.

B: We need to communicate.

A: About “it”?

B: It’s essential to a relationship.

A: Mmm-hmmm.

B: Let’s talk.

A: Anything but that.

B: Just one question?

A: Let’s talk about climate change.

9.

B: The climate is changing.

A: Yes, it is.

B: Between us.

A: Oh. Sorry.

B: Have you ever done it?

A: I don’t want—no.

B: No? Never? At your age?

A: I know. I’m a freak.

B: No, just…hard to find.

A: I made a promise.

B: To whom?

A: It doesn’t matter.

B: To god?

A: Not exactly.

B: What’s the promise?

10.

A: Save myself for marriage.

B: Must be hard.

A: Very funny.

B: My bad.

A: Sometimes it’s very…difficult.

B: I don’t know any virgins.

A: We’re special. Maybe even endangered.

B: I admire your conviction, although…

A: Although what?

B: Finding a compatible partner.

A: Obviously, I haven’t.

B: Maybe an ex-nun.

A: I’ve tried that.

B: Really? And?

A: Couldn’t wait to do it.

11.

B: No kidding?

A: All over me in minutes.

B: Well, don’t give up.

A: It’s a deal breaker.

B: Not necessarily.

A: What do you mean?

B: Maybe you’re worth the wait.

A: I’ve never heard that before.

B: Always a first time.

A: I’m very happy.

B: Me, too.

(A gives B a soft kiss on the lips)

A: A question.

B: Sure.

A: Why did you decide—

12.

B: To deal with it?

A: Yes.

B: Maybe it’s not that important.

A: But, you like it.

B: Too much, probably.

A: There’s one more thing.

B: Is this the last thing?

A: Yes. Are you catholic?

B: Not the best, but yes.

A: Good.

B: Why?

A: My uncle will be thrilled.

B: That’s nice.

A: I need to call him.

B: You promised him?

13.

A: Yes. Say I found someone.

B: Let’s call from my apartment.

A: I can’t wait that long.

(A dials)

Hello. Father Tom Jenkins, please.

B: Stop! Hang up! Now!

A: Why?

B: Just do it.

(A disconnects the call)

A: What’s the matter?

B: Maybe there’s more than one.

A: One what?

B: Father Tom Jenkins.

A: Could be.

B: Does he live in Cleveland?

A: Yes.

B: Works for the bishop?

14.

A: Yes.

B: Shit.

A: What’s this about?

B: Do you know his story?

A: I don’t understand.

B: After he was ordained?

A: We kinda lost touch. Why?

B: He broke a promise.

A: Nobody’s perfect.

B: We’re first cousins.

(Lights down)

THE END

“Perception”

Play #4 from the “Night of Short Plays.”

Synopsis: getting older and looking much younger than they are.

CHARACTERS

A – Woman

B – Man

TIME: The Present

PLACE: Anywhere

1.

B: Don’t leave!

A: I really should.

B: You have other plans?

A: No plans.

B: A curfew?

A: No, but it’s getting late.

B: It’s 6:30.

A: (looks at phone) So, it is.

B: Am I bad company?

A: No, that’s not it.

B: I think maybe you’re bored.

A: Are you kidding?

B: No.

A: Bored with you?

B: With me.

2.

A: Why do you say that?

B: Because I’m old.

A: The universe is old.

B: I’ll bet you’re very active.

A: How do you know?

B: Your look. Healthy. Fit.

A: I try.

B: Do you swim?

A: No, but I work out.

B: I’m not surprised. Anything else?

A: Rock climbing. Triathlons.

B: Jesus, you’re Superwoman.

A: Not really. What about you?

B: Boring stuff.

3.

A: Tell me anyway.

B: I jump out of planes.

A: Oh, you parachute.

B: No. I jump.

A: You’re funny.

B: I’m not active. Bad hip.

A: But, when you were young…

B: I did everything.

A: You look like an athlete.

B: And now you’re going to…ummm.

A: See, you forgot already.

B: No, I didn’t. Wait. Africa.

A: Yes, Sierra Leone.

B: Like the Humphrey Bogart movie.

A: That was Sierra Madre.

4.

B: Right. And, you’ll be teaching.

A: Training teachers, actually.

B: For two years.

A: Yes. If they take me.

B: See, I’ve been listening.

A: I’ll give you a B.

B: Maybe a B+?

A: Closer to a B-.

B: Wow, you’re a tough grader.

A: My students loved me.

B: You’ll be accepted.

A: I think I will.

B: Just my luck.

A: What?

B: Nothing.

5.

A: Africa has always intrigued me.

B: This city intrigues me enough.

A: I love it, too, but…

B: You’re going alone?

A: Three teachers will be selected.

B: All women?

A: Why?

B: No reason. Just wondering.

A: I really don’t know.

B: Until you’re chosen.

A: If I’m—yes.

B: Africa’s so far away.

A: Closer than Asia. Or Australia.

B: Do they speak English there?

A: All classes are in English.

6.

B: That’s good. Are you afraid?

A: Of what?

B: Don’t they have evil mosquitos?

A: I’ve had all the shots.

B: What about Ivanka?

A: Ivanka?

B: Wasn’t that a disease there?

A: You mean Ebola?

B: Are you sure? Not Ivanka?

A: Now, it’s really getting late.

B: Because I didn’t know Ebola?

A: I thought you’d be…

B: More aware?

A: Well, you went to college.

B: Yes. Barber college.

A: Really?

B: No, not really. Northwestern.

A: Then you knew about Ebola.

B: Yes.

A: Why pretend you didn’t?

B: Your sense of humor test.

A: You’re testing me?

B: You gave me a B-.

A: Touché’. Did I pass?

B: So, the disease is gone?

A: I wouldn’t go, otherwise.

B: Some African countries are dangerous.

A: What place is safe today?

B: True. London, Paris, Las Vegas.

A: I won’t live in fear.

8.

B: Positive attitude.

A: What about you?

B: I try to live fearlessly.

A: It’s not always easy.

B: Why are you doing this?

A: Time for a change.

B: Running from something? Somebody?

A: That’s a little personal.

B: Sorry.

(A touches B’s arm, forgiving the question)

A: Running? Yes. But, running to.

B: The best reason. Something new.

A: Teaching middle school got old.

B: There’s high school. Or college.

A: Living here has gotten old.

9.

B: Don’t forget crazy, too.

A: I want to travel more.

B: It’s so enriching.

A: Where have you been?

B: I did Europe after college.

A: What part?

B: Eastern Europe, mostly.

A: No Paris or Rome?

B: No money for it!

A: Got it.

B: What about you?

A: Never been outside the US.

B: Got a favorite place?

A: I love Louisiana.

B: I’ve been to New Orleans.

10.

A: Been to Cajun country?

B: No.

A: It’s wonderful. The food, music.

B: I like zydeco.

A: My favorite!

B: I’ve kinda stopped traveling, actually.

A: Why?

B: Tired of doing it alone.

A: That’s a problem for you?

B: You’re surprised?

A: You’re good looking. Kinda smart.

B: Thanks. I think.

A: I’m joking.

B: Going places solo gets lonely.

A: You must know people.

11.

B: That’s not the problem.

A: Money?

B: No, not anymore.

A: Then I can’t imagine.

B: Age.

A: Age?

B: Age.

A: Explain.

B: You won’t believe me.

A: Try me.

B: I’m older than you.

A: I doubt it.

B: Up for a wager?

A: It would be like stealing.

B: Take my money. I insist.

12.

A: Ok. How about dinner?

B: You’re on. How old?

A: You?

B: Me.

A: Forty-three.

B: I love you. Sixty.

A: No way.

B: Wanna see my license?

A: Unbelievable. But, sixty isn’t old.

B: Woman thirty-two thinks I’m forty-three.

A: Ok.

B: I’m dating material.

A: Of course, you are.

B: But, when she hears sixty?

A: You’re her dad.

13.

B: Bingo.

A: You’re still the same guy.

B: Doesn’t matter. It’s about perception.

A: People are so judgmental.

B: Even you think differently now.

A: I don’t.

B: You’re lying or very special.

A: Neither. Ok, a little special.

B: I’ll go with very special.

A: That’s nice. Now your turn.

B: Twenty-one.

A: Quit playing.

B: Um, thirty-five.

A: Love you back. Fifty-four.

B: No Shit!!?

14.

A: Wanna see my license?

B: So, you go from hot—

A: Chick to cougar.

B: Same coin, different sides.

A: Exactly. I’ve given up trying.

B: For a relationship?

A: Yes.

B: Amazing that two people…

A: Chance or fate?

B: (Shrugs with palms up) This might be brash, but…

A: Go on.

B: We can eliminate our problems.

A: By dating?

B: It’s crossed my mind.

A: Well, you’re interesting enough.

15.

B: I think so.

A: For an old guy.

B: You passed the test.

(A’s phone DINGS)

A: One second.

(A taps on the screen)

B: Important?

A: Very. (pause) I’ve been accepted.

B: When do you leave?

A: (long pause) Next week.

(Lights down)

THE END

 

“All or Nothing”

This is the third play from the “Night of Short Plays.” The local actors we used possessed such talent which surprised me a little because Oaxaca isn’t known for theatre. They should be because all eight of the actors we used were fabulous.

“All of Nothing” synopsis: Is setting a timetable for having a baby the right thing to do?

CHARACTERS

A

B

TIME: The Present

PLACE: Somewhere

*Author strongly recommends creative casting.

1.

(B looks at phone occasionally)

A: Wow. That’s a big gamble.

B: I know.

A: You’re not a gambler.

B: No, I’m not.

A: It’s also a huge responsibility.

B: The hugest.

A: Are you up to it?

B: Totally.

A: There’s a middle ground, y’know.

B: Not for this.

A: There’s always a middle ground.

B: That depends.

A: On?

B: The degree of commitment.

A: I’ll buy that.

B: Thank you.

A: Your mind is made up.

B: It is.

A: I should go home, then.

B: No.

2.

A: Why should I stay?

B: Tell me your thoughts.

A: It’s a waste of time.

B: I respect your opinions.

A: Usually, but this time…

B: This time, too. Please?

A: You’ve thought about this thoroughly?

B: Constantly on my mind.

A: Looked at all the angles?

B: Right, acute and obtuse.

(B looks at phone)

A: Expecting a call?

B: You’re very clever.

A: I am. Anyone special.

B: You could say that.

A: But, you won’t.

B: I will. Later.

A: What changed your mind?

B: Lots of things.

A: Care to divulge?

B: Hard to explain.

A: Why?

B: Because there’s no identifiable reason.

A: Please elucidate for me.

B: It was a feeling.

A: That’s it? A feeling? Mental?

B: Biological.

3.

A: Your eggs (sperm) started jumping around?

B: No, silly.

A: Then what?

B: I told you. Hard to—

A: Explain. I remember a time…

B: So do I.

A: When you were adamant—

B: Absolutely no kids. I know.

A: Now, out of nowhere…

B: Not nowhere. A process.

A: First I’ve heard of it.

B: I know. Sorry.

A: That’s okay. It’s personal.

B: The decision was recent.

A: I see. You’re thirty-five, right?

B: In a month.

A: You’ll search until forty.

B: That’s the plan.

A: How? Where?

4.

B: I don’t understand.

A: Like, the Internet? www I want a baby . com

B: Does that exist?

A: I don’t know. Probably.

B: Maybe an introduction through friends.

A: You should try fliers.

B: What?

A: Distribute fliers on the street.

B: Like, “Hey, are you fertile?”

A: Yup. Then give a flier.

B: That’s ludicrous.

A: The direct approach.

B: No one will say yes.

A: You don’t know that.

B: Who would?

A: Someone desperate like you.

B: That was mean.

A: It looks like you are.

B: I’m not.

A: I’m sorry.

5.

B: I thought you’d see that.

A: …

B: You’re a social worker.

A: You’re right.

B: You should have seen it.

A: Please understand something.

B: What?

A: I’ve seen your situation before.

B: I’m sure.

A: So many times.

B: Give me your advice.

A: Keep emotion out of it.

B: Difficult.

A: Almost impossible, but necessary.

B: Still, some compassion from you…

6.

A: Would be detrimental. Trust me.

B: Ok.

A: Back to the topic.

B: Ok.

A: You seem desperate.

B: Why, because I want kids?

A: No.

B: Then why?

A: Your “all or nothing” plan.

B: It works for me.

A: Any person who doesn’t want—

B: Not the person for me.

A: Maybe they’ll change their mind.

B: I’m not dealing in maybe.

A: Ever hear of compromising?

B: Heard of it.

A: But?

B: Not doing it.

A: It worked for me.

B: For you and…

A: Yes. I compromised big time.

B: On what?

A: Certain sex acts.

B: That’s disgusting. Which ones?

7.

A: Ones that I really liked.

B: And you’re happy?

A: You know I am.

B: My situation is different.

A: To you.

B: To everyone.

A: To everyone who wants kids.

B: True. You didn’t.

A: Neither of us.

B: Ok, then. To me.

A: Think about this.

B: Why?

A: You find your perfect match.

B: My dream come true.

A: You try to have kids.

B: What fun!

A: You discover they can’t.

B: Imposs—oh. Ohhh.

A: Yeah. Now, what?

B: I hadn’t thought of that.

A: Nobody does. End of relationship?

B: Could be.

A: Why? They’re perfect.

B: Not quite.

A: What if you’re already thirty-nine?

8.

B: I see what you mean.

A: No time to find another.

B: I’d raise the age.

A: To what? Forty-two? Forty-five?

B: Possibly.

A: Why not fifty?

B: That’s too old.

A: Is it?

B: Yes.

A: If you’re alone at forty-five?

B: Okay, maybe fifty.

A: Really?

B: If I’m still able.

A: Are you now?

9.

B: Able to have children?

A: Yes. Are you?

B: Of course. I think so.

A: But, you’re not sure.

B: I find out today.

A: You went for tests?

B: Yes. I gotta know now.

A: Better now than later.

B: Absolutely. Because if I can’t…

A: Even if you can.

B: What?

A: Statistically, your chances stink.

B: You know that for sure?

A: Pretty sure.

B: You studied this?

A: Not clinically.

B: Not at all.

A: Think about it.

B: It’s doable.

A: You have a good prospect?

B: At the moment? No, but…

A: Three years minimum.

B: Could be less.

A: If everything happens immediately.

B: Let’s hear it.

A: One year dating.

B: Maybe less.

10.

A: One year plan the wedding.

B: Definitely less.

A: Getting pregnant, having the baby.

B: That’s the unknown.

A: Could take five or more.

B: You’re not on my side.

A: I just want you happy.

B: Sure doesn’t sound like it.

A: (As B’s phone rings) I—

B: Hello?

(Lights down)

 

 

“A Plan”

“A Plan” is the second of the eight plays that made up “A Night of Short Plays.” All of the plays are loosely connected by a common theme: the random nature of life.

How the production of these plays came to be. In April of 2018 I followed up on an introduction made to me in the fall of 2017 at a co-working business with a small outdoor performance space. We agreed on terms and dates and the ball was rolling. The plays would be performed in Spanish using local actors. I found my translator that day; how fortunate that she worked part-time at the business. At the auditions I met a local producer/director who volunteered to recruit directors and actors for me. She has since become one of my best friends and we have planned a couple more events.

On two nights in late June we filled the space (about 50 people each night); I realized then that I could get anything I wrote produced in Oaxaca and it would be accepted and appreciated, given that the work was of good quality. Such a great feeling!!!

Here is the poster for the event.

poster

Synopsis for “A Plan”: two people discuss the merits of having a life plan.

CHARACTERS

A

B

TIME: The Present

PLACE: Anywhere

*Author strongly recommends casting actors other than two white men.

A: And another thing.

B: The doctor is in.

A: I’m already bored.

B: It’s only been a month.

A: Feels like a millennium.

B: Whatya been doin’?

A: Not much. Coming here.

B: Join any clubs or anything?

A: Nah, all snobs and bores.

B: Staying active? Bowling? Golf?

A: With my sciatica?

B: Tell me your day.

A: Eat, watch TV, come here.

B: That’s it?

A: Pretty much.

B: You’re doin’ it all wrong.

A: Says the know-it-all.

B: I know enough.

A: Really?

2.

B: Really.

A: Whadya know?

B: You had no plan.

A: I had, have a plan.

B: I’m all ears.

A: It’s basic. (pause) Simple.

B: They’re always the best.

A: You won’t like it.

B: Why?

A: Because I know you.

B: Try me.

A: Ok. Living life my way.

B: Hmmm. Well…you know…

A: You don’t like it?

B: That’s not a plan.

A: Knew you wouldn’t like it.

B: Sounds like a marketing slogan.

A: For what?

B: Someone without a plan.

A: You have a plan?

B: I’m a planner.

A: You never plan.

B: I plan. Silently.

A: Tell me the last one.

B: My trip to—

A: Bali. Thirty years ago.

3.

B: It was Rio.

A: Either way, you never went.

B: But, I planned it.

A: You got a plan now?

B: You should hear it.

A: A good one?

B: Better than good. Stupendous!

A: Tell me.

B: Can’t. (pause) Not finished.

A: I see. Classified. Top Secret.

B: Ok, I’ll tell you.

A: This oughta be good.

B: When it’s finished.

A: You got no plan.

B: Let’s talk about your plan.

A: I’ve decided, no plan.

B: Got any hobbies?

A: You bet. Poker.

B: Bad choice.

A: Why?

B: You suck at it.

A: I’m improving.

B: Not according to Billy.

A: Big mouth.

B: You always talk about Europe.

A: Yeah, especially Italy.

4.

B: So, go.

A: Takes money.

B: You’re loaded.

A: Not like you think.

B: Oh. Bad investments?

A: I’m paying for aSssisted living.

B: Not you!

A: My parents.

B: They in a good place?

A: The best.

B: Using your money?

A: Mostly.

B: They still healthy?

A: Too healthy to die.

B: That could change. Life’s fragile.

5.

A: We’ll live forever!

B: Here today, gone tomorrow.

A: Not me.

B: So, Europe’s out. See the USA.

A: In my Chevrolet.

B: Go for it!

A: I need a companion.

B: Try eHarmony. It’s the best.

A: You tried it?

B: Lots of times.

A: But, you’re alone.

B: I’m picky.

A: Or they are.

B: You’ve never been picky.

A: And I’m still alone.

B: What a pair we are.

A: You really have a plan?

B: Of course…not.

A: Didn’t think so.

B: Plans are overrated.

A: Absolutely. Only losers plan.

6.

B: We fly…

A AND B: By the seat of our pants.

(A and B clink beer bottles and drink)

B: You’ll think of something.

A: If I want to.

B: You’re smart.

A: Einstein smart.

B: Well…

A: Don’t need to be Einstein.

B: A plan will appear.

A: When it’s time.

B: That’s how it works.

A: You can’t force these things.

B: No, you can’t.

A: That’s not how life works.

B: Amen.

7.

A: I gotta go.

(A stands)

B: Go where?

A: I’m not sure.

B: Then stay. Have another.

A: I could.

B: Of course. You’re retired.

A: I am.

(A sits. B exits and returns with 2 drinks)

B: That’s the beauty of it.

A: Do what I want.

B: When you want.

A: Eat when I’m hungry.

B: Drink when you’re thirsty.

A: Hardly need a clock.

B: The sun is your clock.

A: I’m gonna eat.

B: You love the burgers here.

A: Chinese, maybe.

B: Ok, Chinese it is.

A: Maybe I’ll just walk around.

B: Oh, I envy your life.

A: You’ll be there soon.

B: Yes, I will.

A: With or without a plan.

B: With or without. Can’t wait.

A: Italian sounds good.

B: Sure. Thinking about Italy, right?

8.

A: Pizza or pasta.

B: Your decision of the day.

(A stands and tries to give B some money, but B waves it away)

A: See you tomorrow?

B: That’s the plan.

A: Maybe I’ll check out eHarmony.

B: I knew you would.

A: To plans.

B: Or not.

(THEY clink bottles and drink. A exits. Five to ten seconds after he leaves, car tires SCREECH and a THUD. B reacts. Lights down)

THE END

 

“Does It Matter?”

This short play was performed in the Stay Awake! Theatre (NYC) Prism Festival in June 2017. It was also translated into Spanish and produced as part of “Una noche de las obras cortas” (A Night of Short Plays) in June 2018 in Oaxaca de Jauréz, Oaxaca, Mexico.

“Does It Matter?” is one of a series of eight 10-minute plays that made up the night of short plays. (The others will follow.) It’s also the only one in the series which has been produced in English, which is a pity as they are all entertaining plays.

The style of the plays is somewhat unique in that lines of dialogue are five words or less, no location is specified in any of the plays and in most cases, no age, race or gender is given for the actors.

Anybody wanting the Spanish version of this play or any of the eight, please contact me through the Home page.

“Does It Matter?” synopsis: two people discover they have the same objective for their meeting.

CHARACTERS
A
B
They can be any combination of age, race or gender
PLACE
Anywhere
TIME
It’s always the present
(Two actors somewhere)
A
So, do it.
B
I will.
A
Alright then.
B
I’ll do it.
A
You’re all talk.
B
Don’t think I won’t.
A
Talk, talk, talk.
B
I’m a doer.
A
Then do it.
B
When I’m ready.
A
That’s the best time.
B
Damn straight.
A
When you’re ready.
B
When I’m ready.
A
Not before.
B
Not a second before.
A
I’m waiting.
2.
B
You think I won’t?
A
Hard to say.
B
You don’t know me.
A
I know you.
B
Not that well.
A
Better than most.
B
Then you know I’ll do it.
A
If you say so.
B
I’m saying so.
A
You say this is big.
B
Bigger than big.
A
Huge?
B
Bigger than huge. Enormous.
A
As jobs go, ever done enormous?
B
No, my first time.
A
That could be a problem.
B
I’ve done huge.
A
But, enormous is…well, enormous.
B
Huge, enormous, matter of degree.
A
You’ve done huge? (pause) Remind me.
B
Last year.
A
I didn’t hear about it.
B
Didn’t tell anyone.
A
It was huge?
B
Closer to enormous.
A
But, a secret?
B
A secret.
3.
A
Why?
B
Personal reasons.
A
Why do something big—
B
Not big. Huge.
A
—huge, and not tell anybody?
B
I told you.
A
Personal reasons.
B
Yes.
A
Tell me one.
B
I can’t.
A
They’re personal.
B
Exactly.
A
Otherwise—
B
I’d tell you.
A
Are you ready, yet?
B
I’ll tell you when.
A
I may be dead by then.
B
I certainly hope not.
A
How will you know?
B
I’ll know.
A
How?
B
I just will.
A
You’ll receive a phone call?
B
No.
A
Text message?
B
You don’t need to know.
(B’s phone BEEPS. He turns away and looks at it)
A
Now you’re ready?
4.
B
There’s no rush.
A
Life can be unpredictable.
B
I still have time.
A
How much?
B
Enough.
A
How do you know?
B
I know.
A
You don’t know. Nobody does.
B
Color me optimistic.
A
You might die tomorrow.
B
Not gonna happen.
A
Or later today.
B
Don’t make me laugh.
(A’s phone rings. A turns away for a few seconds, then ends call)
A
Maybe even now.
B
Now? How?
A shows a weapon.
A Me.
B
You?
A Yours truly.
B
Kill me?
A
I could.
B
You could.
A
I would.
B
Doubtful.
A
You think I wouldn’t?
B
That was the call?
A
Does it matter?
5.
B
A
You’re smirking.
B
No, I’m not.
A
Looks like it to me.
B
You’re mistaken.
A
Hardly ever.
B
Why?
A
Why what?
B
Why kill me?
A
Personal reasons.
B
Those are the best ones.
A
Not always.
B
But, you can’t.
A
I can. And I will.
B
No, it’ll ruin everything.
A
How?
B
I won’t be able to—
A
You weren’t going to anyway.
B
I was and I am.
A
Then do whatever it is.
B
Okay.
A
You’re ready now?
B
Ready as I’ll ever be.
A
Go. Then I’ll do it.
B
You won’t be able to.
A
What’s to stop me?
B
You’ll be dead.
6.
A
You want to kill me?
B
Yes.
A
Why?
B
Personal—
A
–sonal reasons.
B
Good memory.
A
Are they valid?
B
In my mind. Yours?
A
My reasons? Of course.
B
What’s your motivation?
A
I’d rather not say.
B
Just in general. Anger? Revenge?
A
A bet.
B
A bet? To kill me?
A
Not you specifically. Anybody.
B
Why me?
A
Why not?
B
How much?
A
No money.
B
Then why?
A
They dared me.
B
I can relate to that.
A
What’s your reason? In general?
B
Money. Always money.
A
Someone is paying you?
B
A
Who? How much?
7.
B
Does it matter?
A
Yes. What’s my value?
B
Who cares? You’ll be dead.
A
Good point. Still…
B
Seems we’ve reached a stalemate.
A
How do we resolve this?
B
Rock, paper, scissors?
A
No, I always lose.
B
Do you have an idea?
A
We could arm wrestle.
B
No. You’re stronger than me.
A
We could flip a coin.
B
Ok. Can I flip?
A
If you’d like.
B
Call it.
A
Tails.
(They look at the coin. Lights down)
THE END