Scene Detail

New men in the memory group, eh? What are their names? / I don't remember.

From: This Isn't A Horror Story
2 Characters
Gender Age Character Name
Male 60s DAD
Female Adult: Any Age Ensemble Woman
 
Setup:
David is spending the holidays visiting his octogenarian father Ralph in the nursing home. A recent stroke has accelerated the progress of Ralphs dementia and memory loss. Here Dad gets a visit from Carol, one of the people in the group for memory loss whose meetings Dad attended regularly before he had the stroke and needed to move to the nursing home...

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Scene

Copyright 2015 by Matthew A. Everett




Lights shift.

Ensemble Woman appears as CAROL and joins DAD, introducing herself to the audience as she enters the scene.


CAROL

Carol, one of the women from his memory group came to visit regularly.

DAD

I know that I know you. Youll have to help me.

CAROL

Carol. From the memory group.

DAD

Carol! How nice of you to come and visit me. Forgive me if I dont remember how often you visit or what we talked about last time.

CAROL

Im with you there. I wouldnt recall you were in the hospital if the husband didnt bring me to visit.

DAD

How is - ?

CAROL

Ricco.

DAD

Yes, Ricco.

CAROL

Hes doing fine. Parking the car. Told me to come on ahead.

DAD

You found your way to my room?

CAROL

Not without stopping to ask a few people along the way, but I made it.

DAD

Its good of him to take time out to bring you to see me.

CAROL

Well, he likes seeing you, too, you know. Besides, I think he really enjoys finally having full control of the car and the driving.

DAD

I miss driving.

CAROL

Me, too, my friend. Me, too.

DAD

How is the memory group doing?

CAROL

OK. We sure miss you, though.

DAD

Say hello to everyone for me.

CAROL

Will do. Weve had a couple of new men join the group. You wouldnt feel as outnumbered by the ladies anymore.

DAD

New men in the group, eh? What are their names?

Pause.


CAROL

I dont remember.

DAD and CAROL burst out laughing.

They laugh for a long time.

They are happy.





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