"You were there. And I was there. And suddenly - Im exploring another country - Because I could."
|From: The Morning After The Morning After|
|Male||Adult: Any Age||GUS|
|Male||Adult: Any Age||DREW|
Drew never considered himself bisexual before.
But when he meets his gay gym buddy Gus outside the gym for a drink, one thing led to another and - now two days later they've got a night, a day and another night of fooling around in Gus' bed behind them.
So the morning after their first morning after, it's probably time to have a talk.
Race, disability, age " all completely open - please feel free to mix it up. It's not an all white world anymore, let the stage reflect that.
In fact, if you want to change the names and gender and make it two women instead of two men, Im OK with that, too.
If theyre young, it means one thing.
If theyre older, it means something else.
Have at it.
The following is the full ten minute play.
Copyright 2017 by Matthew A. Everett
DREW and GUS.
Two guys. In bed. Daylight.
GUS, wide awake.
DREW, asleep, clamped around Gus like an octopus, face somehow buried in the crook of Gus' neck.
DREW stirs, then resettles.
GUS blows on Drew's hair.
DREW swats at the air unconsciously, resettles.
GUS blows on Drew's hair again, more creatively and mischievously.
DREW swats at the air a bit more consciously, resettles.
GUS playfully sticks a finger in Drew's ear.
DREW bolts awake, flounders, falls out of bed.
DREW only half-heartedly scowls at Gus, crawling back into bed.
DREWUntil very recently, yes.
GUS and DREW look at each other.
OK. Now what?
DREWYes. Yes it did.
GUSAnd kept happening.
DREWWell, when you're on a roll...
GUSAll night, through the next day...
DREWInto the next night...
GUSAnd here we are.
DREWThe morning after.
GUSThe morning after the morning after.
DREWWe were really good yesterday at not talking.
GUSYes we were.
DREWCan we go back to that?
DREWI'm a little afraid of what I might say.
GUSBecause - ?
DREWBecause I have no idea what I might say.
GUSAnd that's a bad thing?
DREWHow many conversations have we actually had?
DREWThat didn't involve bench presses or leg presses or squats or deadlifts?
GUSThe gym is the only place we see each other.
DREWTil the night before last.
GUSSo, none then.
DREWUntil the other night, and right now.
GUSYou're not going to claim you were drunk this whole time.
DREWNo. No, I knew exactly what I was doing.
GUSYeah, I'll vouch for that.
DREWYou also knew exactly what you were doing.
GUSSo the problem is - ?
DREWI like you.
GUSAnd that's a problem because - ?
DREWI don't want to screw this up.
GUSWe're on the same page there, buddy.
DREWI have no idea what I'm doing.
GUSI beg to differ.
(is it possible to be bashful?)Yeah. OK. Thanks. But -
GUSYou meant the talking part.
DREWBefore I met you I was straight. -ish.
GUSYou still are.
Wait, you never - ?
DREWWith another guy, no.
Unless you count jerking off with my best friend back in high school.
GUSOh hell no, everyone does that.
GUSWow. I'm flattered.
DREWYou should be.
DREWOK, don't get too impressed with yourself.
GUSI honestly was not trying to get you in bed. I swear.
DREWYou didn't want to?
GUSOh no, I wanted to. But it was a gym buddy fantasy thing. Back of my head. Not a conscious strategy. I don't actively recruit straight guys. It's too much work.
DREWSo you invited me out for a drink because - ?
GUSBecause I wanted to invite you out for a drink.
I like you, too.
I like your sense of humor. I like your politics. I like that you're aware of weird old TV shows like "The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd."
DREWThat is pretty gay, though, isn't it.
GUSI don't think you need to worry as much about accidentally giving that impression anymore.
You're also not hard to look at.
DREWThe way you look at me.
GUSOh please tell me I wasn't totally perving on you at the gym this whole time.
DREWNo, not that look. I've seen that look. Not from you. Never from you. This wasn't that look.
DREWYou look at me a lot like - like you're trying to figure me out.
GUSI'm still trying to figure you out.
DREWBut like it's fun. A challenge. Like you're going to like how it turns out. That you won't be bored.
GUSI like starting my day with you. At the gym.
I wondered if I'd like ending my day with you.
GUSSo I figured it couldn't hurt to grab a drink with you.
DREWYou don't know the first thing about beer, by the way.
GUSI don't drink much, I'm a lightweight.
DREWWe could have done coffee, you know.
GUSCoffee seemed too much like a date.
GUSDidn't want to freak you out.
The bar is a bit more - communal. Crowded. Noisy.
DREWWhy a sports bar?
GUSHey, I like that bar.
DREWI do, too. It's just -
GUSThe least gay place I could think of.
DREWYou didn't want to freak me out.
I wanted it to be - a drink. Just a drink.
DREWWell, we managed to screw that up.
GUSYes, we did.
GUSUp to you.
GUSReally. This was kind of unexpected for me, too, you know.
(genuinely wondering if it's even possible now)Can we go back?
GUSIf you want.
DREWIt's just -
(trying to be helpful)Yeah?
DREWWe just got to a point in the conversation -
The way I looked at you, the way you looked at me -
I mean, I'd thought about it.
DREWYou should be.
I mean, I never -
You were there. And I was there.
And suddenly -
I'm exploring another country -
Because I could.
GUSAnd now you want to go back home again.
DREWActually, no. Not really.
I like it here.
GUSI like it here, too.
DREWSo. I guess eventually we need to take this out of the bedroom.
GUSI can make breakfast.
DREWBreakfast sounds good.
GUSCan't be expected to survive on energy bars and water.
DREWNot with all the - activity - going on.
DREWIn a minute maybe.
DREWIs it weird - that I'm suddenly not sure what to do with you when we put our clothes back on?
GUSThat's kind of standard weird for where we are.
So I guess that makes it normal.
You dress up nice, by the way.
DREWI didn't overdo?
GUSFor just a beer? Maybe.
For a first date, you were perfect.
It was part of the reason I knew I was in trouble.
DREWYou looked good, too.
You look pretty good without any clothes at all, too, while we're on the subject.
GUSYou made that pretty clear already.
But thank you.
DREWWe're suddenly very polite.
GUSYeah, that's weird. We need to stop that.
DREWGet over here and give me a kiss, you big dumb gym rat.
DREWNow kiss me again.
DREWBreakfast can wait.
They'll be at this a while.
End of play.
Copyright 2017 by Matthew A. Everett