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"Dont worry. Im just as dead as I was yesterday."

From: The Morning After He Killed Himself
2 Characters
Gender Age Character Name
Male 50s WILL
Male 50s GREG
 
Setup:
Greg killed himself yesterday.

But he's still on his friend Will's mind.

So this morning, when Will wakes up, Greg is there at his bedside, with half his face blown off, ready to have a little chat.

Oddly enough, Will finds this visit comforting.

Among other things, they discuss how growing older as a gay man is no picnic.

CASTING NOTES:
Race, disability " 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 (although I'm not sure the AIDS reference towards the end translates as well).

Have at it.

The following is the full ten minute play.
 

Scene

Copyright 2017 by Matthew A. Everett




WILL is asleep in bed.

GREG sits on the edge of the bed, looking at WILL and smiling.


GREG

Will?

WILL stirs a little but doesn't wake.

GREG rises and crosses to the other side of the bed.

It is then that the audience can see that the other half of Greg's face is a nightmare. As if that side of his head had been blown off by a shotgun blast.

Because it has been.


GREG

Wakey-wakey.

WILL wakes, stares at GREG.


WILL

Oh.

GREG

Yes.
Surprise!

WILL

I'll say.

GREG

Don't worry. I'm just as dead as I was yesterday.

WILL

So you withdraw from all your friends for six months.
You kill yourself.
*Then* you decide to visit me.

GREG

Hey, this is all in your head, buddy. Your subconscious, your guilt. Don't ask me to explain.

WILL

So I'm still asleep.

GREG

Or I'm haunting you. Or you're just flat out hallucinating. Wouldn't that be fun?

WILL

Fabulous.

GREG

Well, that is our tribe's primary trait.

WILL

You look like hell, by the way.

GREG

Location, location, location.

WILL

I don't mean you *are* in hell, currently.

GREG

My sisters think so.

WILL

No, they don't.

GREG

Will. You've met them.

WILL

Well, not *all* of them think you're in hell right now.

GREG

I'll grant you Alice. She was always a soft touch.

WILL

I'm sure they're all rethinking their notions of eternal punishment right now.

GREG

It would be nice to think so. The day after.

WILL

You'd think "the day before," even "the day of" might have been more useful.

GREG

Coulda woulda shoulda...

WILL

So how'd I do? Conjuring you?

GREG

I don't really look like this.
Blew my head clean off with a shotgun.
I'd go all "headless horseman" on you but if we're gonna a talk, I need to have a mouth.
I hated my stupid face at the end anyway. You would have, too.

WILL

Not that you let any of us see it.

GREG

Oh, so it's all about you. No closure. Your feelings are hurt. I'm dead.

WILL

You wanted to be dead.
Looks like you're the only one in this scenario who got what he wanted.
You didn't need to perform for us. You didn't need to hide.

GREG

You really think it was somehow about the rest of you?

WILL

Well, if I'm torturing myself -

GREG

I was torturing myself.

WILL

By staying alive.

GREG

You don't know what it's like living with pain. You're so relentlessly hopeful.

WILL

You used to be.

GREG

I got over it. I woke up.

WILL

You checked out.

GREG

Yup. Don't have to give a crap about anything or anybody anymore.

WILL

Any chance you're gonna cough up a reason?

GREG

I'm sure you can conjure some. It's all you've been thinking about since yesterday when you heard.

WILL

Depression, obviously.

GREG

Dig a little deeper.

WILL

Broke up with your boyfriend.

GREG

Boyfriend broke up with me. But c'mon, it's never all about a man. I had plenty of other reasons to hate myself.

WILL

The H.I.V.?

GREG

Ding ding ding, points on the board for you.

WILL

Everybody has H.I.V. these days.

GREG

Don't be cute.

WILL

No, really, have you looked at the websites, the apps?

GREG

Online dating. There's another good reason to kill yourself.

WILL

It seems like all the really hot guys have something.

GREG

Yeah, because they're stupid and careless, just like I was.

WILL

Be fair now.

GREG

Like life is fair.

(his interior monologue from years ago, pre-virus)

It won't happen to me. It can't touch me. Nothing can touch me.

(back in the present)

Self-indulgent, probably self-loathing, delusional bullshit.

WILL

H.I.V. is manageable now.

GREG

Easy for you to say, you don't have it.

WILL

Were the side effects of the drugs that bad?

GREG

They weren't the high point of my day, no.

WILL

Your job. You worked with kids. Didn't that help?

GREG

Sure. It helped me feel old.

WILL

Come on. You weren't old.

GREG

And now, I guess, I never will be.

WILL

People stopped looking, didn't they?

GREG

What?

WILL

People stopped looking. You got used to people looking at you first, or at least not looking away when you looked first.

GREG

That sucked, yeah.

WILL

So? You have to do a little more work?

GREG

I used to be graceful. I used to be able to move. My body started to fight me.

WILL

That's not just you. That's everybody.

GREG

The weight gain.

WILL

Welcome to "Your Metabolism Changes After Age 25."
Hitting your 30s and 40s isn't for sissies.

GREG

What's your point?

WILL

I keep going back to the kids.

GREG

Oh I just thought about what they're all in for eventually when the world starts knocking them around, or all the things they still have time to do that I don't anymore.

WILL

You think this is setting a good example?

GREG

Screw role models.

WILL

Doubly bad news for the gay boys.

GREG

Well, they need to learn to sack up and be their own role model, don't they? Did we have role models when we were their age?

WILL

We're supposed to make it better for the next generation.

GREG

Don't you find that exhausting?

WILL

No.

GREG

Be honest. It's just you and your subconscious right now, after all.

WILL

It's not easy, no. But nothing worthwhile ever is.

GREG

I'm showing kids they have a way out.

WILL

They don't need anyone else romanticizing suicide for them.

GREG

You're not getting any younger either.
You're older that I am. Was.

WILL

I don't have your issues.

GREG

Got a man of your own yet?

WILL

I'm not afraid of living alone, like you were.

GREG

Indefinitely?

WILL

It's not indefinite.

GREG

Well, they're not exactly lining up, are they? Haven't held onto anyone yet, have you? Never got in my pants.

WILL

Don't flatter yourself.

GREG

Don't have to, you already did.

WILL

Back when we met, years ago.

GREG

Still wouldn't have you. Even when you were younger and cuter.

WILL

You were involved with someone at the time. Besides, we were friends.

GREG

Didn't stop you from following me around like a lovesick puppy.

WILL

I got over it.

GREG

The guy hasn't shown up yet. What makes you think he's going to, at this late date?

WILL

I haven't been looking. And it's not that late. I just need to apply myself. He's out there.

GREG

Keep telling yourself that.

WILL

I don't define myself by someone else.

GREG

Good thing, Captain Dry Spell.

WILL

We didn't have role models, you're right. We lost the whole generation ahead of us to the virus. We gay men don't know how to grow older. Society doesn't know how to deal with us either. There's work to be done.

GREG

By somebody else.

WILL

Because you're not getting older.

GREG

Nope. Not anymore. What's the point?

WILL

You'll never know.

GREG

Oh, like you've got so much to look forward to.

WILL

I can look forward to you going away.

GREG

Not yet, buddy. You're stuck with me for a while.

WILL

What you did, what you were thinking? You're wrong.

GREG

You hang onto that thought, buddy. After all, if I'm right, why get out of bed in the morning.

WILL

I'm getting out of bed.

WILL does.


GREG

Good for you.

WILL

Are you gonna hang around while I shower and get dressed?

GREG

You should be so lucky.

WILL

You staying for breakfast?

GREG

How else can I make fun of what you eat?

WILL

You're scary and a pain in the ass, but I also don't want you to go.

GREG

I'm already gone.

WILL

Yeah.

GREG

I'm gonna be on your peripheral vision all day, for a lot of days. Don't worry. You can't shake me that easily.

WILL heads off to the bathroom.


WILL

Why do I find that comforting right now?

GREG

Beats the hell out of me, buddy.

Offstage, we hear the sound of the shower water starting to run.

GREG waits. Patiently.

Lights fade.







Copyright 2017 by Matthew A. Everett

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