Scene 18

Scene 18

SETTING:                   The Johnson home, back in the 1970s.

AT RISE:                   MARY is sitting in an armchair and

PATRICK (mid to late teens) is lying on the couch. They are watching TV. The show is ending and we hear the closing theme – “Those happy day, those happy days, those happy daaaaaaaaays…

PATRICK

(turns off the television with the remote)

What a waste of time.

MARY

(Doesn’t say anything at first, but we see she is bothered.)

Patrick – I need to talk to you about something.

PATRICK

(sits up)

What is it?

MARY

(Pulls out a cigarette and lights it. Takes a puff for courage.)

It’s about your farther and I. . .

(a longer puff this time)

We aren’t having any Happy Days.

(Her voice breaks with emotion.)

PATRICK

(confused)

What are you saying, mom?

MARY

Well. . .

(another puff)

We’re getting divorced, Patrick.

PATRICK

What? NO!. . .

MARY

(nodding her head, about to cry)

It’s true, honey.

PATRICK

But you’ve got a great marriage. . . You never fight. You never yell at each other. I can’t even remember the last time you argued.

MARY

Can you remember the last time we kissed each other?

(pauses while PATRICK stays silent)

We don’t even talk to each other. He’s always gone.

PATRICK

Does dad know about this?

MARY

Of course, he knows. It was my decision but he agrees. We both need a change.

PATRICK

(starting to get worked up)

But. . . I can’t believe it. . . This is crazy! How long have you known about this?

MARY

For a while now. We wanted to wait for a good time to tell you all.

PATRICK

And now is a good time? Where is everyone? Why isn’t dad here?

MARY

We were going to wait until he got back. . .

(another puff)

But I felt like telling you now. I’m sorry, honey.

PATRICK

(leans back and exhales loudly)

I can’t believe it. You’re just like everyone else.

MARY

(about to cry)

Patrick. . . I — I’m so sorry.

PATRICK

(incensed)

It’s a little late for that.

(stands up quickly)

You guys are so damn selfish!

MARY

Please, Patrick. . . Try to understand.

PATRICK

Just leave me alone!

(He stomps off the stage and MARY starts to cry.)

(BLACKOUT)

(END OF SCENE)

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