Scene 22

Scene 22

SETTING:                   MARY’S living room back in the 1970s.

AT RISE:                   PATRICK (age 18) is lying on a couch

reading a book. MARY skips onto the stage, dressed as if she’s been out.

MARY

(very happy)

I got it! I got it! My first real job!

PATRICK

(throws the book down and sits up.)

That’s great, mom. What is it?

MARY

I’m going to a receptionist for the American Cancer Society. I start on Monday!

PATRICK

Receptionist? Isn’t that a little beneath you?

MARY

(still on a high)

I’ll be doing other things too – helping with the campaigns – organizing the volunteers – assisting the director!

PATRICK

(softly teasing)

Filing papers – making coffee. . .

MARY

Maybe – and so what? Everybody has to start somewhere, kiddo. And this is my start!

PATRICK

Do they know that you smoke?

MARY

(sheepishly)

Well – no. . . But I’m going to stop.

(starts dancing around the room)

They help so many people. I can’t wait! I’m actually going to get paid for working. Me – getting paid. I can’t believe it!

PATRICK

How much?

MARY

(stops dancing)

I don’t really know. . .

PATRICK

What do you mean you don’t know?

MARY

It never came up.

PATRICK

(slapping his forehead)

You never asked them?

MARY

No. . .

(PATRICK stares at MARY with his mouth hanging open.)

MARY

Well – it doesn’t really matter. . .

(starts dancing again)

And beside – they have a wonderful benefits package!

(Patrick smiles as he watches her dance.)

(BLACKOUT)

(END OF SCENE)

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On to Scene 23