SETTING: In the hospital room.
AT RISE: PATRICK and SCOTT are sitting on
opposite sides of the bed. Both are hunched over as if asleep. They are exhausted – will it ever end? A least a minute goes by, maybe two (an eternity on stage). People in the audience may feel uncomfortable.
Look! Look at her head. She’s moving.
(SCOTT’s head snaps up. MARY’s head is tilting back on the pillow and her mouth opens slightly, as if yawning. She stays that way for a couple of seconds, reaching for her last breath, and then settles back into the pillow. MARY is now dead. At first PATRICK and SCOTT are not sure. They sit watching – not moving – not breathing themselves – waiting for her to move again but she doesn’t.)
(Leans forward to check. Almost whispering.)
She’s not breathing.
Are you sure?
(puts his ear close to MARY’s mouth)
Yes – that’s it.
(They both keep watching her.)
(reaches out and touches MARY’s arm)
Her skin. . . It looks like ivory now.
(SCOTT puts his own hand on MARY’s other arm. Understanding the finality of it, he starts to softly cry.)
(Reaches into his pocket for his phone. He flips it open and dials; lifts the phone to his ear.)
Katherine – is that you?
This is Pat at the hospital. Is Adam there?
Okay. Well, if you could let him know that mom just died.
Yes. No – no – that’s okay. Thanks. If you could just let him know.
Great – thanks. Thank you, Katherine. Bye.
(He hangs up.)
What do we do now?
(As if on cue, NURSE KELLY enters the room with a fresh bag of morphine. She see the two men hunched over the bed and stops.)
(to NURSE KELLY)
I don’t think she will need that now.
(Walks to the bed and sets the bag on the table. She can see Mary is dead, but checks anyway. Softly)
Yes – she’s gone.
(stands back from the bed)
She was lucky to have you both here. So many people die alone.
(Unhooks the drip hose from MARY’s arm and coils it up on the stand.)
When you guys are ready, I need somebody to sign the papers so we can take the next step. No rush – stay as long as you want.
(to NURSE KELLY)
I can do that.
(He turns to PATRICK and they both remain silent for a few seconds. PATRICK nods and SCOTT stands up to go with NURSE KELLY.)
(Watches them leave, then stands up himself. He walks over to the window and looks out. He stays there for a while, thinking, staring at nothing, then returns to MARY’s bed. He bends down and gives her a soft kiss on the lips.)
Good bye, mom. Love you. . .
(Patrick walks out of the room.)
(END OF PLAY)
For Mary: 1932 – 2010