Scene #3: “Coming Home” written by Nicole Bocchi

WHILE YOU WERE AWAY – A play by the Fall 2015 Documentary Theatre Class (RCHUM 334)

Scene #3: “Coming Home” written by Nicole Bocchi

(Shouting from offstage)
Mom! Mom I’m home! Can you make me something to eat? I’m starving!
(Enters)
Where are you? Can you hear me?
Woah what is wrong!? What is going on? Just calm down, tell me what’s happening.
(beat)
What do you mean I can’t handle it? Please stop talking like that. I’m right here. Talk to me.
(beat)
Wait what? What are you talking about? No just stop, what are you saying?
(long beat)
Why am I not saying anything? Because I don’t know what to say, Mom. I’m sorry, I don’t. I’m not
sure why you’re expecting a reaction out of me in the first place.
(beat)
You’re getting angry with me for not saying anything but I truthfully don’t know what to say. I mean,
how do you expect me to react?…We knew this would happen. You told me you were worried
something bad would happen to him and now look. You knew he was getting himself into trouble
and you did nothing to help him!
(beat)
How could he do this? What possibly could’ve been going through his mind? I just, I don’t know, I
don’t get it.
(beat)
Of course I’m upset. How could I not be?
(beat)
So what now? What happens to the rest of us? Am I just supposed to let this go? Let him do his time
and forget he did this selfish thing? Because this is the ONLY word I can think of to describe this.
Selfish.
(beat)
No! Please just stop, don’t touch me!
And stop saying everything is going to be okay because how do you know that for sure? Can you
seriously promise me that everything’s going to be fine? That this is just some “bump in the road”
we’ll get over it soon enough and maybe everything will just go back to the way it was? I honestly
don’t even know how I’m ever going to look at him again. Please just stop. I think…..I think I just
want to be left alone.