WHILE YOU WERE AWAY – A play by the Fall 2015 Documentary Theatre Class (RCHUM 334)
Scene #29: “Back in the World” written by Tim Hurley
(1st segment) Short duration:
(Sitting in a chair, picking up a ringing cell phone)
Hello? Who’s this? O’ my gosh! Hi Tim…how are you? To what do I owe this call? Am I going to the worship team party at the Dahmers tonight? Of course silly, I’m on the team…just like you. How could we miss a night with fellow weirdo, geek musicians? What? Are you asking me out Hurley? Like an official date?
Ummm, I’m not sure and will have to pray about it a little bit……
YES!!! I’d love to go to the party with you…and thanks for the prep time. (Silence) You’ve not done this in a while have you? Okay…relax big guy…don’t be nervous.
The next part is when you say what time you’ll pick me up. A girl’s gotta’ know minor details like that. We’re funny that way.
(2nd segment) Longer duration:
(transition by a slight change in lights and from sitting to standing)
Hi Timmy, WHAT’S UP? Where we going? You’re not sure? Okaaaaaaay…spontaneity is good. I’ve been thinking about you too. We had fun at the party and…did it seem to you liked we clicked? Really? That’s good. I can’t remember the last time a guy asked me for a kiss. Most guys when making the 1st move are real dicks. It was kinda’ cute how nervous you were. I was too…we clicked teeth a couple times. So, you seem different…slightly intense. You need to talk with me about something? Of course…yeah…sure. Wow! You are serious! What’s this?
(Holding up his mug shot)
OMG!!!!!! YOU’RE KIDDING….RIGHT? Wait a minute
Haha….pretty good. You almost had me…psyche! (Looking back and forth between Tim and the mug shot Paris is holding) You’re not joking are you? Naw…That’s not you!
It doesn’t even look like you! What?
(Glancing back at the mug shot and quickly back to Tim)
Yeah, you’re right…I guess that IS a good thing. Gosh Tim…you really looked like shit when this was taken. Huh? Oh, that makes sense…I guess…going through withdrawals would explain it, though I’ve really no reference point. Do you mind me asking which drug? Heroin? Really? You don’t look like a junkie. You don’t look like a criminal.
(Giggling) I’m sorry Tim, you look about as threatening as my grandpa. (Listening to question) What do I think about it?
Well…hold on dude…this is a lot to digest. Do you have any water? (Paris gets up and walks to the wings where another cast member hands her a small bottled water…returning to her spot onstage…clears her throat) Well Timmy, first things first. What’s your clean date?
(Very focused, definitely not fucking around, looking directly at Tim)
How do you stay clean? Regular meetings with….what did you call it? The mellowship? You work those steps? Got a sponsor? What’s his name?
(Chuckles with relief)
Okay…that was the right answer. I’ve heard hooking up with your sponsor is called “13th Stepping. If you had a female sponsor I’d know you were full of shit. With three young sons, a mom can’t afford to play patty-cake.
(Smiles) Though never in a relationship with a recovering person, a close family member has struggled over
So be forewarned…I’ve got a black-belt in Alanon and am not afraid to use it…which isn’t to say you don’t have a chance.
(Pause…scratching chin or whatever you do when musing)
Okay…this is how I roll…
It’s good you were honest, but… Don’t ever lie to me. Got it Mister Capone?
(Slight pause…averting eyes away while pensive)
I never define anyone by their worst mistake. Like they say at the meetings…We’ll take it one-date-at-a-time
Mom and Dad will be thrilled.