I'M DOING OK BY JEFFREY LO (DOWNLOAD PDF HERE)
The break room of an office.
GREG is making a pot of coffee.
GREG tries to stretch and rub the soreness out of his neck.
GREG presses start on the coffee machine.
GREG, mug in hand, stares aimlessly at the coffee machine.
After some time, LISA enters.
LISA: How are you doing?
GREG: How am I doing?
GREG actually gives this some thought.
LISA rummages through the fridge for her lunch.
GREG: Not too well if I’m being honest with myself. I slept on the couch last night and woke up with a stiff neck. I got into another fight with my daughter while I was dropping her off to school. That’s four days in a row. I tried to talk to my wife about it but she doesn’t care. She doesn’t really care about me in general, really. I think she’s going to leave me. That’s why I was on the couch. She might be sleeping with someone else but… who knows.
LISA emerges from the fridge.
She watches GREG confused as he continues.
GREG: When I got in today, I realized I forgot to finish the project that Deshaun gave me last week. He told me the last time I missed a deadline was my last chance so… I think I might be fired today.
LISA: I –
GREG: And I just got a call from my mom telling me that when the hospital told her that my dad’s cancer was in remission, they were actually looking at the wrong person’s charts and they shouldn’t have taken a break from his chemo and it’s actually worse now so… I think my Dad is going to die… Umm… (Earnestly) Yeah. That’s how I’m doing. Thanks for asking.
LISA: Wow… You know you could’ve just said, “I’m doing ok” like a normal person…
GREG looks off in the direction LISA exited.
GREG: … I’m doing ok.
The coffee machine buzzes.
GREG pours coffee into his mug.
END OF PLAY.