WATCH! / by Jeffrey Lo

Feb 2 2018 - WATCH.jpg

WATCH! BY JEFFREY LO (DOWNLOAD PDF HERE)

The living room to MAX and MARGIE’S home.

MARGIE is sitting on the couch.

She is watching a home video of the two of them on a trip. Paris.

In the video MAX laughs, causing the espresso in his mouth to spill out.

MARGIE can be heard laughing on the other side of the camera.

 

MARGIE presses pause.

MARGIE presses rewinds.

MARGIE presses play.

MARGIE watches MAX laugh.

MARGIE presses pause.

MARGIE presses rewind.

MARGIES presses play.

MARGIE watches MAX laugh.

MARGIE presses pause.

MARGIE: Max!

No response.

MARGIE: Max!!

No response.

MARGIE presses rewind.

MARGIE: MAX!!!

MAX: What!?

MARGIE: COME DOWN HERE AND WATCH THIS!

MAX: No.

MARGIE: You don’t know what it is!

MAX: No.

MARGIE presses play.

MARGIE watches MAX laugh.

MARGIE: You’re laughing.

MAX: No.

MARGIE: COME WATCH!

MARGIE presses pause.

MARGIE presses rewind.

MARGIE: Come watch yourself laugh!

MARGIE presses play.

MARGIE: See! You’re laughing! It’s nice!

MARGIE presses pause.

MARGIE: Why won’t you come down and watch with me?

MARGIE presses rewind.

MARGIE presses volume up.

MARGIE presses play.

MARGIE: You hear? You’re laughing! I think you’re happy!

No response.

MARGIE: Come watch!

No response.

MARGIE: Paris!

No response.

MARGIE presses pause.

MARGIE. Presses rewind.

MARGIE: COME DOWN AND WATCH!

Silence.

MARGIE: MAX!!!!

Silence.

After some time, MAX comes downstairs from the room.

MAX is carrying a suitcase.

MARGIE: For me?

MAX: For me.

MARGIE: Come and watch.

MAX: I am leaving now.

MARGIE: Where are you going?

MAX: Away.

MARGIE: Well first come watch.

MAX:I am going away now.

MARGIE: For how long?

MAX: For good.

MARGIE: But look!

MARGIE presses play.

MARGIE: You’re laughing! You’re happy!

MAX: Margie –

MARGIE: You said my name!

MAX: Margie –

MARGIE: You haven’t said it in months.

MAX: Margie –

MARGIE: Or has it been years?

MAX: MARGIE I AM LEAVING NOW.

MARGIE: No. No. No. Nonsense. You are going to sit here and watch.

MAX: Watch what?

MARGIE: This! You’re laughing! Will you watch?

MAX: No.

MARGIE: Will you watch?

MAX: No.

MARGIE: WATCH!

MARGIE presses pause.

MARGIE: Just sit here and wait while I set it up.

MAX sits with MARGIE.

MARGIE: I’ve got to time it out just right.

MARGIE presses rewind.

MARGIE: There. Ready?

MAX: Yeah whatever.

MARGIE presses play.

MAX watches himself laugh.

MAX watches himself be happy.

MARGIE: See?

MAX: I am laughing.

MARGIE: I told you.

MAX: I am happy, I think.

MARGIE: I think so too.

MARGIE presses pause.

MARGIE presses rewind.

MARGIE: Watch.

MARGIE presses play.

MARGIE and MAX watch MAX laugh.

MARGIE presses pause.

MARGIE presses rewind.

MARGIE: Watch.

MARGIE presses pause.

MARGIE presses rewind.

MARGIE: Watch.

MARGIE presses play.

MARGIE and MAX watch MAX laugh.

MARGIE presses pause.

MARGIE presses rewind.

MARGIE presses play.

MARGIE and MAX watch MAX laugh.

MARGIE presses pause.

MARGIE presses rewind.

MARGIE presses play.

MARGIE and MAX watch MAX laugh.

...

MAX does not leave.

END OF PLAY.