Circles / by Jeffrey Lo

March 25 2018 - Circles.jpg


Lights up on ARLENE, at center walking in a circle.

She continuously walks in a circle over and over again as she speaks.


What is happening?

It won’t stop.

I thought it would stop.

It doesn’t stop.

What am I supposed to do?

How am I supposed to deal with it.

Not that long ago I felt ok.

And then… not.

I thought once I felt ok I would stay ok.

But no.

Wait… Wait… Wait…

There it is!

I feel ok!

I feel really good.

Like clouds passing in front of the sun – here is the sun!


And here we are.

One moment I’m great.

The next moment not.

What’s the pattern.

There must be a pattern.

I have to solve the pattern and avoid the pattern.

Then all will be ok…

And – THERE!

Ok, feels good.

Feels great.

What did I do to get back to here.

And there it goes.

That time it came and went much faster.

But why?

What did I do?

Why am I here.

Why do I feel awful?

I don’t know what to do.

Fuck. Fuck. Fuck.


Ok. Ok. Ok

Calm down.

Stay calm Arlene.

How did you end up back here?

How did you end up in tears?

How do you get out of these tears?

Come on Arlene… Come on…

And there.

I feel good.

I feel so good.

How can someone feel so good one moment and feel so terrible the next?

It doesn’t make sense.

I don’t know how I got here.

I don’t know how I got there.

I don’t know…

I just don’t know…

ARLENE continues to walk and walk and walk in circles and circles and circles.

Forever in circles.

Stuck in circles.

Always in circles.

Lights fade in circles.