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The Alchemist (Paulo Coelho)
 GENEALOGY OF A KISS (A Play in One Act by Scott C. Sickles)
 Three men in a boat (Jerome Klapka Jerome)

Scene 7

SCREEN: Black letters on white background. "October 31, 1990" SETTING: Lights rise slowly, USC, on David and Matthew's house. Halloween decorations liven up the place. AT RISE: Matthew is pale and has a visible but not overwhelming KS sore on his face. He sits eating from a can of chili. Lisa Stansfield's "Down in the Depths" from Red, Hot & Blue plays. Matthew eats and sings at the same time. (David enters, tired and a little angry. As Matthew gets into the song, David smiles and eventually laughs out loud. When Matthew sees David, he puts down the can, stands and sings into the spoon for David. There is nothing effete about his performance; it is simply broad and bad. His movements are small, so he doesn't over-exert himself, but he makes the most of them. David starts laughing, but never takes his eyes off of Matthew. Big finish and the song fades. Matthew takes a bow as David applauds. Kirsty MacColl & the Pogues' "Miss Otis Regrets/Just One of Those Things" plays over the scene. They sit.)

DAVID You shouldn't do that. You'll choke.

MATTHEW The way I cough, I have nothing to worry about. So, did we get any?

DAVID I think their parents warned them to stay away. I don't know that I wouldn't do the same thing.

MATTHEW Are you kidding? You'd demand they knock on our door. You'd force feed them the candy. You'd be a perfectly politically correct, smotheringly-over-concerned, pain-in-the-ass mother. I'm glad I never knocked you up.

DAVID Why are you in such a good mood?

MATTHEW Does it matter? By the way, I was kidding. I'd love to have had kids with you. Let's see. We'd name the son Butch. Hell, we'd name the daughter Butch, too. She'd grow up to ride a motorcycle and pose naked in a biker chick magazine. He'd drop out of nursing school and tell us he'd rather be a lumberjack and have sex with women. We'd cry a lot.

DAVID You've got it all figured out. Oh, I wanted to tell you: I sat in on one of the Intro Acting classes. This kid did a monologue from Displaced Personalities. One of yours.

MATTHEW You wrote me no monologues.

DAVID He did some serious editing. Not bad either. It was the bit when Ivan compares Nellie with all the different barnyard animals combined with his tirade to Mervin about African geography. Don't ask me how he made it work. Was that the doorbell? (beat) Guess not. I hate these Catholic holidays.

MATTHEW That's right: blame everything on the Pope. You always do. ("Just One of Those Things" chimes in at this time and Matthew gets up and starts dancing. He tries coaxing David to join him. David doesn't want to, but Matthew pulls him to his feet. Matthew dances David around the apartment, gently at first but gets progressively more energetic. David loosens up and dances with Matthew. Matthew starts coughing suddenly and badly. David goes to him and helps him to a seat. Matthew can't stop coughing. The song ends and is followed by Annie Lennox's "Every Time We Say Goodbye." David holds onto him, picks up the phone and dials 911.) (BLACKOUT) (After the first verse ends, the song fades as well.) (END OF SCENE)



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GENEALOGY OF A KISS (A Play in One Act by Scott C. Sickles)
 - Cast of Characters
 - Scene 1
 - Scene 2
 - Scene 3
 - Scene 4
 - Scene 5
 - Scene 6
 Scene 7
 - Scene 8
 - Scene 9
 - Scene 10
 - Scene 11
 - Scene 12
 - Scene 13
 - Scene 14
 - Scene 15
 - Scene 16
 - Scene 17
 - Scene 18
 - Scene 19
 - Scene 20
 - Scene 21
 - Scene 22
 - Scene 23