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 GENEALOGY OF A KISS (A Play in One Act by Scott C. Sickles)
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Scene 13

SETTING: David and Matthew's house, USC. SCREEN: Black letters on white background. "JUNE 11, 1985" AT RISE: DAVID sits and watches MATTHEW recite a monologue.

MATTHEW (not quite right:) "Don't 'I still love you, Ivan,' me, pal. I know Nellie's still your wife. Not a moment passes that I'm not reminded of how wonderful she is. She has the sweet dispostion of a cow. She's proud as a rooster, graceful as a horse, stubborn as a goat and has this thing for mud. Though I think she'd rather sling it quietly than wallow in it; which I respect. Call me callous, but I think she's dying on purpose to keep you. I know she'd never do anything to hurt anybody; not intentionally. But if her hubby's faggot boyfriend gets upset while she struggles to keep her family together, amen." I'm not getting this, am I?

DAVID Don't worry; you will. All it needs is some bitchy righteous indignation. Speaking of which, Jeremy coming's up the walk. (exits)

MATTHEW With or without neanderthal du jour?

JEREMY (entering with DAVID) I heard that. So, David, congratulations. Or should I say Doctor Foraker?

DAVID After all this time, I'll settle for "Excuse me, Garon." What brings you by tonight? I thought you-- (SFX: Phone rings.) I'll get it. (exits)

MATTHEW What's up? God forbid you bring good tidings. Boyfriend trouble?

JEREMY No, it's nothing like that. I don't know how to tell you this, but, Walter died. He had

MATTHEW I didn't even know he was sick.

JEREMY Neither did I. Actually, he wasn't terribly far along. But, far enough I suppose. Oh, God. Matthew. Walter committed suicide. Arthur was with him these past few years. He knew the two of you were close, but he didn't have your new number, so he called me. I don't know how he did it. I couldn't ask.

MATTHEW Oh my God.

JEREMY I hate to bring this up now, but, There's no delicate way to ask you this, so please don't be mad. Remember when we ran into him at that party back in eighty, eighty-one, whenever. We were really drunk.

MATTHEW Yeah. He was upset. He just broke up with someone. Why?

JEREMY Well, Arthur says that Walter never mentioned anything. But, it always bothered me. Shit. Okay: you told me that night you'd meet me after you were done talking to Walter.

MATTHEW And I passed out and blew you off. We argued about this years ago. Why are you bringing it up now?

JEREMY Did you sleep with him that night?

MATTHEW No. I mean, we necked. But, I don't think

JEREMY Can you tell me that it definitely did not happen? (pause) I don't mean to come here and bring bad news and cause a panic. I'm just worried, okay.

MATTHEW Walter would have never

JEREMY I know. But who knew any better at the time?

MATTHEW Okay. If it'll make you happy, I'll get a blood test. Don't mention this to David. Not tonight. I don't want anything spoiling his big day. There might be nothing to worry about.

DAVID (entering) That was some of our colleagues from work. They're down the street at the R&R waiting for us. Want to go celebrate?

MATTHEW I want to get this scene right first.

DAVID We don't have to do it tonight.

MATTHEW Just a few minutes. Jeremy, we'll meet you there.

JEREMY Right. (exits)

DAVID What's wrong?

MATTHEW Nothing. I'm just trying to be a perfectionist.

DAVID Okay, then. Let's perfect.

MATTHEW (almost inaudible) You know I love you.

DAVID (from script) "I still--"

MATTHEW (right on) "Don't 'I still love you, Ivan,' me, pal. I know Nellie's still your wife. Not a moment passes that I'm not reminded of how wonderful she is. She has the sweet dispostion of a cow. She's proud as a rooster, graceful as a horse, stubborn as a goat and has this thing for mud. Though I think she'd rather sling it quietly than wallow in it; which I respect. Call me callous, but I think she's dying on purpose to keep you. I know she'd never do anything to hurt anybody; not intentionally. But if her hubby's faggot boyfriend gets upset while she struggles to keep her family together, amen." DAVID Perfect. MATTHEW Great. Lets go. (END OF SCENE)

 

 


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Contents

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