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BEYOND THERAPY SCENE 1 ACT 1

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Scene 1
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Hello.
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Hello.
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Are you the white male, 30 to 35, 6’2”, blue eyes, who’s into rock music, movies, jogging and quiet evenings at home?
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Yes, I am.
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Hi, I’m Prudence.
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I’m Bruce.
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Nice to meet you.
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Won’t you sit down?
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Thank you. As I said in my letter, I’ve never answered one of these ads before.
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Me neither. I mean, I haven’t put one in before.
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But this time I figured, why not?
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Right, me too. I hope I’m not too macho for you.
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No. So far you seem wonderful.
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You have lovely breasts. That’s the first thing I notice in a woman.
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Thank you.
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You have beautiful contact lenses.
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Thank you. I like the timbre of your voice. Soft but firm.
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Thanks. I like your voice.
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Thank you. I love the smell of brute you’re wearing.
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Thank you. My male lover Bob gave it to me.
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What?
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You remind me of him in a certain light.
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What?
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I swing both ways actually. Do you?
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I don’t know. I always insist on the lights being out.
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I’m afraid I’ve upset you now.
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No, it’s nothing really. It’s just that I hate gay people.
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I’m not gay. I’m bisexual. There’s a difference.
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I don’t really know any bisexuals.
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Children are all innately bisexual, you know. If you took a child to Plato’s Retreat, he’d be attracted to both sexes.
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I should imagine he’d be terrified.
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Well, he might be, of course. Iv’e never taken a child to Plato’s Retreat.
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I don’t think they let you.
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I don’t really know any children. You have wonderful eyes. They’re so deep.
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Thank you.
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I feel like I want to take care of you.
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I would like that. My favorite song is “Someone to Watch over Me”
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“There’s a somebody I’m longing duh duh duh…”
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Yes. Thank you.
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In some ways you’re like a little girl. And in some ways you’re like a woman.
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How am I like a woman?
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You… dress like a woman.You wear eye shadow like a woman.
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You’re like a man. You’re tall, you have to shave. I feel you could protect me.
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I’m deeply emotional. I like to cry.
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I wouldn’t like that.
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But I like to cry.
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I don’t think men should cry unless something falls on them.
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That’s a kind of sexism. Men have been programmed not to show feeling.
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Don’t talk to me about sexism. You’re the one who talked about my breasts the minute I sat down.
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I feel like I’m going to cry now.
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Why do you want to cry?
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I feel you don’t like me enough. I think you’re making eyes at the waiter. (Bruce cries)
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I haven’t even seen the waiter…. Please, don’t cry, please.
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I feel better after that. You have a lovely mouth.
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Thank you.
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I can tell you’re very sensitive. I want you to have my children.
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Thank you.
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Do you feel ready to make a commitment?
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I feel I need to get to know you better.
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I feel we agree on all the issues. I feel that you like rock music, movies, jogging and quiet evenings at home. I think you hate shallowness. I bet you never read “People” magazine.
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I do read it. I write for it.
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I write for it too. Free lance actually. I send in letters. They printed one of them.
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Oh, what was it about?
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I wanted to see Gary Gilmore executed on television.
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Oh, yes, I remember that one.
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Did you identify with Jill Clayburgh in “An Unmarried Woman”?
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Uh, yes, I did.
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Me too! We agree on everything. I want to cry again.
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I don’t like men to cry. I want them to be strong.
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You’d quite like Bob then.
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Who?
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You know.
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Oh.
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I feel I’m irritating you.
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No. It’s just that it’s hard getting to know someone and the waiter never comes and I’d like to order.
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Let’s start all over again. Hello. My name is Bruce.
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Hello.
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Prudence. That’s a lovely name.
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Thank you.
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That’s a lovely dress.
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Thank you. I like your necklace. It goes nicely with your chest hair.
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Thank you. I like your nail polish.
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I have it on my toes too.
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Let me see…. I think it’s wonderful you feel free enough with me to put your feet on the table.
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I didn’t put my feet on the table, I put one foot. I was hoping it might get the waiter’s attention.
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We agree on everything. It’s amazing. I’m going to cry again.
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Please, you’re annoying me… What is the matter?
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I feel you’re too dependent. I feel you want me to put up the storm windows. I feel you should do that.
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I didn’t say anything about storm windows.
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You’re right. I’m wrong. We agree.
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What kind of childhood did you have?
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Nuns. I was taught by nuns. They really ruined me. I don’t believe in God anymore. I believe in bran cereal. It helps prevent rectal cancer.
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I like bran cereal.
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I want to marry you. I feel ready in my life to make a long term commitment. We’ll live in Connecticut. We’ll have two cars. Bob will live over the garage. Everything will be wonderful.
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I don’t feel ready to make a long term commitment to you. I think you’re insane. I’m going to go now.
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Please don’t go.
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I don’t think I should stay.
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Don’t go. They have a salad bar here.
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Well, maybe for a little longer..
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You’re afraid of life, aren’t you?
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Well..
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Your instinct is to run away. You’re afraid of feeling emotion. That’s wrong, Prudence, because then you have no passion. Did you see “Equus”? That doctor felt it was better to blind eight horses in a stable with a metal spike than to have no passion. In my life I’m not going to be afraid to blind horses, Prudence.
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You ought to become a veterinarian.
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You’ve missed the metaphor.
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I haven’t missed the metaphor. I made a joke.
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You just totally missed the metaphor. I could never love someone who missed the metaphor.
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Someone should have you committed.
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I’m not the one afraid of commitment. You are.
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Oh, dry up.
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I was going to give you a fine dinner and then take you to see “The Tree of Wooden Clogs” and then home to my place for sexual intercourse, but now I think you should leave.
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You’re not rejecting me buddy, I’m rejecting you. You’re a real first class idiot.
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And you’re a castrating, frigid-bitch!
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Absolutely nothing seems to get that waiter’s attention, does it?