Coffee Therapy — the play

SCENE 15
Continuing, in DR. WINKERBLOOM’S office.

WINKERBLOOM
You leave your stuff lying around?

DARNELL
I guess I do.

WINKERBLOOM
How often would you say you smoke it?

DARNELL
I’d say…about…every day.

WINKERBLOOM
That’s pretty often.

DARNELL
I’m a poet. It’s part of my…it helps me write.

WINKERBLOOM
Increases creativity.

DARNELL
Yeah.

WINKERBLOOM
What about coming here to talk with me? Does that destroy the creativity?

DARNELL
I don’t know, does it?

WINKERBLOOM
Who knows?

DARNELL
I had a poem in the university’s literary magazine. Did you see it?

WINKERBLOOM
Uh, no. I’d like to see that.
DARNELL whips out a copy of the magazine and shows it to DR. WINKERBLOOM.

DARNELL
Here’s a copy.

WINKERBLOOM
Hey, thanks. I’ll read it and we can talk about it next week.

DARNELL
I wonder if people think I’m crazy because I wrote that.

WINKERBLOOM
What’s it about?

DARNELL
It’s about driving around at night in the rain.

WINKERBLOOM
Well, rain is crazy stuff.
Pause.

DARNELL
They probably won’t.

WINKERBLOOM
Probably not.
Pause.
Unless…
Pause.

DARNELL
What?

WINKERBLOOM
Unless somebody saw you walk in here and then told everybody.

DARNELL
Nobody saw me.

WINKERBLOOM
Are you sure?

DARNELL
Positive. I have this method.
He goes to the front of the stage and demonstrates the method to DR. WINKERBLOOM as he explains.

DARNELL
It’s simple enough. I just walk by the counselling center, and if there’s anyone around, I keep walking, as if I were going somewhere else.

WINKERBLOOM
Good. So no one sees you come in here.

DARNELL
Nope.

WINKERBLOOM
And no one knows about us.

DARNELL
Nope.

WINKERBLOOM
That explains why you’re always late.

DARNELL
Sometimes it takes awhile to get in here.
He’s still looking around, waiting until no one is around.

DARNELL
So I keep walking back and forth until the coast is clear, and I come inside.
DARNELL looks from side to side and then bolts from stage front into the office and returns to his seat.

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