Coffee Therapy — the play

SCENE 2
SR. DARNELL sits in one of the chairs, facing DR. WINKERBLOOM. It’s a therapy session, twenty years earlier.
DARNELL is anxious, agitated, and fidgety. DR. WINKERBLOOM listens to her client carefully, studying him. She is calm, relaxed.

DARNELL
My problem is you!
WINKERBLOOM doesn’t react.

DARNELL
I said my problem is you!

WINKERBLOOM
no emotional reaction
Okay. So stay with that.

DARNELL
Stay with that? What’s there to stay with? You’re sitting there waiting to hear what’s on my mind, so now I’m being honest. My problem is you.

WINKERBLOOM
Fine. How is your problem me?

DARNELL
Last week, I was telling you about this relationship that really had me upset. Totally unravelled. And you fell asleep in the middle of it.

WINKERBLOOM
So what.

DARNELL
That made me have a bad week.

WINKERBLOOM
Oh. Bad week, huh? And that did it?

DARNELL
Yeah, a really bad week. I’m thinking I should start coming here twice a week.

WINKERBLOOM
Um. I made you have a bad week. So you feel coming here twice as often could make you have a better week?

DARNELL
I need the support.

WINKERBLOOM
Support, huh? Okay…why?

DARNELL
Because my roommate is driving me crazy. It’s a mess. The whole…mess makes me feel, uh, bad about myself.

WINKERBLOOM
Oh.
DR. WINKERBLOOM falls asleep.
Pause.

DARNELL
All the girlfriends…the rooms are connected…they act like I’m not there…
DR. WINKERBLOOM sleeps.
Pause.

DARNELL
It affects my mood.
DARNELL’S words briefly get DR. WINKERBLOOM’S attention. She lifts her head.

WINKERBLOOM
drowsily
Now? Did you say your mood is changing now? As we speak?
He’s frustrated, but he suppresses his anger.

DARNELL
No.
Her head falls to her chest. She sleeps.
Pause.

DARNELL
I was telling you about my week. What happened the day before yesterday. I guess what I should have done in a situation like that is…
DR. WINKERBLOOM sleeps.
Long pause.

DARNELL
This roommate of mine. We were good friends, but…
She opens an eye.

WINKERBLOOM
But?

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