Coffee Therapy — the play

SCENE 20
Short blackout, indicating a new session.

WINKERBLOOM
What’s your goal in this therapy, anyway?
Pause.

DARNELL
I didn’t know I needed one.

WINKERBLOOM
You don’t. But it might help us out a little.

DARNELL
Could you give me some examples? Multiple choice? Maybe I could choose one.

WINKERBLOOM
Nope.

DARNELL
True false? Matching? Fill in the blank?

WINKERBLOOM
Huh uh.

DARNELL
Maybe you could just tell me my problem and save us both a lot of time.

WINKERBLOOM
Nope. Won’t do that either.

DARNELL
I’m not very comfortable with people. I don’t feel good about myself. I have a lot of guilt. I…

WINKERBLOOM
Whoa. That’s a beginning. Maybe you could turn those over a few times and come up with a goal.

DARNELL
I’ll try.

WINKERBLOOM
Okay. Then what about today? Why are you here today?
Pause.

DARNELL
No particular reason. Maybe my problem is my grandparents. They were Russian immigrants. They were persecuted Jews. For me, that caused a lot of…a lot of…

WINKERBLOOM
Oh, you were persecuted?

DARNELL
No.

WINKERBLOOM
Then how does that connect?

DARNELL
It’s generational memory. There’s pathos embedded in my psyche. Like a birth defect.
DARNELL stops, as DR. WINKERBLOOM’S head fall to her chest. DARNELL watches as DR. WINKERBLOOM begins to saw wood.

DARNELL
Aside.
What is this, anyway? Gestalt therapy? I make a fool out of myself and then, suddenly, realize it? Wow, that helps a hell of a lot. Why can’t a therapist ever give some answers? Like: hey, buddy, here’s your problem, and this is what you ought to do about it. It’s just questions. All questions.

curtain

ACT 2

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