Coffee Therapy — the play

SCENE 16
SR. DARNELL stands in the room with a suitcase in his hand. His head hangs; he’s depressed. CORRIE sits on the couch holding a baby.

CORRIE
Well, are you staying or leaving?

DARNELL
I don’t know.

CORRIE
Are you coming or going?

DARNELL
I can’t decide.

CORRIE
Are you a man or a mouse?

DARNELL
I’m not sure.

CORRIE
So you might call it quits now?

DARNELL
I might.

CORRIE
That’s a shame.

DARNELL
So you want me to stay?

CORRIE
Whatever you want.

DARNELL
I might not go.

CORRIE
That’s fine.

DARNELL
But I might.

CORRIE
Okay.

DARNELL
This is torture.

CORRIE
Don’t let me influence your decision.

DARNELL
I won’t. I’m just really confused.

CORRIE
You need some sleep.

DARNELL
I haven’t slept in two days.

CORRIE
I know. That’s why I…thought maybe sleep would help.

DARNELL
Maybe I should just get some sleep and hold off on this.

CORRIE
Fine with me.

DARNELL
Maybe if I got in bed and shut my eyes I could…sleep.

CORRIE
You could try that.

DARNELL
It could work.

CORRIE
You won’t know until you try.

DARNELL
I’ll try it. I’ll just lie down and shut my eyes.

CORRIE
Try it. See if it works.
DARNELL drops the suitcase and exits. CORRIE shakes her head. It’s more than frustration. It’s near disbelief at the lunacy of the situation.

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