Coffee Therapy — the play

SCENE 24
DARNELL sits in a circle with five other people. He’s the normal one – calm – attending to the group, and to the audience.
The people in the group yap away. They don’t listen to each other, and they ignore DARNELL. Overlapping…

PERSON 1
You do not do, you do not do
Any more, black shoe

PERSON 2
In Xanadu did Kubla Khan a stately pleasure dome decree:
Look Homeward, Angel!

DARNELL
Hi. My name is…

PERSON 3
There’s a certain Slant of light,
Winter afternoons –
That oppresses, like the Heft
Of Cathedral Tunes…

DARNELL
This is my first time here.

PERSON 4
The rich are different from you and I

PERSON 5
It never seemed strange to me to wear sweatshirts for underwear. It only seemed odd to the rich.

DARNELL
Aside
Can’t get a word in edgewise here. They’re carried away!
They continue to babble…

PERSON 3
Heavenly Hurt, it gives us –
We can find no scar,
But internal difference,
Where the Meanings, are –

PERSON 1
I am flushed and warm.
I think I may be enormous,
I am so stupidly happy…

DARNELL
Is this a monthly thing? Or…

PERSON 4
…tomorrow we will run faster, stretch our arms farther…And one fine morning–

DARNELL turns to PERSON 5 and tries to start a side conversation.

DARNELL
Do you come to this often?

PERSON 5 ignores him and blurts out, to no one in particular.

PERSON 5
Oh, dear. Don’t be so tiresome.
Rage, rage against the dying of the light!

PERSON 2
I wake to sleep, and take my waking slow.
I learn by going where I have to go.

Darnell steps away from the group.

DARNELL
Ahhhhhh! Shut up!

This gets them quiet. They freeze.

DARNELL
Aside
I never went back there again. Hey, I go to work, go home, get along with my wife, go to movies, play tennis, drive my kids around. I take a few lumps from my kids – which I deserve – after the way I treated my parents. Normal stuff. Try to keep it on an even keel. See Dr. Ross four times a year, swallow the pills, and leave it at that.

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