Characters: TEDDY, 27
GRACE, 24, Marys roommate
Scene 1: The stage is divided in two: at the right
(audiences left) is the living room of Mary and Graces apartment
and at the left is the living room of Teddys studio apartment. The
girls place is clean, neat and has good furniture, an armchair, table
with lamp beside the chair, sofa and coffee table with phone on it. Teddy's
place is messy, papers scattered around, furniture from Good Will, a sofa-bed,
a table with phone on it.
(When the curtain rises, Mary is sitting in the armchair reading
a book. She is a plain-looking girl who wears glasses. Her roommate Grace is
lying on the sofa doing her nails. Grace is a blonde beauty. Teddys
apartment is empty.
As soon as the curtain is up Teddy enters from stage left,
holding a small address book. He looks into the book, picks up the phone, then
puts it down again. )
TEDDY (talking into the air): Hello, this is Teddy. You probably
dont remember me . . . No, that sounds stupid. Hi, my name is Teddy. We
met at a party last week and I was wondering if . . . No, thats no good.
Nuts, just go ahead and call her. (He dials. The phone in the girls
apartment rings. Mary immediately looks up from her book. Grace glances at
Mary, then picks up the phone.)
TEDDY: Hello. Uh, my name is Teddy and we met at a party and . .
. Uh, wait, is this Mary?
GRACE: No, this is Marys roommate, Grace. Just a minute
and Ill see if Mary is in. (She covers the receiver with her hand and
speaks to Mary.) Its him. See, I told you hed call. (She hands the
phone to Mary.)
MARY: Hello, this is Mary.
TEDDY: Hi, this is Teddy. You probably dont remember me
MARY: I remember you. We met at that party. You work in an
advertising agency. Youre a space seller.
TEDDY: A space buyer.
MARY: Thats what I meant, a space buyer.
TEDDY: Right. Well, uh, howve you been?
MARY: Oh, Ive been fine. How about you? Howve you
TEDDY: Good, Ive been good. Look, I thought, I mean, you
wouldnt like to go out to dinner sometime, would you?
MARY: That would be nice.
TEDDY: It would? I mean, well, would this weekend be okay? How
about Saturday night?
MARY: That would be fine.
TEDDY: Good. Then Ill pick you up at seven, okay?
MARY: All right.
TEDDY: Good, Ill see you then. (He starts to hang up, then
talks into the phone again). Wait, I just realized, I dont know your
MARY: Its 2030 Clay, at the corner of Union. Were
apartment 3. You ring downstairs.
TEDDY: Ring downstairs. Okay, Ive got it. Ill see
you Saturday. (He hangs up and exits stage left. Mary also hangs up and speaks
MARY: Hes asked me out to dinner. Saturday night.
GRACE: What did I tell you? (The two girls exit stage right.
Their part of the stage goes dark. Teddy returns, holding a can of beer. He
looks at the phone, then holds up the beer, toasting himself. His part of the
stage goes dark).
(While the stage is still dark, the phone on Teddys part
of the stage is heard ringing. Marys part of the stage lights up and
shes seen holding the phone. After several more rings, she puts it down.
She stands up, paces up and down the room once, then picks it up again and
dials. Teddys part of the stage lights up and hes seen hurrying in,
wearing a coat and carrying a briefcase, which he throws down, then picks up
the ringing phone.)
MARY: Oh, youre back. Ive been ringing you for the
last two hours. I was afraid something had happened to the airplane.
TEDDY: It was delayed, thats all. I just now got in.
MARY: Then youre okay.
TEDDY: Sure. Im fine.
MARY: How was the trip?
TEDDY: Good. They liked our presentation and my boss told me
afterward Id done a good job. Who knows, maybe therell be a
promotion in it for me.
MARY: Oh, Teddy, thats great news. I knew it would be a
success. Can you come over now? I have a dinner prepared for you. Ill
just re-heat it. Then we can talk. Ive missed you.
TEDDY: Ive only been gone two days.
MARY: I still missed you. Are you coming over?
TEDDY: Yeah, I guess so. Just give me some time to get cleaned
up. Is Grace there?
MARY: No, she went out. Why?
TEDDY: I just wondered, thats all.
MARY: Oh. Well, why dont you get cleaned up now. Ill
be waiting for you. I love you.
TEDDY: Okay. See you soon.
(Both sides of the stage light up. Mary is seen sitting and
dialing the phone. Teddys phone rings. He comes in from stage left and
picks up his phone.)
MARY: Oh, youre home. Ive been trying to get you all
TEDDY: Uh, Ive been working late every night. Were
trying to get the campaign all tied up. Ive hardly been here.
MARY: I know. Why didnt you call me?
TEDDY: Uh, I meant to but you know how it is. Its been
really hectic. I just havent had a chance.
MARY: Teddy, I havent seen you in almost two weeks. When
am I going to see you again?
TEDDY: Gee, I, uh, I dont know right now. Im really
tied up. I dont really know when Im going to be able to get away.
MARY: Teddy, is anything wrong?
TEDDY: Wrong? How do you mean?
MARY: Teddy, I love you and I want to see you. Are you trying to
TEDDY: Avoid you? I, uh, no, of course not. Its just the
job. You know how it is. I just cant break away right now.
(Grace comes into Teddys room, holding two glasses of
wine. Shes nude, well, make it in a short negligee. She hands one of the
glasses to Teddy. He takes it and holds it while still on the phone.)
MARY: Well, can I come over and see you now?
TEDDY: Now? No, no, I was just going out. I have to get back to
the office. Were having an all-night session. I dont know when
Ill be back.
MARY: All right. Will you call me?
TEDDY: Yes. Ill call you as soon as I get a chance. Okay?
(Mary slowly puts down the phone. Teddy hangs up and speaks to
TEDDY: That was rough. She wanted to come over. Wouldnt
that be great?
GRACE: Youre going to have to tell her, you know. Sooner
TEDDY: Yeah, yeah, I know. Do you think she suspects anything?
GRACE: Mary? No, shes as innocent as a lamb.
TEDDY: I hope youre right. Ill give her a call,
(Teddy and Grace sit down together on his sofa-bed with their
wine glasses and kiss.)
GRACE: You promise youll call her tomorrow.
TEDDY: Yeah. But right now lets forget about her, okay?
(Mary gets up from the sofa and exits stage right. She comes
back holding a large kitchen knife, which she puts in her purse. She takes a
deep breath, closes the purse and exits. Her side goes dark. The other side