Writing 12
Reality of the Mind
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This one is a little strangle. I'll just let you decide about what it is.

Marc: (Calling stage right.) I could come back another time if that would be better for you.

Kitten: (Calling from off stage right.) Dont even think of it, Mr. Johnson. Ill be out in a minute. I wish you hadnt come so early, Im quite unprofessional right now. (Marc crosses back to center to sit in front of the desk. Kitten, a beautiful woman, emerges from stage right quickly, freshly showered and wearing only a towel. Marc does not see this because he has his back turned to the desk. Kitten picks up the manuscript, sits on the desk and starts reading.)

Marc: (Still looking stage left.) Are you sure that we shouldnt reschedule, because (Turns and sees Kitten on the desk.)

Kitten: Why would we do that, Im right here? Sorry, I know Im not looking at my professional best, but you are a half hour early after all. Now, lets discuss this play. Whats the title again?

Marc: (Still in shock at what Kitten is wearing.) I only have a working title right now, which I would rather not disclose.

Kitten: You will have to work on that if you want it published. (Slips off the desk, pacing and pulling articles of clothing together for when she will get dressed later. Marc cannot take his eyes off her.) As well, I dont see the appeal in this play at all.

Marc: (Still gazing.) Its an intellectual play, filled with many thoughts on life, which I have come across in my daily routine. I find some of them quite interesting. Most of it I thought of in the shower

Kitten: Ill read some random lines out loud, and you tell me if its still appealing. (As she reads, she moves very sexily, so one might not even listen to the words, but only to her actions. During this speech, Marc gets the feeling that Kitten is interested in him and fantasizes about her.) Society has become overly materialistic and believes cost dictates quality, when some of the best things are freeIt feels good to exist. When people see that you are understanding, they are more open with youWhy do we love who we promise we wont? Once you realize how close something is, it always seems just out of reach. When you grow older, you grow patience but find it harder to get excited. Waiting too long gives time to second-guess yourself. (Marc cannot handle the sexual tension anymore. He stands up and takes the manuscript from Kitten and throws it on the desk. They are standing extremely close together, and Marcs nervousness hits. Kitten breaks the silence after a few seconds and walks toward her desk.)

Kitten: Well, Mr. Johnson

Marc: Call me Marc, please.

Kitten: Well, Marc, youre play may be very thought out, but it is lacking something of vital importance that will make it appeal to people. Do you know what it is?

Marc: All I know (He pulls her close again.) is you appeal to me.

Kitten: Why do I appeal to you?

Marc: You would appeal to any man. You are beautiful, talented, successful

Kitten: Some men prefer intelligence.

Marc: Yes, that is true, but everyone, male and female beauty appeals to them all.

Kitten: Do you not find that a little disturbing?

Marc: Why would I be disturbed by what my eyes tell me is lovely?

Kitten: What about all the other lovely things in the world that dont fit you qualifications of beauty? What about people be beautiful souls but dont appear to be physically attractive?

Marc: They are beautiful too, in their own way.

Kitten: But you admit that if you saw someone on the street who was not physically appealing, you would not think of them as beautiful until they proved their beauty in another manor? You would just think that they were ugly, and avoid them, wouldnt you?

Marc: Im afraid that it might be human nature.

Kitten: That doesnt give you the right to shun them. Appearances can be deceiving. If you see a pretty girl, it doesnt mean that they are a wonderful person, does it?

Marc: No, physical and mental beauty arent necessarily connected.

Kitten: Then why did you try to kiss me just now?

Marc: I - I -

Kitten: You assumed I am a wonderful person because of the way I look, correct?

Marc: Yes.

Kitten: When I could very well be the meanest, stupidest, bitchiest person on the face of the planet?

Marc: I suppose there is a chance you could be.

Kitten: In short, you wanted sex as soon as you saw me?

Marc: It crossed my mind, but

Kitten: Get out of my office.

Marc: Kitten, I

Kitten: I am Ms. Alice to you from now on, Mr. Johnson.

Marc: Ms. Alice, please.

Kitten: (Throws manuscript.) Take that too.

Marc: You know, I doubt I would have thought of sex if you hadnt been half naked.

Kitten: And if I wasnt beautiful? (No reply.) I suppose the fact that you came too early didnt cross your mind. (No Reply again.) The only thing you were missing from your play was sex appeal. Everyone will watch a play if it has sex appeal. Think about that and re-write the play.

Marc: Can I come back to this agency when I am done?

Kitten: You might try having it performed before publishing it, to see what kind of success it will have. If it is successful, Ill read it over again. Goodbye.

Marc: Goodbye.

Kitten: Wait. What was the working title of your play?

Marc: Reality of the Mind. (Exits stage left. Black out.)