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Sep 7, 2017

Jack And Jill Plays - Part 22 - To See

About Jack and Jill Plays:

This is a new thing I'm doing.  Posting a short play every day as long as I can.  This does not mean that I wrote this play today but I might have.  (My life is not always my own what with work and a 4 year old running around so maybe I wrote it today or maybe it was stockpiled in preparation for the days I can't get in writing.)  My goal is to do at least 100 of these or maybe more but probably 45 or 50 is the length of a full length play so even that would be good.  100 would be better.  300?  amazing.  500?  Does anyone want 500 of these plays?  Anyway, the goal is consecutive days.

The normal things about plays apply-- don't produce or reproduce this play without my permission.  I wrote it so I own it.  Etc.

To See
by Adam Szymkowicz

(JILL and HAROLD.  HAROLD is crying, in kind of a whimpery way.)

It's not that I don't love you, because I do in a way.

I don't believe you.

It's just that we're wrong for each other, Harold.

But maybe we're just a different kind of right.

No, I'm pretty sure we're not.  I mean really do you see you and me together in the long run?


You're just saying that.  You have your boats and I have my ideas and we don't even speak the same language.

I could learn your language.

But you won't.  The thing about me is that I want to be with someone who likes me.

I like you.

Don't interrupt.  I want to be with someone who likes me for the things about myself that I like too.  Or the things they like that I didn't even know.  Like am I funny?  Maybe someone who thinks I'm really funny.  And someone who loves the color of my hair.  Like that.  When I talk, you don't understand me.  I say things and your mind drifts and I know you're not really smart enough to get me.  And I'm pretty sure there are great things about me but if I stay with you, I will never know because I will see myself the way you see me.  I will get stuck there.  Because you're kind of overbearing in your world view.  And I think you don't really see me.  Or you do but in a blurry way.  You're looking somewhere else and you see me out of the corner of your eye and so you have a general idea but you never really see me because you can't stop putting things on top of me that aren't really me.

But I love you.

No.  I don't know what you love but it's not me.

I think it's you.

No.  I think you want to be in love and I'm here.  Go get on your boat and sail off and just be with you for a while.  And then figure out how to lose yourself so you're not so oppressive to others.  Be buddhist or something.

I'm not going to do that.

Okay.  Well, I'm leaving.  You do what you do

(JILL exits.  HAROLD sobs.)

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