"This the Word"
[EXCERPT]
by Robert Kerr
Copyright 2011
www.robertkerr.net
RKerr@robertkerr.net
All rights (including but not limited to performance rights) reserved by the author. Contact Robert Kerr at RKerr@robertkerr.net for more information.

(B enters, looks around, then whistles. Pause.)
(A enters, looks around, then whistles a response. Pause.)
(B whistles again. A whistles back. Pause.)
(B whistles again. A whistles back. Pause.)
(They approach each other, keeping in the shadows.)
A

Well?

B

The word. What was?

(Beat)
A

What word?

B

You said.

(Beat)
A

Said when?

B

Said yesterday. As you talked.

(Beat)
A

Which word exactly?

B

Over and over. The word you kept saying. Do you remember?

A

I was talking.

B

To me.

A

I said this word.

B

Do you remember?

A

Yesterday.

B

Yes.

A

Over and over

B

Yes.

A

and over again. I said this word. So you say.

B

Yes.

(Pause)
A

I remember.

B

You do?

A

I think so.

(Pause)

Yes. Now I remember. I remember quite well. Why do you ask?

(Beat)
B

Because...

A

Yes?

(Beat)
B

Because I...

A

Yes?

(Beat)

Out with it.

(Beat)
B

Because I have forgotten.

A

Over and over. This word I said. Over and over so you would not forget.

B

Yes.

A

And yet you have forgotten. It was your task.

B

To forget?

A

No. To remember.

(Pause)
B

I'm sorry.

(Pause)
A

All is forgiven. Again I will say this word. Because you must remember. So much depends on it. But only once will I say this word. Now: Listen very carefully.

(Beat)

Are you listening?

B

Yes.

(Beat)
A

Are you still listening?

B

Yes.

(Beat)
A

Are you listening still?

B

Yes.

(Beat)
A

Only once and you must remember.

B

Yes.

(Beat)
A

The word isó

B

Yes?

(Beat)
A

The word I said isó

B

Yes?

(Beat)
A

The word which over and over I yesterday said isó

B

Yes?

(Beat)
A

The word I said is this:

B

This?

A

Yes. This:

B

This is the word?

A

Yes. This is the word:

B

The word is this?

A

Yes. The word is this:

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