Phone Calls. A Play by Martin Green.
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 but
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 been?
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 address.
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 to Grace.)
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 week.
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 avoid me?
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 Grace.)
TEDDY: That was rough. She wanted to come over. Wouldnt that be great?
GRACE: Youre going to have to tell her, you know. Sooner or later.
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, maybe tomorrow.
(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 goes dark.)
* * * *
More stories from Winamop
Copyright reserved. Please do not reproduce without consent.