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A monologue from the play by Adam Rapp
Dena is talking to a friend about the many permutations that can occur in one’s life-path.
And so can bad things, but that’s my point. we get so stuck in our lives. I’ve been working at the same publishing company for eight years.
I walk the same route to work.
I take the elevator to the same floor, talk to the same agents on the phone, attend the same boring editorial meetings.
I eat my lunch at roughly the same time every day.
On Saturdays I go to Film Forum or to a play at Lincoln Center and I have Sunday brunch with a sociable articulate friend whose outfit often equals his or her capacity to charm and then
I usually come over here and spend a few hours with Margo complaining about all of it and nothing really changes.
I mean everyone here’s probably been through some cursory existential philosophy class.
we’ve studied our bit of Sartre and Kierkegaard and we’ve read William Barrett and talked about action and inaction
and what it means to be alive and how most of us wind up middleaged zombies, etcetera, etcetera, but if you really stop to think about it—
if you really consider the possibility, isn’t it amazing how, on a candlelit night without the comfort of cable television
or the Internet or your p*rn collection, or your favorite halogen lamp, what-have-you, isn’t it amazing how one irrational choice could change your life?
Let’s say I did go into Kevin’s apartment and f*** his brains out. Any number of things could happen. I could start shrieking for joy.
I could get vertigo. I could freak out and curl into a ball. I could have an Olympic org*sm. I could spontaneously get my period.
I could get a f***ing yeast infection and wind up spooning yogurt into my v*gina!
I could have multiple outerbody, extraterrestrial org*sms till my ears bled and realize I’ve met my soul mate. we could fall in love. The possibilities are endless.
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