JOSEPH DOUGHERTY

A very short play.

ONE

It will end.  It won’t last forever.  Nothing does.


TWO

Somebody said nature favors populations over individuals.  Good news for humanity, tough break for people with names and addresses.


ONE

Almost everybody I know is an individual.  Well, most of them.  Give us a chance.  It’s going to be different.  When it’s over.  We’re going to be different.  If we’re not, then we’ll have missed the point of the whole experience.


TWO

There is no “point.”  It’s an event, not a story.


ONE

The story comes later.


TWO

What are we supposed to do in the meantime?


ONE

Make plans.  Make sandwiches.  Talk to each other.  Talk to the dog, to the cat, to the moon.  And remember.


TWO

Remember?


ONE

A fever can do so much damage, but it can’t burn away your memories, any more than it can melt your dreams.


(pause)


TWO

What’s your name?


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Joseph Dougherty is a writer living in California.


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