by Martin Baena
Character: A writer and two actors
Setting: Writer’s basement apartment
First Actor: It was…
Second Actor: …nice. I thought.
First Actor: …very nice.
Second Actor: (nodding) Hm.
Writer: Was it funny?
First Actor: Very funny!
Second Actor: Yes.
Writer: I didn’t hear you laugh.
Second Actor: It was a kind of… what was it?
First Actor: A cerebral humour
Second Actor: Yeah
Writer: Cerebral. Like what? Clever?
First Actor: Yes, that’s it. Very clever.
Second Actor: That’s right.
First Actor: Clever’s good.
First Actor: I don’t think there’s anything wrong with clever.
Second Actor: People like clever.
First Actor: Sure. They do.
Writer: Too clever?
First Actor: Is there such a thing?
Second Actor: You could tone it down a bit.
First Actor: Sure. A little.
Second Actor: Right?
First Actor: Why not?
Second Actor: Maybe write some jokes.
Writer: I have jokes. There’re jokes.
Second Actor: No, right.
First Actor: Some, y’ know. Joke jokes.
Second Actor: A couple belly laughs wouldn’t hurt.
Writer: I feel like, with an audience it’ll play better. The jokes.
First Actor: Maybe.
Second Actor: Well, it’s all a matter of perception innit?
First Actor: That’s right.
Writer: …the way I feel about it: we’re sitting here reading it. Right?
First Actor: Sure. Right.
Writer: We’re not experiencing it. We’re not free to, we haven’t opened ourselves to it.
Second Actor: I can see that.
Writer: So I think an audience will get it. Y’ know? They’ll be free to see the, uh, the humour. (Pause) Right?
Actors: Hm-hm. Oh. Absolutely.
Writer: Great. Hey, let’s take it from your line.
Writer: Your line. Top of the third page.
First Actor: Uh-huh, okay.
Writer: Got it? Okay…
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