Serious, by Elaine Sklar Davis, 1996

A serious duet about a visit of a daughter to her mother in a nursing home. The mother is losing her memory and the daughter is assuming a protective role.

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8 - 10 minutes

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  • 2 Females

Product Id: #230

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An excerpt …

(The daughter visits the nursing home.)

MAMA: Would you look at that!  There’s a bug on the wall.  Do me a favor and go whack it.  It gives me the creeps to have bugs crawling all over the place!

SOPHIE: It’s not a bug, mama.  It’s a crack in the paint.

MAMA: Don’t tell me.  I know a bug when I see one!

SOPHIE: Put your glasses on.

MAMA: I only need my glasses for reading!  I don’t need ‘em for seeing bugs crawlin’ all over the walls!

(The daughter has become over-protective.)

SOPHIE: Maybe you’re being too active.  You know, at your age too much activity isn’t good for you.  It could get your heart pumping too fast.  You sure you want to get up?

MAMA: Pretty sure.  My back hurts again.  I want to get a pill to take.

SOPHIE: I think you take entirely too many pills.  Does your doctor know all these pills you  take?  You know it’s possible that the reason you feel so bad most of the time is that some of those pills are clashing with other pills and they have a reaction that makes you feel poorly.  Maybe we shouldn’t take any more pills until we talk to the doctor.

(The daughter bears some resentment.)

SOPHIE: (becoming irritated, not being able to make her point) You always change the subject when I try to talk with you about my childhood days.  Sometimes I believe you just don’t want to hear anything but the good things.  You take a lot of credit for my book learning but always avoid the discussion about the activities.  I don’t want to sound ungrateful, because I do appreciate all the things (gets a glass of water during this speech as mama drifts off in the distance) you’ve done for me ... and, heaven knows, we all have things we’d like to do different if we could do them over.  I just wish I could have taken a few chances.  You know, lived on the edge once in a while.  Done something with my childhood except studied. (holds out glass of water) Here.

MAMA: I already took my medicine.  I don’t need that. (turns away)


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