More about play Play after play.
Girl - teenager.
Mother - woman 40
Aunt - woman near 40 years.
Grandma - woman over 60
Rufus – man 40 years.
room in an apartment. On stage rushes Girl, after her runs
Mother: How did you behave? What did you allow
Girl: It's not my guilt. I just told the truth.
You were rude to grandmother.
Girl: I said: Not your
Mother: She just asked you - which lessons are you have
Girl: I said to her – back off, it is me, not you go to
Mother: Did you not ashame? I brought up you well. I have
to call your father.
Girl: So, you know how to find him?
(in the heat of the argument): Sure.
Girl: My aunt Tacy was right.
You did not take child support from him because of your own
Mother: How dare you? You discussed me …
From a side door enters Aunt.
Aunt: What a scream. You
didn't give me a chance to sleep.
Mother (switches her anger to
Aunt): Who give you the right to talk about me? Yes, especially with
Aunt: Val, are you out of your mind? I just woke up
because of your cries. And you already had blame me in
Mother: It is not your business, if I received child
support for my daughter or not. It is not your worries.
is not my business. Exactly! But if you took money from her father,
maybe it would be different.
Mother: Do not poke your nose into my
Aunt: I am not. Stop yelling and you can solve all problems
Mother: What do you know? Your life did not work. So
you chose to taught me.
Aunt: Val, that's enough! You make a row
with your daughter, I happen to come across you. Let's stop.
I did not start. (turns to Girl): You have to explain me what is
Aunt: It's for long.
Aunt passes through the scene,
goes to opposite direction from where she cames.
Girl: Nothing happened.
Mother: And your behavior?
Everyone in family have problems and confusions. And you all took it
out on me. And then you all want something from me.
your mother, I brought you up and demand respect.
Girl: I'm your
daughter and I am asking for truth.
Mother: What do you need from
Girl: Why you did not give me father's phone number?
This is not your business. It is my decision.
Girl: You decide,
you demand. Have I the right on something?
appropriately. And you must ...
Girl: I must go to school.
Mother: They're all crazy. I keep this house alone, and
they treated me like this. Ann is completely out of control. Mum with
claims. More, Tacy returned. I can't stand it.
Aunt: Yes, I came back. When you agree to live with
Mother: Never. We had normal life.
Aunt: Of course, money
to medicine for mother was gone, you had the debt for the
Mother: Yes, I would have coped!
Aunt: And then I
returned and didn’t let you became a martyr.
Mother: It's okay.
Nothing happened with you. You once helped family. Don’t wait for
appreciation. You live here, you should ...
Aunt: Do not explain
me what I should do and what I should not do. Better tell me what is
it with your beloved Ann.
Mother: Nothing, with Ann all is
Aunt: Because it's all good, she went out and slammed the
door so hard that the hanger felled down.
Mother: This was a
Aunt: Val, she is teenager.
Mother: Difficult age? She
is still a child.
Aunt: Ann had a quarrel with her boyfriend. For
several days she went alone to school.
Mother: Tacy, what you say.
Ann is not interested in boys.
Aunt: Val, she has interest in
boys, that's fine. Not normal is that you do not want to see changes
in daughter's life.
Mother: There are no changes. And do not put
her against me. Do you hear, you have no right!
Aunt: Scandal in
the morning it's not the best. I still have a job, you too. Come on,
better silently gather to work.
is walking around the room, talks to herself.
Girl: To say or not
to say. Did she know or not know, I must consult with someone. Maybe
my grandmother? Only she is at home now. But we argue all the time.
I'll try. I don't think that work...
Why he puts the choice on me? Why should I choose, and
not he? Why I cannot tell him or - or? In what I can threat him? Even
if I tell everybody, they will say: You have to blame yourself too.
What to do? And if ... no, alone is scary. I need to ask
anyone. I can't talk with the girls... Mother will generally
Aunt gets mad, but helps. It is true, after that aunt
will completely break up with mum, but I am not worry of their
problems, I have to sort out mine.
Grandma: Did you come back?
hadn't heard. When you left, everything fell down.
Girl: This was
Grandma: What's happening?
Why do you quarrel with all of us?
Girl: I do not. Everyone need
something from me. I owe to all.
Grandma: And you cry as the
Girl: I try to explain, somehow, what is happening. No one
want to listen.
Grandma: Maybe you could tell the truth, what
Girl: Nothing. You complain at my every
Grandma: To whom are you crying on the phone: You are
Girl: You are intercept me. I don’t have my life.
How's that possible! After it you still offended, how in these
Grandma: If you do not want – be quiet. But
please, stop fuss with all.
Girl: I'm not the one who start
scandals. Why you all not leave me alone?
Grandma: After you left,
mother swore with aunt.
Girl: What I have in common with it? They
always argue when they start to live under one roof. I have nothing
to do with it.
Grandma: Good. Do you want to eat?
Girl: I'm not
Grandma: You need to eat, you're pale. Come on.
Why you don’t tell that I owe something to you?
know it yourself. And shout at you senseless, it makes no
Girl: From where is such faith?
Grandma: I have two
Girl is alone on
stage. She waits for someone, nervous. Aunt enters.
Girl: Are mum and granny still talking there?
Yes, your mother prepares the meat and watches with granny show on
TV. What do you want? You try to show me something, but I do not
Girl: We need to talk.
Aunt: Let's go to my room
and close the door.
Girl: No. We can't. We will be here, I want to
see when someone is coming.
Aunt: What's wrong with you?
Nothing. Nothing special or unusual.
Aunt: Good. You sound
convincing. What do you want?
Girl: I had thought for long time
with whom to share... I think you are only candidate.
Girl: This possibility only in extreme cases.
Have you now not such situation?
Girl: Not yet, I hope so.
Are you sure?
Girl: I really count on it.
Aunt: Good. I'm
Girl: I have a certain kind of problem.
Girl: Can you listen till end?
Girl: One problem. In general, I know how to get out of
this situation. I even have two choices. I need not help, but rather
support. I decided almost everything by myself. I scare, I scare to
go alone. And I look forward to your support.
Aunt: You can count
on my help and support. Only I did not understand nothing from your
Girl: I was put against a decision.
Aunt: By whom?
It's not so important.
Aunt: So, more important is the
Girl: Yes. The fact is that ... I do not even know how to
Aunt: As you wish. If I do not understand, I can't
Girl: I need your help. In reality I …
Mother: Why do you need help? Why you do not
want to talk to me?
Girl: Mom, it has nothing to do with
Mother: How it is? You asked for help not your own
Girl: Do not worry, I will decide myself. Leave me
Mother: What's wrong with
Aunt: How I know?
Mother: She talked to you. Do
not defend her.
Aunt: I have no idea, she mumbled something, but
did not say anything clear.
Mother: It is better not to hide
anything from me and get between a mother and daughter.
Aunt: I do
not get between anyone. She tried to say something, you came, she
changed her mind.
Mother: And you did not bother that she turns to
you and not to me.
Aunt: It's your personal problem with daughter.
I'm not the one to blame.
Mother: When you moved here she became
reserved. It is hard for her.
Aunt: Val, for God's sake. If I
would hinder her, she will say it me in plain text. Your daughter
does not know how to choose words.
Mother: Do not blame my
Aunt: No critique for you nor your daughter. Live for
yourself, do not interfere me in your scandals.
asked you. You enmeshed yourself everywhere.
Aunt: I'll go to my
room, drink the medicine. I've got a headache because of you.
If Ann something share with you, you’ll tell me?
Aunt: She will
Mother: You must promise me.
Aunt: I will decide
Mother: You have no right.
On backstage is shouting,
yelling, “Oh, clot”, crying. Girl runs to the scene. After her
runs Mother, beats Girl with a towel. After them run Grandma and
Aunt. Grandma overshadows Girl. Aunt catches Mother's hands.
Mother (yells): What is enough? Such
Aunt: Come, sit down. You give me a towel and we
all just talk.
Mother: I show her.
Aunt: Maybe give her
opportunity to put in a word.
Mother: Why? I already had heard all
it. Such humiliation.
Girl (through tears): You are the same. You
are not concern about it.
Mother (tries again to hit the Girl but
Aunt keeps her away): I do not care. How dare you? Rotter.
Stop both. Scream is nothing changes there.
Aunt: Yes. Nothing.
You have to calm down and I'll know what's going on.
Tacy, what are you talking?
Aunt: What am I? I came home from
work, tired, by the way. I opened the door, and my sister is running
after her own daughter screaming "you clot". My mother
tries to separate them.
Grandma: So you did not understand what is
Mother: Why then you meddle in?
decided at first to prevent infanticide, and then knew what is
Mother: This airhead have brought shame to me, but you
knew that already.
Aunt: What did I know?
Grandma: We know that
Ann consulted with you.
Aunt: Oh, she did not tell me. She
mentioned about problem and that she was scared to go alone.
Did you not guess?
Mother: You need direct text, at a
glance you do not understand. You have no tact.
Aunt: Val, that's
enough, I have a towel and if you do not stop ...
fat-head work up a child.
Girl: Yes. Leave me alone. (Tries to
Aunt, Mother, Grandma: Sit down.
Girl returns to her
Aunt: I listen. Tell us what happened.
Mother: When I
went to work, I met her classmate's mother. And she said to me, I
would not advised you as a doctor, at this age could be
Aunt: What kind of classmate's mother? Why she
Mother: Mom of her classmate – she is gynecologist. And
this sassy went to her for advice.
Aunt: And there you knew that
you are pregnant. Ann, I'm asking you.
Mother: No, she consulted
Aunt: That meant that you do not want to go alone
to abortion. Ann, I'm waiting for an answer.
Oh, my heart is aching. I will go to lie down.
Mother: Look what
you've done, yuck.
Aunt: Mom, now you go to bed.
Aunt take Grandma by hand, they exit. Girl stays alone on
Girl: How is
Aunt: I think now she will be better. She is too nervous.
What was here before I came?
Girl: Better not ask ... Mom rushed
and generally ...
Aunt: How long you were going to be
Girl: So far, till all this will be settled down.
Girl: No one would know.
Aunt: Yes, that's why you
went consult your classmate's mother.
Girl: I didn't know what to
do. I could not spoke with my mother or grandmother. What would you
did in my place?
Aunt (shudders): I? Me?
Girl: Yes, you
Aunt: I went to seek advice from my loved ones.
Aunt: I did as they advise.
Girl: I would not able
Aunt: I could, and have lifelong regret.
Girl: What about
Aunt: It's not important. We have to deal with
Mother: Once again
Aunt: Val, calm down. How is mum?
She rests. This trash will brings us all into the grave.
Let's look at what happened.
Mother: There is nothing - everything
Aunt: Not for me. Can I ask your daughter a couple of
Mother: I listen to your ideas.
a pause Aunt begins to speak.
Aunt: Ann, you know who is the
father of the child.
Mother: Are you calling my
daughter a whore? I do not let you.
Aunt: A couple of minutes ago
you labeled her how you want. Do not interrupt me.
Mother: I have
the right to call her anyhow, she's my daughter. And you have no
Girl: After how you named me, Mum, I do not care.
I'm telling you, plotters. It's all your influence, Tacy. My daughter
went on an inclined way as you.
Aunt: Val, shut up! Now our
subject is your daughter. And, if you want to know, you're also not
see through it all. You didn't see that something wrong with your
daughter. You did nothing.
Girl: I can go, you swear to each
other. You do not need me.
Aunt: No, you sit down and listen to
Girl: Who are you, that I have to listen to
Mother: Do not argue with aunt, I'm not let you to speak with
adults like that.
Girl: Fine. You are united again.
Aunt: Father of the child knows that he
will be father of your child.
Mother: So what?
Aunt: What was his reaction?
Girl: We had a
Aunt: Good. What did he say?
Girl: That I should solve
Mother: And you?
Girl: I burst into tears.
Girl: He said that I should choose by myself.
And you made a choice without consulting me.
How could you?
Aunt: Val, your advice did not always lead to good.
Mother: You're again back to the old. How can you
compare yourself and my daughter? She is still a child, and you could
make your own decisions.
Aunt: I'll go and see how is mother.
Girl: About what advise aunt speaks all
Mother: Not your business. There are her past mistakes.
There are her old sins. Her sins lie heavy on her, because it she
loose her temper. She can't live with husbands. And then she comes
back here to have revenge.
Mother: Do not change the
topic of conversation. You are more important now. You said that he
Mother: Who is he, tell me?
Mother: I still want to know the truth.
Girl: I can't say,
we broke up. Now it does not matter.
Mother: Why it does not
Girl: It does not matter.
Mother (in horror): You've
already done! Speak.
Girl: No, but I firmly decided.
will not let you.
Girl: Why not let? You said - a shame.
Well, that's if you do not marry.
How old is he?
Mother: Fine. A good age. At
first you stay with us. You will need help with a child. And then
Girl: Mum, you're raving.
Mother: How you talk to me?
Kirk will not going to marry me.
Mother: I see, the future
son-in-law name is Kirk. And you was so afraid to tell.
Whose son-in-law? You did not heard me, there will be no baby, no
marriage. Neither I nor he did need it.
Mother: You say so now,
then you will be sorry.
Girl: I will not regret anything. I will
not. I have my life, everything will be fine.
Mother: If he
doubts, we connect to this situation the father.
Mother: Yours. He should somehow participate in the life
of his daughter.
Girl: You do not hear me. I will not live as you
Mother: You will!
Why do you again become uproarious?
Mother: How is mum?
Fine. She sends me here to separate you.
Mother: I just talk with
Aunt: Yes, the walls are shaking. What is final
Girl: Do not listen. I had all agreed, and she did not
want to accept.
Mother: You're stupid, I know better.
Mother: Ann marry Kirk. At beginning they will live here,
because she needs help with newborn.
Aunt: So, father is
Aunt: And you're planning to get married. You
changed your mind and keep the child.
Girl: I'm not going to get
married. Any child, it's all my mother's imagination.
not fantasy. It's right.
Aunt: For you everything is right when
it's your choice.
After a tense pause, starts Aunt.
I have a question for you. Which choice had you?
what are you talking about?
Aunt: Well, what did you said - one
problem. And you know how to get out of this situation. That you need
not help, but support. And you had all agree with yourself. What was
Mother: It does not matter.
Girl: Yes. It does not
Girl: We have just quarreled with Kirk and
he said ...
Aunt: Choose me or the baby.
Girl: How do you
Mother: Your aunt is expert in slippery situations.
You chose him.
Aunt: And then he promised to return
Girl: We'll be together.
Aunt: It is naive and foolish.
He lied to you.
Girl: You did not know.
Aunt: He lied twice. If
you leave a child - he will not go anywhere, he has to admit
Mother: Yes, we will tell your father. And now there are
special analysis. He did not relieve of responsibility.
he lied second time when he said that will stay with you if you
decide to get rid of the child.
Girl: He's not...
Aunt: In any
case, he will change his mind.
Girl: Why do you set up against
Mother: Because that's your aunt knows from her personal
experience. For a start we will force him to marry you on an amicable
Girl: Do you want this baby?
Grandma: You should keep this child.
Mother: Mum, are
you feel better?
Grandma: Not so. I can take part in the
Girl: Have I keep this child?
Mother: Yes, of
course, Kirk will marry you and you will have a child.
she does not get married?
Mother: What are you talking about? He
had no other choice.
Aunt: But if she does not get married? What
to do with the child?
Girl: Yes, mother. What should I do? I am
trash and scandal will be...
Mother: Shut up. (After a pause.)
Anyway, you will born a child. I'll help you.
Grandma: We'll help
you. Even if you not deserve it.
Girl: And I'll be alone with
Mother: Do not worry, you have a family. We'll not leave you
Girl: I do not want to be a single mother.
The doctor said, it can be bad for your health.
Girl: I do not
want so ... why nobody listen to me.
Girl runs out in
Mother tries to run after Girl, Grandma
Grandma: Let her cry. Let her think. She will
understand that we are right.
Mother: Are you sure?
Yes. She accepts the idea of responsibility about child. With that
she had no other choice.
Aunt: Abortion. Always a way out.
What are you talking about?
Mother: You know, the
doctor said. And you have no beliefs.
Aunt: Did I have no morals?
I repeated word to word advice of my mother, which she gave me
fifteen years ago.
Mother: What are you comparing? With whom do
you compare yourself?
Aunt: You used to talk in different
Grandma: What do you denote?
Aunt: He's not worthy of you.
You can keep the child, we'll help you. Everything is different
Mother: What do you mean?
Aunt: Do not pretend that you
Mother: You? It was your decision.
Grandma: Do not stir up the past. We did not come back to
this affair for so many years.
Aunt: You did not come back. Now
you have an opportunity to give once again advise in the same
Mother: It was your conclusion.
Aunt: Yes. And it
was supported by my close people. And now - we will not return to
this subject for so many years! I wake up and fall asleep with this
concern every day. You didn’t worry about your
Grandma: What do you want?
Mother: You want to break up my daughter's life, to have
retaliation for what you had not for yourself.
Aunt: Yes, your
daughter, your granddaughter! Previously, everything was
Grandma: You've had a very different situation.
Mother: In all.
Aunt: What was
room. Curtains and tablecloth are in different color. Fifteen years
Actresses are the same, but behave like younger. Enters
Aunt, she is in good humor. After her enters Mom, she is tired.
Why are you so sad?
Mother: Did you just come?
Aunt: Yes. What
Mother: We called a doctor to Ann.
Aunt: Is it
Mother: No. Teeth are cut.
Aunt: She is
Mother: Tacy, I did not sleep at all. Will you sit with
baby? I can take a nap.
Mother: Only troubles with
Aunt: And joy?
Aunt: Did he
Mother: No, for three days.
Aunt: Val, for how long are
you going to torture yourself?
Mother: He's tired, not enough of
Aunt: Do not defend him.
Mother: Sit with my child and
do not read morals to me.
Aunt: If you say so.
Grandma: Is Val lay to
Aunt: Yes, Mum. Now I sit with Ann.
Grandma: No, I
looked, she was asleep.
Aunt: Is she teething?
Aunt: Did you get use to the role of the
Grandma: Already. I worry about Val's relationship
with her husband.
Aunt: She said that he did not call for three
Grandma: I do not know how he could behave like that when he
has a wife and daughter.
Aunt: Val told me that it is hard for
him, he hadn’t enough sleep.
Grandma: Who said that is easy with
a baby? But it is his child and he should not get tired of her.
I think, Val protects him.
Grandma: What do you mean?
is always agrees to any of his complains. She proposes him to relax
and not takes part in all that.
Grandma: Do you want to say that
the idea about rest from the child is Val proposal? This is
Aunt: No. But Val did not mind.
Grandma: From where did
you get such conclusions?
Aunt: The last time when he was gone for
a couple of days, I saw him on the street.
Grandma: And why not?
Aunt: He did not come
home. They just walked around like in a date.
Grandma: You think
that she isolates him from daughter.
Aunt: I think she isolates
him from the problems and worries.
Grandma: If this is true, won’t
wait nothing good from such marriage. And how are you with
Aunt: It's okay.
Grandma: He did not come here any
Aunt: More important that I see him often.
well, most important do not miss him. He is a prominent man.
Grandma: I say what I know.
Mother sits distraught, Grandma calms her. Aunt enters in good
humour and does not immediately understand what happens.
is so quiet here?
Grandma: What is you joy about?
Aunt: I have
a reason for that. Or I do not have a right? What happened
Mother: He took the things and left.
Aunt: Anew? It's
okay. He comes back soon. Ann is already quite grown up, we sleep all
Mother: He says that this situation prevents him from
Aunt: Everything is always bad for him.
you're both in our live!
Grandma: Val, we're watching your
Mother: It is hard for us to live all together.
Rent a flat, live separately.
Mother: Oh, maybe you better rent a
flat. Or you will move to Rufus. It's time for you and he get
Grandma: And where to go me?
Mother: You could live
with us while Ann is little.
Grandma: And then?
Aunt: Val, you
should be ashamed.
Mother: Me? You are guilty. Because of you my
family life fell apart.
Aunt: Solve your own problems yourself,
not at my expense. I'm leaving. I don't spend the night here, do not
wait for me.
Grandma: Val, why you
Mother: She has to know. To her is easier to leave. I
can't rent an apartment with a small child.
Grandma: Do you think
that this brings back Eugene?
Mother: I do not know, but she will
not disturb me.
Grandma: How can you quarrel with sister all the
time? First for the doll, then the dress, now about a place to
Mother: I can lay down conditions, I have a small child. And
I have my family to be saved.
Grandma: Calm down. Save the family,
but don't you think that he leaves too often.
Mother: And you with
her together! Both of you want for me to have it all wrong. No
Grandma: Where I made
mistake? They are in no way agree. One says white and another says
black. Eugene feels hard with us. I can talk with Rufus. Why do they
pull it all away? Tacy will marry, would be living with him. Val
would calm down, and I will look after grandchildren here and
Aunt straightens her
Aunt: What to say? I do not know. Just found out today. Will
he be glad? I should ask Val how Eugene responded. What did he say?
Val now is a bad adviser, she is angry to all world.
Yesterday he went out again. Five years of go away and come back. No,
for me this will not happen. Rufus is not like Eugene, he will not
periodically go away.
He will be overjoyed, I suppose. And we are planning to
get married. But here such an occasion. Yes, probably so, and I say
simply. We will have a child. Easy, without further words, I will say
Mother: To where you go such
well-dressed? To Rufus?
Aunt: Who else?
Mother: Rejoice, run,
then you will cry a lots like me.
Aunt: To me all be
Mother: No one will have anything different. You will howl
as wolf, wash your face with tears.
Aunt: Shut up! Don't try to
spoil my mood.
Mother: And what kind of occasion for the joy you
Aunt: I don't tell, now I nothing tell you. You're
Mother: You think you're good. Rejoice. I had a lot for
rejoicing. Now above Ann I am crying.
Aunt (plugs her ears with
her hands): I do not listen, do not listen. I'll be fine.
Rejoice, rejoice, you will have your tears.
Aunt walks around the room, upset.
Aunt: No, this can not
happen. It's just a mistake. How he changed in face. Scared,
surprised. Now this is the wrong time ... How do I know when is
proper time. His plans. And the child? He has to travel a lot, now is
not suitable time to it. Where to go? Why not he told me? The
He said like it only touch me. Make decisions by
yourself, what I think about it - you know. What I am supposed to
think? And my feelings, plans. What to do? How to behave? How I could
choose here. It is not normal. He was as stranger, I had never hear
such words from him.
Tacy, you're already home.
Grandma: Val's husband
had gone again.
Aunt: When it all be over? He comes and goes. I am
Grandma: He leaves. He filled documents for
Aunt: It can't be.
Grandma: May be.
Grandma: He says Val linked world with baby. He had plans,
increase. Before he didn't agreed to promotions, now no one propose
it to him.
Aunt: How can he says that?
Grandma: Val told me
that Eugene asked to wait with the child, to postponed. There will be
better opportunities. But Val became obstinate: the child is not a
hindrance to anyone. He proposed to live only for each other.
Aunt: It's easier to move from place to place.
Yeah. You see, Val told you this too.
Aunt: It's not Val. What
Grandma: Nothing. Val agrees to divorce and she did not take
single penny from him to Ann.
Aunt: She was fond of him.
Now she hates him.
Aunt: What might have been different?
I do not know, if she had not insisted on the child. Only now, guess
it's too late. It's over.
You are talking about me.
Aunt: Val, I'm sorry.
still everything may be fine.
Mother: What? It's over.
may still be reconciled.
Mother: I do not know, after what he had
Aunt: And Ann?
Mother: I did not explain anything to her.
I cry, she cries. And he does not care.
Grandma: Is Ann still
Mother: Yes, I can't calm her down.
Grandma: I'll go
and I'll try.
Mother: Nothing helps.
Mother: Tacy, why you not glad about it?
Mother: I have divorce with my husband. You will not have to
move out and find a place to live. Everything remains the same.
Why do you think that your trouble is pleasure to me?
always cheered your troubles.
Aunt: Well, then you quickly lift
Mother: Do you have problems? Did you finally make a
Aunt: Yes. I decided to share with you.
listen to me? Husband accused me that I ruined his career. I did not
agree to go from one place to another with a small child. And what
could I do with a child?
Aunt: Left her to mum.
Mother: Are you
kidding? You had been against it.
Aunt: How do you know? You never
Mother: Who needs someone else problem?
Eugene ask you to wait with the child?
Mother: Mum said. Yes, he
Aunt: What about you?
Mother: I was sure that can cope
with it. He said that at first we have to live for ourselves, make a
Aunt: And you?
Mother: Now, I divorced, I have a child,
she went in kindergarten. Several years of scandals behind me.
If you knew that this would happen, what would you do?
do not have a time machine. You too.
Aunt: What would you do
Mother: Stupid question.
Aunt: I know that you
think about it. What?
Mother: I'll tell you now a terrible thing.
No, I would not do it now, I love Ann.
could wait with the child. He could has a couple of years for his
career, and then in a calm atmosphere ...
Aunt: Do you put on same
scales the child and man?
Mother: No. Yes. I put a calm and
deadlock. I do not know what I can give her. I will be a single
mother. It will be very difficult. And just because it is seemed to
me so easy to start a family.
Aunt: I do not believe you.
I do not believe myself either, but in these circumstances, it now
looks like the right way.
Aunt: Must be another way.
I've done everything right, look at me now.
Grandma: Ann felled asleep.
Mother: Have you calm her
Grandma: I did.
Mother: Did she say something?
Val it is not necessary.
Grandma: Ann said she
didn’t want to see her father.
angry and yelling all the time.
Mother: That's better.
What is finer? Why?
Mother: I do not have to explain it all to
her. And I don't have to discourage her from meeting with her
Grandma: That's not right.
Mother: Why he can do that
to me, and I can't?
Aunt: I need to talk to you!
again. You only think about yourself.
Aunt: I am very sorry for
you Val, but we really need to talk.
Grandma: Tacy, is this
Grandma: What happened?
Aunt: I am
expecting a baby.
Grandma: Are you sure?
Aunt: The doctor
Mother: That's interesting, you are fine. And you're
looking for attention. (Mother wants to leave).
Aunt: Val, not
everything so good.
Mother: Really? (Stays)
Grandma: What is it
Aunt: No. Rufus said that now is the wrong time for
birth a child.
Mother: Kids are always are at the wrong time for
them. He is the same as my ex.
Aunt: Not true, not like
Grandma: Do you defend him? He does not want a child.
I do not protect. Just Eugene, sorry Val, always behaved like a
bastard. And Rufus ... (she stops, tears pours)
Mother: And your
Rufus showed his face just now.
Grandma: Stop, do not quarrel.
What's the problem?
Aunt (says, but sobs): He does not want a
child now, does not want. He suggested to postponed a baby, and then
when we stand up on our feet ...
Grandma: Did he left you?
No, if I put off the child.
Grandma: And if you leave a
Aunt: He says that he will not have time to pay attention
Grandma: And what do you want?
Aunt: I do not know.
What to do?
After a pause.
Grandma: You must decide.
I'm pregnant, but he insists on an abortion. Then he will stay with
Grandma: Do not ruin your life. Do as he wants. He leaves you
and where you will go with child.
Aunt: What about you?
We will not replace husband to you. He said himself that he would
Aunt: He told.
Mother: What to think then?
have no choice.
Grandma: Abortion. Always a way out.
do you suggest to me?
Mother: An exit. Do you want to be a single
mother like me?
Aunt: Eugene married you.
Grandma: Rufus is
also marry, but then goes away.
Aunt: If he's gone, what's the
point to get rid of the child.
Grandma: You doesn't break your
life. Rufus leaves you, you’ll find another. Who needs Val with the
Mother: That's right, this burden is not needed. Are we
going to live with small children and alone? Do you want to live like
Aunt: No. Not like you, I do not want to live like
Grandma: So you have already chose. But remember - it's your
decision. Independent and correct.
Mother and Aunt enter. Aunt is depressed.
Mother: Oh, how
soon. Quickly they do all.
Aunt: Yes. Fast.
good. And I have day-off. Still have time to laundry. Can I bring
something to you?
Aunt: No, thank you.
Mother: You better lie
down. The doctor said, you might be weak, dizzy.
Aunt: I feel
hollow in my soul.
Mother: It will pass. How did he react?
Calmly. He said that now we will build the plans.
Mother: Why then
did you tell him?
Aunt: I do not know.
Mother: You know, you
know. You had another week in the stock. You thought that he repents
to your feet with tears of sorrow. And you say to him in tears of
joy, you will say that it is not resolved yet.
Aunt: Val is not
Mother: It is not of my malice. I just understand how
you feel. You do it right.
Aunt: Remind me about this often. I
have already hesitated choice.
Mother: It will soon
Grandma and Mother in the
living room. Aunt enters.
Aunt: He's gone.
Aunt: Rufus left me.
Aunt: He marries
Grandma: You missed such a man.
Aunt: Another one is pregnant.
Mother: You was
Aunt: He said that she will not kill his child, and I
Grandma: But we told you.
Aunt: I did as you
Mother: You had to keep a head on yours shoulders.
That's enough, I never, and for nothing ask your advice.
Do not blame everyone around, you are responsible for your actions
Aunt is alone on stage,
then enters Grandma.
Grandma: I asked you pick up Ann after
Aunt: I do not care.
Grandma: How cruel you became. You
only think about yourself.
Aunt: I do not think about myself. I do
not think about you.
Grandma: In what we did not pleased
Aunt: In everything.
Mother: Again Ann
not taken in time, what is it?
Grandma: Tacy did not come.
Once more. It's already cross the frontier. The next time ...
It won't be next time.
Aunt: I did not take your
daughter, I was busy.
Grandma: What is it?
Aunt: I pick up my
Mother: Where are you go?
Aunt: I'll live with my
Grandma: Your husband, a husband?
Aunt: Husband. I can
show you the document.
Grandma: For how long have you been
Aunt: It's not important. I'm leaving. And I can’t pick
up the girl after school, I have other worries.
Mother: Who is he?
Aunt: Who is Rufus? My husband – it is not you concern.
You do not know him, he does not know you, maybe now we will live
peacefully. I'm leaving.
Grandma: That's not right.
her go. She always thinks only about herself.
Stage is same as in the first
act. Near table sit distraught Mother, Aunt, Grandmother.
So. Was everything different before? You look at reality unlike
Mother: You cannot compare yourself and my daughter. You were
Aunt: She is younger. Where did she go, with a
Grandma: We'll help her.
Aunt: It seems to me that you
are going to replace a husband for her.
Mother: If she could, if
not for her health. Although, we can talk to another doctor
Grandma: Val, what you are talking about.
Mother: She's so
young. Why ruin her life? Who will need her with the child?
You want to break her life as mine.
Mother: Your life had broken?
You're free as a bird. Twice married.
Aunt: Now I'm alone and
Mother: You'll rest, take time off and you'll find
yourself another guy. It is crowded for you here, you can't stand
Grandma: And what is good in this life?
Mother: You're wrong, you could escape from it, you have
options. And I all my life here, alone. Now daughter organized me
grandson. Who needs me?
Grandma: Come on, Val.
Mother: I want
to live for myself, for myself. As she had lived all her life.
There is nothing to envy. You have a daughter.
All poked daughter to me. I wanted to get married, get married! Live,
Grandma: Val, but you must help your daughter now. And we'll
Aunt: She will, she won’t leave her. It's just out of
Mother: Can you understand me?
Aunt: I always try to
Mother: I'm not.
Grandma: Let's all stand up
together to fight the new scourge.
Aunt: Child is
Grandma: Children is the great work. I know it. And
looking at you, it is Sisyphus labor.
Girl: Why are you all so upset? Is this because of
Aunt: Ann, calm down, our family had always enough reasons for
Girl: I called Kirk, he is not responding to the
Mother: It does not matter.
Girl: He avoids me.
I'm sure he's have to think a lot.
Girl: What about?
Changes in his life too, he should face them.
Girl: Does he accept
Mother: He has no way out.
Girl: I do not want forced
Grandma: Your mum had in mind that he will take the right
Girl: Mum, you've already called my father?
Girl: How did he react?
Mother: He was surprised, but he
will express his opinion to you personally.
He promised visit you today, if he manages.
Grandma: Does Eugene
Aunt: And you... he was not allowed to
cross the threshold of this house.
Mother: This is a special case,
it has nothing common with our disagreements.
Grandma: How you
Aunt: I need to lie down, I have a headache.
I give you my pills?
Aunt: Mum, don't. I have mine.
Girl: Why aunt is so sensitive to everything that is
happening to me?
Grandma: Why did you say that?
Girl: I see,
I'm not a baby.
Mother: The fact that you are adult, we have
Girl: What's going on with my aunt?
Nothing. She worries about you like all of us.
Girl: What will
happen to me?
Mother: We hope for the best, but if Kirk does not
recognize... I mean confess, but not marry. It will be difficult for
Girl: What's hard?
Mother: You're so young. And you will
have a baby, and life would be different. You will have other
Girl: What do I do? The doctor said ...
Doctors always prefers to insure.
Grandma: You are very young. And
it's a big risk for you.
Girl: What an abortion or
Mother: Both, if something goes wrong.
do not scary me. Did doctor say something else to you?
my child, not Ann. I'm just worrying about you.
Girl: Do you think
that with abortion is easier?
Grandma: You had already decided to
keep the child.
Girl: Yes. Can I ask?
Mother: Not easier, but
there will be no problems with the baby. And then, when your body
will gets stronger ...
Girl: Do you think that now it is better to
get rid of the child?
Mother: Why get rid of? Better postpone idea
of childbirth for a while.
Girl: And then nothing bad will happen.
I finish school and be able to live as I want.
Girl: Do you insist?
Mother: I do not insist, you make a
Aunt enters in a rush.
Aunt: Val, stop. What you are
sending her for?
Mother (frightenes): I'm not doing anything, she
makes the choice.
Aunt: I will not let you do it twice.
Tacy tells the truth, the risk is great.
Mother: It does not
happen with everyone.
Aunt: What if this will happen with your
Mother: She decides by herself.
Aunt: Val you squash
Mother: I just opened her eyes to the truth.
because of me?
Aunt: You have nothing with it.
Girl: If you
think it would be better ... I can go to an abortion. Child? There
will be more.
Mother (relaxed): This is your thought, you're an
Aunt: Val, stop.
Mother: What again?
Aunt: Ann, do not try to do anything with yourself or with
your child. For our family enough of unhappy and lonely. True, Mum?
Girl: What does this mean?
Aunt: If you do not
want to live like me - choose the child.
Mother: That's probably Eugene.
Girl: I'd better go.
Aunt: He is your father, he will not
do anything to you.
Grandma: And we're here.
Mother: Then I
Girl: I'm scared.
You should be ashamed.
Aunt: Mum, that's enough.
Girl: Yeah, my
fault. It just happened.
Grandma: If you thought about something
else, nothing would have happened.
Aunt: Mother, that's all. She
has to meet with her father whom she had not seen for several
Grandma: What do you meant months?
We see each other from time to time.
Aunt: You're do not even
think about tell it to your mother, she will tear you to
Girl: They're too long in the hallway.
are discussing strategy.
Mother enters, followed
Mother: Tacy, it's for you.
me. Good evening everyone.
Girl looked puzzled at
the man. Grandma pulls the tablecloth in search for pills. Mother is
behind Rufus, frightened. Aunt dumbfounded. Rufus is uncertain.
is coming to Rufus, as if to makes sure.
glad to see you all in good health.
All come to life and begin to
Grandma: Thank you. You have not been here for long
Rufus: Too long. Can I talk to Tacy?
happening? Who is he?
Aunt: Nothing happens. This is my mistake
from past. Old sins. I'm listening.
Grandma: Ann, go to your room.
Val, come with me.
Grandma, Girl, Mother exit.
Aunt: What do you want?
Rufus: I do not know.
Rufus: To speak.
Aunt: You come after so many years,
and just want to talk. As if this life was not at all?
I see - things have changed.
Aunt: Do I look older?
Absolutely not. Tablecloth in the living room is at different
Aunt: What do you want?
Rufus: I'm not on time?
Must I be tactful and say everything is perfect?
Rufus: I do not
need your lies. I'm not on time.
Aunt: On time or not, what's the
difference. What do you want?
Aunt: That I heard
already. Have you something to confer about?
Rufus: About us.
(breaks down to cry): About us? No, we do not have any us!
I'm not exactly on time. I better go.
Aunt: No, you do not. Today
I had a very hard day. And this day still not finished.
can come later.
Aunt: It's all hype.
you do not say now - why you have come, you will never come
Rufus: I promised that I would come and come.
After fifteen years? Speak.
Girl: Maybe I'd better hide, to put off. And then
Aunt: No. You now go and listen to everything. You can't all
your life run and hide.
Girl: Well, a couple of days. I will stay
in your room.
Aunt: It's your life, wherever you are hiding, it
all will be the same.
Girl: Later, if they call me ...
Come. You're an adult now. And do not try to change your mind.
Rufus: Is there something
Aunt: Nothing new, I assure you.
Rufus: I think I
Rufus: All my life I am running and
Aunt: What from?
Rufus: From you, from us, from the
Aunt: Why did you come?
Rufus: I thought I could return
to you our not lived life.
Aunt: What life? Do you left your
Aunt: And you remembered about me, who is
always on the place and will wait as tethered dog.
Rufus: No. I
just start all over again and wanted, what if you ... we could be
Aunt: What beginning? What new life? All in the
past. You have marital shipwreck. Not me.
Mother: Eugene comes. He wants to talk privately with Ann.
Mum is still in the kitchen.
Mother: If anything.
She is certainly deserve to blame, but ...
Aunt: Nobody will hurt
her. He is her father.
Mother: Yes, I know. Are I interfere? You
probably also need to talk.
Aunt: How delicate.
Mother: I am
leaving, but I can count on your help.
Aunt: What the day?
Rufus: Are you
Aunt: You have curiosity at the wrong time.
sorry, I just thought. All are on their places and you're
Aunt: Nothing has changed. Married? Even twice ... I was.
Now for six months in divorce.
Rufus: Have children?
Because of you not and never will have.
Rufus: I'm sorry. I was
punished for that.
Aunt: Of course, now I will hear your sorrowful
and grief story.
Rufus: Yesterday I ended with a divorce with my
Aunt: Congratulations. But you have a daughter.
Yes, although no.
Aunt: Did she stay with mother?
and I was deprived of parental rights.
Aunt: How old is
Aunt: It's all right, a couple of years
you will not pay child support. And then make it up. I do not wish to
be involved in your life.
Rufus: You have problems yourself.
Are you about Ann? She has parents. They will help her sorted out
Rufus: And you.
Aunt: I can not help here. I can
only prevent a greater harm.
Rufus: A month ago my daughter gave
birth to a child.
Rufus: Yes. We insisted that she
did not have an abortion.
Aunt: How this topic bothered me.
I'm sorry. You're hurt.
Aunt: You have no idea how!
and daughter signed a waiver of the child.
order not to spoil my daughter's life. My wife and I divorced.
I do not understand.
Rufus: I did not sign the waiver. I took
custody of the child myself. I could not lose this child. It's like
ours not born. I was again faced with a dilemma. And I could not
refuse a second time.
Aunt: It's grandson.
Granddaughter. It does not matter. I can not return to you our child,
but with me you can do... we can start a family. And we will have a
Aunt: It's not possible.
Rufus: I thought you forgave
Aunt: In life there is no way back.
Rufus: Think. We can
start all from the start.
Aunt: It's pointless.
Rufus: This is
providence. Of course, it will be hard. But not everyone had a second
Aunt: Too late, and senseless.
Rufus: Think about what
I told you.
Aunt: Where is the granddaughter?
Rufus: Down, in
the car, asleep.
Aunt: Do you left child alone?
Aunt: Idiot. You left baby alone. Bring her here.
runs out of stage.
did he yelled at you?
Girl: No. Dad said that would help. It is
Aunt: What had happened again, tell me.
Aunt: So what?
Girl: He said that in the upcoming
school holidays we will be able to marry.
Aunt: That's fine.
He said that had a lot of thinking. And will not leave me or the
baby. He really loves me.
Aunt (hugs Girl): It is true love. I'm
so happy for you.
Girl: Me too. And this ...
Yes. What is this?
Aunt: It's my fault. My mistake from the past.
Girl: I saw how he looked at you.
Aunt: What do you
Girl: You would not let me make the biggest mistake. Thank
Girl runs away.
Aunt: Why I wasn’t so wise to
Rufus returns with a bundle. Aunt takes
the child out of his hands.
Aunt: She does not sleep. Eyes blinks.
How can someone leave such a miracle. How can you abandon your
Rufus: I wanted to ask. I was scared. Child, ours child, who
Aunt (shakes bundle): Girl. We had a girl ... She smiled
at me, did you see?
Rufus: Yes. She feels that you are good. Could
you love her?
Aunt: Her? Yes.
Rufus: And me?
Aunt: Love you?
Did you think that I am ever stop loving you?
Revision May 2015.
(Translate from russian by Kate Aksonova © 2011)
Russian "Груз ошибок прошлого."
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