GEORGE W. BUSH- appears in a square of extremely bright
If you're sick and tired
of the politics
of cynicism and polls and principles,
come and join this campaign.
A SOUND OF A SOB, OFF SOMEWHERE. BUSH LOOKS FOR ITíS
SOURCE, THEN CONTINUES:
This is a world that is much more uncertain than the past.
In the past we
we were certain it was us versus the Russians in the past.
We were certain, and therefore we had huge nuclear arsenals
aimed at each
other to keep the peace.
SOB. GASP, FROM OFF SOMEWHERE. BUSH LOOKS AROUND QUICKLY,
That's what we were certain of. ... You see, even though
it's an uncertain
world, we're certain of some things.
A SCREAM FROM OFF SOMEWHERE
We're certain that even though the 'evil empire' may have
passed, evil still
We're certain there are people that can't stand what America
stands for. ...
A VERY QUIET RELENTLESS CRYING:
CINDY AND BETH IN AN AIRPORT LOUNGE - NEW YORK
Is he picking you up?
Not at the gate. I have to walk to the car.
With a scarf around your face?
No. Itís not that bad.
But he hunches down in the car.
He has a driver.
He sits in the back, the windows are tinted.
So, itís not like heís told his wife.
Oh, heís told her. Heís told her. His whole family
knows. His mother and
father want him to leave her. His father loves me.
Well he is from Texas.
I got an email from James.
He said his wife wants to invite me up for the weekend.
I donít understand that. I donít understand it.
Well, thatís very English.
Is it? Is it? Itís insane. Can you imagine? Me watching
them go into the
Iíve never met Tobyís wife.
No. No. I donít want to meet her. I donít ever want to
James doesnít have sex with his wife. He says they donít
Neither does Toby. Not for two years.
But didnít you say Tobyís wife was going to have a baby?
Well, there was just that once.
She lured him. She got him drunk, thatís what he
said. Tobyís very virile.
Yes. He must be.
Very very virile. It just took that once.
And they have-- four kids?
Three. This baby will make three.
James doesnít have children. He doesnít like children.
He drinks like a
fish. Heís really unhappy. What the hell is she
doing with him. this woman
he lives with, why doesnít she fucking take care of him.
Why doesnít she
try to stop him from drinking. What is her problem.
I donít know.... Toby is really unhappy with Sheila.
Really unhappy. Heís miserable.
And heís told her heís leaving.
Yes. She knows. She doesnít know why. We
have to do it carefully or she--
Do it carefully how?
Heís seeing a lawyer. It must be done right or sheíll...
... get all his money.
Yes....No... to take care of the children. So she doesnít
Sheíll use it against him. Sheíll never let him see them
again. Things have
to be done... they must be done responsibly.
James will never leave his wife.
I donít want him to. Iím a homewrecker, not a homemaker
but she shouldnt let
him drink like that.
Well, thatís very English.
And she doesnít have sex with him. I find that very sad.
trying to break it off with me, heís trying to break it
off because he feels
so much anxiety. So now, has he at fifty decided
to give up sex? Is that
what heís doing? Heís chosen to give up sex and
That too is very English.
I find it very sad.
So, he doesnít want to have sex with you either.
I donít know. Itís confusing. It seems like
he does, but then he sends me
this thing, he says, I warn you, Missy wants to invite you
up for the weekend
and I want to say, what the hell are you thinking? How am I
supposed to react
to that. Thereís no context for this information. He drops
it at my feet like
a dead rat. Are we supposed to fight over him? Is that
what he wants? Her
and I? Does he have a fucking feeling? His heart is an
So what do you see in him.
If only he had feelings.
Iím sure he has feelings.
If he does, he doesnít know what they are. Of course, I
try to tell him what
his feelings are. I figure out what heís feeling and then
I help him to know.
I help him to know what heís feeling. I shouldnít
have to do that.
But thatís what we do.
You do that for Toby?
Toby is American. He knows what he feels. Heís crazy about
me. He just has to
do things carefully now.
I could meet his wife if he wanted me to meet her. I
could go there and
pretend that Iím a friend. I could do it if he just said
what I should do.
But what if that means, itís over with us? I
believed, for a year, I have
been believing he loved me. He promised that he would
see me HERE. See me
HERE. He said that he would. And, look, I know
how to behave with his wife.
I could do it. But what it all makes me realize is...
What I think now, what I fear is,
This whole time heís been LYING TO ME. Heís been LYING
to me. And I canít
stand to be lied to.
No. I canít either.
I need someone whoís honest.
Because of course. I cannot hurt his wife. He said
sheíd be-- Whatís that
expression? ďGuttedĒ. She would be gutted. So why
is she not even fucking
him now? Whatís the problem. Now Iím the one
whoís gutted. Itís ME who is
gutted. Because Iíve been lied to.
Does your husband know about James?
No. I could never tell my husband.
You know, I think that taxi driver hated us.
I noticed that too. How he slammed on the brakes.
I get drivers like that all the time. I inspire
They just donít approve.
Of our conversation?
I think itís better not to say too much in taxis.
You think it should be-- anonymous really. Youíd
think itís a place to say
anything you want. these drivers can barely speak
English in any case. How
can they even know what the hell weíve been saying.
I think they just pretend not to speak English.
They speak English when the tip is too small. They
speak English when they
tell you youíre wrong about taking the West Side Highway
at rush hour. And
that one really hated my guts.
He hated us both. It wasnít just you.
Why are they all, what. Pakistani?
Is that what it is?
Itís all some family business taxi license mafia.
Anyway, they hate us for being fucking infidels.
This one guy sprayed lysol on the seat when I got out. I
said, SORRY I WASNíT
WEARING A VEIL. SORRY MY CLITORIS WASNíT CUT OFF.
Do they do that?
I donít know. Probably. They hate us because--
Weíre such sluts.
That is not what I am at all.
Itís how Iíve come to regard myself though.
This is the first time I--
I ran into Fred the other day...with his wife.
The Danish woman?
Right. Danish. Right.
The one he left.
He was with her at this bar and sheíd lost fifty pounds
but she looked like a
zombie. She was wearing all these bracelets, these cheap
plastic beads like
something a thirteen year old would wear. I felt sorry
for her. She was
clearly rattled to see me, really rattled. I spoiled her
whole evening. And I
thought... None of this matters. None of this. Whoís
fucking who. It
really... in the big picture. Itís all nothing. So why do
we suffer so much
about it? And he stood there grinning and flirting
with me. A horrible
simulacrum of a man. She went white as a cow skull. I
wanted to tell her,
Look, Iím sorry I fucked your husband. Iím sorry.
I was young and stupid
then but you are fifty three what the hell is your problem?
else. Then two weeks later I ran into him again. He
was at the same bar with
his girlfriend--25. she looks exactly like his wife.
It was surreal. The 25
year old version of his wife. Only slightly less spiritually
slightly less emotionally shellshocked. She had a
tight controlled little
voice and spectacles that screamed ďIím an
intellectualĒ. short black
feathery hair and we were talking about politics and I
mentioned that my
mother was voting for Bush she was going to vote for Bush
and I said you do
that, mother, if you do that, I will never speak to you
again. And the new
girlfriend said, ďOh.Ē she said ďOhĒ. and Fred
said ďHave you?Ē ďOf
course not.Ē I said.
And I havenít it fact, though my mother has sent me dozens
of emails and
cards and left messages. I will never talk to her again. I
have to have some
sort of integrity. I mean, how can you vote for-- how can
you vote for a man
with the attention span of a gold fish? Really, I
canít believe I came out
of her body. Then Fred said, ďYou know what
your problem is? You donít
know how to manage your bitterness.Ē And I could
have said a whole lot of
things in that moment, things that would have upset his
apple cart. But I
didnít. It would have just proved he was right. And then
they both left and I
sat there alone getting drunk and watching the Mets lose the
Walking home I tried to run across the street and I fell
flat on my face in
front of an oncoming cab. I just saw the
headlights. In an instant And I
thought about that, how cab drivers hate me. I thought, this
wouldnít be all
that bad. Maybe Itís all going to be over in a
moment. But then he came to a
screeching halt. I got up.Iíd skinned my knees and ripped
my pants and
everybody was staring at me. I swore at them and
limped down into the subway
to disappear. To just disappear.
Oh my god.
Yes. Iím pregnant. We intentionally did not use
birth control. Almost on
purpose. I remember that weekend.
How far along exactly?
The same as his wife.
He wants to have a baby with me. Heís building me a house.
Youíre almost as far along as his wife.
Maybe it isnít even his baby.
Yours or the wifeís.
Hers. I meant hers. Maybe it isnít his baby at all and
sheís just doing the
whole thing to keep him. I told him he should get a
paternity test, he should
ask for it, he should demand it, but of course. Itís
what he said, if he asked her for that. And thatís how he
is. Toby is very
considerate that way. He always takes the high road.
It does seem sort of spiteful.
Itís very difficult when youíre rich, I mean, that kind
everybody wants it. People will... people will do
anything... not me of
course. I donít need his money.
Not after your grandmother dies.
But Iím having... weíre going to have the baby. He loves
building me a house in West Texas.
Then Iím happy for you.
Itís going to work out. It takes patience, thatís all.
Iíve emailed all week. He doesnít write back. He
doesnít call. I canít call
him. Why am I going? I sold my mothers diamond ring for the
plane fare and
now he doesnít even want to see me. Sold it in the diamond
district for half
of itís value. And now heís feeling anxiety.
I know. I know. I know how it feels.
I hope my fucking plane crashes, I was hoping it would
crash, but now itís
Itís going to be fine.
Goodbye dear. Good luck.
Good luck with Toby. Good luck with the baby.
Good luck with James.
CINDY EXITS. BETH SITS ALONE.
BUSH APPEARS. BETH WATCHES HIM SPEAK
Weíre certain there are madmen in this world and thereís
terror and thereís
missles and Iím certain of this too-- I donít want
nations feeling that they
can bully ourelves and our allies.
BETH PULLS OUT A PIECE OF PAPER. READS:
I could possibly see you given due discretion if that Ďs
what you want. I
could see you. What does that mean? See. See and what else?
It will be good
to see and talk to you again. Does that mean we
wonít do anything else?
I will have a foreign-handed foreign policy. We'll let
our friends be the
peacekeepers and the great country called America will be
I do love you. With quotes. With quotes over Love You.
Quotes denoting what?
Not Love. ďLoveĒ. Quote Love Unquote. Meaning what. I
canít... I canít... I
donít understand you.
We cannot let terrorists and rogue nations hold this nation
hostile or hold
our allies hostile.
Itís the LANGUAGE you use that drives me crazy. Itís
this fucking language.
Now some of my advisors, they said, 'You know, this issue
doesn't seem to
resignate with the people.'
I could see you should you want given due discretion. I
could. Should you
want. Are you doing me a favor? Bestowing a mercy on
me? The mercy of you.
And I said, you know something? Whether it resignates or not
You could give me your mercy if I should still want it
given due discretion
or do you perhaps actually WANT but are you UNABLE to
say I want or do you
NOT want and I am imposing.
Because I stand for doing what's the right thing, and what
the right thing is
hearing the voices of people who work.
Your language, the way you use language absolves you of all
for this. Your language Your fucking language is killing me.
BUSH APPEARS AGAIN, IN A SQUARE OF NEON. HE STEPS FORWARD
INTO VERY BRIGHT
I've got a reason for running. I talk about a larger goal,
which is to call
upon the best of America.
BUSH GAINS STRENGTH AND CONFIDENCE. HEíS GRINNING WARMLY:
It's part of the renewal. It's reform and renewal. Part of
the renewal is a
set of high standards and to remind people that the
greatness of America
really does depend on neighbors helping neighbors and
SOUND OF SOBBING AND PRAYING IN SPANISH. BUSH SPEAKS OVER
I worry. I'm very worried about, you know, the kid who just
America is meant for him. I really worry about that. And uh,
so, I'm running
for a reason. I'm answering this question here and the
answer is, you cannot
lead America to a positive tomorrow with revenge on one's
SOUNDS OF CRYING, VIOLENCE: BUSH SUCCESFULLY TUNES THEM OUT.
Revenge is so incredibly negative. And so to answer your
question, I'm going
to win because people sense my heart, know my sense of
optimism and know
where I want to lead the country.
SOUND OF PIERCING SCREAM AND THEN A SOUND LIKE A SKULL BEING
SMASHED BY A
BLUNT OBJECT. BUSH HAS STOPPED SPEAKING. BRIEF SILENCE. BUSH
BETH ENTERS WITH A ROLLING SUITCASE. SHEíS IN LONDON.
TABLEUX AS SHE ENTERS,
LOOKS AROUND, WAITS FOR SOMEONE. BUSH CONTINUES TO SPEAK.
I am a person who recognizes the fallacy of humans.
As governor of Texas, I
have set high standards for our public schools, and I have
standards. Laura and I really don't realize how bright
our children is
sometimes until we get an objective analysis. Rarely is the
Is our children learning? One of the common
denominators I have found is
that expectations rise above that which is expected.
We ought to make the
JAMES ENTERS. BETH IS TURNED AWAY FROM HIM, DOESNíT SEE
What I am against is quotas. I am against hard quotas,
quotas they basically
delineate based upon whatever. However they delineate,
quotas, I think
JAMES LOOKS AT HER DISDAINFULLY. BETH STARTS TO EXIT. JAMES
STAGE. BETH IS LOOKING AROUND. JAMES STRIKES A DANDYISH
So I don't know how that fits into what everybody else is
relative positions, but that's my position.
BETH TURNS AND SEES JAMES. THEY LOOK AT EACH OTHER.
When I was coming up, it was a dangerous world, and you knew
exactly who they
were. It was us vs. them, and it was clear who them was.
Today, we are not so
sure who the they are, but we know they're there. Quotas are
bad for America.
It's not the way America is all about. Unfairly but
truthfully, our party has
been tagged as being against things. Anti-immigrant, for
example. And we're
not a party of anti-immigrants.
BETH WALKS INTO JAMESí ARMS. HE EMBRACES HER. KISSES HER
MOUTH AND THEN
STIFFENS AND TURNS HIS HEAD AWAY. JAMES EXITS. BETH FOLLOWS
Quite the opposite. We're a party that welcomes people.
I'll bring is a group of men and women who are focused on
what's best for
America, honest men and women, decent men and women, women
who will see
service to our country as a great privilege and who will not
stain the house.
LIGHTS UP. LONDON A PUB: BETH AND JAMES. BOTH ARE
I just canít.
Okay. I understand.
Itís too hard. Iím not strong enough.
No itís not. I see that itís not.
Thereís too much anxiety. For me. Iím not strong.
Weíre in the middle of
renegotiating our mortgage.
Missy wants to move to Oxford. But what can we afford there?
I mean. I donít
No. I know.
Only three or four times. In twenty six years.
Three or four?
This is not what I do.
I thought you said one.
When we met, you said there was just one. You said there was
a woman you had
an affair with. You said that you told her, it just wasnít
right, or it
wasnít...something. So now I imagine, Iím in the same
So then,there were more than just that one. Three or four,
is that something
more recent? Since we were first together and you said there
was one? Does
that mean two or three others besides me? Or am I included
in the total. And
why two OR three. OR? WHAT IS OR. DONíT YOU FUCKING KNOW?
Im a rabbit. Iím fucked. I just am not strong enough.
You said one.
You should go to Ireland.
I came all this way.
You should go to Dublin, look up your ancestors.
They worked worked hard enough to leave. Why should I go
What are you going to do?
Let me give you a foot massage.
Just a foot massage. I promise, thatís all.
Thatís what you said the very first time.
This time I mean it. A foot massage thatís all. Itís all
I can manage.
I donít want a foot massage.
Letís just go to your room.
Youíre just going to give me a foot massage.
It is good to see you. Itís so good to see you. It is
Yes. So why canít you?
I told you I canít.
Iím too anxious. Iím fucked. I canít do it. Iíll
give you a foot massage.
No. Thatís too intimate.
The first time I ever saw you, it was like... I was looking
at myself. Its so
weird. Itís like, weíre IN each others bodies.
I mean, itís like I know you so well, and youíre me, and
Donít you think our relationship is weird.
I want it to end. I want it to stop. But it doesnít go
away.Itís like youíre
always with me. Everything I look at, Iím seeing it for
you. Itís for you.
Every moment. It makes it all more intense. Life.
Yes. Itís very intense.
But you want it to stop.
Iím sitting here trying. Yes. It should stop.
I guess, we should just be friends.
But there is still this sexual desire, this, intense sexual
desire. I mean,
Iíve never had anything so intense. I donít mean, itís
not that weíre
swinging from the chandeliers or anything, itís just so
I love you.
And I think youíre REALLY talented.
Let me just give you a foot massage now. Iím-- me and
Missy, itís all about
companionship. We never had-- it was not about passion, not
about sex, more
I had , I mean, there was something sexual between me and
Tracie. But then
there was Ken, and you canít do that. I do love
women. I think women are
better. Sometimes it feels almost like I am a woman. I must
have been... the t
hing of it is, I must have KNOWN you in some past life.
Because, you and I,
we have this connection. We have this connection. In some
past life, I was
probably your mother. But this other thing, this just
Stay with me tonight.
Beth, I just canít.
Where are you staying?
With Lucinda. Bethnal Green. East London. East End. Iíll
have to get back
there. Thatís where my things are. I canít. I just
You remember Lucinda, right? Sheís here in
London now, sheís just lost her
job. Sheís been a good friend to me, I havenít been so
good to her, but
sheís been good to me. Sheís had trouble with her
boyfriend. He wants to
move in with her, theyíre trying to decide if theyíre
going to be together.
They donít love each other really. But I said, let him.
Let him move in.
Thereís somethng sexual between her and I. Itís not
about passion, not
always about that. Lucinda has been through a lot with the
guy. She had an
abortion and I had to take her. That was pretty hard on
Missy. Not because it
was mine, but, to do that for a woman... But the guy, he
just could not
handle it. I took Lucinda to the doctor and I waited, and I
drove her home
afterwards. She has been a friend. I have to catch a train
back tomorrow but
we could have breakfast together.
You and Lucinda or you and me.
You and... You and I of course Beth. I do love you you know.
But I canít.
If you change your mind about me.
If you change your mind about me. If you want me. If you
want to stay with
me. What Iím trying to say is, Iím there for you. Iím
there. Youíve been,
this-- youíve given me a lot, a lot of inspiration, a lot
of life force.
I do not deserve your friendship or your love.
But if you want it, itís yours.
Let me give you a foot massage.
And thatís all.
Thats all. Iím being terribly unfair.
I wish I were.
I suppose. I suppose. After all this.
It would be terribly ungallant of me.
What do you want to do?
BUSH CLICKS ON A FLASHLIGHT UNDER HIS CHIN, WEIRDLY
ILLUMATING HIS FACE.
I'm an optimistic person. I'm an inherently content person.
I've got a great
sense of where I want to lead and I'm comfortable with why
OFF SOMEWHERE,A WOMAN SCREAMS IN GRIEF ďNO! NO!
FALLS INTO A MUTED SOBBING.
If I'm the president, we're going to have emergency-room
care, we're going to
have gag orders. I know the human being and fish can
The fundamental question is, 'Will I be a successful
president when it comes
to foreign policy?' I will be, but until I'm the president,
it's going to be
hard for me to verify that I think I'll be more effective.
LIGHTS UP. NEW YORK CINDY AND BETH IN A WEST VILLAGE BAR.
CINDY IS WEARING A
BABY BLUE COWBOY HAT, SATIN JEANS AND BABY BLUE SUEDE JACKET
Do you like it?
He took me to the oil fields. They havenít struck oil yet,
drilling with this towering rig. All these men working. The
men were so
homespun, down to earth. Just, Real People. At first when we
couldnít go on the site because there had been some sort
of violence. A
shooting. The men there are wild. Just, very primitive.
Animal. But also very
pure. We had to wait until things were cleaned up. I think
Toby had to go in
and take care of things. Toby is great, so great with the
men. He sent me off
with Billy, who works for him. Billy took me riding. Then
Toby came and
fetched me and then we went shopping, then we went to see
the rig. Very few
people know about oil, where oil comes from, how oil is
produced, what you
have to go through to get it. Itís an arduous process. And
itís really such
a gamble. What Toby does, itís not unlike the small
farmer. Heís staking
everything heís got.
His whole trust fund.
Yes, that and more. All the money he got from investors,
heís RESPONSIBLE for
all this money. For everyoneís money and what happens to
Howís the house?
We stayed at a motel. We had sex in the jacuzzi. The
landscape there is
What about house heís building for you.
Well we were in Odessa. The house will be in Midlands.
So you havenít seen the house.
He showed me the plans.
Cindy..., shouldnít you stop smoking.
Oh of course darling. Yes. Iím cutting down.
Iíll just have this one. Iíve had excruciating morning
sickness and somehow
this helps. You had that?
The minute I had the abortion it stopped.
Iím not going to have an abortion. Iím having a baby.
Yes, of course yes. Youíre having a baby. But maybe Cindy,
you ought to stop
One glass of wine is supposed to be good.
Thatís beer. I think, beer. Because of the minerals.
We fucked so much I thought Iíd never walk again. Now I
have a bladder
infection. It is just so hard when I leave. I was sitting in
crying and shaking. I donít know what it is about leaving
him, it just hurts
so much. It hurts Beth, it hurts. Iím not going to see him
again for two
Because heís got to oversee the building of our house. And
end things with
her. He is finally going to end it. He told her heís
leaving her. The thing
about him is-- his main occupation is taking care of the
children. Heís such
a good father. He just loves his children. Heís ending it
now, but he asked
me for time. And I have got to give that to him.
Donít cry Cindy. I know how you feel. Iím sorry. Iím
I am at the mercy of so many forces. Itís hard. It just
hurts so much. Itís
like I have all these chemicals inside me. You love someone
with these chemicals really. I suppose it does a terrible
thing to oneís
nerves. Rewires them. I do love it in Texas. Texas is great.
But if I live
there. If I move there Beth, what will happen to my voice
over work? What
will happen to me? I mean. Texas Beth. Texas. I will have to
fly back and
forth. I canít, I just cannot give up my apartment.
And yet, I canít stand
to be away for a minute. Itís like some part of me has
been hacked off and is
hemorrhaging blood into the ether, my life force Beth, my
Yes. I feel exactly, exactly the same. He. It was terrible.
He came with me to my hotel and he...to the hotel that I
paid with with the
money from my mothers diamond ring. I thought the story of
the diamond ring,
of me selling it, I thought heíd find it amusing or--
moving even, it proves
how much Iíd do for him. Literally Cindy. Iíd do
anything for him. So I told
him. That Iíd sold the diamond ring to come there, that it
belonged to my
mother. And he said... ďWhat would your mother think about
that?Ē He was
serious. What would my mother think. Has he not noticed that
I HATE MY
MOTHERS GUTS. I mean, how many times have I mentioned that
to him. My fucking
mother who voted for BUSH and now sheís going to get her
way. Sheís getting
her way, isnít she Cindy.
You see Cindy, the problem is. He just cannot come. He
canít come in me.
Or with me or anything else. He doesnít like oral sex at
all either, or
something. I donít know. I try, he wonít let me. I
thought he liked it in
the beginning. When we were first together I gave him a blow
job. I gave him
two or three of them if I remember. There was something he
feminism then. About,... something about how it must be
unpleasant for women.
But I assured him I loved giving blow jobs. I mean it, I do.
I really do like
it. He... he seemed to like it in the beginning but now when
I start sucking
he pushes me away. Then he tries to fuck me but he just
doesnít come. He can
fuck me for hours but he canít come himself. And its
really Awful. It makes
me feel disgusting. I think, deep down he just finds me
Youíre not repulsive. Itís just that heís English.
No. Iím repulsive. Repulsive to him. We fucked. We were
fucking. And I had
come like three times at least. And he turned to me and
said, ďare you a
happy bunny?Ē ďYes.Ē And then I said, ďAre
you?Ē He said ďNo.Ē and just
turned his face away.
Then we went down to this bar to have a drink and he went
off to this place
in East London. He wouldnít stay with me.
Heís obviously afraid of you.
Thatís what I think too. Maybe thatís it. He loves me so
much heís afraid of
Heís afraid of all the pain you make him feel when
youíre far away.
I guess thatís why he wonít call me, or write to
me now. Because heís
Thatís it. Heís afraid.
I mean, thatís what he told me. How frightened he is. Of
mortgage, and of Missy, finding out, hurting Missy, and...
heís just lost his
job. He isnít working, and everythingís precarious.
Heís had this terrible
problem with his ear, with his ear canal. Heís had two
operations. He canít
really hear in his left ear and he said it makes him
disoriented. During the
summer, he wanted to die. He told me that. I was really
afraid. I used to
sneak out of the house at five am. I said I was jogging but
Iíd go to Battery
park. The sun would be rising over the Statue of Liberty.
Iíd look off to the
East and Iíd think, thatís where he is. And Iíd call
him from this phone
booth. Surrounded by junkies. To reassure him that he
shouldnt die, that
things would get better if he just had more patience, and
trust and faith and
hope. He has so much trouble BELIEVING in himself. I said,
if only you could
see yourself through my eyes, the way I see you. I believe
in you James. I
know youíre going to get through this alright. Youíll be
better in the end.
Youíll find a better job. And he said that really helped.
He said it was
empowering. But now, but now... He just couldnít come.
I looked in his eyes.
He just looked, so sad. And then he...
He went off with this-- Lucinda.
Yes. His friend. Sheís his friend. In East London. I mean,
thatís where heís
staying, thatís his cover story. Thereís nothing going
on with Lucinda,
otherwise, how could he stay there with her? I think Missy
would be onto
that, donít you?
You know what Toby wants to do with his money? He wants to
build an opera
house. He wants to build an opera house and fund an
endowment so there can be
culture, so there can be art. And I think, I represent that
for him. Iím his
entre into this world. Through me, heís met so many
Itís when heís with me that heís really free. Heís
free. Heís free. And he
finds himself then. He finds out who he Really Is. A man who
can bring in
culture and light and art to these, very simple homespun
people. And I think,
I bring a bit of elegance to his life. You know what his
wife does? She plays
cards. Sheís a professional gambler.
Yes. Shes a professional gambler. Isnít that telling?
She clearly only wanted him for his money. And everyone
knows that. His whole
family knows that. Theyíre on my side.
How did they make their money in the first place?
Tobacco. Many generations ago.
Now theyíve moved on to oil.
Well Toby is very independent.
I think Iím very good for James, because Iím
American. Thatís what he
needs. He needs some fucking American in him. Their whole
fucking CLASS SYSTEM. Whole fucking stuck in the gloom and
Americans, if we say something we do it. We do what we say.
We get up and do
it. We donít ponder the history of twelve hundred
years. We donít sit
around and wait for the queen. If youíre down, and your
American, you try and
improve. Heís so depressive. Heís so. God damn it!
Heís so fucking MORAL.
Heís all hung up on MORALITY. And guilt. I say why? Why if
Weíre not hurting anyone. Why canít we enjoy it. Why
canít we just enjoy
each other. Whatís so bad about Adultry Cindy? I thought
supposed to be FUN. It should be FUN. Or else. WHY DO IT.
But this is not
fun. This so very not fun. Because of his fucking English
gloom and English
guilt. Nothing makes him happy. I mean, if I canít make
him happy, what can?
Itís true. Iím sure. To him youíre a goddess.
I am a goddess yes. And he should be fucking grateful.
But thatís not how the English are.
No. Theyíre not grateful. Theyíre not fucking grateful.
Theyíre still trying
to colonize us after two hundred and something fucking
years. My husband
says English men are really horny.
I think if I were you Iíd try the Irish next time.
Maybe I will do that. Maybe next time try the Irish. Except
that Iím really
in love with James. I am. Iím in love. And itís terrible
Cindy. Iíve taken
the insurance money from that car crash I had and I bought
him ticket to New
Does he know this?
Itís for his birthday. Heís going to be fifty. Heís
desperate and depressed.
He canít turn me down.
Look what I learned, I want to show you something. Just a
minute. Iím going
to put a number on the jukebox.
SHE EXITS A BEAT. BETH PUTS HER HEAD DOWN ON THE TABLE
Oh my god oh my god. How can I live without you. Feel like
Iím cut to pieces
and freeze dried. I wish I was dead.
GEORGE W. BUSH ENTERS. HE HOLDS A GLOBE. HE SPEAKS DIRECTLY
Iím confident of my intellect. I wouldnít be running if
I wasnít. My job
will not be to out-think everybody in my administration. My
job will be to
assemble an administration full of very capable and bright
people. Not tell
me what to do. Make recommendations. Plus, Iím not going
to have a group of
people who say the same thing. These people donít decide
for me. Iím going
to have to decide. I will overrule my advisers. Iíve done
that before. My job
is to get good thinkers and get the best out of them.
(SOUND OF A CHILD CRYING. GUNSHOT. SILENCE. Bush looks
tentatively off stage,
and then to the globe, then he looks Beth in the eye)
I do need somebody to tell me where Kosovo is. I
donít think we know the
solution to global warming yet and I donít think weíve
got all the facts
before we make decisions. Some of the scientists, I
believe, havenít they
been changing their opinion a little bit on global warming?
Thereís a lot of
differing opinions and before we react I think itís best
to have the full
accounting, full understanding of whatís taking place.
Prosperity is not a
given. Governments donít create wealth. Wealth is created
by Americans -- by
creativity and enterprise and risk-taking. Iíll never
forget the contrast
between what I learned about the free market at Harvard and
what I saw in the
closed isolation of China. Every bicycle looked the same.
were all the same. A free market frees individuals to make
and independent decisions.
BRIEF BURST OF MACHINE GUN FIRE. PEOPLE SCREAMING. MORE
MACHINE GUN FIRE.
Iím not sure the role of the United States is to go around
the world and say
this is the way itís got to be. I want to empower people.
I want to help
people help themselves, not have government tell people what
HANK WILLIAMS ďGO ON AND BREAK YOUR CRAZY HEARTĒ PLAYS.
CINDY RETURNS AND DANCES THE TEXAS TWO STEP WITH ELABORATE
SMILES, DANCES AND REACHES FOR BETH. BETH SITS STIFFLY,
REFUSES TO MOVE. BUSH
GIVES BETH THE THUMBS UP SIGN. GESTURES SHE SHOULD DANCE.
CINDY PULLS AT HER.
Dance with me Beth, it will make you feel better. Dance with
me. Come on. Iím
going to have a baby. Dance with me. Thereís hope.
Thereís hope and thereís
life. Everything is going to be okay. Come on. Come on,
Iíll show you the
steps. Toby and I took lessons together. Come on. Dance with
me and the baby.
BETH GETS UP. STIFFLY AND AWKWARDLY, SHE DANCES WITH CINDY.
BUSH DANCES IN
LIGHTS FADE OUT.
LIGHTS UP. NEW YORK METROPOLITAN MUSEUM
JAMES AND BETH ARE LOOKING AT PAINTINGS. THEY STAND
TOGETHER, LOOKING OUT.
JAMES COCKS HIS HEAD. MAKES A SWEEPING GESTURE
The fluidity of line.
HE SPINS ON HIS HEEL AND WALKS AWAY. BETH STANDS THERE
STARING AT THE
PAINTING. HE IS LOOKING AT ANOTHER PAINTING AND COMPLETELY
IGNORING HER. SHE
CONTINUES TO LOOK AT THE FIRST PAINTING BUT TURNS HER HEAD
AND TAKES SIDELONG
GLANCES AT HIM. HE IGNORES HER. SHE WALKS IN FRONT OF
ANOTHER PAINTING. HE
LOOKS AT HER OUT OF THE CORNER OF HIS EYE. AGAIN, SPINS ON
HIS HEEL AND
STARTS TO EXIT. SHE REMAINS. HE EXITS. BEAT. SHE STOPS
LOOKING AT ANYTHING.
JUST SEEMS TO SAG. THEN MOVES TO ANOTHER PAINTING. HE
I want you to see this--
Oh my god I love Balthus.
I do. I really do.
Come see this Pizarro. Itís splendid.
Iíve seen this in books, but here it is. Here. So strange
to encounter it
now. I know it so well, itís like an old friend, and yet,
Iíve never seen it
in person. I have so many personal associations with this
painting. Iíd turn
to it, Iíd look at it, when I was having trouble. I
have this in a book. I
keep it near my desk. That little girl has such demonic
HE WALKS AWAY, COMPLETELY UNINTERESTED.
Come look at this.
What is it?
Pizzaro. Look. Time just stops. You look right into it,
there is the moment.
Outside of time. Eternity.
Diffusion of light. Disappearing into trees.
You could walk right into this painting. Iíve come
all this way to see this
again. I saw it... nearly ten years ago.
I was staying in New York with this costume designer. I was
here for a week.
And I encountered this-- Pizzarro. When you sent
the ticket Beth, I had
reservations, just fear just fear just fear just fear... but
remembered this painting and I knew, this painting was
reason enough for the
trip. It is good Iíve returned. Thank you Beth.
GEORGE W BUSH ENTERS, MAKES EYE CONTACT WITH BETH. WAITS
POLITELY. GIVES HER
THE THUMBS UP SIGN AND GRINS. WHEN HEíS NOT SPEAKING
HEíS WALKING AROUND
LOOKING AT PAINTINGS. WHEN HE SPEAKS, HIS VOICE IS MIKED.
I must thank you. I never thought Iíd see this
painting again. Look at those
trees. So visually potent. Look. Peering into the depths.
Weíll buy a post card of this one. Iíll buy it for you.
The reason we start a war is to fight a war, win a war,
thereby causing no
There is a question that haunts me.
BUSH (To Beth, a near whisper)
The important question is, How many hands have I shaked?
Letís go and see the Picassos.
James. When should I ask it? When can we talk?
Five minutes before your plane leaves? Would that be
You said there was a sexual thing between you and Lucinda.
We must all hear the universal call to like your neighbor
just like you like
to be liked yourself.
No. I said she was clingy. Lucinda was my assistant. And I
was her mentor. I
am a man. She is a woman. My friendship with her was hard on
Missy. But I was
not, the father of her child.
You said there was a sexual thing. I let it go by. I thought
what you meant
was, a slight, attraction. The kind of thing that happens
every day, just a
little charge. But I have been thinking more and more about
it. What you
said. Something sexual between you and her. It seems to be
more space in my head, like a dark cancer eating my brain.
Iím invaded and
being eaten by these thoughts. These images I have of you in
I think we need not only to eliminate the tollbooth to the
middle class, I
think we should knock down the tollbooth.
SILENCE. JAMES STARES AT A PAINTING
Sheís physically the opposite of me. Sheís round.
Mashed potatoes and
butter never missed her. Shes got flesh. And sometimes
James, you have said
to me that we are so much alike, and I took it as, a
compliment, but what you
were really saying is WEíRE TOO MUCH ALIKE for you to be
to me. You left my bed and went straight to Lucinda.
It's hard to distinguish between one degree of hate and
But I am sexually attracted to you. Have we not discussed
BUSH (mocking female voice)
Please donít kill me. Please donít kill me.
But something is wrong. Somethingís very wrong.
Maybe we should go and have lunch now? Maybe we should go
get a bottle of
wine. One each.
I want to see the Francis Bacon first okay?
I donít understand that.
I like Francis Bacon.
I donít understand that. I donít understand you.
I'm confident that every person has been put to death in
Texas under my watch
has been guilty of the crime charged and has had full access
to the courts.
I love Francis Bacon.
Yes. Weíve had this conversation.
We need to stop the exquisite sex and wholesome violence
that underscore our
The vibrancy of it. The red. All the red. The screaming
Popes. The depiction
of horror. He really gets that kind of existential horror. I
can see that
you find him completely distasteful but Bacon describes
perfectly the horror
I feel. It reflects my interior. I feel as if Iíve been
turned inside out.
Like the surface of my skin is just bloody intestines. To
you Iím a talking
bloody intestine. But when I hear you talk... to me... Iím
all wet. Iím wet.
Iím sick. Iím just a little dog that follows you around.
Tears of lust pour
out my eyes. I have no control. What is
happening to me? My body has a will
of itís own. Because youíre such a fucking bastard
James, a fucking rude
pedantic little bastard, a selfish narrow minded prig, a
loser, an abominable spineless mistake of nature, a
worthless hateful piece
of shit, a spiteful petty moronic dung beetle, not even that
James, youíre a
fucking amoeba. Revolting single celled speck of bacteria
and I hope you eat
rat poison and fall down in the gutter and roll around in
foaming at the mouth. Because then youíd have some empathy
for me, because
thatís what Iím going to do when you leave James. That
is what happens to me
after youíre gone.
You know whatís surprising about New York? I find it
really all looks the
same. Itís become very homogenized hasn't it? Itís not
what I expected at
all. There are basically, the same stores in every
neighborhood, the same
sort of buildings.I find it rather ugly. Itís not what I
I do see a lot more Mexicans here.
Itís changed for the worse since I was here last.
Central Park was nice
however. Yes. That was nice. One could almost fall in love
with Central Park.
The weather yesterday was fantastic. One could almost say
Iíve got a tan now.
I thought it would be a vacation for you.
Iíve never been very good at taking holidays.
It's been a disaster.
Lucinda is a friend. Sheís been a very good friend. I
donít know if Iíve
been such a good friend to her. Now our lawyer, Janie. My
god, sheís is sexy.
But sheís married, and so: off limits. And the fourteen
year old girl next
door is so foxy, you donít know the torment. It no fun to
be fifty, when
fourteen year old foxes prance around the lawn. I am so much
worse off than
you. Iím in a bad way.Iím fucked Beth. Iím fucked. I
just donít express it
thatís all. That isnít my way. But Iím worse off than
Do you get-- have you not heard me say that I love you?
I love you. I am in
love with you.
Donít be. Donít be. Iím really not worth it. Where do
you want to go now
Beth? We could go and see the Sumerian figures? Beth.
Have you ever read
the Epic of Gilgamesh?
SHE HUGS HIM. CLINGS TO HIM. HE LOOKS AROUND, UNCOMFORTABLE
BUT THEN PUTS HIS
ARMS AROUND HER RELUCTANTLY.
I just want to be good for you. And if Iím not good for
you then you should
tell me. Tell me. Because if Iím not good for you.
You are good for me.
If Iím not good for you.
You are very good for me.
Iíll go. It can be over. You just have to tell me. Because
Iím afraid... The
moment It isnít good for you. Tell me.
Dont hurt yourself. Donít get hurt. Donít get hurt.
The moment I start to be... feel like a burden. The moment
you dont. I canít
stand it if you donít want me. Oh my god oh my god, like
my heart is ripped
out. I just wish the ground would open up and swallow me. I
just want to die,
want to vaporize.
That is simply just not an option for you. Let me...
let me get you some
BUSH SPEAKS DIRECTLY TO BETH.
Our priorities is our faith.
I hate you. Alcoholic. Wallow in gloom. Shouldnít
drink when youíre
depressed. Everybody knows that. Alcohols a depressant
This is what I'm good at. I like meeting people.
Go back to your wife and your fleshy assistant. I hate you.
My fellow citizens,
I like interfacing with them.
Oh my god I want to die. He keeps running away.
He just keeps running away
Well, I think if you say you're going to do something and
don't do it, that's
Keep drinking like this and your liver will explode. Do you
know what that
looks like? It's ugly. It's ugly. You prefer an exploding
liver to me. He
prefers an exploding liver to me. Oh my god.
JAMES RETURNS WITH A TISSUE.
Here we go.
HE HANDS IT TO HER. SHE WIPES HER FACE. BLOWS HER NOSE.
Can we just go back to Cindyís apartment. I canít take
anymore public scenes.
Letís find a somewhere to eat.
Its too embarrassing to eat in restaurants and cry. I
canít do it anymore.
Can we just go back to Cindyís.
Thereís no food.
We'll stop at the market.
Thereís just a stale bag of crisps. Though, she has a soft
bed. Nice pictures
I hope you can meet her sometime. Next time you come back.
There needs to be debates, like we're going through. There
needs to be
townhall meetings. There needs to be travel. This is a huge
I can stay with you tonight. Iíve invented an alibi.
Maybe you shouldnít.
I would have said yes to abortion if only it was right. I
mean, yeah it's
right. Well no it's not right that's why I said no to it.
I did denounce it. I de-I denounced it. I denounced
interracial dating. I
denounced anti-Catholic bigacy... bigotry. Put the 'off'
Please let me stay with you. Youíre going in the morning.
Youíre going in
I think we agree, the past is over.
Lets go have a drink.
Iíve got to make him stop drinking.
This case has had full analyzation and has been looked at a
Heís going to drink himself to death.
I understand the emotionality of death penalty cases.
OFF, SOUND OF SOMEONE BEING STRUCK IN THE SKULL, ACCOMPANIED
BY A BELLOWING
States should have the right to enact reasonable laws and
particularly to end the inhumane practice of ending a life
BETH STARTS TO LEAVE. BUSH TAKES HER HAND, SHAKES IT WARMLY.
When it is all said and done, I will have made more money
than I ever dreamed
I would make.
BETH STAYS THERE LOOKING AT BUSH. SHE FALLS DOWN,
COLLAPSES ON HER KNEES AND
IN DARK, CINDY'S VOICE OVER, A SHAMPOO COMMERCIAL:
LIGHTS COME UP ON
JAMES AND CINDY IN CINDY'S APARTMENT... CINDY HAS JUST COME
IN WITH HER SUITCASE. JAMES SITS ON THE BED
She is very good with Rabbits.
Yes, so talented with Rabbits. She can make them do
And are you in rabbit training as well?
Oh no. Not at all. Iím a magician. She has done some
rabbits for me.
A real magician?
JAMES PULLS A LONG COLORFUL SCARF FROM HER EAR.
Oh. Oh my dear.
HE MAKES A BOUQUET OF ROSES APPEAR FROM HIS SLEEVE.
Youíre so brilliant.
I suppose I should get a hotel for the night. I leave in the
itís better if I donít call Beth.
No. Itís no trouble. My return was unexpected. Iíve got
a futon. Beth is
crazy about you.
Bethís been a good friend. I havenít been such a good
friend to her, but
sheís been good to me.
You use trained rabbits then?
How else can one make them jump into the hat.
And you make them stay inside a hidden compartment.
No hidden compartment.
Oh come on.
I make them disappear. Iím genuine. If I had a rabbit
here, Iíd show you.
And do you never get them back again?
One must go through many many rabbits. I used to travel with
a lorry full of
rabbits. But itís difficult traveling with rabbits these
days. Fuel is
Where do you perform?
Iíve done the round of avant garde clubs, and the regional
circuit as well,
but lately. It seems to be... magic is decadent now, itís
into... childrenís parties. If that. If that. Because they
donít like it,
you see they donít like it when the rabbit disappears.
What they really all,
what they all want to see is the rabbit, they want to touch
it and pet it and
watch it hop around; but when it disappears, they
donít like that at all.
Why donít you just make it reappear then?
Iím not a traveling petting zoo. If I was in it for the
money, thatís what
Iíd do, but for a magician. Canít do that mind you. No.
Iíve been in this
business nigh on thirty years, Iíve done this, this is my
art and my craft. I
wonít stoop to making the rabbit reappear so sticky little
hands can dirty
itís fur. The disappearance is-- itís a sacred routine.
Itís a ritual. I
wish people could only understand that. Itís the most
personal thing I do.
That ritual. Making something familiar go away. And it is
difficult now, because magic-- has rather become all about
women jumping from helicopters. Or fire works or holograms.
My costumes donít
sparkle. No. I wear the traditional black.
I see. Thatís very compelling.
You look splendidly fetching tonight. Beth didnít tell me
she had such a
stunningly attractive friend. I... really, perhaps I
shouldnít trouble you.
Oh youíre no trouble. I wish you would stay. You donít
mind if I open this
bottle of wine?
Not at all.
And how do you like New York?
I think New York is quite beautiful tonight.
I do have a nice view.
Yes, you certainly do.
Iím really quite glad youíve turned up James. Itís
silly but I...
Are you alright love?
Iím just at the mercy of so many forces. So many forces.
Well hang on there. Have a glass of wine and tell me about
Oh no. I canít talk about it no. Itís everything. Life
It is. Yes, it is complicated yes.
This is a strange time to be in America.
Yes it is.
But, very historic. Apocalyptic.
Yes. I have read of this president. This. President Elect.
Dubya it seems.
Dubya. Yes. I myself have just flown in from Texas. Do you
know what his work
day was like when he was governor? This fabulous article in
Vanity Fair, by
Gail Sheehy, the woman who writes about mid life crisisí.
He canít concentrate for more than ten minutes.He works
for three hours, then
he goes running on the track. Then he comes back and plays
video golf or
computer solitaire from one until three. He starts work
again and he quits
right at five. Itís not that heís the stupidest man in
Texas, Iíve just come
from there. There are many just as stupid, but this does
feel like the end of
It would seem that way love.
And I think itís all just gotten to me. And I wish
something would enter me
and make it go away. I long for something to make it all
melt and disappear.
Having a difficult time of it are you?
Iím having a hard time myself.
I feel so disoriented James. I feel so much despair.
Youíre much too pretty to be so despairing.
Am I? Am I?
Of course you are love.
I feel like the ground is falling out beneath me.
I too have this problem. This problem with my ear.
Iím sorry. Do you mind if I... think Iíll have a hot
bath and good cry.
Dont cry Cindy. Give me your foot.
I trained as an accupressurist you know. Massage therapy.
regression. Iíve done hypno soul regeneration, but my
specialty is feet.
These are nice shoes. Oh my, you have lovely toes.
HEíS TAKEN HER SHOE OFF, HE HOLDS HER FOOT. SHE SITS ON
THE GROUND, HIKES HER
SKIRT SLIGHTLY. HE VIGOROUSLY MASSAGES HER FOOT
Oh my god. Oh my god that is so good.
But I sense some energy blockage right here. Feel that
You do feel it. Iím right. What is that. What is that...
this is the liver...
this is the heart, over here, these are the lungs. But here.
I get a sense of, blocked energy and pain.
Yes Sorrow. Itís bad.
You so, do not deserve sorrow my dear. You donít
HE BRINGS HER TOES UP TO HIS MOUTH AND SUCKS.
IN DARK, SOUND OF A WOMANíS ORGASMIC CRY. LIGHTS FADE UP
DIM. BODIES MOVING
BENEATH BLANKETS. A MANíS GROAN OF RELEASE. SOUND OF
KNOCKING ON THE DOOR.
SEX SOUNDS STOP.
James? Are you in there?
SOUND OF KNOCKING INTENSIFIES, THEN THE SOUND OF A KEY IN
THE LOCK. JAMES
GETS UP WITH THE SHEET WRAPPED AROUND HIM. GOES INTO THE
BATHROOM AND SHUTS
THE DOOR. THE ENTRY DOOR FLIES OPEN AND BETH APPEARS, FLIPS
ON THE LIGHTS.
CINDY ON THE BED IS GRABBING A ROBE AND QUICKLY PUTTING IT
OVER HER NAKED
Oh hullo doll.
Is... I didnít know you would be back. Whereís James?
Is James here?
Uh yes. He just came. I just came. I mean, we arrived. I
just got here.
Whatís going on?
SHE SEES JAMESí CLOTHES ON THE FLOOR.
Cindy, have you been fucking someone?
GOES TO THE BATHROOM DOOR.
JAMES (FROM BEHIND THE CLOSED DOOR)
Oh. Hello Beth.
Oh you fucker. You hateful stupid cad.
JAMES (from behind the closed door)
I believe the full term is a cad and a bounder, however, I
will accept the
What did you say?
JAMES (from behind the closed door)
I will accept the appellation.
Iím going to grind your face into hamburger.
Donít be angry.
Are you kidding me? Are you kidding me? You fucking slut.
You were fucking
her? Iíve never known someone so idiotic.
Please, please stop.
You know what you are? Youíre a tape worm James. A tape
worm impersonating a
human. But now I see your little white head emerging.
Now youíve shown your ugly white head, you flat fucking
worm. You revolting
I canít hear this Beth. You are making me cry. You make me
want to jump off a
Letís go find a building. Iíll give you a push.
I canít listen to this.
Youíre dumb James Dumb. You are so goddamn dumb! What an
idiot. You are such
a stupid asshole. All this time Iíve been in love
with a worm.
Iím not a worm.
With a worm Cindy. You just fucked a worm. How does it feel
to fuck a fucking
(back to James)
You have tormented me enough!
SOUND OF WATER RUNNING
How could you do that to me?
Iím sorry. Iím sorry. Iíve been in so much pain. Iím
in pain Beth. Do you
know what that is?
I just thought that I could find out what his problem was
and it might be of
JAMES OPEN THE FUCKING DOOR.
You know, his ďproblemĒ the ďproblem. The
problem you had, where, he
(she searches for the word)
You mentioned he couldnít ejaculate.
And did he?
One moment, I must, before I leak...
CINDY PULLS A BUCKET OUT FROM UNDER THE BED. SHE SQUATS OVER
This is rather intimate...oh... but I donít want to leak
all over the bed.
SOUND OF GREAT MASSES OF FLUID GUSHING INTO THE BUCKET.
Oh my god.
Oh my, oh yes, there are gallons of it Beth. How could I
have all that inside
me? Ahh... One more... there it goes, like a river
SOUND OF MORE FLUID GUSHING OUT
I hope that was it. Could you hand me that box of
tissue there doll?
(BETH DOES. CINDY WIPES HERSELF WITH A TISSUE)
One just has to take a look at all that. Itís an ocean.
Thereís an ocean
BETH AND CINDY STAND AND STARE INTO THE BUCKET, EXAMINING
Now, some of thatís left over from my last go with
Toby, but vast quantities
of that are from James.
SHE GESTURES TO THE BATHROOM DOOR.
And itís really quite a fantastic feeling, my god, itís
like a fire hose
BETH PICKS UP THE BUCKET, STAGGERS UNDER ITíS WEIGHT,LIFTS
AND DUMPS IT ON
You stupid hateful disgusting slut. You cow. I HATE
YOU JAMES. God damn it,
Iím really going to kick you James.
Oh my god Beth please stop. You donít understand, you just
He did such wonderful magic tricks. Please donít.
My life is so debased, itís true. Thereís nothing left,
SHE FALLS SOBBING AND DRENCHED TO THE GROUND.
You have no idea, what Iíve been through, whatís
happened. And he was just
there and heís nice.
What would TOBY think about this?
CINDY (sobbing, gasping)
Tobyís wife... just found all my emails to him. She just
found it. All of our
email. Imagine. Her reading. Our private. Correspondence. So
Toby said, it
was best that I leave, that I leave there. Oh my god. Iím
sure heís going to
leave her but I have got to give him .... time. Whatís
going to happen to me.
Iím rotting. Im rotting, from the inside out. I know that
what Iíve done to
you was wrong but... Beth. Oh Beth, It just felt so good.
Iím sorry. Iím
sorry I had sex with your magician. Itís just, itís just
that Iím terribly
James, would you open the fucking door?
What if he turns and goes back to his wife. It will kill him
Beth, that will
be the end of him, you see?
BETH (to the door)
Fucking rodent! Spineless coward, come out.
If she gets her claws in, heíll never recover.
BETH (to the door)
Pathetic wimp. Emotional retard. Termite. Mutant. I hate you
Beth, Iím in a very bad way.
BETH (to the door)
Come out now James. At least have the guts to look me in the
And James was so warm, he was really a dear. I just needed
it Beth. I needed
it so bad.
Iím calm now Iím calm so itís safe to come out. Come
out, would you James?
And weíll just have a talk. Or we wonít. How about that?
Weíll never speak
of this again. Open the door and weíll never speak of this
James?! I think it is perfectly safe.
Just open the door, weíll never speak of this again.
James? James? Sheís not going to hurt you. She said that
she would but she
was just bluffing. Sheís not going to hit you or kick you
now James. Sheís
calm now. Sheís calm.
Itís true. Iíve calmed down. I promise. Come out and all
will be forgiven.
Come out James. It was all my fault anyway. Donít speak to
me for as long as
you live, if thatís what you want but itís time to come
What if heís had a heart attack?
Oh my god.
Get me a screwdriver.
CINDY GETS A SCREWDRIVER. THE TWO WOMEN WORK AT PRYING OPEN
THE DOOR SWINGS OPEN,
A WHITE RABBIT HOPS OUT OF THE BATHROOM.
BETH STARES IN HORROR. CINDY SCOOPS IT UP. THEY LOOK AT IT.
LIGHTS OUT. IN DARK BUSH SPEAKS:
God does not forbid women to be leaders in society, but when
that occurs it's
usually because of the abdication of men . . . . I would
vote for a woman for
the presidency, but, again, there's a certain shame
SPOT LIGHT UP ON THE RABBIT IN ITíS CAGE. SPOT UP ON BUSH.
HE SPEAKS TO THE
Why don't you have a man who's able to step forward?
There ought to limits to freedom.
We have struggle to not proceed but to preceed to the future
of a nation's
child. I know how hard it is to put food on oneís family.
Anyway, after we go out and work our hearts out, after
you go out and help
us turn out the vote, after we've convinced the good
Americans to vote, and
while they're at it, pull that old George W. lever, if I'm
the one, when I
put my hand on the Bible, when I put my hand on the Bible,
that day when they
swear us in, when I put my hand on the Bible, I will swear
to notóto uphold
the laws of the land. Families is where our nation finds
hope, where wings
take dream. How true that is.
BUSH PICKS UP THE RABBIT IN ITíS CAGE.
Letís go buddy.
HE EXITS WITH THE RABBIT.
BETH ENTERS WITH CINDY. SHE PUTS CINDY IN BED. CINDY IS
WEAK, SHE WEARS A
HOSPITAL GOWN AND A ROBE, HER HAIR IS PULLED BACK. SHE LOOKS
Iím so sorry.
Itís better this way. I couldnít do that to Toby.
Itís just not the right
Weíll have a child in the future, but this isnít...
Are you in pain?
No. But give me my codeine please.
Iím so sorry. My god. This is terrible Cindy. I feel so
Weíll have a baby. We will. Toby so, he so loves children.
He loves them.
Loves babies. And Iím only thirty two. Thereís time.
I thought you were thirty eight.
Not at all. Iím thirty two.
Youíre the same age as me Cindy. Thirty eight.
Weíll have a baby someday. What did you do with the
I air expressed it back to Missy. I hope she takes good care
of it. I wrote
her a note, that, this rabbit was special, very special to
all of us.
Oh, he was a special rabbit. He was.
Shall we watch the inauguration speech?
I heard a joke the other day... ďMy parents retired to
Florida and all I got
was this lousy president.
Ha. Ha. Ha ha ha...ow christ. fuck. Can I have some more
codeine please? More
Youíve gone through all that. Have a Valium.
Do you mind if I have one too?
Go ahead Doll.
BETH AND CINDY OPEN A BOTTLE OF VALIUM. THEY CHEW THEM LIKE
CANDY ONE AFTER THE OTHER AS BETH TURNS ON THE REMOTE.