4 things: child’s playset, undetermined mixed dog, reading glasses, colored tissue paper
Event: Sunset on a birthday
Location: back porch of a house
Characters: Grace; glass blower. Todd; wood worker.
At rise: GRACE and TODD sit on the bottom steps of their house. Laid out in front of them are pieces of a child’s playset (swings, slide, etc…). They look defeated. Crumpled instructions lie on top of the pile. The light is fading, beautiful, sunset colors.
GRACE: It’s the most beautiful sunset of our life.
TODD: It will be the worse sunset of our life if we don’t get this damn thing built.
GRACE: I don’t understand. You work with wood all day long. . . .
TODD: Grace, please—you’ve seen these directions [thrusts directions at her]. My skills are different! I start with a tree! This is. . . insanity.
GRACE: Remind me/
TODD: /your parents.
TODD: Look—how about you read directions and I’ll start. . . I’ll try to follow them. You. Them.
GRACE: I need my reading glasses. Can you get them?
GRACE: I left them b y the mongrel dog.
TODD: Don’t call him that.
GRACE: Sounds better than “Undetermined Mixed Breed”. You’re stalling.
[TODD gets up, goes inside. There’s a lot of rustling of paper.]
TODD: [OFF] Shit!
GRACE: What’s going on?
TODD: There’s a whole pile of tissue paper. What the hell?
GRACE: I have to wrap up a pendant lamp for a client. Glass breaks, gotta be wrapped, duh!
[He comes back out. Hands her glasses. She dons them and picks up directions. It’s much darker. She takes out cell phone and uses its flashlight.]
GRACE: “Take Beam A and Beam B. Connect at top with four, four inch screws. Add cross bar C.”
TODD: I can’t see anything.
END OF PLAY