co-worker

a short play by Mark Harvey Levine

Donna sits at her desk.  Doug crouches next to her.

DONNA

(staring at her computer) I can’t.

DOUG

(crouching nearby) What’s wrong?

DONNA

What’s the point of… doing anything… if the world’s going to hell?

DOUG

It’s gonna be okay…

DONNA

What if isn’t?  What if we run out of food?

DOUG

We’ve got all kinds of things to eat.

DONNA

…or toilet paper?

DOUG

Just go in the backyard!  That’s what I do.

DONNA

It’s easy for you.  You’re enjoying this.

DOUG

Darn straight.  I get to be with you all day!

DONNA

You have no worries.

DOUG

Why worry?

DONNA

This is a worrisome time.

DOUG

Pet me.  It’ll help.

DONNA

Ha!  It’ll help you.

DOUG

No, you too.  Try it.  (she pets him) Doesn’t that feel nice?

DONNA

It does, actually.

DOUG

Does it make everything better… just a little?

DONNA

It does.

DOUG

That’s all you have to do.  Just pet me.  And we have all we need… It’s going to be okay.

She keeps petting.

END OF PLAY

Mark Harvey Levine has had over 1,750 productions of his plays everywhere from Bangalore to Bucharest and from Lima to London.  His plays have won over 45 awards and have been published in over two dozen anthologies by Smith & Kraus, Applause, Routledge and Vintage.  You can contact Mark at markle96@hotmail.com.

Jamaica Pond, by Carol Palmer Brilliant