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Wednesday, January 11, 2017

Women in the Age of Trump: 2M2H

2M2H by Eoin Carney is a semi-finalist for NYCPlaywrights project "Women in the Age of Trump."

Originally from Ireland, EOIN CARNEY has had his short plays produced throughout the USA, and in the UK, South Korea, and Malaysia. He is also the author of www.BreakingBurgh.com, a satirical blog serving Southwestern Pennsylvania and beyond.

Thanks to Eoin Carney for allowing NYCPlaywrights to publish this excerpt from his play 2M2H.

   EMMA
 
You’ve been in a coma since you were involved in a car accident in October of 2016. 
   JEN 
How long have I been out? 
   EMMA 
Almost two years now. 
   JEN 
Am I okay? 
    (Jen tries to inspect herself. Emma can’t bring herself to speak.) 
   JEN
I don’t care how bad it is, Emm – just tell me. 
   EMMA 
Your spine was damaged. You may never walk again. 
   JEN 
But there’s a chance I could recover? 
   EMMA 
With hard work, maybe. 
   JEN 
Then I’m just going to focus on that and stay positive. Anything else I should know? Don’t hold back. I can take it. 
   EMMA 
Your cat died.

   JEN
 
Poor Fluffles. But he was quite old and on the bright side this means another cat will find a new home as soon as I’m up and running again. Has Eric been in yet today? 
   EMMA 
Eric left you. 
   JEN 
Well, two years is a long time to stay engaged to someone who may never wake up. 
   EMMA 
And he married your best friend. 
   JEN 
Losing that best friend means I now have an even better best friend in you. 
   EMMA 
You’ve also lost your job. 
   JEN 
They couldn’t hold it indefinitely, could they? They’d go out of business! I’m sure I’ll find something else. Maybe an even better job. 
   EMMA 
Your house burned down. 
    JEN 
It was too drafty anyway. 
   EMMA 
And your medical bills are enormous. 
   JEN 
That will give me the drive to become really rich to pay them off. Maybe I’ll write a bestseller or something. 
EMMA 
   I can’t believe how well you’re taking this!

   JEN
 
I’m alive, Emm, that’s the important thing. When you survive a terrible accident and a long term coma you’d be amazed at the resilience you find within yourself. You can literally stomach anything. So how’s President Clinton doing? I know – she’s probably been far too hawkish on foreign policy for my taste but at least she’s right on all the other issues.
   EMMA 
I don’t know how to tell you this. There is no President Clinton. 
   JEN 
I knew this would happen. There’s always one crazy person who can’t deal with the thought of a woman president. But we can’t let the actions of one crazy assassin sap our spirit. 
   (Jen looks up to the ceiling and salutes.) 
   JEN 
We will never forget you, sister. 
   EMMA 
She’s not- 
   JEN 
I bet the state funeral was lovely and Tim Kaine is a good man. Tell me he’s carrying
on Hillary’s legacy just like Lyndon Johnson did for JFK.
 
   EMMA 
Hillary’s not dead. She’s fine - probably hiking in the woods somewhere as we speak.

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