Michael Smith and Others’ La Mama Benefit skit
La Mama, New York, November 3, 1965; Center Stage Theater, Santa Barbara, September 2007 (from Michael’s extensive BLOG)
I wrote this tiny play with Remy Charlip and Johnny Dodd for our friend Joyce Aaron to perform on an evening of short plays organized by Robert Patrick as a benefit for La Mama. I revived it as part of “Bad Dogs and Other Plays” (see “Bad Dog”), with Susan Keller giving an artful performance as the two-sided protagonist.
“MORE. MORE. I WANT MORE!”
a conversation with herself for Joyce Aaron
by Remy Charlip, Johnny Dodd, and Michael Smith
Set: a table, two chairs, two cups of coffee, two napkins, and two spoons; or nothing.
Joyce skips on.
GIRLISH: Do you think I should be zippy and zip around like a little dog?
WOMANLY: Well what do you want?
GIRLISH: More. More. I want more!
WOMANLY: Well you’re old enough, you should know how to get what you want.
GIRLISH: But everybody expects me to be zippy.
WOMANLY: Well you are zippy.
GIRLISH: What’s the matter with that?
WOMANLY: Well, but is it what you want?
GIRLISH: Sure, there’s nothing wrong with that.
WOMANLY: Well I could answer that question.
GIRLISH: What question?
WOMANLY: Well the first one you asked. Do I think you should be zippy and zip around like a little dog? I think you should be zippy if you want to be zippy but I think you should do something else too.
WOMANLY: Well what do you want me to tell you? Do you think I’m happy myself?
GIRLISH: Well, you’re sophisticated and mature and relaxed and you do a lot of interesting things.
WOMANLY: I’m so unzippy I can’t even work myself up.
GIRLISH: Well what is it that people always say when they want to have sex?
WOMANLY: Why don’t we go up to your place and have a cup of coffee?
She acknowledges a nod and walks off.