carried away on the crest of a wave

carried away on the crest of a wave

Language: English

Pages: 112

ISBN: 1770912576

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Winner of the 2015 Governor General's Literary Award For Drama

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like a house on fire and I’m thinking something really fucking cool has come over my wife. She’s possessed, this beautiful tornado of a thing, and I’m still buying it. So she’s screaming all this stuff, and I’m praying to God to hold on long enough to get her there, and then she stops, she draws herself in real deep and real close, grabs my face in her hands and says, “Oh, baby, take me to that special place.” Beat. I lose it. I start laughing. I mean, who says that? I’m dying of laughter, and

You “understand”? You’re telling me that you. . . “understand.” Short beat. NGUYEN Of course not. I’m sorry. LENORE I lost everyone. Everyone I had in this world. Do you know what that is? To have that taken from you? Can you tell me you understand what that is? Beat. NGUYEN I can’t. . . I should leave. LENORE pounces on this, pulls his arm towards the door. LENORE The door is straight through here, and if you want to come back—tomorrow, or next week, even—it’s just not a good time

know the kind, thick glasses and. . . my apologies, you are here to substantiate our miracle! MA’MAR (correcting) Investigate. AMAL (waves it off) No matter. Welcome. MA’MAR (extending his hand) I am Ma’mar Shaikh. AMAL is taken aback by the name. He looks at MA’MAR’s hand, refusing to take it. AMAL “Ma’mar Shaikh.” MA’MAR (a bit unsettled) Um. . . I believe Monsignor Parish mentioned I would. . . he sent. . . He retrieves a sheet of paper from his bag and hands it to AMAL. AMAL

have been. . . bad Muslims.” Do you see? Two hundred thousand dead. . . and it’s used as a cautionary tale against us. Saying all of those people, all of them, were bad. . . because they decomposed. The way anyone would. And now you want me to say that God worked a miracle on your Catholic basilica because someone put a string of beads on the statue of a woman? You want me to say those two thousand people standing on a breakwater were better than the two hundred thousand who died in Aceh? Is

matter with you? CHILI Like you wouldn’t want— RICK You know what it is? You know what it is? CHILI What is it? RICK It’s sponsored colonialism. That’s what it is. It’s the Americans— CHILI It’s a fundraiser! For relief, they need that over there. RICK You’re an idiot. CHILI I’m not saying you should— RICK Seriously, how do you not swallow your own tongue? Okay, okay, I’ll break it down for you like you’re a first-grader. . . There is a knock at the door. SANJAY is outside. Oh

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