Structure: Loopy

By CRAIG J. CLARK


A and B stand upstage. They are looking to the exit at downstage right.

A - Well, that was strange.
B - Yes, it was.

They slowly move downstage left as they talk.

A - What do you make of it?
B - I donít know. A couple fighting?
A - They didnít look like a couple to me.
B - All right. A couple of people fighting.
A - They didnít look like they were fighting.
B - All right, then. A couple of people arguing.
A - It didnít seem like an argument.
B - Okay, a couple of people having a heated discussion. Are you satisfied now?

Pause.

A - Come to think of it, they didnít seem like people.
B - Oh, come on. They had to be!

At this point, C and D enter upstage. D is speaking.
D - Okay, I see your--

C quickly silences D and they watch A and B quizzically.

A - For all we know, they could have been robots designed to look just like people.
B - But they were people!
A - I think youíre being too presumptuous.

A starts to leave. B follows.

B - Me, presumptuous? Youíre the one who is positing the existence of cyborgs indistinguishable from homo sapiens.
A - Yes, but think of the language they were utilizing just before they left...

They exit downstage right. C and D hang back for a few seconds, remaining upstage.

C - Well, that was strange.
D - Yes, it was.

They slowly move downstage left as they talk.

C - What do you make of it?
D - I donít know. A couple fighting?
C - They didnít look like a couple to me.
D - All right. A couple of people fighting.
C - They didnít look like they were fighting.
D - All right, then. A couple of people arguing.
C - It didnít seem like an argument.
D - Okay, a couple of people having a heated discussion. Are you satisfied now?

Pause.

C - Come to think of it, they didnít seem like people.
D - Oh, come on. They had to be!

At this point, A and B enter upstage. B is speaking.
B - Okay, I see your--

A quickly silences B and they watch A and B quizzically.

C - For all we know, they could have been robots designed to look just like people.
D - But they were people!
C - I think youíre being too presumptuous.

C starts to leave. D follows.

D - Me, presumptuous? Youíre the one who is positing the existence of cyborgs indistinguishable from homo sapiens.
C - Yes, but think of the language they were utilizing just before they left...

They exit downstage right. A and B hang back for a few seconds, remaining upstage.

A - Well, that was strange.
B - Yes, it was.

They slowly move downstage left as they talk.

A - What do you make of it?
B - I donít know. A couple fighting?
A - They didnít look like a couple to me.
B - All right. A couple of people fighting.
A - They didnít look like they were fighting.
B - All right, then. A couple of people arguing.
A - It didnít seem like an argument.
B - Okay, a couple of people having a heated discussion. Are you satisfied now?

Pause.

A - Come to think of it, they didnít seem like people.
B - Oh, come on. They had to be!

At this point, C and D enter upstage. D is speaking.
D - Okay, I see your--

C quickly silences D and they watch A and B quizzically.

A - For all we know, they could have been robots designed to look just like people.
B - But they were people!
A - I think youíre being too presumptuous.

A starts to leave. B follows.

B - Me, presumptuous? Youíre the one who is positing the existence of cyborgs indistinguishable from homo sapiens.
A - Yes, but think of the language they were utilizing just before they left...

They exit downstage right. C and D hang back for a few seconds, remaining upstage.

C - Well, that was strange.
D - Yes, it was.

Blackout.

This is one of two "Structure" plays I wrote for the Brick Playhouse's second annual Night of 1000 Plays. Written second, this is the one that actually got in. The other, "Structure: Elliptical" was perhaps too weird for their tastes.


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