Post Road Magazine #16

Excerpt from Gint (an adaptation of Henrik Ibsenís Peer Gynt)
by Will Eno

Dramatis Personae
MOTHER
PETER GINT

Act First, Scene First
The GINT home. Lights up on MOTHER, alone, in bed, recovering from a hysterectomy. She moves with some difficulty.

MOTHER: Never have children. Or, I don't know. Have children. You end up talking to yourself, either way.

PETER enters, with a small box. He stands by the bed, looking at MOTHER. Pause.

MOTHER: Liar.

PETER: I didn't even . . . God. I was trying to—

MOTHER: (Interrupting.) You're a liar. (Pause. Looking at the small box that PETER holds. Softening in tone.) Is that for me?

PETER: What, this? This is just . . . yeah. Yeah, I got this for you. You might not like it.

She opens it. It's a men's tie, yellowish green. She shakes her head almost imperceptibly and tries not to cry.

MOTHER: Thank you, Peter. Very thoughtful, of you. (Brief pause.) Let me share something with you, Peter. Just because I had this operation and can't have children anymore, because I don't have the organs for it anymore, doesn't mean I suddenly stopped being a woman, and suddenly stopped needing pretty things in life, or kindness. And suddenly started goddamn wearing ties. (Brief pause.) Ah, but we're in luck. It's your color.

 

Will Eno is a Guggenheim fellow and a fellow of the Edward F. Albee Foundation. His play Thom Pain (Based on Nothing) was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize. His play Intermission premiered at the Ensemble Studio Theatre's One-Act Marathon in June 2006. An excerpt of his play Tragedy: A Tragedy appeared in the June 2006 issue of Harper's Magazine. Will was at Princeton University in 2006, teaching playwriting and as a Hodder fellow. In the past year he was a fellow of the New York Public Libraryís Cullman Center for Scholars and Writers . His plays are published by Oberon Books, in London, and by Theatre Communications Group and Playscripts, in the United States.

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