December 30 & 31: Cory Philley

December 30 & 31: It’s a Comin’

Cory Philley


It’s a Comin’

Two people sit in lawn chairs facing upstage. A large empty pipe sits in front of them, empty. The faces of the two people are being filmed and that is being projected onto screens on either side of the pipe. They are eating potato chips and other than their chewing, they are silent.

A: (gesturing with bag to B) Are you…?

B: (grunts and remains staring at the empty pipe)

A puts chip bag away and fidgets for 30 seconds. Should be a series of rehearsed gestures that leads back to the start of the sequence. When A goes to the first or second gesture in the sequence the second time round this is when A begins to speak:

A: Are you…

B: (cuts off) yes

A: (silent for a moment, then tentatively begins again) How do you…

B: Because.

A: Because?

B: Because.

A: (again pauses, then hesitantly says) Because what again…?

B: We’ve been over this.

A: I know I know but maybe one more ….

B: Seriously?

A: (fidgets and starts sequence but then breaks off) Yes? Please??

B: (sighs deeply) Alright, because it always… what?

A: Happens? Right it always happens.

B: Right and in fact even though we can’t see it…

A: (repeats with B softly)…we can’t see it…

B: It’s happening even now, even as we sit here, looking and seeing…?

A: Seeing…?

B: What are we seeing?

A: Now?

B: Yes now, right now, what are we seeing?

A: Ummmm…..nothing?

B: Right, nothing but still it’s…what?

A: Ummmm…..happening?

B: yes, good, right, it’s happening even when

A: Ummmm….we can’t see it? Even when it’s right there in front of us?

B: Yes, Yes, Good, that’s right, you got it. That’s it.

A: Huh….wow, I got it. Good….it’s like magic

B: No it’s not like magic.

A: Well it seems like magic.

B: It is the opposite of magic.

A: Oh.

B: The exact opposite of magic. Just take my word on this. Ok?

A: Ok…(is silent for a moment) is it like… like… God maybe..?

B: No.

A: But it’s a faith thing yeah?

B: No. it’s a science thing.

A: But I can’t always see it even though it’s there.

B: Really? Really??!!

A: You don’t have to yell…

B: Apparently I do. I do have to yell.

A: Well it’s kinda rude. I’m just trying to understand..

B: Can you just… be quiet. Just for a few moments, just a few seconds. Please.

A: Ok but I still don’t get..

B: Please? Please just…. Ssshhhhh.

A & B sit in silence for a few seconds. A starts up the gesture sequence and gets about ½ way through the sequence and then starts fidgeting again.

A: So…..if it’s not magic and it’s not God… it’s not good right?

B: Right it’s not good.

A: That’s not good that it’s not good…And it always happens?

B: Always.

A: And it’s …

B: Coming. Yes it is, it’s coming.

A: Hmmmm… and we’re…?

B: Yes.

A: Isn’t there anything…?

B: Maybe. Hopefully…

A: And that’s good? Yes? Things will be…better?

B: Maybe. Hopefully.

A is silent and then reaches for the potato chip bag and offers to B who hesitates and then takes one. They sit and eat still watching the empty pipe. Lights fade.