Group Therapy is Tuesdays

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“31 Plays in 31 Days” – Group Therapy is Tuesday

At LIGHTS UP, DOUGLAS confronts EVERRETT.                 

                                                                                DOUGLAS:

Okay, is this for real?

                                                                                EVERRETT:

Depends on what you’re talking about, man.

                                                                                DOUGLAS:

This ad in the O.B. Weekly: “Jobs –Him… Jobs –Her… Bikes. Boards.” Here it is: “Blow Your Mind.”

 

                                                                                (reading)

               

Reality Shifts, Inc.   We can rid your life of unwanted shifts in reality.

* Do you end up with single socks when you know you put pairs of socks into your load of laundry?

* Have you found your keys or wallet some place other than where you know you put them just a few minutes earlier?

* Have you thought of someone or something, and moments later been startled when they appeared  unexpectedly?

That is totally me.

                                                                                EVERRETT:

Many people recognize themselves in these—

                                                                                DOUGLAS:

Totally.

                                (reading)

* Have you noticed time behave in other than a regular, linear forward motion?

* Do traffic lights turn green and traffic jams clear up just when you most need them to? 

Dude, that is totally me.

                                                                                EVERRETT:

Traffic lights change for you, do they?

                                                                                DOULGAS:

Of course not. But I had four out of five: the sock thing, keys and wallets, startling appearance, rupture in linear, forward time.

                                                                                EVERRETT:

Yes, you have experienced four of the five signs. Come in, come in.  Look, we have another guest for the bookstore. Come, we’re having a reading    in just a little while. Usually we do group therapy,

Tuesdays, but tonight we’re having a workshop on a regression therapy text. Sit here until it’s time.

                                                                                DOUGLAS:

Yeah.

                                                                                EVERRETT:

Tell me about this rupture you experienced in the linear time-frame.

                                                                                DOUGLAS:

Well, I was riding a motorcycle on a beach down in Baja, and we went over this one dune, and it was a bluff and we came down on this equipment.     It was a pretty bad crack-up. They brought us

back across the border in a ambulance. Time pretty much stood still.

                                                                                EVERRETT:

Mm-hm. How long?

                                                                                DOUGLAS:

Since then, pretty much .

EVERRETT dredges up a clipboard.

                                                                                EVERRETT:

I’m going to ask you 10 questions.

                                                                                DOUGLAS:

OK.

                                                                                EVERRETT:

Agree or disagree. “I have noticed coincidences and synchronicities in   daily life.”

 
                                                                                DOUGLAS:
Yes. Most definitely.
                                                                                EVERRETT:
“I often find parking places when and where I need them most. “
                                                                                DOUGLAS:

Agree.

                                                                                EVERRETT:

“I sometimes put things (keys, wallets, coat) down in one place, only to find them missing

or in a completely different location later on — or notice something missing from the place I knew I had just seen it.”

                                                                                DOUGLAS:

That’s true.

                                                                                EVERRETT:

“I pray for people or animals to heal, and witness miraculous recoveries. “

 
                                                                                DOUGLAS:

No.

                                                                                EVERRETT:

No?

                                                                                DOUGLAS:

No.

                                                                                EVERRETT:

“I’ve experience of time seems to—

                                                                                DOUGLAS:

Yes!

                                                                                EVERRETT:

—slow down, stop, or speed up. “

                                                                                DOUGLAS:

Yes, yes.

                                                                                (long pause)

Yes.

                                                                                EVERRETT:

“I occasionally see things jump, leap, or fall without anyone moving them (such as a book or groceries falling off a shelf).”
                                                                                DOUGLAS:

Occasionally.
                                                                                EVERRETT:

“I’ve seen business signs showing first one set of hours (that they’ve “always” had)… then on another occasion, seen that same business with a different set of hours (that they’ve “always” had) — or noticed other striking changes in the physical appearance of buildings and signs that people assert have “always” been one of the two ways I’ve observed.
                                                                                DOUGLAS:

Oh my god, dude. Totally.
                                                                                EVERRETT:

“I’ve seen doors (such as car doors) be locked, then unlocked – or unlocked, then locked – with no person locking or unlocking them. “

 
                                                                                DOUGLAS:

What? No.

                                                                                EVERRETT:

“I’ve seen things transformed into something very different from what they had been before (such as faces looking different, or pictures in books or on the walls appearing different).”

                                                                                DOUGLAS:
Let’s come back to that one.

 
                                                                                EVERRETT:

“I’ve bent spoons, keys, coins, or other metal without forcing the objects to bend.”
                                                                                DOUGLAS:

That’s just silly.
                                                                                EVERRETT:
You scored 70% That’s pretty high.

                                                                                DOUGLAS:

I’m fairly gullible.

                                                                                EVERRETT:

Altered reality. You’ve experienced it. That’s enough to confuse any of us!

                                                                                DOUGLAS:

I’m not confused.

                                                                                EVERRETT:

But you said—

                                                                                DOUGLAS:

I’m just gullible.

                                                                                EVERRETT:

Well, you scored just swell. Come on in. We have an alternate reality        for you.

                                                                                DOUGLAS:

I wasn’t really in the market for one. I was just wondering—

                                                                                EVERRETT:

What?

                                                                                DOUGLAS:

About exceptions to the regular, linear forward motion of time.

                                                                                EVERRETT:

Yes.

                                                                                DOUGLAS:

And whether you had found any relief from it

                                                                                EVERRETT:

To what?

                                                                                DOUGLAS:

Exceptions to the regular linear, forward motion of time?

                                                                                EVERRETT:

You’ve read our pamphlet.

                                                                                DOUGLAS:

Many times. Have you guys figured it out yet, or are you still just toying with the fragile minds ofpeople weakened by sickness?

                                                                                EVERRETT:

If you find that you’ve experienced any one of these ten—

                                                                                DOUGLAS:

I know that. This is an exception to linear time itself. What I’m having right now!

                                                                                EVERRETT:

It is?

EVERRETT displays himself as if taking rays at Copacabana.

                                                                                DOUGLAS:

No, it doesn’t work that way. It’s just me. I’m the only one who will know.

                                                                                EVERRETT:

Know what?

                                                                                DOUGLAS:

About the shift in time.

                                                                                EVERRETT:

Have you read our pamphlet? You’ll find a lot of people who believe like you do.

                                                                                DOUGLAS:

No, I’m the only one who will ever know.

                                                                                EVERRETT:

You might want to take a look at our #5.

                                                                                DOUGLAS:

Is this for real?

                                                                                EVERRETT:

Depends on what  you’re  talking about, man!

BLACKOUT. END OF PLAY.

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