Four good friends, all in their early 20's.
Richard: jeans, sweat-shirt, sneakers; an `ordinary guy'
- Greg: a mock tough guy exterior; but also an `ordinary guy'
- Lindsey: dressed rather punky; the clown of the group
- Tasha: the sensitive one; shows signs of being in love with Richard;
A table in a coffee-bar. The 4 characters are sitting at the table.
Richard: [ Hesitantly
You're probably ... wondering why ... I ... invited you here ...
You want to start paying back all the coffee you owe me ...
Well, that too ... I guess
Tasha: And ...?
Let me guess - you're going to reveal the deepest, darkest, most
horrible secret of your life ...
Holy smokes! How did you know?
I guessed it?
Lindsey: [Mocking, with appropriate hand-gestures]
OOOOO Greg, maybe you're psychic ... Mr. Greg sees all, tells all ...
Greg: [Leaning forward and staring at Lindsey; then in a foreign
Look into my eyes - and I will read your mind like a book ...
Tasha: [Rolling her eyes; slightly annoyed]
O give it a rest would you ...
[Touching Richard's arm]
What's it about, Richard ...?
Richard: [Hangs his head]
[ There is a pause. Just enough to be noticeable, Richard's 3 friends glance
at each other.]
I think ... we kind of knew that ...
Richard: [Looking down]
Guys ... I ... I ... don't know how to say this but ...
O come on now, we're all friends ...
Lindsey: Just in case you haven't noticed ...
Richard: Well ... it's ... just not ... easy ...
Come on Ricky-boy, spit it out ...
Greg: Yeah, we're all big, we can take it ...
Richard: [Worried, embarrassed]
I know ... it's just that ... I should have ... told you ... earlier -
months ago ...
Greg: I forgive you.
Lindsey: Hold on there! He doesn't get off that
easy. He's got to do
penance. He can buy me more coffee ...
Tasha: Oh cut it, you guys, just let him talk ...
Lindsey: I wish he would ...
Tasha: [Turning to him]
Richard, you said you should have told us months ago -
Richard: Well, I really should have ... but I didn't ... and that makes it
Tasha: [Gently coaxing]
O don't worry about that. Just tell us now ... What's it about?
Lindsey: [Flops back in her chair, groaning in exasperation]
What's the big secret, man? Look at all the stuff we told each other
before ... Can't be any bigger than some of that ...
Richard: No, no, it's much bigger than anything like that ...
Lindsey: [Now trampling her feet in frustration]
Tasha: You know we're your friends - even though Lindsey's being a bit
of jerk right now. So, why don't you just tell us ... it'll be so much better
Richard: I want to ... but it's so ... so different ...
Lindsey: Yeah, we'll understand ... even a jerk like me.
Richard: I know, guys, I know, but it's just not that easy ...
Lindsey: [Suddenly sitting up and looking at Richard]
Tell me, Richard, this wouldn't be a ...a ... male bonding
- would it?
Richard: [Thinks for a moment}
Yeah ... in a sort of way ...
[There is a moment of silence as the possible implications of this sink
Tasha: [Immediately sympathetic]
But that's not a problem - at least not for us girls ...
[Looks at Lindsey]
Lindsey: Definitely not for me ...
Greg: Hey man, I'm open-minded.
Tasha: [A little forced; she has romantic designs on Richard]
Me too ... for sure ...
Lindsey: Whatever floats your boat ... it's fine with me. No big deal here.
Greg: Hey, you're my friend, no matter what. I respect your choice - and you
respect mine -
that's what friends are about ... I may not understand it, but ...
Richard: [Breathing a big sigh of relief]
Oh man, I'm so glad you guys understand. I was so worried. Cause things
will be a a bit different from here on in ...
Tasha: [Obviously disappointed]
Just a bit ...
[She turns away]
Lindsey: [Sees Tasha's disappointment and tries to cheer her up by
sounding cheerful herself]
But it's not the end of the world. It's a start to a whole new
world ... new adventures and all that stuff ...
Richard: Well, you know ... I won't be going to the bar any more ....
Greg: Are you crazy? Say man, when did all this happen?
Richard: A couple of weeks ago. When I finally got my card ...
You need a card for that?
Oh yeah ... to get registered and all that kind of stuff ...
What do you mean registered?
Richard: So they know who's part of it ... no big deal ... but it's got to be
I wouldn't go on some register... there's gotta be a law about that
somewhere ... It's like communism or Nazis or something ...
Well, they've got to ... administration and all that stuff ...
Greg: [Somewhat angry]
So they can pick you up any time they like ...?
Lindsey: And make you wear a pink triangle ...
Richard: Pink triangle? Are you kidding? These guys use nine-pointed stars
I can't remember reading anything about nine-pointed stars in my history
So what do you need all this registration for ?
Richard: Well, once in a while for some of the special meetings ...
Tasha: Support group meetings ...
Richard: Not really, it's not a support group ...
Lindsey: OK, get-togethers... call 'em whatever ... for others like you ...
Richard: Exactly. But don't worry, I want you all there! I'll invite you to
some of our parties ...
Greg: [Mixed feelings]
Tasha: Well, I'll be happy to come with you ...
That's great! Maybe you'll all join some day ...
There is a shocked silence.]
Richard, good buddy, I think I better say this up front - I'm not wired that
Uh uh. You're so
wrong about that! I think everyone's
wired that way - they just don't know it yet ...
Greg: Oh, I know it all right, good buddy. And the answer is no. It's not for
Richard: But it's made me so happy! I want to share it with you!
Lindsey: Some things just aren't meant to be shared ...
I don't know about you guys, but I'm ... really
Lindsey: About what?
Greg: Like what?
Tasha: [To Richard
Richard, you just told us you're gay - didn't you?
Me?!? Are you kidding? Whatever made you think that?
[A long pause as they all glance at each other in confusion.]
Lindsey: [Matter of factly]
So you're not gay ...
No, of course not ...
Tasha: [Touching his arm]
That makes things a lot simpler ...
Greg: Yeah, I'll say.
Not that we'd care if you were ... a bud is
a bud is a bud ...
Tasha: So what are you?
Richard: I'm a Bahá'í.
Greg: Same thing almost, isn't it? Except you like girls too ...
Richard: [Slightly annoyed]
Greg: Well, if you're bi you like guys and
girls, right? You swing both
ways, sort of ... you know
what I mean ...
Richard: I said Bahá'í - not bi ...
If this one of those wierdo things, Richard, I hate to say it, but I'm
outta here! I'm just a plain simple girl ... guys, and later on babies the old
fashioned natural way ...
Tasha: [Despondent again; head in her hand]
Richard: You guys are nuts! This has nothing
to do with sex!
[He starts laughing.]
Tasha: [Perking up immediately; with increasing desperation]
Richard, I know you don't mean to, but you're jerking us around. So quit
it! It's driving me crazy. I want you to come right out and say it - no beating
around the bush ...
[Greg and Lindsey voice their support.]
I sorry guys, but ... it's just not an easy thing to explain.
Well, I think you'd better start ...
Richard: [Taking a deep breath]
I've joined the Bahá'ís. They're a religion.
Lindsey: So when do they shave your head?
Lindsey, would you just listen - before we get all confused again ... I
just couldn't stand any
more of that ...
Richard: No head shaving, Lindsey. It's simple as ABC. A: All religions and
peoples are basically one so the world is really one country. B: Bahá'u'lláh is
the manifestation of God for this age. C: Civilization won't progress until
we're all working together.
Lindsey: [Slightly disappointed]
That's it? That's the great secret?
Richard: That's it.
Greg: So tell me, good buddy, why all the chicken poop? Why didn't you just
come out and say so? That doesn't sound too bad.
Well ... you got to admit ...it's not easy these days - admitting you
got religion ...
Lindsey: No kidding ... and maybe for a good reason ...
Greg: Will I burn in hell for not joining?
Richard: There isn't a hell to burn in.
Greg: No hell? Now there's a new twist ...
Lindsey: What do they use to scare you?
Richard: Nothing. Your conscience maybe ... it's up to you ...
Tasha: [With a large sigh of relief]
Guys, I've got to go ... this has been quite a ride ... and I'm just
[She gets up. The others also get up ...and they start leaving, still
Richard: [Laughing as they exit]
Thanks guys. For understanding. And the misunderstanding. Wait'll I tell
[He mimics two different voices.]
`I'm a Bahá'í.'
`Oh. I guess that means you like girls too ...'
[Their laughter fades out as they exit.]