Act One, Scene Two of the play Our Town

Speaking
James Duncan
Ivan Matuszak
JR
William Washington
Stage Manager, Trevor Hailey

Lights come up on Stage manager
Life is becoming a more domestic for our friends. James and Ivan are living together in a large flat on Sharon Street a couple blocks from Castro Street where they have been entertaining a growing number of their newfound friends. James is working for a travel agent on Castro Street and Ivan is a trainer at a new gym on Market Street and he’s been dating William. James pines for Daniel but still goes out and meets men for sex.

Lights go down

Lights come up on James and JR on stage

James
I just heard from Daniel and he says he should have time to come down here.

JR
I’ll finally be able to meet the guy. I’ve never really believed he existed. What does he do or did you make him up? I’m breaking up with Billy.

James
He’s working on his degree in Seattle. What happened with Billy? Did the fun go out of it? Was he a little less fun in the sack? You said you’d only keep seeing him if he was fun.

Ivan
He made me go as his backup to his sister’s wedding in the valley.

James
Was it the kind of wedding where they make sure you know you’re not welcome with their grunts and groans and serve food tastes like it was catered by Denny’s?

Ivan
He didn’t tell me he has three brothers who must have come out of a Stone Age cave. I did my best butch, but they didn’t take a fancy to it or should I say when they looked at me with their dead eyes like they thought I was a piece of shit. I even wore a button shirt and a jacket. If they’d gotten me alone those cretins would have sent me home no better than a jar of mincemeat.

James
You can’t blame him for his brothers. I don’t blame anyone for mine, and they’re a bunch of dim witted Yahoos and sort of cuddly at the same time.

Ivan
When he was around them he was a completely different person. He turned into this meek and mild mouse of a man I didn’t recognize. Who knows? I could drop by his place and the brutes will be there lurking behind the door waiting to jump me.

James
You’re exaggerating, but was he still fun in bed?

Ivan
It started nice and easy as always but when I thought about fucking him I couldn’t get his big hairy monsters out of my mind.
James
And lost your hardon.

Ivan
Let’s say I lost interest. Last night I went home with Terry, the guy at Paperback Traffic I’ve been after for months.

James
I admire the way you don’t make up for lost time. Ivan and William have a thing going. I’m glad he’s doing that and not fooling around like yours truly. OK and me, too some. He is horny all the time but I always knew he’d know how to control his impulses even here with all these men.

Lights go down.

Lights come up with Ivan and William on the upper platform on a bed
.

Ivan
Thank you for the card. It was so sweet. Where did you get it?

William
There’s a new little card shop next to Orphan Andy’s and they have every kind of card imaginable from birthdays to condolences that’s kinda stupid. With all of us here under thirty no one is going to need condolences for the next forty years.

Ivan
Do you mind if we talk about us?

William
I’d like that. I’ve wanted to talk about us, too.

Ivan
I’m not sure how to say this and it makes me nervous but I like you very much. James says you’re my boyfriend but that feels funny because I’ve never said that about anyone. I’m not even sure I know what boyfriend means. Is that like going steady? Are we supposed to share ID bracelets or rings or something? What was it like for you growing up? Did you have close friends who were boys?

William
It makes me nervous too. My closet friend growing up was Josephine; her mother named her after Josephine Baker. We did everything together like sneaking into matinees on Saturdays when Mama thought I was at church.

Ivan
What about boys?
.

William
Darrell lived next door and he and I made a fort out of refrigerator boxes and made it our secret club and never let boys from the gang in town in.
Ivan
Did you touch any of the boys?

William
We razed the boys in the other gang for cornholing each other and they called us faggot shits.

Ivan
Do you mind if I call you my boyfriend? I don’t mean that you can’t play with others.

William

We’re adults, and we should be able to figure out a way of being boyfriends or whatever we want to call it and still allowing room for a little playing around.
.

Ivan
You really want to do that? I have done it once since I started seeing you. I thought you were….

William
You thought I was a nice quiet kid? Believe you me, when I see some of the muscles on those Speedy bodies in Dolores Park I want to grab them by their jocks, drag ‘em to the bushes and fuck ‘em crazy.

Ivan
Wow. You don’t mess around. You never said anything about that.

William
Where I grew up I learned real young it’s not smart to say anything that might upset the man.

Ivan
You’ll never upset me. You are the best thing that’s ever happened to me. I mean you’re the finest man I could have ever asked for. I mean you are an angel and gorgeous and all those things I ever dreamed of. I’ve never felt this way about anyone and I’m going to screw it up when I say it but I think love you, William.

William
To be honest I didn’t expect you would ever say that. I never thought you thought I was special.
Ivan
I’m sorry if I ever said anything that sounded bad I never mean to hurt you.

William
I wanted to tell but was afraid I’d say something stupid.

Ivan
Ivan
He begins undressing. I can’t get enough of you and don’t fight back because you’re going to like what I’m going to do you as much as I will.

William
I’ll fight just enough to let you know you’re worth fighting for.

Lights go down.

About Chuck

Ivy education, long-time San Franciscan with two dogs and two homes. Have traveled most of the world and spend my days writing.

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