PLAY #195: REGENERATION GAP (JUNE 24)

MOTHER lies curled up on a gurney.

She has just given birth to a plastic inflatable globe.

This is both incredibly sad and something that all three people in the room expected.

 

DOCTOR cleans up, NURSE holds onto the ball.

 

MOTHER

There’s no sound?

 

DOCTOR

No.

 

NURSE

There never is.

 

MOTHER

Can I see…?

 

NURSE

Best not to.

 

MOTHER

I suppose.

 

NURSE

Best to lie back down. Forget.

 

MOTHER

After nine months? You think that’s possible.

 

DOCTOR

What I had to do.

 

Pause.

NURSE looks at DOCTOR.

DOCTOR continues to work.

MOTHER lies down.

 

NURSE

I’ll take this for testing?

 

DOCTOR

Yes.

 

NURSE

Don’t worry. We’ll find out why…this is happening.

 

MOTHER

Has anybody…?

 

NURSE

No.

 

NURSE exits.

Pause.

 

MOTHER

Makes a maternity ward quieter, I suppose.

 

DOCTOR

Yes.

 

MOTHER

You must like that a little.

 

DOCTOR

You should rest. We need the bed soon.

 

Pause.

 

MOTHER

Did you see yours again?

 

DOCTOR

Best not to.

 

MOTHER

Did you?

 

DOCTOR

Yes.

(beat.)

They’re all kept in a room. Lots of them.

 

MOTHER

I heard there were hundreds.

 

DOCTOR

More now. Impossible to imagine.

 

MOTHER

Did you know which one was yours?

 

DOCTOR

Who can be sure?

 

MOTHER

But you knew.

 

DOCTOR

Yes.

 

Pause.

 

DOCTOR

You should rest.

 

MOTHER

You’ll need the bed soon.

 

DOCTOR

Yes.

 

MOTHER

You’ll figure all of this out.

 

DOCTOR continues to work, doesn’t respond.

MOTHER lies down.

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