First performed at Women’s Expressive Theatre, New York City, 2002.
Anima, 23-year-old woman Shannon Burkett
Christa, 22-year-old woman Sasha Eden
Jenna/Angel One, 20s-30s woman Flora Diaz
Alan/Artie/Davie/Angel Two David Wheir
Mom/Kellee/Maryandrogyne Anne Carney
Director: Hayley Finn
Set Design: Margaret Eunbyul
Costume Design: Sarah Beers
Lighting Design: Stephen Brady
Sound Design: David A. Gilman
Publication: Callaghan, Sheila. Scab, a Comic Drama in Two Acts. Samuel French, 2009. Drama General Stacks PS3603.A442 S33 2009.
Setting: An apartment in Los Angeles; an apartment in New Jersey; a bar in LA; seminar class in LA
No, that’s what I needed, my lollipop roommate straddling my line of vision twice a day so I could check out her lacey underpants
Genre/Style: Dramatic comedy
Plot: Anima’s sphere of desperation and self-destruction is invaded by the arrival of her perky new roommate, Christa. Anima, whose father has just died, is an MFA acting student who has had a month long affair with Alan, a professor in her department. Christa is a first-year PhD student in history. The two young women become entrapped in a profound and intimate relationship, compounded by Christa becoming involved with Alan and Anima falling for Christa.
Review of the Production: Weber, B. (2002, Mar. 11). Roommates’ Yen for the Same Man, and Other Problems. New York Times, pp. E5.
Representative Monologues: Monologues contain the first few lines and the last few lines; please consult the published text for the monologue in its entirety.
p.27: Anima is telling Alan about her trip home to attend her father’s funeral.
Don’t worry it was all very appropriate, grandmother sang a little tune called “How I wish God would Take me too” and danced a jig before all the dearly-beerlies, and oh man the cold cut plattrs fruit baskets condolence cards…
It was wild. I felt for a second my dad WAS the president. Assassinated. By his fellow countrymen. Bastard capitalist corporate American dream, live it love it fuck it in the ass or it will fuck you ha ha ha – you think I’m crazy, don’t you/
p.38-39: Anima is drunk in a bar.
What a piece of work is man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculty, in form and move and inespresso ada-mahble…That’s Shakespeare. I know more. I played Hamlet once in college. It was for a video project but I was good. No one could believe a chick Hamlet could be so goddamn good.
Get off me. My friend is picking me up. My roommate. My new roommate. She’s brilliant. She’s going to be a doctor soon. She analyzes women. Not a fucking shrink. She just does, then she makes history out of it.
(She drinks. A beat.)
No, but thanks. She’ll be here any minute. Because I know. She takes care of me.
p.22: Anima has been trying to explain who Alan is to Christa after he drops by and Anima refuses to see him. Alan appears and speaks, unseen by the women.
I am thirty-two, nine years older than you. I have penetrated nineteen women, not including you, with my average sized penis. I played the viola all through college and a bit professionally before graduate school, I floss my teeth to NPR twice a day, each night I use lotion from a little blue jar to keep me from getting wrinkly.
You eat rare meat, you listen to top forty radio, you never read the paper, you drink Bud Ice and you’ve only slept with two men, one of whom was gay. What on God’s good earth ever made you think it would work between us?
Representative Scenes: Scenes contain the first person’s lines and the last person’s lines; please consult the published text for the scene in its entirety.
39-41: Christa and Alan are together after having left a karaoke bar. Starts with
Oh God, it hurts…
and ends with
(They kiss again and don’t stop. Christa drops her shoes.)
p.50-52: Christa confronts Anna over not going to class, something she learns from Alan. Anima accuses her of taking his side in their breakup, unaware that Christa and Alan have had sex the previous night. Starts with
How are the donuts.
and ends with
Tue s malade, ma petite plante. I will heal you.
Anima tears off her bandage and drips some blood into Susan’s soil.)
p.62-65: Anima confronts Christa about her sleeping with Alan, unaware that it’s Alan, and then makes a pass at Christa. Starts with
Do you love him, Chris?
and ends with