AT RISE: Kyle and Stephanie stand in a corridor at a local art gallery. They are among well-dressed people from Kyle‘s theatre, all admiring paintings based on the theatre’s past productions.
They are approached by an older gentleman, likely in his late 50’s.
ELDERLY MAN: (Places hand on Kyle’s shoulder.) How are you doing?
KYLE: (Assumes that the man is someone from the theatre, knows that he’s the new Technical Director, and means it in a joking punch-in-the-arm kind of way.) Oh, great, great.
ELDERLY MAN: (Faces Kyle and places his other hand on Kyle’s other should. To Stephanie without taking his eyes off Kyle.) He’s a very handsome man, isn’t he?
STEPHANIE: (Smiling, thinking that he’s joking.) Yes, he is! (Kyle looks extremely uncomfortable.)
ELDERLY MAN: (Still without looking away from Kyle’s face.) Oh, did you come together?
STEPHANIE: Yup! (Kyle’s face is noticeably pale.)
ELDERLY MAN: (Finally looks at Stephanie, with intensity.) Do you love him?
STEPHANIE: (Holds up her ringed left hand and takes Kyle’s hand in her right. Kyle looks as if he would like very much like to cry.) Enough to marry him!
ELDERLY MAN: (Quickly drops his hands from Kyle’s shoulders.) Oh, OH, you’re married!
The three shift uncomfortably and laugh nervously. Kyle grips Stephanie’s hand very hard. Fingers are broken. Elderly Man asks Stephanie what kind of work she does, but doesn’t listen to the answer. He turns to Kyle.
ELDERLY MAN: So, what do you do for a living?
KYLE: (Stares at him with horror.) I’m…I’m the new Technical Director. At this theatre…here.
ELDERLY MAN: Ah…
He turns his head to say hello to a woman coming up behind him. As soon as his head turns, Kyle shoves Stephanie in the back in the direction of the exit.
KYLE: (In a terrified shouting-whisper.) GO! GO! Seriously, let’s get the FUCK out of here! GO!
Stephanie trips over herself and they walk make a break for the exit. Once in the car, Stephanie laughs so hard that she wets herself. Kyle tells her to go to the deepest part of hell. They recover by going to the pub and ordering fish and chips and Guinness.