A Play by Rico A.

Performance: July 2004
Playwriting Instructor: Daniel Judah Sklar
Youth Guidance Center, San Francisco


Characters: Soul- a 100 year old soul who has been in this world many times
before.
Life- the motor behind a 10 minute old baby boy.
Time: 6:00 am in the morning, August 11, 2000
Place: Delivery Room of San Francisco General Hospital
At Rise: Life enters the body of a newborn baby boy as it comes out of its’
mother. Soul enters the baby boy right as the Doctor slaps his butt.



Soul:

Hey, I’m finally out. All that pushing they made her do and I’m back. So now I get pampered, catered to. Wow, I always wanted it like that. So when do I get out all these lights? Start crying so they can get us layed down and out of these lights.

Life:

(Crying)
Why are these people cutting that and putting things up my nose? I wish my head will stop spinning and that voice shut up. It feel very annoying just getting into here.

Soul:

(excited)
Man!, about time they got me out of them lights. Now just lay me down so I can get myself together for this.

Life:

(aside)
I really don’t know what I’m hearing in my head. It’s telling me things like lay down. I don’t want to be lying down in here by myself.

Soul:

I’m here wit you.

Life:

Who that? Why are you inside my head?

Soul:

I’m your soul and I help you think and feel.

Life:

Well, I’m not feeling good right now because my head is spinning and you seem to be telling me how I feel. Why is my head spinning? It does that every time you talk to me.

Soul:

Your head hurt because of all them lights and that’s why we wanted to come in the nursery.

Life:

Where are we? And why do this help me from the head spins?

Soul:

First, we are at the hospital in the nursery where newborn babies go after they’re born. And you feel pain and your head is spinning because the doctor hit you unexpected and startled you.

Life:

Why are you not in so much pain? And why you know so much about these pains and where we are. How did I get here?

Soul:

Because I know what cause pain. Look around, it’s babies everywhere. And that’s what you call a nursery, inside a hospital that you were just born in. That’s how you got here into this body that you and I now live in. We’re inside a baby boy.

Life:

So you mean that I’m going to be hearing you all the time and that I have to always be wit you. Why are you always going to be wit me?

Soul:

Right now you would never be here without a soul and that’s me. I live with you because I help you express your feelings. I say when it is okay to. I help you with your actions and I give you wisdom to understand yourself.

Life:

What? I don’t see how you can make me feel. Even if you can stop my head from hurting. Can you stop other things too?

Soul:

I only help you deal with it. I can’t change the things that happen. I help to ease your pain, to handle it.

Life: (aside)
Does he do all the talking in my head? Know everything I’m thinking?
Soul:

I hear everything you think. I know everything.

Life:

Well, why are you so much in power over me and the things I think? And why do I feel the way you make me feel?

Soul:

(gets smart)
Why ask so many questions? I do it because I know more.

Life: I’m Life ain’t I? How do you know more about me than me?
Soul: Listen, I told you I was trying to give you wisdom boy! I do the things I do because I’m doing me. And you need to get with the program and do how you feel.
Life: Well how do I feel if you know so much? And why are you Soul instead of Life?
Soul: You don’t know nothing about feeling.
Life: I feel right now that you don’t even know me or feel me.
Soul: You don’t feel yourself because I’m trying to help you understand and you acting like a hard head. You don’t know me because you never asked how I felt.
Life: How am I supposed to understand how you feel when you keep telling me everything about myself. You the one that’s doing all the talking. You act like you got all the power. You the one that act like you got all the control over everything I do, say and think. So how am I supposed to feel when you’re telling me what to do?
Soul: You ignant boy. You really don’t understand, do you?
Life: I understand that you feel like you can run me and that you just a little annoying voice in my head. What is there to understand about you? You know it all. Or you act like you do.
Soul: Oh, is this how this new generation of Life act like these days. Why can’t you just listen for once? I’m here to help you. We’re stuck.
Life: What do you mean we’re stuck?
Soul: We’re stuck together. Meaning you and me until death do us apart. And I’m only here to steer you in the right direction. But I can’t make you walk in the right direction. You do that yourself. You act like you want, do as you please.
Life: What do you mean walk in the right direction? I thought you control everything.
Soul: (laughing)
I told you, you don’t even understand yourself. I’ll help you if you stop being so stubborn. There’s so much to you that you don’t even know yet.
Life: So, what is it I need to know about myself?
Soul: See, it’s funny. You don’t even know. You control the body. I only control the feelings and how you express them. It shows how little you listen. You the one that made the baby cry I just told you to do it.
Life: How do I control the body when you told me to cry?
Soul: Silly, that’s only part of what I do. You can’t even tell an action from an emotion.
Life: So you mean to say I control something? How do I control it?
Soul: With your movements.
Life: So you mean all I do is move and I control something? All I do is look and I can see something. And all I do is say something and not you! Are you just in my head talking? Can’t noone hear you but me? Can’t noone express you but me?
Soul: I didn’t say all that, but yes.
Life: So what if I don’t? What can you do about it?
Soul: (shaken up)
You have to. You have to because I make you feel things. I help you to be understood.
Life: Understood? I understand how you feel right now. That you’re afraid I’m gonna hide you and that I don’t have to listen to you. I can let you talk yourself to death.
Soul: You can’t hide me.
Life: Yes, I can. I thought only I express you.
Soul: (stuttering)
You, you, you do because we have to work together. If it wasn’t for me you wouldn’t even be here.
Life:

Oh, I’d be here. If I was supposed to be here then I would be here, but with a different voice in my head. And not your annoying voice. I’m tired of you talking. Is there a way I could shut you up? I control this show now. Soul does not respond
Life cont.:

So, no response? (to Soul) You feel that? A nurse comes in and takes the newborn Baby from the nursery to his mother.
(surprised)

Hey, Are we moving?
Where are we going?

Soul: Why don’t you open the baby’s eyes and see. (smart) You control the show, right?
Life: You right, I do. And I don’t gotta open my eyes to do nothing. Let your senses figure out where we goin.
Soul: Why are you trying to have so much authority when someone’s trying to help out? Now open your eyes and see where we’re at.
Life: (singing)
I’m not hearing you.
Soul: Don’t you hear the mother calling? Stop being so self-centered.
Life: Oh, so now I’m self-centered because I control things. But when you were bullying me around, telling me to do this and do that (stops short) But I’m self-centered.
Soul: Listen, we have to work our controls together in order to be fully understood. So, stop being selfish. We all have our parts. This is one of yours. Now open the eyes for the mother.
Life: I don’t have to open anything. I’ll do it when I feel like it and how do you think you can work your way into being shown wit out me.
Soul: I can’t. You have to do that. And I help You- Life- to be more clear. When we work together.
Life: How clear can I get if we work together?
Soul: When we work together we get more understanding, learn more, get more open with each other and we get wise. Together we can express ourselves. Then the baby can learn. He gets all these things. If we don’t get an understanding with ourselves he will never get these things.
Life: So you mean if we don’t understand each other the baby can’t express Me the way I want him to?
Soul: Yes! So let’s try to work together and open the eyes.
Life opens the Baby’s eyes.
The End.
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