Bowie State University Impression on Abortion Road Trip Discussion

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After reading/viewing Rachel Lynett’s ABORTION ROAD TRIP, write about your impressions of the recent leak regarding the Supreme Court’s expected overturning or ROE v. Wade (

https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2022/05/02/roe-v-wade-supreme-court-draft-politico/

).

What does Lynett’s play have to say about abortion as we approach a radical shift in women’s health in America.

Kennedy Center production of the play:

Abortion Road Trip
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A full-length play by Rachel Lynett
ii.
CHARACTERS
LEXA, 25, not white
M INNIE, 28, not white
DRIVER, early thirties, white
QUINN, late twenties, M innie’s girlfriend, any race
M OM , Lexa and M innie’s mom, early thirties a different race from LEXA and M INNIE
TAYLOR**, Driver’s partner, early thirties, any race
(* In the play, M om only appears in the past when she would’ve been about thirty two)
(**Taylor and Quinn can be played by the same actress but it must be clear that they are
different people)
SETTINGS
2016. The play takes place in a taxi cab. They are traveling form Houston, TX to Albuquerque,
NM . The space is not literal and the characters step out and even run into their memories.
PRODUCTION HISTORY: Abortion Road Trip premiered at the 2017 DC Capital Fringe
Festival. It was presented by Theatre Prometheus (DC). A special production of Abortion Road
Trip was featured as part of the Kennedy Center’s 2017 Page to Stage Festival, presented by
Theatre Prometheus.
ACT 1
LEXA, M INNIE, and DRIVER are all in a taxi
cab. LEXA fidgets nervously. M INNIE
searches aggresively through her bag. DRIVER
tries not to notice.
M INNIE
Can I smoke in here?
LEXA shoots M INNIE a look.
DRIVER
I’d rather you didn’t.
M INNIE lights her cigarette.
LEXA
She asked you not to.
M INNIE
I’m stressed out.
LEXA
Why are you stressed out?
M INNIE
This is a stressful situation.
LEXA
It’s not your situation.
M INNIE
Then why am I here?
Pause.
DRIVER
I’ll just roll the window down.
2.
M INNIE
Thank you.
LEXA
So thanks for taking us all this way.
DRIVER
No problem.
LEXA
M y friend Adam said you took him to Dallas once and were cool about it so…
DRIVER
Yeah.
M INNIE
Yeah but New M exico is like forever away.
LEXA shoots M INNIE a look. M INNIE shrugs.
LEXA
And for being so cool about the price. One driver literally hung up on us.
M INNIE
At the time we were only offering like a grand though. For a twenty four hour trip.
Silence. They were really just talking to fill in the
silence.
QUINN comes out on stage outside of the cab.
DRIVER
So what’s in New M exico?
QUINN
Dammit!
LEXA
The end of my life.
DRIVER
Oh.
3.
In a separate space, Quinn’s locked out of her dorm
room. She pulls out a book and starts reading (it’s
Nick Flynn).
Only LEXA sees her.
M INNIE
Seriously Lexa? It’s not the end of your life. You’re going to freak her out.
LEXA
I’m going to New M exico to commit murder.
M INNIE
Jesus.
LEXA moves out of the cab and steps into the
memory. QUINN doesn’t look up to see LEXA at
first. LEXA thinks about walking past but…
LEXA
Do you need help?
QUINN
Already called the RA.
LEXA
Jennifer?
QUINN nods.
LEXA
It’s Saturday night.
QUINN
And?
LEXA
And Jennifer parties every Saturday. Hard. Are you locked out?
QUINN
I am.
4.
LEXA
I could…break in for you.
QUINN stares at LEXA.
LEXA
Okay, okay. Don’t look at me like that. If you want to get into your room tonight and
not deal with Drunk Jen, you might as well let me try.
QUINN
What’s to stop you from breaking into my room another night?
LEXA
Basic human decency.
QUINN continues to stare at LEXA.
LEXA
So Nick Flynn huh? That’s
QUINN
It’s not as pretentious when you’re actually from Boston. And I’m
LEXA
I wasn’t going to say
QUINN
You were. And alright. Fine.
LEXA
Alright?
QUINN
Break into my room. I’ve got a paper on literature of the homeless I need to finish.
LEXA
Oh. That why you’re reading…
QUINN
That’s why.
5.
LEXA
I’m sorry I called you pretentious.
QUINN
You didn’t. I did. I’m Quinn.
LEXA
Lexa. And to be fair, that’s one of my favorite books. I’m just deeply ashamed about it.
As LEXA is about to “break into” Quinn’s room,
her phone makes a sound.
M INNIE
(from in the cab)
Could you please put your phone on silent?
LEXA walks back into the cab and out of the
memory. DRIVER sits uncomfortably.
LEXA
No. That’ll just freak him out.
M INNIE
How would he even know?
LEXA
Because I wouldn’t respond.
M INNIE
You’re not responding now.
LEXA pulls out her phone and reads the text. She
puts the phone back in her pocket.
LEXA
Shit.
M INNIE
What?
6.
LEXA
He said he loved me. That’s it. “I love you.”
M INNIE
O-kay. Why is that cause for panic?
LEXA
He always puts “Love ya” or “You da best.” He’s never actually said I love you. Not
even in person.
M INNIE
You’ve been with him for how long and he still hasn’t said I love you.
LEXA
Four years. And no. In person he just says “you’re my favorite” which I actually always
kind of thought was sweet. But “I love you.” That’s heavy. He knows.
M INNIE
He does not know. Give me your phone.
LEXA hands over her phone. M INNIE scrolls
through.
M INNIE
See. Look. Here. I love you. Three days ago.
LEXA
No. That’s I and then a picture of a heart and then you. That’s not I love you.
M INNIE
It’s the same thing.
LEXA
It isn’t. And you know it. Wouldn’t you be suspicious if Quinn suddenly said I love you
after not saying it for years?
M INNIE
There’s no way I’d date someone for four years and not make them say I love you.
LEXA
You can’t make a person say I love you.
7.
M INNIE
You can. It goes like this. Do you love me, yes or no? If they say no, it’s done-zies.
We’re through. If they say yes, I say, “I need to hear you say it.” And then bam. I love
you.
LEXA
(to DRIVER)
Have you ever made someone say I love you to your face?
DRIVER
No.
LEXA
That’s weird right?
DRIVER
I don’t know that it’s weird. I just don’t really say I love you to a lot of people.
Pause.
LEXA
He knows.
M INNIE
He does not know.
LEXA
How do I even respond?
M INNIE
Just say it back.
LEXA
I can’t.
M INNIE
Why not?
LEXA
It’s not true.
8.
M INNIE
Suddenly you don’t love him.
LEXA
I don’t love him today. I don’t love anyone today.
M INNIE
Because of the murder?
LEXA
Yes.
M INNIE
It’s not murder.
LEXA
That’s not what we learned in Catholic school.
M INNIE
Well calling it murder isn’t good for your psyche.
LEXA
M y psyche? It’s murder. Whatever. I’m fine with it.
M INNIE
You can’t take a life that doesn’t exist.
LEXA
I can take whatever I want.
M INNIE
Well I’m not comfortable with you calling it murder.
LEXA
This isn’t about you. This is about me and Alexis.
M INNIE
Who is Alexis?
LEXA
That’s what I’d name my kid. If I were to have it. Have her? Him? How do I do
9.
M INNIE
You can’t name a fetus.
LEXA
I can do whatever I want to do. I’m an American.
M INNIE smiles. DRIVER is still uncomfortable.
M INNIE
Remind me why we didn’t just fly. It would’ve been cheaper.
LEXA
I wanted the time to think.
M INNIE
You could think on a plane.
LEXA
All I think about on planes is how angry I am about the tiny seats. And fake air. And
mean flight attendants. And
M INNIE
We get it.
M INNIE finishes her cigarette and stares out the
window.
Silence. M OM comes out on stage. She is pacing.
M INNIE notices. M INNIE doesn’t move
immediately. M OM steps on something.
M OM
Crap!
M INNIE doesn’t move. M OM limps over to the
nearest seat and inspects her foot.
M OM
I always do this. Lexa and I got the clumsy gene. You lucked out.
M INNIE leaves the cab and steps into the memory.
10.
M OM
I can’t take off work. Does she even want me there?
M INNIE shrugs.
M OM
Are you going to tell her about-M INNIE
M om.
M OM
She’s needs you right now, M in. I know you two aren’t…telling her could help her get
through this.
M INNIE
If I tell her, then it’s real. It’s too real. I’m not ready for that yet.
M INNIE runs out of the memory and back into the
cab. She reaches for her phone and starts texting.
M OM
I think it could be cathartic. Plus only you know what gas stations have the blue pack of
Spirits.
M INNIE, still in the cab, ignores her. M OM limps
off stage.
DRIVER
So. Do you know anyone in New M exico?
LEXA shakes her head.
LEXA
No. M y nurse in Houston said I had to go to San Antonio. So my friend, Quinn, takes me
to that one and the woman there told me a ton of facts that she’s apparently legally
required to tell me. But when I say facts, I mean nonsense. Because, like I don’t even
have any kind of medical knowledge, and most of that sounded like bullshit. And they
made me watch this video. It was weird. So I looked it up on my own at home and found
that my best bet in New M exico.
11.
DRIVER
Oh.
LEXA
Yeah! Our mom’s best friend died, she fucking died, trying to do an at home abortion.
Like what the fuck, Texas? What if a woman can’t afford the drive? Am I supposed to
just die?
DRIVER nods uncomfortably.
M INNIE
You’re going to make her pull over. Can we talk about something else?
LEXA nods and pulls out a piece of paper from her
pocket.
LEXA
I wrote an orbituary.
M INNIE
Oh for fuck’s sake. Please tell me you did not.
LEXA
I totally did. And I’d like to read it.
M INNIE
Now? You want to read it now?
DRIVER
(under her breath)
Please don’t read it now.
LEXA
Yes.
M INNIE
Dude no. I am not listening to an obituary you wrote for a kid who doesn’t fucking exist.
And will never exist. I will go on your weird cab drive with you and I will–
12.
LEXA
(reading from the piece of paper)
Alexis Aubrey Pearson was one of the brightest stars to ever shine through-M INNIE
No dude. No.
LEXA
Through Alexa M arina Pearson’s vagina.
M INNIE
Oh my God.
LEXA
Had Alexis been born, he but hopefully she would have been a tennis player in his or
preferably her younger years and then grew up to a politician.
M INNIE
Just say she
LEXA
After somehow surprising everyone with her mad policy making (looking up) M ad as in
the slang term. I figure that one’s going to stay around forever
M INNIE
I’m sure they’d edit out the slang.
LEXA goes back to reading.
LEXA
with her mad policy making, she first became a city councilman.
M INNIE
Lexa
LEXA
From there she rose up to mayor. And then governor. And then she became the first
female president of the United States.
13.
M INNIE
Hillary.
LEXA
Too soon.
M INNIE
Will you stop reading now?
LEXA folds up the piece of paper and puts in her
pocket. Pause.
LEXA
I’m nervous.
M INNIE
I know.
LEXA
(to DRIVER)
Do you know anyone who had an abortion?
DRIVER
Um…
M INNIE
You cannot ask that.
LEXA
Why not? It’s not like I’m asking if she knew a rapist. Or a serial killer.
M INNIE
You just called abortion murder like two minutes ago.
LEXA
(to DRIVER)
I was kidding. M ostly. About that. I’m like super pro-choice.
Pause.
LEXA
(to DRIVER)
Are you dating anyone?
14.
DRIVER nods.
M INNIE
(under her breath)
Stop asking personal questions, Lexa.
LEXA
(overly dramatic)
Stop calling abortion murder. Stop asking personal questions. What am I supposed to do?
Sit and chain smoke like you are?
M INNIE
Read a book or something.
LEXA
You know I nervous talk.
M INNIE
I also know you tend to get too personal too fast with strangers.
LEXA
(ignoring M INNIE)
What’s your special person’s name?
DRIVER
Taylor.
Taylor comes on stage.
M INNIE
Ambiguous gender. I like it.
DRIVER
She’s my wife.
LEXA
So much for ambiguity. How did you two meet? Did you meet in this cab?
DRIVER shakes her head and moves from her seat.
It should be clear that she is still driving and this
moment with Taylor occurs in another reality.
15.
DRIVER
(as if seeing Taylor for the first time)
We met at a bar.
TAYLOR approaches DRIVER.
TAYLOR
I should be clear with you. I am a lesbian and I will hit on you.
DRIVER
Shit.
TAYLOR
What?
DRIVER
You stole my pick up line.
TAYLOR smiles and extends her hand.
TAYLOR
Taylor.
DRIVER
Hi. I’m Kate.
They shake hands.
TAYLOR
Drink?
DRIVER
Always.
TAYLOR goes to “order a drink” and exits the
stage. DRIVER returns to her seat.
DRIVER
It was a lesbian bar but there were a ton of straight girls there. I think Taylor and I were
the only lesbians there.
16.
M INNIE
That keeps happening. I went to a bar with Quinn that was supposed to be mostly
lesbians. And it was full of straight girls who quote-didn’t want to get hit on by men.
Like seriously dude? You came to a lesbian bar because you didn’t want to get hit on?
You didn’t think that through.
DRIVER nods.
DRIVER
Yup. I guess they assume women hit on women less aggressively. I don’t know.
M INNIE
That’s bullshit. That’s like patriarchal level bull-LEXA
If I don’t get to rant, neither do you.
M INNIE
Fine.
LEXA
And it’s not patriarchal. It’s true. As the token straight girl in this cab, I would rather be
hit on by a woman than a man. You turn down a woman, she leaves you alone. You turn
down a man, he tries to murder you. Like seriously. You can Google it. Rejected man kills
woman. There are thousands of results.
M INNIE
(joking)
But not all men.
DRIVER
M urder seems to be a common theme today.
M INNIE
New topic please.
LEXA
I think if I could talk to a genie right now, I’d wish to go forward in time. But like
hundreds of years in time. Like 3030.
17.
M INNIE
This is your new topic?
LEXA
I also want to punch the inventor of the bra in the face. So I guess I would ask the genie
to introduce me to the Doctor.
M INNIE
The Doctor?
LEXA
From Doctor Who.
M INNIE
I thought his name was Doctor Who.
LEXA
Now you’re just trying to piss me off.
DRIVER laughs and get slightly more comfortable.
QUINN comes out on stage reading All About Love
by bell hooks. She is obviously waiting for
someone. M INNIE notices but doesn’t budge.
LEXA
(to DRIVER)
What inventor would you want to punch in the face?
DRIVER
Edison.
M INNIE
Wasn’t he like the worst?
QUINN clears her throat, turns the page, waiting.
DRIVER
He was.
LEXA
I wonder if Edison would vote in favor of getting rid of abortion clinics.
18.
LEXA stares out. QUINN continues to read. A
moment. M INNIE walks over to QUINN.
M INNIE
You know, I really should’ve seen this coming.
QUINN looks up confused.
QUINN
Okay.
M INNIE
I’m M innie. Quinn right?
QUINN nods.
M INNIE
Lexa is setting us up. She’s not coming.
QUINN closes her book.
QUINN
You’re M innie? As in the M innie who doesn’t even live in Texas?
M INNIE
I just moved back.
QUINN
You look nothing like her.
M INNIE
Yeah. Listen. Could you text Lexa for me? M y phone is dead. Tell I saw, I was
uninterested, I am going home.
QUINN
Uninterested?
M INNIE
Who reads bell hooks in a coffee shop?
QUINN
Why are you and your sister so judgy about what other people are reading?
19.
M INNIE
Seriously. bell hooks? Is she just the distraction to your texting?
QUINN
M y texting?
M INNIE
Just text her okay. I gotta see if mom can pick me up.
QUINN
I have a girlfriend.
M INNIE
Lexa hates your girlfriend.
M INNIE starts to leave.
QUINN
I borrowed it from Lexa. And yes I am actually reading it.
M INNIE stops.
M INNIE
I’m not like her. I don’t…I know it’s like super dangerous to say this but I don’t really
read for fun. I get bored and I end up doing something else. So if you really are reading
bell hooks in the middle of the day at a coffee shop this isn’t going to work.
QUINN
How’d she get you here? Like how did she get you to come?
M INNIE
She said she wanted to buy me congrats coffee for graduating a semester early.
QUINN kicks out the chair for M INNIE to sit
down.
QUINN
Huh. She told me she was introducing me to her asshole sister. Because my girlfriend
really is the worst.
20.
M INNIE smiles. She takes a minute, steps out of
the memory and back into the cab.
Out of nowhere and suddenly
M INNIE
I think I want to punch Jefferson in the face.
LEXA
What?
M INNIE
You asked who I’d punch in the face.
LEXA
Yeah. A while ago. And like, Thomas Jefferson or Jefferson that teacher you dated in high
school?
M INNIE
Oooh. I forgot about him. Both. Definitely both.
DRIVER
Why Thomas Jefferson?
M INNIE
Why not?
DRIVER nods. M INNE’s phone vibrates.
M INNIE
Quinn wants to know if you shaved.
LEXA looks over at the phone and then laughs.
LEXA
I thought you were kidding.
M INNIE
Nope. That is an actual text. “Did Lex make sure to shave her bushy ass vagina?”
21.
LEXA
I don’t shave for my partners. I’m not shaving for a doctor.
M INNIE nods, sends a quick text, and then puts
her phone away. Pause. LEXA touches her stomach.
LEXA
I’d be a shitty mom.
M INNIE
You’re 25. Who’s a good mom at 25?
LEXA
Our mom was a good mom. And she had you at eighteen.
M INNIE
Our mom was born to be someone’s mom. You’re holding yourself to an un-achievable
standard.
LEXA
Did you have a good mom?
DRIVER
No. Not really.
M INNIE
I don’t think mom is happy. Like she’s a good mom but she’s not happy.
LEXA
Who has a happy mom? M otherhood sucks.
DRIVER laughs at this.
DRIVER
M y mom was happy. That’s probably why she was shitty.
M INNIE
That’s the trade off.
LEXA
I feel like I read some article about that on NPR’s website.
22.
M INNIE
What have I told you about NPR?
LEXA
That it’s for pretentious white people or bored housewives.
M INNIE
Stop reading NPR.
Pause.
LEXA
(to DRIVER)
Are you a mom?
DRIVER shakes her head.
LEXA
I think I’d be like a trying hard to be cool but really just annoying mom. Like I’d say
words like “hip” and “bombtastic” in front of my kid’s friends. And I’d let people stay
over and then wonder why kid is pregnant at like fifteen.
M INNIE
I have no idea what I’d do with a teen mom. Like what do you even say to that? Use a
condom next time?
LEXA
That’s not exactly supportive, M innie.
M INNIE shrugs.
M INNIE
I guess I’d be a shit mom too.
LEXA
(to DRIVER)
Do you want kids?
DRIVER takes a while to respond.
DRIVER
I want the idea of children but not actual children.
23.
M INNIE
Yeah. Like there’s something cool about having a mini-me but there’s something very not
cool about having to take care of another human being.
LEXA
I used to want an entire litter of children. Like ten. Remember?
M INNIE
You also used to want to be a marine biologist. Who only worked with seagulls.
A moment.
DRIVER
So. You two are sisters right?
M INNIE nods.
LEXA
Half. We look nothing alike.
M INNIE
We’re not even the same race.
LEXA
Race is subjective.
M INNIE shoots LEXA a look.
M INNIE
Our mom was adventurous.
.
DRIVER
And you’re really just taking a cab just to think? Couldn’t someone drive you? Sorry if
that’s too blunt.
LEXA
After everything I’ve asked you? No. Not all.
M INNIE
M om couldn’t leave work. Quinn had a thing. Lexa’s too afraid to tell Seth.
24.
LEXA
I’m not afraid to tell Seth.
M INNIE
Great. Call him right now.
LEXA tenses up.
M INNIE
And I didn’t want to take my car across state lines. All of our other friends would be too
judgy and Lexa didn’t want to fly so…
LEXA
Her tags are expired. (to M INNIE) You’re going to get a ticket soon.
M INNIE shrugs. Pause.
LEXA
So no kids but a wife. Did you always know you were gay?
DRIVER
You are the most forward passenger I think I’ve ever had.
LEXA
It’s a long drive. Why not? Let’s get heavy.
M INNIE
Could we not get heavy?
LEXA
So what? Just talk about Doctor Who and inventors we want to punch? We’re driving to
New M exico so I can abort my unborn child. Who is also the child of my boyfriend. M y
boyfriend who thinks I’m going to New M exico to visit my long lost father. What about
this situation isn’t heavy?
M INNIE
Your dad moved to New M exico?
LEXA
I don’t know where the hell he is. Do you know where Kevin is?
25.
M INNIE
New York.
LEXA
What’s in New York?
M INNIE
His loving wife and 28 year old son. Named M ikey.
LEXA
Wait. 28?
M INNIE
Cheated on his wife with mom and then went back. For the baby. And obviously not this
one. Get this. Our birthdays are three months apart.
LEXA
How did I not know that?
M INNIE
Because unlike you I keep things to myself.
LEXA
You shouldn’t have kept that to yourself.
M INNIE
It’s not a thing that just comes up. Hey Lexa I have a half brother who is the exact same
age as me.
LEXA
We don’t talk enough. What else are you hiding from me?
Pause.
DRIVER
(attempting to lighten the mood)
M y dad’s name is Kevin.
M INNIE
(texting)
Oh cool. Is he also an alcoholic banker?
26.
DRIVER
No. He’s a baseball coach at a high school. Good dad.
M INNIE
Lucky you.
DRIVER
You’ve got a good mom. Lucky you.
Pause.
M INNIE
Speaking of hiding things, you should tell Seth.
LEXA
What?
M INNIE
I mean, not like for permission but just for–you are not a good secret keeper.
LEXA
I am an excellent secret keeper.
M INNIE
You told mom I was gay the second I told you.
LEXA
Not the second.
M INNIE
You texted her while I was telling you.
LEXA
And you’re welcome. M om was super cool about it. You were worried for nothing.
M INNIE
I just feel like this will destroy you if you don’t tell him.
LEXA
And say what? And over a text message? “Hey Seth. I’m aborting our unborn child
today. No worries. You have no say in it.” Yeah that’ll go well.
27.
M INNIE
You could call.
LEXA
I could also use a coat hanger.
DRIVER
Jesus.
An awkward and painful silence.
DRIVER
What’s Quinn like? That’s your girlfriend’s name right?
QUINN comes on stage. She is texting. LEXA
walks over to her.
M INNIE
She’s the best worst person I have ever met.
LEXA
So we should talk.
QUINN
(still texting)
About how you finished your article early and I can finally put it on the website?
LEXA shakes her head.
M INNIE
She started this online blog thing. As a side job. It’s kind of a mess. But awesome. She
writes articles on the news and current events but they’re hilarious. And then she’s also
got a blog section called “In my news…” that Lexa curates. Is curate the right word?
LEXA
(with QUINN)
No. It’s about…um…it’s a little heavy.
QUINN
You think everything is heavy.
28.
LEXA
I’m pregnant.
QUINN stops texting and stares at LEXA.
QUINN
Does M innie know?
LEXA
You’re the first person I’m telling.
QUINN
Shit.
LEXA
Yeah.
QUINN
So not even Se-LEXA
You are the first person I’m telling. I took five pregnancy tests like three weeks ago and
then went to the doctor yesterday. I’m fucking pregnant.
LEXA and QUINN stare at each other.
M INNIE
They don’t make a ton of money off the website but the ad revenue and donations are a
nice side profit.
QUINN
So. What’re–why are you telling me this? Why not your sister or the person who
knocked you up?
LEXA
The person who knocked me up?
QUINN
It seems presumptuous to assume
29.
LEXA
It’s Seth.
QUINN
Okay. Sorry. I just don’t…you seem panicked.
LEXA
I am fucking panicked. I…want to get an abortion.
QUINN
Oh.
LEXA
Oh?
QUINN
Yes. Oh.
LEXA
I’m asking you to drive me and to not tell M innie. I don’t think she could…I don’t want
mom to know. Or Seth. I just…
QUINN
Lexa, have you really thought this through?
LEXA
Can you take me or not, Quinn?
LEXA and QUINN stare at each other.
M INNIE
Sometimes I think Quinn and Lexa are closer than me and Lexa. M e and Quinn too.
M aybe they should be dating.
LEXA walks away and gets back in the cab.
LEXA
Quinn’s not my type. Don’t worry M innie.
30.
DRIVER
Quinn sounds nice.
M INNIE
Half the time she is.
LEXA
It’s all really complicated.
M INNIE
I know.
LEXA
You’re here for emotional support. Not to lecture me about Seth.
M INNIE
Okay.
M INNIE stares at the window.
M INNIE
I don’t think I ever realized how massive Texas is. Like you hear it and you study it. But
just getting to another state is like a journey.
LEXA
Yeah. It’s prettier though than I thought. All the water in unexpected places.
M INNIE
Traffic and lakes. That should be our state motto.
DRIVER shifts in her seat. LEXA starts to text
SETH. She types and erases and types and erases
and types
DRIVER
So four years. That’s a long time.
M INNIE
It is a long time.
DRIVER
Are you thinking about…
31.
M INNIE
She’s not.
LEXA gives up and puts her phone away.
LEXA
I have commitment issues.
DRIVER
Oh.
M INNIE
He’s asked. Like twice. Once when they moved from Austin to Houston. And then again
on her birthday last year.
DRIVER
And you said no both times?
M INNIE
She said “I have commitment issues.”
DRIVER laughs. Who are these people?
DRIVER
Of course.
LEXA
It’s complicated.
M INNIE
Obviously. You can’t even say I love you over the phone.
LEXA
Not in a text message I don’t.
M INNIE
Lexa, you’re an I love you whore. I refuse to believe you’ve never said I love you to Seth.
LEXA
I’ve never texted it.
32.
DRIVER
I don’t text it.
LEXA
It doesn’t seem real in a text message. You cannot send a text that’s full of emojis one day
and then another text with something as heavy as an I love you the next day.
M INNIE
I love you shouldn’t be that heavy.
LEXA
M aybe yours aren’t. I think it should be sacred. And said scarcely.
M INNIE
I have legitimately heard you tell Quinn’s cat you love her. Like all the time.
LEXA
I love Pebbles.
M INNIE
You told a tree you loved it.
LEXA
That tree was beautiful.
M INNIE
You’re so full of shit.
LEXA
Literally. I’m pregnant.
M INNIE
Geez Lexa.
LEXA
I’m just saying. Neither of you understand what this is like.
M INNIE
You don’t even know her.
LEXA
Fine. You, M inerva, do not understand what this is like. You, driver, you might. I don’t
know. We’re not supposed to be getting heavy.
33.
M INNIE
She has a name.
LEXA
I don’t want to know her name. (to DRIVER) No offense. I don’t want to know your
name. I don’t want–Like if I saw you on the street, I would not say hello.
DRIVER
O-kay.
LEXA
Not because you’re a cab driver. I actually think that’s really cool. But because of this.
This fucked up, awful situation. I want to remember as little about this as I can.
DRIVER
That makes sense.
Pause.
DRIVER
If you’re feeling guilty, you don’t…
LEXA
It’s not guilt. It’s…this is one of those time when I would say it’s something deep within
me. Like in my gut but that just doesn’t work because…well there is something in me.
That I…It’s not guilt.
M INNIE
It’s everything else.
LEXA nods. Silence.
DRIVER
John F Kennedy.
LEXA
What?
DRIVER
I’d want to punch him in the face.
LEXA smiles.
34.
M INNIE
For Cuba? For the DR?
DRIVER
For M arilyn.
Both M INNIE and LEXA nod.
LEXA
What living celebrity would you want to meet like now?
M INNIE
Driver? Can we call you driver since we’re intentionally not learning your name?
DRIVER
Driver works.
LEXA
I feel like that’s offensive.
M INNIE
You literally told her you wouldn’t say hi if you saw her on the street and you think
“Driver” is offensive?
DRIVER
I swear. I take no offense. I’ve been called worst.
M INNIE
Who’s your person?
DRIVER
Does she have to be living?
LEXA
I guess not.
M INNIE
Is it Eleanor Roosevelt? Because that’s boring.
DRIVER
M ary Shelley.
35.
M INNIE
Like Frankenstein M ary Shelley?
DRIVER
Yeah.
M INNIE
Favorite book?
DRIVER
No. I guess I like the book but her life. What was it like to be the daughter of M ary
Wollstonecraft? What were family dinners like?
LEXA
(quoting and having fun with it)
M en and women must be educated by the opinions and matters of the society they live
in.
M INNIE
It’s manners.
LEXA
Really?
M INNIE
Yes really.
DRIVER
I’m sort of mildly impressed you know who Wollstonecraft is.
M INNIE
For some reason Lexa got me into Women Studies. She majored. I minored.
DRIVER
Huh. Who’s your person, M innie? Phyllis Schlafly?
DRIVER smiles. M INNIE makes a face in response
to a text.
LEXA
M y person, hands down, is M eryl Streep.
36.
M INNIE
That’s boring.
DRIVER
She’s kind of a given.
LEXA
She is not. I’ve loved her since Out of Africa. I will love her forever.
M INNIE
This is why I say straight women are boring.
LEXA
Lesbians are boring. Isn’t lesbian bed death like a total thing?
DRIVER
Nope. We cannot-M INNIE
We’re not talking about that.
LEXA
At least straight women are having sex.
M INNIE
Not good sex. Only thirty percent orgasm.
LEXA
It’s not thirty
LEXA’s cut off by her phone ringing. It startles
M INNIE.
M INNIE
Fuck.
LEXA
It’s Seth.
M INNIE
Pick up.
37.
LEXA
And say what?
M INNIE
Anything.
LEXA picks up the phone.
LEXA
Hey Seth.
M INNIE looks out the window. She sees QUINN.
She walks over to her and into the memory.
QUINN
Hey.
M INNIE
Shitty day?
QUINN
Sort of.
LEXA
(in the cab)
Seth, you know M innie hates it when I’m on the phone.
QUINN
So we don’t have secrets right?
M INNIE
Why?
QUINN
I’m trying to figure out the right thing to do.
LEXA
(in the cab)
I don’t know. I just thought…I should see my father.
38.
M INNIE
Quinn, you’re freaking out. If you’ve cheated on me or something I don’t really care. I
mean it’s-QUINN
Lexa is having an abortion.
M INNIE shifts.
M INNIE
Okay.
QUINN
Okay?
M INNIE
Okay.
QUINN
She wants me to drive her there.
M INNIE shrugs.
M INNIE
So drive her?
QUINN
I don’t exactly agree with it.
M INNIE
Not your place, Quinn.
QUINN
If I’m the driver, it kind of becomes my place doesn’t it?
M INNIE
Fine. I’ll drive her.
QUINN
You’re not supposed to know.
M INNIE
So why are you telling me? To try to stop her?
39.
QUINN
You’re her big sister. M aybe you two could go for drinks.
M INNIE
You want me to take my pregnant sister out for drinks but you don’t want her to have an
abortion? Since when are you pro-life?
QUINN
I’m just saying some support for Lexa would be good right now.
M INNIE
You’re her best friend. You really want to support her? Then drive her to the clinic, hold
her hand when starts nervously talking about Doctor Who and how guilty she feels, and
cry with her. Don’t do this. Whatever the hell this is.
LEXA
Seriously Seth. I have to go.
M INNIE
I don’t know why she told you and not me. And I don’t care. Because it’s not about me.
Don’t make this about you, Quinn.
LEXA hangs up the phone. M INNIE walks back
over to the cab. LEXA stares out of the window at
the passing imagery. M INNIE pulls out her phone
to text.
LEXA
I might re-write it. But, like more seriously.
M INNIE
Rewrite what?
LEXA
The obituary.
M INNIE
Please don’t do that to us.
40.
LEXA
It’s important to me. M aybe when I get back, I can hand it to Seth and explain it to him
that way.
M INNIE
You think Seth would understand you had an abortion because you’re handing him an
obituary? How does that make sense?
LEXA
I’m tongue tied. I’m a writer. I’m better at reading from a piece of paper than I am just
from just emoting.
M INNIE
Then write him a letter. Please don’t make anyone sit through another obituary.
LEXA
Another? You didn’t even let me finish the first one.
M INNIE
Because it was terrible. And obviously not what you wrote down.
LEXA
I couldn’t read what I had actually written down. It was too…
DRIVER
Heavy.
LEXA nods.
LEXA
Okay. So here’s my deal.
M INNIE
This is sounding too close to another guilt trip.
LEXA
Rape? Fine. You shouldn’t be forced to keep a child who is a constant reminder of
tragedy. Incest? Samesies. You could die? Okay that makes sense. But I’m in a four year
relationship with the person I’m probably going to be with forever. Like, what’s wrong
with me? And I haven’t even told him.
41.
M INNIE
Then tell him. Isn’t Seth always talking about how much of a feminist he is?
LEXA
It’s not about feminism. It’s about…us. And our lives. Like where do we go from that?
Hey Seth. I’m pregnant but I don’t trust you enough to have a family? How does anyone
say something like that?
M INNIE
You just say it. If it’s the truth, you have to say it. Or else you’re lying. And that’s
worse.
LEXA
Some things just shouldn’t be said. Look, I’m happy that lesbians can just run around
saying everything to each other with no consequence but the rest of us? The
consequences outweigh everything else. I can’t just pick up the phone and call him. I
can’t tell him. Ever.
TAYLOR comes back on stage. Her energy is
different. She’s been crying but trying to hide it.
DRIVER sees her and walks over but keeps a
distance.
LEXA
Sometimes who you love is way more than important than honesty.
DRIVER
Say something. Please.
TAYLOR
I don’t even know how to process this.
DRIVER
It was a mistake.
TAYLOR
A massive, fucked up mistake.
DRIVER
I’m sorry.
42.
TAYLOR
You’re always sorry.
LEXA
It’s like if you can save your relationship with one lie, why not do it? What good is the
truth if it’s definite, unchangeable?
TAYLOR
How many times did you sleep with him?
DRIVER shrugs.
DRIVER
I don’t know…Three. M aybe.
TAYLOR
Three?
DRIVER
I was drunk. Every time. Black out. Not myself.
TAYLOR
Like so blackout that maybe
DRIVER
No. Taylor. I’m sorry. I was drunk but it was consentual.
TAYLOR
You’re a lesbian.
DRIVER
I made a mistake. I’m sorry.
TAYLOR
Fuck.
DRIVER
I know.
TAYLOR
No you don’t fucking know.
43.
DRIVER
I–I’m sorry.
TAYLOR
Stop saying sorry.
LEXA
So you just…I don’t want him to look at me like that.
M INNIE
Like what?
LEXA
Like I’ve taken something from him that he’ll never get back. Like I’ve ripped him.
TAYLOR
And it’s over now?
DRIVER
Yes.
TAYLOR
You swear to God?
DRIVER
I swear to God. It’s done. It was…
TAYLOR
A mistake.
TAYLOR and DRIVER sit in heavy silence.
LEXA
God, I remember the look Dan gave me when I first told him about Seth. And how I
cheated on him. And how I was in love with someone else. I would never stop crying if
Seth ever looked at me like that.
TAYLOR
So. He’s a partner, isn’t he? At the firm?
44.
DRIVER
Yeah.
TAYLOR
Are you going to keep working there?
DRIVER
I can’t quit.
TAYLOR
Kate, you’re fucking pregnant.
DRIVER
Was.
TAYLOR
Was?
DRIVER
I was pregnant.
Another heavy moment. LEXA shifts.
LEXA
You can see it in their eyes, you know? It’s like their pupils start shaking and you know.
You know you’ve just ripped them. They’re broken. And they can’t ever be fixed.
Pause.
TAYLOR
So you waited to tell me you were pregnant until after you had an abortion?
DRIVER
I was terrified. And it’s not like I wanted to keep it.
TAYLOR starts to say something. She can’t. Instead
TAYLOR
I have to go. I can’t–I need to leave.
TAYLOR leaves. DRIVER watches her go.
45.
LEXA
I’d cut my own heart out if Seth ever looked at like that.
DRIVER returns to her seat/to driving.
M INNIE
So you’d rather he find out from someone else?
LEXA
He’s not going to find out. I only told you and Quinn. I really only told you because I
knew Quinn would tell you.
M INNIE
After you went to the clinic back home. You waited to tell me after you told Quinn and
after you went to the clinic and after you asked her to pick you up.
LEXA
Okay but seriously. When did Quinn tell you?
M INNIE doesn’t say anything.
LEXA
Exactly. You could’ve talked to me about it.
M INNIE
M ost awkward conversation in the world. Hey. You know that abortion you’re planning
on having that you didn’t want to talk to me about? Let’s talk about it.
LEXA
It’s not that I didn’t want to talk to you.
M INNIE
Doesn’t matter what you wanted. That’s how it felt.
LEXA
I didn’t want it to be real. I thought the less people I told the less real it’d be.
M INNIE shifts. Pause.
DRIVER
I get that.
46.
M INNIE
(quietly)
I do too.
M INNIE stares at the window. Her phone lights
up. She doesn’t pay attention to it.
LEXA reaches for M INNIE’s cigarettes and lights
one. DRIVER hums under her breath.
Silence. It’s a long silence. Suddenly
M INNIE
We’ll need gas soon won’t we?
DRIVER nods.
M INNIE
Where are we now?
DRIVER
Arlington.
M INNIE
M aybe we should get a drink in Dallas.
Pause.
M INNIE
I’m ready to move.
LEXA
To New M exico?
M INNIE
No. To, like, Ireland.
LEXA laughs.
47.
LEXA
Driving across Texas that depressing?
M INNIE
No. I just… I want to live on some isle somewhere. Like in a cottage. Grow all my own
food. M ake my clothes. And like sell the extra for income.
LEXA
That has to be the gayest thing you ever said.
M INNIE
The gayest thing I’ve ever said was that I like screwing women.
DRIVER laughs.
LEXA
Is Quinn freaking out?
M INNIE
What do you mean?
LEXA
Like is she…mad?
M INNIE
She drove you to the first clinic.
LEXA
Did she tell you about that?
M INNIE
Not really.
LEXA
She took me to one of those fake clinics.
M INNIE
What?
LEXA
She says she didn’t know. And to be fair they do look a lot like clinics. But yeah it was a
crisis pregnancy center.
48.
M INNIE
Are you shitting me?
LEXA
I’m sure it was an honest mistake. Those places seem so real.
M INNIE
They are real. They’re a real piece of shit.
LEXA
It was a mistake, M in. They’re super confusing.
Pause.
M INNIE
She’s worried you’ll regret it. I doubt it was a mistake.
LEXA
She told me that I’d regret it. But she’s not that pushy.
M INNIE
Yes she is.
LEXA
Please don’t get in a fight about this. I thought she told you.
M INNIE
That she took you to a fake clinic? No. She told me she took you a to a very real clinic
and that there was some waiting period or
LEXA
They told me if I had an abortion I’d never be able to have kids.
M INNIE
They’re full of shit, Lexa. Seriously.
LEXA
I know. I thought you’d find it funny.
M INNIE
Too pissed at Quinn.
Beat.
49.
LEXA
(to DRIVER)
So, Quinn. On the ride to the first clinic–well the first place we went– the whole time
she talked about how Seth and I would make great parents. Like she didn’t ever say don’t
it. She didn’t make any speeches about the baby’s right to live. She just kept talking
about how awesome Seth and I would be parenting. And how sensitive I am.
DRIVER
That’s…manipulative.
M INNIE
Yeah. Completely ignoring the fact that Seth is the bad kind of bipolar working at
Starbucks. And you work freelance.
LEXA
It was a mistake, M in.
M INNIE
Sure.
M INNIE pulls out her phone. LEXA pulls out her
Kindle. They all sit in silence.
TAYLOR comes back on stage. She’s still furious.
DRIVER walks over.
DRIVER
Hey.
TAYLOR
Hey.
DRIVER
I think I’m going to get fired.
TAYLOR
Of course.
DRIVER
Taylor, I–I realize we’re not okay right now but I need you. I’m going through a really
rough time right now and I–I need my girlfriend right now.
50.
TAYLOR
You’re an alcoholic.
DRIVER
Taylor.
TAYLOR
I don’t mean that colloquially. I don’t mean it in some haha way. I mean you have a
legitimate problem and I don’t want to be with you as it destroys your life.
DRIVER
Are you breaking up with me?
TAYLOR
You had an abortion without even telling me. You cheated on me with a man. A man you
still work with.
Pause.
DRIVER
I threw up on a client.
TAYLOR doesn’t say anything.
DRIVER
Kind of a big client. I mean throwing up on a person is bad enough but this was a client
from Big Pharma. You do not throw up on Big Pharma.
TAYLOR still says nothing.
DRIVER
I had a drink before work. Because of all of this was stressing me out.
TAYLOR
All of this?
DRIVER
Us. Fighting. Not being okay.
TAYLOR is silent again.
51.
DRIVER
And I was so stressed out. I just…I thought I’d have one drink and be done with it. But
I…I tried to call you but you didn’t pick up. And I really, really wasn’t okay. So I just
TAYLOR
Got wasted.
DRIVER
I’m going to get fired over this.
TAYLOR is silent.
DRIVER
Talk to me. Please.
TAYLOR
You need to choose. M e or alcohol. If you want to stay with me, you have to stop
drinking. I’m going to sleep at a friend’s house. I’ll text you in the morning.
DRIVER
Taylor.
TAYLOR
Don’t Kate. If you’re sober in the morning we’ll figure this out. If not, I’ll move out by
the end of the week.
TAYLOR leaves. DRIVER lingers. LEXA looks up
from her Kindle.
LEXA
I hate when it’s quiet.
M INNIE
We know.
LEXA reaches for her Kindle. M innie sends a text.
DRIVER focuses on the road.
Finally
52.
LEXA
I just feel like this is when we should get heavy.
M OM comes on stage.
M INNIE
Of course you do.
M INNIE puts her phone away.
DRIVER
You keep saying that but I’m not super sure I understand what you mean.
LEXA
What’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to you?
DRIVER
Oh. That’s what you mean.
M INNIE
Yeah to Lexa “Let’s get heavy” means let’s re live all of our worst moments and talk
about them like we’re talking about how we like our coffee.
LEXA
I just feel like it helps when you’re in a crisis to talk about another crisis you got over.
Like to reassure you that this is something you can get through too.
DRIVER
Well that’s a nice way to put it.
LEXA
See. Let’s get heavy.
A quick beat. M INNIE gets up and walks over to
M OM . M INNIE is not okay.
M OM
Hey.
M INNIE
Hey.
53.
DRIVER
How dark are we talking?
LEXA
How dark are you willing to get?
M OM
So, we’re not talking about it.
M INNIE shakes her head.
DRIVER
We’ve still got a decent way to go. I’m not sure we want to cry for the rest of it.
LEXA
Or, maybe we don’t cry. M aybe we heal.
DRIVER gives LEXA a look. Is she serious?
M INNIE shifts in her seat. M OM tries to find
something to say.
M OM
Does your dad still look like a sleazy 70s rock star?
M INNIE lets out a small smile.
M INNIE
He’s got short hair now.
M OM
Ah. So a sleazy 50s pop star. Is he more Brian Wilson or Paul M cCartney?
M INNIE smiles.
M INNIE
Ringo.
DRIVER
I’m assuming you’re also willing to share.
54.
LEXA
I’ll go first if everyone else does.
M OM
Figures. So his son’s name is M ikey?
M INNIE
Kevin M ichael Grant the third.
M OM
Well that’s gross.
DRIVER
Losing my job. Almost losing Taylor. That’s the worst thing that’s ever happened to me.
LEXA
Your job?
DRIVER
Corporate defense. And I was pretty good at it.
LEXA
Oh.
DRIVER
I was also an alcoholic.
LEXA
Oh.
M OM
So what are we going to do?
M INNIE shrugs.
M INNIE
He’s my brother, mom. Half but still. M y brother.
M OM
He’s a son of a bitch. In all the possible ways to mean that.
55.
M INNIE
M om.
M OM
I’m being serious.
LEXA
Why’d you get fired?
DRIVER
Tons of complicated reasons.
LEXA
Too heavy to talk about?
DRIVER shakes her head.
DRIVER
No. Just…all of it boils down to I was drinking too much and too regularly. I blew a major
deal and had a weird relationship with a co-worker. They probably should’ve fired me
way sooner.
M OM
As hard as it is we should talk about what happened.
M INNIE
I don’t even know how.
M OM nods slowly.
M OM
I’m here for you okay. It’s okay. None of this. None of it. Is your fault.
M INNIE
I kept telling him I was his sister
M OM
I’m so sorry M in.
56.
M INNIE
I screamed no. But no one was home. And I wasn’t really supposed to even be there. I
shouldn’t have been there. I shouldn’t have gone.
M OM
You’re fifteen years old looking for your deadbeat father. Don’t blame yourself.
M INNIE
M om I-M INNIE starts to cry. M OM embraces her.
M INNIE
I’m pregnant.
M OM
Jesus.
M INNIE
Yeah. I’ve never even…I hadn’t…
M OM
Oh M innie. Never?
M INNIE shakes her head.
M INNIE
What am I supposed to do?
M OM
We don’t have to have this conversation right now.
M INNIE
No. I want to.
M OM
Are you sure?
M INNIE nods and continues to cry. LEXA leans
forward.
57.
LEXA
So the worst thing that’s ever happened to me didn’t actually happen. I wrote my dad a
letter when I was fifteen. Like this long, emotionally letter about how girls need fathers,
blah blah blah. And I gave it to my mom to mail it. And she did.
M OM
Honey. You have options. I know it probably doesn’t feel like–but you don’t have to go
through this alone.
M INNIE
What options?
M OM
Well, for one, you don’t have to stay pregnant.
LEXA
But what she didn’t tell me was that he wrote me back. He mailed it and everything. She
opened it and then never gave it to me. I found it like three years ago while I was looking
under mom’s bed for her money sock.
M INNIE
M om, I can’t…I can’t do that. There’s no way that I could…
M OM
Okay okay. So adoption?
M INNIE
I don’t…I want to…
M OM
If you want to keep it, that’s okay too.
M INNIE
No I don’t. I…I don’t know.
M OM
You don’t have to decide right now.
A tense moment.
58.
LEXA
So obviously when I saw it I was infuriated that mom didn’t tell me. And then I read it. It
said “Real women don’t need anything” written on a post it note and a check for five
hundred dollars.
M INNIE
I want…I can’t even say the word.
M OM nods.
M OM
This is heavy stuff.
M INNIE
You sound like Lexa. She’s always calling things heavy.
LEXA
How could I be mad at mom for hiding that? Like that’s the most confusing thing in the
world. M y letter was five pages. FIVE PAGES. And he sends me back a post it and a
check. If I had seen that at fifteen, that would’ve destroyed me.
M OM
Whatever you decide, M in. Just let me know.
M INNIE
M om?
M OM
Yeah M innie?
M INNIE
Please don’t tell Lexa about this.
M OM
Ever?
M INNIE
She’s too…I don’t think she’d get it.
M OM nods.
59.
M OM
I won’t tell her. But you should. Someday.
M OM kisses M INNIE on her forehead and then
leaves the stage.
M INNIE stares off for a moment and then slowly
goes back to the cab. She stares at the window.
Pause.
LEXA
It’s your turn.
M INNIE
M y turn for what?
LEXA
M innie you–ugh–What’s the worse thing that’s ever happened to you?
M INNIE
When I didn’t get recruited to that D1 school.
LEXA
Seriously?
M INNIE
I’m not dramatic like you are, Lex. Super tragic things don’t happen to me.
DRIVER
What school?
M INNIE
U Penn. For volleyball.
DRIVER
That must’ve sucked.
M INNIE
It did.
60.
LEXA
She played at UCLA.
M INNIE
It wasn’t U Penn.
LEXA
And you totally quit playing. And then you transferred.
M INNIE
I’m not like you. I’m sorry. That was pretty rough for me. I was like eighteen. I thought I
was going to go pro.
LEXA
You’re absolutely the worst at getting heavy.
M INNIE
Because getting heavy is the absolute worst.
Silence.
DRIVER
What’s the best thing?
LEXA
What?
DRIVER
What’s the best thing that ever happened to you?
LEXA
That’s hard.
M INNIE
M aybe for you, Negative Nancy.
LEXA
Okay. What’s the best thing that ever happened to you?
M INNIE
Okay. So we were down like ten points and then–
61.
LEXA
YOU QUIT PLAYING.
M INNIE
It is ridiculously easy to piss you off.
LEXA
(to DRIVER)
So was the best thing that ever happened to you when Taylor and you got married?
DRIVER
It’s up there.
M INNIE
But not the best?
DRIVER
The best was the night she decided to stay with me.
LEXA
That’s the sweetest thing I’ve ever heard.
DRIVER
She’s by far the best. Now that I think of it meeting her was the absolutely best thing.
M INNIE’s phone lights up again. M INNIE looks at
it and then furiously texts back.
LEXA
What? Did Quinn forget to change the cat litter?
M INNIE
What?
LEXA
What’s that face you’re making?
Without them seeing it, DRIVER mimics
M INNIE’s face. M INNIE tosses her phone down.
62.
M INNIE
Fuck.
LEXA
What?
M INNIE
Quinn is just…you know she loves you right?
LEXA
What did she do?
M INNIE
And you know what she’s like and how she gets.
LEXA
M innie…
M INNIE
And sometimes she just kind of decides what’s best for everyone.
LEXA
What happened?
Pause.
LEXA
What did she fucking do?
LEXA’s phone lights up.
LEXA
It’s Seth.
M INNIE
Don’t answer.
QUINN comes out on stage pacing.
LEXA
Why not?
63.
M INNIE
Just trust me okay.
LEXA picks up the phone. M INNIE sees QUINN
and walks over to her.
LEXA
Seth?
M INNIE
So it didn’t go well.
QUINN
Can we talk hypothetically please?
M INNIE
About you very not hypothetically taking my sister to get an abortion?
QUINN
If we could fix health care and women have maternity leave, would you still be pro choice?
M INNIE
What the fuck did you say to Lexa?
LEXA
Seth, it’s more complicated than that.
QUINN
I didn’t say anything. I’m just wondering if I can in good consciousness continue down
this path.
M INNIE
Good consciousness?
LEXA
Seth wait I
QUINN
She’s making a mistake.
64.
M INNIE
That doesn’t get to be your decision Quinn.
QUINN
I want to offer to take in the baby.
M INNIE
What?
LEXA
Seth no wait.
M INNIE
Have you lost your goddamn mind?
QUINN
We want kids don’t we? We could take the baby in. You know we could afford it.
M INNIE
We can?
QUINN
That way the baby stays in the family. Lexa can visit whenever she wants.
M INNIE
No Quinn. Don’t do this.
QUINN
I just think it’d be better for everyone involved.
M INNIE
Where’s my sister?
QUINN
M innie.
LEXA
Seth I wanted to tell you. I didn’t know how. I didn’t want…
M INNIE
Where is Lexa?
65.
LEXA looks at the phone. SETH hung up on her.
M INNIE gets up and leaves QUINN. M INNIE
walks to the cab. QUINN stays on stage.
LEXA starts to type something in her phone but
M INNIE just hands LEXA her phone.
M INNIE
I’ve already got it pulled up.
LEXA
You knew about this?
M INNIE
I just found out, Lex. Around the same time Seth called.
LEXA takes M INNIE’s phone.
DRIVER
What’s happening?
M INNIE
Quinn published an article on their site. About…this. This whole thing.
LEXA
(reading)
This is how life begins.
QUINN leaves the stage.
M INNIE
She wrote an…I don’t know what to call it. I guess an exposé how the US looks at
pregnancy and maternity leave and all that shit and basically said…
LEXA
…that if we could fix it we could. Wait. How’d she put it? (reading from the phone)
“eradicate the poison that is abortion.”
LEXA tosses the phone down.
M INNIE
I didn’t even know she was working on it. We had talked about it.
66.
LEXA
You talked about it?
M INNIE
Not about her writing the article. We just talked about you and…
LEXA
What about me?
M INNIE
Come on Lexa. You told her first. You had to figure we’d talk about it.
LEXA
Talk about helping me? Yes. I did. Not talk about how–hold on let me find it.
LEXA scrolls through the phone.
LEXA
“The desperation of these women has become capital gain.” I’m just a desperate woman,
is that it?
M INNIE
You know I don’t feel that way. Lexa, seriously. I’m sorry. I checked the website on a
whim. I noticed it and asked Quinn to take it down. I didn’t think she’d show it to Seth.
Pause.
LEXA
She didn’t. Technically. Seth saw it too and commented on it. He said he thought it was
just a think piece but then Quinn told him someone “close to him” was having one.
DRIVER
That’s shitty.
LEXA
That’s fucking Quinn. I should’ve…fuck! I should’ve known she’d do something like this.
M INNIE
She means well.
67.
LEXA
She probably totally took me to that anti abortion clinic on purpose.
M INNIE
Yes. That I think she did on purpose.
Pause.
LEXA
I hope she dies.
LEXA is steaming. M INNIE tries to comfort her
but can’t.
DRIVER
Good news, we’re in Wichita Falls. Bad news,I gotta pull over. We need gas.
M INNIE
Yeah okay. Thanks for letting us know.
The taxi stops and pulls next to a gas station.
LEXA gets out and immediately throws up.
M INNIE gets out and goes into the convenience
store. QUINN walks back out on stage. She passes
M INNIE and goes to LEXA. They run into each
other.
QUINN
I’m just saying you and Seth are a better pair than you think. Abortion is hard. And I
don’t think-LEXA
You know what? Fuck off Quinn. This has nothing to do with you.
LEXA throws up again. END OF ACT I.
ACT II
DRIVER restarts the car. LEXA and M INNIE get
back in but are silent. The moment before is still
weighing on them.
68.
LEXA wipes her mouth and looks out the window.
She pulls out her Kindle. M INNIE watches her
sister.
It’s tense. A few more moments before…
M INNIE
I like the name Alexis.
LEXA
What?
M INNIE
But it’s really close to Alexa. Like, ridiculously close. Like why not just name your
daughter Alexa?
LEXA
I’m not talking to you.
M INNIE
You’re talking to me right now.
LEXA
In, like, general.
Silence.
M INNIE
Like I get the whole gender neutral vibe you were going for. Which is very now so cool.
But I just met a guy named Alexis like two weeks ago? And it still took me a minute.
LEXA
M innie.
M INNIE
Why not Alex? That’s a solid gender neutral name. If you’d let me, I’d totally call you
Alex.
LEXA
(kind of laughing)
I am not talking to you.
69.
M INNIE
And president? Really Lex? That looks like a shitty job. Like look at pictures of
presidents before they go in and then when they come out. They look ragged. And no
president can be ever exactly what everyone needs. Half the country will hate your kid no
matter what.
DRIVER
And the assassination attempts.
M INNIE
Holy shit. Yes. Not only will half the country hate your kid, every one of those people
will try to kill her.
LEXA glares at M INNIE. She wants it to be mean
but she is slightly amused.
M INNIE
If it were me, I’d want my kid to go pro.
Pause. M INNIE waits for LEXA to say something.
She doesn’t.
M INNIE
(to DRIVER)
You?
DRIVER
Something classic. Like a lawyer or doctor.
M INNIE
That’s boring.
DRIVER
I don’t want my kid to have some scandalous life. Boring is nice.
M INNIE
Boring is boring.
Pause.
70.
LEXA
Your girlfriend just told all of our friends, all of our followers, everyone that we know
that I was having an abortion.
M INNIE
But I didn’t. Why am I being punished for what Cunty Cunterson did?
LEXA laughs despite really not wanting to.
LEXA
You knew.
M INNIE
Not really. M y girlfriend bitched about maternity. She didn’t say your name once.
LEXA
She told Seth.
M INNIE
She did do that. Want to call her a cunt so you feel better?
LEXA
You know I hate that word. It’s beyond the worst thing you can call a woman.
M INNIE
So…fitting?
LEXA shakes her head. She’s slowly calming down.
M INNIE
All of our friends don’t know, Lex. They probably think Quinn is just going on another
rant.
LEXA
She’s trying to guilt trip me.
M INNIE
It’s Quinn.
LEXA
It’s shitty.
71.
M INNIE
Again. It’s Quinn. She’s a shitty shitty person. One might even call her…
LEXA
I’m not calling her that.
LEXA’s phone lights up.
LEXA
It’s Seth.
M INNIE
Throw your phone out the window.
LEXA
That would be a me thing to do.
DRIVER
Want me to roll the window down?
M INNIE nods. DRIVER silently laughs.
M INNIE
Seth could’ve handled finding out better.
LEXA
He found out from a blog written by my best friend. Worst possible way to find out.
M INNIE
There are worse ways.
LEXA
M innie.
M INNIE
Well either way he knows now. All your t’s have been crossed.
LEXA
You sound like mom.
M INNIE
Well she is my mother.
72.
Pause.
LEXA
Are you going to say anything to Quinn?
QUINN comes out on stage.
M INNIE
(looking at QUINN)
Doubtfully.
LEXA
All of this is her fault.
M INNIE
So maybe not all of it. She didn’t get you pregnant.
LEXA
All of it.
M INNIE shrugs and walks over to QUINN.
LEXA deciding to ignore M INNIE pulls out a
Kindle and starts reading.
DRIVER tries to say something to LEXA but
decides against it.
QUINN
I know you hate me right now.
M INNIE
I don’t hate you.
QUINN
You’re mad that I want to help Lexa.
M INNIE
I’m mad you want to have a child she doesn’t want.
73.
QUINN
She’s…she’s not like you M innie.
M INNIE
What?
QUINN
You’re not exactly…you would probably handle this situation better.
M INNIE
And why is that Quinn?
QUINN
You don’t really have…feelings.
M INNIE
What the fuck Quinn?
QUINN
I’m just saying. M ost women regret their abortions.
M INNIE
Actually they don’t.
QUINN
M innie.
M INNIE
Quinn. I am so serious. Do one more shitty thing. Just one. And we’re done.
M INNIE gets up and walks over to the cab. She
pulls out her phone and a portable charger. Still
silence in the cab. M INNIE looks over at LEXA
and what she’s reading. She starts to say something.
LEXA’s face says don’t. TAYLOR comes on stage.
DRIVER notices. DRIVER walks over to talk to
TAYLOR. LEXA keeps reading. M INNIE starts
texting.
TAYLOR
Back from AA?
74.
DRIVER nods.
DRIVER
The meeting was…rough.
TAYLOR
Yeah.
Pause.
DRIVER
I want us to be okay.
TAYLOR
We’re okay.
DRIVER
No we’re not.
TAYLOR
What’d you talk about?
DRIVER
At AA?
TAYLOR
Yeah.
DRIVER
Taylor.
TAYLOR
What’d you talk about?
DRIVER
You think I didn’t go.
TAYLOR
I think you didn’t go.
75.
DRIVER
How long are we going to be like this?
TAYLOR
You’re an alcoholic and compulsive liar. It was literally your job.
DRIVER
I was not a compulsive liar.
TAYLOR is silent.
DRIVER
You work in finance. You lie just as much as I did.
TAYLOR
I don’t have a drinking problem.
DRIVER
Taylor come on. This isn’t living. Do you trust me or not?
TAYLOR
You know I don’t trust you.
Pause.
DRIVER
I talked about meeting you in a bar. How so many of my memories. Good and bad
happen in bars. Which makes it harder.
TAYLOR relents slightly.
TAYLOR
Be honest with me.
DRIVER
I am.
TAYLOR
You honestly went?
DRIVER nods.
76.
TAYLOR
To the one on sixth?
DRIVER shakes her head.
DRIVER
The one on sixth is on Tuesdays and it’s closed. I went to the one twenty eighth. Hell of
a walk by the way.
TAYLOR smiles.
TAYLOR
We’ll get there.
DRIVER
Back to okay?
TAYLOR nods.
TAYLOR
Just give me some time.
TAYLOR kisses DRIVER on the cheek. They sit
together for a moment. DRIVER returns to the car.
A couple seconds of silence but then
M INNIE
I’m just saying I don’t want to be punished for Quinn.
TAYLOR leaves the stage.
LEXA
When I get back, I don’t think Seth and I will still be together. I don’t think he’ll forgive
me. Not if I go through with it. So it’s really hard not to be mad at someone.
M INNIE’s phone lights up.
M INNIE
Be mad at Quinn. Be mad at the US. Be mad at Seth for not using a condom. Just not me.
M INNIE checks her phone.
77.
M INNIE
Quinn and I definitely won’t be together when I get back. I’d break up with her now but
I’d rather just ghost her.
LEXA
How 2016 of you.
M INNIE
I’m very hip.
LEXA and DRIVER both react. Quick pause.
Another text to M INNIE’s phone.
M INNIE
(as she’s checking her phone)
Quinn. Again.
LEXA
Is she secretly super pro life or something?
M INNIE shakes her head.
M INNIE
No. She’s just super pro your specifc life.
LEXA
M y life.
M INNIE
She thinks you won’t be able to handle it.
LEXA
What is there to handle?
Pause.
M INNIE
Okay. New game. What’s the worst thing a woman can to do other than get an abortion?
DRIVER
What?
78.
M INNIE
Like in the eyes of the conservative Catholic brand.
LEXA
So basically in the eyes of everyone we grew up around.
M INNIE
Yes.
LEXA
I don’t know. Have basic rights?
M INNIE
No. Be serious. What’s the worst thing you can think of?
DRIVER
Not including abortion?
M INNIE
Right.
LEXA
Well abortion is murder so murder is out. Because they’re equal.
DRIVER
Incest?
M INNIE
Is that really worse than abortion though? Like if someone’s dad rapes them, the nuns
told us that was an unfortunate blessing.
LEXA laughs.
LEXA
I totally forgot about that. Like, that was word for word how they said it.
M INNIE
I know. (to DRIVER) Did you grow up Catholic?
DRIVER
I didn’t. But I know a few people who did.
79.
LEXA
Being gay. But like acting on it. That’s worse.
M INNIE
Than abortion?
LEXA
Like full debauchery. Like not only fornicating but all out multiple same sex partners.
That’s worse.
DRIVER
Is it though?
LEXA
Totally. In the hard core groups, fornication is still a pretty big deal so being gay and
fornicating? Please. One way trip to hell.
DRIVER
Are there return tickets?
LEXA
Yes. (to M INNE) Remember all those from hell and back movies gran used to make us
watch?
M INNIE
Those were the worst.
DRIVER
That exists?
LEXA
It totally does.
Pause.
M INNIE
I’m sorry about Quinn.
LEXA
It’s okay. I mean, it’s so not okay. But you’re right. You didn’t do it.
80.
M INNIE
I should’ve told you earlier. That we’d been arguing about it. I was pressuring you to tell
Seth because I knew it was only a matter of time before she did.
LEXA nods.
LEXA
(to DRIVER)
What’s Taylor doing tonight?
TAYLOR comes out on stage with a book and is
reading.
DRIVER
Probably reading.
M INNIE
What kind of books does she like?
DRIVER
The ones with words in them.
LEXA and M INNIE smile.
M INNIE
Lexa’s like that. She’ll read anything in front of her.
LEXA
There is nothing wrong with literacy.
DRIVER gets up and walks over to TAYLOR.
DRIVER
I love you.
TAYLOR
I know.
DRIVER
Why’d you stay? Even after…
81.
TAYLOR
After you cheated on me, had an abortion, relapsed, lied about your alcoholism…
DRIVER
All of it. I was awful.
TAYLOR
I stayed because I love you too.
Pause.
DRIVER
I love y-TAYLOR
But more than that. I believe in you.
DRIVER smiles.
DRIVER
Two things. I got a job today.
TAYLOR
As what? A janitor?
DRIVER
Taxi driver. I start tomorrow.
A moment of silence. M INNIE’s and LEXA’s
phone lights up. TAYLOR kisses DRIVER on the
cheek.
TAYLOR
Are you okay with that?
DRIVER
What? Going from being one of the best lawyers to being a taxi driver?
TAYLOR
It sounds so judgmental when you put it like that.
82.
DRIVER
I think it’s a great way to start over. Plus I like driving. Always have.
TAYLOR
You do. Such a weirdo. The only person I know who doesn’t curse in traffic.
DRIVER
I like driving. Even when I’m not actually moving. There’s just something…I don’t know
equally safe and dangerous about being in a car. I also like people.
TAYLOR
M ost people.
Pause.
TAYLOR
What’s the other thing?
DRIVER
Oh that.
DRIVER reaches into her pocket and takes out a
ring. TAYLOR looks at it smiling.
DRIVER
I thought about asking in some grandiose way but…
TAYLOR
Oh.
DRIVER
Yeah. I realize you have no reason to say yes right now. And that is beyond fair. But this
is me asking.
TAYLOR
No one knee?
DRIVER
Not yet. I realize I have a lot to make up for but when you’re ready to marry me let me
know by putting on that ring. Absolutely whenever you are ready. And we’ll get married
that day.
83.
TAYLOR
Huh.
DRIVER
Huh.
TAYLOR
You realize this isn’t going to fix everything right?
DRIVER nods.
TAYLOR
And that we are incredibly broken still? You still want to get married?
DRIVER
I do.
TAYLOR
And that you’ve relapsed. Recently.
DRIVER
I’m doing the best I can.
TAYLOR
You’re starting a new career.
DRIVER
Not exactly a career.
TAYLOR
It’s a brand new path to temptation. What if you hate it?
DRIVER
Then I hate it.
Pause. TAYLOR reaches for the ring and puts it on.
DRIVER
Really?
84.
TAYLOR
Really. I mean, if this blows up in our faces, divorce is still a thing right?
DRIVER goes over and kisses TAYLOR. TAYLOR
checks the time.
TAYLOR
It’s a bit late. We might have to wait to get married tomorrow.
DRIVER
I love you.
TAYLOR
I know.
DRIVER kisses TAYLOR again and then goes back
into the cab. TAYLOR lingers for a bit staring at the
ring before leaving.
M INNIE looks at her phone and then out the
window. LEXA leans forward.
Pause.
LEXA
(to M INNIE)
You’re looking terrible. What happened?
M INNIE
Guess.
LEXA
Quinn?
M INNIE
Seth is there. Crying.
LEXA
There?
85.
M INNIE
Our apartment.
LEXA
Why would he go to Quinn?
M INNIE
Where the hell else was he going to go?
LEXA
His own friends. Any of them.
M INNIE
And then cry about his girlfriend’s pending abortion?
LEXA
Fair enough. (pause) New game.
M INNIE
Seriously?
LEXA
What am I supposed to do about Seth crying? Turn the cab around?
DRIVER
I don’t mind if that’s what-LEXA
No. That’s not happening. It can’t happen. This has to happen now.
DRIVER
Okay.
M INNIE
But why though? You’re still early on and…
LEXA
Seriously? Are you okay with this or not?
Pause.
M INNIE
I get really exhausted by how many people expect me to want children.
86.
LEXA
I don’t…what just happened?
M INNIE
I was just thinking about it. Like if you don’t want kids and you’re a woman, you’re a
terrible human being. You get to a certain age and it’s like everything else fails to matter.
Like, Driver, how often do people ask if you have kids?
DRIVER
All the time.
M INNIE
You’re a woman of a certain age and all anyone wants to talk about
DRIVER
Kids.
M INNIE
Exactly.
LEXA
Is this you trying to convince me to turn the cab around?
M INNIE
This is me, pulling a you.
LEXA smiles.
LEXA
(smiling)
Let’s get heavy.
M INNIE
Like seriously? Am I worthless because I don’t want children?
LEXA
(kidding)
Yes. Women are supposed to have kids. It is our evolutionary duty to procreate.
87.
M INNIE
I was talking to this woman on the bus once and I was just saying I was tired. That was
it. And then she goes “You don’t know tired. Wait until you have kids. Then you’ll know
tired.” Seriously? Do moms own emotions now?
LEXA
Yes.
M INNIE and DRIVER laugh.
DRIVER
M y mom told me the other day “Just because you’re choosing this life, that doesn’t
mean children aren’t an option.”
M INNIE
Geez.
DRIVER
Exactly.
M INNIE
And like no mom I have ever talked to seems to actually like it. Like it’s always the
whole my kids ruined my dreams, ruined my business, ruined my life but oh. Of course I
still love them. With that like half smile. That no one, ever, anywhere, believes.
LEXA
That’s not fair. I think woman can have kids and love kids and still feel…sad for the life
they didn’t have. It’s not their fault society-M INNIE
Lexa
LEXA
Not the right moment?
M INNIE and DRIVER both shake their heads.
Pause.
M INNIE
If you don’t want a kid, don’t fucking have one. But call your crying boyfriend. Tell him
the truth. Have a conversation and if it ends in a break up then okay.
88.
But don’t throw it all away. Because you won’t regret the abortion. But you’ll regret
losing him. And I don’t want that for you.
LEXA shakes her head.
LEXA
I can’t. I’m not..
M INNIE
Okay.
Pause.
LEXA
Who?
M INNIE
What?
LEXA
(to DRIVER)
No. Who? Who do you know who had an abortion? I know you didn’t answer but I just
assumed
M INNIE
Lexa.
LEXA
You don’t have to answer. I just…if it was someone close to you, did they…do they talk
about it?
M INNIE
You can’t ask things like that.
DRIVER
It was me. I did.
LEXA
Oh. Oh. I’m sorry for all the murder talk earlier. I was just…
89.
DRIVER
It’s fine. I got it.
LEXA
What…happened? Is that too heavy?
DRIVER
It’s not heavy. Just not exactly something I want to think about.
LEXA
Do you regret it?
DRIVER shakes her head.
DRIVER
I regret how I got pregnant but the abortion? No. Not even a little bit.
LEXA
But how’d you know you’d be okay?
DRIVER
I trusted myself. It didn’t really feel like any of the other options were right.
LEXA
So it wasn’t…the father wasn’t someone you loved?
DRIVER
It was someone I didn’t even like.
Pause.
LEXA
I’ve ruined Seth.
M INNIE
This isn’t about Seth. What do you want Lexa? If you want we can just go home and talk
about all of this tomorrow?
LEXA
And waste $1200? Are you kidding? We have to pay her.
90.
DRIVER
Listen. Just…it’s okay. We still haven’t even made it to the border. I can turn around.
And I can keep five hundred
LEXA
No. I don’t…I don’t want to turn around. I want to keep going. I have to keep going. I
know that I want to do this.
M INNIE
You’re sure?
LEXA
Yes. I don’t want to be pregnant.
DRIVER
Okay.
LEXA
I’m just…I know this is something that needs to happen. I hate all of the collateral.
M OM steps out with two glasses of wine.
M INNIE gets out of the cab and walks over to
M OM . M OM hands her a wine glass.
DRIVER
The collateral is the worst part. But it’ll get better. Especially if you’re honest. Or at
least it did for me.
M INNIE stares suspiciously at the glass.
M OM
What? Are you going to tell me you don’t drink? I’ve seen your friends, M innie.
M INNIE
I don’t drink wine.
M OM
Sure M innie. Will you at least try it?
M INNIE tries the wine. She doesn’t like it.
91.
M INNIE
What’s this for?
M OM
It’s been a year. Today.
M INNIE
M om.
M OM
You were sulking this morning. Lexa saw you.
M INNIE
Where is Lexa?
M OM
Honors something.
M INNIE
You haven’t told her right?
M OM
I promised you I wouldn’t. But someday
M INNIE
I know I know. At some point I should tell Lexa. What’s the wine for? It’s like noon.
M OM
We’re celebrating.
M INNIE
We’re celebrating the worst day of my life?
M OM finishes her wine and embraces her daughter
in a subtle but loving way.
M OM
We are celebrating the day you took your body back.
M INNIE finishes off her wine.
92.
M INNIE
It still doesn’t feel like mine. And I hate…I thought I’d wake up and be fine. But I’m not.
I’m not okay.
M OM kisses M INNIE on the forehead.
M OM
Then we’ll drink, every year, on this day. And hopefully one of those days, in one of
those years, it will feel like yours again.
M OM leaves the stage. M INNIE drinks the wine,
takes a moment, and then returns to her seat.
LEXA reaches for her phone but doesn’t dial.
LEXA
Do you think protestors will be there?
M INNIA and DRIVER share a look.
M INNIE
Yea, Lex. I think so.
LEXA
Are they not the worst?
LEXA sinks into the seat. She’s not crying but
she’s also not okay. Pause.
M INNIE
Quinn moved out for a week after I told her about my abortion.
LEXA glares at M INNIE. M INNIE lights another
cigarette. QUINN comes out on stage.
LEXA AND QUINN
I’m sorry. Your what?
M INNIE doesn’t say anything.
LEXA
How did I not know this?
93.
QUINN
Why didn’t you tell me?
M INNIE
Yeah. I told her after she took you and she started talking about taking in the kid and-LEXA AND QUINN
You had an abortion?
M INNIE
It was a while ago. And it doesn’t really matter. The point is-QUINN
Of course it matters.
LEXA
M innie. I–what?
M INNIE
It happened in high school. M om and I had our own abortion road trip.
LEXA
M om knows?
QUINN
This is like a massive thing to hide from someone. This is…this is a betrayal.
M INNIE
Quinn totally flipped out. I had no idea why. I said it in passing. And she just lost her
shit.
QUINN
I gotta get out of here. I just…you’re seriously not going to tell me what happened?
LEXA
Was it some guy in high school? Weren’t you sleep ing with..Was it Jefferson? He’s the
only person you slept with in high school. I knew that bastard was not to be trusted.
Who sleeps with their student? Oh. Is that why you want to punch him?
M INNIE doesn’t say anything. QUINN exits.
94.
M INNIE
It was a fucking disaster. That’s all that matters.
LEXA
Did he…was it…M innie. Did he rape you?
M INNIE
It wasn’t Jefferson. Random guy. And it wasn’t…it wasn’t like this exact situation.
LEXA
M innie. Holy shit. You cannot tell me in a cab that you had an abortion and that you
were raped. I mean…holy shit. That’s not the kind of thing that you-M INNIE
It doesn’t matter, Lexa. What matters is that moment doesn’t make me the worst. It
makes me a girl
LEXA
Young woman who was raped
M INNIE
Stop saying rape. I was a girl who was in a situation
DRIVER
A shitty situation
M INNIE
And I found a way out.
Silence.
LEXA
I didn’t want it to get that heavy.
M INNIE smiles.
M INNIE
All I’m trying to say is not everybody has the same way out.
LEXA nods. And then laughs. Suddenly.
95.
LEXA
Did mom call it the abortion road tip?
M INNIE
She totally did.
DRIVER
Such a cool mom.
LEXA and M INNIE both visually agree.
LEXA
But cool dad, right?
DRIVER
Cool dad.
LEXA
On a scale of one to ten how mad would you be if I finished my obituary?
M INNIE
You would really do that to us? I just told you my deep dark secret.
LEXA
I feel like a good obituary should be funny.
DRIVER
I have literally never laughed at an obituary.
LEXA
And have you ever read one and went “Whoa cool obituary.”
DRIVER
I have not.
LEXA reaches for her phone to write the obituary.
LEXA
Oh. Seth called again.
She opens up notes in her phone.
96.
LEXA
Okay. So where do we start?
M INNIE
Can we start by calling Seth?
LEXA over dramatically pouts.
DRIVER
I think it’s pretty fair to say Alex is a better gender neutral name than Alexis.
LEXA
What about River?
M INNIE
River Pearson? Sounds like a place not a person.
LEXA
But it’s like super hippie.
M INNIE
Which you are not.
DRIVER
You have a kindle.
LEXA
And that makes me not a hippie?
M INNIE
You are constantly touching your phone. Aren’t hippies all about conserving energy?
LEXA
The boring ones.
DRIVER
You mean the real ones?
LEXA
Okay, okay. M oon.
97.
M INNIE
Now you’re just fucking around.
LEXA
I am. I’m sticking with River who I think we should have like an effigy for.
DRIVER
Are you sure that’s-M INNIE
Define effigy.
LEXA
What?
M INNIE
I don’t think that word means what you think it does.
LEXA
It’s when you like light incense and throw a bunch of stuff into a fire and then say a nice
prayer after to-M INNIE
It’s a statue.
LEXA
Really?
DRIVER
Really.
LEXA
Oh hell no. I don’t want that.
M INNIE and DRIVER both smile.
M INNIE
So River?
LEXA’s phone lights up again. It’s SETH.
98.
LEXA
I can’t.
M INNIE
Then don’t.
LEXA
I will.
M INNIE
I know.
M INNIE pulls out her phone.
M INNIE
Fuck.
LEXA
What?
M INNIE shows LEXA her phone.
LEXA
Jesus.
DRIVER
Quinn?
LEXA
She posted a picture of Seth crying to her blog post.
DRIVER
Well that’s exciting.
M INNIE
I think it’s pretty fair to say I had no idea she was going to do that.
LEXA
You gotta give it to her. She’s really standing up for what she believes in.
99.
M INNIE
Yeah. By being a sociopath.
LEXA
She’s your special sociopath.
M INNIE’s phone lights up. It’s QUINN.
LEXA
You should talk to her.
M INNIE
I’m not really in the mood to talk to Satan right now.
DRIVER laughs.
DRIVER
Will Seth be okay?
LEXA nods and pulls out her phone.
LEXA
I am texting him to tell him I’ll call him when I get to New M exico.
M INNIE
I can’t believe Quinn put a picture of him crying online.
LEXA
Our friends definitely know now.
DRIVER
Satan.
M INNIE
Exactly.
Pause.
LEXA
I’m not over you never telling me about your abortion.
100.
M INNIE
I know.
LEXA
Like that’s massive.
M INNIE
Like telling my girlfriend about your abortion before telling me massive?
LEXA
You mean the girlfriend who just posted a picture of my crying boyfriend online? I’m
going to win this one, M in.
The car makes a strange noise. LEXA and M INNIE
turn to DRIVER.
DRIVER
I gotta pull over.
LEXA
What’s wrong with the car?
DRIVER
Coolant. I have to refill it.
M INNIE
We could use a break anyway.
DRIVER pulls over. They all get out of the car.
DRIVER grabs the coolant.
M INNIE
Wait a minute.
DRIVER
To put coolant in?
M INNIE
Doesn’t the engine have to cool down anyway?
DRIVER shrugs.
101.
DRIVER
I guess so.
DRIVER, M INNIE, and LEXA sit on the curb.
M INNIE reaches into her bag and pulls out a cheap
bottle of red wine.
LEXA
What is that?
M INNIE
It’s wine.
LEXA
I can see that.
M INNIE screws off the top.
M INNIE
You’re right. I should’ve told you about my abortion. I should’ve told you years ago.
LEXA
Yes you should have.
M INNIE
But remember when you said the less people you told the less it felt real?
LEXA nods. And then gets it.
LEXA
Still though.
M INNIE
I know.
M INNIE’s phone lights up. She ignores it.
M INNIE
I didn’t know how to talk about it with anyone, Lex. I made mom swear not to tell you
anyone.
LEXA
That was probably really hard for her.
102.
M INNIE
Probably. I’m sorry, okay? I don’t like to “get heavy.” It hurts too much. Some things I’d
like to never ever have to talk about again.
LEXA
Yeah.
DRIVER
Why the wine?
M INNIE
I’m happy you asked. When I was just…fucked up over everything mom made me drink
terrible wine.
LEXA
She made you?
M INNIE nods.
M INNIE
And it was gross.
DRIVER
Was it gas station wine?
M INNIE
Knowing mom
M INNIE takes a big gulp.
M INNIE
She told me we’d drink every year on the same day I got my abortion until my body felt
like mine again. So, here.
M INNIE hands LEXA the bottle.
LEXA
Is today that day?
M INNIE
No. But today is your day. So here we are. In the Texas…wait.
103.
M INNIE looks further down the road.
M INNIE
We’re at the fucking border.
DRIVER
About a few feet off but yeah.
M INNIE
Get it, Lex. We’re crossing the border.
LEXA smiles and drinks the wine. It’s disgusting.
LEXA
Jesus.
M INNIE
Yeah it’s pretty bad.
LEXA tries to pass the bottle to DRIVER.
DRIVER
AA remember?
LEXA
Shit sorry.
M INNIE
Wait.
M INNIE reaches in her bag and pulls out grape
juice.
M INNIE
I didn’t forget about you.
M INNIE tosses the bottle to DRIVER. DRIVER
smiles.
DRIVER
Was this the most disgusting grape juice you could find?
104.
M INNIE
Yes. Juice is nowhere on the bottle. It’s grape drink.
DRIVER nods and drinks it.
DRIVER
Oh that it is not…
LEXA
Yeah that’s how we feel.
DRIVER
So why I am also drinking with you?
M INNIE
You told two strangers you had an abortion and you can’t even drink about it. Sucks.
DRIVER smiles.
DRIVER
You two aren’t so bad.
A moment. It’s a sweet moment. LEXA pulls out
her phone.
LEXA
(talkings as she types in her phone)
River Falcon Pearson was the envy of all her friends.
M INNIE
You’re seriously going to make us sit through another obituary?
DRIVER
After graduation from Yale, River graduated summa cum laude
M INNIE
No. Not you too.
LEXA
From Yale she went on to join Peace Corps.
105.
M INNIE
That’s pretentious.
LEXA
Her name is River. She’d probably be pretentious.
DRIVER
She lived in Honduras and met the love of her life.
LEXA
Then she returned to the United States with her love to
LEXA looks at M INNIE.
M INNIE
No. I will not participate in this. This is super unhealthy.
DRIVER
To fight for migrant rights.
LEXA
Yes!
DRIVER and LEXA cheer their glass/juice.
M INNIE
You’re both insane.
LEXA continues typing. M INNIE pulls out a
cigarette. DRIVER finishes her juice and then grabs
the coolant. DRIVER puts the coolant in the car.
She motions to the car.
DRIVER
You ready?
M INNIE and LEXA look at each other.
LEXA
Yeah. I think I am.
106.
LEXA finishes the wine and gets in the cab.
M INNIE puts her cigarette out and gets back into
the cab.
DRIVER starts the cab up again.
M INNIE
You drank all that wine? You’re totally going to have to pee soon.
LEXA
I already have to pee.
M INNIE nods and reaches for her headphones.
LEXA taps on M INNIE’s shoulder before
M INNIE puts the headphones in.
LEXA
You’re my actual favorite.
M INNIE
You da best.
LEXA smiles as M INNIE puts her headphones in.
LEXA pulls out her kindle. DRIVER turns on the
radio. They’re okay. All of them. END of play.

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