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What a Little Bit of Rain Can Do

Title: What a Little Bit of Rain Can Do
Credit: written by
Author: Holly Verrit

The characters:
Julie – Asian, late twenties, Jim’s wife
Jim – White, mid-thirties, Julie’s husband
Waiter – A waiter

The scene:
Mario’s, a local Italian place.

The time:
This short one act play takes place closer to noon.

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It’s raining. JULIE and JIM take refuge at the nearest place they could find, Mario’s. They stand in the foyer.

JIM
It is only a little bit of rain.

JULIE
I know.

JIM
A little bit of rain.

JULIE
I said I know.

JIM
Then what’s the issue?

JULIE
There is no issue.
(pause)
It’s pouring.

JIM
A little bit–

JULIE
Did you check?

JIM
What?

JULIE
The weather. When I asked you did you check?

JIM
Course I–give me some credit.

JULIE
(pause)
Well?

JIM
I don’t know.
(pause)
It didn’t say anything about this.

JULIE
Great.

JIM
It’s not like I asked for this to happen.

JULIE
Fantastic.

JIM
It’s out of my hands.

JULIE
Just, just, just, just swell.

JIM
What do you want?
(pause)
Do you want to eat here?

JULIE
No.

JIM
Why not?

JULIE
Because I didn’t go out today wanting to eat here.

JIM
I know you didn’t but–

A WAITER approaches.

WAITER
Table for two?

JULIE
(to WAITER)
We’re not–no. We’re just waiting for the rain to die down.

JIM
If it ever does.

WAITER
Of course.

The WAITER leaves.

JIM
Does smell good in here.

JULIE
I just–

JIM
Why don’t we eat–

JULIE
It was so bright out.

JIM
I–what?

JULIE
This morning.

JIM
This morning.

JULIE
I didn’t see a single cloud in the sky. And now it’s pouring.

JIM
It’s just a little–

JULIE
Are you not upset?

JIM
Course I am.

JULIE
Could you show it then? A gesture to me?

JIM
I don’t know what that’s gonna accomplish.

JULIE
It’d make me feel like you’re here, for one.
(pause)
I’m sorry.

JIM
No–

JULIE
I’m just–

JIM
You’re upset, I know.

JULIE
Not trying to be all–

JIM
No, it’s alright.

JULIE
I’m sorry.

JIM
It’s alright.

JULIE
I just, really wanted this to go well.

JIM
I know–huh.

JULIE
What?

JIM
You really wanted today to go well.

JULIE
What, you don’t?

JIM
Hey, of course I–

JULIE
The one–you know–we just pass each other at the house now, we don’t sleep toget–our schedules–the one day you’re not working and I’m not working and I had time to–you know–actually prepare some–do you know how long it takes to make something?

JIM
I–

JULIE
A long time. A long time. It takes God six days to make the universe and he rested on the seventh.
(pause)
I get one day off He makes it rain.

JIM
I’m just as upset.

JULIE
Thanks.
(pause)
How’s it look?

JIM
(checks window)
Just a little rain.

JULIE
Want to check the salad still good, if the chicken isn’t wet–where’s the basket?

JIM
(pause)
The what?

JULIE
The basket.

JIM
The–

JIM looks around.

JIM
Where’s the basket?

JULIE
That’s what I’m asking you.

JIM
I have the towel.

JULIE
Oh my–

JIM
Wait, just–

JULIE
Oh my god.

JIM
I think I know–

JULIE
No, I know where you left it. You–

JIM
Still at–

JULIE
You left it at the park.

JIM
The rain came out of–

JULIE
You left it at the park.

JIM
We can still go back.

JULIE
No, no, no we can’t. If we could still go back we wouldn’t be here.

JIM
Why don’t we eat here?

JULIE
This isn’t a–

JIM
We’ll eat here, wait out the rain, go back–no, I’ll go back right–

JULIE
This isn’t a matter of where we do or do not eat. This is–

JIM
Are we really having a conversation right now?

JULIE
When else then, huh?
(pause)
This is a matter of you actually caring about anything that isn’t work.

JIM
I do care, don’t be ridiculous. I do–

JULIE
Oh, I don’t want to hear it.

JIM
Well what do you want to–

The WAITER approaches.

WAITER
Sir? I’m sorry, but the guests–

JIM
(to WAITER)
Of course, I apologize.

The WAITER leaves.

JULIE
So you apologize with him and you’re sorry with me?

JIM
What do you want me to say? You know, you’re just as busy as I am. You don’t see me–

JULIE
Excuse me?

JIM
I–

JULIE
What did you say?

JIM
I’m saying–

JULIE
Did I see you helping me with lunch? Did I see you rushing out the door with–Did I–Jesus Christ–yes, I am just as busy as you are but I feel like I’m the only one committed to this relationship.

JIM
Where–where are you getting that idea?

JULIE
I don’t know. Every day–the little things add–you know–when’s the last time we did any–the last time we made–you know–when’s the last time a distant observer looked at us and thought the word love?

JIM
I’m–and will you keep your voice down? Chrissakes–I’m sorry I’m not asking every stranger we see on the street what they think about our marriage. You’re being completely–

JULIE
Don’t say it.

JIM
–ridiculous.

JULIE starts to leave.

JIM
Where are you–hey–where are you going?

JULIE
I’m leaving.

JIM
I’ll go get the basket–

JULIE
No. I’m leaving as in I’m leaving.

JIM
You’re leaving.

JULIE
Yes.

JIM
Where are you–

JULIE starts to leave again, JIM goes to grab her.

JULIE
Let go of–

JIM
Can you stop being so–your voice–

JULIE
Oh so now you want to touch me? LET GO.

JIM lets go.

The WAITER approaches a third time.

WAITER
Sir, ma’am? I’m afraid I’m going to have to ask you to–

JULIE
(to WAITER)
Don’t worry, I am.
(to JIM)
Don’t follow me.

JIM
See, now, do you mean that or not?

JULIE
I mean what I mean.

JIM
We can just eat–

WAITER
Sir–

JIM
(to WAITER)
Wait–
(to JULIE)
Do you want me to call a cab–

JULIE
I’m leaving.

JIM
The house–

JULIE
Goodbye.

JULIE leaves.

JIM
God–

WAITER
Sir?

JIM
(to self)
What does she want from me? I don’t work we starve.

WAITER
Sir?

JIM
She is completely unreasonable. After all–after all that history.

WAITER
Sir?

JIM
She’s gonna get soaked. That coat’s three ninety-five. Armani’s for her Christmas, birthday. Or whichever

WAITER
Sir.

JIM
(to WAITER)
Yes. I apologize. Excuse me.

WAITER
I’m going to have to ask you to leave as well.

JIM
I can’t.

WAITER
I have to ask you to–

JIM
It’s pouring out.

WAITER
You’re disturbing our guests.

JIM
Can I just sit here a minute?
(to self)
Why couldn’t we just sit here and eat–

WAITER
Sir–

JIM
Can you just–isn’t that your job? To wait? Wait.
(pause)
What’s the most expensive thing you have on the menu?

WAITER
You–

JIM
What’s the most expensive thing you have on the menu?

WAITER
(pause)
We have a chef special.

JIM
Get me a table and two three of those. I’ll shut up.

WAITER
(pause)
Very well. Right this way.

JIM follows the WAITER.

JIM
(to self)
Only a little bit of rain…

END

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