An Excerpt from
by David Auburn
(First published in Fifth Planet and Other Plays, copyright © 2002 by David Auburn)
Miss You was first produced at the HBO Comedy Arts Festival in Aspen, Colorado, on January 5, 1997. It was directed by James Eckhouse. The cast was as follows:
WOMAN 1, 2 Lisa Edelstein
MAN 1, 2 Jerry Levine
MAN and WOMAN on the phone.
MAN: I miss you!
WOMAN: Oh, hi.
MAN: Miss me?
WOMAN: Yes. Yes I do: I miss you.
MAN: A lot?
MAN: How much?
WOMAN: I told you, a lot.
MAN: God, I miss you.
MAN: I wish you were here.
MAN: I wish you were here right now.
MAN: I wish I was there.
MAN: I wish I could be there with you: I mean, I really miss you. I have a—
WOMAN: I know.
MAN: I have a—
WOMAN: Can you hold on?
MAN: I have a little sur—
WOMAN: Can you hold on a sec? I've got another call.
MAN: S (ure)—(Beat. She clicks over.)
MAN 2: Hey.
WOMAN: Oh, God. Oh, God, hi! Oh, hi! God, hi!
MAN 2: Hey.
WOMAN: Hi, God, you called! I was hoping you'd-where have you been? Hi! Thank you for calling! How are you?
MAN 2: I'm fine.
MAN 2: How are—
WOMAN: Great. Wonderful. Now! Hi. When can I see you? Are you free? Are you busy? I can get time. Do you want to get something to eat tonight? Or we can cook. I can shop and we can— We can stay in. We can cook here, I've got wine. Come over. Come over now if you want. I miss you.
MAN 2: Listen-
WOMAN: I miss you. Yesterday afternoon was-the museum was wonderful (I can't believe I live right here in the city and I never go), and the walk, and the river. And the ice cream! Unh! Nothing has ever tasted so good to me in my life, I swear to God, it was—and drinks by the—and dinner, and God, you looked so—and last night was—
MAN 2: Listen, there's some things I should do, but we ought to try to get together.
WOMAN: Try? Try to get together? Yes, I think we should "try"! I mean, yes. Yes. That would be great. Tonight? Do you want to set something up for tonight? (Beat.)
MAN 2: Tonight?
WOMAN: Yes. We could—
MAN 2: Look, can I call you back?
MAN 2: I gotta call you back.
WOMAN: Okay, but call me right—
MAN 2: Yeah. I'll call you. I'll talk to you. Okay?
WOMAN: Soon. I'll talk to you, okay—
MAN 2: Bye. (Beat.)
WOMAN: Bye— (She almost hangs up.) Shit— (Clicks over.) Hello?
WOMAN: It's me.
MAN: I missed you!
WOMAN: I'm sorry. I couldn't get—
MAN: I'm coming home.
MAN: I'm calling because I'm coming home. It's my surprise. I'm cutting things short. I'm at the airport!
MAN: I'm about to get on an airplane.
WOMAN: No, why-you're cutting things short? Can you do that?
MAN: Yes. I worked straight through. I haven't slept for two days so I'd get done early because I missed you and I'm—
WOMAN: Wait. Hold—
MAN: We take off in ten minutes. They're preboarding now. I'm carrying my—I want to give you my arrival time so you can come get me. I've only got carry-on, so don't come to the gate, don't park, just pull up at arriving flights and I'll be—
WOMAN: 'Nother call, sorry, I—
MAN: Honey, wait, I'm about to board, I don't want to miss my—
WOMAN: (Clicks over.) Hello?
MAN: No, it's still me. Don't go. I don't want to miss my—
WOMAN: Sorry, hold on. (Clicks.) Hello? Hello?
MAN 2: Hey, me.
WOMAN: Oh, hi!
MAN 2: Hey. Listen. I—
WOMAN: That was fast! You're—
MAN 2: Listen, I just realized, I've got a lot of things to take care of.
MAN 2: So I think we better—
MAN 2: I think we better take a rain check on tonight.
WOMAN: A rain check.
MAN 2: We'll do it some other time.
WOMAN: You have a lot of things to take care of?
MAN 2: Yeah.
WOMAN: What things?
MAN 2: I should get some sleep. I have to get up early.
WOMAN: We spend the day together yesterday. You didn't have things to take care of. Yesterday turned into last night and it was a long sleepless night and that seemed fine with you then; it seemed wonderful to me—
MAN 2: We'll have to do it another time.
WOMAN: I don't have another time. This is the time. Do you see? Let's do this now. I'm sorry. I just mean, while we can. We shouldn't miss this. Yesterday came out of nowhere. We were together. It was great. I loved it. I loved being with you. I loved you. (Beat.) Did you hear me? I love you. Can you hear me? Are you there?
MAN 2: Can you hold on a minute?
MAN 2: I've got another call coming in.
WOMAN: Don't take it!
MAN 2: I have to—
WOMAN: They'll call back.
MAN 2: I'll just be—
WOMAN: Don't— (He clicks over.)
MAN 2: Hello?
Excerpted from Laugh Lines by Edited by Eric Lane and Nina Shengold Copyright © 2007 by Eric Lane and Nina Shengold. Excerpted by permission of Vintage, a division of Random House LLC. All rights reserved. No part of this excerpt may be reproduced or reprinted without permission in writing from the publisher.