(The stage is black with one spotlight on the back entrance of stage left. Jerrri walks in stage left to center stage, spotlight follows – he speaks to the audience)
The name’s Jerrri, with three r’s not two. I’m from Alaska and I just got my inheritance. I quickly quit my job soon and so, here I am. I’m a white, single, old man looking for love. I can’t tell you how old I am or how sarcastic I can become, but I can tell you how feisty I used to be.
(Another spotlight on the back entrance of stage right. Kara walks in stage right to center stage, spotlight follows – she speaks to the audience)
My name is Kara. I’m a young college student with too much on her mind. I think about tomorrow or yesterday quite often and rarely think about the current day. Time flies by quickly and my work remains undone. I have a job that pays in pennies and I have a lover that knows too much. Sometimes I wonder how he can stand my negativity.
(Jerrri walks behind Kara to stage right, Kara walks at the same time to stage left behind the counter and begins to make cups of coffee)
Jerrri & Kristen
Life, act one, in the midst of confusion.
(Jerrri walks to stool on stage right and sits.)
How come I can’t understand women? How come I can’t understand the youth? How come I feel as I am stuck in an endless void of confusion while others are successfully enjoying the many pleasures of life? Love? Marriage? Children perhaps? I push at women harder and they ignore my plea for love. I want love and I will find love. I’ll pay her to love me, I don’t care! What do I have to do around here?
Where do I go after college? My parents think that marriage and work are the only options available for a girl like myself. Why not travel and discovery or fame and fortune? Fame and fortune might not be easy but traveling sure is. I can go anywhere. Give me gas money and directions and I’ll get there. It won’t be easy, but I can try. I will try to overcome the obstacles of life. I will try to fight back against my destiny. I just wonder sometimes, why can’t life be as easy as this White Chocolate Mocha with whipped cream?
Jerrri & Kara
(both turn to audience)
Life, act two, in the midst of revolution.
(Jerrri stands up and pretends to be getting ready)
I will find her tonight. I know I will find her tonight. Somehow I will gain the courage. Somehow I will reach out and touch a face, any face, her face.
(Kara leans on counter and sighs)
I will find some answers. Somehow I will find out where life is leading me. Somehow I will reach out and grab my purpose.
I will ask her to marry me!
I will quit my job!
Jerrri & Kara
(Both to the audience)
Life, act three, in the midst of reality.
(Jerrri holds his head in hand)
Not going to happen. Who is going to love an old man like me?
(Kara starts wiping the counter)
Who am I kidding? Like I can quit?
(Jerrri staggers to center stage downstage)
Countdown has begun. I only have so much time. I could try and snip the blue wire or try and run for cover, but it will never escape me.
I need a nudge or a push, a shove or a trip; something to get me moving away from this place.
(Jerrri looks to stage left and notices Kara at the counter, Kara notices Jerrri staring at her)
Jerrri & Kara
Life, act four, in the midst of possibility
But perhaps there she is. Perfection.
What is he staring at?
(Jerrri begins to walk towards the counter)
Think about this. What to say, what to say. “Hi, my name is Jerrri, with three r’s not two. I was watching you across the room and I was wondering…Would you marry me?”
What can I get you? Espresso? Mocha? Latte?
(Jerrri is now at counter staring at Kara and quickly responds)
(Kara begins to make drink as Jerrri holds his head in his hand)
(Kara, frustrated, stops making the coffee)
You want something else?
Yes…no. I mean…I want the coffee…
(to herself, angrily)
People like you are the reason I hate this place.
(holds out the coffee)
(sighs with defeat)
(Kara hands him the drink and holds out her hand)
Jerrri & Kara
(towards to audience)
Life, in acts, in the midst of mortality.