Excerpt of Amici 

(from the middle of the play)

            SAMANTHA

I liked your fashion show.

 

            HOWARD

My what?

 

            SAMANTHA

Your fashion show. I liked how you tried on all those different shirts. I like how you wanted to look nice.

 

            HOWARD

It wasn't a fashion show!

 

            SAMANTHA

Oh.

 

            HOWARD

They had spots on them!

 

            SAMANTHA

Anyway. I liked the denim with the eagle on the pocket, but I like this one the best. My god, you look good!

 

            HOWARD

Samantha.

 

            SAMANTHA

I can’t help myself.

 

            HOWARD

Don’t look at me like that. I told you from the beginning that this—

 

            SAMANTHA

 Relationship--

 

            HOWARD

Not relationship! We are not having a relationship. This is platonic! (Pause.)  Look, I enjoy the time we spend together just as much as you do. I know we're on the same path. I know we have things to teach one another. It's not one-sided.

 

            SAMANTHA

But that's all I'm saying. I want us to accompany one another along the path.

 

            HOWARD

Which path?

 

            SAMANTHA

The path. Life's journey! The path that leads to a place where there is justice for all, where war has gone the way of slavery, and where--

 

            HOWARD

People wear flowers in their hair.

 

            SAMANTHA

Don't make fun.

 

            HOWARD

I'm sorry.

 

            SAMANTHA

I want to help bring God's kingdom to Earth.

 

            HOWARD

And then--?

 

            SAMANTHA

You're making fun.

 

            HOWARD

You're very innocent.

 

            SAMANTHA

You don't want to help bring in God's kingdom?

 

            HOWARD

I'm not sure it isn't already here. Maybe it's just a matter of recognizing it. (Beat.) So what are your plans for after you usher in the millenium?

 

            SAMANTHA

I thought I'd like to retire with you to an island.

 

            HOWARD

 (HOWARD sighs.) Christ, Sam. What are we doing?

(...continued...)

 

 

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