Аннотация: The heroine of the play understood, that she could be happy only in her family, when she takes care of her children and her husband.
HOW TO BE HAPPY
Synopsis the play
Julie, the heroine of the play " How to be happy" at last understood it is impossible to be happy alone she can be happy only together with her husband and children.
JULIE: Forty, wife of Michael, mother of four children,
ANN: Thirty-six, doctor, friend of Julie.
MICHAEL: Thirty-six, Julie"s husband.
VOICE of TOM: Young boy, nine, son of Julie and Michael.
PETER: Thirty-six, Ann"s husband
SALLY: Julie"s mother in seventies
Time: Year 2005-locations:
A upscale bar in a small New England town.
Living room in Michael and Julie"s home.
Room in Ann"s home
Ann"s college dorm room in 1985.
HOW TO BE HAPPY
Ann and Julie sit at a table in a bar with martinis.
Julie. Ann, ... look! Every table has an ashtray, but smoking prohibited...
Ann. Julie! Forget it, please.
Julie. Easy for you to say: "Forget it". I want to smoke...
Ann. Julie, you asked me here to talk ... about ashtrays?
Julia. Remember how we used to be good? We came in, ordered a coffee and smoked, smoked, it wasn't hurting anybody. Now, smoke in the right place, on the street, and passers-by shy away from you like a leper.
Ann. You said we need to talk... I Have an urgent job...
Julia. Yes, gone are those days...
Anne. (eagerly) Yes, Yes gone, what's next?
Julia. Ann, you're my best friend...
Anna. Julie! You said you really had to talk.
Julie. Ann, you have been my best friend for a long time. I'm very thankful you that you introduced me Mike...
Ann. "Cheers!" (They sip their martinis). My treat. I know money is tight.
Julie. Money"s no problem. There"s none. Not enough food. As soon as it"s bought it"s eaten by my children.
Ann (exasperated). Julie, what"s... going... on?
He doesn't love me...
Ann. Don't be silly.
Julie. He loves me only when I'm pregnant...
Ann. "Cheers!" (exasperated). Julie, do you need Mike's love?
Juli. Yes, and, because of this I want to be pregnant. When I"m pregnant, I'm happy.
Ann. What is a problem? You have a husband...
Julie. Michael is dead set against it... two children are enough for him.
Ann: You"re depressed now?
Julie. Yes... He doesn't know when I hold and feed a tiny baby, I get such joy, such pleasure. It is not like any thing else, not even sex. I want a little warm baby to smile up at me,
Ann. Say..., how are the kids? How do you manage to take care of them?
Julie. Oh, they take care of each other. Mother is usually home. Tom keeps an eye on Nicole . They hardly need me. They are very self-sufficient. They walk to school, play with neighbors" kids, and watch television.
Ann. Ah... what do they eat?
Julie. Mother makes sandwiches.
Ann. I just don"t understand you. Why do you want more children?
Julie. You don"t understand, because you don"t have children.
Ann. "And never will..." You"re thinking?
Julie. I"m just telling you, why you can"t understand my family or me.
Ann looks daggers at Julie
Julie. Ok, ok, I"m sorry. But I just have to get pregnant. Ann, listen there was this French writer....
Ann"s cell phone rings
Ann: Sorry Julie. It"s probably the Hospital. I have a patient...
Ann leaves, Julie sips martini and checks her make up. Her cell rings.
Voice Tom. Nicole and me are hungry. There"s is no peanut butter...
Julie. Where is Granny?
Voice Tom. She is sleeping...
Julie. Look in the kitchen cabinet. There is a package of spaghetti. You can cook that.
Voice Tom. Mom, I can"t.
Julie. What can"t you?
Voice Tom. Cook spaghetti.
Julie. Take the big pot, and fill it with water.
Voice Tom. How much water?
Julie. Just some, just some. Listen carefully. With the pot half full of water... Turn the stove to "high". When the water boils put in the spaghetti. When it is soft and has good taste, turn off the stove... But it will be better, if you will awake Granny.
Julie while waiting for Ann sips martini. Her cell phone rings again
Julie. Too high up! ... Get Granny's cane and knock it down on the floor. Spaghetti will break some, but no problem.... Ok?
Julie: Bye, bye...
Julie closes her cell just as Ann returns.
Ann. What"s going on?
Julie (aside to Ann). Good in school, but he doesn"t know how to boil water and cook spaghetti. I just told Tommy how to cook some spaghetti.
Ann (slowly). You... have... just... told... little... Tommy... how... to... use... the... stove... all by... himself?
Julie. So? I want my children to be self-sufficient.
Ann. But a stove! Where is your mother?
Julie. When I left, mother was dozing in front of the TV...
Ann. Oh! Oh! My God! I"ll make sure your mother knows what he is doing.
Ann grabs her cell phone and dials Julie"s home
Ann. Tommy, it"s aunt Ann... I"m with your Mom, please, ask your Granny to help you...
Voice Tom. But Granny is sleeping.
Ann Go and awake her. She will help you. Do you promise me?
Voice Tom. OK (hangs up).
Ann is still shaking her head
Julia. Ann! ... Calm down... Ann, with kids... the first time they learn anything is always risky... I want my kids to be confident and self-sufficient...
Julia. Let's continue. We were talking about a French writer...
Ann (still distressed): OK... Ok... Against my better judgment... a French writer?
Julie: Yeah, yeah, my cousin told me about this book. Some French writer, name begins with "M", told about a woman who wanted a child and confided in a priest...
Julie takes a sip of her martini.
This woman told the priest: "I want a child, but my husband doesn"t. He uses every possible way not to impregnate me."
Ann (still upset). It"s Maupassant"s novel, "Life".
Julie. Yeah... OK... listen... the priest said: "Why not tell your husband you"re pregnant? He"ll stop his foolishness; and you"ll soon be pregnant." ... So she tried it, and she became pregnant!
Ann: You haven"t told Michael you"re pregnant?
Julie: I want to...
Ann (laughing). I can just imagine his reaction.
Julie (laughing). Me too.
Ann. He won"t believe you.
Julie. You"re right. So, here"s my idea ... YOU... tell him that I"m pregnant!
Julie. You"re a doctor...
Ann. Julie, I can"t.
Ann. Not ethical. I... Julie, you could try some artificial insemination with his sperm somehow... It would be a challenge...
Julia. No way could I do it, never. It"s too expensive for me
Ann. So... If you want to convince Michael that you are pregnant you will have to act really pregnant.
Ann. Pregnant women have a ravenous appetite.
Julie. Can do....
Ann. They crave spicy and salty food.
Julie. You"ve right... I"ll call Michael. He said he would shop the food on his way home. (Calls Michael on her cell). Hello? Michael? ... where are you? ... Good! ... Where am I? Still at work... Michael, can you pick up a jar of pickles ... I"m suddenly craving them... Good! See you soon.
Julie: You didn"t answer me. Will you tell Michael?
Ann: Julie, I can"t lie to Michael.
Julie: When I was pregnant with Nicole? You explained to him how it could happen. That birth control sometimes doesn"t work. He believed you.