Aversion therapy

Kate stands center stage. To stage right is a mirror, positioned at face height, reflecting the stage left wings.

Kate: Who here has had an excellent day? I need one volunteer from you excellent day folks to join me on stage.

Kate selects one audience member to join her on stage and welcomes them.

Kate: Now, who here has had a shitty day? I need one volunteer from you shitty day folks to join me on stage.

Kate selects one audience member to join her on stage and welcomes them. She guides the volunteers to stand in a line stage right of the mirror, facing away from the mirror.

Kate stands in front of Excellent Day Volunteer and looks at them.

Kate: We’ll start with something easy. May you be well.

Kate moves to stand in front of Shitty Day Volunteer and looks at them.

Kate: May you be well.

Kate moves to stand in front of the mirror. And takes a deep inhale and exhale.

Kate: May you be well.

Kate moves back to stand in front of EDV.

Kate: Did that go okay?

Kate looks to both EDV and SDV for their response.

Kate: Now I’m going to try something harder. You are beautiful.

Kate moves to stand in front of SDV and looks at them.

Kate: You are beautiful.

Kate moves to stand in front of the mirror.

Kate: You are beautiful.

Kate moves back to stand in front of EVD.

Kate: Okay, last one. This one’s a doozy. You both ready?

Kate looks to both EVD and SVD for their response. Kate pauses to shake things out a bit and takes a few deep breaths. After her shake out she moves back in front of EVD.

Kate: Okay. You are lovable.

Kate moves to stand in front of SDV.

Kate: You are lovable.

Kate moves to stand in front of the mirror.

Kate: You are lovable.

Kate takes a moment to collect herself.

Kate: This is the first time I’ve done this play. Damn I hope later performances go better.
or
Kate: This is the first time I’ve done this play. It wasn’t as bad as I thought it would be.

After subsequent performances use this line instead:

Kate: This is the XX time I’ve done this play. Damn I thought it would be easier by this point.
or
Kate: This is the XX time I’ve done this play. It was a little easier this time.

Curtain.

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