Excerpt from Kammerspiel!

(Bare stage, lights, JONNY and ABE on a bench)

JONNY: What’s your opinion of me, anyhow?

ABE: A little overwhelmed, I began the generalized evasion which that question deserves.

JONNY: Well, I’m going to tell you something about my life

ABE: He interrupted

JONNY: I don’t want you to get a wrong idea of me – I’ll tell you God’s truth – My family all died and I came into a good deal of money.

ABE: And where did –

JONNY: Oxford man –

ABE: And why did –

JONNY: Daisy –

ABE: And where was –

JONNY: The Green light at the end of the dock.

ABE: That’s a great expression of yours, ain’t it? said Tom Sharply.

JONNY: What is?

ABE: All this ‘old sport’ business.

JONNY: You’re wife doesn’t love you – said Gatsby – she’s never loved you. She loves me. Gatsby sprang to his feet, vivid with excitement.

(Sings)

A MAN DOESN’T KNOW WHAT HE HAS UNTIL HE LOSES IT

WHEN A MAN HAS THE LOVE OF A WOMAN HE ABUSES IT

I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT I HAD WHEN I HAD MY OLD LOVE

I DIDN’T KNOW WHAT I HAD TILL I SAID GOODBYE OLD LOVE

YES A MAN DOESN’T KNOW WHAT HE HAS TILL IT IS NO LONGER AROUND

BUT THE HAPPY THOUGHT IS – WHATEVER IT IS HE’S LOST –

MAY SOMEDAY ONCE AGAIN BE FOUND

(Pause)

JONNY: Say Old Sport, why don’t we go for a ride in my Rolls Royce?

ABE: (Slow motion) We’re… in… your… Rolls… Royce… you… son-of-a biiiiiiiiiitch…

(Lights)