It Will Be Okay

A Play

by Shelby Brown

 


Cast of Characters

 

MANDY Twenty-eight years old. Wife of ERIC and mother of TOMMY. Has red hair and fair skin.

 

ERIC Twenty-six years old. Husband of

MANDY and father of TOMMY. Has dark hair with a crew cut. 

 

TOMMY Four years old. Son of MANDY and

ERIC. Has messy, dark brown hair. 

 

Scene

A family home at 2 in the morning during the summer. A small storm is passing through. 

 

Time

The present. 


Scene 1

 

AT RISE: ERIC and MANDY are in their bedroom asleep. The curtains are drawn and a small storm is seen out the window. It’s late at night. 

 

ERIC stretches his arms and then turns his body toward MANDY and wraps his arm around her lovingly. As he does this, lightning illuminates the room and a loud boom of thunder is heard.

 

MANDY(violently pushing ERIC) 

No! NO! Don’t touch me! Don’t touch me! Stop!

 

(ERIC lets go and moves back away slightly.)

ERIC

I’m not doing anything wrong! It’s me, your husband! It’s okay.

 

MANDY(panicked)

You’re not my husband? I don’t have a husband!

 

ERIC

Mandy. Shh, It’s me, Eric. We’re married and have a son together.

 

MANDY(calmly)

Oh, I guess I forgot, I’m sorry. 

(MANDY leans into ERIC.) 

 

ERIC

It’s okay, baby. Lie back down, it will be okay. 

 

(MANDY looks around the room.)

 

MANDY

Mister, where am I? I’m scared.

 

ERIC

Eric, my name is Eric. There’s no need to be scared.

 

MANDY

I’m s-scared, but I don’t know what of and I—and I don’t like it. 

(MANDY looks at ERIC in panic. MANDY moves

 quickly away from ERIC.)

 

Oh dear God. Oh no. No! No! NO!

 

ERIC

Shh. It’s okay! It’s okay, honey. It was probably just a bad dream. Just a bad dream. Shh. It’s going to be okay. 

(ERIC lets go, stands up and takes a step back.) 

 

(MANDY is shaking on the bed and curled up in a ball.)

 

Did you take your meds?

 

(MANDY ignores ERIC’s question.)

 

MANDY (muttering)

He won’t leave me alone. Why won’t he leave? Why won’t he? He won’t go. He won’t go.

 

ERIC

Who won’t go? 

(ERIC reaches down to touch her.)

 

Who is he?

 

MANDY

No! No! No! No! Back!

 

(ERIC pulls his hand away and takes a step back.)

 

ERIC

Okay… Okay… I’m back here. Tell me what he did. 

 

MANDY

No. He won’t like that. He won’t like that. No. 

 

ERIC

Okay, just tell me who he is then. Please, I won’t tell. Please. 

 

MANDY

He’s… He’s… He’s… 

 

(Lightning illuminates the room.

(Thunder is heard.)

 

(MANDY looks up at ERIC and points.)

 

He’s you! 

(MANDY stands up and confronts ERIC while ERIC backs away with his hands in front of him.)

 

MANDY ERIC

You! You! You’re him! No! It’s me! It’s just 

Get away! Get away! me! Your husband!

 

(MANDY takes a step closer to ERIC and looks him in the eyes.) 

 

MANDY

Please help me…

(MANDY buries her head into ERIC’s chest.)

 

ERIC (rubbing her back)

It’s okay. It’s okay.

 

MANDY

I–I’m so sorry. I–I’m just tired. I must have been dreaming

 

ERIC

Okay, yeah. Let’s just go back to sleep. 

 

(ERIC leads MANDY back to the bed.)

 

MANDY

O-okay…

(MANDY’s eyes begin to close as ERIC lays her on 

the bed.)

 

(Lightning illuminates the room.)

(Thunder is heard.)

No! No! 

(MANDY begins to fight and scream at ERIC.)

 

Don’t touch me! Help! Please help!

 

MANDY ERIC

Stop! Stop! Help please! Shh. Honey, it’s me, Eric. Your husband, it’s just me. Shh. 

 

(MANDY stops fighting ERIC.)

 

MANDY

Oh. Oh no. I’m sorry

(MANDY leans into ERIC and weeps.) 

 

I’m s-s-o s-sorry. 

 

ERIC

It’s okay. It’s okay. Shh… Shh… Look at me.

 

(MANDY looks up at ERIC.)

 

It’s going to be okay. Now, What’s going on? What happened?

 

MANDY

I-I-I don’t know. I’m just scared, b-b-but I don’t kn-n-now what I’m scared of. I want it to stop, Eric.

 

ERIC

It was probably just a dream. It was just a dream. Just a dream. 

 

MANDY

Okay… Okay, yeah. Just a dream. 

 

ERIC

Let’s go back to bed, okay? If you have another dream, just wake me and we can talk about it? How does that sound?

 

MANDY

Okay. 

 

(ERIC helps MANDY onto the bed. ERIC covers MANDY with a blanket and tucks her in.)

 

ERIC

Try to get some sleep.

(He leans down and kisses MANDY on the forehead.)

 

MANDY

Okay.

 

(ERIC sits on the edge of the bed until she is asleep.)

 

(Once MANDY is asleep, ERIC rubs his eyes and talks quietly to himself.)

 

ERIC 

What is going on? My wife has gone nuts, and who even is this guy? 

 

(MANDY mumbles something in her sleep.)

 

What was that, Hun?

 

MANDY (slurring)

W-w-we ca-can just kill him.

 

ERIC

Uh. Mandy, we’re not killing anyone. Who do you want to kill?

 

(MANDY answers in incoherent mumbles.)

 

Mandy, Sweety, you’re worrying me…

 

MANDY 

No. No, it-it’s okay. 

 

ERIC

No. No, you can’t kill anyone. 

 

MANDY

Tommy  will… Will be fine with me. 

 

ERIC

What about Tommy? Mandy, what are you talking about? Honey, answer me!

 

MANDY

I didn’t have a dad, I’m just fine.

 

(ERIC stands up and paces the floor with his hands on his head and talks to himself.)

 

ERIC

My–My wife… is talking about… killing me. My wife wants to kill me. What am I supposed to do? I need to call someone. Just in case. Out of love. I’m doing this out of love… and fear, mostly fear. 

(ERIC picks up the landline phone from the nightstand and dials a number.) 

 

PHONE

911, what’s your emergency? 

 

ERIC (quietly)

Hi. Uh, I don’t know how to say this, uh, but my wife is acting, really strange. I’m kind of worried.

 

PHONE

Strange how, Sir? 

 

ERIC

I don’t know. She’s talking in her sleep and she’s talking about this man and freaking out on me.

 

PHONE

Are you in any immediate danger, Sir? 

 

ERIC

I-I don’t know! 

 

PHONE

Well, Sir. Did you do anything to upset her? Did she have a few drinks? These are all pretty common things. If you don’t give me a better reason for your call, I’m going to have to ask that you settle your marital problems on your own. 

 

ERIC

No! No! 

 

(ERIC is facing away from MANDY. MANDY opens her eyes and sits up, but remains quiet.)

 

She’s talking about killing someone! and… and she is acting like… like… like a psychopath! I don’t know what to do and I’m–I’m freaking out!

 

PHONE

Okay, Sir. Just calm down, we’ll send someone out shortly to check up if you’re that worried abou–

 

(ERIC turns around to see MANDY taking her hand off the receiver base of the landline phone.)

 

MANDY

What are you doing?

 

(ERIC removes the phone from his ear.)

 

ERIC

I–I was… making sure we were safe. I was telling them about him. So he can’t hurt you.

 

MANDY

Are you sure?

 

ERIC

Yes, of course. Would I ever lie to you?

 

MANDY

I don’t know. Come back to bed. 

 

ERIC

Yeah, of course. 

(ERIC puts the phone back on the receiver base and gets into bed.)

 

MANDY

Goodnight.

 

ERIC

Goodnight. 

(ERIC closes his eyes.) 

 

(Lightning illuminates the room.)

(Thunder is heard.)

 

(MANDY stands up and reaches under her pillow and pulls a knife from behind the pillow. MANDY walks around the bed and stands above ERIC.)

 

MANDY (chant-like)

Just kill him. Kill. 

 

(ERIC opens his eyes.)

 

ERIC

Honey, what are you doing?

 

(Lightning illuminates the room.)

(Thunder is heard.)

 

MANDY

Kill. Kill.

 

(ERIC sits up and moves away from MANDY.)

 

ERIC

You’re scaring me, Sweetheart.

 

(MANDY moves closer.)

 

Help! Please! You’re scaring me!

 

(MANDY moves closer.)

 

HELP! PLEASE HELP! HELP!

 

(Lightning illuminates the room.)

(Thunder is heard.)

 

(MANDY attacks ERIC. ERIC screams.)

 

MANDY

No! No! NO!

(MANDY continues to stab ERIC while he screams and kills him. MANDY looks at ERIC and then at the knife in her hand. There’s blood down the front of her nightgown) 

 

Oh, no. What have I done? 

(MANDY moves away from ERIC’s body.)

 

WHAT HAVE I DONE!

 

(There’s a knock on the door.)

 

TOMMY (offstage)

Mommy?

 

(MANDY hides the knife behind her pillow and opens the door. TOMMY stands in his pajamas with tears streaming down his face. MANDY shuts the bedroom door behind her and hugs TOMMY.)

 

MANDY

It’s okay, baby. You’re okay. It’s okay. Mommy is okay. Let’s get you back to bed.

 

(MANDY leads TOMMY back to his bedroom offstage. MANDY re-enters the stage.)

 

What am I going to do with him? Oh my. 

(MANDY picks up the sheets from the bed and uses it to clean up the blood.) 

 

I’ll wrap him in the sheet and bury him, there we go. That’s what we’ll do. 

 

(END SCENE)