Joan MacLeod: Playwright
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Toronto, Mississippi

Jhana is an eighteen year old, mentally handicapped woman.  Bill, thirty, a boarder in Jhana’s house

BILL:
Remember how your mum got so pissed off last night about not having the paper in your purse?

JHANA:
The paper in your purse. It’s in a new house Bill. On Buffalo. Daddy’s on Buffalo. In Princie’s mouth.

BILL:
Maybe it’s lost.

JHANA:
Maybe it’s lost.

BILL:
So what we’re going to do is copy out your name, address and phone number. I’ll do the printing if you tell me what to say. Agreed?

JHANA:
Okay.

BILL:
So, do you have a name or what?

JHANA:
Jhana.

BILL:
I want the whole thing.

JHANA:
Jhana Gladys Kelly.

BILL:
You got a phone number Gladys? I might want to ring you up sometime. I might want to take you on a date.

JHANA:
Okay.

BILL:
I might want to take you for a beer. Or to a rock concert. How do I do it? What’s your phone number Jhana Gladys Kelly?

JHANA:
692-4444.

BILL:
Good. I’ll call. What if I want to come to your house. Where do you live?

JHANA:
Here.

BILL:
I need an address angel.

JHANA:
I live at…I live at three, nine, three, nine, three, nine.
I live at three TWO nine Chisholm Avenue.

BILL:
You’re a wizard.

JHANA:
Wizard. She’s out on a date. Out on a date on Buffalo.

BILL:
What city do you live in?

JHANA:
Buffalo.

BILL:
Nope.

JHANA:
Chisholm Avenue. Tupelo. Tupelo, Mississippi.

BILL:
Toronto, angel.

JHANA:
Toronto, angel. Toronto, Mississippi.
 
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