Back to the Mistake

In Back to the Mistake, Albert responds to Burke’s family situation with a bit of his own straightforward advice.

ALBERT:  What matters is that you go home to your wife, kiss her hello, tell her how much she means to you and that you empathize with all her anger and misgivings about you. What matters is that you embrace your son and let him know he is safe, that you were angry, that you did not think things through, that you hurt his arm but it is mending, his arm will mend and he will play sports and write and draw and workout and make love one day, all on account that you let him know you lost your temper and you never will again. I assure you Mr. Burke, that if you do lose yourself once more, you will be doing yourself and your family a great disservice. The sort of harm wherein there is no getting back from. The sort of harm wherein you will imagine for the rest of your life a multitude of different scenarios and outcomes all leading back to the mistake you wish you did not make. Life will eat at you, life will gnaw your insides, your mind will reflect a constant tyranny of punishment so wicked and crude that you will cry out to go back inside your mother’s womb. (smiles) …So, you see, I do know you.

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Back to the Mistake by Joseph ArnoneIn the one-act eplay, ‘Back to the Mistake’ Burke turns up drinking heavily at his job’s yearly corporate hotel party and encounters an eerie man who only goes by the name Albert.  2 Men. Drama. Dark Humor.

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