In Changing Patterns, Mara talks to her boyfriend Mario about how he needs to appreciate what he has in his life and stop stressing himself out.
MARA: The coffee shop you have downstairs is a gem. It’s traditional, yet you’ve put your own modern flare into it. And you spent years putting it together, so you can do your own thing and feel independent and that’s what you got. You live right above the coffee shop like you always dreamed you would, and now you’re more miserable than I ever seen you. Why? Why can’t you take pride in what you do and be happy with some results? I don’t get you. It’s never enough, it seems. (beat) I noticed the change in you, I have. It’s why you’re still in your underwear midday. You’ve got the life, bud. You wake up, open up the shop, people come in and work for you, you don’t have to lift a finger if you don’t want, you can stay home all day each day, you can travel, you can do whatever the heck you want and yet, you sulk and perform your sad puppy dog face. Why is that? What’s gotten into you, Mario? Why can’t you feel some satisfaction?!
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In this one-act ePlay, Mario is a coffee shop owner who isn’t happy with his success and seeks to find a new adventure, but his girlfriend Mara talks to him about appreciating what he already has. 1 Woman, 1 Man. Drama.