I Can’t Look at Her Anymore

In the drama scene from one-act eplay Burning Flowers, Sean tries to give his wife confidence when it comes to being a mother.

SEAN: What? Ri…RIONA, what—

Riona enters carrying baby Lola.

RIONA: Can’t get her to stop crying, Sean.

Riona places Lola in Sean’s arms.

Sean begins gently bouncing the baby.

SEAN: (to baby) Shhh, shhh, it’s okay, it’s okay, Daddy’s here, Daddy’s here…shhhh…

Lola quiets down and stops crying.

It’s okay…shhh, it’s okay sweetheart…shhh….

SEAN: (whispering to RIONA) She’s passing out.

Riona lights a cigarette.

RIONA: Get her out to bed. I can’t look at her anymore.

Sean leaves the living room.

Riona inhales her cigarette and lets out a big breath.  She folds her arms and paces the living room. She pours herself a glass of vodka and guzzles.

Sean enters the room.

SEAN: What was all the fuss?

RIONA: There’s always a fuss.

SEAN: Don’t get excited.

RIONA: You’re a better mother than me.

SEAN: That’s not true.

RIONA: It is true!

SEAN: You’re a great mother.

RIONA: I’m a lousy hack.

SEAN: I was outside in the garden—

RIONA: Go! Go back in your garden!

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Burning Flowers by Joseph ArnoneIn the one act eplay Burning Flowers, Riona has been a mother for about a year and is absolute unhappy. She feels totally unfit to be a mother. Her husband Sean does all that he can to make their family unit work, but it just doesn’t seem to ever be enough.  2 Women, 1 Man, 1 Baby.  Drama.

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