The Breadman

Scene I

As the lights come up, two figures appear from the shadows. They walk slowly down the street, arms around one another, and ascend the steps of the front porch. The only furniture on the porch is a sofa-like swing. Davey Downs is dressed in a summer Tux, and Jenny Brahm wears a semi-formal gown of the mid-fifties. They pause for a moment and gaze at the summer sky. He takes her in his arms and kisses her lightly. After they kiss they look at each other in silence for a brief moment, then she interrupts the mood.

 

Jenny

What did you say?

 

Davey

When?

 

Jenny

Just now. What did you say?

 

Davey

I didn’t say anything.

 

Jenny

You did. Just now, you said something.

 

Davey

I didn’t.

 

Jenny

You did.

 

Davey

Well, if I did. What did I say?

 

Jenny

If I knew what you said, I wouldn’t have asked you what it was you said, would I?

 

Davey

No.

 

Jenny

Well then. Why don’t you tell me what it was that you said?

 

Davey

 I didn’t say anything.

 

Jenny

All right! If you insist that you didn’t say anything. Then you didn’t say anything. (Slight pause) But you were thinking of something to say, weren’t you?

 

Davey

I can’t remember.

 

Jenny

How can you forget, so soon, something as important as that to say?

 

Davey

Well, maybe I wasn’t going to say it.

 

Jenny

I don’t understand you! Every time we start to say serious things to one another, you always forget what it was you were going to say. Why is that, Davey?

 

Davey

I don’t know.

 

Jenny

Is it because you have another girl?

 

Davey

I didn’t say that.

 

Jenny

You didn’t have to, you were thinking it.

 

Davey

How come you always know what I’m going to say before I say it?

 

Jenny

Then you were thinking of another girl?

 

Davey

No, Jenny. I love you. You’re my girl.

 

Jenny

(Smiling) That’s what I thought you said.

 

Davey

That I love you?

 

Jenny

Yes.

 

Davey

You’re the coolest girl I know.

 

Jenny

Put your arms around me and hug me, Davey.