The stage is divided in two. Half red half blue. On each side there is a large platform. Atop the red platform stands DAN; The blue VALERIE B. Though the characters, within the scene, are facing each other, they play directly out to the audience.
DAN: On the midpoint of the journey of life, I found myself in a dark place
Lights up on DAN.
DAN: Where the clear path seemed lost.
Lights up on VALERE B.
VALERIE B.: Dan, what’s wrong? It’s ok you can talk to me!
DAN: Valerie, I don’t know where I am. I don’t know where I should be going.
VALERIE B.: (pleading) Let me help you…
DAN: Poet, I thee entreat, By that same God whom thou didst never know, So that I may escape this woe and worse, thou wouldst conduct my where thou hast said.
VALERIE B.: Here all suspicion needs must be abandoned, All cowardice must needs here be extinct. Abandon all hope ye who enter here.
DAN: I feel so alone.
VALERIE B.: Do you believe?
DAN: Do you?
VALERIE B.: Not until I saw for myself
DAN: I don’t know what to believe.
VALERIE B.: Be not withouten infamy or praise?
DAN: I’m just me.
VALERIE B.: This way never passes a good soul.
DAN: How do I keep going when everything seem so hopeless?
VALERIE B.: You just have to believe.
DAN: In what?
VALERIE B.: Let us descend now into the blind world.
DAN: I’m afraid.
VALERIE B.: Good.
DAN: I live a good life. Why did this happen? I’m not stupid. I’m not evil. Why me?
VALERIE B.: Lost are we and only so far punished that without hope we live on in desire.
DAN: What does that mean to me?
VALERIE B.: Rain falls on the just and unjust alike. Follow down the rings of the tail and you will find what you seek.
DAN: (beat) Did you know that you are beautiful?
VALERIE B.: I never think of myself that way.
DAN: I want you.
VALERIE B.: Beware. The infernal hurricane within you never rests. Unto such torment, carnal malefactors are condemned.
DAN: Just kiss me.
VALERIE B.: Do you love me?
DAN: I want you. Isn’t that love enough?
VALERIE B.: If you think this true then your “love” has conducted us to one death.
DAN: I’m sorry. I want to love you. I don’t know how.
VALERIE B.: I’ll show you.
The sound of rain begins
DAN: (beat) I know Valerie, I’ll take you out to eat. A big meal. More food than you could possibly imagine! That’ll show you how much I care!
VALERIE B.: Food will just ease my appetite. It won’t appease my heart.
DAN: Ok. Uh. Jewels! Money! I can get you anything in the world! We can spend it all or save up and I’ll buy you the whole planet. I just want your love.
VALERIE B.: Lady luck might change at times the empty treasures she bestowed upon you. Then you’ll have nothing. How then would you prove your love to me?
DAN: I…don’t know.
VALERIE B.: You don’t know how to love do you?
VALERIE B.: Do you believe?
DAN: There is nothing to believe in. Nothing.
VALERIE B.: How do you know that?
DAN: Everything I’ve learned says there is nothing.
VALERIE B.: You don’t know it all, Dan.
VALERIE B.: You don’t, Dan.
DAN: I said stop.
VALERIE B.: Admit it, Dan. You. Don’t. Know.
He strikes her
DAN: Oh God…
VALERIE B.: (beat) What did you just say?
DAN: (collecting himself)…oh God?
VALERIE B.: (She smiles) Soon.
DAN: What? (he begins to break down)
VALERIE B.: Dan…
DAN: I shouldn’t have hurt you, Val.
VALERIE B.: It’s part of where you need to be.
DAN: I don’t deserve to live.
VALERIE B.: Those thoughts from your mind you must rend. As like a grain of spelt will they will germinate and spring a sapling and a forest tree from which your neck shall never be disconnected.
DAN: I’ve lost everything. How could your God let this happen?!? He’s nothing. He can’t be real and let me suffer so.
VALERIE B.: Dan, curse not God for your suffering. As suffering is brought on not by God, but by choice.
DAN: Is not choice a gift from God?
VALERIE B.: Yes. But if you suffer, it is of your will, not God’s.
DAN: Is this real? How do I know that my life isn’t just a fantasy?
VALERIE B.: Life is what you choose it to be. Nothing more. Though your life may have already happened, it is you who control the events therein.
DAN: Please. Love me.
VALERIE B.: Love is not a one way street, Dan.
DAN: What do you want? Seduction? Flattery? I’ll do it. Whatever you want!
VALERIE B.: I want you to love me.
DAN: I’ll pay for it, Valerie. Just love me!
VALERIE B.: You don’t buy love.
DAN: I want to see my future. I want to look forward and I want you to be there.
VALERIE B.: If you wish to look forward and see me, you will only see me when back is your countenance turned.
DAN: God! What do I have to do? Do I have to steal your love?
VALERIE B.: You couldn’t if you wished to, Dan.
DAN: I love you. There. I said it. That’s what you wanted. Now, love me.
VALERIE B.: You said you didn’t know how to love me. You’re full of it, Dan.
DAN: I have nothing left. Do you understand? Nothing. If I don’t have you I have less than nothing. Un-nothing. I’ll have un-nothing!
VALERIE B.: Dan, you’re being ridiculous!
DAN: AM I? You should be the one suffering. Not me. You were supposed to help me and you’ve only hurt me. Get out.
VALERIE B.: I’m trying to help you Dan but you won’t listen to me.
DAN: GET OUT!
VALERIE B.: If I leave you now you’ll never be who you are supposed to be Dan. Do you understand that? Do you know who you are supposed to be Dan because I do. And, the man you could be is so much more than the man you are!
DAN: (beat) I just want to make something to fix this mess. Just poof it all to normal. Or at least fake normalcy enough to be happy.
VALERIE B.: Why be normal, Dan, when you could be so much more?
DAN: (beat) I feel cold.
VALERIE B.: (giving up on Dan) That is because you are alone Dan.
VALERIE B.: I tried to help you Dan but I can’t. You don’t want to be happy.
DAN: You’d leave me now? I’ve lost everything and NOW you leave? YOU’RE THE DEVIL!
VALERIE B. begins to exit. DAN chases after her.
DAN: YOU’RE THE DEVIL!
VALERIE B. disappears.
DAN: (sobbing) And I love you… God, I love her so much. Please. Don’t let me lose her.
VALERIE B. reappears
VALERIE B.: My name’s not Valerie.
VALERIE B.: Call me Beatrice. It’s my middle name but I always felt it was my name more than Valerie ever was.
DAN: I love you, Beatrice.
VALERIE B.: Do you believe now Dan?
DAN: God is love.
DAN & VALERIE B.: Thence we came forth to rebehold the stars.