This play does not go anywhere. It is at best a snapshot of how things ended. None of the characters like particularly likeable and morality and humanity of each of these characters is under question. Barring our heroine who forgives herself for everything, none of the characters have a forgiving bone in their body. In all — a story with no redeeming value or likeable characters. Don't say I didn't warn you.
Andrew Martin — A 35 year old attorney
Donna Stains-Martin — A 32 year old attractive woman, wife of Andrew
Sam Spade — A 36 year old Stockbroker, boss of Donna
William Stains — 56 year old father of Donna
Martha Stains — 52 year old mother of Donna
Donald Martin — 60 year old widower father of Andrew, a retired judge.
[The sitting room at the Martin's. A beautifully decorated room where Andrew is sitting with his wife, her parents and his father.]
Donald — [coughs and looks at all present before speaking] I am sure that all of you must be surprised that I have called this meeting. It is a very important matter that has come to my notice and affects all of us. I am not sure how to go about this so I will come right to the point. Judge Harlen, a dear friend of mine called me up a week ago and told me that he saw Andrew going into a motel with a strange woman. He was having his breakfast at the diner across the street with his fishing buddies. Andrew stayed in that room close to an hour with the woman. Do you deny this Andrew?
Andrew — [getting up and lighting a cigarette] I neither deny nor accept this. Before you take things any further I must protest the way in which you are conducting this inquisition. Bill has a weak heart and I am sure that you, as his best friend, must take that into consideration before throwing him in this tense situation. Furthermore, it is matter between my wife and I. I have never interfered with any of your personal lives and I refuse to give you access to my private life.
William — Don has briefed me on the situation. In fact he came to me right after his talk with Harlen. Just to put or minds at rest we had you followed over the last week. We found that you engaged tow women from a certain escort service and spent time with them. As a concerned father I am taking steps to safeguard my daughter against such blatant infidelity on your part.
Donna — [calmly, yet emphatically] I am aware of my husband's extra marital activities and I will again say what Andy has already told you — keep out of the matter. It is our lives and we can choose to live it the way we want.
Martha — And what about Clive, your son? Will he not be affected by his father's low life activities?
[Donna gets up and walks around the room.]
Donald — If you are taking this in your stride because of the child — Don't. The court will grant you the custody no matter what. I will make sure of that. I am ashamed to even call Andrew my son. How can he go outside his marriage and then speak indignantly in front of me. [Throwing up his hands] It is your marriage and your life though. So, I will retreat and not bring this up again. My only request is that Andrew keep no contact with me this day on. I am putting this in my will that he is hereby forbidden to even to come to my services.
[Andrew gets up and walks up to Donna and speaks in a hushed tone]
Andrew - Now, this has gone far enough. Are you telling them or should I?
Donna — [nervous and distraught] But it will kill my father.
Andrew — And it is killing my father. If I have to chose between my father and your, I will chose mine.
Donna — Are you ready to be a part-time father to Clive? This will end in a divorce and we are a no-fault state.
Andrew — You have hung Clive as a sword on my head for the last two years and I am tired of this charade.
[Andrew turns towards the parents and sighs audibly]
Andrew — [Addressing the parents] Donna will tell you something that will make the matters clear why I was with a prostitute instead of my wife.
[All eyes turn towards Donna who is looking pale and unsure]
Donald — [with the kindness of a sage in his eyes] Don't be afraid child. You know I love you as much as Bill does, if not more.
Donna — That is what will make the whole deal even more difficult. But here it is for all its worth. Andrew was with a prostitute because we have not made love in the last two years. Andrew refused to make love to me the day he found out about my affair with my boss Sam. He has not divorced me because he is afraid of losing touch with his son.
[The faces in the room turned towards Andy who was sitting in a corner holding his head in his hand.]
Donald — I am sorry, son. I should have taken time to investigate the matter further.
Andrew — [shouting] No, what you should have done was to keep your nose where it belonged. Now, I cannot possibly live in this marriage and my relationship with my son will go down the drains. All my sacrifices for the last two years have come to a naught. What am I supposed to do now?
[Saying that Andrew walked out of the room and left Donna to deal with a handful of irate and shocked parents]
[In the plush office of Sam, where Sam and Donna are sitting and talking]
Donna — I am sure that Andy will divorce me now. I want you to divorce your wife and set up household with me. Oh god, what am I supposed to do?
Sam — Tell me what happened after Andrew left the room.
Donna — I was left alone to fend for myself. While Don was quite and subdued after the revelation, my parents tore into me. They have denied me access to any money that I might have inherited from them. They told me that they would leave everything for Clive in a trust and make Andrew the executioner of the trust. I do not rue the loss of money but they asked me to lose their number.
[As Donna sobbs Sam gets up and walks to the large window that looks out in the parking lot.]
Sam — I am not in a position to leave my wife and you know it. My son has special needs and I cannot abandon them. I do love you but I was clear from the beginning, right since the time you started chasing me, that I will never leave them. My wife knows about you and has spoken to me time and again to end this and come back to her. I was looking at the possibility of ending this affair and both of us returning to our spouses, but that is not going to happen. If I know your husband even a little, he will not sue the company or create a ruckus. He is much too mild mannered for this. However, he will divorce now that things are in the open. I was never able to understand his rationale in staying with you knowing well that you were devoted more to me than to him. Can you convince him that you will be with him and only him from now on.
Donna — We have not slept in the same bed in the last two years. Unlike yours, my marriage is already dead. There is nothing to convince and nothing to salvage. He has been engaging prostitutes for his sexual needs and knowing how he believes in the sanctity of marriage vows it must have broken his heart to get in bed with someone else.
[Sam looks at her and bows his head before speaking]
Sam — I sometimes wish I had his conviction. Had it not been for the sexual prudeness of my wife, I would have been faithful for her but missionary style for 15 years had me on edges. You were young, beautiful and interested in me. I do not regret, do not get me wrong. I only wish it was easier to snap my ties with my wife and live on with you but it is not so. So, what is the plan apart from my divorce?
Donna — I will have to take the divorce in my stride and move on. I will have to change my job because it will be awkward working with you after this.
[There is a knock on the door and Sam's secretary walks in.]
Sam — yes, what is it?
Secretary — There is a man here to see you and Donna.
Sam — Who is it?
Secretary — He says its personal and he will give details only to you.
Sam — Send him in.
[A man enters the office. He is modestly dressed and is carrying a briefcase in his hand.]
Sam — Yes, what can I do for you?
Man — [handing him a document] You are hereby served for alienation of affection suit by Mr. Andrew Martin. The card of Mr. Martin's lawyer is also with the documents. [turning to Donna and giving her a bunch of documents] You are also served with divorce papers. Have a nice day.
[As the man exits, Sam starts reading the paper as does Donna]
Sam — He is going after with vindictiveness quite unlike his meek personality. He is suing me for an outrageous amount.
Donna — His terms of divorce is also quite harsh he is asking for a 75-25 split in assets with primary custody of the child and no alimony. The child support is generous but if he gets the custody I will be paying him!!
[Donna picks up her phone and dials the number of her husband]
Donna — What is this? Alienation of affection? 75-25 split? What has gotten into you? We have been civil with each other for the last two years and there is no need for such animosity now. You did not get angry when it could have mattered and now you are acting up. We need to have a talk about this.
[Donna listens quietly as Andrew speaks on the phone and then puts the phone down]
Sam — What did he say?
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