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It's Sylvie's birthday, and Larry has bought her a present: a beautiful young hustler. But Sylvie, finds that she can't quite accept the gift. Perhaps beauty is only for other people after all.

Spencer Aste in Rising Phoenix Rep's production, dir. Daniel Talbott
Spencer Aste in Rising Phoenix Rep's production, dir. Daniel Talbott

Read Sample

(CHRIS is blindfolded. SYLVIE smokes a cigarette.)

CHRIS
What do you look like?

SYLVIE
What?

CHRIS
What do you look like?

SYLVIE
We talked about this.

CHRIS
I know.

SYLVIE
So don’t be stupid. We talked about this.

CHRIS
I’m curious. I wanna know. I have this image. Something like. I don’t know. Something exotic.

SYLVIE
Fuck you something exotic. You want me to fucking burn you? Fuck you. Don’t insult me.

CHRIS
Something exotic. I’m curious. I can’t see. I’ll bet you’re beautiful.

SYLVIE
You’re being cruel.

CHRIS
Larry says you’re beautiful.

SYLVIE
Larry’s a liar.

CHRIS
You’re a human being. That counts for--

SYLVIE
NOTHING. Don’t give me that Hallmark sentimentality again.

CHRIS
I’ll bet you’re gorgeous.

(Pause.)

CHRIS
What’s this room like? I mean. It feels like a basement or whatever. But. I don’t know. Is this your basement? You have things on the walls? Like pictures? Like do you have a pool table somewhere with like that picture of dogs playing pool? Is there a couch somewhere? Is it comfy?
(beat)
You want quiet I can give you quiet. It’s not too hard. I won’t push it. But.

(Pause.)

SYLVIE
It’s very comfortable. You’ll be fine. It’s gorgeous. Walls are full of pictures. Very colorful.

CHRIS
Like a den. Like a basement den.

SYLVIE
Very much like.

CHRIS
That’s great.

SYLVIE
Oh it’s very nice. Very tastefully done. Areas with real shag carpet. The works.

CHRIS
Like a like a hideout.

SYLVIE
Sure.

CHRIS
Or like a secret room. Like a special place. Like. I don’t know.
(beat)
Is there a pool table?

SYLVIE
Definitely.

CHRIS
That’s great. That’s so fucking great.
(beat)
It’s like we’re in our own place.
(beat)
It’s very romantic.

SYLVIE
Don’t be stupid.

CHRIS
It is.

SYLVIE
Just don’t be stupid.

Cast Requirements

3 Men

Press

"At once grim and eerily beautiful, Mark Schultz's Gift weaves a strong web of human vanity and despair on strands of desire, self-hatred and cruelty".--CurtainUp.com

Press

Production and Development History

2005--Rising Phoenix Rep, New York, NY