‘Autumnal Allergies,’ a One-Act Play

Curtain rises on a subway tableau. A blond woman is sitting, quietly immersed in her book. She looks up, sneezes. An older man to her right wishes her “gesundheit.” Before she can thank him, she sneezes 20 more times in quick succession. Passengers offer her tissues; she waves them off as she continues to sneeze. Finally, she bellows, “Fuuuuuuck me” and everyone scurries away. Auto-repeat until audience also leaves. (This play is dedicated to the memory of my healthy sinuses.)

"All, everything I understand, I understand only because I love."
― Leo Tolstoy