Kissing Che Act 2 by Augusto Federico Amador

Read Act 1 here.

Act Two
scene one

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(Derek lights a candle at a carefully set dinner table,
giving it a romantic air. He checks it making sure he’s
crossed all his “t’s” and dotted his“i’s”. Tamika walks in
holding a bag.)

TAMIKA
(surprised)
What’s all this?

DEREK

It’s date night. Or did you think
I’d forget?

TAMIKA
I thought you’d forget.

DEREK

Well I didn’t. Your chair awaits
you ma cheri.

TAMIKA
(taken)
My, isn’t this so unexpected?

DEREK

Very enchanté, wouldn’t you say?

(He kisses her sweetly on the lips. Tamika is enamored by
it.)

TAMIKA

Yes, it’s very enchanté.

DEREK
Oh, and I got this...

(He pulls out a bottle of champagne from a bucket of ice.)

TAMIKA

Bubbly!

DEREK
And it’s pink.

TAMIKA

Oooh. Well what you waiting for
baby? Open it up.

(The bottle opens with a loud pop and the cork goes flying!
He pours two glasses.)

DEREK

What should we toast to?

TAMIKA
(thinking)
“The right here and now!”

DEREK
(clueless but
enthusiastic)
Alright. To what you just said.

(They klink their glasses and take a sip. She leans over to
him and gives him a soft kiss on the lips.)

TAMIKA

I love this. Thank you.

DEREK

Well, if you love this, you gonna
love what’s gonna happen later even
more.

TAMIKA
(blushing)
Ooh, go on...I do like the sound of
that.

DEREK
(all charm)
Oh, do you now?...

(They both giggle like school children.)

DEREK
Shall we take a seat?

TAMIKA
(sitting down)
What are we having for dinner?

DEREK
Your favorite.

TAMIKA
Beef stroganoff?

DEREK

Close. Momma’s meatloaf.

TAMIKA
Smells wonderful.

DEREK

Baby, you notice anything different
about me?

TAMIKA
(beat)
Like what?

DEREK

Like what? Like it’s been a week
since I smoked any weed.

TAMIKA
(impressed)
A week? That’s amazing, but I never asked you to-

DEREK

Didn’t have to. Figured that out
on my own. Figured it would make
you happy. Figured it would be
good for both of us...

TAMIKA

Thank you. That is very
thoughtful.

(Silence.)

DEREK

It’s been a part of what I been
realizing lately.

TAMIKA
Oh? Part of what?

DEREK

Part about what’s happened to me.
What’s happened to me since the
baby.

`TAMIKA

I’m sorry for bringing that up last
week.

DEREK
(touches her hand tenderly)
Please let me finish...
He was supposed to be our son. We
spent months fixing up the
apartment, getting ready for him....Those little tiny blue and white
Adidas sneakers. Dreamin’ about
what it would be like playing ball
with him. Watchin’ him get ready
for the prom. College. All that
feel good shit that happens to a
parent. That happens to a parent
that has been blessed...Then one
day it’s over. It’s not going to
happen. He ain’t even lived one day
except in your heart and mind...
(beat)
The thing is, Tamika...Our baby may
have been born dead but you are
still alive...How did I forget
that?...I’m ashamed about that, and
I want you to know that from here
on out, I’m gonna be there for you.
The good Lord only knows that I’m a
lotta years late speaking my heart
to you. But, but if you could ever
forgive me?...

(Moved, Tamika smiles. She leans into him and kisses him
tenderly.)

TAMIKA
I just did.

scene two

(We hear the sound of President Reagan giving a press
interview coming from the TV. Reina sits in a wheelchair,
sleeping soundly. His appearance reflecting his rapidly
deteriorating health. Tamika enters with a tray of
medication and a glass of water. She notices a shoe box of
photos lying next to him. She picks up a photo and examines
it.
Reina wakes and sees Tamika.)

TAMIKA

So these girls in the photo with
you are all really fellas?

REINA

Sí, all of them. Except for
Suzanna. She was half-man.

TAMIKA

Where are all your friends now?

(Silence.)

REINA
(switching subjects
cheerfully)
And you? You have many amiga’s
here?

TAMIKA

I used to have a best friend.

REINA
Not no more?

TAMIKA

She got divorced a year ago...

REINA
(sensing Reina is
bothered)
What is it?

TAMIKA

I just, been wondering...how that
happens to a marriage?...

(Silence on that thought.)

REINA

Maybe your friend is happier this
way?

TAMIKA
Yeah maybe...

(She hands him a series of pills which he dutifully
swallows.)

REINA
(disgusted)
Pills. Pills, pills y aún mas
pills.

TAMIKA

It’s good for you. Except for
maybe a hallucination here and
there.

REINA

Rojo...I always look muy fabulosa
in red.

TAMIKA

I bet you were stunning.

REINA

I wore it for him, tú sabes? It
was his favorite color...

TAMIKA

Who?

REINA

I was just a young show girl in
Mexico City. Just beginning to
spread my wings.

TAMIKA

What were you doing there?

REINA

I was born in Mexico. So there I
was...peacocking down the sidewalk,
looking fabulosa in my summer dress
and red Ferragamo heels. Suddenly I
see him! Standing outside a cafe,
looking bored as he was talking to
a couple of beautiful girls. Coño!
His face! Dark eyebrows. Black
hair combed to the side. And his
eyes. Coño...He looked over and
stared at me...I stepped to him...my hips swaying
from side to side.

TAMIKA

Go get him, Reina.

REINA

I stepped in between the two girls
and told him the club where I was
headlining, “a very special kind of
show.” He smiled at me ever so
inquisitively and ask, “How
special?”... “So special...”, I
say...”That it would make you never
want to go back to the way you
were...”

TAMIKA
(waiting)
And then what?

REINA

That was it. I walked away.

TAMIKA
You walked away?!

REINA

I always leave them wanting more.
...After my show, I was having a
glass of rum, and all of a sudden,
I hear a man’s voice whisper in my
ear, “Convencer a los que me
quede, mi amor?...Convince me to
stay, my love?” I turn around and
see mi amor. Mi Ernesto...
He had this way of looking at me
after we make love. Like the way a
writer looks at a piece of paper
when he’s in the middle writing
something beautiful.

TAMIKA
Sounds dreamy.

REINA

He was Che Guevara!

TAMIKA

Che? You mean, that guy with the
beret and long black beard?

REINA

The very same one.

TAMIKA

How long were you lovers for?

REINA

A few days.

TAMIKA

A few days? That’s it?

REINA

I watch from my balcony, with tears
in my eyes, as he walks out of my
life. I tried to forget him but I
could not. So, I get on a ship to
Cuba...

(Silence.)

TAMIKA
(impatient)
And what happened when he found
you?

REINA
(beat; changing subjects)
Y tú? What love you have in your
past?

TAMIKA

Me?

REINA

Love so fuerte that you chase it to
the ends of the world?

TAMIKA

I told you before, I wasn’t-

REINA

(finishing her thought)
-that kind of chica, I know. But I
no buy it.

TAMIKA
It was so foolish...

REINA

Oh, now you definitely have to tell
me!

TAMIKA

Just drop it.

REINA

It’s good to remember what it was
like to feel such joy.

(Reina lovingly touches her hand.)

REINA

Entiendeme?

TAMIKA
(beat)
We’d used to stay up late in bed.
Dreaming about going away
together...to California...we even
traced our fingers down a map to
this little town...Solana Beach...

REINA

Must be very special hombre to make
you dream so good?

(She laughs to herself in astonishment.)

REINA

What? Tell me...

TAMIKA
(beat)
When we was living in
Topeka...Derek and me met another
couple while bowling.

REINA
(disappointed)
I ask is for a love story and you
talk to me about bowling?!

TAMIKA
(getting up)
You’re right. It’ll probably bore
you.

REINA

Okay, okay! Coño! But this story
better end with you touching more
than a bowling bowl!

TAMIKA

You want me to tell this story or
not?

(Reina relents.)

TAMIKA
(sitting back down)
Sean and Lorraine. They were
really nice...We all became close
...One night I was at the store
shopping for Derek’s supper and who
do I run into but Lorraine?...Well,
we got around to talking...and then
talking some more over drinks...it
was fun. To be seen...You know
what I mean?...We were walking
together to our cars and I started
to feel something?...And suddenly
the strangest thing happened. She
kisses me on my mouth...

REINA

Coño! You are filled with
surprises aren’t you, girl?!

TAMIKA

We made love that night. I never
done that with a woman before...

REINA

How wonderful!

TAMIKA

As you could see, it didn’t last.

REINA

Why not?

TAMIKA

We had this little joke that
someday we would leave our husbands
and be together. Could you believe
that?

REINA

Sounds like a beautiful joke.

TAMIKA

...that’s all it was.

REINA

What happened?

TAMIKA

It just all faded away.

REINA

You left her?

(Silence.)

REINA

You loved her.

TAMIKA

It was a sin for me to be with a
woman.

REINA

Pobrecita. You were ashamed.

TAMIKA

It was misguided. I was misguided.

REINA

You meet the greatest love of your
life and you walk away?

TAMIKA

I was a married woman. I am a married-

REINA

Sí! You are married to the
happiness of your husband over your
own. You ran away from her because you
felt ashamed.

TAMIKA
(ignoring)
With Derek, I have a history. A
friendship. Fifteen years and Derek and me got-

REINA

-Familiarity?

TAMIKA

Intimacy. Now maybe it’s an
intimacy that you can’t understand.
(Reina takes a moment and shrugs it off.)

REINA

Sounds boring.

TAMIKA

Boring? Look what your life has
gotten you? Nobody ever walks
through those doors to visit you!

REINA

But no will ever accuse of me of
ever being an imposter! Unlike a
certain lesbiana morena I no
name...

TAMIKA

Don’t call me that.

REINA
(taunting)
What? A lesbian?

TAMIKA

Yes, that. Because it isn’t true!

REINA

Only gay for Lorraine are we?

TAMIKA
(getting up)
I should have damn known better
than to tell you about it.

(Tamika’s pager goes off again. She gets up.)

TAMIKA

I gotta go.

REINA

You can bet your culo that this
conversation is no over!

TAMIKA
(final)
Yes, it is! And if you ever dare
throw that in my face I’ll never
speak to you again! We clear?!

(Tamika shoots him a look before indignantly exiting the
room.)

REINA
(beat; thoughtfully to
himself)
Intimacy...

(Reina watches what plays out next as another spotlight comes
up on Derek sitting on the couch in front of the TV.
Tamika enters a moment later holding a bowl of popcorn.)

TAMIKA
Hey, baby?

(Derek doesn’t hear her. He is zoned out, watching TV.)

TAMIKA

You remember that patient I was
telling you about? The man? Or
should I say woman? Well, however
you wanna describe her?
(He ignores her and laughs at the TV.)

TAMIKA
(shyly)
...Anyway, she was...So, she was telling me this story about-

DEREK

Baby, can it wait until the
commercial break?

TAMIKA
(trying to hide her hurt)
What?...oh sure...I’ll just sit
right...here...

(She sits down next to him. He laughs out loud at the TV.
Seemingly clueless to her existence.
Long silence. Tamika stares out. A look of depression fills
her face.)

DEREK
(eyes on the TV)
Oh hey?

TAMIKA
(suddenly attentive)
Yes, baby?

DEREK

...Pass me the popcorn, will ya?

(The smile drops from her face...She hands him the bowl and
he takes it without looking at her.
Lights slowly fade to black as Tamika silently stares out
from her despair.
Derek lights his pipe and takes a deep hit...)

scene three

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(Reina sits on the couch, listening to some Cuban music
coming from the radio. Appearing medicated, he coughs loudly
from time to time. His health is degrading rapidly. CHE
enters. He is attired in green military fatigues.)

CHE
(re: music)
You were always a sucker for Beny
More. Me, I always liked Beny’s
musica. But not Fidel...He thought
he was a counter-revolutionary.
Then again Fidel thought everyone was a fucking counter-
revolutionary...

REINA

Or a faggot?

CHE
(amused)

Si. “A counter-revolutionary, cock-
sucking faggot.”

REINA

You been muerto for so long...

CHE

Ah what is time when you’re a
fucking ghost, eh?

REINA

What is heaven like?

CHE

No sé. I refuse to go.

REINA

Even in death you still a
revolutionary, eh mi vida?

CHE

I like it here in purgatory. Gives
me lots of time to haunt Fidel in
his dreams.
(beat)
Es jodido. Es jodido what he did
to my beloved Cuba.
(Pained, Che touches his stomach.)

REINA
You okay?

CHE

Sí, sí I’m fine. When you’re dead,
your regrets like to stab you in
the guts.

REINA

Regrets? What regrets could you
possibly have?

CHE

Now you sound like one of those
sheep who never knew me at all.

REINA

I know you best.

CHE

I was different then.

REINA

Can’t have changed that much. Eh,
cariño?

CHE

And your regrets?

REINA
(firm)
Me? No. Nada!

CHE

Es importante to alleviate one’s
pecados.

REINA

Sins?! You never had no sins!
They say you were responsible for
the labor camps but I never believe
them. No, no mi Ernesto, I say!

CHE

Tsk, tsk, tsk. Pobrecita.
Don’t you think it’s time you start
preparing?

REINA

Preparing? Preparing for what?

CHE

For your...

(Che gestures having his throat slit.)

REINA
(turning away)
I don’t like you anymore!

CHE
(lovingly)
Que?! You adore me...

REINA

No, this is not the hombre I
remember and loved.

CHE

No?

REINA

The Ernesto I remember had the face
of a boy.

CHE

Is that the only way you remember
me?

REINA

I want to remember you like
before...

CHE
(sweetly)
And how was that, mi vida?

REINA
(beat; with vulnerable
eyes)
Desnudo...naked.

(Che takes off his shirt to reveal a tank top. Reina looks
over his arms with inspiration.)

CHE

Like this?

(Reina shakes his head. Che takes off his shoes and socks.)

CHE
Like this?

(Reina shakes his head. Che takes off his pants. Now
standing only in his tank top and underwear.)

CHE
(smiling)
Or more like this?

(Che takes off his tank top and underwear. He presents
himself to Reina, three fresh, bullet wounds mark his chest.
Reina takes it all in. He is breathless.)

REINA

Que linda...Even with your flesh
torn open, you are still so
beautiful, Ernesto. Mi Ernesto...

(Che signals Reina to approach him. Reina does so as if
pulled by a magnet. Che suddenly puts up his hand to stop.)

REINA
Qué pasa?

CHE

One last thing...

(Che pulls off his long hair and then his beard to REVEAL: )

REINA
(taken aback)
Mirabella?

MIRABELLA

Claro...

REINA
(scared)
What?!...What are you doing here?

MIRABELLA
(with a sweet smile)
Isn’t it obvious, mi amor? I’m
here to torment you...

Blackout

scene four

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TIME: 1973; flashback
PLACE: Town, outside of Havana, Cuba
(A large spotlight up on a bare stage.)

MIRABELLA (OFFSTAGE)
(loud whisper)
Reina?! Reina?!
(louder)
Reina?!

REINA (OFFSTAGE)

Sí, callar, ya!

(Mirabella enters dressed casually in men’s clothing. He
skulks in the spotlight.)

MIRABELLA

Is that you?

REINA

Sí, idiota!

MIRABELLA
(loudly)
Well, where are you pendejo?
(Reina steps into the spotlight.)

REINA

Coño! You’re speaking loud enough
to wake Fidel himself!

MIRABELLA

Disculpe, but I got scared, Reina.

(They step to each other and hug each other.)

REINA

It’s okay. It’s okay...

MIRABELLA

Did you hear about Fernanda? They
arrested her and closed down Joey
Guapa’s!

REINA
Calmate Mirabella...

MIRABELLA

They are arresting anyone they
suspect of being homosexual! Dio
míos what are we going to do?

REINA

They don’t know anything about you.

MIRABELLA

How do you know that?

REINA

I just do.

MIRABELLA

Unidades Militares de Ayuda a la
Producción, these camps where
maricones like us are forced to
work, cutting the sugar cane fields
until their back breaks.

REINA

You’re exaggerating.

MIRABELLA

Exaggerating? Wake up, por favor!
Despierta Reina! All my friends
that I’ve been telling you about?
All of them have been arrested or
have disappeared.

REINA

Have you been doing what I told you
to do?

MIRABELLA

Sí, But Cardenas is such a peasant
town.

REINA

Maybe. But it’s quiet. By the way?
Have you been practicing?

MIRABELLA

I been trying...

REINA

Mirabella?

MIRABELLA

It’s just not that easy to change
my mannerisms. The way I say
things! I’ve never been
“masculine”. Mierda, I am who I am!

REINA

You can do it. It’s like
performing.

(Mirabella steps away. Long silence.)

REINA

What is it?

MIRABELLA
(matter-of-factly)
They found Lucinda hanging in her
room...dressed in her dead mother’s
wedding gown...

(Reina steps to her and comforts her.)

MIRABELLA

Estados Unidos...That’s where I
wish I could be...America. Have
cocktails with Errol Flynn by his
swimming pool. America, that’s the
only place left for people like us.

REINA

Muchacha? America says, “We’ll
take your tired and poor.” Not
“We’ll take your tired and poor and
your hombres who like to suck
cock.”

MIRABELLA
(brushing it off)
It’s implied.
(beat)
That’s where we’re planning to
escape to.

REINA

Escape? What are you talking
about?

MIRABELLA

To Miami. It’s in Florida. Which
is in the Estados Unidos. It’s
already been set up.

REINA

What? How?

MIRABELLA

With my novio, Manolo.

REINA

Don’t be estupida. Nobody can
leave the island.

MIRABELLA

Manolo can.

REINA

You never told me about him.

MIRABELLA

No. He swore me to secrecy. Says
if anyone found out we would be
sent off to the camps for sure.

REINA

Esperate. How could he get you
out?

MIRABELLA

He works for the politburo.

REINA

For the partido?

MIRABELLA

And He just got promoted to the
ambassador’s cultural attaché to
Mexico.

REINA

Seguro?

MIRABELLA

Ahora Manolo says it’s only a
matter of time before he’s assigned
in Mexico City. And when that
happens he’ll bring me along as his
assistant. And from there we go to
Miami and live free. I really love
him tú sabes? It’s really true
love this time.

REINA
(big smile)
Felicitaciones.

MIRABELLA

Well, if it wasn’t for his padre
none of this could have happened.

REINA

How so?

MIRABELLA

Manolo’s padre is a general after
all...

REINA

And which general is that?

MIRABELLA
(stopping himself)
I’m not supposed to say.

REINA
(throwing on guilt)
Okay. No problemo. If you don’t want to tell your best-

MIRABELLA

General Nuñez...Manuel says Fidel
is going to soon announce his
promoción.

REINA

Promoción? Promoción to what?

MIRABELLA

And don’t think I will forget you. Soon as I get to-

REINA

Promoción to what, Mirabella?

MIRABELLA

Party secretary...Qué pasa, Reina?

REINA

Nada..es nada...

(Mirabella steps forward and looks out. Beat.)

MIRABELLA

I wonder if it snows in Miami? I
would like to know what snow feels
like very much. I imagine it’s
lovely...

(Mirabella continues to look out dreamily as Reina watches
on.)

scene five

(Tamika sits on the couch.)

DEREK (OFFSTAGE)
(calling off)
Tamika? Hey baby?...You home?...

(Tamika doesn’t respond. A moment later Derek enters
cheerfully carrying some candy and a VHS cassette.)

DEREK

I picked up “Raiders of the Lost
Ark”.

(He gives her a quick kiss on the cheek and steps to the TV.)

DEREK

How was work?

(She doesn’t respond. Derek tries getting the VHS player to
operate but is having problems. He’s spots the suitcase.)

DEREK

What the hell’s the matter with
this thing?

TAMIKA
(softly)
Derek?

DEREK
(annoyed)
Hold on now. I just bought this
player!

TAMIKA
(softly pleading)
Could you please just leave it
alone for a minute?

DEREK

Shoot. That’s what I get for
buying, “Made in Taiwan”. Lord
help us if this country ever stops
making our own shit.
(He pounds on the VHS player loudly.)

TAMIKA

Honey?

(Derek ignores and continues to pound away on the machine.)

TAMIKA
Please? Could you?-

DEREK

Well, if you wanna watch the video I gotta fix-

TAMIKA

Just stop!

(Derek stops.)

TAMIKA

I need to be honest with you about
something.

DEREK
(nervous)
Okay...

(Silence.)

TAMIKA
(softly)
I had an affair...

DEREK

How’s that?

TAMIKA

I was seeing someone.

DEREK

I know what an affair is girl!
With who?

(Tamika doesn’t respond.)

DEREK

I asked with who, damnit?!

TAMIKA

Before I tell you, I need you to-

DEREK

(suddenly realizing)
Don’t tell me it was with?..Don’t
tell me you was with Sean?

TAMIKA

No...

(A look of relief falls over his face.)

TAMIKA

It was with Lorraine.

DEREK

Lorraine?...Sean’s ex? That
Lorraine?!

TAMIKA

Yes.

DEREK
(still not believing)
LORRAINE?!

TAMIKA

I fell in love with her.

DEREK

Nah, nah, nah! Women don’t do
that!

(Silence.)

TAMIKA

We’re not together anymore

DEREK

You’re broke up?

(She nods her head.)

DEREK

How long that been for?

TAMIKA

Since Topeka.

DEREK

Hell...

TAMIKA

Derek?

DEREK

You ain’t seen hide or hair of her
since? You’re expecting me to
believe that?

(Silence.)

TAMIKA

Is the truth...

DEREK

The truth?...Has this turned to
habit?

TAMIKA

What?

DEREK

A habit? There been other women
you need to cop to me about.

TAMIKA

It’s only ever been her.

DEREK

You know what this is, right? A
in!

(counting off)
Let’s see, what we got?
Homosexuality. Blasphemy.
Adultery.

TAMIKA

Stop, please!

DEREK

What? Listing your sins?

TAMIKA
(correcting)
Shaming me.

DEREK

...You know? I could have cheated
on you too? Had me a plethora of
opportunities! A whole parade of
women to be choosin’ from! But I
never did! And you know why?...My
wedding vow I made to you. In front
of God...

TAMIKA

You watched TV more than you ever
watched me...

DEREK

That’s not true.

(Tamika stares him down.)

DEREK
(relenting)
My folks watched TV together for
sixty years...

TAMIKA

You spent more time with your weed
than you do talking with me.

DEREK
(beat; outraged)
Goddamn! My own wife a!-

(He cuts himself off cold.)

TAMIKA
(with difficulty)
Say it...Go ahead, say it...

DEREK
(beat; continuing)
...A bull-dagger.

(Tamika lets the possibility sink in.)

DEREK
(inspired)
I’ll try harder to make it work
this time!

TAMIKA

It’s no use, baby. In the end, we
always go back to the way we were.

DEREK

I got an idea! We’ll go see the
Deacon. He’ll know how to fix
this. Us.

(Tamika shakes her head sadly.)

DEREK

What? You don’t love me no more?
Is that it?

TAMIKA

Love you? You’re my best friend.

(She hugs him and he hold onto her passionately.)

DEREK

I wasn’t so unhappy, baby.

(Tamika snaps to the truth and pulls away from him.)

TAMIKA
I have to go.

DEREK

So this work now? You gonna just
show up at her front door?

(Tamika remains unsure.)

DEREK

Just show up on her front door?
You think she’s been waiting for
you like a Goddamn dog?!

(Tamika looks pained.)

DEREK

Shit, she probably shacked up with
some dude, right about now.

TAMIKA

I don’t think so.

DEREK
(aggressive)
Maybe then she shacked-up with some
other woman?

TAMIKA
(hurt)
Maybe.

DEREK

So, so, so, if she don’t take you
back you gonna go and find yourself
another woman?

TAMIKA

Ain’t thought about it.

DEREK
(beat; pained)
I just want to get this straight-
You taking loneliness over me?

(Beat; She steps to him and gives him a tender kiss on the
lips.)

DEREK

What if it don’t work out with her?

TAMIKA

I haven’t even left the house yet.

DEREK

Yeah, I know, but what if? You can
come back, you hear?

(Silence. She smiles sadly at him one last time. Wipes away
her eyes and exits with her suitcase.)


scene six

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(Reina lies sleeping in a hospital bed. He is hooked up to a
heart monitor and breathes through an oxygen mask. Tamika
sleeps next to him in a chair.
Suddenly, he jolts violently awake. He pulls off his oxygen
mask to reveal a face filled with dread.
Frantic he tries to sit up, but is too weak. He doesn’t see
Tamika.)

REINA
(loudly)
Tamika?! Tamika?!

(Tamika awakens and comforts him.)

TAMIKA

Shhhh. It’s okay, I’m here.

REINA
(in dread)
I’ve been having such terrible
dreams. Terrible!

TAMIKA

Well, they’re over now...

REINA

I don’t think I sleep more than an
hour.

TAMIKA

Are you kidding? You’ve been
asleep for the last three days.

REINA

Tres dias?
(looking around nervously)
Donde estoy? I don’t know this
room.

TAMIKA

Take it easy, Reina.

REINA

Am I back in Havana?

TAMIKA

You were moved from the home to
Mercy hospital.

REINA

Por qué?

TAMIKA

You had an aneurysm.

REINA

A what?

TAMIKA

It’s a bleeding in the head.

REINA

Ay, dio...

TAMIKA

I’ve been here with you waiting for
you to wake up.

REINA
(holding on to her)
You’re such a good amiga.

TAMIKA

I’m going to have to get the
doctor.

REINA

No, por favor. Don’t leave me
alone.

TAMIKA

I’ll be right back.

(Tamika exits.)

REINA
(calling after)
Tamika?!

(Silence. Mirabella enters. He is naked as before but now
his bullet wounds bleed profusely.)

REINA

Tu!

MIRABELLA

You almost didn’t make it.

REINA

Are you real?

(Mirabella looks down at his bleeding wounds and wipes some
blood with his finger.)

 

MIRABELLA

Coño! Again with the bleeding. I
no know how Jesus can stand it?!

REINA

It was those fucking communistas
who did that to all of you! Los
cabrones Castro!

(Tamika re-enters.)

REINA
(to Tamika)
Did you see him?

TAMIKA

Who?

(Reina doesn’t answer.)

TAMIKA

The doctor should be here in a
little while.

REINA

Do you believe in ghosts?

TAMIKA

I believe in the Holy Ghost.

REINA

What about the unholy ones?

(Mirabella enters.)

MIRABELLA
(to Reina)
Who you calling, “unholy”, puto?!

REINA

I look back to Cuba and I don’t
remember it that way at all. Not
at all...I wish I could feel
Ernesto in my arms one more time.

MIRABELLA

I never even believed that story to
begin with!

REINA

You weren’t there! It was love!
It was love I tell you!

TAMIKA

Who are you talking to?

REINA
(to Mirabella)
I never knew you would end up this
way.

MIRABELLA
(screaming)
Liar!

TAMIKA

What way, Reina?

REINA

They don’t know. They only accuse!

TAMIKA

Accuse?

REINA
(to Tamika)
The first sign of the apocalypse
began when you no hear the
musicians playing their drums at
night no more.

TAMIKA

Apocalypse, what apocalypse?

REINA

Castro’s apocalypse! The second
sign was when all the gorgeous drag
queens that once peacocked down the
Malecón were arrested. And
beautiful men were made criminals
for simply sucking cock!

(Reina rises up at the exclamation. Tamika eases him back down.)

TAMIKA

Ssshhh. Lie back now.

REINA

En la noche...In the night, the
sounds of the executions...Gunfire.
You go to bed imagining it only a
matter of time before it be you
standing against that wall.

MIRABELLA
(screaming)
We were all scared! You think that
you the only one?!

REINA
(beat)
They put a pistole to my head and
say I have a decision to make:
Inform for the revolución or be
executed. What was I suppose to do?
I want to live!

TAMIKA

Calm down, Reina.

REINA

Uno by uno...all the maricones
begin to disappear. As if a plague
were suddenly killing the gays.
They send them to labor camps to
cut the sugar canes. Día y noche
they swing the machete like slaves.
Día y noche...

TAMIKA

Oh, no, Reina...

REINA

I informo e informo. Lucy,
Esmeralda, Josefina, Albina,
Camille, Vanessa, Emilia, Beatrice.
So so many...until I was the only
one left.

TAMIKA

Mirabella wasn’t the name of a town
was it?

REINA
(shaking head; sobbing)
...I informed on her. Informed on
her for a one way ticket to the
Estados Unidos...I never think that
Mirabella be harmed. I swear!
(to Mirabella)
I swear to you!

TAMIKA

But she was, wasn’t she?

(Reina looks deeply at Mirabella.)

REINA
(to Tamika)
She was shot.

MIRABELLA

Four and a half breathes and it was
over.

(Reina starts to sob and Tamika comforts him.)

TAMIKA

Ask for forgiveness.

REINA

I no believe in God.

TAMIKA

Then ask it from from Mirabella.

REINA

She won’t believe me.

TAMIKA

Then convince her.

REINA

I can’t...

TAMIKA

What are you not telling me?...

(Reina remains silent.)

TAMIKA

The story about Che? That was a
lie...wasn’t it?

(Reina refuses to answer.)

TAMIKA

Why, Reina?

REINA

To help me forget

TAMIKA

You need to rest, sweetheart.

REINA

And you?

TAMIKA
(unsure)
I did it...I left Derek.
Left Derek.

REINA

That’s wonderful...

(Tamika appears pained.)
REINA

Then why are you wasting time your
time here with me?

TAMIKA
(avoiding)
You’re sick. Now isn’t the right time to-

REINA

Go find her.

TAMIKA

...What if this is all one big
mistake?

REINA

Find her. After all, California is
closer than Havana.

TAMIKA

Actually, it’s further away.

REINA

Coño, chica. Go to her.

TAMIKA

She didn’t invite me.

REINA

She left her husband.

TAMIKA

What if she’s forgotten me?

REINA

Simple. Make yourself remembered.

TAMIKA

And if she says she doesn’t love me
anymore?

REINA

Then you move on.

TAMIKA
(worried)
Alone?

REINA

Sí, alone. But with so many new
beautiful possibilities...

(Beat. Reina is struck with a coughing fit. Tamika comforts
him.)

TAMIKA

You need to rest.

REINA

No. No, I’m okay.

(She checks Reina’s pulse.)

TAMIKA

Rest, mi Reina.

(She looks back at the door.)

REINA

Go get the doctor.

TAMIKA

I want to stay here with you.

REINA

It’s okay, mi amor...I’ll still be
here.

(Reina caresses Tamika’s face for a few moment.
She exits, leaving Reina alone with Mirabella.)

REINA

Is that true what Tamika said?
That you and the girls could
forgive me?

MIRABELLA
(thinking)
Hmmm. I suppose it’s
possibility...

REINA

Really? Do you really mean that?

MIRABELLA
(sing-song)
An ojo for an ojo. An eye for an
eye...

REINA
I don’t understand.

MIRABELLA

Me and the girls died a violent
death. Which means you must die a
violent death.

REINA

But I’m dying as it is.

MIRABELLA
(cold)
Talk to me when you’re serious.
But be quick, eh? At this rate
your soul is going to burn in hell
for eternity.
(relishing the word)
E-tern-i-dad...

REINA
(terrified)
No, por favor!

MIRABELLA

Forgiveness must be earned, my dear
Reina.

(She starts to exit.)

REINA
(blurting out)
What if I killed myself?

(Mirabella freezes.)

MIRABELLA
Do I hear an offer?

REINA

Yes! Yes, I’ll kill myself! Will
I be forgiven then?

MIRABELLA

We’re suffering, Reina. Me and all
the girls. Proving that you are
serious about being forgiven will
end the reason why we must stay as
ghosts. We suffer because you suffer.
That’s why ghosts exists. Because
suffering exists. Why Jesus will
always stay a ghost for as long as
man exists...

REINA

Then I will end our suffering.

MIRABELLA

That’s a good girl.

REINA

I’m scared shitless to die.

MIRABELLA

Sshhh. Death is a gift from God,
mi amor. An act of mercy that
frees us from the sins of this
life.

REINA

And then I will be forgiven, right?
We will find peace?

MIRABELLA

For forever and ever...I love you,
mi Reina.

REINA

I love you too. Con todo mi
corazón...

MIRABELLA

What do you say? Let’s get on with
it?

REINA
(nodding his head)
Okay.

(Mirabella steps to him with a plastic bag.)

MIRABELLA
Let me help you.

REINA
(worried)
Esperate. I need to freshen up
first, I must look a mess?...

MIRABELLA
(laughs)
Ah, Reina.n No need to worry about that. The next life is all about inner-
beauty...

(Mirabella steps to Reina and begins to place the bag over
Reina’s head.)

Blackout

Scene Seven
(Spotlight on a gorgeous Cuban Woman in her early twenties.
She is dressed as a 1950's Havana show-girl and alluringly
lip-syncs the Cuban love ballad, “Besume Mucho”.
The SPOTLIGHT WIDENS to REVEAL that she is singing to Tamika
seated in a chair.
The Cuban Woman shifts her hips seductively, teasing her ever
so closely. She leans into Tamika, their lips inches from
each other.
Tamika reaches out her hand and just as she’s about to caress
her-SPOTLIGHT to BLACK.)

End of play