An open, white room. Dr. Egan sits at a table; his briefcase
is on the floor. He flips through a notebook until he gets to
the right page and starts to write. A small teenage boy
enters and sits at the opposite end of the table.
Hi, Dr. Egan sir.
Matthew, I know we've only had a
few sessions, but you never have to
call me sir.
Okay, Dr. Egan.
Dr. Egan continues to write and hasn't yet looked at Matthew.
I was very excited by our progress
last week and I wanted to pick up
where we left off. We were
discussing goals. Do you remember
Yes, I remember.
You told me you often dream of
being a record producer.
Yeah well, I looked into that and
there are too many interchangeable
terms. Channels and circuits and
busses and paths and routes… it's
all very intimidating.
You just have to start at the
That is the beginning. Besides,
it's not what I really dream about.
Tell me, Matthew. Tell me about
Dr. Egan looks up and into Matthew's eyes, eagerly
anticipating his repose.
Well, lately, I've been dreaming
Dr. Egan sighs and begins to write again.
Yes, you already told me about your
bread dreams. We're not going to
discuss those now.
But I'm still having them. It's
been weeks now and my only dreams
have been of bread; still pictures
of bread. Loaves mostly, but slices
too. Sometimes I get these close-up
flashes and I can see the grain.
Matthew, we are not discussing
those kinds of dreams right now.
Why not? I want to talk about them.
Because I'm not convinced they're
Who would make up bread dreams?
Someone desperately trying to be
different. You say these types of
things for attention, Matthew. We
talked about this issue last week.
And now we're off from my original
point, which was not to discuss
your sleeping dreams, but your
dreams in life, your aspirations.
That's fine, Dr. Egan. For
starters, I'd like some plot to my
sleeping dreams. I aspire for
something to happen to the bread.
Dr. Egan barely looks up at Matthew.
Matthew, if you're not going to
take these discussions seriously,
then I'll simply call for the
No, we can talk. You want to know
about my goals and aspirations in
Yes, Matthew. That's what we're
I'm not sure where to start. I
guess I just want to be tired.
What does that mean, Matthew?
Dr. Egan looks at Matthew intently.
I'm never tired. I sleep all the
time, but I'm never really tired. I
want to need a rest.
Then move your body more. Go
outside and work.
Is that my only option?
Matthew, your options are endless.
You just need to get out there.
I know. There's so much I want to
do. I want to draw words on spider
webs without the spider knowing and
I want to…
Matthew, you're doing it again.
Being weird for it's own sake. Now
listen to me, Matthew. I want you
to focus this week on your goals
and aspirations. I want you to
think about who you are and who you
want to be and then we can discuss
a plan to make those dreams happen.
Do you understand, Matthew?
Yes, Dr. Egan.
Dr. Egan notices Matthew's change in tone.
What is it Matthew?
I understand what you're saying
about the weird stuff and all and I
really will think about my goals
and aspirations this week. I was
just hoping you could tell me
something about my bread dreams.
I don't know, Matthew.
Anything. What do you think they
mean. I really want to know.
Maybe you're hungry.
Matthew looks confused as Dr. Egan goes back to writing in
That might be it.
Think about what I told you,
Matthew. I'll see you next week.
Matthew gets up from the chair and walks off stage. Dr. Egan
continues to write, apparently awaiting his next patient.