Oedipus no jocasta do you know what it means to live

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OEDIPUS No. JOCASTA Do you know what it means to live without God? OEDIPUS Yeah. JOCASTA What are you, some kind of atheist bullshit or something? OEDIPUS No. JOCASTA You an annoying Jehovahs? OEDIPUS No. JOCASTA Then what do you believe in? [Beat] OEDIPUS Me. JOCASTA What? 1/23/10 74
OEDIPUS I believe in my power. JOCASTA Well you know what, don’t run around telling that to the people here. We’re border people. We’ve always been. It’s who we are. We’re the stuff underneath the cement. Do you get that? OEDIPUS I guess. JOCASTA This city – it’s just borders and beliefs. It’s about the old ways here. In this barrio – we still lay hands and kill chickens and go to church and do what the shaman says. Look at the way we look, like our ancestors. We haven’t changed. This ain’t downtown - it’s the borderlands. This is the way we live. OEDIPUS Well, it’s a belief. JOCASTA You might think you have the power to make the world you want to make, but there’s someone upstairs pulling your strings. You know that? OEDIPUS No, I don’t. JOCASTA You think you got here on your own? We all got destiny. We all got a story that was written for us a long time ago. We’re just characters in a book. We’re already history and we just started living. Our story has already been told. Were fated. [He smiles.] Don’t laugh at me! OEDIPUS I’m not. 1/23/10 75
[She keeps looking at him. He loses the smile.] I’m not. JOCASTA So, that’s your whole religion – that you can kick ass? OEDIPUS No, it’s that I am more powerful than God. JOCASTA Shame on you! OEDIPUS You’re just saying that because you think you should. [She doesn’t respond.] One day I am going to be a God. [She smiles.] Don’t laugh at me. JOCASTA I’m not. It’s just that, challenging God – it’s a little boy thing. When you get older, you’re going to beg for him. OEDIPUS I won’t need his help. JOCASTA Not help - comfort. [She knows this feeling well.] When it’s you and the darkness – that’s when you’re going to want to speak with him. So don’t offend him so early in your game. OEDIPUS I’m not. I just want him to see me. 1/23/10 76
[This surprises her.] JOCASTA Well, little boy, I’m sure he does. [Beat] OEDIPUS I don’t think so. JOCASTA Yeah, why? OEDIPUS I’m missing something… JOCASTA What? [He’s vulnerable, but he likes the feeling.] OEDIPUS A history. JOCASTA You got one. OEDIPUS I need a new one. [He looks at her and takes something from inside her.] So do you. JOCASTA What? OEDIPUS You heard me. I know you do. 1/23/10 77
Don’t stop looking at me. Please. [Beat] JOCASTA You can’t just invent one. OEDIPUS Why not? JOCASTA It’s not the way it’s done. OEDIPUS I’m not interested in the way things are done. Neither are you. JOCASTA Stop talking to me like you know me. OEDIPUS But I do. I look at you and I feel like a sentence just got finished. I don’t know why.

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