I *Heart* Phillip Seymour Hoffman
a play byElizabeth Breed
SCENE. Mrs. Turner’s sixth grade classroom. MRS. TURNER is sitting at her desk, and
MOM and DAD are sitting in chairs across from her. ZOEY is in a desk, sulking.
MRS. TURNER. First of all, I would like to thank you both for taking time out of yourbusy schedules to meet with me today. I know with your jobs, that you may
find it hard to take time. Now, I don’t expect that you know why I asked for
this parent teacher meeting, but it is meant to discuss Zoey
…MOM. I don’t understand, Mrs. Turner, is
Zoey in trouble? Did she get into analtercation with another student?DAD. Because if she did, we could punish her for that.
MRS. TURNER. No… it’s nothing like that
. Zoey is an exemplerary student. Shemaintains perfect attendance, receives B pluses or above consistently, andshe has cooperated with her peers on many in class projects. She is a finestudent.
MOM. Then I don’t see what the problem is.
MRS. TURNER. Y
our daughter is… well, I believe she has trouble making friends.
DAD. Do you want us to punish her for that?
MRS. TURNER. Heaven’s no! It’s not necessarily a bad thing, but… well, last year in
grade, according to Ms. Church, she was a fine social being. She was
invited to all the girl’s slumber parties, and received numorous cards onValentine’s Day… but lately, her social interaction with her peers have been
dismal, and rare.MOM. Are you unhappy, Zoey, dear?
(She turns to Zoey. She looks up at her mother,but then back at the desk.)
She seems so distant…
MRS. TURNER. She is. Many of the friends she had made earlier she has lost because
of a… shift, I believe. It’s very strange to see, but not necessarily uncommon
in a child her age.DAD. Should we be speaking about it in front of the child?MRS. TURNER. We can. Zoey and I have already discussed it. Now, Zoey is about twelve years old, yes?