The Secret (A very short play)

It’s 2018, late fall. Two friends meet in an enclave of Central Park known to contain a sonic dead spot, where conversation can’t be overheard. It’s dusk.




M: What? What is it?

K: It’s a forbidden thing. I have tried everything–

M: Nothing is forbidden here, stop worrying.

K: I’m sad. I got so sad today.

M: (Looks around.) Just be real quiet.

K: They can’t hear us here.

M: Ok.

K: The feeling was so strong and it would not go away no matter what I did.

M: Did you cry?

K: I did.

M: Did anybody see you?

K: No.

M: It’s ok. It happened to a woman in my building and was caught on camera and still nothing happened. You’re be ok.

K: It’s been 11 years since my Mom died–

M: Transitioned. There is no death.

K: OK. Since my mom transitioned from being somebody who I could see and hear to somebody I–

M: Yes I get it.

K: She used to tell me it was ok to cry.

M: Alot of people were confused before the revolution. You can still love them.

K: I’m exhausted. I tapped six different combinations and–

M: Do you want to tap now?

K: No. I wanted to confess.

M: We all have illusions of pain but it’s only your ego trying to lure you.

K: Are you sure?

M: What do you mean am I sure? Of course I’m sure.

K: How do we know that? Everybody seems to know that that’s the case but I can’t work out how we know that.

M: Your ego will cause you to question everything. We’re very close to Ego Museum. [Formerly The Met.] Do you want to go?

K: No it’s ok. I feel better. Thank you. Really I do.

M: You sure?

K: I’m sure.

M: Ok good. (looks at device) I’m going to try to make it to a 6 o’clock Clearing class. Give me a hug.

They hug.

M: Love you honey.

About Celia Farber

Celia Farber is a journalist, author, and editor based in New York City, who grew up in Sweden and New York City. Farber has written on a variety of subjects for SPIN, Rolling Stone, Esquire, Harper’s, Salon, New York Press, and many more. In 2008, Celia Farber won the Semmelweis International Society’s Clean Hands Award For Investigative Journalism.


  1. jason callaghan says:

    That’s just beautiful

  2. JB says:

    Very good! You’re in my thoughts, Celia.
    Love and admiration from Wisconsin,

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