Tracy Letts – “August: Osage County”

“BARBARA: Eat it. Mom? Eat it.
VIOLET: No.
BARBARA: Eat it, you fucker. Eat that catfish.
VIOLET: Go to hell!
BARBARA: That doesn’t cut any fucking ice with me. Now eat that fucking fish.
IVY: Mom. I have something to talk to you about.
BARBARA: No, you don’t.
IVY: Barbara—
BARBARA: No, you don’t. Shut up. Shut the fuck up.
IVY: Please—
VIOLET: What’s to talk about?
IVY: Mom—
BARBARA: Forget it. Mom? Eat that fucking fish.
VIOLET: I’m not hungry.
BARBARA: Eat it.
VIOLET: NO!
IVY: Mom, I need to—!
VIOLET: NO!
IVY: Mom!
BARBARA: EAT THE FISH, BITCH
IVY: Mom, please!
VIOLET: Barbara . . . !
BARBARA: Okay, fuck it, do what you want.
IVY: I have to tell you something.
BARBARA: Ivy’s a lesbian.
VIOLET: What?
IVY: Barbara—
VIOLET: No, you’re not.
IVY: No, I’m not—
BARBARA: Yes, you are. Did you eat your fish?
IVY: Barbara, stop it!
BARBARA: Eat your fish.
IVY: Barbara!
BARBARA: Eat your fish.
VIOLET: Barbara, quiet now—
IVY: Mom, please, this is important—
BARBARA: Eatyourfisheatyourfisheatyourfish—
(Ivy hurls her plate of food, smashes it.)
What the fuck—
IVY: I have something to say!
BARBARA: Are we breaking shit?
(Barbara takes a vase from the sideboard, smashes it.)
’Cause I can break shit—
(Violet throws her plate, smashes it.)
See, we can all break shit.”

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