Writing “Lick”

The following reflection was written in 2003, when I was between 25 and 26 years old.


My first two years at college I’d worked two different workstudy jobs. In my junior year I said, “The fuck with that” and began my two year tenure working for the computer labs. It was while manning the sign-in/help desk at the PC lab in the bottom of Hasseltine Hall that I first typed the line, “I can’t believe you slept with someone else,” which was the beginning of a play that would change my college writing and theatrical careers.

There wasn’t a lot to do at my job. I made sure people signed in to use a computer, I filled the printers with paper, and I answered the occasional question. Because of this, I had a lot of time to do my homework and a lot of time to fuck off on the internet. I did manage to carve out some time in the Fall of 1997 to write a little script though. I don’t think it was anything serious at first, but as I began handing the pages around to friends like Nathan, I began to think I might have something.

It began as a simple argument between boyfriend and girlfriend about her sleeping with someone else and suddenly, about a page into it, I discovered that she slept with another girl, not another guy. That’s when the sex farce that was A Lick And A Promise was born.

Veronica Silver was a girl who couldn’t choose. She had a girlfriend, the love of her life, but she was afraid to come out to her parents because of how they’d taken her brother’s coming out. Instead of being honest about herself, she chose to hide behind the lie that she was happy in a heterosexual relationship. Lick would tell the story of the night her subterfuge blew up in her face.

Over the course of a couple weeks that Fall, I wrote the script and revised it. I did some work with David on it but generally the first draft was almost exactly the same as the final draft. I later submitted it to be considered for inclusion in the Spring Student Theater Festival. I was that damn proud of it.