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NYCWP Voices: “Stockings” by Richard Ploetz

June 2, 2016

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– Richard Ploetz

“. . . he’s shy, kind of nice . . .

We exchanged phone numbers . . .

He gave me a present,

A pair of stockings.

Why would he think I’d want . . . The kind you’d

Hold up with a garter belt. Yes.

Why would he think . . . Yes, I

Gave them back. Did he think I’d

Wear them? For him. No, I

Gave them back. Why do you

Think I’d want these?

Do you know what he

Said? He’d exchange them.

He could get me a red pair. Who

Does he think . . . Red? I don’t know

If they were the correct size, I

Didn’t . . . No, thank you, I said.

A pair of stockings, he doesn’t

Even know me. No, I said, don’t

Call me. Really, why would I . . .

The embarrassing thing is . . . we

See each other every day.

We work together. He’s, he is,

he’s kind of nice, but . . . stockings?”

RGPheadshotJournalRICHARD PLOETZ, Playwright, has had plays produced in New York City at the WPA Theater, Playwrights Horizons, Theater Genesis, LaMaMa ETC, Ensemble Studio theater, Emerging Artists Theater, Theater for the New City (Deceit 2013, Versailles 2014, Old Flame 2015) and the Kraine Theater. He studied playwriting at the Yale School of Drama and received an MFA in Fiction from Columbia. Richard teaches composition and playwriting at NYU. He is a long term member of the faculty at Lehman College in the adult degree program. Richard is a member of Emerging Artists Theater and the Dramatists Guild.