Unmanned

(2012) Staged reading as part of Living Room Series, directed by Kirsten Sanderson, at the Blank Theatre in Hollywood, CA, May 7, 2012.


[Excerpt]

BORDEN

You know who had a real relationship with his plane was Lindbergh. Know what he called his ship?

ASFOUR

The Spirit of St. Louis.

BORDEN

We.

ASFOUR

It was the name of the movie too. With the old skinny guy.

BORDEN

Jimmy Stewart’s now “the old skinny guy”?

ASFOUR

I saw it online.

BORDEN

We. Lindbergh called his plane “we.”

ASFOUR

Oh, you mean like a pet name?

BORDEN

I mean like his left arm. It was part of him. He oversaw every aspect of its construction, and when he landed at Le Bourget, a hundred thousand people surrounded him screaming “Cette fois ça va.” This time you did it! They lifted him out of the cockpit and ran him around the airfield for fifteen minutes like he was riding a tidal wave. And the whole time all he was thinking about was how to protect his plane.

ASFOUR

(Typing in coordinates)

I don’t remember that part of the movie.

BORDEN

I’m not talking about a movie. I’m talking about reality.

ASFOUR

You were in Paris when Lindbergh landed?

BORDEN

I read it in his book.