Scene Detail

"Our creators were always thinking about sex./They're scientists."

From: Love Bot
4 Characters
Gender Age Character Name
Male 20s JUSTIN
Female 20s JENNIFER
Male 20s SOLOMON
Female 20s ESTHER
 
Setup:
Esther and Solomon, two queer astronauts, have been charged with repopulating the human race. They have just been introduced to the Love Bot, a robot that has been programmed to help them get on with the repopulation...

The first part of this short play is under the pull quote...

"All sex will be consensual./Very consensual."
 

Scene

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ESTHER

O - kay... not that you're not both attractive -

SOLOMON

Extremely attractive.

JUSTIN

Thank you.

SOLOMON

You're welcome.

ESTHER

Down boy.
OK, back to the whole reboot thing. There's a sperm bank and an egg bank and the ship is now, or should be now, starting the insemination and fertilization process to help with that whole "repopulation of the galaxy" thing.

JENNIFER

You're correct.

JUSTIN

That's still taking place.

ESTHER

And yet, here you are.

JENNIFER

The scientists who designed this mission, thinking that it would likely be a repopulation as well as exploratory mission, wanted to account for all variables of conception.

JUSTIN

They considered it important, in addition to the more clinical and efficient creation and harvesting of embryos by the spaceship's computer, that it would also be useful to have some children born out of the coupling of actual human bodies through consensual -

JENNIFER

Very consensual -

JUSTIN

Sex.

ESTHER

And yet they staffed the mission with a man and a woman who were both homosexual.

JENNIFER

That was just so you'd be less likely to have sex all the time.

ESTHER

What if one or both of us were actually bisexual?

JUSTIN

You did not list that.

ESTHER

No, but -

JENNIFER

Human sexuality cannot be codified on an employment form.

ESTHER

Right - hell, we might have started having sex just out of boredom.

SOLOMON

Really?

ESTHER

No, not really.

SOLOMON

OK.

JUSTIN

Our creators were always thinking about sex.

JENNIFER

They're scientists.

JUSTIN

When your conscious and subconscious minds were scanned, a compilation of your sexual and romantic history was made.

JENNIFER

All your likes and dislikes

JUSTIN

In and out of bed

JENNIFER

Were noted. We were each programmed to be "your type."

JUSTIN

All names of lovers past and present, both good and bad, were catalogued and a new name, attractive and relatively free of emotional baggage, was chosen.

SOLOMON

I'm not sure I remember the names of all my past lovers good and bad.

JENNIFER

Your subconscious mind does.

JUSTIN

Plus you tend to call them out during sex. You're a screamer.

ESTHER

Really?

SOLOMON

Yeah.

JUSTIN

I look forward to it.

ESTHER

O - kay... here's the thing, if we're each having sex separately with you, how does the actual - ?

JENNIFER

Oh, when Justin is having sex with Solomon he will harvest the sperm. He will store it safely until he has time to transfer it to me during coupling. Then later when I am fingering you or performing -

ESTHER

OK, OK, got it. Perfectly clear. Thank you.

JUSTIN

So, shall we begin?

ESTHER

Can you two hang tight for just a minute while I confer with my mission partner?

JENNIFER

Certainly.

JUSTIN

Would you like us to power down?

JENNIFER

Or leave the room?

ESTHER

No, you two are friends with ship's computer. There are cameras and microphones everywhere. I don't have any illusions about our privacy. I just wanted to have a simple one-on-one conversation without interjections.

JUSTIN

Of course.

JENNIFER

We'll wait right here.





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