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Skyscraper is a play about people who live in world of restriction, maybe physical ones, maybe only mental restrictions. Group of friends lives in a tall skyscraper, where life is like living in any other country we know. They play basketball on the roof of the Skyscraper, they hang out together and fall in love. Their Skyscraper is like any other skyscraper, but it has one quality that makes it really special- it has no way out. Young people react differently on this fact, but one of them, Andi, becomes obsessed by the idea of getting out. When his younger brother Dino dies from heart failure, he will decide to try to get out.



YEAR OF PRODUCTION: 2007.

FEMALE CHARACTERS: 1

MALE CHARACTERS: 4

TRANSLATED BY: NUSA TORBICA

COPYRIGHT: FULL COPYRIGHT



CHARACTERS:

DINO

ANDI

MONIKA

TONI

THE CLEANER



1.


DINO (in his colourful pyjamas, with a basketball under his arm):

We are a team. The citizens of the Skyscraper.

Our Skyscraper is old, grey and a little bit derelict. It has many floors. With many flats. And in the flats, there are many residents. There is also a lot of children. So that we, the children, never get bored.

In the Skyscraper, we have everything you can imagine: people, food, all kinds of toys, secret nooks and hidden passages. We can play here. That's why we love it. And we don't mind that it's a bit run down.

There is just one problem. We can't get out of it.

The Skyscraper doesn't have a way out.


2.

On the plateau of the Skyscraper.

Under the floodlights and the night sky.

The ball bouncing on the concrete.

The sound of trainers running after the ball.

Summer in the air.


Toni and Andi are playing basketball on the roof of the Skyscraper. Dino, Andi's younger brother, is sitting aside with a whistle, he is refereeing.


DINO:

Foul!


TONI:

No, it wasn't!


ANDI:

Yes, it was.


DINO:

Foul!


TONI:

O.K. It was.


DINO: (whistling)

Exchange.


Toni passes the ball to Andi.

Andi bounces it against the concrete.

They are both focused on the ball.

Andi starts his attack.

Toni tries to get the ball from him.

Andi decides to shoot.

And like a thousand times before, he misses.

Because he can't play basketball very well.

Because sporting luck is fickle.

The ball falls off the roof of the Skyscraper.

Into nothing.


DINO:

No!


The three of them come up to the edge of the roof and look down carefully.


TONI:

Oh, Andi...You fool.


ANDI:

One ball down.


DINO:

What are we going to do? Let's go and get it, shall we?


TONI:

Very funny.


The three of them sit next to the referee's place, disappointed.

Dino is licking a lollipop.


TONI

You are really clumsy.


ANDI:

It could have happened to you.


TONI:

But somehow it always happens to you.


Toni falls on his back. He watches the sky.

Dino is licking his lollipop.

Andi is staring into the distance.


ANDI:

The real problem is that we can't go down and get the ball. What do you think... what would happen to us if we could get out?


TONI:

We would get into another skyscraper and we would live there the same way we live here now.


ANDI:

Maybe out there they don't live in skyscrapers. Maybe it’s completely different out there.


TONI:

The suspense…


ANDI:

Isn't it odd that nobody has ever gotten out of the skyscraper?


TONI:

Perhaps somebody has. How could we know? But nobody has ever returned and said that he had been out.


DINO:

Maybe because it’s better out there. So, nobody felt the need to return.


ANDI: (comes to the edge of the roof)

How would you do it? Get out of here? Would you fly? Jump off? Or just step off? You would come up to the edge, extend your leg, take a step and get to...


TONI: (suddenly alarmed, runs to him and grabs his shoulders).

Get away from the edge! The last thing we need is you falling off!


A Cleaner comes out the roof door.

With a broom in his hand.

As if he would like to sweep the people away.

He sweeps invisible dust. He stopped being sociable a long time ago.

He stopped talking to people a long time ago.

Now he only sweeps the floors.

People are afraid of him.


THE GUARDIAN'S VOICE FROM THE LOUDSPEAKERS:

(After a short introductory jingle)

It is 10 p.m.

The sky above the Skyscraper is clear and calm. The wind is light to moderate blowing from the southwest. You are requested to leave the public spaces and leave them as you found them, remove all the objects you used, switch off the lights and close the shutters in your flats.

Moreover, we wish to remind the tenants that it is only two days, I repeat, only T-W-O days until our Great Annual Skyscraper Party.

The forecast for tomorrow: sunny with no rain. Light to moderate southwestern wind. The temperature will be similar to that of today.

Finally we invite our tenants to get their Big Annual Skyscraper Lottery tickets. The lucky winner will be publicly announced at the party.


(Jingle)


TONI:

Let's go.


DINO:

Where are we going now?


ANDI:

You're going home.


DINO:

Why can't I go with you? You're my older brother. You must look after me.


TONI: (smiling tellingly):

He can't look after you. He’s got some other business to attend to.


Toni turns off the floodlights.


3.


Night-time on the roof of the skyscraper.

Someone is sneaking around in the dark.

Very, very quietly.

Carrying a bag.

He lights a candle.

(This is Andi)

He opens the bag and pulls things out of it:

Two large pillows.

A dish cloth that he uses as a table cloth.

Two pieces of chocolate cake.

He arranges all the things so as to create a nice comfortable romantic atmosphere.

For whispering in the dark.

For looking at the stars.

For a girl whom he will feed the chocolate cake.

Monika comes in with her candle.

Now they have two candles.

The entire night.

Chocolate cake.

And the sky.


MONIKA: (kisses him)

Mmm… What is that taste? Is it chocolate and orange?


Monika catches sight of the pillows and the cake. She is surprised.


ANDI:

A little surprise. I brought us some cake.


MONIKA:

You must have done something wrong when you are being so romantic.


ANDI:

Like what?


MONIKA:

I don't know. I'm just guessing.


ANDI:

What if I haven't?


MONIKA:

Then I don't have a clue why you are acting like this.


ANDI:

Maybe I’m acting like this because... I love you.


They look into each other's eyes.

Monika is smiling. She kisses him.


ANDI:

Can we finally start eating?


Monika nods. They settle comfortably on the pillows. They eat.


MONIKA:

Mmmmm. It is delicious. Who made this? Your mum?


ANDI:

Actually, it was me.


MONIKA:

Really?


ANDI:

Really.


MONIKA

You really surprise me sometimes.


They are quiet for some time; they look at the stars.


ANDI:

I love this roof. You can see the stars. There is nobody here but us. We are eating the chocolate cake. It's as if this whole roof was our living room.


MONIKA:

It would be great to have our own living room. With a big soft sofa. White. In a flat. Yours. Mine. Ours. Imagine. Wouldn't that be great?


ANDI:

Well.... it probably would. But neither you nor me have a flat or a sofa. So we can daydream without consequences.


MONIKA:

Still, would you like that?


ANDI:

What?


MONIKA:

To sit in a sofa in the evening. In our own flat. Making chocolate cakes.


ANDI:

You would like to move in together?


MONIKA:

It sounds stupid when you say it like that.


Monika is quiet, in her thoughts.


ANDI:

I don't think it would be a bad thing, living with you.


Monika smiles.


ANDI:

Come here.


He gets up and holds her as if they were dancing. They make a couple of dance steps towards the edge of the roof.


ANDI (comes very close to the edge):

Imagine if you could just let yourself go... Jump and fall through the air for a long, long time, feel the air tickling you and the speed making you dizzy. And imagine that there’s a big soft down pillow waiting at the bottom. To land on without getting hurt. Then you just get up and you go... sightseeing. There are streets and flats around. And there, you run into a nice little flat with a big living room and a sofa. You get in, you close the door and it becomes yours.


MONIKA:

And how would I come back?


ANDI:

Perhaps you wouldn’t want to come back. You might like it.


MONIKA:

And when would we eat our chocolate cake again?

Maybe never, if we wouldn't return.


ANDI:

Well, we would go together.


MONIKA:

And why would we want to go anywhere?


ANDI:

I don't know. For no special reason. Just like that. To see what is outside.


MONIKA:

I don't believe there is anything interesting out there. If there were, people wouldn't be here, in the Skyscraper. They would be out there.


ANDI:

What do people know?


MONIKA:

Does it really interest you or did you just mention it for no reason?


ANDI:

Oh no. It just crossed my mind today, when I missed the basket again and sent another ball down there, where there is nothing... It crossed my mind how great it would be to be able to go out and get it. Like a bird. To be able to fly down there, to grab it and return up here, to the roof. Onto our Skyscraper. But don't worry! I won't try to fly. I haven't lost my mind yet. You know what I like best of all? I like eating chocolate cake with you, here on the roof.


They hug and kiss. They take the plates and pillows and leave, holding hands.


Dino, who has seen everything, comes out behind the chimney. He is wearing his colourful pyjamas and has a ball in his hand. He switches the dimmed lights on. He goes under the basket and starts to practice shooting.


4.


ANDI (with a ball under his arm):

I am afraid of heights. I can't tell this to the guys from the Skyscraper but I dread even going near the edge. But they probably know that. After all, they've known me my whole life. Even if they didn’t know me, they would've noticed it for sure. You can tell that sort of thing. Your mouth tightens. Your body gets stiff. Your laughter becomes bitter. Serious look in your eyes. Or excessive happiness, for no reason. Like the full moon and the new moon. I change every five minutes. As my fear changes. We live in the Skyscraper. And the fear follows me all the time. The fear of falling over and the walls falling apart, leaving me alone on a narrow patch, with the abyss around. Sometimes I forget about this fear. I don't think about it for a long time, but it always comes back.

Nasty fear. And then I wish I didn't live in the Skyscraper. I wish I didn't exist at all.


5.


Shimmering rays of sun

Coming in through the cloak

Of smog and clouds.


Monika, with her sunglasses on, is exposing her flowerpots to the sun. There are many flowers, of many colours, and she is attending to them with great care; she is watering them, turning over the ground and sprinkling the leaves and petals.


Andi is playing basketball.

Dino is licking a lollipop.


Skyscraper pop-music is coming from the speakers; it helps the tenants get through the long afternoon. Andi has just finished playing basketball. He wipes off his sweat with a towel. He approaches Monika. He touches one of the flowers in the flowerpots.


MONIKA:

Don't touch it with those dirty hands!


ANDI:

I didn't do any harm.


MONIKA:

All the same. Don't.


DINO:

Why do you care so much for the flowers?


MONIKA:

Because of the Party. I will be making bouquets. I will display them as my annual project.


DINO (to Andi):

And you? What is your annual project?


ANDI:

I have already shown mine. I am in charge of the computer system at the Party: lights, sound and special effects.


DINO:

And me?


MONIKA:

You don't need to show anything. You'll do that when you finish school.


DINO:

Why not earlier?


MONIKA:

Those are the rules.


DINO:

What is the reward?


ANDI:

There is no reward. But the better your annual project is, the more people notice it and eventually offer you a job.


DINO:

I see. And what does this project have to be?


MONIKA:

Whatever pops into mind. Something you'd like to do in life.


DINO:

I see. That means you'd like to be a florist?


MONIKA:

Yes, and I'd like to open my own flower shop.


Toni enters. He has a heavy bag over his shoulder and is carrying a big piece of cardboard on an easel. Everyone looks at him with a hint of surprise.


TONI:

Don't look at me; you’d better help me.


Andi puts his easel down. The four of them stand in front of the easel.


ANDI:

Well, this is a great surprise. Toni? I thought the only thing you could draw were graffiti.


TONI:

And so did I. But I had to make something for the annual project. I had nothing better in mind and I thought if I could draw graffiti why shouldn't I be able to paint?


MONIKA:

This is great!


TONI:

You think so? It’s not finished yet. I haven't decided yet what to put in the middle. But this bit near the edge is finished.


DINO:

It kind of reminds me of your graffiti.


ANDI:

You have two days left. Will you make it?


TONI:

I have to!


He opens the bag and takes out the graffiti sprays.


TONI:

Where is the red?


Toni arranges his spray cans next to the easel; he finds the red and starts painting. Dino, unnoticed, takes the ball with which Andi has been playing and he goes over to the basket.


TONI:

I'm stuck. I'm not sure how to continue. So I thought that it would help me to try to work here, on the roof. And there’s much more light here.


ANDI:

This is my friend from school, Toni. We knew each other before he became a famous painter. Later he moved to the 13th floor and today he owns one of those fancy art-galleries and a big flat above it.


MONIKA:

With a white sofa in each room.


ANDI:

From time to time he drops in to visit the old neighbourhood and shoot some hoops with me on the roof.


TONI:

Yeah sure. But I would never live on the 13th floor. I would stay on the top floor, closer to the roof. Because of basketball.


ANDI:

It’s good to daydream a lot. The dreams might come true.


MONIKA:

But not to daydream too much. In case they don't come true.


ANDI:

If you don't have dreams, they won't.


TONI:

The power of positive thinking.


He turns around to the sound of the ball. Dino is practising shooting.


ANDI:

Dino! What are you doing?!


Dino stops and turns around.


DINO:

I am practising.


ANDI:

Drop that ball! Drop it, I said!


Dino drops the ball.


ANDI (softer):

Dino, what have we always been telling you?


DINO:

That I shouldn’t run up and down the stairs, jump on the trampoline or play basketball.


ANDI:

And why is that?


DINO:

Because I am not allowed to get tired.


ANDI:

Leave the ball then and come here.


Dino hesitates a little and then comes to Andi.


THE VOICE FROM THE SPEAKERS:

(Introductory jingle)


It is 2 p.m. News.


The kindergarten «Gray Rainbow» has opened on the 114th floor. The kindergarten is equipped with the most advanced facilities and can enrol up to 1000 children.

All the old shutters on the 27th floor have been replaced.

The Minister of Physical Planning and Construction has announced today the closure and total renovation of the left wing of the 41st floor. The tenants will move to the 15th floor blocks during the renovation, which will take two months.

And, finally, we remind the tenants that the Great Annual Skyscraper Party will take place tomorrow. It is still not too late for you to buy a Big Annual Skyscraper Lottery ticket! See you tomorrow at the Party!


(Jingle)


ANDI:

We have to go home for lunch. Monika, are you also going home?


MONIKA:

I'll stay here for a while longer so that the flowers get some more sunshine.


ANDI:

OK. Bye then. See you tomorrow. Toni, don't take it away from us, the chance to boast about our famous friend, the successful painter, OK? Finish that painting, will you?


TONI:

I will. Otherwise you'll boast about your friend who collects rubbish in the Skyscraper.


ANDI:

Good luck!


The two of them leave.


Toni tries out different sprays. Monika moves around the flowers. Toni stares at her.


TONI:

Monika, don't move. Stay like that. Don't move an inch.


MONIKA (freezes):

Like this?


TONI:

Yes, just like that!


Toni starts painting quickly.


MONIKA:

Will I be in your painting?


TONI:

Yes, you will. I knew that the solution must be on the roof! Now at last I know what to put in the middle of the painting. You, and the flowers in the background. Do you mind?


MONIKA:

No, not at all.


6.


Night-time. A silhouette in the dark opens the roof door and switches on the dim light of the floodlight. It is Dino in his colourful pyjamas. He starts practising shooting.


DINO:

If I could wish for anything, I would wish to be able to become anything I wished.

To be able to run up and down the stairs on all the floors.

To be able to jump up in the air and touch the sky with my hand.

To be able to chase the weakness out of my body.

Once, only once, to be allowed to get tired.

I haven't told this to anyone, but I am going to become a basketball player.

I'll score the best goals.

I'll be the fastest runner in the court.

I'll jump up to the sky and never get tired.


The Cleaner appears from behind the chimney. He moves around quietly; he comes to the corner and looks at Dino.


7.


Night-time. Dim light of the floodlights. The roof is filled with balloons and paper decorations. Plastic glasses and plates are lying all around and we can still hear the deafening music from inside, from the lower floors.

Andi is standing under the basket. He is playing with the ball, but just to make the time pass. He shoots at the basket; he gets closer to the edge. Andi drops the ball and starts walking, very carefully and slowly. He comes up to the wall and climbs on top of it. He stands straight and looks down.

The Cleaner looks at Andi from behind the chimney.

At this moment someone quickly opens the door leading to the roof. Monika in her evening dress rushes in. Andi, hearing the sound, staggers with surprise and almost falls over. Monika is so frightened that she doesn't even get to scream but Andi quickly jumps back onto the roof.


MONIKA:

Andi! Don't you ever do that again! Never! Why did you do that?


ANDI:

I just wanted to stand on the edge and look down.


MONIKA:

You could have fallen off.


ANDI:

But I haven’t.


MONIKA:

You almost have. You almost fell when I opened the door.


ANDI:

You surprised me.


MONIKA:

Imagine...


ANDI:

Calm down.


Silence.

Monika is breathing deeply.


MONIKA:

Andi... If you had fallen off, beside the fact that you would have been probably... pretty messed up... I don't even want to think about it... you would have missed a very nice surprise.


ANDI:

What is it?


MONIKA:

We've won a flat!


She throws her arms around him, screaming with joy.


ANDI:

A flat?!


MONIKA:

In the Lottery! In the Great Annual Skyscraper Lottery!


ANDI:

You bought a ticket? I didn't know that!


MONIKA:

Yesterday. Last minute! Andi! Can you believe that?! A flat!


ANDI:

Unbelievable! What a lucky girl!


MONIKA:

We won a flat. Do you understand?! A real big flat! On the171st floor. It is very well lit. Now we only need a sofa. A big soft white sofa. To put in the living room. I am going to sell flowers because tonight everybody liked my bouquets. You will be working. With computers. Or something else. Because you can definitely do many things.


Monika is delighted.

Andi doesn't look so enthusiastic.

Monika doesn't miss it.

Her broad smile disappears from her face.

His faint smile becomes even fainter.


MONIKA:

What's the matter?


ANDI:

This was rather... quick. The other day we were talking about it, and now...


MONIKA:

Now we have it.


Silence.


MONIKA:

Is it too soon?


ANDI:

I don't know. I am not sure. I haven’t had time to think about what I should do and what I really wanted to do and where to go. What is my life like and what I should do with it. It 's not because I don't love you. I love you, Monika. But I feel... I feel like things haven't even begun. It's like many things have yet to come, and I don't know what or where and it is tough thinking about such... definite matters.


MONIKA:

They aren't definite. They never are. They depend on us. On us alone.


ANDI:

You're right. They’re not definite. But they are. Because you are my girlfriend. And I am not going to start living with you now just to go away soon. I want to stay. Forever. At least that's what everyone hopes for. And I have a feeling that something is waiting for me... Not somebody, but something, and I don't know what it is that is waiting.


MONIKA:

Somewhere else? Where? Somewhere... out there?


ANDI:

I don't know.


Monika and Andi look into each other's eyes.

Andi looks down.


MONIKA:

If you walk on the edge, you can only fall off. And break your bones.


She runs to the door.

The Cleaner quickly withdraws not to be seen.


ANDI:

Monika!


But she has already left.


8.


Dimmed floodlights on roof of the Skyscraper. The Great Annual Party hasn't finished yet.


The door opens and Toni and Monika come out to the roof. She is in her evening dress. He is wearing an elegant suit. Toni is holding his painting. They are both sad.


TONI:

I'd better throw the painting off the roof.


MONIKA (overly excited):

No!


Silence.


MONIKA:

Then you couldn't bring it back ever again.


TONI:

There is no point in trying to take it back. It's over. I'm not going to be a painter. I will be something else. Nobody told me it was any good. Stairs manager even told me that he had never seen such an odd painting. Imagine! He said it out loud! But nobody else liked it either. And why did I ever think that anybody might like it?


MONIKA:

Because it is good. Unusual. But good.


TONI:

But no one has noticed it.


MONIKA:

Sometimes it takes time.


TONI:

But usually we get only one chance.


MONIKA:

Try again.


TONI:

If I could, do you know what I would like to do?


MONIKA:

What?


TONI:

I'd like to paint the facade of the Skyscraper. With graffiti spray. Then it wouldn’t be grey anymore. I would secure myself with a rope and draw. It would be the biggest graffiti ever made. You could see it from miles away. I would paint it all around the building. But... there is no point in doing it. Who could see the picture? People would have to tie themselves with ropes and hang on the outside. And even then they wouldn’t be able to see it well. They would be too close. And who would want to see an exhibition in the air? When they didn't even look at the painting that was right under their noses.

.....

Actually, I am scared. I am scared that I am not good enough and I doubt that I will ever become good enough.


MONIKA:

I don't know anything about it, I mean about painting. I can't tell whether you are just good or above average. I just know how to put together colours in a bouquet and I can choose the right flowers. But I like your painting. And I like being in it. Although one can hardly recognize me. There is just the expression of my face. But that's also the most important thing. And the flowers in the background. And I like the way you did it, using graffiti spray. Nobody does it that way. I like you. And I always will.


The painter and his Muse look into each other's eyes.

They can't turn away.

Somebody has painted tenderness

All over their faces with a thick brush.

That night a wizard breathed

Kisses into the air.


Toni kisses Monika. Monika hesitates at first. Then they continue kissing.

The Cleaner comes out from behind the chimney holding a broom. He looks at them.

From behind the other side of the chimney comes Dino in his colourful pyjamas with a ball in his hand.


The door quietly opens and Andi comes out to the roof. He backs up as he sees the scene. Toni and Monika don't notice him.


The Cleaner and Dino can see him, from each side of the chimney. But Andi can’t see anyone anymore. He suddenly leaves. The door slams.


MONIKA (suddenly turns around):

Who was that?


TONI:

I don't know. It was probably the Cleaner.


9.


Night-time. The roof of the Skyscraper.

Andi is playing basketball.

Dino is licking his lollipop.


Andi slams the ball angrily. Dino is licking his lollipop, watching Andi quietly. In the back, the Cleaner is sweeping.


DINO:

You will tear it apart.


Andi doesn’t hear him.


ANDI:

What did you say?


DINO:

You will tear it apart. The ball. The way you're slamming it.


ANDI:

So what. So what if I tear it.


DINO:

You are mad.


ANDI:

I am not.


DINO:

This is our last ball. We can't have another one until the Sports Commission gives us new ones. And that won't be before next year. When they make them.


ANDI:

I know.


Andi drops the ball and sits next to Dino. Dino gives him a lollipop.

Andi and Dino lick their lollipops on the roof of the Skyscraper.


ANDI:

What if we drop the ball?


DINO:

We would go get it.


ANDI:

How?


DINO:

We'd think of something.


Silence.


DINO:

I am going to be a basketball player. I am.


Andi looks at him.


DINO:

Even if I'm not allowed to get tired. Even if we lose the ball again. There must be a way. At least I believe everything is possible.


ANDI :

You're a strange kid, you know that?


THE GUARDIAN'S VOICE FROM THE SPEAKERS:

(Introductory jingle)


It is 10 p.m.

The sky above the Skyscraper is clear and calm. The wind is light to moderate blowing from the southwest. You are requested you to leave the public spaces and leave them as you found them, remove all the objects you used, switch off the lights and close the shutters in your flats.

Weather tomorrow: clear with moderate wind. The temperature will be similar to that of today.


ANDI:

Let' s go.


10.


Night-time on the roof of the Skyscraper.

Dino, in his colourful pyjamas, holding a ball, opens the door and switches on the dim lights of the floodlights.

He stands under the basket. He watches it. He bounces the ball several times and starts running toward the basket, like he can do anything he wishes. As if this is the last thing he will ever do.


The lights are turned off, it turns dark.


11.


Shy rays

Of the morning sun

Twinkle through the cloak

Of smog and clouds.


Dino, in colourful pyjamas, is lying under the basket. As if he were sleeping. Or as if he were frozen. The ball has bounced away.


The door opens abruptly. The Cleaner and Andi rush in. Andi stops when he sees Dino.


CLEANER:

This is where I found him. On the floor.


Andi and the Cleaner slowly come close to Dino. Andy touches him. Dino doesn't move. Andi takes off his basketball jersey and covers Dino's head.


CLEANER:

But how?


ANDI:

His heart. He wasn't allowed to get tired.


Andi takes Dino into his arms and carries him away.


12.


Night-time on the roof of the Skyscraper. The dim light of the floodlights.

Andi and Toni are under the basket.


TONI:

Do you really want to play, Andi?


ANDI:

Yes.


The game begins.

The ball bouncing against the concrete.

The sound of trainers running after the ball.

Two adversaries playing basketball.

Like it was the last game of their lives.

They desperately try to score.

Sweat pouring off their backs.

Their muscles contracting.

They exchange aggressive looks.

They swallow unspoken words.

Andi shoots. Toni blocks.

Andi throws Toni to the ground.

They are lying on the floor.


TONI:

I am sorry, Andi. I am sorry about Dino.


ANDI:

I am sorry, too. About everything.


TONI:

Everything, what?


ANDI:

About Dino. About you. About Monika.


Toni frees himself under Andi. They both get up. Toni is silent and staring at Andi.


ANDI:

I saw you.


Silence.


TONI:

I think I'm in love with her. I'm sorry.

And I think that you are not in love with her any more. I'm not trying to make excuses for myself, but I don't think she's in love with you either.


Andi raises his arm as if he is going to hit him.

Then he puts it down.


Toni leaves.

Andi is left alone.

The Cleaner comes out behind the chimney, but he doesn't hide this time. Instead he goes to Andi who has come close to the edge.


CLEANER:

A wounded ego is not the same as hurt feelings. If you have found the right girl, make her happy. If she is not the one, then let her go and keep looking. But if the girl who is not the one decides to start looking first, then you shouldn't be mad at her.


Andi turns around abruptly and sees the Cleaner.


ANDI:

And how do you know anything about that?


CLEANER:

Just like that. I've heard things. Along the way.


ANDI:

Anyway, it's not about her.


CLEANER:

Then what is it about?


ANDI:

It' s me. My biggest flaw is that I think too much.


CLEANER:

At the same time, it's your greatest virtue.


ANDI:

I can't help myself. I am restless. A thousand questions goes through my head. Is this everything I can get, or is there something else? Something that I don't know at all? Sometimes I have a feeling that somewhere... somewhere else... somewhere far away, somewhere unknown, something beautiful is waiting.


CLEANER:

Then go and get it.


ANDI:

It's not that easy. To go away.


CLEANER:

Maybe there's nothing different there. Some people, some boys playing basketball on the roof of a skyscraper, chocolate cakes and a girl who wants you to move in with her.


ANDI:

Maybe. But I'm scared to take that step. To go out. Because I would end up somewhere completely unknown.


CLEANER:

Nobody can tell you what to do with yourself. Only you can do that.


ANDI:

But it is all impossible, anyway.


CLEANER:

To come up to the edge. To take a step. And end up in...


ANDI:

This Skyscraper doesn't have a way out.


CLEANER:

No, it doesn’t. Except...


Andi looks at him attentively.


CLEANER:

Except if you believe that you can find it. Otherwise, it's really too high for anyone to jump down.


Andi stares at the Cleaner.

The Cleaner picks up the broom and starts leaving.


ANDI:

Where are you going?


CLEANER:

I am going back to my sweeping.


ANDI:

Who are you?


The Cleaner doesn't answer; he looks into Andi's eyes.

The Cleaner leaves. Andi is left alone, holding the ball.

He stares into the distance. The night is drawing to an end. It is dawn.


Andi takes the ball and goes over to the edge. He climbs the wall and takes a step forward. He lands on his feet.


Dino comes out from behind the chimney. In white pyjamas. He waves at Andi, who cannot see him.



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