Drama. By Paul Elliott
Cast: 2m., 3w. Never delve into another person's mind unless you're ready to face the consequences of what you uncover. In his plush Los Angeles office overlooking Rodeo Drive, a well-known psychiatrist, Dr. Harriman, is reminded by his coldly efficient receptionist, Beth, that his next patient is waiting in the reception area. It's obvious that the caustic Beth is uncomfortable even being around the young man and feels he has absolutely no place in her reception room. From the moment Kyle enters the office, the doctor senses that this is not going to be a normal session. Kyle's mood swings from manic euphoria to phobic terror. As the doctor tries to gain control of his patient, he discovers that Kyle is upset because he has taken literally something the doctor said in a previous meeting, "You are doing all of this yourself." Kyle has come to believe that he is the creator of the universe and everything he sees or hears, including Dr. Harriman, and insists he can prove it. Trying to dislodge this ridiculous theory from the patient's mind becomes more troubling as Kyle shows power over Dr. Harriman's world. Beth, in Kyle's mind, is now Elizabeth, a warm and caring grandmotherly type, and indeed that is who comes when summoned by the doctor. Disbelief on the doctor's part turns to terror as these demonstrations begin tearing down his own beliefs in the world around him. The doctor realizes with horror that if he is, indeed, something created by Kyle, then what happens when Kyle leaves the office? Will Dr. Harriman cease to exist? Or has this all been some gigantic hoax? Simple set. Approximate running time: 30 minutes.