“Flatbush by Car”

Outline of a skit about a lesbian couple living in Flatbush. LW and I performed it at a talent show organized by Caribbean Pride, and held at the Audre Lorde Project in August 1999.  Feel free to add your own (experience?) version of content for both scenes!

Scene 1: Errands

Car alarm

–         no batteries

–         use key

–         knock on window

Car Confusion

–         dirty windshield

–         radio


–         post office

–         dog food

–         overdue video

–         library books

–         stop by Auntie Dell; she say to stop by


Bad driving

–         air conditioning

–         near accident with motorist

–         pot holes (cough)

–         stop sign – girl watching

–         air conditioning


–         hail up friends

–         gossip session

Reach post office – park vs. double park


Scene 2: Red Herring

Switch drivers

Can I turn on the AC?

No- I smell stew peas.  You nuh smell it? That smell good, sah.  What we going to eat for dinner? I tired to eat macaroni…

I don’t know…probably red herring with something.  I saw a piece down there in the fridge

Silence….How long that piece of red herring in there now?

I don’t know.  It  no matter. It won’t go bad. pause. Right?

So, if you not sure, how you planning to cook it?  The thing in there so long it nuh have any smell anymore.  And is me you want to go eat that?

So come up with an idea nuh?  Is me one have to think of something to eat?  Chuups…

You feel for Chinese…


We have money?

No…plus we have to go back home to order, cause you know how them take long…

Pointing – Pull over so we can stop at the bank…you never hear what me sey? You just drive right pass the bank…

You nuh see the dollar van cutting me off…

And why we have to drive on Flatbush Avenue in big-big rush hour, anyway?  It’s like you choose the longest route with the most traffic….you can make a u-turn right here…


Here so…you drive right pass it – chuups.  Alright.  Yuh feel for saltfish and bakes?

No sah.  Is hit or miss.  The last time you buy it, it taste like the lady season it with kananga water.

But you never say anything when I gave it to you.


I don’t feel for no saltfish.  How about that fish?  From that jerk place?

What place?

The place down on Flatbush – near Parkside.

What place? Oh, but that nuh in the other direction.

So we can’t turn around?

Remember we have to go to Canarsie to go buy the car part, so we should just go….

But Canarsie is behind us!  Why we can’t go buy the car part tomorrow or something?

Well I want to do it today, since the repairman told me last week that I should bring it in this week so he could work on it.  That way, you can just go drop off the car in the morning.

What you mean drop off the car?  I have an appointment at 9 o’ clock.

You have an appointment?  You didn’t tell me anything.  The car has to go in the shop, or we won’t get it back in time…

To do what?  We not going anywhere this weekend…

You forget?  We have to drive up to Albany to ….

To Albany?  For what?

To go take…stop acting like is the first time you hearing this – oh…

Uhm huh.

I never tell you.  I could swear I told you….

Uhm huh.  I’m hungry.  What we going to eat?

And that jerk place so dirty. And all them men up in there.  I don’t want to go all the way back down there and deal with that.

So what we going to eat then?


We have some smoked herring…

So, can I turn on the air conditioning, babe?



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