He wrote a play and based the characters on people he knew. The performers didn’t understand. “We don’t understand,” they said. He insisted. They relented, read their lines, moved to where it said they had to move. They rehearsed.
He shouted from the audience, “no” or “yes” or “almost.”
Opening night. He invited the people he knew. They sat in the dark and recognized themselves. They didn’t like that. They didn’t like the characters, the acting ,the things they said, didn’t like how it made them feel. “We don’t like this,” they said.
He mumbled “so” or “fine” or “sorry.”