Screenplay: Rebecca Miller (play by David Auburn)
Role: Catherine Llewellyn
Actor: Gwenyth Paltrow
Length: approx. 1 minute minimum
Wow, I can’t believe how many people are here. I never knew he had this many friends. Where have you all been for the last five years. I guess to you guys he was already dead, right? I mean what’s a great man without his greatness? Just some old guy. So you probably want to catch up on what you missed out on. Um… he used to read all day. He kept demanding more and more books, I was getting them out of the library by the car load. There were hundreds. And then one day I realised he wasn’t reading. He believed aliens were sending him messages through the Dewey decimal numbers in the library books, he was trying to work out the code. He used to shuffle around in his slippers, he talked to himself, he stank. I had to make sure he bathed, which was embarrassing. And then he started writing… 19… 20 hours a day. I got him this huge case of notebooks, he used every one. I dropped out of school. You see, he was convinced that he was writing the most beautiful elegant proofs. Proofs like music. I’m glad he’s dead.