Ivan the Joker

by Yasmina Reza

Don't tell me to calm down! What possible reason do I have to calm down? Are you trying to drive me crazy, telling me to calm down? Calm down's the worst thing you can say to someone who's lost his calm. I'm not like you, I don't want to be an authority figure, I don't want to be a point of reference, I don't want to be self sufficient, I just want to be your friend Ivan the joker! Ivan the joker!


Yasmina Reza is a French playwright, actress, novelist and screenwriter. Her six sentences are excerpted from "Art," which won the 1998 Tony Award for Best Play.