W48: Act 1 (P2)

(continued)

V

– That’d be ideal.

(beat)

LY (descends from platform)

– Tell you what. Act I is done. It is by itself a finished play. If you want one so badly and cannot wait for an uncertain amount of time for me to complete Act II, you can take Act I back with you and do whatever you want with it. (retrieves a sealed envelopfrom the ground, hidden under the speakers SL and hands it mid-air towards V)Know though that once you take it, there would be no more Act II.

V

– Why?????

LY (dangles the script mid-air)

– Act I seals all pathways to that world you look to see. I don’t know how to unseal it yet. If you remove me from it, or it from me, I will stop looking. Let that world be closed up forever. I’ll be ok.

V

– You mean you will not write Act II if I take this now?

LY

– Yes ignorant one. I shall cease.

V

– I swear sometimes your English is not even correct yet you talk like you own it. (Sigh)Now, in all simplicity, if I claim this now, there would be no Act II (takes the script, caresses it). Considering the sealing off the world and such, I don’t think it’s a good idea of me to take this bait (returns the envelop, Ly hides it under the speaker SL again). My lady, you understand for me though that the whole crew behind me has a deadline to catch – a real one, not a fancy Discworld line. Would you please think with me on how to do this? Please? (move to SL to remember where the script is hidden)

LY (goes to SR)

– Sure. How do I help you then?

V

– Do you have any idea, however vague, about an estimated completion date? (LY shakes her head)Of course. What about… What you have done to ease the writing?

LY

– Ah, I just keep digging my wells. At least I try. Day by day.

V

– Simple English please. So like, you just sit and think?

LY

– And walk around and climb stairs and look at the sky.

V

– Poetic. Like a white-haired Rapunzel (chuckles self-humorously. LY doesn’t smile). Okey. Can I suggest you go somewhere with me? I know you don’t like to come out when you write, but since it hasn’t been helping, mind you try?

LY

– Where?

V

– A stadium. There’s a meeting up today with the company’s actors. No no you don’t have to talk to them. They wouldn’t really know who you are or how to talk to you. But there’s this Director who will be doing a play for the festival and we were hoping he’d be doing your play if you finish it – no pressure. He’s a star somewhere Europeanand a real pain in the ass. He has a talent of annoying the hell out of anyone he’s with. And to some extents he talks like you – all riddles and random stories. So NO I’m not asking you to talk to him. I’ll just have to go there anyway and I think it might be a good idea that you come take a look. You can sit very far from it and talk to no one as you wish. And NO I don’t expect you to finish this play afterwards. I’ll discuss with other producers and figure something. How does that sound to you?

LY

– It sounds great.

V

– Great. Shall we go now?

LY (moves downstage center, ball up)

– No.

V

– In a bit?

LY

– No.

(groans in compressed anger)

– Ever?

LY

– No.

(beat)

(enunciates, as if slithering the words to Ly’s ears)

– There’re cats.

LY

– Ah!

V

– A mother cat and four small ones. They live with the parking guy. White and yellow. One has blue eyes.

LY

– Ah….

V

– The small ones are about one month old so they walk like they’re on crotches still, but they jump around and play. Very friendly. All very long tailed but one, a very chubby one.

LY

– Let’s go.

(Ly gets up with difficulty but with much enthusiasm. V observes in triumph)

V

– Ah. Yes lets. (As they start to exit SR)I could have just mentioned the cats at the beginning?

LY (as she exits)

– You sold once. Don’t be cocky.

(os)

– Yeah whatever.

(as LY and V exit, sound of taiko drumming starts, then ascends)

(to be continued)

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