W51: Act 1 (P5-finito)

(continued)

(os)

– LY? Hello?

LY (with glee)

– V. Come in please!!!

(flush light on.V enters. SHADOW runs offstage, hides behind TRA, then squats on a chair. Ly sees him)

V

– Hello LY.

LY

– Hello V. You got the script?

V

– Yes. Thank you. A few of us took a read. It’s really different to what we’ve accustomed to, almost like a total other person has written it.

LY

– Same same but different. What do you think?

V

– Hard to say. We’re all a little vagueabout the story.

LY (sits where V sits before)

– OK. What don’t you understand?

V

– This is what we do get: there’s this duo who set out looking for each other; on the way they encounter all kinds of challenges. That’s the basic story right? But up until the end I still don’t get why they do so in the first place.

LY

– Those two characters are concepts, symbols. You read them the way you want, you give it your own reasoning. I can’t tell anyone what to think. 

V

– Concepts. Symbols. You don’t think it can be easier for the audience if the story is more specific?

LY

– They have all the tools to interpret it. Why complicate things?

V

– Complicate things!? To be specific will be to de-complicate things for sure!!! Let’s use one of your previous scripts as example: “a dream messenger tells Mr. Phuc how to find a pot of gold. Mr. Phuc is suspicious so he sends someone, Ms. Nô, to retrieve it. Ms. Nô travels an eventful journey to get the gold. Coming back she is tricked to believe she has been dreaming all along and just happily gives the gold to Mr. Phuc. The gold turns out to be dreams themselves. Mr. Phuc is massively angry; Ms. Nô, realising she’s tricked to give up her dreams, no longer believes in anything in the world; the dream messenger keeps playing flute. Everybody is unhappy at the end.” That’s a bunch of symbols and concepts that everybody gets. This, I’m sorry, no. What it says is “somebody, an undetermined someone, boards a plane that does not return, and so does a strange girl with strange eyes. Then the plane failed. Then they went their separate ways but they do this strange thing to connect to one another when what they can do is to send an email or to call, or text”. Really?

LY (laughs)

– That’s funny how you put it. But email and call and text! Tell that to Romeo. He’ll agree.

V

– It’s not how I put it, it’s you. I’m curious, did you envision this whole new script the way it is now from the beginning?

LY

– Would it mean anything if I tell you it was?

V

– Was it?

LY

– Nah. I’ve written the entire thing anew.

V

– What about the old script?

LY

– Still there somewhere, just can’t find it anymore. You can try (scattering the papers);some pages might be down here (scatters more papers)

V

– Gee. What about opening up the world and such? This new script is how you unseal that world?

LY

– Depending on where you want to go. 

V

– I’m not Alice thank you very much. I know very well where I want to go. But your map is confusing as hell.  

LY

– Maybe you wanna go back to the stadium. Very good idea of you the other day. Cleared my mind.

V

– That so? (Looks at the spot that she saw LY putting the script under, finds nothing)

LY

– That so yeah. I never thought sharks would be so helpful.

V

– Yeah yeah. If I knew you’d take this turn I wouldn’t have suggested the stadium at all. Seems like a fortress like this one is good for you.

LY

– You think so? (Beat)V when I told you I’d stop looking for another entrance to that world what did you think I meant?

(flushes the papers on LY’s ground)

– You’d stop writing Act II. What else?

LY (smiles)

– I’d sure stop. Yes. But (beat)V, you want to come up the stairs and look at the sky? I saw it earlier. It’s very very blue today (goes SL, climbs the ledge)

V

– Meh, thanks, I see plenty of sky all the time. Pretty much the same. Big and (beat)just hanging there while I have so many things to deal with.

LY

– True. Maybe how it looks is not that important to anyone but me.

V

– Good for you.

LY

– Yes. Good for me.

(light dims down. UV light up, shining the papers again. LY takes out a black cloak, wears it so she becomes somewhat invisible. SHADOWS come on stage again, dancing and swirling up the papers. He touches V)

V

– Man what’s that? (SHADOWS poke V lightly). Gee these… Things! LY? (Beat)I’m going. But I’ll be in touch again soon. LY?

(SHADOW takes out a few red dots, stick them around, on himself, on the papers, on Ly. V finds her way between SHADOWS and papers toward SR)

V

– Bye bye! (Exit)

(beat. MUSIC: Saint-Saens’s Danse macabre: 6:23-7:08, pianissimo. SHADOW embraces Ly)

(blackout)

LY

– Bye bye.

(end)

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