August 22, 2006

A Play A Day #131

Delillusinational


Cast:
Dying Man 1
Dying Man 2
Dying Man 3

Setting: Impossible to say.


Dying Man 1: (on his hands and knees, the heat and dehydration are quickly taking him) Water... water!.... water... (continue, as he slowly drags himself across the stage)

Dying Man 2: (entering from opposite side, he is "swimming" in water across the stage, preferably he is holding onto a broken piece of wood in one hand, swimming with the other, figure out a way to stage this) Help! Help! (looks up a bit, sees land and man crawling toward water) Land? Oh! Land!! Land!!! (delighted squeals as he swims harder toward land)

1: (Overlapping 2's glee) Water??! (trying to pull himself upward) Water! Water!!! Water!!! Water!! (sounds of great joy)

(The two men cross paths about the middle of the stage, 1 jumps into "water" where 2 had been, 2 attempts to climb onto "land" where 1 had been. Both unsuccesful.)

1: (lifts head, spitting sand from his mouth repeatedly) No!!!!! (crying now) Water! Help!

2: (trying to keep his head out of water) No!!! (crying now) Help me! Someone! Land!!

(they hear each other, turn around, 1 spots water where 2 now swims, 2 spots land where 1 now stands)

2: Land? Oh! Land!! Land!!! (delighted squeals as he swims harder toward land)

1: (Overlapping 2's glee) Water??! (trying to pull himself upward) Water! Water!!! Water!!! Water!! (sounds of great joy)

(same result as before, they both head off the direction they had originally come)

1: Water... (getting quieter as he pulls himself offstage very slowly)

2: Land... (getting quieter as he swims offstage very slowly)

(Lights start fading, then shoot back up, a man in a parachute harness drops from above stage, he ends up hanging above stage, perpetually falling.)

Dying Man 3: Help! Help! Land? Water? Falling for three weeks straight? Food? Anyone? Help!

(lights out)

(end)

3 comments:

ShOI said...

You should end with Dying Man 4 wandering aimlessly around on stage. He's headless and carrying a big sign that says "Help! My head fell off!"

Bleeet said...

Doesn't quite fit the theme of the script... if his head was still on, perhaps, I could see that, but then where does it end?

Curses!

ShOI said...

I forgot to mention that his head is rolling around on the stage, always just out of reach. I wasn't exactly trying to fit the theme of the script; I happen to believe that every play would be better if it ended with some headless guy wandering around on the stage. Romeo and Juliet, The Mousetrap, Honk, The Music Man, Noises Off, you name it. Think about it.