Act I – One, a musical about life

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One, a musical abou life

“ONE” – A Musical about Life

 

 

SYNOPSIS

 

This is an allegorical musical with satire, about discovering your purpose in life. It’s never too late for discovery. As is with most cases, a catalyst is needed. It can be something as simple as ‘One’ memorable moment, ‘One’ place or ‘One’ person you meet along your ‘yellow brick road’. It’s by listening to your inner- self, that your true gift and passion is revealed. Once discovered this gift must be shared. Real life is about giving, not taking. It is seen through the eyes and life experiences of the main character Genus Dei (masculine) and his inner duality Amantia (feminine), as he interacts with the characters in the musical.

 

Each of the characters are expressed as an emotion or part of the human condition, who themselves must find their own answer to life, albeit through layers of symbolism and subtleties. As they meet and share their experiences over a period of forty years, they come to realize they have one main protagonist; The Triumvirate, who in the end must be defeated. The characters view their circumstances through both inner and outer worlds. They all must separate the veil between the illusion of status quo, and truth.

 

Act I takes place in a small restaurant during the 1970s during an early spiritual awakening for Genus Dei / Amantia with lyrics put to music of Beethoven, Toccata, Fugue and Vivaldi’s Storm. Folksingers and nostalgic music from the 70s act as calming foreshadowing to characters like Temptation, Innocence and Disguise / Evil who, through actions and song reveal their hidden shadows. This, in turn exposes Genus Dei / Amantia’s torment. During a major confrontation between Disguise / Evil and Genus Dei/ Amantia, the un-knowingness of fate is predicted for Genus Dei / Amantia and his future suffering.

 

Act II takes place at a bar with Show tunes and Karaoke, in Palm Springs. Still on their path of discovery the characters meet up again, this time with a new assortment of emotions to absorb. The fun and frivolity of Show tunes comes to a climax when Distraction, who exposes our repressed sexual secrets, leaves empty handed.  It’s Lady Fear and Elucidate, who bring us back to reality, to ground us again, so we can deal with our fears and loneliness. Our bartenders, Egnatius and Acacius, poignantly uncover how the treadmill of life and stigmas can undermine our best efforts to discover who we are. In the end, each character divulges a piece of themselves, so that when added to Change and The Unknown, along with Limitations and Knowledge, the puzzle is complete. Our enlightened characters can finally confront The Triumvirate. The characters surround Temptation and The Triumvirate with a Tango within a Tango. Seeing freedom at hand, they initiate the final demise. In the denouement, Genus Dei / Amantia with Elucidate sing the moving ending about finding ‘One’ and their gift they can set adrift.

 

This is a narrative with love, that is different, based on true events.

 

 

 

 

 

“ONE” – A Musical about Life

 

THE TIME:

ACT I – 1970’s

ACT II – Present day

 

THE PLACE:

ACT I – A restaurant in the 1970’s

ACT II – A bar in Palm Springs, California

 

ACT I

All scenes: A small thirty-one seat restaurant with a false brick wall and mantel upstage, where an old pot stove stands centered. Above the mantel and stove is a screen which can be pulled down from the ceiling to show slide shows or Super 8 films. Stage left is angled towards the brick wall and contains an arched window which looks out onto a small vestibule and stairway leading down. Also visible is an outside glass door with a view of the street outside. An old oaken barrel is situated next to the restaurants inside front door. Here, folk singers come in and sit, from time to time, and sing to the customers. Next to the inside front door entrance is an old hand crank gramophone. Finally, next to that, is an older upright piano. Stage right is also angled towards upstage and the brick wall. It includes a small staff table with three chairs, next to the brick wall, a door which leads to an unseen kitchen, and finally a stand-up bar, where drinks are served.  There is a combination of evenly spaced tables (seven) with older chairs (twenty-eight) on stage right and stage left, with all entrances to doors left clear.

 

The wall surfaces resemble the interior of a reconstructed barn from the late 1890’s. The ceiling is half octagon in shape. Heavy hand-hewed Tamarack beams support the ceiling and these beams are joined at the walls where more beams rise up from the floor to meet the ceiling beams. In between the beams on the ceiling and walls, are weathered planks in blue silver. There are two hanging chandelier wagon wheel lights, centered stage right and stage left. There is also an old fashioned Super 8 projection machine and a carousel slide projector with stand, placed to the left of upstage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACT II

All Scenes: A video bar with a large video screen mounted upstage. Below the screen is a straight sided bar counter with exits. The sides are angled inwards, towards upstage. Swivel bar stools surround the bar. The left side of the bar is balanced with high and low top bar tables and swivel bar stools, while the right side has a piano and mirrored stage where musical acts and karaoke are performed. Wall surfaces are plain without too much decoration. Lighting is used to create needed effects.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

CAST OF CHARACTERS:

 

A variety of people expressed as emotions or states of mind from the human condition, all looking for ‘their own answer to life’.

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

– One actor playing both parts of his duality- masculine and feminine-

(Teacher, to transfer, god / loving)

 

NARRATOR / VOICE OF REASON

(Tells the story of events, experiences / good sense, sound judgement)

 

TEMPTATION

(Enticing to evil – temptress)

 

TRIUMVIRATE / CAUSES, GAMES and CONTROL

(Authority by three – government, church, big business)

 

INNOCENCE

(Lack of experience with the world and the bad things that happen)

 

ORPHEUS / FOLKSINGER I

(Great musician / been to Hades for love, but failed)

 

GIVER OF GRACE / FOLKSINGER II

(Music of the soul)

 

EGNATIUS

(Unknowing – Bartender # 1)

 

ACACIUS

(Not evil – Bartender # 2, Karaoke Man)

 

DISGUISE / EVIL

(Concealed identity / bad, causing harm or injury to someone)

 

DISTRACTION

(Something that makes it difficult to think or pay attention)

 

 

LADY FEAR AND ELUCIDATE

(To be afraid and worried / to make clear; setting right)

 

BLAME SHIFTER

(Outside influences are the fault for our condition)

 

HUBRIS

(A great or foolish amount of pride or confidence)

 

CHANGE AND THE UNKNOWN

(To transform / not discovered)

 

LIMITATIONS AND KNOWLEDGE

(Restrictive weakness / perception of fact or truth)

 

DANCERS and SINGERS

(Also substituting for JESUS and his DISCIPLES, CUSTOMERS, and the STIGMAS)

 

LATIN LADY

(Seller of emotions)

 

The AUDIENCE

(The AUDIENCE is encouraged to be interactive with actors and musical numbers. As they enter the theatre after intermission, they are given a bag of props which are to be used during SHOWTUNES)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MUSICAL NUMBERS

 

ACT I

 

“Cooking for Jesus”                                                           Dancers, Singers

“One”                                            Genus Dei / Amantia, Dancers, Singers

“Where Do The Children Play”                             Orpheus / Folksinger I

“Your Song”                                                               Orpheus / Folksinger I

“Both Sides Now”                                         Giver Of Grace / Folksinger II

“Dust In The Wind”                                     Giver Of Grace / Folksinger II

“Sheep”                                                                                  The Triumvirate

“Love Is Love”                                                 Innocence, Dancers, Singers

“Searching” Part 1                                                                          Genus Dei

“Searching” Part 2                                                                             Amantia

“Choices”                                                                                          Innocence

“Weakness”                                                                                    Temptation

“Searching” Part 3                                                                           Genus Dei

“Searching” Part 4                                                                              Amantia

“Make It With You”                                                    Orpheus / Folksinger I

“Fire And Rain”                                                           Orpheus / Folksinger I

“Summer Breeze”                Orpheus & Giver Of Grace / Folksinger I & II

“Darkness and Light”                         Disguise / Evil, Genus Dei / Amantia

 

 

ACT II

 

“Palm Springs Hot”                                     Temptation, Dancers, Singers

“Too Darn Hot”                                            Temptation, The Triumvirate

“Be Honest To Me”                                       Distraction, Dancers, Singers

“Loneliness”                                                    Lady Fear, Dancers, Singers

“Who Am I?”                                                         Hubris, Dancers, Singers

“Stigmatosis”                                                       Acacius, Dancers, Singers

“I Don’t Like Sleeping In My Own Bed”        Egnatius, Dancers, Singers

“Invisible High Heels”              Change, The Unknown, The Triumvirate

“Pain In The Glass”                                                  Limitations, Knowledge

“Reveal”            The Triumvirate, Temptation, Blame Shifter, Innocence,

Egnatius, Orpheus. Giver Of Grace

“The Gift”                                   Genus Dei / Amantia, Elucidate, Dancers

 

 

SUPER 8 MOVIES WITH SOUND

 

 

ACT I

 

 

Super 8 Movie 1                                                                                        Photo Albums

Super 8 Movie 2, Part 1                                                                     Blending Chakras

Super 8 Movie 2, Part 2                                   Lightning Storm, Universe Expanding

Super 8 Movie 2, Part 3                                                          Inner Conflict, Searching

Super 8 Movie 2, Part 4                               New Birth, Life Stirring, Release of Birds

Super 8 Movie 2, Part 5                            Calm Water, Sun Rising, Light Expanding

Super 8 Movie 2, Part 6                             Understanding, Rainbow, Rushing Water

Super 8 Movie 3                                     Scenes from “Where Do The Children Play”

Super 8 Movie 4                                                                     Scenes from “Your Song”

Super 8 Movie 5                                                            Scenes from ‘Both Sides Now”

Super 8 Movie 6                                                                       Sheep, Roman Emperors

Super 8 Movie 7                                    Fairytale Land, Rainbows, Castles, Unicorns

Super 8 Movie 8, Part 1                                          Searching for Purpose, Hell’s Bells

Super 8 Movie 8, Part 2                                                 Strength in Purpose, Kindness

Super 8 Movie 8, Part 3                          Temptation’s Offer, Turmoil, Anger, Regret

Super 8 Movie 9         Shadow Ghosts, Darkening Clouds, Windy Scenes, Turmoil

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

ACT II

 

 

Music Video 1                                                                      “Palm Springs Hot”

Music Video 2                                                                                 “Hello Dolly”

Music Video 3     Parody of “Oklahoma”, “Oh What a Beautiful Morning”

Music Video 4                                           “Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This”

Music Video 5                                                    “Too Darn Hot” (Music Only)

Music Video 6                                                                        “Be Honest To Me”

Music Video 7                                                “On The Street Where You Live”

Music Video 8                                                                  “We Will Follow Him”

Music Video 9                                                           “How Lucky Can You Get”

Music Video 10                                                                                 “Loneliness”

Music Video 11                                                               Bias In Life Situations

Music Video 12                                                                                            “Help”

Music Movie 13                                                                                “Who Am I?”

Music Movie 14                                                                                “Stigmatosis”

Music Movie 15                                  “I Don’t Like Sleeping In My Own Bed”

Music Movie 16                                                                 “Invisible High Heels”

Music Movie 17                                                                      “Pain In The Glass”

Music Movie 18                                                                                         “Reveal”

Music Movie 19                                                                                       “The Gift”

Music Video 20                                              Compilation To “We Are Family”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

SCRIPT

 

 

ACT I

 

Scene 1

 

NARRATOR / VOICE OF REASON

(Enters the dimly lit restaurant, goes over to the gramophone, lifts the lid, turns the crank and places a 78rpm record on the turntable. This begins the background music for the photo album show to follow. It’s David Garrett Vivaldi’s Winter, The Four Seasons made to sound scratchy and old. HE goes over to the pot stove and reaches up towards a cord hanging from the ceiling, to pull down a screen. Then HE moves towards a small stand which holds a carousel slide projection machine and a super 8 movie projector. HE starts the carousel slide projection machine and begins the slide show. It details a series of photos depicting Genus Dei / Amanita’s early life from child hood and youth, up to HIS mid-twenties. HE steps forward and narrates on the photos wherever needed)

 

IT WAS A DIFFERENT TIME. YET, IT WASN’T THAT LONG AGO. PEOPLE LOVED TO LIVE AND LIFE WAS FOR LIVING.

(Photo 1 – First born footprint photo; Photo 2 – at age three; Photo 3 – Photo of parents and their seven children; Photo 4 – Parents, post war, surrounded with their love for music; Photo 5 – Photo showing post war interfering with their music endeavors)

UNABLE TO FOLLOW THEIR ARTS PASSION, THE PARENTS, THROUGH THEIR LOVE, TRANSFERRED THEIR HOPES FOR MUSIC AND THE ARTS INTO THEIR CHILDREN. WHEN THEIR SECOND SON, GENUS DEI / AMANTIA, WAS BORN, IT BECAME APPARENT THAT HE WAS INSTINCTIVELY CREATIVE.

(Photo 6 – Photo of GENUS DEI / AMANTIA with childhood art; Photo 7 – 16 – Different homes and strangers in each neighborhood; Photo 17 – 20 – Bullies and aggression; Photo 21 – 24 – Mother and her need for perfection, Father always away and working)

BECAUSE GENUS DEI / AMANTIA MOVED SO MANY TIMES AS A CHILD HE DEVELOPED AN ACUTE SENSE OF INFERIORITY. SEEKING SAFETY, HE WENT INWARD AND CONFIDED ONLY TO HIMSELF. AT LEAST HE COULD TRUST AND UNDERSTAND HIS OWN FEELINGS. NEVER REALLY FEELING HE BELONGED ANYWHERE OR WITH ANYONE, AND FINDING IT DIFFICULT TO MAKE FRIENDS, HE BECAME AN INTROVERT.

(Photo 25 – 30 – Photo of Genus Dei / Amantia at home doing art projects, gardening and family chores; Photo 31 – Genus Dei / Amantia at school, bored and dreaming of an escape from school and home; Photo 32 – Battles at home with siblings; Photo 33 – 35 -Working as a bus boy and janitor after school, to earn money for a hitch hiking trip to Europe)

FEELING INWARDLY TRAPPED AND ALONE, AS SOON AS HE FINISHED HIGH SCHOOL AT THE AGE OF SIXTEEN, HE MADE HIS ESCAPE AND LEFT FOR A HITCH HIKING TRIP TO EUROPE. THIS REVIVAL OF SPIRIT, REDEFINED HIS LIFE.

(Photo 36 – Photo of a map of Europe showing his route, and all of the countries and cities he visited; Photo Page 37 – 40 – Photo of Genus Dei / Amantia in Europe)

EXPERIENCING OTHER COUNTRIES, CULTURES, PEOPLE AND LANGUAGES OPENED GENUS DEI / AMANTIA TO NEW FEELINGS; COMFORT WITH HIMSELF AND A SENSE OF FREEDOM. AFTER TRAVELLING FOR ABOUT A YEAR, HE RETURNED HOME. BUT, INSTEAD OF PURSUING HIS EDUCATION AND WHAT HE PERCEIVED AS A MAJOR FORM OF RESTRICTION, HE FOUND EMPLOYMENT IN A SILVER/COPPER MINE. HE SPENT FIVE YEARS AT THIS MINE.

(Photo 41 – 45 – Photos of the mine location, isolated, 23 miles from the Arctic Circle and Genus Dei /Amanita working different jobs at the silver/copper mine)

THIS NEW LEARNING EXPERIENCE SHAPED AND FORMULATED ANOTHER PART OF WHO HE WOULD BE. HE LEFT THE MINE WITH AN IDEA THAT WOULD LET HIM PUT INTO PLACE EVERYTHING HE HAD LEARNED TO DATE.

AT THE AGE OF TWENTY-TWO, HE TOOK THIS IDEA FROM A THOUGHT TO A REALITY. WITHOUT REALIZING THE DEPTH OF HIS QUEST, HE OPENED A RESTAURANT.

(Photo 46 – 50 – Photo of Genus Dei / Amantia planning, drawing his own blueprints, and helping to construct his restaurant. Photo 51 – Genus Dei / Amantia with his finished restaurant)

UNFAMILIAR WITH THE RAMIFICATIONS OF RUNNING A RESTAURANT OR WHAT IT ENTAILED, GENUS DEI / AMANTIA HAD MANY TRIALS, UPSETS AND PROBLEMS. ONE, OF WHICH WAS COOKING.  HE HAD COOKED AT HOME WHEN HE WAS YOUNGER, BUT THIS TYPE OF COOKING WAS DIFFERENT. HE WONDERED; WHO TAUGHT THE FIRST CHEF? WHEN THE ANSWER REVEALED ITSELF, HE APPLIED THE SAME REASONING, AND DECIDED TO LEARN THE SAME WAY; BY EXPERIENCE.

THE CREATIVITY HE USED LEARNING TO COOK STIRRED AN INNER AWAKENING DEEP INSIDE HIMSELF. AS HE TRIED TO UNDERSTAND THIS NEW FEELING, HE INADVERTANTLY TRANSFERRED THESE EMOTIONS INTO HIS WORK PLACE. THE STAFF AND CUSTOMERS, UNKNOWINGLY, BECAME A PART OF THE AWAKENING. THIS IS WHERE OUR STORY BEGINS.

 

Scene 2

(The lights in the restaurant are raised as THE NARRATOR / VOICE OF REASON makes his way over to the front door. Looking through the arched window, he can see CUSTOMERS lined up, waiting outside to get into the restaurant. HE turns the lock and the CUSTOMERS flood into the restaurant and take seats at the available tables. Meanwhile, the DANCERS AND SINGERS come through the kitchen door dressed in cooks and waiter/waitress wear. THEY move to center stage, for the first musical number – Cooking for Jesus – Gospel and Jazz combined; upbeat, humorous and light. After the chorus begins in Cooking for Jesus, silhouetted figures of JESUS and HIS DISCIPLES enter stage right and stage left, gesturing love and blessings with their hearts and hands as they move in-between the tables and chairs, completely unnoticed by the customers)

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DANCERS AND SINGERS

WHEN HE WAS YOUNG

NOT EVEN TWENTY-FOUR

HE COOKED BEHIND

A CLOSED DOOR

(Pointing to the kitchen door)

AND KNEW NOT

WHO THE FOOD WAS FOR

SO HE THOUGHT

HE’D COOK FOR JESUS

AND LOVE

WOULD GO OUT THE DOOR

 

SO HE TOLD THE STAFF

THIS MAY MAKE YOU LAUGH

BUT YOU MUST PRETEND

OUR CUSTOMERS EACH DAY

WILL DESCEND

SO DO YOUR BEST I SAY

BECAUSE

WE’RE COOKING FOR JESUS

WE’RE COOKING FOR JESUS

JC AND THE BOYS

(JC AND THE BOYS with outstretched arms and hands enter)

THEY WERE COOKING FOR JESUS

JC AND THE BOYS

(JC AND THE BOYS with outstretched arms and hands)

 

IF YOU’RE COOKING FOR THE MAN

NOT KNOWING WHAT FOR

YOU’VE GOT TO MAKE SURE

THERE’S LOVE BEHIND THE DOOR

YOU CAN’T WORK FOR MONEY

IT DOESN’T BRING YOU MORE

YOU’VE GOT TO GET UP

AND WORK FOR LOVE

BEFORE YOU LEAVE THE FLOOR

 

CHORUS:

CAUSE,

(JC AND THE BOYS gather together, center stage to join the jazz chorus and dance routine)

YOU’RE COOKING FOR JESUS

COOKING FOR JESUS

HE WAS COOKING FOR JESUS

JC AND THE BOYS

HE WAS COOKING FOR JESUS

JC AND THE BOYS

(JC AND THE BOYS move back between the CUSTOMERS as the DANCERS AND SINGERS take center stage)

 

SO STAND THERE

AND ROAR

WITH YOUR GOOD DEEDS

AND SEEDS

LET GO JOY

TO THOSE IN NEED

JUST MAKE SURE

THERE’S LOVE GOING OUT THE DOOR

 

(Overlapping choruses as JC AND THE BOYS join the DANCERS AND SINGERS for the jazz and dance routine)

 

THEY’RE COOKING FOR JESUS

HE’S COOKING FOR JESUS

THEY’RE COOKING FOR JESUS

HE’S COOKING FOR JESUS

CAUSE,

YOU’RE COOKING FOR JESUS

YOU’RE COOKING FOR JESUS

YOU’RE COOKING FOR JESUS

JC AND THE BOYS

JC, JC, JC

JC AND THE BOYS

JC AND THE BOYS

JC AND THE BOYS

(JC AND THE BOYS move back between the CUSTOMERS)

 

DO WHAT YOU LOVE

LOVE WHAT YOU DO

SING PRAISE FOR OTHERS

NOT FOR YOU

YOUR REWARDS WILL FOLLOW

AND WON’T BE HOLLOW

 

CHORUS:

CAUSE,

YOU’RE COOKING FOR JESUS

YOU’RE COOKING FOR JESUS

 

JC AND THE BOYS joins THE SINGERS AND DANCERS for the remainder of the jazz and dance routine)

WITH A HEART OF FREEDOM

LIKE A RIVER

RUNNING FREE

YOU’LL FIND THERE’S ALWAYS

A SURPLUS OF GLEE

 

CHORUS:

CAUSE,

YOU’RE COOKING FOR JESUS

YOU’RE COOKING FOR JESUS

YOU’RE COOKING FOR JESUS

JC AND THE BOYS

(JC steps out as THE BOYS and THE SINGERS AND DANCERS semi-circle him, raising their arms and hands)

JC, JC, JC

JC, JC, JC

JC, JC, JC

 

 

DANCERS AND SINGERS / JC AND THE BOYS

(Exit for a costume change and then return later as CUSTOMERS, to positions at the bar, chairs and tables)

 

 

Scene 3

 

NARRATOR / VOICE OF REASON

            (Steps to center stage)

AS GENUS DEI / AMANTIA POURS PASSION INTO HIS WORK, A SERIES OF NEW FEELINGS BEGIN TO SURFACE WITHIN HIM. THEY ARE CONFUSING, DELUSIVE AND TROUBLING.

 

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GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

(HE enters the restaurant from the kitchen door, as a young man. A beam of light encases GENUS DEI / AMANTIA as HE makes HIS way towards center stage and the Super 8 projector. HE turns it on. The lights fade to black. Super 8 Movie 1, Part 1 begins and depicts softness and the colors of the chakras and their never ending movements and interactions. Then, a spotlight reveals GENUS DEI /AMANTIA sitting at the piano and dim lights reveal the DANCERS and SINGERS sitting as CUSTOMERS at the chairs and tables. GENUS DEI / AMANTIA begins the name sake lyrics to ONE, a Musical about Life. It’s a combination of music from Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, Tempest 3rd Movement and the Fifth Symphony. The GENUS DEI personality of his duality sings – contralto -, and the AMANTIA personality of his duality sings – soprano. See You tube.com Ugo Farell Demi Finale, Belgium’s Got Talent. GENUS DEI / AMANTIA’S face and costume show HIS duality throughout the musical)

 

GENUS DEI

(Playing the piano and singing in a contralto voice, Moonlight Sonata Op 27. No.2 Mov.1)

 

 

Intro…….

I FEEL STRANGE

DEEP INSIDE

TELL

ME

WHAT’S HAPPENING

IS THIS FATE?

I HESITATE

DO

I

REALLY

WANT

THIS

ON

MY PLATE

I NEED

COMPREHENSION

NOT APPREHENSION

I

FEEL

LIKE

FROST

AM

I

THAT

LOST?

 

DANCERS and SINGERS

(Rising from their chairs, join GENUS DEI around the piano area, singing to Beethoven’s Fifth Symphony. Super 8 Movie 1, Part 2 begins and depicts a storm approaching for the opening notes; major lightning bolts in a lightning storm, followed by rolling thunder with heavy rain, timed to the music. The movie transverses into images of the universe expanding)

 

 

Intro…..

I’M UNIVERSE, I REIMBURSE

(Whispered) (I AM THAT I AM)

I AM INWARD

THE GATEWAY IS YOUR MIND

OPEN THE CLOSED DOOR

LET LOVE OUT POUR

CHANGE THROUGH UNDERSTANDING

LOVE IS TOTAL EXPANSION

I AM PERFECT ORDER

TAKE MY GIFT

GIVE PERCEPTION

A RECONNECTION

ENERGY AT YOUR CORE

IS THE CREATOR

IT ENLIGHTENENS

THE MYSTERIES FROM SOULS

AND THE DEAD SEA SCROLLS

UNDERSTANDING,

ANSWERS,

THRUTH,

AND PEACE

EXCITEMENT,

KNOWLEDGE,

JOY,

FOR THE MIND TO CEASE

YOUR LIFE TO INCREASE

EXPAND IN LIGHT

TO MAKE YOU BRIGHT

DON’T CONTRACT,

DARKNESS MAKES NIGHT

I AM EVERYONE

AND EVERYTHING

BE LOVE, BE LOVE, BE LOVE

 

AMANTIA

(Soprano – Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata Op.27 No. 2 Mov. 1. Super 8 Movie 1, Part 3 begins and depicts inner conflict, questioning and a searching)

 

 

Intro……

IS THIS START

MY NEW PART

SO MANY TEARS

WHELMING FEARS

WITH MY HEART

WHEN AND WHAT EVER DO I CHART

AM I

BLANK CANVAS,

WHAT IS

MY PURPOSE

I

NEED

AN

ANSWER

IN

ORDER

TO

BELIEVE

 

 

 

GENUS DEI

(Contralto voice, Moonlight Sonata Op 27. No. 2 Mov. 2. HE stands up from the piano and moves more towards center stage. Super 8 Movie 1, Part 4 begins and shows life stirring, new seedlings growing, bubbles rising in clear water, a release of birds and new birth)

 

 

I SENSE WHAT’S HAPPENING TO ME

STRANGE ENERGY I FEEL IS KEY

THERE’S A RECONNECTION WITH THE ONE

I SEE MY HEART AS A GIANT SUN

FILLING ME LIKE ETERNAL SPRINGS

COURAGE SINGS ON GIANT WINGS

MY OLD BODY DIES

THERE’S LIGHT IN MY EYES

A RADIANCE TOO

DEEP INSIDE

DARKNESS EXPOSED BY LIGHT

NO DUALITY, NO EMOTION

JUST FREEDOM AS IN FLIGHT

 

 

DANCERS AND SINGERS

(Sing the chorus, Beethoven’s Tempest, 3rd Movement. Super 8 Movie 1, Part 5 begins again and shows the calm waters with the sun rising, turning into bright white light continuing to expand)

 

 

THIS IS ONE

ONE! IS TRUTH

ONE! CAN TAKE YOUR MYSTERY AWAY

ONE! RENEWS THE CHILD IN YOU

ONE! IS UNCONDITIONAL

ONE! IS MYSTERIOUS TO START

ONE! IS GENTLE AT HEART

ONE! IS FORGIVENESS

ONE! IS GRATITUDE

YOU HAVE TO LOVE, YOU HAVE TO LOVE, YOU HAVE TO LOVE

ONE! WILL SET YOU FREE

ONE! WILL MAKE YOU SEE

ONE! WILL LET YOU BE

ONE! WILL MAKE YOU BELIEVE

 

 

AMANTIA, DANCERS AND SINGERS

(Soprano – Beethoven’s Tempest Movement 3. Super 8 Movie 1, Part 6 begins and depicts the sun rising, rushing waters and a rainbow, understanding)

 

 

TIME DISAPPEARS

AND YOU ARE ONE WITH ALL

MUSIC OF THE SPHERES

BRINGS UNCONDITIONAL LOVE

ON THEE

 

 

DANCERS AND SINGERS

(Sing “ONE”)

 

 

GENUS DEI

(Sings, contralto and each line after “ONE”)

 

 

(ONE!) IS MYSTERIOUS TO START

(ONE!) IS GENTLE AT HEART

(ONE!) IS FORGIVENESS

(ONE!) IS GRATITUDE

 

ALL

 

THIS IS LOVE, THIS IS LOVE, THIS IS LOVE

 

ALL

 

(ONE!) WILL SET YOU FREE

(ONE!) LET’S YOU PERCEIVE

(ONE!) LET’S YOU HEAR

(ONE!) THE MESSAGE IS CLEAR

(ONE!) IT’S TRUTH TO ENDEAR

(ONE!) REVEALS ALL MYSTERY

(ONE!) RENEWS THE CHILD LIBERTY

(ONE!) AWAKENS LOVE

THIS IS ONE, THIS IS ONE, THIS IS ONE

 

DANCERS AND SINGERS

(Finish the remaining musical bars with a finale dance)

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA and DANCERS AND SINGERS

(Move from the stage area for a costume change. Stage fades to black and a spotlight is placed on NARRATOR / VOICE OF REASON)

 

 

Scene 4

 

 

NARRATOR / VOICE OF REASON

(Steps into center stage)

DURING THIS PERIOD, IN THE 70S, MANY CONVERSATIONS REVOLVED AROUND PEACE AND LOVE, OR FINDING OUR SPIRITUALITY AND PLACE IN THE UNIVERSE. SOMEHOW, THIS RESTAURANT ATTRACTED PEOPLE SEARCHING FOR MEANING OR TRUTH IN THEIR LIVES. MANY TIMES THE CUSTOMERS WOULD STAY LONG INTO THE MORNING HOURS EVEN AFTER THE RESTAURANT CLOSED. THEY WOULD JOIN IN WITH SONGS FROM THE MANY FOLKSINGERS AND ARTISTS WHO MADE THE RESTAURANT A REGULAR STOMPING GROUND. THESE TIMES BECAME MEMORABLE MOMENTS. SOME WERE FUN, SOME WERE MESMERIZING AND SOME LEFT YOU UNDONE WITH THOUGHTS THAT BURNED LIKE IRONS IN THE FIRE. HERE ARE SOME OF THOSE EVENINGS.

(There are other DANCERS and SINGERS posing as CUSTOMERS. Some are sitting and some are having drinks while standing at the bar, chatting and expressing themselves to each other. It is the end of a weekend night, the kitchen is closed, and ORPHEUS / FOLKSINGER I enters the restaurant to begin HIS songs. DISGUISE / EVIL, TEMPTATION and INNOCENCE are serving customers in the restaurant with drinks. EGNATIUS is tending bar. The conversations heard, form the background babble from the restaurant crowd. Because it’s a local restaurant, there is always a mix of regulars, who know everyone, and they chat amongst themselves. The restaurant has a cozy, warm and friendly feel to it, leaning to the romantic. Spotlights are lighted or dimmed on each group as they become known to the audience. The time for lighting each group is short)

 

 

DANCERS AND SINGERS, GROUP 1

(Conversation about religion/spirituality in relation to deciphering The Wizard of Oz and the true meaning behind the movie and the ‘yellow brick road’)

 

 

DANCER 1

(To DANCER 2)

BASICALLY DOROTHY WAS SEARCHING FOR TRUTH. THE TORNADO REPRESENTS THAT POINT IN YOUR LIFE WHERE YOUR WORLD IS TURNED UPSIDE DOWN AND YOU SEEK A WAY OUT. TOTO, HER DOG IS INNER GUIDANCE OR INTUITION AND THE YELLOW BRICK ROAD IS………

(Fading……)

 

 

DANCERS AND SINGERS, GROUP 2

DANCERS 3, 4 & 5

(Everyone is sitting around the table speaking about ‘thoughts’ and how they work. DANCER 3 talking to DANCER 4 & 5)

YOU HAVE TO LOOK AT EVERYTHING AS ENERGY. AND, IF EVERYTHING IS ENERGY, THEN OUR THOUGHTS ARE ENERGY ALSO. IF WE TAKE TIME TO UNDERSTAND HOW THOUGHTS ACTUALLY WORK, YOU’LL FIND YOU CAN DIRECT THEM, AND SET UP THOUGHT PATTERNS THAT WILL…

(Fading…….)

 

 

DANCERS AND SINGERS, GROUP 3

DANCERS 6 & 7

(This is a conversation about discovery in life. DANCER 6 talking to DANCER 7)

THERE IS EITHER ORDER OR CHAOS IN OUR WORLD OF FORM. MAN DOES NOT MIX WELL WITH NATURE. HE DOESN’T KNOW HOW TO BALANCE HIMSELF. ANY IMBALANCE WE CREATE SHOWS UP AS AN IMBALANCE IN NATURE, AND ALL THINGS IN THE UNIVERSE ARE INTERDEPENDENT. AS CHAINED AS WE ARE TO OUR MISPERCEPTIONS…

(Fading……..)

 

ORPHEUS / FOLKSINGER I

(ORPHEUS, a gay black man, enters the restaurant from the inside front door. HE takes a seat on the oak barrel and a beam of light is concentrated on HIM as HE begins HIS song, Where do the Children Play by Cat Stevens. Super 8 Movie 3 begins and depicts scenes from HIS song as they related to HIS life growing up in a poor black neighborhood and HIM having to hide HIS gay sexuality. A general hush falls over the crowd in the restaurant as HE begins to sing. HIS second song Your Song by Elton John begins after conversations between GENUS DEI / AMANTIA and TEMPTATION, INNOCENCE AND NARRATOR / VOICE OF REASON are finished. Super 8 Movie 4 depicts ORPHEUS’S current dreams with HIS boyfriend as he imagines and sings through the words from Your Song. All of HIS feelings and emotions are suppressed and hidden because HE has two character traits to deal with when dealing with the world. HE is gay and black)

 

“WHERE DO THE CHILDREN PLAY” BY CAT STEVENS ©

 

WELL I THINK IT’S FINE, BUILDING JUMBO PLANES
OR TAKING A RIDE ON A COSMIC TRAIN
SWITCH ON SUMMER FROM A SLOT MACHINE
GET WHAT YOU WANT TO IF YOU WANT, ‘CAUSE YOU CAN GET ANYTHING

I KNOW WE’VE COME A LONG WAY,
WE’RE CHANGING DAY TO DAY,
BUT TELL ME, WHERE DO THE CHILDREN PLAY?

WELL YOU ROLL ON ROADS OVER FRESH GREEN GRASS
FOR YOUR LORRYLOADS PUMPING PETROL GAS
AND YOU MAKE THEM LONG, AND YOU MAKE THEM TOUGH
BUT THEY JUST GO ON AND ON, AND IT SEEMS YOU CAN’T GET OFF

OH, I KNOW WE’VE COME A LONG WAY,
WE’RE CHANGING DAY TO DAY,
BUT TELL ME, WHERE DO THE CHILDREN PLAY?

WHEN YOU CRACK THE SKY, SCRAPERS FILL THE AIR
WILL YOU KEEP ON BUILDING HIGHER
‘TILL THERE’S NO MORE ROOM UP THERE?
WILL YOU MAKE US LAUGH, WILL YOU MAKE US CRY?
WILL YOU TELL US WHEN TO LIVE, WILL YOU TELL US WHEN TO DIE?

I KNOW WE’VE COME A LONG WAY,
WE’RE CHANGING DAY TO DAY,
BUT TELL ME, WHERE DO THE CHILDREN PLAY?

(Slight pause between songs as CUSTOMERS clap and GENUS DEI / AMANTIA has HIS conversations)

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

(After ORPHEUS’S first song, GENUS DEI / AMANTIA enters the dining room/bar area from the kitchen door and takes a seat at the staff table. DISGUISE / EVIL AND INNOCENCE are serving customers. TEMPTATION approaches GENUS DEI / AMANTIA and starts a conversation. SHE is dressed provocatively in a mini skirt and low cut blouse)

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TEMPTATION

G D, YOU LOOK LIKE YOU COULD USE A DRINK. THAT WAS A BUSY SHIFT. CAN I TEMPT YOU TO HAVE A SPECIAL DRINK I CONCEIVED? IT TASTES LIKE CANDY AND IT’LL BE MY TREAT!

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

(With a laugh, in a carefree, happy-go-lucky tone)

SURE, WHY NOT? THANKS TEMPTATION. I ‘LL LIVE A LITTLE DANGEROUSLY TONIGHT.

 

 

 

TEMPTATION

(Moves to the bar and gets EGNATIUS to mix HER special drink, by pointing to different bottles on the shelves. SHE returns to GENUS DEI / AMANTIA and gives the shot to HIM)

HERE YOU GO G D……DRINK IT.

(With seduction)

IT’S REALLY UNIQUE.

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

(HE acknowledges with a smile and tosses the drink back. HE looks shocked and stunned when HE has finished)

WOAH! WHAT WAS THAT?

(HE exclaims, visibly shocked, as HE stands up from his chair!)

 

TEMPTATION

I CALL IT TRUTH!

(Then a pause while looking GENUS DEI / AMANTIA in the eye)

YOU MIGHT NOT LIKE WHAT YOU SEE.

(SHE walks away with a sly smirk on her face and a giggle in her voice. GENUS DEI / AMANTIA sits back down onto HIS chair, pondering what has just happened. Another server, INNOCENCE, dressed as a modest unrevealed princess with tiny flowers in her hair, approaches GENUS DEI / AMANTIA)

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GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

(To INNOCENCE)

THAT WAS A SURPRISE! WHAT DID TEMPTATION GIVE ME ANYWAY, INNOCENCE?

 

 

INNOCENCE

I’M NOT SURE G D. SHE’S ALWAYS EXPERIMENTING AND CONCOCTING SOME KIND OF STRANGE DRINK.

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

I FEEL NUMBNESS INSIDE OF ME.  I THINK I NEED TO WASH THAT DOWN WITH A BEER. CAN YOU GET ME ONE?

 

 

INNOCENCE

NO PROBLEM, COMING RIGHT UP G D

(INNOCENCE goes to the bar and gets a beer from EGNATIUS and puts it in front of GENUS DEI / AMANTIA, who then takes a quick drink)

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

            (To INNOCENCE)

I FEEL LIKE I’M STANDING OUTSIDE MYSELF, LOOKING INWARDS, REVIEWING MY PAST. I CAN SEE MANY MISTAKES I’VE MADE AND THE PAIN THEY HAVE CAUSED. I ALSO SEE THE REPRUCUSSIONS FROM MY FAILINGS, EXPANDING, LIKE RIPPLES ON A LAKE WHEN A PEBBLE HAS BEEN THROWN ONTO THE SURFACE. IT IS DARK AND I’M NOW FEELING THIS SAME PAIN MULTIPLIED LIKE THE RIPPLES ON THAT LAKE. I DON’T WANT TO FEEL AND FACE WHAT I SEE, BUT THERE’S A PRESENCE IN ME TO SURRENDER AND ACCEPT. IS THIS POSSIBLE?

(INNOCENCE looking shy and uneasy shrugs her shoulders and shakes her head with a query, then walks away to clear some tables. NARRATOR / VOICE OF REASON, who is nearby, responds to GENUS DEI / AMANTIA)

 

NARRATOR / VOICE OF REASON

G D, THERE IS A DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CONTEMPLATING TRUTH AND BEING TRUTH. THE ANSWER MAY NOT BE WHAT YOU WERE TAUGHT OR EVEN SOMETHING YOU THOUGHT. REAL TRUTH WILL SET YOU FREE. FOR BETTER OR WORSE, TAKE THIS MOMENT AS A GIFT.

 

ORPHEUS / FOLKSINGER I

 

 

“YOUR SONG”BY ELTON JOHN ©

 

IT’S A LITTLE BIT FUNNY THIS FEELING INSIDE
I’M NOT ONE OF THOSE WHO CAN EASILY HIDE
I DON’T HAVE MUCH MONEY BUT BOY IF I DID
I’D BUY A BIG HOUSE WHERE WE BOTH COULD LIVE

IF I WAS A SCULPTOR, BUT THEN AGAIN, NO
OR A MAN WHO MAKES POTIONS IN A TRAVELLING SHOW

I KNOW IT’S NOT MUCH BUT IT’S THE BEST I CAN DO
MY GIFT IS MY SONG AND THIS ONE’S FOR YOU

AND YOU CAN TELL EVERYBODY THIS IS YOUR SONG
IT MAY BE QUITE SIMPLE BUT NOW THAT IT’S DONE
I HOPE YOU DON’T MIND,

I HOPE YOU DON’T MIND THAT I PUT DOWN IN WORDS
HOW WONDERFUL LIFE IS WHILE YOU’RE IN THE WORLD

I SAT ON THE ROOF AND KICKED OFF THE MOSS
WELL A FEW OF THE VERSES WELL THEY’VE GOT ME QUITE CROSS
BUT THE SUN’S BEEN QUITE KIND WHILE I WROTE THIS SONG
IT’S FOR PEOPLE LIKE YOU THAT KEEP IT TURNED ON

SO EXCUSE ME FORGETTING BUT THESE THINGS I DO
YOU SEE I’VE FORGOTTEN IF THEY’RE GREEN OR THEY’RE BLUE
ANYWAY THE THING IS WHAT I REALLY MEAN
YOURS ARE THE SWEETEST EYES I’VE EVER SEEN

AND YOU CAN TELL EVERYBODY THIS IS YOUR SONG
IT MAY BE QUITE SIMPLE BUT NOW THAT IT’S DONE
I HOPE YOU DON’T MIND
I HOPE YOU DON’T MIND THAT I PUT DOWN IN WORDS
HOW WONDERFUL LIFE IS WHILE YOU’RE IN THE WORLD

 

 

(ORPHEUS finishes HIS song and leaves to take a break)

 

Scene 5

Amantia

 

GIVER OF GRACE / FOLKSINGER II

(After ORPHEUS finishes HIS second song, GIVER OF GRACE / FOLKSINGER II slips in the front door, unnoticed in her creamsicle colored dress, and takes HER seat on the barrel. With a strum of HER guitar, SHE begins to sing Both Sides Now by Joni Mitchell. There is a noticeable lull in the conversations at the tables. The restaurant goes perfectly quiet and the sweetest voice breaks the silence as all eyes turn towards GIVER OF GRACE. Her voice floats out on notes made of love, delicately softening the air, like an angel breathing softly in the room. The sound of HER voice makes the room physically lighten. Super 8 Movie 5 plays during HER singing and shows how the purest sounds are often suppressed by the darkness of life.

 

 

“BOTH SIDES NOW”BY JONI MITCHELL ©

 

ROWS AND FLOWS OF ANGEL HAIR
AND ICE CREAM CASTLES IN THE AIR
AND FEATHER CANYONS EVERYWHERE
I’VE LOOKED AT CLOUDS THAT WAY

BUT NOW THEY ONLY BLOCK THE SUN
THEY RAIN AND SNOW ON EVERYONE
SO MANY THINGS I WOULD HAVE DONE

BUT CLOUDS GOT IN MY WAY

I’VE LOOKED AT CLOUDS FROM BOTH SIDES NOW
FROM UP AND DOWN AND STILL SOMHOW
IT’S CLOUDS ILLUSIONS I RECALL
I REALLY DON’T KNOW CLOUDS AT ALL

MOONS AND JUNES AND FERRIS WHEELS
THE DIZZY DANCING WAY YOU FEEL
AS EVERY FAIRY TALE COMES REAL
I’VE LOOKED AT LOVE THAT WAY

BUT NOW IT’S JUST ANOTHER SHOW
YOU LEAVE ‘EM LAUGHING WHEN YOU GO
AND IF YOU CARE, DON’T LET THEM KNOW
DON’T GIVE YOURSELF AWAY

I’VE LOOKED AT LOVE FROM BOTH SIDES NOW
FROM GIVE AND TAKE, AND STILL SOMEHOW
IT’S LOVE’S ILLUSIONS I RECALL
I REALLY DON’T KNOW LOVE AT ALL

TEARS AND FEARS AND FEELING PROUD
TO SAY “I LOVE YOU” RIGHT OUT LOUD
DREAMS AND SCHEMES AND CIRCUS CROWDS
I’VE LOOKED AT LIFE THAT WAY

BUT NOW OLD FRIENDS ARE ACTING STRANGE
THEY SHAKE THEIR HEADS, THEY SAY I’VE CHANGED
WELL SOMETHING’S LOST, BUT SOMETHING’S GAINED
IN LIVING EVERY DAY

I’VE LOOKED AT LIFE FROM BOTH SIDES NOW
FROM WIN AND LOSE AND STILL SOMEHOW
IT’S LIFE’S ILLUSIONS I RECALL
I REALLY DON’T KNOW LIFE AT ALL

I’VE LOOKED AT LIFE FROM BOTH SIDES NOW
FROM UP AND DOWN AND STILL SOMEHOW
IT’S LIFE’S ILLUSIONS I RECALL
I REALLY DON’T KNOW LIFE AT ALL

 

(CUSTOMERS clap as GIVER OF GRACE pauses after HER first song. Both Sides Now. THE TRIUMVIRATE enter the restaurant. DISGUISE / EVIL shows THEM to a table in TEMPTATION’S section. THEY settle in and order drinks from TEMPTATION, for themselves. THEY are dressed in stylish 1970’s clothes and hair styles.

 

 

DISGUISE / EVIL

(DISGUISE / EVIL who is nearby, approaches the TRIUMVIRATE)

GOOD EVENING GENTLEMEN. LET ME SHOW YOU TO A TABLE.

 

 

CONTROL

CAN WE SIT IN TEMPTATION’S SECTION PLEASE?

 

 

DISGUISE / EVIL

THAT’S NOT A PROBLEM, RIGHT THIS WAY. I’LL GET TEMPTATION FOR YOU.

(DISGUISE / EVIL seats the TRIUMVIRATE and moves to get TEMPTATION)

 

 

TEMPTATION

(Approaches the TRIUMVIRATE table)

GOOD EVENING GENTLEMEN. IT’S NICE TO SEE YOU AGAIN. OUR KITCHEN IS CLOSED, BUT CAN I GET YOU SOME DRINKS?

 

 

CONTROL

THAT WOULD BE GREAT. THREE GLASSES OF MERLO PLEASE.

 

 

TEMPTATION

I’LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH THAT WINE FOR YOU.

(TEMPTATION leaves THEIR table and gets THEIR drinks from EGNATIUS at the bar. GIVER OF GRACE starts her second song Dust in the Wind by Kansas. THE TRIUMVIRATE’S and GENUS DEI / AMANTIA and NARRATOR / VOICE OF REASON’S conversations begin after GIVER OF GRACE has finished Dust In The Wind)

 

 

“DUST IN THE WIND “BY KANSAS ©

 

I CLOSE MY EYES ONLY FOR A MOMENT, AND THE MOMENT’S GONE
ALL MY DREAMS PASS BEFORE MY EYES, A CURIOSITY

DUST IN THE WIND
ALL THEY ARE IS DUST IN THE WIND

SAME OLD SONG
JUST A DROP OF WATER IN AN ENDLESS SEA
ALL WE DO CRUMBLES TO THE GROUND
THOUGH WE REFUSE TO SEE

DUST IN THE WIND
ALL WE ARE IS DUST IN THE WIND

NOW DON’T HANG ON
NOTHING LASTS FOREVER BUT THE EARTH AND SKY
IT SLIPS AWAY
AND ALL YOUR MONEY WON’T ANOTHER MINUTE BUY

DUST IN THE WIND
ALL WE ARE IS DUST IN THE WIND
(ALL WE AR IS DUST IN THE WIND)
DUST IN THE WIND
(EVERYTHING IS DUST IN THE WIND)
EVERYTHING IS DUST IN THE WIND
(IN THE WIND)

(CUSTOMERS clapping)

 

 

GIVER OF GRACE / FOLKSINGER II

I’M JUST TAKING A SHORT BREAK, BUT I’M LEAVING THE FLOOR OPEN TO ANYONE WHO’D LIKE TO GIVE US A SONG OR DANCE.

(There is intermittent chatting and background babble amongst the CUSTOMERS)

 

 

 

NARRATOR / VOICE OF REASON

(Joining GENUS DEI / AMANTIA at the staff table)

WHO IS THE NEW SERVER WORKING TONIGHT G D?

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

HER NAME IS DISGUISE / EVIL. SHE HAD DINNER IN THE RESTAURANT ABOUT A WEEK AGO AND LIKED IT SO MUCH, SHE APPLIED FOR A JOB THE VERY NEXT DAY. SHE HAS EXPERIENCE AND I NEEDED ANOTHER SERVER, SO I HIRED HER. THE STAFF SAYS SHE’S PSYCHIC, BUT TO ME, SHE HAS A SOMEWHAT UNEASY FEEL ABOUT HER. WHEN YOU LOOK INTO HER VIOLET EYES, IT’S ALMOST LIKE SOMEONE ELSE IS INSIDE HER, LOOKING BACK AT YOU. THERE HAVE BEEN A FEW STRANGE OCCURRENCES HAPPEN WHEN SHE’S WORKING HER SHIFT, SO I’M KEEPING AN EYE ON HER.

 

 

NARRATOR / VOICE OF REASON

WHAT OCCURRENCES?

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

A COUPLE OF NIGHTS AGO, ONE ON THE SERVERS TOLD ME THAT SHE WAS PUSHED FROM BEHIND, CAUSING HER TO TRIP. CONSEQUENTLY, SHE FELL ON THE FLOOR. WHEN SHE LOOKED TO SEE WHO HAD PUSHED HER, NO ONE WAS THERE. AND THEN, ANOTHER SERVER LAST NIGHT TOLD ME THAT A BEER STEIN HE HAD ON HIS TRAY LITTERLY JUMPED OFF THE TRAY BY ITS SELF, AND HIT THE FLOOR. THE LAST OCCURRENCE, HAPPENED EARLIER TONIGHT. INNOCENCE CAME TO ME AND SAID SOMETONE GRABBED HER ARM, BUT WHEN SHE LOOKED TO SEE WHO IT WAS, AGAIN, THERE WAS NO ONE THERE. IT’S VERY STRANGE AND, LIKE I SAID, IT ONLY SEEMS TO HAPPEN WHEN DISGUISE / EVIL IS WORKING.

 

 

NARRATOR / VOICE OF REASON

WELL, THAT DOES SOUND STRANGE. I THINK IT’S A GOOD IDEA TO WATCH HER UNTIL SHE PROVES HERSELF.

 

I SEE THE QUINTESSENTIAL TRIUMVIRATE IS HERE AGAIN. PROBABLY CAME IN FOR THE ENTERTAINMENT. THEY SEEM TO LIKE BEING IN TEMPTATION’S SECTION, AND THEY’RE ALWAYS AROUND HER. THEIR PERSONALITIES HIDE THEIR BEGUILEMENT AND REAL PURSUIT. UNFORTUNATELY THERE IS ALWAYS A PRICE TO PAY FOR ANYTHING THEY OFFER YOU. THE KEY G D IS TO TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF FIRST, IF YOU EVER HAVE TO DEAL WITH THESE THREE.

(The lighting moves to the TRIUMVIRATE table)

 

 

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CAUSES

(To TEMPTATION as SHE arrives with THEIR drinks)

SO TEMPTATION… HOW WAS YOUR EVENING?

 

 

TEMPTATION

            (Seductively, while looking at them in a familiar way)

IT WAS VERY BUSY, BUT IT’S THE WEEKEND. IT’S TO BE EXPECTED. IT’S REALLY NICE TO SEE YOU GENTLEMEN HERE AGAIN. ARE YOU BACK FOR MORE OF THE ENTERTAINMENT?

 

 

CAUSES

(To TEMPTATION)

CERTAINLY!

DID WE EVER TELL YOU OUR NAMES AND WHAT WE DO FOR WORK?

(At the same time, not waiting for an answer and then reaching out and shaking TEMPTAION’S hand)

MY NAME IS CAUSES. I AM THE ENTITY THAT MAKES EVENTS HAPPEN. THIS GIVES PEOPLE PURPOSE IN LIFE, AND GETS THEM TO EXPRESS THEIR EMOTIONS ON MANY DIFFERENT LEVELS. IF THEIR CAUSE IS NOT GREATER THAN THEMSELVES AND, IF THEY ARE NOT SELFLESS, THEN THEIR EMOTIONS CONSUME THEIR BEHAVIOR. THIS GIVES ME THE OPPORTUNITY TO KEEP THEM GUESSING AND FRUSTRATED LONG ENOUGH FOR THEM TO MISS THE SOLUTIONS TO THEIR PROBLEMS. IT’S GREAT FUN! I’M LIKE A SMOKESCREEN. SOMETIMES PEOPLE SEE THROUGH ME, SOMETIMES THEY DON’T.

 

 

GAMES

(To TEMPTATION, stepping in verbally when CAUSES is finished speaking)

HI TEMPTATION, MY NAME IS GAMES.

(Reaching out and shaking TEMPTAION’S hand)

MY JOB IS TO MAKE LIFE A CONTEST, WITH RULES AND AMUSEMENT USING FRIVOLOUS AND TRIFLING BEHAVIOR. I GET PEOPLE TO TREAT EACH OTHER WITH OR WITHOUT RESPECT. I KEEP THEM IMMERSED IN MIND GAMES AND LIFE’S PUZZLES. SOME PEOPLE EVENTUALLY BREAK FREE AND SEE THE LIGHT, BUT THEY ARE FEW AND FAR BETWEEN.  MY FRIENDS HERE, CAUSES AND CONTROL,

(Gestures to CONTROL)

HELP ME TO ACCOMPLISH MY TASK.

 

 

CONTROL

(To TEMPTATION, stepping in verbally when GAMES is finished speaking)

AND AS YOU’VE GUESSED, MY NAME IS CONTROL.

(Reaching out and shaking TEMPTAION’S hand)

USING DISCIPLINE AND CONSTRAINT WITH GREAT SKILLFULNESS, MY PURPOSE IS TO SEE THAT THE REAL TRUTH ABOUT LIFE IS NEVER REVEALED TO PEOPLE. RELIGION, GOVERNMENT AND BIG BUSINESS ARE MY COMMON NAMES. I MAKE SURE THAT PEOPLE CONFORM OR ARE SUPPRESSED AND THE STATUS QUO IS ALWAYS KEPT IN TACT. EVEN THOUGH SOME PEOPLE MANAGE TO FIND TRUTH, I PLACE ENDLESS OBSTICLES IN THEIR LIFE’S PATH.

(CONTROL takes a minute to size up TEMPTATION’S reaction to what was said. TEMPTATION looks excited. Seeing TEMPTATION’S expression of acceptance, CONTROL continues)

AND THAT’S WHAT BRINGS US TO YOU TEMPTATION. WE’VE BEEN TALKING AMONGST OURSELVES AND WE THINK YOU’D MAKE A GREAT ADDITION TO OUR MISSION. WHAT DO YOU SAY?

 

 

TEMPTATION

(With a sexy, teasing smile on her face)

THIS ALL SOUNDS EXCITING TO ME AND I LIKE THE IDEA. LET’S GET STARTED. THIS IS A GREAT PLACE TO SHARPEN OUT SKILLS.

 

 

CONTROL

WE’LL JUST GIVE YOU A LITTLE DEMONSTRATION, TEMPTATION.

(CONTROL moves to the Super 8 projector and starts Movie 6. Movie 6 begins and shows black and white sheep in fields being herded, with scenes of some black sheep escaping and running away. During the chorus of the song Sheep, the sheep voice themselves. THE TRIUMVIRATE moves to center stage to begin their song Sheep and THEIR tap dance routine. DANCERS with sheep masks on, join them dressed in chains, different religious dogma, laws of government, corporation’s gadgets, or large time pieces. THE DANCERS participate as the chorus is sung, gathering around the TRIUMVIRATE and making sounds like sheep.

COME GATHER ROUND ME

BELIEVE ME WHEN I SAY

WE’RE HERE TO MAKE YOUR DAY

LET ME OPEN YOUR EYES SO YOU CAN SEE

THESE ARE GIFTS, YOU’LL AGREE

 

 

GAMES

GADGETS AND DOGMA,

(Holding up a blender and pointing to a DANCER with a sandwich board which reads: “In The Name of God”)

 

 

CAUSES

LAWS AND LEADERS FOR YOU TO ADORE

(Holding up a lawyer’s law book and pointing to the movie playing. At this point in Movie 2, it shows photos of past Roman Emperors and a Roman Emperor sending sheep dressed in Roman armor off to war)

 

 

CONTROL

SURELY, FAR TOO MANY TO KEEP SCORE

(Holding up an abacus and pushing the beads from side to side)

THEY’LL KEEP YOU EXPOSED

LIKE AN OPEN SORE

COME MY FLOCK

(Sound of sheep from the movie and DANCERS)

THERE ARE SO MANY PASTURES FOR YOU TO EXPLORE

WE’RE DOING THIS FOR EWE

(Sound of sheep from the movie and DANCERS)

EWE, EWE, EWE

(Timed to the movie)

 

 

THE DANCERS AND SINGERS

(THE TRIUMVIRATE tap dance to the music)

CHORUS:

HERD THEM CLOSE

LET THEIR MISPERCEPTIONS GROW

THEY’LL NEVER KNOW

WHAT’S ON THEIR BACKS

IS SACRIFICIAL WOOL

FRESHLY SHEARED,

FOR A FANCY

GATEAU

LET THEM BLEAT

AND CAVORT

(Sound of sheep from the movie and DANCERS)

THEY’LL JUST MAKE MORE

FOR US TO EXTORT

 

WITH EYES AND MINDS

CLOAKED BLIND

FROM WOOL

AND ALL THE BULL

(DANCERS pull spun wool over their eyes)

 

SHEAR, PULL

SPIN THE WOOL

(Timed to the movie showing these actions)

BAAH, BAAH, BAAH

(Sound of sheep from the movie)

SHEAR, PULL

SPIN THE WOOL

BAAH, BAAH, BAAH

(Sound of sheep from the movie)

 

 

CAUSES

BELIEVE IN ME

AND YOU WILL SEE

YOU CAN ACHIEVE

ANYTHING

YOU CAN CONCEIVE

YOU CAN START WARS

ON DISTANT SHORES

CURE DISEASE WITH A PILL

AND FREEWILL

MAKE PEACE

WITH EXPERTISE

AND MAKE THINGS GREEN

WITH A NEWLY MADE MACHINE

WE’RE DOING THIS FOR EWE

(Sound of sheep from the movie)

WE’RE DOING THIS FOR EWE

(Sound of sheep from the movie)

EWE, EWE, EWE

(Timed to the movie)

 

 

GAMES

LISTEN TO ME

I HAVE THE ANSWER

HOW YOU TREAT OTHERS

DOESN’T MATTER

YOU CAN LIE

CHEAT AND STEAL

AS LONG AS YOU KNEEL

(All three kneel)

AND SAY IT’S NO BIG DEAL

EAT AT A BISTRO

OR BUY A CHATEAU

AS LONG AS YOU CONFORM

AND CALL IT THE NORM

All three kneel)

THE PLATFORM IS YOURS

AND WON’T NEED REFORM

WE’RE DOING THIS FOR EWE

(Sound of sheep from the movie)

EWE, EWE, EWE

(Timed to the movie)

 

 

CONTROL

SO HEAR US OUT

DO NOT POUT

WE DO THIS ALL FOR EWE

(Timed to the movie and DANCERS)

CHOICES, FREEDOM

AND AN OPEN DOOR

YOUR BELIEFS AND TRUTHS

YOU CAN STORE

TAKE OUR GUIDANCE

AND FOR SURE

WE’RE THE ANSWER,

NOT YOUR CANCER

WE’RE DOING THIS FOR EWE

(Sound of sheep from the movie)

EWE, EWE, EWE

(Timed to the movie)

 

 

CHORUS: DANCERS AND SINGERS

(THE TRIUMVIRATE tap dancing to the music)

HERD THEM CLOSE

LET THEIR MISPERCEPTIONS GROW

THEY’LL NEVER KNOW

WHAT’S ON THEIR BACKS

IS SACRIFICIAL WOOL

FRESHLY SHEARED,

FOR A FANCY

GATEAU

LET THEM BLEAT

AND CAVORT

(Sound of sheep from the movie and DANCERS)

THEY’LL JUST MAKE MORE

FOR US TO EXTORT

 

WITH EYES AND MINDS

CLOAKED BLIND

FROM WOOL

AND ALL THE BULL

(DANCERS pull spun wool over their eyes)

 

SHEAR, PULL,

SPIN THE WOOL

(Timed to the movie showing these actions)

BAAH, BAAH, BAAH

(Sound of sheep from the movie)

SHEAR, PULL,

SPIN THE WOOL

BAAH, BAAH, BAAH

(Sound of sheep from the movie and DANCERS)

The CUSTOMERS clap and THE TRIUMVIRATE return to their places at their table next to TEMPTATION. The stage is darkened to introduce the next evening)

 

 

Scene 7

 

(The restaurant is closed, all the CUSTOMERS have left and the lunch rush is over. This transition time is used to prepare for the dinner crowd. INNOCENCE and TEMPTATION are finishing cleaning tables and setting up for the evening shift. TEMPTATION’S friends THE TRIUMVIRATE, who had been there during lunch, wait for HER to finish HER shift. GENUS DEI / AMANTIA is at the staff table having a coffee, while NARRATOR / VOICE OF REASON  helps out EGNATIUS ready the bar for the evening.

 

 

 

INNOCENCE

(INNOCENCE makes HER way towards GENUS DEI / AMANTIA)

CAN I GET YOU ANYTHING G D?

(SHE picks up the empty cup of coffee in front of HIM).

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

            (Pause as HE thinks. Then responding with a smile)

THANKS INNOCENCE, BUT IT’S ALMOST TIME TO OPEN FOR OUR EVENING SHIFT, SO MAYBE JUST A PICK-ME-UP.  I’M FEELING A BIT WORN OUT FROM COOKING LUNCHES, SO ANYTHING THAT WILL MAKE ME FEEL YOUNG, LIKE A CHILD. I WANT TO EXPERIENCE THE WONDERMENT AND NEWNESS A CHILD FEELS WHEN THEY SEE SOMETHING FOR THE FIRST TIME.

(Adding laughter as a tease, knowing the task is impossible, while he speaks)

 

 

INNOCENCE

(Because of HER innocence SHE takes G D seriously)

I DON’T KNOW IF WE HAVE ANYTHING LIKE THAT, BUT I’LL ASK EGNATIUS TO PUT TOGETHER SOMETHING FOR YOU THAT WILL DO THE TRICK.

(INNOCENCE goes to EGNATIUS and asks him for the shot. With sweetness and unknowingness in her voice)

EGNATIUS, DO WE HAVE ANY KIND OF SHOT THAT CAN MAKE G D FEEL YOUNG AGAIN?

 

 

EGNATIUS

(Replying with a hearty laugh at her strange request)

NOTHING LIKE THAT INNOCENCE, BUT I CAN MAKE YOU ONE OF TEMPTATION’S TRUTH SHOTS.

 

 

INNOCENCE

OKAY, I’VE NEVER HEARD OF THAT BEFORE, BUT GO AHEAD; I’LL TAKE HIM ONE OF THOSE.

 

 

EGNATIUS

(Makes up the shot and gives it to INNOCENCE)

HERE YOU GO INNOCENCE

 

 

INNOCENCE

(Having never tried the truth shot before and being curious, INNOCENCE secretly takes a sip with a straw. SHE returns to GENUS DEI / AMANTIA with the shot, and as SHE places the shot in front of HIM, SHE suddenly begins to open up to GENUS DEI / AMANTIA. Super 8 Movie 7 begins and shows a curious, trusting and vulnerable INNOCENCE in a fairytale setting cast inside a protective bubble, with a knight on horseback rescuing her from constant waiting on damaged and hurt feelings. Fearing to enter the realm of trust again, she is surrounded by protection in the form of a fantasy, unicorns, castles and rainbows)

I FEEL STRANGE. OH MY GOODNESS, WHERE DO I BEGIN?

(Moving to center stage, SHE begins her song – Love is Love with a magical feel as in Disney’s Snow White).

I GIVE MYSELF PERMISSION

TO SEE INSIDE MY MIND

I MUST NOT HIDE OR BE BLIND

EXCITED LIKE A CHILD

YET NOT QUITE GROWN UP

MY LOVING CUP

MUST BREAK

TO KEEP MY HEART FROM ACHE

 

 

DANCERS AND SINGERS

(Dressed as cooks, and wanting to have a break before the dinner crowd arrives, enter from the kitchen. THEY join in with the chorus. Timed to the Super 8 Movie 3)

ENCHANTED BUBBLE

OF UNFULLFILLED DREAMS

STARDUST, WONDER AND SUNBEAMS

BEAUTY AND SIMPLICITY

TAKE YOUR MYSTICAL CERTAINTY

AND MAKE YOUR LOVE WORK PERFECTLY

 

 

INNOCENCE

I’VE FOLLOWED MY INSTINCT

BUT KNOW NOT WHERE I GO

WHERE I END UP

I WANT TO KNOW

 

I VIEW THE WORLD AS TENDER

AND NOW I NEED A DEFENDER

SO MY HEART IN NEED

CAN STOP THE BLEED

 

THERE’S MAGIC IN LOVE

IT’S ALL I HAVE TO REALIZE

WHO I AM NOW

IS ALL I HAVE TO LOVE

LOVE IS LOVE

WHO I AM NOW

IS ALL I HAVE TO LOVE

 

CASTLES AND KNIGHTS

AND DREAMS JUST SEEM

ILLUSIONS AVAILABLE WITHIN ME

THESE CRIES FOR LOVE I DO TO ME

I NEED TRUST AND SOMEONE

TO SHOW ME THE KEY

A READINESS I WILL ACCEPT

ON THESE CROSSROADS I INTERCEPT

THERE IS NO TIME TO THINK AND WAIT

I MUST SEE AND OPEN THE GATE

 

 

DANCERS AND SINGERS

            (Timed to the Super 8 Movie 7)

ENCHANTED BUBBLE

OF UNFULLFILLED DREAMS

STARDUST, WONDER AND SUNBEAMS

BEAUTY AND SIMPLICITY

TAKE YOUR MYSTICAL CERTAINTY

AND MAKE YOUR LOVE WORK PERFECTLY

 

 

INNOCENCE

THERE’S MAGIC IN LOVE

IT’S ALL I HAVE TO REALIZE

WHO I AM NOW

IS ALL I HAVE TO LOVE

LOVE IS LOVE

LOVE IS LOVE

LOVE IS LOVE

 

MY REMEDY IS SIMPLE I’M SURE

LOVE HAS TO BE THE CURE

MAKE A DIFFERENCE IN MY MIND

BE FREE, EQUAL AND KIND

THE MORE I BELIEVE IN TRUTH

THE MORE I WILL TRANSFORM

MY YOUTH

WITH ALL THAT EXISTS

JOY AND LOVE THAT PERSISTS

I AM FREE TO BE

ALL THAT IS IN ME

 

 

DANCERS AND SINGERS

            (Timed to the Super 8 Movie 7)

ENCHANTED BUBBLE

OF UNFULLFILLED DREAMS

STARDUST, WONDER AND SUNBEAMS

BEAUTY AND SIMPLICITY

TAKE YOUR MYSTICAL CERTAINTY

AND MAKE YOUR LOVE WORK PERFECTLY

 

 

INNCOCENCE

THERE’S MAGIC IN LOVE

IT’S ALL I HAVE TO REALIZE

WHO I AM NOW

IS ALL I HAVE TO LOVE

LOVE IS LOVE

LOVE IS LOVE

LOVE IS LOVE

 

(The DANCERS AND SINGERS return to the kitchen while INNOCENCE approaches GENUS DEI /AMANTIA with a softness and grace in her voice)

I’M SO SORRY G D; I DON’T KNOW WHAT CAME OVER ME.

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

(HE steps up to console INNOCENCE and places his hands on her upper arms, then HE moves to center stage to sing his song Searching– contralto Part 1. Movie 8, Part 1 begins and shows dark skies, and a series of bells ringing, timed to the song. It also shows people searching in their lives for their purpose, dressed and made-up as a deck of cards. Weather they are on holidays in a tourist destination, in a casino waiting for the big win, refugees searching for a home or even people searching for lost love in their relationship or for a new baby, the cards shuffle amongst the choices. TEMPTATION and THE TRIUMVIRATE, noticing their communication rise from their chairs and begin to make their way closer, so as to be a part of what INNOCENCE and GENUS DEI / AMANTIA are saying to each other)

THERE IS NO APOLOGY NEEDED INNOCENCE. I TOO HAVE CHOICES THAT ARE TORMENTING ME.

 

INSIDE A SOFT RAIN

HIDES MY TEARS AND INNER PAIN

A DECISION I MUST MAKE

WILL TEAR ME APART

AND MAKE ME BREAK

 

MY WORLD WILL CRUMBLE

LEAVING ME HUMBLE

WITH THE FINAL OUTCOME

BEING WHO I BECOME

 

ALL THESE YEARS,

I JUST KNOW I’M SEARCHING

FOR ANSWERS,

NOT FEARS

LIFE’S DEALT ME

A CARD GAME OF CHANCE

(Scene from the movie, timed to the music)

WHAT TO DO WITH IT

IS THE DANCE

 

ALL MY THOUGHTS OF BAD OR GOOD

MANIFEST

AND MAKE ME MISUNDERSTOOD

THIS ENERGY I FEEL DEEP INSIDE,

SCARES ME

AS DOES MY HIDDEN GAY REALITY

I HAVE NO CONTROL

I CAN ONLY PLEA

TAKE THIS PLIGHT AWAY FROM ME

 

(Musical interlude)

 

AMANTIA

(Searching Part 2 – Soprano, as HE shows HIS feminine side to the audience)

 

AM I RINGING THESE BELLS OF HELL?

(Sound of bells ringing – like the opening of Disney’s Bells of The Hunchback of Notre Dame)

WAS I TAUGHT FOR NAUGHT?

WAS WHAT I LEARNED ALL WRONG?

(Sound of bells ringing, gong, gong, gong)

WHAT IF THOSE WHO TAUGHT ME WERE WRONG?

AND ALL I DID WAS YEARN TO BELONG?

(Sound of bells ringing, gong, gong, gong)

WAS IT SLEUTHING THAT TAUGHT MY YOUTH?

HOW DO I KNOW THE TRUTH?

DO I BELIEVE WHAT I HEAR IN MY HEAD?

OR THE FEELINGS FROM MY BODY INSTEAD?

(Sound of bells ringing, gong, gong, gong)

RAISE THE CLOAK OF SPELLS

AND FREE ME FROM THESE BELLS OF HELL

(Sound of bells ringing, gong, gong, gong and musical interlude)

 

I MUST BE STRONG,

BECAUSE EVERYTHING HERE MAY BE WRONG

 

 

INNOCENCE

(SHE responds to GENUS DEI / AMANTIA in a song called Choices with a tempo and kindness as in Julie Andrews’s songs. Super 8 Movie 8, Part 2 begins and shows images of strength in purpose touched by kindness)

DO NOT FEAR, YOUR CHOICE IS CLEAR

FREEDOM IS WHAT YOU HOLD DEAR

YOUR FATE IS AN OPEN GATE

AND THERE IS NO SET DATE

UNWRAP YOUR MIND

RIGHT NOW YOU’RE BLIND

BELIEVE IN YOURSELF

BELIEVE, G D, BELIEVE

 

(Whistling and humming the previous two lines)

 

CHOICES ARE A GAME

AND COURAGE YOU WILL CLAIM

LIVING SHOWS THE WAY

HOW BALANCE IS A BALLET

WISDOM FROM WITHIN

IS THERE FOR YOU TO WIN

FIND LOVE FOR YOURSELF

REARRANGE YOUR EARTHLY SHELF

BELIEVE IN YOURSELF

BELIEVE, G D, BELIEVE

 

(Whistling and humming the previous two lines)

 

LISTEN TO YOUR HEART

EVERYTHING HAS ITS START

SURRENDER NOT YOUR CHOICE

OR THE SILENCE FROM YOUR VOICE

DON’T CONTEMPLATE OR HESITATE

YOUR CHILD WITHIN

NEEDS A FRIEND

FIND LOVE FOR YOURSELF

REARRAGE YOUR EARTHLY SHELF

BELIEVE IN YOURSELF

BELIEVE, G D, BELIEVE

 

(Whistling and humming the previous two lines)

 

 

TEMPTATION and THE TRIUMVIRATE

(THE TRIUMVIRATE and TEMPTATION step up and TEMPTATION interrupts INNOCENCE before SHE finishes whistling and humming. At first, TEMPTATION tempts GENUS DEI / AMANTIA with seduction and gifts, through the song – Weakness. When GENUS DEI / AMANTIA rebukes TEMPTATION’S offer, SHE verbally abuses GENUS DEI / AMANTIA. GENUS DEI / AMANTIA recoils with surprise and shrinks to a crouch as her words wound him. With his back towards the AUDIENCE, Super 8 Movie 8, Part 3 begins with TEMPTATION’S offers and then morphs into darkness approaching, turmoil and anger timed to the song. THE TRIUMVIRATE tap dance intermittently as a tease while TEMPTATION queries GENUS DEI/ AMANTIA)

ARE YOU WHINING ABOUT YOUR PLIGHT?

LET ME TEMPT YOU WITH WHAT I MIGHT

 

I CAN GIVE YOU YOUTH,

MADE FROM VERMOUTH AND TRUTH

(Pointing to the bar area)

 

HAPPINESS

YOU CAN EVOKE,

BY PUFFING ON THIS SMOKE

(Holding up a pipe taken from her pocket)

 

OR POWER,

YOU CAN WIELD FROM A TOWER

(Timed to the movie)

HOW ABOUT GOLD

FOR YOUR BILLFOLD?

(Timed to the movie)

ALL WITH NO GUILT,

OR EMOTIONS SPILT

 

TELL ME WHAT YOU NEED

IT’S JUST PART OF GREED

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

(Looking incensed)

GO AWAY

TAKE YOUR DECAY

ALL YOU OFFER

IS A HOLLOW COFFER

 

 

TEMPTATION

(Feeling and expressing anger from the rejection)

YOU’RE SO ABSTRUSE

EVERYTHING TO YOU

IS AN EXCUSE

 

YOUR MIND IS SOFT DOUGH,

……I ASSUME YOU KNOW?

 

AND YOUR WORDS

ARE CONTRITE

 

WEAK

AND FULL OF FRIGHT

 

YOU CAN’T DO ANYTHING RIGHT

AND YOUR THOUGHTS ARE DARK AS NIGHT

 

YOU MUST HAVE ICE WATER

RUNNING THROUGH YOUR VEINS

I CAN SEE, NO BLOODSTAINS

WILL BE YOUR REMAINS

 

IF YOUARE MISUNDERSTOOD

WHERE HIDES THE FALSEHOOD?

 

WHAT’S THE MATTER?

 

IS IT YOUR FEAR OF MANHOOD?

(GENUS DEI / AMANTIA crouches in fear and hides his head)

 

GO AHEAD

CROUCH IN FEAR

 

YOUR LIFE

IS NOT THAT GREAT

 

I’D EVEN CALL IT

SECOND RATE

 

BE A MAN

WITH STRENGTH

 

SPEAK UP!

 

SHARE YOURSELF AT LENGTH

IF YOU HAVE GUTS

 

……….OR ARE YOU JUST NUTS?

 

(Sound of Hell’s bells ringing, gong, gong, gong)

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

(Searching, Part 3 – Contralto voice. Suddenly GENUS DEI feels his anger as it begins to grow inside him. HE begins his recoil slowly as HE sings in a low contralto guttural voice with anger. The energy at the base of his spine becomes visible and slowly moves up his back towards his head. HE turns towards TEMPTATION and the AUDIENCE and the anger shoots out his eyes in a monstrous rage. Lights in the restaurant flicker from the negative energy)

 

MY OUTSIDE

IS NOT MY INSIDE

AS YOUR THOUGHTS LEED YOU….

TO CONSTRUE

HOW DARE YOU?

(Starting to slowly rise up from his crouching position)

TAUNTING TO COMPARE

YOU DEMEAN

AND STARE

(Turning towards TEMPTATION)

WITH EMPTY WORDS

ON AIR

WHAT MAKES YOU THINK….

YOU ARE SO AWARE?

GET BACK!

(Staring at TEMPTATAION with anger)

BEWARE!

MY PATIENCE IS ABOUT TO CRACK

LIKE THE STRAW

ON A CAMEL’S BACK

FIX YOUR LIFE

BEFORE YOU FIX ME

GIVE ME RESPECT

OR YOU WILL SEE

(Sound of Hell’s bells ringing, gong, gong, gong)

WHAT IS THIS….

I FEEL RISING INSIDE OF ME?

(The energy at the base of his spine becomes visible and slowly moves up his back towards his head and the sound of Hell’s bells ringing, gong, gong, gong increase)

GET BACK!

(Anger shoots out his eyes).

GET BACK!

(Sound of Hell’s bells ringing, gong, gong, gong).

 

 

TEMPTATION

(With a fearful scream, SHE flees to THE TRIUMVIRATE and points in GENUS DEI / AMANTIA’S direction. Meanwhile INNOCENCE moves closer to GENUS DEI and tries to console and understand him. INNOCENCE listens to GENUS DEI’S regrets).

 

 

GENUS DEI /AMANTIA

(Searching – Part 4, singing soprano and showing HIS feminine side, sinks, kneeling slowly and acknowledges to himself an apology with regret)

WHAT HAVE I DONE?

I DID NOT MEAN WHAT WAS SEEN

I HAVE NO CONTROL

AND FEAR THIS POWER FROM WITHIN

WHAT’S WRONG WITH MY SOUL?

(Pause as GENUS DEI / AMANTIA considers HIS options. HE changes back to HIS masculine self and sings contralto)

NOW I WILL BEGIN

TO FREEZE THIS INFERNO WITHIN

KEEPING EVERYONE SAFE FROM JEAPORDY

WITH A LOCK ON THIS ENERGY

FORGET ALL I KNOW AND FEEL

WHILE TAKING TIME TO HEAL

 

 

NARRATOR / VOICE OF REASON

(Stepping up to GENUS DEI / AMANTIA with strength and forcefulness in his voice. INNOCENCE, visibly shaken, but still somewhat concerned and puzzled, leaves GENUS DEI / AMANTIA and returns to a safe place by her work station)

ALL THINGS BEING EQUAL

HERE IS YOUR DEAL

IN ORDER TO BE WHOLE

CEDE YOUR SOUL

CONTROL YOUR THOUGHTS

UNTIE THE KNOTS

OF LIVING LIES

OPEN YOUR EYES

TO NEW BLUE SKIES

ACCEPT YOURSELF, DON’T AGONIZE

THIS IS NOT A TEST

OR A NEW QUEST

BE A PHOENIX AND REPRISE

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

(Looking sheepish, HE moves from center stage and takes a seat at the staff table by himself. CONTROL from the TRIUMVIRATE approaches GENUS DEI / AMANTIA. NARRATOR / VOICE OF REASON moves towards the staff table and stands close by. EGNATIUS, sensing trouble, moves from behind the bar towards the staff table)

 

 

CONTROL

(To GENUS DEI / AMANTIA with a raised voice, much anger and emotion)

YOU SCARED TEMPTATION HALF TO DEATH!

(CONTROL clenches HIS fist and slugs GENUS DEI / AMANTIA in the face, throws him off balance, and HE falls from his chair to the floor)

 

 

NARRATOR / VOICE OF REASON AND EGNATIUS

(THEY run to help GENUS DEI / AMANTIA back up onto HIS chair and grab CONTROL to calm him down and subdue HIM)

 

 

           EGNATIUS

(To CONTROL with force and conviction)

YOU AND YOUR FRIENDS ARE OUT OF HERE. LEAVE NOW!

(THE TRIUMVIRATE leave the restaurant and TEMPTATION leaves through the kitchen door)

 

 

EGNATIUS

(To GENUS DEI / AMANTIA, concerned)

ARE YOU ALL RIGHT G D?

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

I’M FINE, THANKS. JUST A LITTLE SHOOK UP. NO WORRIES, I’LL BE GOOD AS NEW IN NO TIME. THANK YOU BOTH FOR HELPING ME.

(EGNATIUS AND CONTROL all return to THEIR areas. The lights fade to black so as to begin another evening. NARRATOR / VOICE OF REASON moves to center stage)

 

 

Scene 8

 

 

NARRATOR / VOICE OF REASON

(A spotlight reveals NARRATOR / VOICE OF REASON)

ONE VERY UNUSUAL WEEK DAY EVENING, CLOSE TO CLOSING, GENUS DEI /AMANTIA WAS WAITING FOR THE LAST FEW DINERS TO FINISH SO HE COULD CLOSE THE RESTAURANT AND HEAD HOME.

(GENUS DEI / AMANTIA enters into the dining room from the kitchen)

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

(The lights are raised to create a softness permeated with peacefulness. As HE steps into the dining room, there is an unmistakable white haze floating and moving throughout the room. ORPHEUS is singing Make It With You by Bread and Fire And Rain by James Taylor in the background. The conversations continue over the music. INNOCENCE approaches GENUS DEI / AMANTIA. The remaining CUSTOMERS in the dining room have a blissful look on THEIR faces and there seems to be a light in THEIR eyes as they look around the restaurant, not believing what they are seeing)

 

 

“Make It With You” by Bread ©

HEY, HAVE YOU EVER TRIED
REALLY REACHING OUT FOR THE OTHER SIDE
I MAY BE CLIMBING RAINBOWS
BUT BABY, HERE GOES

DREAMS, THEY’RE FOR THOSE WHO SLEEP
LIFE IS FOR US TO KEEP
AND IF YOU’RE WONDERING WHAT THIS SONG IS LEADING TO
I WANT TO MAKE IT WITH YOU
I REALLY THINK THAT WE COULD MAKE IT, NOW

NO, YOU DON’T KNOW ME WELL
IN EVERY LITTLE THING ONLY TIME WILL TELL
BUT YOU BELIEVE THE THINGS THAT I DO
AND WE’LL SEE IT THROUGH

LIFE CAN BE SHORT OR LONG
LOVE CAN BE RIGHT OR WRONG
AND IF I CHOSE THE ONE I’D LIKE TO HELP ME THROUGH
I’D LIKE TO MAKE IT WITH YOU
I REALLY THINK THAT WE COULD MAKE IT, NOW

BABY, YOU KNOW THAT DREAMS, THEY’RE FOR THOSE WHO SLEEP
LIFE IS FOR US TO KEEP
AND IF I CHOSE THE ONE I’D LIKE TO HELP ME THROUGH
I’D LIKE TO MAKE IT WITH YOU
I REALLY THINK THAT WE COULD MAKE IT, NOW

 

 

 

INNOCENCE

(To GENUS DEI / AMANTIA)

HAS THE EXHAUST FAN BEEN SHUT OFF IN THE KITCHEN? IT LOOKS LIKE THE SMOKE FROM THE GRILL MAY BE BACKING UP AND COMING INTO THE DINING ROOM.

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

AS A MATTER OF FACT INNOCENCE, THE GRILL WAS SHUT OFF AND CLEANED AN HOUR AGO AND BOTH THE EXHAUST FAN AND THE AIR CONDITIONER ARE STILL ON.

(INNOCENCE looking surprised by the statement and not believing it, walks into the kitchen to verify GENUS DEI / AMANTIA. SHE returns shortly)

 

 

INNOCENCE

I DIDN’T BELIEVE YOU G D, BUT YOU’RE RIGHT. WHAT IS THIS WHITE HAZE AND HOW IS THIS HAPPENING? IT DOESN’T SMELL LIKE SMOKE, AND THERE’S NO FIRE.

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

I’M NOT SURE INNOCENCE, BUT LOOK AT THE CUSTOMERS. THEY LOOK LIKE THEY’RE EXPERIENCING AN INTENSE MOMENT, OUT OF THE BLUE. I DON’T UNDERSTAND THIS PHENONEMA OR HOW THIS IS HAPPENING. ALL I KNOW IS THAT I AM FEELING THIS MOMENT TOO. HOW DO YOU FEEL INNOCENCE?

 

 

“Fire And Rain” By James Taylor ©

JUST YESTERDAY MORNING, THEY LET ME KNOW YOU WERE GONE.
RICHARD, THE PLANS THEY MADE PUT AN END TO YOU.
I WALKED OUT THIS MORNING AND I WROTE DOWN THIS SONG,
I JUST CAN’T REMEMBER WHO TO SEND IT TO.
I’VE SEEN FIRE AND I’VE SEEN RAIN. I’VE SEEN SUNNY DAYS THAT I THOUGHT WOULD NEVER END.
I’VE SEEN LONELY TIMES WHEN I COULD NOT FIND A FRIEND, BUT I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT I’D SEE YOU AGAIN.

WON’T YOU LOOK DOWN UPON ME, JESUS, YOU’VE GOT TO HELP ME MAKE A STAND.
YOU’VE JUST GOT TO SEE ME THROUGH ANOTHER DAY.
MY BODY’S ACHING AND MY TIME IS AT HAND AND I WON’T MAKE IT ANY OTHER WAY.
OH, I’VE SEEN FIRE AND I’VE SEEN RAIN. I’VE SEEN SUNNY DAYS THAT I THOUGHT WOULD NEVER END.
I’VE SEEN LONELY TIMES WHEN I COULD NOT FIND A FRIEND, BUT I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT I’D SEE YOU AGAIN.

BEEN WALKING MY MIND TO AN EASY TIME, MY BACK TURNED TOWARDS THE SUN.
LORD KNOWS WHEN THE COLD WIND BLOWS IT’LL TURN YOUR HEAD AROUND.
WELL, THERE’S HOURS OF TIME ON THE TELEPHONE LINE TO TALK ABOUT THINGS TO COME.
SWEET DREAMS AND FLYING MACHINES IN PIECES ON THE GROUND.

OH, I’VE SEEN FIRE AND I’VE SEEN RAIN. I’VE SEEN SUNNY DAYS THAT I THOUGHT WOULD NEVER END.
I’VE SEEN LONELY TIMES WHEN I COULD NOT FIND A FRIEND, BUT I ALWAYS THOUGHT THAT I’D SEE YOU BABY, ONE MORE TIME AGAIN, NOW.

THOUGHT I’D SEE YOU ONE MORE TIME AGAIN.
THERE’S JUST A FEW THINGS COMING MY WAY THIS TIME AROUND, NOW.
THOUGHT I’D SEE YOU, THOUGHT I’D SEE YOU, FIRE AND RAIN, NOW.

 

 

INNOCENCE

IT MAKES ME FEEL LIKE ‘I’M FEELING’ FOR THE FIRST TIME IN MY LIFE. I’M PEACEFUL, (Pause) VERY PEACEFUL.

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

I FEEL THIS MOMENT TOO. TO ME IT FEELS LIKE ‘THE PEACE THAT PASSES ALL UNDERSTANDING’.

(The lights fade to black as the NARRATOR / VOICE OF REASON takes center stage to introduce the final evening)

 

 

Scene 9

 

 

 

NARRATOR / VOICE OF REASON

THIS, OUR FINAL EVENING, FINDS EVERYONE IN THE EARLY HOURS OF THE MORNING. THE RESTAURANT HAS BEEN CLOSED FOR AWHILE AND THERE ARE JUST A FEW CUSTOMERS, STAFF AND FOLKSINGERS LEFT.

 

 

ORPHEUS AND GIVER OF GRACE

(THEY, step forward to take center stage to do a duet together called Summer Breeze, by Seals and Crofts)

 

“SUMMER BREEZE” BY SEAL AND CROFTS ©

 

SEE THE CURTAINS HANGIN’ IN THE WINDOW
IN THE EVENING ON A FRIDAY NIGHT
A LITTLE LIGHT A-SHININ’ THROUGH THE WINDOW
LETS ME KNOW EVERYTHING’S ALL RIGHT

SUMMER BREEZE MAKES ME FEEL FINE
BLOWIN’ THROUGH THE JASMINE IN MY MIND

SUMMER BREEZE MAKES ME FEEL FINE
BLOWIN’ THROUGH THE JASMINE IN MY MIND

SEE THE PAPER LAYIN’ ON THE SIDEWALK
A LITTLE MUSIC FROM THE HOUSE NEXT DOOR
SO I WALK ON UP TO THE DOORSTEP
THROUGH THE SCREEN AND ACROSS THE FLOOR

SUMMER BREEZE MAKES ME FEEL FINE
BLOWIN’ THROUGH THE JASMINE IN MY MIND

SUMMER BREEZE MAKES ME FEEL FINE
BLOWIN’ THROUGH THE JASMINE IN MY MIND

SWEET DAYS OF SUMMER, THE JASMINE’S IN BLOOM
JULY IS DRESSED UP AND PLAYING HER TUNE
AND I COME HOME FROM A HARD DAY’S WORK
AND YOU’RE WAITIN’ THERE
NOT A CARE IN THE WORLD

SEE THE SMILE AWAITIN’ IN THE KITCHEN
THROUGH COOKIN’ AND THE PLATES FOR TWO
FEEL THE ARMS THAT REACH OUT TO HOLD ME
IN THE EVENING WHEN THE DAY IS THROUGH

SUMMER BREEZE MAKES ME FEEL FINE
BLOWIN’ THROUGH THE JASMINE IN MY MIND

SUMMER BREEZE MAKES ME FEEL FINE
BLOWIN’ THROUGH THE JASMINE IN MY MIND

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DISGUISE / EVIL

(As the FOLKSINGERS finish singing Summer Breeze, the remaining few CUSTOMERS clap hands in appreciation and then get up from their tables to leave. The FOLKSINGERS pack up THEIR guitars and leave through the front door. DISGUISE / EVIL, approaches the Super 8 projector, and Super 8 Movie 9 begins automatically with the wave of HER hand. Also, HER disguise as a server is stripped away; leaving an ominous, frightening presence. SHE is dressed in black and white ‘ice’ ribbons flowing from her snake skin body costume. Lighting is in violets and heavy blues. Super 8 Movie 9 depicts darkening clouds, windy scenes and turmoil. Also projected on the screen are three hooded shadow ghosts who have a demonic presence, weaving in and out of the remaining customers who are in the restaurant. They are only visible on the screen, but their actions and effects show up on INNOCENCE and some of the CUSTOMERS who are leaving. Green florescence which is shown on the shadow ghost’s hooded costumes, shows up on CUSTOMERS, INNOCENCE and items when they are touched. The CUSTOMERS actions include, tripping and falling, being pushed or pulled, with no one seemingly there to do the actions. The music starts with heavy organ from Toccata and Fugue and transitions to Vivaldi’s Storm for DISGUISE / EVIL’S high energy song called Darkness and Light. The lights are dimmed with a floating action to the scenes from Super 8 Movie 9, as DISGUISE / EVIL moves towards GENUS DEI / AMANTIA and INNOCENCE)

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA watches closely from HIS table, but as DISGUISE / EVIL displays her recklessness, GENUS DEI /AMANTIA confronts DISGUISE / EVIL)

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

(To NARRATOR / VOICE OF REASON)

WHAT JUST HAPPENED? THAT’S ENOUGH OF THESE FUN AND GAMES!

(Motioning towards EVIL and her shadow ghost’s actions)

DISGUISE / EVIL IS BAD NEWS.

 

NARRATOR / VOICE OF REASON

WE HAVE TO CONFRONT HER NOW, AND QUICKLY! G D, I’LL PROTECT INNOCENCE. IT’S TIME YOU CONFRONTED DISGUISE / EVIL.

(GENUS DEI / AMANTIA jumps towards DISGUISE / EVIL. NARRATOR / VOICE OF REASON moves towards INNOCENCE to protect HER, but not quite before DISGUISE / EVIL)

 

 

 

DISGUISE / EVIL

(Approaches INNOCENCE – Spoken)

I’M A SIGHT

AND NOTHING BRIGHT

JUST YOUR WORST FRIGHT

AND BARREN AS BLIGHT

I MAKE DEAD MEN RISE, THEN COME ALIVE

(Gesturing with her hand towards Super 8 Movie 9 on the screen, dead men rise and come alive. The next three lines DISGUISE / EVIL looks at INNOCENCE psychically)

DOUBT YOURSELF

AND YOU’LL NEVER THRIVE

FEAR IS YOUR PERSONAL DRIVE

 

I HAVE RESONANCE

THAT YOU WON’T LIKE TO FEEL

AND INVISIBLE TOUCHES

THAT WILL MAKE YOU KNEEL

(INNOCENCE, holding a tray with a drink on it, looks around and moves uncomfortably as if someone invisible had grabbed her and forced her to squirm and kneel. SHE lets out a scream)

TRUST ME

(Laughing hauntingly)

HA, HA, HA, HA, HA

I’M EVIL AS CAN BE

(INNOCENCE moves towards NARRATOR / VOICE OF REASON for protection, but as SHE gets close to HIM, DISGUISE /EVIL waves her hand and the drink on INNOCENCE’S tray jumps off and hits the floor. INNOCENCE screams again in fear. EVIL not satisfied with the fear SHE’S created continues to wreak havoc with a sweep of her hand towards the liquor bottles on the shelves behind the bar. With each wave of her hand, something goes array. Liquor bottles explode, the carousel slide projector starts and one by one, the slides shoot into the air. CUSTOMERS run from the restaurant or trip and fall from the shadow ghost’s evil)

 

 

DISGUISE / EVIL

(Approaches GENUS DEI / AMANTIA and begins a duet with HER song called Darkness and Light)

LISTEN CLOSELY TO MY SOUND

(Heavy organ with drums, eerie sounds)

IT’S DARKNESS FROM DEEP IN THE GROUND

(Deep rumbling)

UNLIKE THOSE WHO ARE CROWNED

(Trumpets sounding)

MY POWER IS UNBOUND

(Laughing hauntingly again, raising her arms and hands in a sweeping motion, heavy thunder. The next six lines looking GENUS DEI / AMANTIA in the eyes, with perception and HER psychic stare)

I SEE YOUR TOMORROW

STRENGTH YOU’LL NEED TO BORROW

BEFORE YOU CAN FARROW

IT WILL BE FORTY YEARS

OF SWEAT AND TEARS

TO YOUR DREAM OF NO SORROW

 

 

GENUS DEI /AMANTIA

(Contralto, strong, powerful, but calm; to EVIL)

I AM THE BALANCE THAT MAKES YOU EXIST

AND YOUR MIRROR OF FEAR IS A MIST

A DELUSION FOR CONFUSION

TRUE POWER IS WITHIN

YOU CANNOT WIN

YOUR POWER IS A DISGUISE

LIKE SEEING MY PAST AND FUTURE

THAT ARE NOT WISE

 

THERE IS ONLY HERE AND NOW TO BEGIN

THE REMEDY WE FACE

FOR ALL SIN

 

YOU MAY HAVE FOUND YOUR TRUE PURPOSE

MAKING PEOPLE WEAK AND NERVOUS

 

BUT NOW IT’S TIME

TO TAKE AWAY

YOUR HABEAS CORPUS

 

 

 

DISGUISE / EVIL

(To GENUS DEI / AMANTIA tauntingly)

TO DENY ME IS TO DENY GOOD

DON’T YOU WISH YOU COULD?

 

YOU WON’T ESCAPE WHAT YOU ARE DUE

WHEN YOUR HONESTY IS SUNG IN BLUE

 

REVEALING WHAT EVERYONE KNEW

WILL LEAVE YOU A DERILICT IN DESPAIR

AND SO, SO DESOLATE

 

LIKE STRINGS OVERSTRUNG,

YOU’LL BE A SONG UNSUNG

 

LACK OF LOVE

IS YOUR SYMPHONY

MORE LOVE

IS YOUR ONLY SYMMETRY

THIS ILLUSION I SEED

NEEDS SURRENDER DECREED

 

 

DISGUISE / EVIL and GENUS DEI /AMANTIA

(Duet together)

WE’RE IN AGREEMENT THEN

(While facing each other, a penetrating white light becomes visible slowly emanating from GENUS DEI / AMANTIA’S chest)

WE WILL BE IN HEAVEN

WHEN WE LEARN

TO LOVE HELL

WHERE MINDS

OF NO RESISTANCE DWELL

 

WHEN WE LOVE AS MUCH AS WE CAN

FROM WHEREVER WE BEGAN

AND DIFFERENCES IN OTHERS

ARE LOVED LIKE BABIES

BY MOTHERS

 

DARKNESS IS JUST A VENEER

HIDING LIGHT THAT IS CLEAR

 

DARKNESS IS CONTRACTION

LIGHTNESS AN EXPANSION

 

JUST BELIEVE

THAT ON ALL LEVELS

WE’RE INTER-DEPENDENT VESSELS

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

(Starting to beam with bright light from HIS chest, to DISGUISE / EVIL)

DISAPPOINTING NEWS

YOU HAVE NO OUT

BUT TO CHOOSE

(Pointing at DISGUISE / EVIL)

 

WHEN WE LOVE ENOUGH

WE CONQUER YOUR EVIL’S BLUFF

REVERSE YOUR NAME

TO DISCOVER ‘LIVE’

NEVER FORGET

OUR PURPOSE IS TO ‘GIVE’

TAKE YOUR FALSE SALVATION RUSE

THIS PARTING YOU CAN’T REFUSE

 

BE GONE, BE GONE

YOU LOSE

 

BE GONE, BE GONE

YOU LOSE

(DISGUISE / EVIL and the shadow ghosts on the screen disappear with a flash of light from GENUS DEI / AMANTIA’S chest. Peace is restored. Meanwhile, EGNATIUS starts to clean up the broken glass and the few remaining CUSTOMERS restore themselves)

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LATIN LADY

(Unknowing of the past circumstances, a small LATIN LADY enters the restaurant carrying a bundle of long stem roses. With the words rolling off her tongue and a strong accent, SHE approaches the remaining guests)

R  O  S  A  S,           R  O  S  A  S.

(Pause)

R O  S  A  S,            R  O  S  A  S.

WOULD ANYONE LIKE TO BUY A MEMORY?

(The lights dim on stage, while the curtain closes to intermission)

 

INTERMISSION

Act II – One, a musical about life

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ACT II

 

SHOW TUNES NIGHT

KARAOKE NIGHT

 

 

Scene 1

 

 

NARRATOR / VOICE OF REASON

(Music Video 1 begins on the screens above the bar. The video depicts past and present highlights and recurring events of Palm Springs with uplifting music leading to the entrance of an older, but energized TEMPTATION and the first song and dance number in ACT II. The lyrics are timed to the video scenes. Everything from diversity, past and present movie stars, rejuvenating mineral waters, resorts, golf courses, snow birds, perpetual summer with warm summer nights and starry night skies, spring time citrus blossoms – at this point a light lemon and grapefruit blossom scent is added to the venting system in the theatre – free spirited people, palm trees, streets looking like parks, the Marilyn statue, Air Force One at Palm Springs International terminal, Presidents, movie stars and Royalty visiting, gays, sugar daddies,  fun at nightclubs and casinos, fine dining, sexy men, and sexy women)

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WELCOME TO PALM SPRINGS.

 

AFTER SOME ARDUOUS YEARS AND CIRCUMSTANCE, OUR CHARACTERS HAVE COME TOGETHER AGAIN. THIS TIME, THEY ARE JOINED BY SOME NEW AQUAINTANCES. TONIGHT, WE’LL MEET THEM AS WE ENTER A SMALL FUNLOVING AND SOMETIMES IRREVERANT GAY BAR, WHERE WE WILL SPEND TWO SEPARATE EVENINGS. OUR FIRST EVENING IS UNDERWAY WITH SHOWTUNES, WHILE OUR SECOND EVENING WILL IMMERSE YOU IN KARAOKE.

 

THE ROAD OF DISCOVERY IS STILL WELL TRAVELLED.

(TEMPTATION enters from stage right during the video, dressed in an updated 1940’s – 1950’s Carmen Miranda costume adorned with citrus fruit and lemon blossoms. SHE begins to sing. SHE is joined by DANCERS dressed similar, with chorus and dance. EGNATIUS and ACACIUS who are working behind the bar, place Carmen Miranda fruit hats on their heads)

TEMPTATION

(Singing the first song of ACT II – Palm Springs Hot – with a sexy Brazilian style to 1940’s music tempo)

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ON THE EDGE OF THE DESERT

LIKE A JEWEL IN THE SAND

LIES AN OASIS IN PARADISE

CLOSE AT HAND

ITS MOVIE STARS, PRESIDENTS

GLAMOUR AND MORE

FREE SPIRITS, MARILYN

ROYALTY FOR SURE

LEMON BLOSSOMS, GOLF,

PALM TREES AND STORES

SPEND YOUR TIME AND MONEY

IT’S SUMMER FOR SURE

LAY IN THE SUN

AND MINERAL WATERS WITH LORE

SEXY MEN AND WOMEN

LINED UP TO THE CORE

UNLEASH YOUR FREEDOM

ON WARM SUMMER NIGHTS

PALM SPRINGS, PALM SPRINGS

WE’VE OPENED OUR DOORS

 

DANCERS AND SINGERS, ACACIUS AND EGNATIUS

(Chorus)

 

 

SO WHERE’S THE LADIES?

AND YOUR DADDIES TOO?

(ACACIUS and EGNATIUS begin to clap their hands)

IT’S HOT! HOT! HOT!

PALM SPRINGS IS YOU!

HERE’S THE GLAMOUR

WITH ALL THE CLAMOR

SHOUT, SHOUT, SHOUT

FOR MORE

IT’S PALM SPRINGS HOT!

PALM SPRINGS HOT!

PALM SPRINGS HOT

FOR SURE!

 

DANCERS AND SINGERS

(Musical and Dance Interlude)

 

TEMPTATION

(TEMPTATION and the DANCERS having stripped away some of their costume parts as THEY sing and dance, reveal a more modern day version. The music changes to a more upbeat and modern tempo)

LOTS OF NAUGHTY

LOTS OF NICE

YOU CAN FIND YOUR HEART

AND EVEN DICE

NIGHTCLUBS, CASINOS

FINE DINING TOO

PEOPLE WATCHING, POOLS

AND A DESERT ZOO

WE’VE HOSTED LIBERACE

BARBARA FOR SURE

CARMEN MIRANDA, CHER

AND DOROTHY LAMOUR

SINATRA, ELVIS

AND SO MANY MORE

JOIN IN AND CONQUER

WE’RE THE LURE

BE VIXEN,

DEVIL OR DEMURE

EVERYONE’S WELCOME

CHEEKY OR PURE

RE-LIVE YOUR PAST

AND MAKE IT LAST

PALM SPRINGS, PALM SPRINGS

COME TAKE A TOUR

 

DANCERS AND SINGERS, ACACIUS AND EGNATIUS

(Chorus)

(ACACIUS steps forward to engage the audience in the chorus. Words for the chorus are shown on the video screen)

SO WHERE’S THE LADIES?

AND YOUR DADDIES TOO?

(ACACIUS and EGNATIUS begin to clap their hands)

IT’S HOT! HOT! HOT!

PALM SPRINGS IS YOU!

HERE’S THE GLAMOUR

WITH ALL THE CLAMOR

SHOUT, SHOUT,

SHOUT FOR MORE

IT’S PALM SPRINGS HOT!

PALM SPRINGS HOT!

PALM SPRINGS HOT

FOR SURE!

 

 

DANCERS AND SINGERS

(Musical and Dance Interlude)

 

TEMPTATION

(SHE removes the last layer of her costume to reveal a sexy, tempting and enticing woman. Tempo of the music changes again, this time with a seductive edge, to reveal her character in the musical; a modern day older Marilyn Monroe)

COME SEE AND FEEL

IT WILL OPEN YOUR MIND

ILLUSION AND REALITY

BOTH YOU’LL FIND

YOUR GATEWAY TO LIFE

IS VIRTUAL AND REAL

LOOK INSIDE

MAKE YOUR WORLD IDEAL

CHOOSE A VOICE

MAKE YOUR CHOICE

A NEW WORLD AWAITS

COME THROUGH THESE GATES

 

DANCERS AND SINGERS, ACACIUS AND EGNATIUS

(Chorus-words for the chorus are shown on the video screen)

SO WHERE’S THE LADIES?

AND YOUR DADDIES TOO?

(ACACIUS and EGNATIUS begin to clap their hands)

IT’S HOT! HOT! HOT!

PALM SPRINGS IS YOU!

HERE’S THE GLAMOUR

WITH ALL THE CLAMOR

SHOUT, SHOUT

SHOUT FOR MORE

IT’S PALM SPRINGS HOT!

PALM SPRINGS HOT!

PALM SPRINGS HOT

FOR SURE!

(ACACIUS and EGNATIUS begin to clap their hands)

HOT! HOT! HOT!

FOR SURE!

HOT! HOT! HOT!

FOR SURE!

HOT! HOT! HOT!

FOR SURE!

(TEMPTTION, DANCERS AND SINGERS exit for a costume change)

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

Show Tune music videos begin on the screens, after TEMPTATION’S Palm Springs Hot. They are played back to back with sound reduced for talking when they aren’t the main attraction. Now retired, some forty years later, but looking younger than his age, GENUS DEI / AMANTIA enters the bar. HE makes his way along the bar saying hello to friends he knows and gives warming hugs or kisses to all HE knows)

WOW, ORPHEUS, IT’S SO NICE TO SEE YOU HERE. WHAT A SURPRISE! DID YOU MOVE HERE AND HOW’S LIFE TREATING YOU THESE DAYS?

 

 

ORPHEUS / FOLKSINGER 1

YES, I MOVED HERE A FEW WEEKS AGO AND I’VE JUST BEEN SETTLING IN. AND, THINGS ARE BETTER THAN MY TIMES WHEN WE FIRST MET EACH OTHER BACK IN THE 70S, G D. I WAS IN HIDING WITH WHO I WAS BACK THEN. YOUR RESTAURANT REALLY HELPED ME GET A GRIP ON MY LIFE. I’VE NEVER SEEN, FELT OR SUNG IN ANOTHER VENUE LIKE YOURS. IT REALLY WAS MAGICAL. BUT HEY, BRINGING YOU UP TO DATE, A LITTLE SAD NEWS; I LOST RICHARD SOME TIME AGO. IT WAS LIKE TRAVELLING TO HELL TRYING TO SAVE HIM. I ENDED UP FAILING, AND GOING THROUGH A VERY DARK PERIOD.

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

I HAD NO IDEA. I’M SO SORRY TO HEAR THAT ORPHEUS. HOW ARE THINGS WITH YOU NOW?

 

 

ORPHEUS

I HAVE A MORE PEACEFUL GRIP ON WHO I AM, BUT THE STRUGGLE NEVER SEEMS TOO FAR AWAY. I’VE ADAPTED AND A LOT OF THE PAIN IS GONE. I TRY AND THINK OF HAPPY TIMES IN MY LIFE. LIKE RICHARD, AND BACK AT YOUR RESTAURANT. COME TO THINK OF IT, SOME GOOD THINGS HAVE HAPPENED SINCE THE 70S. MUSIC IS STILL A BIG PART OF MY LIFE AND I’M ENJOYING IT MORE AND MORE. ON THE NATIONAL FRONT, WE HAVE SOME PROTECTION THROUGH THE LAWS AND THERE SEEMS TO BE MORE ACCEPTANCE OUT THERE OF OUR PLIGHT. I IMAGINE IT WILL BE A LONG TIME BEFORE RACISM IS GONE, BUT WE ALL HAVE PROBLEMS. I GUESS ITS ALL GOOD GD. NEEDLESS TO SAY; IT’S WONDERFUL TO SEE YOU AGAIN. WE’LL GET TOGETHER SOON AND REALLY CATCH-UP. MEANWHILE, I’M STILL WAITING FOR BARBARA STREISAND.

(HE says with a teasing laugh. Music Video 2 begins; Barbara Streisand’s, Hello Dolly. HE hears the video begin and lets out a yelp of glee and points to the video playing)

OH MY GOD, I LOVE THIS SONG, G D!

 

CUSTOMERS

(Surrounding, begin to cheer and clap and start to sing the words along with the video playing. It becomes ‘a happening’)

HELLO DOLLY ©

[DOLLY:]
HELLO, RUDY
WELL, HELLO HARRY
IT’S SO NICE TO BE BACK HOME WHERE I BELONG
YOU ARE LOOKING SWELL, MANNY
I CAN TELL, DANNY
YOU’RE STILL GLOWIN’, YOU’RE STILL CROWIN’
YOU’RE STILL GOIN’ STRONG
I FEEL THE ROOM SWAYIN’
FOR THE BAND’S PLAYIN’
ONE OF MY OLD FAV’RITE SONGS FROM ‘WAY BACK WHEN
SO, BRIDGE THE GAP, FELLAS
FIND ME AN EMPTY LAP, FELLAS
DOLLY’LL NEVER GO AWAY AGAIN

[WAITERS:]
HELLO, DOLLY,
WELL HELLO, DOLLY,
IT’S SO NICE TO HAVE YOU BACK WHERE YOU BELONG
YOU’RE LOOKING SWELL, DOLLY,
WE CAN TELL, DOLLY,
YOU’RE STILL GLOWIN’, YOU’RE STILL CROWIN’
YOU’RE STILL GOIN’ STRONG.
WE FEEL THE ROOM SWAYIN’
FOR THE BAND’S PLAYIN’
ONE OF YOUR OLD FAV’RITE SONGS FROM ‘WAY BACK WHEN, SO….

[DOLLY:]
HERE’S MY HAT FELLAS
I’M STAYIN’ WHERE I’M AT, FELLAS

[WAITERS:]
PROMISE YOU’LL NEVER GO AWAY AGAIN

[DOLLY:]
I WENT AWAY FROM THE LIGHTS OF FOURTEENTH STREET
AND INTO MY PERSONAL HAZE
BUT NOW THAT I’M BACK IN THE LIGHTS OF 14TH STREET
TOMORROW WILL BE BRIGHTER THAN THE GOOD OLD DAYS

[WAITERS:]
THOSE GOOD OLD DAYS

[DOLLY:]
TELL ‘EM TO BE SWEET!

[WAITERS:]
HELLO, WELL HELLO DOLLY!
WELL HELLO, HEY LOOK THERE’S DOLLY!
[DOLLY:]
GLAD TO SEE YOU HANK, LET’S THANK MY LUCKY STAR

[WAITERS:]
YOUR LUCKY STAR

[DOLLY:]
YOU’RE LOOKIN’ GREAT, STANLEY
LOSE SOME WEIGHT, I THINK, I THINK YOU DID, STANLEY?
DOLLY’S OVERJOYED AND OVERWHELMED AND OVER PAR

[WAITERS:]
I HEAR THE ICE TINKLE

[DOLLY:]
DO YOU HEAR THE ICE TINKLE

[WAITERS:]
SEE THE LIGHTS TWINKLE

[DOLLY:]
CAN YOU SEE THE LIGHTS TWINKLE?

[WAITERS:]
AND YOU STILL GET GLANCES FROM US HANDSOME MEN
SO…

[DOLLY:]
LOOK AT YOU ALL, YOU’RE ALL, SO HANDSOME
GOLLY GEE, FELLAS
FIND ME A VACANT KNEE, FELLAS

[WAITERS:]
DOLLY’LL NEVER GO AWAY AGAIN

(A DANCE FOLLOWS DOLLY AND THE WAITERS)

[LOUIS:]
WELL, HELLO

[DOLLY:]
LOOK WHO’S HERE!

[LOUIS:]
DOLLY, THIS IS LOUIS

[DOLLY:]
HELLO, LOUIS!

[LOUIS:]
DOLLY,
IT’S SO NICE TO HAVE YOU BACK WHERE YOU BELONG

[DOLLY:]
I AM SO GLAD TO BE BACK!

[LOUIS:]
ARE YOU LOOKIN’ SWELL,

[DOLLY:]
THANK YOU, LOUIS!

[LOUIS:]
DOLLY!
I CAN TELL,

[DOLLY:]
DOES IT SHOW?

[LOUIS:]
DOLLY!
YOU’RE STILL GLOWIN’, YOU’RE STILL CROWIN’
YOU’RE STILL

[Both:]
UHM… GOIN’ STRONG

[LOUIS:]
I FEEL THE ROOM SWAYIN’

[DOLLY:]
PEE PEE PAH DAH PEE PAH

[LOUIS:]
AND THE BAND’S PLAYIN’

[DOLLY:]
PAH PAH DEE PAH DEE PAH PAH

[LOUIS:]
ONE OF OUR OLD FAVORITE SONGS FROM WAY BACK WHEN, SO!

 

[DOLLY:]
PAH PAH PAH PAH PAH PAH PAH
I REMEMBER IT SO, YOU’RE MY FAVORITE!

[LOUIS:]
SHOW SOME SNAP, FIND HER AN EMPTY LAP, YEAH!

[DOLLY:]
YEAHUUHM!

[BOTH:]
DOLLY’LL NEVER GO AWAY AGAIN…

[WAITERS:]
WELL, WELL HELLO, DOLLY
WELL, HELLO, DOLLY,
IT’S SO NICE TO HAVE YOU BACK WHERE YOU BELONG
YOU’RE LOOKING SWELL, DOLLY, (WOW)
WE CAN TELL, DOLLY, (WOW)
YOU’RE STILL GLOWIN’, YOU’RE STILL CROWIN’
YOU’RE STILL GOIN’ STRONG.

[WAITERS:]
I HEAR THE ICE TINKLE

[DOLLY:]
I HEAR IT TINKLE

[WAITERS:]
SEE THE LIGHTS TWINKLE

[DOLLY:]
I SEE THEM TWINKLE

[WAITERS:]
AND YOU STILL GET GLANCES FROM US HANDSOME MEN
SO…

[DOLLY:]
MMMM, WOW WOW WOW, FELLAS

[WAITERS:]
HEY, YEAH!

[DOLLY:]
LOOK AT THE OLD GIRL NOW, FELLAS

[WAITERS:]
WOW!

[DOLLY & WAITERS:]
DOLLY’LL NEVER GO AWAY AGAIN.
DOLLY’LL NEVER GO AWAY AGAIN.
DOLLY’LL NEVER GO AWAY AGAIN.

 

 

ORPHEUS / FOLKSINGER I

(When the video is finished, with a teasing smile and laugh to GENUS DEI / AMANTIA)

I LOVE ANYTHING WITH BARBARA STREISAND. OH, BY THE WAY G D, I WANT TO BE JUST LIKE YOU WHEN I GROW UP.

(With a corresponding, smile and laugh, GENUS DEI / AMANTIA moves towards the next person HE recognizes. Music Video 3 begins and is a compilation parody of Rogers and Hammerstein’s Oklahoma and Oh What a Beautiful Morning. They are the original videos with some of the words changed. Animation is introduced in the video and shows Rogers and Hammerstein waking up and rolling over as they mull the new words. Many of the CUSTOMERS know the words and THEY sing along to the videos. The bartender EGNATIUS hands out American flags or mini flashlights to the CUSTOMERS around the primary bar, so they can use them during the chorus. At one point when the words are changed to “you’re gay”, nine of the DANCERS emerge from the stage right, dressed as Supreme Court Judges and sing the words with a dance routine)

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

            (Moving along the bar as the current video plays)

GIVER OF GRACE!

(Giving her a big hug and kiss on the cheek)

I HAVEN’T SEEN OR TALKED WITH YOU IN AGES. IT’S WONDERFUL TO SEE YOU AGAIN! BOY, WHAT A NIGHT SO FAR; TALK ABOUT SYNCRONICITY! WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN AND HOW IS YOUR SINGING GOING?

 

 

GIVER OF GRACE / FOLKSINGER II

I KNOW IT’S BEEN AWHILE SINCE WE LAST TALKED…..LOTS OF STUFF HAS HAPPENED….CRAP ACTUALLY, BUT I WON’T BORE YOU WITH THE DETAILS. I’M FINE HERE.

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

A WHILE? IT’S BEEN THIRTHY-FIVE YEARS SINCE WE MET FACE TO FACE, AND I DON’T THINK YOU ARE FINE. HOW ABOUT WE GET TOGETHER TOMORROW AND YOU SPILL YOUR GUTS TO ME LIKE IN THE OLDEN DAYS?

 

 

GIVER OF GRACE/ FOLKSINGER I

YOU KNOW G D THAT SOUNDS LIKE A GREAT IDEA. HOW ABOUT TOMORROW NIGHT AT KAREOKE AND WE CAN PROCESS SOME OF MY LIFE?

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

LOVE TO, IT’S A DATE! BY THE WAY, GUESS WHO’S HERE?

 

 

GIVER OF GRACE/ FOLKSINGER I

WHO?

 

                                                GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

(GENUS DEI / AMANTIA points in the direction of ORPHEUS, sitting at the bar.

ORPHEUS! GO CATCH UP! YOU’VE GOT LOTS OF MEMORIES TO SHARE.

(GENUS DEI / AMANTIA gives another hug and kiss, and moves on to talk to BLAME SHIFTER. BLAME SHIFTER, who knows all the words to most of the Show Tunes being played, has been singing along with the videos and doing hand motions wherever possible to engage people around HIM and promote the videos. Throughout Show Tunes, BLAME SHIFTER continues with singing and actions while the videos are played. Every so often, BLAME SHIFTER blurts out the word(s) “Security”; or “Security, Security “throughout the different Show Tunes being played)

HI BLAME SHIFTER. DID YOU JUST GET IN FROM ORANGE COUNTY?

 

BLAME SHIFTER

(BLAME SHIFTER, a single, fifty-year old good looking American-Italian, has known GENUS DEI / AMANTIA for over thirty years)

HEY G D. YEAH, IT’S SO GOOD TO BE BACK. YOU KNOW I LIVE FOR MY SHOW TUNES. I WOULD HAVE BEEN HERE SOONER, BUT TRAFFIC WAS BAD AND I HAD PROBLEMS WITH MY HOTEL WHEN I CHECKED IN.

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

THAT’S TOO BAD. GETTING THINGS DONE NOW-A-DAYS ALWAYS SEEMS TO BE A LOT OF TROUBLE NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO. IS THERE ANYTHING NEW HAPPENING WITH YOU?

 

 

BLAME SHIFTER

MY BOYFRIEND DUMPED ME, OUT OF THE BLUE AND A DATE I HAD ARRANGED TO MEET, NEVER SHOWED. THERE ARE JUST SO MANY FLAKES OUT THERE. I’M A NICE GUY AND I JUST DON’T KNOW WHY I CAN’T FIND ANYONE. I’M 50 YERS OLD AND I REALLY WANT SOMEONE IN MY LIFE. OUTSIDE OF THAT, I ALSO HATE MY JOB. MY BOSS IS ALWAYS RAGGING ON ME AND SENDING ME TO ALL THESE OUT OF THE WAY PLACES AND I’M STUCK IN TRAFFIC FOR HOURS ON END.

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

WELL, IT SEEMS YOU JUST CAN’T GET A BREAK, AND YOU’RE GOOD LOOKING TOO! IT’S REALLY HARD TO FIGUER OUT LIFE, NOW-A-DAYS OR WHAT ANYONE NEEDS OR WANTS IN THEIR LIVES. PEOPLE SEEM VERY PICKY. YOU’LL FIND SOMEONE WHEN YOU LEAST EXPECT IT, AND MAYBE THINGS AT YOUR JOB WILL IMPOVE OVER TIME. BESIDES THAT, TONIGHT YOU ARE THE ENTERTAINMENT BLAME SHIFTER! STAY TRUE, I’LL BE BACK LATER AFTER I SETTLE INTO A SEAT. YOU KNOW ITS PRIME REAL ESTATE AT THE BAR.

 

BLAME SHIFTER

SECURITY! G D NEEDS A SEAT AT THE BAR.

(BLAME SHIFTER laughs, gives a big smile and continues on with HIS Show Tunes)

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA moves along and takes a seat at the bar. EGNATIUS and ACACIUS are bartending.  DANCERS and SINGERS wearing an assortment of desert clothing, from muscle shirts to tank tops and shorts to jeans, leather, fatigues and even some golf wear, are milling around the bar. At one point two drag queens with ‘big hair’ walk through the bar. The other seats surrounding GENUS DEI / AMANTIA are filled with other DANCERS AND SINGERS. An older TRIUMVIRATE wearing tuxedos and TEMPTATION wearing a modern version of a Marilyn Monroe classic navy blue dress from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, re-appear and mix with the CUSTOMERS. INNOCENCE with a noticeably more confident personality, serves drinks to those in the bar. SHE is dressed with a stylish summer, no nonsense mature look)

 

 

Scene 2

 

 

INNOCENCE

(Moves towards the bar where GENUS DEI / AMANTIA, and EGNATIUS are about to start a conversation)

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

(To EGNATIUS)

ARE YOU HAVING A GOOD NIGHT EGNATIUS?

 

 

EGNATIUS

IT’S BEEN STEADY, BUT WE EXPECT IT TO GET BUSIER AS THE NIGHT MOVES ON. YOU’RE LUCKY TO GET A CHAIR AT THE BAR G D.

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

DON’T I KNOW IT! IT SEEMS YOU HAVE TO GET HERE EARLIER AND EARLIER ALL THE TIME NOW, IF YOU WANT A GOOD SEAT. CAN I GET MY USUAL?

 

INNOCENCE

HI G D. NICE TO SEE YOU BACK AGAIN TONIGHT.

(EGNATIUS gets a draft beer for GENUS DEI / AMANTIA and places it in front of him)

 

 

                                                GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

THANKS EGNATIUS, AND THANK YOU INNOCENCE. I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO THE EVENING. ALL OF US BEING HERE TOGETHER AGAIN, ALWAYS REMIND ME OF SO MANY GREAT MEMORIES. DID YOU SEE ORPHEUS AND GIVER OF GRACE? WHAT A GREAT SURPRISE!…..OH LOOK, YOU HAVE CUSTOMERS THAT NEED A DRINK.

(EGNATIUS and INNOCENCE seeing other CUSTOMERS needing assistance, acknowledge GENUS DEI / AMANTIA with nods and then move on to help with drinks. GENUS DEI / AMANTIA joins in with singing and actions as the current video plays)

 

 

DANCERS and SINGERS, BARTENDERS, CUSTOMERS

(Singing along to the video)

THERE’S A BRIGHT GOLDEN HAZE ON THE MEADOW

THERE’S A BRIGHT GOLDEN HAZE ON THE MEADOW

THE CORN IS AS HIGH AS AN ELEPHANT’S EYE

AND IT LOOKS LIKE ITS CLIMBING CLEAR UP TO THE SKY

 

OH WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MORNIN’

OH WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DAY

I’VE GOT A BEAUTIFUL FEELIN’

EVERYTHING’S GOING MY WAY

 

ALL THE CATTLE ARE STANDING LIKE STATUES
ALL THE CATTLE ARE STANDING LIKE STATUES

THEY DON’T TURN THEIR HEADS AS THEY SEE ME RIDE BY

BUT A LITTLE BROWN MAVERICK IS WINKIN’ HER EYE
OH WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MORNIN’

OH WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DAY

I’VE GOT A BEAUTIFUL FEELIN’

EVERYTHING’S GOING MY WAY

 

ALL THE SOUNDS OF THE EARTH ARE LIKE MUSIC

ALL THE SOUNDS OF THE EARTH ARE LIKE MUSIC

THE BREEZE IS SO BUSY IT DON’T MISS A TREE

AND AN OLD WEEPIN’ WILLER IS LAUGHIN’ AT ME!

 

OH WHAT A BEAUTIFUL MORNIN’

OH WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DAY

I’VE GOT A BEAUTIFUL FEELIN’

EVERYTHING’S GOING MY WAY

OH WHAT A BEAUTIFUL DAY

DANCERS and SINGERS, BARTENDERS, CUSTOMERS

(All cheer and whistle as the video continues. THEY also sing the words to Oklahoma, with the title changed to America. When the word ‘America’ is sung, CUSTOMERS at the bar wave their flags)

THEY COULDN’T PICK A BETTER TIME TO START IN LIFE!

IT AIN’T TOO EARLY AND IT AIN’T TOO LATE

STARTIN AS A FARMER WITH A BRAND NEW WIFE

SOON BE LIV-IN IN A BRAND NEW PLACE!

BRAND NEW PLACE

GONNA TREAT YOU GREAT!

 

GONNA GIVE YOU BARLEY, CARROTS AND PER-TATERS

PASTURE FOR THE CATTLE

SPINACH AND TER-MAY-TERS

FLOWERS ON THE PRAIRIE WHERE THE JUNE BUGS ZOOM!

PLEN’Y OF AIR AND PLEN’Y OF ROOM

PLENTY OF ROOM TO SWING A ROPE
PLEN’Y OF HEART AND PLEN’Y OF HOPE!

 

AMERICA WHERE THE WIND COMES SWEEPING DOWN THE PLAIN

AND THE WAVIN’ WHEAT CAN SURE SMELL SWEET

WHEN THE WIND COMES RIGHT BEHIND THE RAIN

AMERICA EV’RY NIGHT MY HONEY LAMB AND I

SIT ALONE AND TALK, AND WATCH A HAWK

MAKING LAZY CIRCLES IN THE SKY

(BARTENDERS, CUSTOMERS and some sitting at the bar take out mini flashlights and make circles on the ceiling or wave their flags. The AUDIENCE participates also with encouragement from the BARTENDERS)

WE KNOW WE BELONG TO THE LAND

(Nine DANCERS and SINGERS dressed as Supreme Court Judges emerge from stage right to sing and dance the remaining part of the song)

AND THE LAND WE BELONG TO IS GRAND

AND WHEN WE SAY

YEOW! A-YIP-I-O-EE-AY
WE’RE ONLY SAYIN “YOU’RE DOING FINE AMERICA”

AMERICA, YOU’RE GAY
AMERICA WHERE THE WIND COMES SWEEPING DOWN THE PLAIN

AND THE WAVIN’ WHEAT CAN SURE SMELL SWEET

WHEN THE WIND COMES RIGHT BEHIND THE RAIN

AMERICA EV’RY NIGHT MY HONEY LAMB AND I

SIT ALONE AND TALK, AND WATCH A HAWK

MAKING LAZY CIRCLES IN THE SKY

(BARTENDERS, CUSTOMERS and those sitting at the bar use mini flashlights and make circles on the ceiling and wave their flags)

WE KNOW WE BELONG TO THE LAND

AND THE LAND WE BELONG TO IS GRAND
YIPPI-I
YIPPI-I
YIPPI-I

YIPPI-I

YIPPI-I

YIPPI-I

AND WHEN WE SAY

HEY! A-YIP-I-O-EE-AY
WERE ONLY SAY-IN “YOU’RE DOING FINE AMERICA

AMERICA YOU’RE GAY”

HOMO

(EVERYONE pointing to one another with their flashlights on)
HOMO

(EVERYONE pointing to one another with their flashlights on)

HOMO

(EVERYONE pointing to one another with their flashlights on)
HOMO

(EVERYONE pointing to one another with their flashlights on)
HOMO

(EVERYONE pointing to one another with their flashlights on)
WE KNOW WE BELONG TO THE LAND

AND THE LAND WE BELONG TO IS GRAND

AND WHEN WE SAY

HEY! A-YIP-I-O-EE-AY
WERE ONLY SAY-IN “YOU’RE DOING FINE AMERICA

AMERICA YOU’RE GAY”

(The bar settles down, the DANCERS exit for a costume change and DISTRACTION enters the bar)

 

 

Scene 3

distraction16

 

DISTRACTION

(HE enters the bar dressed as an extremely handsome sexy cowboy and sits on an empty seat between GENUS DEI / AMANTIA and another CUSTOMER. ACACIUS approaches to take DISTRACTION’S drink order. Music Video 4 begins and is Anne Lennox’s Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This. DISTRACTION begins a conversation with GENUS DEI / AMANTIA in short order)

 

 

ACACIUS

(Totally enthralled with DISTRACTION, ACACIUS leans over the bar with forearms resting on the bar countertop, hands folded, holding up HIS head, and staring into DISTRACTION’S eyes)

WHAT CAN I GET FOR YOU SEXY?

 

 

DISTRACTION

            (Ignoring the tease)

CAPTAIN AND COKE.

(ACACIUS pours DISTRACTION his drink, but then moves on to help out EGNATIUS with the current video Sweet Dreams are Made of This)

 

 

ACACIUS AND EGNATIUS

(Begin to act out the words from the video playing. EGNATIUS gathers together props, puts on a wig, and with ACACIUS, THEY begin to act out scenes from the movie Fifty Shades of Grey according to words from the video. THEY use clothes pegs and bar towels. DANCERS AND SINGERS sitting around the bar stop their conversations and join in the laughter and carrying-on. GENUS DEI / AMANTIA and DISTRACTION both begin to laugh and start their conversation)

 

SWEET DREAMS ARE MADE OF THIS – BY EURYTHMICS ©

 

SWEET DREAMS ARE MADE OF THIS

WHO AM I TO DISAGREE?

I TRAVEL THE WORLD

AND THE SEVEN SEAS

EVERYBODY’S LOOKING FOR SOMETHING

(At this point the customers at the bar lift up THEIR shirts and begin a ‘wave’ at the bar, beginning at one end and then following with the other end)

 

 

ACACIUS

(Places a wig on his head and approaches GENUS DEI / AMANTIA sitting at the bar. Holding a pair of bar towels HE motions to GENUS DEI / AMANTIA)

HOLD OUT YOUR HANDS G D.

(ACACIUS places one bar towel around GENUS DEI / AMANTIA’S wrists like a pair of handcuffs and symbolically begins to whip G D’S hands with the second bar towel)

THAT WILL KEEP THE CUSTOMERS SAFE FROM YOUR WANDERING HANDS.

(CUSTOMERS and DISTRACTION begin to laugh)

 

 

(The video continues)

SOME OF THEM WANT TO USE YOU

(ACACIUS turns his backside to EGNATIUS, who then pseudo whips him with the bar towel)

SOME OF THEM WANT TO GET USED BY YOU

(EGNATIUS turns his backside to ACACIUS, who then pseudo whips him with the bar towel)

SOME OF THEM WANT TO BE ABUSED

(ACACIUS and EGNATIUS both put clothes pegs on THEIR shirts, nipple height, and smile profusely during the lyrics in the next line)

SWEET DREAMS ARE MADE OF THIS

WHO AM I TO DISAGREE?

(ACACIUS and EGNATIUS hold their arms up with palms outstretched to the ceiling in a questioning manner)

I TRAVEL THE WORLD

(ACACIUS and EGNATIUS put their hand over their eyes looking out with their heads turning from side to side)

AND THE SEVEN SEAS

EVERYBODY’S LOOKING FOR SOMETHING

 

 

ACACIUS

(Removes the bar towel from G D, points to GENUS DEI / AMANTIA and sings the next four lines of the song to HIM directly. HE moves closer to GENUS DEI / AMANTIA and puts HIS hand under G D’s chin and lift’s it up)

HOLD YOUR HEAD UP

KEEP YOUR HEAD UP, MOVIN’ ON

HOLD YOUR HEAD UP, MOVIN’ ON

KEEP YOUR HEAD UP, MOVIN’ ON

HOLD YOUR HEAD UP

KEEP YOUR HEAD UP, MOVIN’ ON

HOLD YOUR HEAD UP, MOVIN’ ON

KEEP YOUR HEAD UP, MOVIN’ ON

 

SOME OF THEM WANT TO USE YOU

(ACACIUS and EGNATIUS re-enact the series of motions from the verse before, during this verse, except the handcuffing of GENUS DEI / AMANTIA)

SOME OF THEM WANT TO GET USED BY YOU

SOME OF THEM WANT TO BE ABUSED

SWEET DREAMS ARE MADE OF THIS

WHO AM I TO DISAGREE?

I TRAVEL THE WORLD

AND THE SEVEN SEAS

EVERYBODY’S LOOKING FOR SOMETHING

 

SWEET DREAMS ARE MADE OF THIS

WHO AM I TO DISAGREE?

I TRAVEL THE WORLD

AND THE SEVEN SEAS

EVERYBODY’S LOOKING FOR SOMETHING

SWEET DREAMS ARE MADE OF THIS

WHO AM I TO DISAGREE?

I TRAVEL THE WORLD

AND THE SEVEN SEAS

EVERYBODY’S LOOKING FOR SOMETHING

SWEET DREAMS ARE MADE OF THIS

WHO AM I TO DISAGREE?

I TRAVEL THE WORLD

AND THE SEVEN SEAS

EVERYBODY’S LOOKING FOR SOMETHING

 

SONGWRITERS

LENNOX, ANNIE / STEWART, DAVID ALLAN

PUBLISHED BY

LYRICS © UNIVERSAL MUSIC PUBLISHING GROUP

 

 

(Music Video 5 begins and is Too Darn Hot by Cole Porter. Only the music is played. TEMPTATION, who sings the words and THE TRIUMVIRATE make THEIR way towards stage right to perform this song and tap dance number. After the number they move closer to DISTRACTION to hear HIS conversation with GENUS DEI / AMANTIA)

 

 

TEMPTATION

(As SHE passes DISTRACTION, SHE leans over and whispers in his ear suggestively)

I ASKED THE DJ TO PUT THIS NUMBER ON AND WE’RE GOING TO PERFORM IT JUST FOR YOU. YOU’LL HAVE TO COME HERE MORE OFTEN.

(TEMPTATION does a very seductive tap routine where she sings and dances on a bar table and bar stool, in front of DISTRACTION. THE TRIUMVIRATE back up TEMPTATION’S routine with voice and tap dance.

 

“Too Darn Hot” by Cole Porter ©

Kiss Me Kate Version with Ann Miller

 

IT’S TOO DARN HOT
IT’S TOO DARN HOT
I’D LIKE TO SUP WITH MY BABY TONIGHT
REFILL THE CUP WITH MY BABY TONIGHT
I’S LIKE TO SUP WITH MY BABY TONIGHT
REFILL THE CUP WITH MY BABY TONIGHT
BUT I AIN’T UP TO MY BABY TONIGHT
‘CAUSE IT’S TOO DARN HOT
IT’S TOO DARN HOT

IT’S TOO DARN HOT

[BRIDGE:]
I’D LIKE TO COO WITH MY BABY TONIGHT
AND PITCH THE WOO WITH MY BABY TONIGHT
I’D LIKE TO COO WITH MY BABY TONIGHT
AND PITCH THE WOO WITH MY BABY TONIGHT
BUT BROTHER YOU’LL FIGHT MY BABY TONIGHT
‘CAUSE IT’S TOO DARN HOT
ACCORDING TO THE LATEST REPORT
EV’RY AVERAGE MAN YOU KNOW
MUCH PREFERS HIS LOVELY DOGGIE TO COURT
WHEN THE TEMPERATURE IS LOW
BUT WHEN THE THERMOMETER GOES ‘WAY UP
AND THE WEATHER IS SIZZLING HOT

MISTER PANTS
FOR ROMANCE
IS NOT
‘CAUSE IT’S TOO, TOO
TOO DARN HOT
IT’S TOO DARN HOT
IT’S TOO DARN HOT

IT’S TOO
TOO
DARN HOT..

[INSTRUMENTAL]

[BRIDGE]

MISTER GOB, FOR HIS SQUAB
A MARINE, FOR HIS QUEEN
A G.I, FOR HIS CUTYPIE
IS NOT
‘CAUSE IT’S TOO, TOO
TOO DARN HOT
IT’S TOO DARN HOT
IT’S TOO DARN HOT..

IT’S TOO DARN HOT!

 

 

DISTRACTION

(Talking intermittingly during the show tune HE turns to GENUS DEI / AMANTIA)

IS IT ALWAYS THIS FRIENDLY AND FUN HERE?

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

(Turns to DISTRACTION, while checking him out with a warming cute smile)

USUALLY. IT DEPENDS ON WHICH NIGHT YOU COME, BUT TONIGHT IS SHOW TUNES AND IT JUST GETS HAPPY AND HAPPIER. YOU MUST HAVE NOTICED BY NOW THAT YOU’VE BECOME THE CENTER OF ATTENTION. IT MUST BE YOUR LOOKS AND BODY.

 

 

DISTRACTION

(To GENUS DEI)

THANK YOU. IT’S PART OF MY JOB TO LOOK GOOD.

(Pause, while sizing GENUS DEI up)

WHAT’S YOUR NAME?

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

GENUS DEI, …G D FOR SHORT. AND YOURS?

 

 

DISTRACTION

DISTRACTION. WHAT BRINGS YOU OUT TONIGHT G D?

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

IT’S MY FAVORITE PLACE TO ENJOY PEOPLE, MUSIC AND HAVE A LITTLE FUN. YOU?

 

 

DISTRACTION

IT’S MY FIRST TIME HERE AND MY NIGHT OFF. FOR A CHANGE, I GET TO DO WHAT I LIKE.

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

WHAT DO YOU MEAN?

 

 

DISTRACTION

I’M AN ESCORT……. I MAKE PEOPLE HAPPY. CLIENTS USUALLY CHOOSE ME, BUT TONIGHT I’M CHOOSING FOR A CHANGE.

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

WELL YOU CAME TO THE RIGHT PLACE. YOU’LL FIND LOTS OF HAPPY AND CHOICES HERE.

 

 

DISTRACTION

I TRY AND GET MY CLIENTS TO EXPERIENCE THEIR HIDDEN DESIRES THROUGH SOME SEXUAL FANTACY, PREFERABLY WITHOUT GUILT. MOST PEOPLE THESE DAYS ARE SO UPTIGHT, ANXIOUS AND FRAUGHT WITH SUPPRESSED SEXUAL EMOTION. I’M HERE TO BE THEIR RELEASE VALVE. I THINK SEX AND ALL OF ITS RAMIFICATIONS AND TABOOS HAVE SUPPLANTED RATIONAL THINKING INTO A SOCIETARY SECRET. BUT, THAT’S ENOUGH ABOUT MY OPINIONS. TELL ME ABOUT YOURSELF, OR SHOULD I SAY,

(With a sexy tone and smile, leaning towards GENUS DEI / AMANTIA)

SO G D, WHERE HAVE YOU BEEN ALL MY LIFE?

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

(Laughing and teasing at the same time)

NOW YOU ARE WORKING.

(Pause and still teasing)

WELL THEN, WAITING FOR YOU, OF COURSE.

(DISTRACTION starts to laugh)

I THINK THAT YOU HAVE A GREAT WAY OF DEFINING YOUSELF. I’VE NEVER THOUGHT OF AN ESCORT IN THOSE TERMS BEFORE. YEARS AGO, I HAD A RELATIONSHIP WITH A MALE PROSTITUTE FOR A FEW YEARS, AND I CAN TELL YOU HE SURE DIDN’T HAVE YOUR ATTITUDE.

 

 

DISTRACTION

WE’RE ALL HUMAN. MAYBE HIS DEMONS WERE SELFISH. I KNOW MANY PEOPLE THINK WHAT I DO IS MORALLY WRONG, BUT FOR THE TIME BEING, I CONSIDER IT MY PURPOSE AND I TRY AND DO A GREAT JOB. I LIVE LIFE FEARLESSLY, AND I REALLY CARE ABOUT MY CLIENTS. LUCKY FOR ME I LOVE SEX, AND MY MAKER GAVE ME ALL THE RIGHT RESOURCES TO MAKE IT HAPPEN.

(Taking a sip of his drink)

SO, G D, ARE YOU LOCAL?

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

YES, I JUST LIVE TWO AND A HALF BLOCKS FROM HERE. WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE IT?

 

 

DISTRACTION

(Laughing)

WOAH! I THOUGHT I WAS QUICK.

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

WELL THEN, IT’S UP TO YOU, BUT CONSIDER THIS; WHEN WAS THE LAST TIME YOU FELT OLD AGE CREEPIN’ ON?

(DISTRACTION listening, looking at GENUS DEI / AMANTIA and then laughing)

I’M JUST JOKING. ACTUALLY, I’M PRETTY HARMLESS.

 

 

DISTRACTION

(To GENUS DEI / AMANTIA)

WELL, YOU SOUND LIKE YOU’RE A LOT OF FUN.  LET’S HANG OUT FOR THE NIGHT.

(After finishing HER song and routine, TEMPTATION who has been watching the situation and following the conversation from close by, steps in)

 

 

TEMPTATION

(Somewhat sexy, yet sarcastic in tone, all the while eyeing DISTRACTION and putting HER hands on HIS shoulders and back)

G D, YOU SHOULD TAKE DISTRACTION UP ON HIS OFFER. AFTER ALL, IF YOU REALLY WANT TO KNOW WHAT SEX IS ALL ABOUT YOU SHOULD GO HOME WITH HIM AND NOT WAIT AROUND FOR A PRIEST.

(Everyone begins to laugh)

 

 

DISTRACTION

(Gets up and moves to center stage for his song Be Honest To Me in the style and feel of a Country and Western version of Michael Jackson’s Billie Jean. Music Video 6 (only music) begins and the DANCERS leave their bar stools and chairs for a routine that is sexy and provocative. A combination of Country & Western Shadow Dancing with sexy push-ups on each other and seductive moves in time to the video and music. TEMPTATION moves to rejoin THE TRIUMVERATE)

G D LET ME CONVINCE YOU. COME ON DANCE WITH ME

(This line sung while gesturing and directing the song to GENUS DEI / AMANTIA as GENUS DEI / AMANTIA is pulled onto the dance floor)

NO APOLOGIES, I’M HAPPY

I’M DOING MY JOB

DON’T CONDEM ME

MY CHARMS ARE MY MISSION

YOU’VE GOT NEEDS

(Gesturing towards GENUS DEI / AMANTIA’S torso, then backing onto HIM)

LET’S BRING THEM TO FRUITION

LET’S DO THESE DEEDS

 

 

DANCERS AND SINGERS

(Joining in)

COME ON, COME ON,

DANCE WITH ME

ALL GUILT FREE

YOUR LUST IS MY THRUST

(Thrusting sexually)

COME ON, COME ON

CREATE ANY DREAM YOU SEE

JUST DANCE WITH ME

DANCE WITH ME

I’LL BE HONEST

YOU’LL GET WHAT I PROMISED

IF YOU JOIN ME ON THIS SPREE

 

 

DISTRACTION

YOUR DOLLARS FOR COLLARS

(HE jumps on top of a table holding and waving a neck collar)

WILL MAKE YOU HOLLAR

I’LL BE NUDE AND LESS THAN RUDE

(HE rips his shirt off. Cheers and whistles from the CUSTOMERS)

 

BLAME SHIFTER

SECURITY! SECURITY!

 

 

DISTRACTION

YOUR SECRETS ARE SAFE WITH ME

YOU’LL SEE

JUST BE HONEST AND TALK TO ME

(Jumping down from the table and getting close to GENUS DEI / AMANTIA)

I’VE GOT A DEGREE

I’M INTELLIGENT AND CAREFREE

LIVE YOUR HIDDEN DESIRES

TO PUT OUT THOSE BURNING FIRES

(Gesturing towards GENUS DEI / AMANTIA and then grabbing HIS torso)

 

 

DANCERS and SINGERS

(Joining in)

CHORUS

COME ON, COME ON,

DANCE WITH ME

ALL GUILT FREE

YOUR LUST IS MY THRUST

(Thrusting sexually)

COME ON, COME ON

DANCE WITH ME, DANCE WITH ME

JUST BE HONEST TO ME

IT WILL SET YOU FREE

 

DISTRACTION

A ROLL OF DICE IS YOUR PRICE

HAPPINESS OR GUILT TO THE HILT

MY TOUCH CAN MAKE YOU MELT

(Touching GENUS DEI / AMANTIA)

MY TORSO FOREVER FELT

(Taking GENUS DEI / AMANTIA’S hands and placing them on his hips)

AND LIPS THAT MAKE YOU FORGET

(Kissing GENUS DEI / AMANTIA on the neck and cheek)

ANYONE YOU’VE EVER MET

CHOOSE ME FOR YOUR DEED

AND THE SEED YOU NEED

(Motioning towards his crotch and using a thrust at the same time)

 

 

DANCERS AND SINGERS

(Joining in)

CHORUS

COME ON, COME ON,

DANCE WITH ME

ALL GUILT FREE

YOUR LUST IS MY THRUST

(Thrusting sexually)

COME ON, COME ON

DANCE WITH ME, DANCE WITH ME

JUST BE HONEST TO ME

IT WILL SET YOU FREE

 

DISTRACTION

YOUR HIDDEN THOUGHTS

ARE FREE TO LIVE

ALL YOUR NEEDS

I TRULY GIVE

LET’S STAY LATE,

YOUR FANTASY CREATE

YOU HAVE THE CHOICE

GIVE ME YOUR VOICE

I’M YOURS FOR THE NIGHT

LET’S MAKE IT RIGHT

 

 

DANCERS AND SINGERS

(Joining in)

CHORUS

COME ON, COME ON,

DANCE WITH ME

ALL GUILT FREE

YOUR LUST IS MY THRUST

(Thrusting sexually)

COME ON, COME ON

DANCE WITH ME, DANCE WITH ME

JUST BE HONEST TO ME

IT WILL SET YOU FREE

 

 

DISTRACTION

(To GENUS DEI / AMANTIA)

WHAT DO YOU SAY G D?

(DANCERS return to their previous seating. DISTRACTION moves closer to GENUS DEI / AMANTIA. Music Video 7 begins and is On The Street Where You Live sung by Vic Damone that acts as background music which allows stage talking)

 

 

“On The Street Where You Live” by Fredrick Loewe and Alan Jay Lerner ©

OH, THE TOWERING FEELING
JUST TO KNOW SOMEHOW YOU ARE NEAR

I HAVE OFTEN WALKED ON THIS STREET BEFORE
BUT THE PAVEMENT ALWAYS STAYED BENEATH MY FEET BEFORE
ALL AT ONCE AM I SEVERAL STORIES HIGH
KNOWING I’M ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE

ARE THERE LILAC TREES IN THE HEART OF TOWN?
CAN YOU HEAR A LARK IN ANY OTHER PART OF TOWN?
DOES ENCHANTMENT POUR OUT OF EVERY DOOR?

NO, IT’S JUST ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE

OH, THE TOWERING FEELING
JUST TO KNOW SOMEHOW YOU ARE NEAR
THE OVERPOWERING FEELING
THAT ANY SECOND YOU MAY SUDDENLY APPEAR

PEOPLE STOP AND STARE, THEY DON’T BOTHER ME
FOR THERE’S NOWHERE ELSE ON EARTH THAT I WOULD RATHER BE
LET THE TIME GO BY, I WON’T CARE IF I
CAN BE HERE ON THE STREET WHERE YOU LIVE

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

(To DISTRACTION)

WELL, AS TEMPTING AS IT LOOKS AND FEELS, I’M GOING TO PASS. I LOVE YOUR FREE AND OPEN MIND, AND I WISH YOU THE BEST IN YOUR SEARCH TONIGHT. JUST REMEMBER TO GIVE YOURSELF MORE NIGHTS LIKE TONIGHT WHERE YOU GET TO SET YOURSELF FREE.

(As DISTRACTION walks away with a final glance at GENUS DEI / AMANTIA, GENUS DEI / AMANTIA raises his own hand curved like a telephone receiver to his ear, and with a teasing laugh, says)

BY THE WAY, CALL ME.

(DISTRACTION, laughing and accepting, moves towards THE TRIUMVIRATE and TEMPTATION. THEY all do a small victory tap dance and start a conversation. GENUS DEI / AMANTIA moves to a seat next to BLAME SHIFTER until one of the tables close by the bar becomes vacant as some CUSTOMERS leave. Music Video 8 begins and is Whoopie Goldberg’s “We Will Follow Him” from the movie Sister Act. CUSTOMERS, BLAME SHIFTER at the bar and the DANCERS and SINGERS sing along. During the song, ACACIUS and EGNATIUS hold up dual sets of long haired goat puppets. The BARTENDERS, holding the puppets, mimic the song and at points, THEY have the goats make out with each other. GENUS DEI / AMANTIA joins BLAME SHIFTER for the beginning of this Show Tune until some CUSTOMERS sitting at a table, leave and HE moves into THEIR spot.  LADY FEAR AND ELUCIDATE appear shortly afterwards)

“We Will Follow Him” © (from Sister Act) was written by Arthur Altman; Paul Julien A Mauriat; Jacques Plante; Norman (Eng Lyr) Gimbel; Franck Marius L Pourcel.

 

WE WILL FOLLOW HIM

FOLLOW HIM WHERE EVER HE MAY GO

 

 

BLAME SHIFTER

SECURITY!  SECURITY!

 

 

AND NEAR HIM WE ALWAYS WILL BE

FOR NOTHING CAN KEEP US AWAY

HE IS OUR DESTINY

WE WILL FOLLOW HIM

EVER SINCE HE TOUCHED OUR HEART, WE KNEW

THERE ISN’T AN OCEAN TOO DEEP

 

 

CUSTOMERS

(All the CUSTOMERS in the bar shout)

HOW DEEP?

 

A MOUNTAIN SO HIGH IT CAN KEEP

 

CUSTOMERS

(All the CUSTOMERS in the bar shout)

HOW HIGH?

 

KEEP US AWAY, AWAY FROM HIS LOVE

WE LOVE HIM, WE LOVE HIM, WE LOVE HIM

AND WHERE HE GOES, WE’LL FOLLOW, WE’LL FOLLOW, WE’LL FOLLOW

WE WILL FOLLOW HIM, FOLLOW HIM WHERE EVER HE MAY GO

THERE ISN’T AN OCEAN TOO DEEP

(EGNATIUS and ACACIUS parade the long haired goat puppets along the bar, one following the other and then, have them turn and meet each other. The puppets begin to kiss and make out)

 

CUSTOMERS

(All the CUSTOMERS in the bar shout)

HOW DEEP?

 

A MOUNTAIN SO HIGH IT CAN KEEP

 

 

CUSTOMERS

(All the CUSTOMERS in the bar shout)

HOW HIGH?

 

WE WILL FOLLOW HIM

FOLLOW HIM WHERE EVER HE MAY GO

THERE ISN’T AN OCEAN TOO DEEP

 

 

CUSTOMERS

(All the CUSTOMERS in the bar shout)

HOW DEEP?

 

A MOUNTAIN SO HIGH IT CAN KEEP

 

 

CUSTOMERS

(All the CUSTOMERS in the bar shout)

HOW HIGH?

 

KEEP US AWAY, AWAY FROM HIS LOVE

(WE LOVE THEM)

OH YES, WE LOVE THEM

(WE’LL FOLLOW)

WE’RE GONNA FOLLOW

(TRUE LOVE)

TRUE LOVE, HE’LL ALWAYS BE OUR TRUE LOVE

(FOREVER)

FROM NOW UNTIL FOREVER

WE LOVE HIM, WE LOVE HIM, WE LOVE HIM

AND WHERE HE GOES WE’LL FOLLOW, WE’LL FOLLOW, WE’LL FOLLOW

HE’LL ALWAYS BE OUR TRUE LOVE, OUR TRUE LOVE, OUR TRUE LOVE

FROM NOW UNTIL FOREVER, FOREVER, FOREVER

THERE ISN’T AN OCEAN TOO DEEP

(EGNATIUS and ACACIUS parade the long haired goat puppets along the bar, one following the other and then, have them turn and meet each other. The puppets begin to kiss and make out)

 

CUSTOMERS

(All the CUSTOMERS in the bar shout)

HOW DEEP?

 

 

A MOUNTAIN SO HIGH IT CAN KEEP

 

 

CUSTOMERS

(All the CUSTOMERS in the bar shout)

HOW HIGH?

 

 

KEEP US AWAY, AWAY FROM HIS LOVE

 

 

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LADY FEAR AND ELUCIDATE

(LADY FEAR AND ELUCIDATE enter the bar during the song We Will Follow Him. SHE is a frail woman in her eighties, dressed in a black jump suit and white blouse and she carries a cane for walking. With a wave, ELUCIDATE sees GENUS DEI / AMANTIA sitting at a table, close to the bar. ELUCIDATE and LADY FEAR move towards GENUS DEI / AMANTIA to greet HIM. GENUS DEI / AMANTIA rises from HIS chair as they approach and gives them both a big hug. INNOCENCE approaches to take THEIR drink order. Music Video 9 begins and is How Lucky Can You Get by Barbara Streisand and is background music which allows stage talking. Half way through the video, BLAME SHIFTER loses his balance on his chair when HE’S singing and motioning along with the video song, and falls backwards onto the floor. Two DANCERS sitting close by help him up. Instead of sitting back down BLAME SHIFTER, embarrassed, leaves for the evening)

 

 

 

INNOCENCE

HOW’S EVERYONE TONIGHT? CAN I GET YOU SOMETHING TO DRINK?

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

INNOCENCE, YOU KNOW MY HUSBAND, ELUCIDATE, AND THIS IS HIS MOTHER, LADY FEAR.

 

 

INNOCENCE

            (Addressing LADY FEAR)

I’M PLEASED TO MEET YOU. I HOPE YOU’LL ENJOY THE EVENING WITH US TONIGHT. AS USUAL, G D HAS BEEN BUSY KEEPING US ENTERTAINED.

 

 

ELUCIDATE

THANK’S INNOCENCE. YOU KNOW, G D CAN GET CARRIED AWAY, AND SOMETIMES IT LEAVES THOSE AROUND HIM A LITTLE BIT CONFUSED. IF YOU EVER NEED HIS ACTIONS OR WORDS TRANSLATED, JUST LET ME KNOW. AFTER ALL OUR YEARS TOGETHER, I’M REALLY GOOD AT IT.

 

INNOCENCE

SO FAR, HE HASN’T DONE ANYTHING WE CAN’T HANDLE.

(Raising her eyebrows to ELUCIDATE, and smiling at GENUS DEI / AMANTIA)

 

 

ELUCIDATE

OH, OKAY. JUST CHECKING. I’LL TRY AND MAKE YOUR LIFE EASIER, BY KEEPING HIM OUT OF MISCHIEF FOR THE REST OF THE EVENING.

(Laughs)

……AND INNOCENCE, I GUESS WE’LL HAVE A HOT TEA AND A COUPLE OF DRAFTS.

 

 

INNOCENCE

THANK YOU. I’LL BE RIGHT BACK WITH THOSE.

 

 

ELUCIDATE

            (To GENUS DEI / AMANTIA)

HOW’S YOUR DAY AND THE EVENING GOING HERE?

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

(HE leans over to talk with ELUCIDATE. LADY FEAR takes in her surroundings and watches the video screens and the long haired puppets, apparently not aware of the conversation)

THE EVENING HAS BEEN GREAT SO FAR. I TALKED WITH ORPHEUS. HE JUST MOVED HERE, AND HE WANTS TO GET TOGETHER SOME TIME TO CATCH-UP. IT WAS SO GREAT TO SEE HIM AGAIN. BLAME SHIFTER AND GIVER OF GRACE ARE BOTH HERE ALSO, AND I SPOKE WITH EACH OF THEM FOR A FEW MINUTES. I HAVEN’T SEEN GIVER OF GRACE EITHER, IN YEARS. SHE DIDN’T SAY MUCH, BUT SHE WILL BE AT KARAOKE TOMORROWAND WE CAN HAVE A HEART TO HEART TALK. I HAVE A FEELING SHE NEEDS SOME GUIDANCE.

(Then turning to LADY FEAR, as SHE has become aware of the conversation, HE says with kindness)

SORRY MOMMIE, WE GOT CAUGHT UP IN A CONVERSATION. HOW HAVE YOU BEEN?

 

 

LADY FEAR

(Pleasantly)

I’M FINE, BUT I’D RATHER BE AT HOME. I’M NOT SURE I LIKE GOING OUT ANYMORE. WHAT IS THIS PLACE ANYWAYS AND WHY ARE THERE PUPPETS ON THE BAR?

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

(With caring)

IT’S A VIDEO BAR MOMMIE. THE PUPPETS ARE ACTING OUT WORDS TO THE VIDEO THAT IS PLAYING. THIS PLACE GIVES YOU A CHANGE OF SCENERY, A NEW EXPERIENCE AND SOME NEW MUSIC. WE KNOW YOU LOVE MUSIC. MAYBE YOU CAN MEET SOME NEW FRIENDS AND HAVE A NICE TIME AND SOME FUN AWAY FROM HOME. YOU NEVER GO OUT ANYMORE, EXCEPT FOR YOUR WALK IN THE MORNINGS.

 

 

LADY FEAR

(Still sweet and pleasant)

OH, I DON’T NEED NEW FRIENDS OR NEW EXPERIENCES.

(The conversation continues over the music)

JUST GIVE ME MY CUP OF TEA AND MY CLASSICAL MUSIC TO LISTEN TO AT HOME.

 

“How Lucky Can You Get” ©
(from “Funny Lady” soundtrack)

[Fanny:]
AIN’T SHE GOT FUN,
SHE’S THE LUCKIEST ONE

SATIN ON MY SHOULDER AND A SMILE ON MY LIPS
HOW LUCKY CAN YOU GET
MONEY IN MY POCKET RIGHT AT MY FINGERTIPS
HOW LUCKY CAN YOU GET
EVERY NIGHT A PARTY WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS
YOU CAN CIRCLE THE GLOBE WITH MY CIRCLE OF FRIENDS
SOMEONE I AM CRAZY FOR IS CRAZY FOR ME
I’M HIS PERSONAL PET
WOW HOW LUCKY CAN YOU GET
SEE HER DIAMONDS ARE GLEAM HER LIFE IS A DREAM
WRAP IT UP AND CHARGE IT THAT’S MY FAVORITE PHRASE
HOW LUCY CAN YOU GET
WHEN I SEE THE CHAUFFEUR THINK I’LL GIVE HIM A RAISE
HOW LUCKY CAN YOU GET
WEEKENDS IN THE COUNTRY WITH THE BARON OF COURSE

AND A WARDROBE TO SHOCK MRS. ASTERS PET HORSE
MAKING MERRY MUSIC WITH THE ONE THAT I LOVE
WE’RE PERFECT DUET
GEE HOW LUCKY CAN YOU
WEE HOW LUCKY CAN YOU
WOW HOW LUCKY CAN YOU GET

AIN’T SHE GOT FUN
SHE’S THE LUCK THE LUCK THE LUCK THE LUCK  THE LUCK
THE LUCK THE LUCK THE LUCK THE LUCK  THE LUCK
THE LUCK

SATIN ON MY SHOULDER AND A SMILE ON MY LIPS
HOW LUCKY CAN YOU GET
MONEY IN MY POCKET RIGHT AT MY FINGERTIPS
HOW LUCKY CAN YOU GET

(BLAME SHIFTER loses his balance on his chair and falls backwards onto the floor. Two Dancers help HIM up and BLAME SHIFTER leaves)

EVERY NIGHT A PARTY WHERE THE FUN NEVER ENDS
YOU CAN CIRCLE THE GLOBE WITH MY CIRCLE OF FRIENDS
SOMEONE I AM CRAZY FOR IS CRAZY FOR ME
I’M HIS PERSONAL PET
WOW HOW LUCKY CAN YOU GET
HEY THERE GORGEOUS!
BIG SUCCESS!
WHAT’S YOUR SECRET GORGEOUS!
JUST LUCKY I GUESS

YOU WANNA KNOW WHAT IT’S REALLY LIKE
FANTASTIC!
SATIN ON MY SHOULDER AND A SMILE ON MY LIPS
MONEY IN MY POCKET RIGHT AT MY FINGERTIPS
WRAP IT UP AND CHARGE IT THAT’S MY FAVORITE PHRASE
HOW LUCKY
WHEN I SEE THE CHAUFFEUR THINK I’LL GIVE HIM A RAISE
HOW LUCKY
LIFE’S A BED OF ROSES WHIRLING PERFUME ON ME
YOU CAN SPARE ME THE BLUES I DON’T SING IN THAT KEY
AND IF THERE’S A MAN WHO’D LEAVE ME I AM HAPPY TO SAY
I HAVEN’T RUN INTO HIM YET
GEE WEE WOW
HOW LUCKY, HOW LUCKY CAN YOU GET!

 

 

INNOCENCE

(During the video SHE returns with the drinks and tea, then places them on the table and pours LADY FEAR’S cup of tea)

 

 

LADY FEAR

(To INNOCENCE)

OH, LOVELY! THANK YOU DEAR.

(LADY FEAR puts sugar and cream in her tea and takes a sip after stirring it. Under her breath and shaking her head, she says)

I COULD HAVE HAD THIS TEA AT HOME.

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

(To INNOCENCE)

THANK YOU INNOCENCE.

 

 

ELUCIDATE

(To LADY FEAR)

MOMMIE, WE’RE HERE TO HAVE A NICE TIME. PLEASE ENJOY THE CONVERSATION AND THE VIDEOS.

 

 

LADY FEAR

(To ELUCIDATE, as SHE sips her tea)

OKAY, I CAN DO THAT FOR THIS EVENING. IT’S VERY LOUD IN HERE.

(Looking around and seeing BLAME SHIFTER fall off HIS chair)

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

(Seeing that BLAME SHIFTER is okay, GENUS DEI / AMANTIA turns his attention to LADY FEAR sympathetically)

DON’T WORRY ABOUT HIM, MOMMIE. HE’S OKAY. JUST A LITTLE TOO EXCITED WITH THE MUSIC. DO YOU THINK IF YOU TOOK ON SOME OTHER INTERESTS OR VISITED THE SENIOR CENTER, YOU’D ENJOY YOUR TIME BETTER? YOU’VE BEEN WITH US EIGHT YEARS AND YOU HAVEN’T MADE A SINGLE FRIEND.

 

 

LADY FEAR

NO, I’M NOT REALLY INTERESTED IN CONTRIBUTING ANYTHING NEW OR MAKING FRIENDS. THEY JUST END UP TALKING ABOUT YOU BEHIND YOUR BACK. I DON’T WANT TO BE JUDGED BY PEOPLE ANYMORE. I’D RATHER ANY MEMORY OF ME BE ERASED FROM PEOPLE THAT I’VE KNOWN. DID I FORGET TO…..?

(LADY FEAR stops half way through the sentence and looks around bewildered, but then takes another sip of tea)

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

(To LADY FEAR)

YOU SHOULDN’T FEAR NEW EXPERIENCES. WE HAVE TO FACE OUR FEARS AND DISSOLVE THEM THROUGH LOVE. ONLY THEN DO THEY LOSE THEIR STRENGTH OVER YOU. YOU CAN’T BASE THE PRESENT DAY ON YOUR PAST EXPERIENCES. MAYBE WHAT LED TO YOUR LIFE NOW WERE POOR CHOICES. WE HAVE TO LOVE WHAT WE FEAR MOST, IN ORDER TO CHANGE. LIFE AND ALL ITS CHALLENGES ARE A GIFT. LIFE SHOULDN’T BE A CHORE.

 

 

LADY FEAR

(Looking at GENUS DEI /AMANTIA scornfully like HE doesn’t know what SHE is feeling)

NO! I’M NOT INTERESTED AND I WON’T CHANGE! MY MIND IS MADE UP AND STOP BOTHERING ME ABOUT MY CHOICES IN LIFE! WHERE ARE WE?

(As LADY FEAR looks around, feeling lost in her surroundings)

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

(To LADY FEAR)

LET ME INTRODUCE YOU TO SOME OF OUR FRIENDS.

(Music Video 10 begins and depicts older people in productive lives, doing what they love and enjoying life. It transverses into an early morning sunrise in paradise with birds chirping, and following her as she  takes HER walk each morning. It also shows her flowering garden where she sits each day looking at the world pass her by)

 

 

LADY FEAR

STOP!

(SHE stands up and looks at GENUS DEI / AMANTIA like SHE doesn’t recognize HIM, starts to move away from the table, looking around and then begins to pace in a circle. SHE stops, hesitates and begins her song called Loneliness done to the music of Beethoven’s Silence with a simple piano melody, classical in nature)

IT’S EARLY DAWN WITH BIRDS IN SONG

(Sounds of morning birds singing which continues until the second verse)

I STIR INSIDE AS I TRY AND DECIDE

KEEP MY BEDSIDE OR GO OUTSIDE

WITH TEA IN HAND,

(She moves towards HER table and picks up HER cup of tea)

I SEE NOTHING FOR ME

I PREPARE TO WALK AWAY MY TEARS

SO I READY MY CLOTHES, AND HIDE MY FEARS

I PICK-UP MY CANE,

(She picks up HER cane)

TO WALK PARADISE LANE

(Timed to the video)

WITH ENDLESS BEAUTY AROUND ME,

AND NOTHING FOR ME TO SEE

I LIVE IN PARADISE, THIS PARADISE

 

 

SINGERS and DANCERS

NOW IMPOSSIBLE TO REALIZE

 

 

LADY FEAR

I LIVE IN PARADISE, THIS PARADISE

 

 

SINGERS and DANCERS

NOW IMPOSSIBLE TO REALIZE

 

 

LADY FEAR

ON TABLETOP OPAQUE WITH FINE GRAINS OF SAND

(Walking towards the next empty table and looking at the top of the table)

MY TEA CUP RESTS EMPTY,

(SHE places HER cup of tea back on the table)

OF THE ONLY WARMTH AT HAND

A FLY REMINDS ME OF UNCERTAIN PEACE

(SHE pretends to see a fly buzzing around, swings at it and adjusts HER head to miss the fly)

LIKE LIFE EACH DAY,

AND BARRIERS THAT NEVER CEASE

ANOTHER ENDLESS DAY OF SILENCE,

FROM PEOPLE AND ME

AS MEMORIES AND YESTERDAY FADE,

THEN BECOME VAGUE

THE BIRDS HAVE GONE AWAY

(The sound of birds singing stops abruptly. There is also a pause in the music. There is silence)

SILENT LIKE WINDS TODAY

HOW MANY MORE DAYS

WILL FREE ME FROM LIFE’S MAZE?

 

I LIVE IN PARADISE, THIS PARADISE

 

 

SINGERS and DANCERS

NOW IMPOSSIBLE TO REALIZE

 

 

LADY FEAR

I LIVE IN PARADISE, THIS PARADISE

 

 

SINGERS and DANCERS

NOW IMPOSSIBLE TO REALIZE

 

 

LADY FEAR

MY TEA CUP IS EMPTY AND TOO LONELY TO FILL

(SHE sits back down at the table next to HER teacup)

I SIT HERE THINKING OH SO STILL

THERE’S NO ONE LOVING,

NO ONE TALKING

JUST SOMEONE WALKING,

(TEMPTATION walks by, looks at LADY FEAR and smiles)

PRETENDING TO CARE

NOT A DROP OF LOVE

OR RESPECT TO SPARE

I’M LOCKED IN MY THOUGHTS,

AS A MOUNTAIN TO ROCKS

UNWAVERING AND BARREN,

WITH SO LITTLE LIFE

I’M ALONE IN MY LONELINESS

AND IT CUTS LIKE A KNIFE

 

I LIVE IN PARADISE, THIS PARADISE

 

 

SINGERS and DANCERS

NOW IMPOSSIBLE TO REALIZE

 

 

LADY FEAR

I LIVE IN PARADISE, THIS PARADISE

 

 

SINGERS and DANCERS

NOW IMPOSSIBLE TO REALIZE

 

 

LADY FEAR

(INNOCENCE comes by the table and pours another cup of tea for LADY FEAR)

MY SECOND CUP OF TEA

WILL NO ONE TOUCH ME?

(Looking up longingly at INNOCENCE. Momentary pause…..looking around)

WHILE AT HOME, ALL ALONE

(Timed to the video)

I TAKE MY CHAIR

IN A GARDEN OF PRAYER

I OPEN THE GATE, I HATE

SO I CAN SAFELY STARE

AND CHIDE

AT THE WORLD OUTSIDE

I WAIT FOR THE SUN

(Looking up to see if the sun is there)

MY ONLY FRIEND

AND MY TIME TO ASCEND

MANKIND WILL NEVER BREACH

NOR WILL I BESEECH

THEIR ENDLESS SPEECH

FOR NOW, MY LIFE IS OUT OF REACH

TAKE MY FEARS AWAY

I LIVE IN PARADISE, I LIVE IN PARADISE

 

PLEASE SOMEONE HUG ME

TAKE MY FEARS AWAY

I LIVE IN PARADISE, I LIVE IN PARADISE

 

PLEASE JUST ONE PERSON SAY

….I LOVE YOU……

….IN THIS PARADISE

….I LOVE YOU……I LOVE YOU

 

 

SINGERS and DANCERS

NOW IMPOSSIBLE TO REALIZE

(LADY FEAR picks up her cup of tea and her cane and returns to her original table and takes her seat)

 

 

ELUCIDATE

(To LADY FEAR, standing and giving her a warm hug)

G D AND I BOTH LOVE YOU. WE WISH YOU WOULDN’T FEEL SO ABANDONED. LET US HELP YOU TO UNDERSTAND WE ONLY WANT THE BEST FOR YOU.

(LADY FEAR looks at them, but doesn’t recognize who SHE is seeing and says nothing at first, but then….)

 

 

LADY FEAR

(To THE SON and GENUS DEI / AMANTIA)

WHO ARE YOU?

 

 

ELUCIDATE

(To GENUS DEI)

I THINK IT’S TIME I TOOK MOMMIE HOME. I’LL GET HER SQUARED AWAY AND I’LL SEE YOU WHEN YOU GET HOME.

(GENUS DEI / AMANTIA gets up from his chair and gives ELUCIDATE and LADY FEAR a big warm hug and kiss good-bye. ELUCIDATE and LADY FEAR make their way towards the exit saying silent goodbyes to everyone THEY know. After THEY have passed THE TRIUMVIRATE, THE TRIUMVIRATE does a small victory tap dance. The lights fade to black as this evening of Show Tunes ends)

 

 

Scene 5

 

 

NARRATOR / VOICE OF REASON

(A spot lights center stage with NARRATOR / VOICE OF REASON)

IT’S THURSDAY NIGHT, JUST BEFORE KARAOKE BEGINS AT OUR SMALL GAY BAR.

 

WELCOME!
GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

(GENUS DEI / AMANTIA sits on a barstool at the bar. CUSTOMERS, THE TRIUMVIRATE AND TEMPTATION mingle around the bar and the tables and chairs. ACACIUS approaches to talk with GENUS DEI / AMANTIA. GENUS DEI /AMANTIA’S conversation with ACACIUS is about stigmas and how HE learned many life lessons though them. Music Video 11 begins and depicts bias in life situations and people dealing with their emotions on the subject. It is non-committal background music which allows stage talking)

ACACIUS, HAVE YOU EVER FELT STIGMATIZED WITH YOUR WEIGHT, BY OTHER PEOPLE?

 

 

ACACIUS

(Getting another Bud draft for GENUS DEI / AMANTIA)

YES, MANY TIMES. I’VE BEEN FAT FOR A WHILE NOW. I LOVE FOOD AND I’M ADDICTED TO EATING. THE OTHER PART OF THE EQUATION IS THAT I’M ACTUALLY LAZY ABOUT TAKING CARE OF MY HEALTH. I KNOW IT’S NOT GOOD FOR ME IN THE LONG RUN, BUT I CAN’T SEEM TO GATHER ENOUGH DESIRE, DISIPLINE OR ENERGY TO CHANGE. PEOPLE DON’T DIRECTLY CONFRONT ME ABOUT MY WEIGHT NOW THAT I AM AN ADULT BUT I DO GET LOOKS OF DISGUST.

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

WELL, AT LEAST YOU’RE HONEST ABOUT IT. I GUESS WE ALL WANT PEOPLE TO SEE OR UNDERSTAND OUR OWN FEELINGS.

 

 

ACACIUS

THAT WOULD BE NICE.

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

WELL ON THE BRIGHT SIDE, YOU HAVE A WONDERFUL ATTITUDE AND PERSONALITY. YOU’RE FUN WITH THE CUSTOMERS AND YOU REALLY DO A GREAT JOB WITH KARAOKE TOO.

 

 

ACACIUS

THANKS G D, I APPRECIATE THAT. AND SPEAKING OF KARAOKE, I HAVE TO SET UP FOR THE EVENING. I’LL BE BACK SHORTLY.

(ACACIUS leaves and moves to the stage area to set up speakers and

equipment for Karaoke)

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HUBRIS

(Enters the bar and takes the seat next to three CUSTOMERS and instantly introduces himself with fanfare and bravado. GENUS DEI / AMANTIA, sitting a few seats away at the bar, can hear the conversation)

HI, I’M HUBRIS. I FLEW INTO PALM SPRINGS TODAY FROM SAN FRANCISCO. IT’S THE PILOT’S CONVENTION WEEKEND. I HAVE MY OWN PLANE, AND I’VE BEEN FLYING PLANES FOR TWENTY YEARS.

(Noticing the bartender EGNATIUS)

BARTENDER, CAN I GET A SCOTCH ON THE ROCKS?

(Back to the three CUSTOMERS)

I PARKED MY PLANE AT THE MAIN HANGAR BECAUSE IT’S LARGER THAN ALL THE OTHERS. AS I SEE IT, THE SMALL PLANES BELONG ON THE OTHER SIDE OF THE RUNWAY, ANYWAY. BY THE WAY, DID I TELL YOU, I’M ALSO A REAL ESTATE BROKER?

(EGNATIUS pours HUBRIS’S drink)

I’M REALLY GREAT AT WHAT I DO, AND IT’S MADE ME RICH, SNAGGED ME A BIG HOUSE AND WHATEVER I WANT.

(HUBRIS takes a sip of his drink)

UGGH, THAT’S CRAP!

(Waving at EGNATIUS to come over)

BARTENDER! CHANGE THIS TO CROWN ROYAL, YOUR BAR SCOTCH SUCKS!

(Back to the CUSTOMERS who are starting to look annoyed)

MY HOUSE IS FOUR THOUSAND SQUARE FEET, I HAVE A LIVE IN MAID, and A PERSONAL ASSISTANT AND, (pause, taking a sip of HIS drink again, with disgust, and pushing it away) I HAVE A DRIVER TO TAKE ME ANYWHERE I NEED TO GO.

(Two other CUSTOMERS who were sitting on the other side of the bar, who have also heard the conversation, look at HUBRIS and begin to get up and leave for another area. EGNATIUS switches out his drink and HUBRIS takes a sip)

THAT’S BETTER

(To himself)

I HAVE TWO MERCEDES, A BMW, A RANGE ROVER AND EVERYTHING IS PAID FOR.

 

 

CUSTOMER

(To HUBRIS)

THAT’S NICE, BUT WE HAVE TO LEAVE.

(The three CUSTOMERS get up and leave to another part of the bar)

 

 

HUBRIS

(As the CUSTOMERS leave their barstools, HE slides down and begins speaking to GENUS DEI / AMANTIA.  In the background, Music Video 12 begins on the screen. It’s Help by the Beatles. HUBRIS keeps talking while Help is playing on the video screen)

 

HELP©

 

Writer(s): Paul McCartney, Michael Allen Patton, Bill Gould, John Lennon, Roddy Christopher Bottum, Michael Andrew Bordin, James Blanco Martin
Copyright: Sony/ATV Tunes LLC, Vomit God, Big Thrilling Music

 

HELP, I NEED SOMEBODY

HELP, JUST NOT ANYBODY

HELP, YOU KNOW I NEED SOMEONE

HELP!

 

WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, SO MUCH YOUNGER THAN TODAY

I NEVER NEEDED ANYBODY’S HELP IN ANY WAY

BUT NOW THESE DAYS ARE GONE I’M NOT SO SELF-ASSURED

NOW I FIND I’VE CHANGED MY MIND AND OPENED UP THE DOORS

 

HELP ME IF YOU CAN, I’M FEELING DOWN

AND I DO APPRECIATE YOU BEING ‘ROUND

HELP ME GET MY FEET BACK ON THE GROUND

WON’T YOU PLEASE, PLEASE HELP ME?

 

AND NOW MY LIFE HAS CHANGED IN SO MANY WAYS

MY INDEPENDENCE SEEMS TO VANISH IN THE HAZE

BUT EVERY NOW AND THEN I FEEL SO INSECURE

I KNOW THAT I JUST NEED YOU LIKE I’VE NEVER DONE BEFORE

 

HELP ME IF YOU CAN, I’M FEELING DOWN

AND I DO APPRECIATE YOU BEING ‘ROUND

HELP ME GET MY FEET BACK ON THE GROUND

WON’T YOU PLEASE, PLEASE HELP ME?

 

WHEN I WAS YOUNGER, SO MUCH YOUNGER THAN TODAY

I NEVER NEEDED ANYBODY’S HELP IN ANY WAY

BUT NOW THESE DAYS ARE GONE I’M NOT SO SELF-ASSURED

NOW I FIND I’VE CHANGED MY MIND AND OPENED UP THE DOORS

 

HELP ME IF YOU CAN, I’M FEELING DOWN

AND I DO APPRECIATE YOU BEING ‘ROUND

HELP ME GET MY FEET BACK ON THE GROUND

WON’T YOU PLEASE, PLEASE HELP ME?

HELP ME, HELP ME, OOO

 

HUBRIS

(To GENUS DEI / AMANTIA)

YOU KNOW, I SEE THESE PEOPLE AROUND ME LEAVE AND I’VE COME TO THE CONCLUSION PEOPLE EITHER LOVE ME OR HATE ME. I HONESTLY DON’T UNDERSTAND WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME, IF ANYTHING. I’VE HAD RELATIONSHIPS, BUT I HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO FIND ANYONE WHO WILL LOVE ME THE WAY I FEEL I SHOULD BE LOVED. I’VE NEVER BEEN ABLE TO FIGURE IT OUT. ANY SUGGESTIONS?

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

I DON’T KNOW YOU, BUT YOU SEEM TO HAVE A BIGGER THAN LIFE PERSONALITY. IT MIGHT GET IN THE WAY.

 

 

HUBRIS

I DON’T THINK SO. IF A PERSON LOVES YOU, THEY SHOULD BE ABLE TO DEAL WITH THAT. EARLIER, WHEN I CAME OUT TONIGHT TO GO TO THE AWARDS DINNER THAT I SIGNED UP FOR, NO ONE WOULD ANSWER ME EVEN AFTER I TRIED NUMEROUS CONVERSATIONS.  EVERYONE JUST IGNORED ME. SO, I GOT PISSED OFF, LEFT AND CAME HERE. WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME? I’M REALLY A HANDSOME GUY, I’M RICH, I’M INTELLIGENT AND,

(Emphasizing with his eyes towards his crotch and taking another sip of his drink)

I HAVE A BIG PENIS TOO. YOU’D THINK PEOPLE WOULD BE IMPRESSED AT HOW GREAT I AM.

(More CUSTOMERS, who were sitting beside the bar, hear his conversation and move away)

 

 

GENUS DEI /AMANTIA

(To HUBRIS)

HMMM, YOUR EGO RUBS PEOPLE THE WRONG WAY. I REALLY THINK YOU DON’T LOVE YOURSELF. IF YOU WANT TO HAVE FRIENDS AND PEOPLE AROUND YOU, ONLY LOVING YOURSELF, AND NOT IN A NARCISSISTIC WAY, WILL DISOLVE YOUR EGO.YOU HAVE TO COME INTO FLOW WITH LIFE. OPEN UP AND LET LIFE FLOW THROUGH YOU. YOU ARE A PART OF LIFE, NOT SUPERIOR TO LIFE. DOES THAT HELP YOU?

(HUBRIS looks at GENUS DEI / AMANTIA in a questioning way, while absorbing what was said. HE gets up, moves to stage right and begins his song Who Am I? with music which reflects Abba’s style. Music Video 13 enhances the song)

 

HUBRIS

 

I KEEP ASKING

WHO AM I?

I SEEM TO KNOW

I AM ALL SHOW

BUT DEEP INSIDE

I DO NOTHING BUT HIDE

MY FEELINGS AND EMOTION

FROM THIS ENDLESS OCEAN

WHAT’S THE SECRET

TO FREEDOM

AND THE KEY

TO MY GARDEN OF EDEN?

 

(HUBRIS, turning and looking at himself in a mirror)

 

I MUST ADMIT

I HAVE AFFECTION FOR ME

I AM HANDSOME, RICH

AND SO INTO ME

WHO NEEDS OTHERS

WHEN I HAVE ME

GLORIOUS AND RESPLENDENT

FOR ALL TO SEE

I KNOW I’M NOT GOD

BUT CLOSE ENOUGH FOR ME

OTHERS ARE SO ENVIOUS

THIS I CAN SEE

I’M PERFECT, BEAUTIFUL

AND ALL FOR EFFECT

 

 

DANCERS AND SINGERS

(Join in)

IT’S ALL ABOUT ME

OH ME, OH MY, OH WOW

I AM RIFE WITH GOLD

AND NOT VERY OLD

IT’S ALL ABOUT ME

AND MY LIFE

(Sound of airplane engines)

IT’S ALL ABOUT ME

OH ME, OH MY, OH WOW

I AM RIFE WITH GOLD

AND NOT VERY OLD

IT’S ALL ABOUT ME

AND MY LIFE

(Sound of airplane engines)

 

 

HUBRIS

HAVE YOU SEEN

MY THINGS?

ALL GRAND

AND THE SAME AS KINGS

MY PLANE HAS MASSIVE WINGS

AND MY HOME RESTS

ABOVE NATURAL SPRINGS

JUST LOOK

AT MY INCREDIBLE HAIR

MY BODY, GOOD LOOKS

AND CLOTHES IF YOU DARE

DO YOU BLAME PEOPLE

WHO LOVE MY FLARE?

I LOVE IT

WHEN THEY CARE TO STARE

 

BUT WHY CAN’T I FACE

MY INSIDE?

MAYBE I WON’T LIKE

WHAT ABIDES

WILL I BE SHALLOW

OR EVEN HOLLOW?

CAN I CURB MY EGO TIDES?

WILL I HATE MYSELF

AND WALLOW?

SOMEONE SAVE ME

FROM MY MISGUIDES

HELP ME

WITH WHO DECIDES

I JUST WANT TO KNOW

(Pauses for a moment while looking at himself in the mirror again)

WHO AM I?

 

BUT THEN AGAIN

IN THE END

I JUST WANT ME

 

 

DANCERS and SINGERS

(Join in)

IT’S ALL ABOUT ME

(Looking in the mirror again)

OH ME, OH MY, OH WOW

I AM RIFE WITH GOLD

AND NOT VERY OLD

IT’S ALL ABOUT ME

AND MY LIFE

(Sound of airplane engines)

 

HUBRIS

IT’S ALL ABOUT ME

OH ME, OH MY, OH WOW

I AM RIFE WITH GOLD

AND NOT VERY OLD

IT’S ALL ABOUT ME

AND MY LIFE

(Sound of airplane engines)

IT’S ALL ABOUT ME

(Looking in the mirror again)

AND

I AM SO OUT OF HERE

(Sound of an airplane taking off)

 

 

HUBRIS

(Approaches GENUS DEI / AMANTIA)

THANKS FOR TALKING TO ME AND NOT LEAVING ME ALL ALONE AT THE BAR.

(Then after looking over and seeing TEMPTATION, who winks and THE TRIUMVIRATE, who smiles and waves HUBRIS over, abruptly says)

I’ll THINK ABOUT WHAT YOU SAID. SEE YOU LATER, I HAVE TO GO.

 

 

GENUS DEI /AMANTIA

(Nodding to HUBRIS)

HAVE A GOOD NIGHT.

(HUBRIS leaves to join TEMPTATION and THE TRIUMVIRATE. When HUBRIS finally leaves, THE TRIUMVIRATE, does another little victory tap dance)

 

 

GIVER OF GRACE

(Enters the bar, sees GENUS DEI / AMANTIA, gives a wave, and joins him)

HEY G D, HOW ARE YOU TODAY?

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

GREAT! IT’S REALLY GOOD TO BE ABLE TO TALK WITH YOU AGAIN. IT’S BEEN FAR TOO LONG.

 

 

GIVER OF GRACE

I KNOW, BUT I JUST HAVEN’T BEEN ABLE TO FACE ANYONE FROM MY PAST. WE’VE TOUCHED BASE ON THE PHONE AND THROUGH TEXTS A FEW TIMES OVER THE YEARS, G D. I JUST HAVEN’T BEEN SETTLED ENOUGH IN MY LIFE. IT SEEMS THERE IS ALWAYS DRAMA OR CHAOS. AND, FOR ME TO REALLY COMMUNICATE WITH ANYONE IN A MEANINGFUL MANNER, FEELS LIKE SOMETHING I JUST DON’T WANT TO DEAL WITH. I HAVE SO MANY LOOSE ENDS OUT THERE AND I’VE REALLY NEVER TAKEN CARE OF THEM. MY LIFE IS SUCH A MESS G D.

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

I CAN ONLY TELL YOU WHAT I REMEMBER AS TO HOW YOU GOT TO THIS POINT. AT THE TIME YOU SANG IN THE RESTAURANT, YOU WERE MY FAVORITE. WE WERE VERY CLOSE. YOU WERE HAPPY, FULL OF LIFE AND LAUGHTER AND YOU RADIATED JOY WHERE EVER YOU WERE. DO YOU REMEMBER THAT TIME?

 

 

GIVER OF GRACE

(GIVER OF GRACE begins to get watery eyes and almost starts to tear up)

YES I REMEMBER IT VERY WELL G D. I’D LOVE TO BE BACK IN THAT TIME AGAIN.

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

WE CAN’T GO BACK, BUT WE CAN CHANGE WHAT IS HAPPENING NOW. MOST OF THE TIME, YOU HAD A RADIANCE COMING FROM YOU. I COULD TELL WHETHER OR NOT IT WAS ‘ON’ OR ‘OFF’, AND WHEN I’D MENTION IT TO YOU, YOU’D JUST GET UPSET. THEN, I REMEMBER ONE DAY, AND IT WAS JUST ONE DAY, I DON’T KNOW WHAT HAPPENED TO YOU, BUT YOU CHANGED. YOUR RADIANCE WAS GONE, AND I’VE NEVER FELT IT FROM YOU AGAIN. SOME ONE OR SOMETHING TOOK THE JOY OF YOUR SONG AWAY. MAYBE IT WAS A CHOICE OR A LIFE EXPERIENCE YOU HAD MADE, BUT WHATEVER THAT CHOICE OR EXPERIENCE WAS, IT HAS LED YOU TO THIS POINT.

(GIVER OF GRACE is crying and in some form of anguish at this point. GENUS DEI / AMANTIA reaches across and gives her the most warming hug and embrace)

YOU DON’T HAVE TO TELL ME WHAT THIS FACTOR WAS, BUT IF YOU WANT YOUR LIFE BACK YOU WILL HAVE TO RECLAIM WHO YOU WERE AT THAT POINT, BUILD YOUR ENERGY BACK UP AND BECOME GIVER OF GRACE AGAIN. YOU ARE THE ONLY ONE THAT CAN REFORMULATE YOUR LIFE. AS YOUR ENERGY IS REGAINED YOU WILL HAVE ALL THE HELP YOU NEED TO CARRY YOURSELF TO WHERE YOU SHOULD BE, AND FIX YOUR LIFE.

 

 

ACACIUS

(Returns to the bar area and takes up a conversation with GENUS

DEI / AMANTIA. GIVER OF GRACE pulls herself together)

HI G D. WHO IS THIS LOVELY LADY YOU’RE TALKING TO?

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

ACACIUS THIS IS MY FAVORITE FOLKSINGER WHO SANG IN MY RESTAURANT IN THE 70’S; GIVER OF GRACE. SHE’S GOING TO GIVE US A SONG TONIGHT DURING KARAOKE.

 

 

ACACIUS

IT’S REALLY A PLEASURE TO MEET YOU. IF G D HAD YOU SING IN HIS RESTAURANT, YOU MUST BE GREAT. WE’D LOVE TO HEAR YOU SING TONIGHT.

 

 

GIVER OF GRACE

THANK YOU. I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO IT. I’M GOING TO LEAVE YOU TWO HERE SO YOU CAN CHAT, BUT I’M GOING TO TAKE A LITTLE BREAK AND I’LL BE BACK LATER. G D THANKS SO MUCH.

 

 

ACACIUS

            (Speaking to GENUS DEI / AMANTIA)

SHE SEEMS REALLY SWEET. I’M LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING HER SING. I WILL HAVE TO START KARAOKE SOON, SO I WON’T BE ABLE TO CHAT TOO LONG G D. WHO WAS THAT PERSON YOU WERE TALKING TO EARLIER?

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

HE WAS A PILL THAT’S HARD TO SWALLOW, A LITTLE FULL OF HIMSELF. I DON’T WANT TO STIGMATIZE HIM, BECAUSE A LOT OF THE PEOPLE I’VE KNOWN OR HAVE HAD RELATIONSHIPS WITH, IN THE PAST HAD STIGMAS ATTACHED TO THEIR PERSONALITIES. LOOKING BACK I CAN SAY THEY WERE GREAT TEACHERS AND THEY HELPED ME GROW AS A PERSON.

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ACACIUS

I CAN UNDERSTAND THAT BECAUSE I FEEL STIGMATIZED A LOT. I’LL OPEN KARAOKE TONIGHT WITH THE SONG THAT DEALS WITH THIS TOPIC. FEEL FREE TO JOIN IN ON IT G D…. BY THE WAY, IT’S TIME TO START.

(ACACIUS leaves for the stage area to begin Karaoke and grabs the

microphone. Music Video 14 begins and accents the song Stigmatosis showing how cruel people can be without compassion and understanding)

OKAY LADIES AND GENTLEMEN, WE’RE GOING TO START OUR KARAOKE OFF TONIGHT WITH ONE OF MY FAVORITE SONGS. AFTERWARDS, WE’RE LOOKING FORWARD TO HEARING A LOT OF YOU SING YOUR FAVORITE SONGS.

 

DANCERS AND SINGERS

(Wearing masks and dressed as the stigma THEY represent, enter the stage, sounding off)

I AM PEOPLE OF COLOR.

(An Asian, an African American a Middle Eastern, a Hispanic and Eastern

European, enter the stage)

I AM ALCOHOLIC.

I AM ANOREXIC.

I AM BI-POLAR

I AM ADDICT.

I AM MENTALLY ILL.

I AM TRANSGENDER.

I AM HOMELESS.

I AM AIDS.

I AM OLD.

I AM SUICIDAL.

I AM GAY.

I AM FELON.

I AM PARENTS.

 

 

ACACIUS

(Breaks through the line from behind with arms and hands outstretched)

AND I AM FAT!

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

(Moves from the bar and approaches each stigma, then speaks)

MANY OF YOU, MAYBE ALL OF YOU, I’VE HAD THE PLEASURE OF KNOWING THROUGHOUT MY LIFE IN ONE EXPERIENCE OR ANOTHER. AND EACH OF YOU HAS TAUGHT ME SOME FORM OF LOVE.

 

(To PEOPLE OF COLOR)

LEARNING OTHER LANGUAGES GAVE ME KNOWLEDGE ABOUT YOUR LIVES. THEN I LEARNED ABOUT YOUR HERITAGE AND YOUR CULTURES. YOU TAUGHT ME HOW TO UNDERSTAND HOW YOU FEEL, HOW TO BE NON-JUDGEMENTAL AND ALL ABOUT MIND BLINDNESS. THIS IS HOW I LEARNED EMPATHY.

 

(To ALCOHOLIC)

I TRIED TO HELP YOU AND IN DOING SO BECAME THE VICTIM. THIS TAUGHT ME NOT TO BE A VICTIM. YOUR CONDITION SHOWED ME HOW TO HAVE PATIENCE AND HOW TO CARE EVEN WHEN EVERYTHING WAS DARK. IN THE END, YOU WERE HAPPY, NOT COGNIZANT, BUT HAPPY. MAYBE THIS WAS WHAT YOU HAD TO LEARN.

 

(To ANOREXIC)

YOU SAW YOURSELF AS FAT, YET YOUR DENIALS LED YOU TO COLLAPSE AND IRRATIONAL THINKING. THIS TAUGHT ME COURAGE AND SACRIFICE. IN THE END YOU CARED ENOUGH TO CHANGE.

 

(To BI-POLAR)

WALKING IN ON YOU AND FINDING YOU WERE TRYING TO KILL THE CAT LEFT ME FEELING HELPLESS. THIS TAUGHT ME HELPFULNESS. YOUR MANIC EPISODES LEFT ME IN DESPAIR. BUT LEAVING DESPAIR SHOWED ME HOW TO APPRECIATE COMFORT.

 

(To MENTALLY ILL)

WHEN YOU NEARLY KILLED US BY SLAMMING ON THE BRAKES WHILE ON ICE WITHOUT NOTICE, OR BY PUNCHING A TREE TRUNK IN THE MIDDLE OF A NICE CONVERSATION, YOU TAUGHT ME A DIFFERENT KIND OF FEAR. IT WAS UNPREDICTABLE, AND I LEARNED HOW TO PREDICT THE UNKNOWN. THANK YOU.

 

(To TRANSGENDER)

I WATCHED AS YOU TRANSITIONED. YOU DESCRIBED TO ME HOW YOU WERE RIDICULED AND TORMENTED. THIS TAUGHT ME THERE ARE TWO SIDES TO EVERY STORY, FREEDOM FROM EXPECTATION AND THAT COURAGE IS OBTAINED THROUGH SACRIFICE.

 

(To HOMELESS)

I SHARED WITH YOU FOOD AND KNOWLEDGE, BUT YOU STAYED WITH YOUR BELIEFS. THEY WORKED FOR YOU. THIS TAUGHT ME HOW TO HAVE SYMPATHY AND LOVE OF THE COMMON GOOD.

 

(To AIDS)

YOU NEARLY KILLED ME TWICE. YOU DID KILL MY FRIENDS. THIS TAUGHT ME BRAVERY, HOW TO FIGHT, HOW TO DEAL WITH LOSS, BUT MOSTLY, HOW TO FOCUS ON SOMETHING ELSE BESIDES THE DISEASE. THIS SAVED MY LIFE.

 

(To OLD)

YOU TAUGHT ME HOW TO SLOW DOWN AND ENJOY LIFE. THIS WAS WISDOM. YOU TAUGHT ME TO RESPECT OTHER POINTS OF VIEW. THIS WAS WISDOM. YOU SHOWED ME YOUR LIFE EXPERIENCES. THIS WAS WISDOM I WOULD HAVE NEVER LEARNED. THANK YOU FOR TRANSFERENCE.

 

(To SUICIDAL)

YOU HID WHO YOU WERE FROM THE WORLD AND ME. YOUR FEAR WAS GREATER THAN THE LOVE FOR YOURSELF. YOU DIDN’T SHARE, AND IN THE END I HAD ANGER FOR YOU. BUT I CRIED BECAUSE I MISSED YOU SO MUCH. I LEARNED INNER STRENGTH, PAIN AND DESPAIR. NOW, I TALK ABOUT MY FEELINGS AND I LEARNED TO NEVER GIVE UP.

 

(To GAY)

I WASN’T READY FOR A CRASH COURSE ON HOW TO BE GAY. I DIDN’T KNOW WHO I WAS. BY PHYSICALLY FIGHTING YOU FOR TWO YEARS, I ENDED UP SINKING TO THE LOWEST POINT IN MY LIFE. IT LASTED TEN YEARS.  THIS, IN THE END TAUGHT ME ACCEPTANCE; I BEGAN TO BELIEVE IN MYSELF. IT MADE ME REALIZE, YOU CAN’T CHANGE THE WAY THINGS ARE, YOU CAN ONLY CHANGE YOURSELF. WHEN YOU CHANGE YOUR PERSPECTIVE TOWARDS ANYTHING, SO WILL YOUR LIFE CHANGE AND THE EVENTS THAT FOLLOW. I REALIZED I HAD THE ABILITY TO CHANGE MY DESTINY BY CHANGING MY THOUGHTS.

 

(To FELON)

YOU, AS A MURDERER, ENJOYED THE FEAR YOUR REPUTATION CAUSED. YET YOU FELT AT SEVENTEEN I WOULD BE BETTER OFF UNDER YOUR PROTECTION. THIS ACT WAS FOR YOUR GAIN. IT WAS THE ONLY DOCTRINE FROM PRISON THAT YOU KNEW ABOUT, WHEN YOU WERE RELEASED. NOT YOUR FAULT. BUT WHEN I CAME HOME AFTER WORK LATE ONE NIGHT AND YOU HAD SLASHED YOUR WRISTS AND COVERED THE ROOM IN BLOOD, I REALIZED THEN THAT YOU NEEDED MORE HELP THAN I COULD GIVE. YOU TAUGHT ME ABOUT SECOND CHANCES IN LIFE, HOW TO ACCEPT REJECTION, NON-FEAR, NOTHING TO LOSE AND ALL ABOUT HONESTY. I’M HAPPY YOU LIVED. I’M SORRY FOR YOUR PAIN.

 

(To PARENTS)

YOU PROTECECTED ME FROM A HOSTILE WORLD, I DIDN’T KNOW EXISTED. I LOVED EVERYONE AND EVERYTHING. I USED MY HEART, OPENED IT, AND TRUSTED. WHEN I DISCOVERED THE REAL WORLD, IT HURT DEEPLY. THIS TAUGHT ME BALANCE.

YOU TAUGHT ME KINDNESS, HOW TO BE THOUGHTFUL AND HUMBLE, HOW TO CONTROL MY EMOTIONS AND HOW TO LOVE OTHERS THROUGH SURRENDER. BEST OF ALL WAS HOW TO APPRECIATE WORK HARD, INTEGRETY, DECENCY AND HOW TO ACCEPT RESPONSIBILITY FOR MY ACTIONS.

I MISS YOU.

 

(And to FAT)

YOU ARE NOT YOUR OUTSIDE. INSIDE YOU ARE REAL. REAL IN FEELINGS, HOPES AND DREAMS THAT ARE AVAILABLE EVERY MOMENT OF EACH DAY TO EACH AND EVERY ONE OF US IF WE’D ONY REALIZE. I LEARNED GREAT LAUGHTER WITH YOU AND HOW TO ENJOY IT. YOU SHOWED ME KINDNESS THROUGH SUFFERING, HOW TO LISTEN AND HOW TO HAVE A LOT OF FUN. THANK YOU!

(Giving ACACIUS a little high-five)

 

ACACIUS

(Steps in front to sing his song Stigmatosis sung to the music of Wand’rin Star by Lee Marvin 1969. As Music Video 14 works its way through the song Stigmatosis, it changes and shows people in all walks of life being helped and cared for by others. GENUS DEI / AMANTIA returns to HIS bar stool. THE STIGMAS – DANCERS AND SINGERS – do the back-up humming and chorus. Words for the song are shown on the video screen)

 

DANCERS AND SINGERS

(Long humming intro)

 

 

ACACIUS

STIG-MA-TOS-IS

BLINDS THE MIND TO KIND

STIG-MA-TOS-IS

A WORD YA NEVER FIND

 

LABELS YOU ARE GIVEN

MAKES LIFE NOT LIVIN’

WORDS OFFEND LIKE SMACK

IT’S AN ATTACK BEHIND MY BACK

STIG-MA-TOS-IS

BLINDS THE MIND TO KIND

 

MY PAIN YOU’LL NEVER FEEL

AND MY SOUL YOU’LL NEVER STEAL

WORDS ARE PAIN WITH BLAME

AND THE MASK WE WEAR IS SHAME

 

YOU’LL NEVER KNOW THE JUDGEMENT

WAS ADDED TO MY PAIN

AND WITH SOME INTENT

IS YOUR SELFISH GAIN

 

STIG-MA-TOS-IS

BLINDS THE MIND TO KIND

STIG-MA-TOS-IS

A WORD YA NEVER FIND

 

CAN YOU SEE MY INSIDE?

LISTEN, I’M OKAY

WE MIGHT NOT KNOW

HOW TO FIT IN

BUT WE’RE SAFE

IN OUR OWN SKIN

 

STIG-MA-TOS-IS

BLINDS THE MIND TO KIND,

BLINDS THE MIND TO KIND

 

 

DANCERS AND SINGERS

(Singing chorus)

MY PAIN YOU’LL NEVER FEEL

AND MY SOUL YOU’LL NEVER STEAL

WORDS ARE PAIN WITH BLAME

AND THE MASK WE WEAR IS SHAME

 

YOU’LL NEVER KNOW THE JUDGEMENT

WAS ADDED TO MY PAIN

AND WITH SOME INTENT

IS YOUR SELFISH GAIN

 

STIG-MA-TOS-IS

BLINDS THE MIND TO KIND

STIG-MA-TOS-IS

A WORD YOU NEVER FIND

 

 

ACACIUS

WE NEED OUR RAINBOWS TOO

AND EARLY MORNING DEW

DREAMS THAT STAY ALIVE

AND TRUTHS THAT LET ME THRIVE

(The DANCERS AND SINGERS take their masks off and show their stigmas)

 

STIG-MA-TOS-IS

BLINDS THE MIND TO KIND,

BLINDS THE MIND TO KIND

 

 

DANCERS AND SINGERS

(Exit for costume change and return to their positions around the stage and bar)

 

 

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ACACIUS

(Speaks into his microphone from the stage area. While HE’S speaking, ELUCIDATE, enters the bar to join GENUS DEI / AMANTIA)

GOOD EVENING EVERYONE. I’M YOUR HOST ACACIUS, AND TONIGHT WE BEGAN OUR KARAOKE WITH Stigmatosis. I HOPE EVERYONE LIKED IT.

(Everyone claps and shows appreciation)

IF YOU HAVE ANY SONGS YOU’D LIKE TO SING, JUST WRITE DOWN YOUR CHOICES AND BRING THEM OVER TO ME. I’LL BE SURE TO GET YOU PLACED ON THE STAGE. YOUR BARTENDER TONIGHT IS EGNATIUS AND YOUR SERVER LOOKING AFTER YOU IS INNOCENCE. GET TO KNOW THEM AND YOUR NEIGHBORS. I SEE SOME REGULARS HERE; THE TRIUMVIRATE AND TEMPTATION, ORPHEUS AND BLAME SHIFTER WHO IS STILL DRESSED IN HIS HOSPITAL SCRUBS. GIVER OF GRACE, IT’S NICE YOU CAME BACK TO SING FOR US; WELCOME AGAIN. AND THEN THERE’S G D, YOU BE GOOD AND LEAVE THE CUSTOMERS ALONE. I SEE YOUR HUSBAND ELUCIDATE HAS JUST ARRIVED. I’M SURE HE WILL HELP KEEP YOU IN CHECK.

(To GENUS DEI /AMANTIA pointing)

 

(With a kidding smile and laughter)

ALL OF YOU GET READY TO HAVE A GREAT TIME. EGNATIUS, OUR FRIENDLY GOOD LOOKING BARTENDER, WHO HAS WRITTEN A PERSONAL SONG, IS GOING TO SING FOR US NEXT. COME ON UP HERE EGNATIUS.

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EGNATIUS

(EGNATIUS leaves the bar area to center stage with his electric guitar, while transforming into his alter ego. HE takes the elastic out of his hair, revealing long wild hair. HE has removed his work shirt, which covered his arms, to reveal tattoos and rocker wear. HE begins HIS song; I Don’t Like Sleeping In My Own Bed. It’s a rock ballad balanced out with tenderness and a bit of heavy rock, think Riders On The Storm, by the Doors in combination with Whole Lotta Love by Led Zepplin. Music Video 15 begins and depicts the treadmill of life and the constant desire we have to break free from the never ending cycle of repetition to find meaning in our life. DANCERS and SINGERS join in as chorus)

 

(Slow intro…….)

 

DANCERS AND SINGERS

ONE GLASS FOLLOWS ANOTHER, FOLLOWS ANOTHER

(CUSTOMERS begin to clink glasses together around the bar)

LIFE IS A SMOTHER

AND ICE IS ITS COVER

ONE GLASS FOLLOWS ANOTHER

FOLLOWS ANOTHER

(CUSTOMERS begin to clink glasses together around the bar)

 

 

EGNATIUS

WOO….OOAH!

STOP!

NOT TOO CLOSE

I MAY START TO OPEN MY HEART

 

KEYBOARD/GUITAR RIFF

 

I DREAM I’M NAKED,

WALKING

ON STREETS OF HOME

SOMEONE NEXT TO ME IS TALKING,

ABOUT THE PAST

AND HOW NOTHING LASTS

BUILDINGS ARE NEW

BUT OLD

IN PLATINUM

AND GOLD

MY LIFE IS MADE KNOWN

PASSING JASMINE

OVERGROWN

IT’S AN UNFINISHED BRIDGE

TO NO-WHERE

WITH A MARKET

VACANT AND BARE

PEOPLE AROUND ME

STOPPING TO STARE

 

 

DANCERS AND SINGERS

ONE GLASS FOLLOWS ANOTHER, FOLLOWS ANOTHER

(CUSTOMERS begin to clink glasses together around the bar)

LIFE IS A SMOTHER

AND ICE IS ITS COVER

ONE GLASS FOLLOWS ANOTHER

FOLLOWS ANOTHER

(CUSTOMERS begin to clink glasses together around the restaurant)

 

 

EGNATIUS

WOO…OOAH!

STOP!

NOT TOO CLOSE

I MAY START

TO OPEN MY HEART

I’M ALONE, EMPTY

BUT NOT FREE

I SEE, I FEEL

BUT I DON’T LIKE

SLEEPING IN MY OWN BED

 

 

DANCERS AND SINGERS

THERE’S NOTHING THERE FOR ME

 

 

EGNATIUS

I SEE, I FEEL

BUT I DON’T LIKE SLEEPING IN MY OWN BED

 

 

DANCERS AND SINGERS

THERE’S NOTHING THERE FOR ME

THERE’S NOTHING THERE FOR ME

 

 

EGNATIUS

AS I LOOK UP FROM WHERE I LIE

I KNOW I DID NOT DIE

MY BODY SUSPENDED

IN SILVER THREADS

WITH GLIMMERING FACETS

ALL IN SHREDS

THE DETAILS ARE UNRECOGNIZABLE

BUT NOT ALL IS IN VAIN

THIS IS ALL

THAT MAKES ME WHOLE,

MORTAL AND SANE

 

 

DANCERS AND SINGERS

ONE GLASS FOLLOWS ANOTHER

FOLLOWS ANOTHER

(CUSTOMERS begin to clink glasses together around the bar)

LIFE IS A SMOTHER

AND ICE IS ITS COVER

ONE GLASS FOLLOWS ANOTHER

FOLLOWS ANOTHER

(CUSTOMERS begin to clink glasses together around the bar)

 

 

EGNATIUS

WOO…OOAH!

STOP!

NOT TOO CLOSE

I MAY START

TO OPEN MY HEART

I’M ALONE, EMPTY

BUT NOT FREE

I SEE, I FEEL

BUT I DON’T LIKE SLEEPING IN MY OWN BED

 

DANCERS AND SINGERS

THERE’S NOTHING THERE FOR ME

 

 

EGNATIUS

I SEE, I FEEL

BUT I DON’T LIKE SLEEPING IN MY OWN BED

 

 

DANCERS and SINGERS

THERE’S NOTHING THERE FOR ME

THERE’S NOTHING THERE FOR ME

 

 

EGNATIUS

THE SECRETS OF LIFE

ABANDON ME

IT LEAVES ME GUESSING

FOR WHAT IS MISSING

FEELING FORSAKEN

MY LIFE’S LEFT SHAKEN

I NEED SOMEONE TO LOVE ME

AND NOT JUST FROM ABOVE

 

LIFE’S LEAVING ME BEHIND

AND MAKING ME BLIND,

MANKIND WANTS TO TAUNT

SO NO ONE GETS WHAT THEY WANT

THERE’S NO ONE TRUSTING

ONLY RUSTING

AND GAUNT

 

SAVE ME

I’M LOOKING TO BE FREE

BEFORE I COMBUST

AND END UP AS DUST

WOO…OOAH!

STOP!

NOT TOO CLOSE

I MAY START

TO OPEN MY HEART

I’M ALONE, EMPTY

BUT NOT FREE

I SEE, I FEEL

BUT I DON’T LIKE SLEEPING IN MY OWN BED

 

 

DANCERS AND SINGERS

THERE’S NOTHING THERE FOR ME

 

 

EGNATIUS

I SEE, I FEEL

BUT I DON’T LIKE SLEEPING IN MY OWN BED

 

 

DANCERS AND SINGERS

THERE’S NOTHING THERE FOR ME

THERE’S NOTHING THERE FOR ME

 

 

EGNATIUS

I’M ALONE, NOT FREE

AND NEED SOMEONE TO SLEEP WITH ME

 

 

CUSTOMERS

(All clapping)

 

EGNATIUS

( HE returns to his BARTENDER persona as HE makes his way back to the bar. Meanwhile a CUSTOMER who is standing at the bar leans over the counter to talk to EGNATIUS)

 

 

A CUSTOMER

(To EGNATIUS, with the conversation fading)

SAY EGNATIUS, I KNOW A ROCK BAND WHO IS LOOKING FOR A LEAD GUITARIST/SINGER AND IS GOING ON TOUR IN EUROPE. WOULD YOU LIKE TO MEET THEM?

 

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CHANGE AND THE UNKNOWN

(The front door of the bar opens and two ladies dressed in very sexy Bob Mackie style dresses walk in and approach ACACIUS.  CHANGE and THE UNKNOWN are dressed similar to Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell in the video Two Little Girls From Little Rock. THEY give a CD to ACACIUS and then take the two seats next to GENUS DEI / AMANTIA and ELUCIDATE. In the background, Musical Video 16 begins and plays scenes and music from the 40s – 50s)

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA

(To CHANGE and THE UNKNOWN)

HI LADIES, I’M G D AND THIS IS MY HUSBAND, ELUCIDATE. YOU BOTH LOOK DAZZLING TONIGHT!

 

 

CHANGE

(To GENUS DEI / AMANTIA)

THANK YOU. IT’S NICE TO MEET BOTH OF YOU. MY NAME IS CHANGE AND THIS IS THE UNKNOWN. WE WROTE OUR OWN SONG AND WE THOUGHT WE’D SHARE IT WITH EVERYONE. WE’RE REALLY EXCITED! IT’S THE FIRST TIME WE’VE SUNG OUR SONG IN PUBLIC.

 

 

ACACIUS

(To CHANGE and THE UNKNOWN)

WELL, BOTH YOU LADIES LOOK AMAZING AND I’M SURE EVERYONE WILL ENJOY YOUR SONG. I’VE GOT YOUR CD READY. COME UP HERE AND GOOD LUCK!

(CHANGE and THE UNKNOWN move over to center stage to begin THEIR song, Invisible High Heels. CUSTOMERS, clap and whistle at their outfits)

 

 

 

CHANGE and THE UNKNOWN

THANK YOU EVERYONE. WE HAVE A SONG WE WROTE CALLED: INVISIBLE HIGH HEELS. WE HAVE TO TAKE OUR SHOES OFF FOR THIS BEACAUSE THEY’RE SUPPOSE TO BE INVISIBLE.

(CHANGE and THE UNKNOWN remove their high heels and hold them in their hands. THEY commit to a cheeky sultry song and dance routine using the piano and a couple of spindle chairs. THE TRIUMVIRATE become the backup dancers and do stylized light tap during the chorus. Music Video 16 continues and depicts scenes and actions from the song)

 

 

CHANGE AND THE UNKNOWN

INVISIBLE HIGH HEELS

(Hiding their high heels behind their backs and standing on tip toe as if their high heel shoes were on)

HAVE NO TRAINING WHEELS

(Showing their high heels with no training wheels)

THEY’RE OUR LOFTY GOALS

THAT CAN SHAPE OUR SOULS

TAKE CARE NOT TO DECIEVE

THE CHARADE OF SELF

LESS WE FINISH UP

WITH AN EMPTY CUP

ON A BARREN SHELF

OOOH, OOOH, OOOH

(With a sexy curtsy)

WITH AN EMPTY CUP

 

SO BEWARE

THE UNKNOWN IS A DARE

WITHIN A SPHERE OF FEAR

WHERE LIFE IS LAID BARE

AND ITS KEY FOR TOMORROW

WE’RE UNABLE TO BORROW

OOOH, OOOH, OOOH

(With a sexy curtsy)

WE’RE UNABLE TO BORROW

 

CHANGE

WE’RE YOUNG

AND FULL OF ENERGY

IN A HOSTILE WORLD

OF SYNERGY

 

CONSTANT CHANGE

BRINGS EXPANSION

AND A FREER WAY OF THOUGHT

WITH SATISFACTION

THAT CONVERTS ESSENCE

TO TRUTH AND CAMELOT

 

 

LEARNING BECOMES

AN EXPERIENCE

THAT ALLOWS YOUTH’S DISAPPEARANCE

AND LIFE AROUND YOU

MORPHS INTO PERSEVERANCE

 

 

CHANGE AND THE UNKNOWN

INVISIBLE HIGH HEELS

(Hiding their high heels behind their backs and standing on tip toe as if their shoes were on)

HAVE NO TRAINING WHEELS

(Showing their high heels with no training wheels)

OOOH, OOOH, OOOH

(With a sexy curtsy)

OOOH, OOOH, OOOH

 

THE UNKNOWN

OUR INVISIBLE HIGH HEELS

(Hiding their high heels behind their backs and standing on tip toe as if their shoes were on)

ARE LOFTY IDEALS

(Holding their shoes high into the air)

FALLING IN LOVE

HIDES AND CONCEALS

THE UNKNOWN

AND ALL ITS ORDEALS

IN A WORLD

OF UNOPENED OYSTERS

WE DEVOUR NEWNESS

IN CLOISTERS

ACCOMPLISHMENTS

BECOME PEARLS

AND DISCOVERY IS REPLACED

BY BURLS

OOOH, OOOH, OOOH

(With a sexy curtsy)

OOOH, OOOH, OOOH

(With a sexy curtsy)

 

 

CHANGE AND THE UNKNOWN

INVISIBLE HIGH HEELS

(Hiding their high heels behind their backs and standing on tip toe as if their shoes were on)

HAVE NO TRAINING WHEELS

(Showing their high heels with no training wheels)

THEY’RE SO WONDERFUL TO WEAR

(Putting their shoes back on)

YOU’LL FEEL LIKE

YOU’RE WALKING ON AIR

(Air shoots up from the floor)

BUT BEWARE

THE UNKNOWN IS A DARE

WITHIN A SPHERE OF FEAR

WHERE LIFE IS LAID BARE

AND ITS KEY FOR TOMORROW

WE’RE UNABLE TO BORROW

OOOH, OOOH, OOOH

(With a sexy curtsy)

WE’RE UNABLE TO BORROW

 

 

CERTAINTY OF AGE

INVISIBLE FROM OUR CAGE

(THEY lift their spindle chairs and place them over THEIR heads, looking out while turning their heads)

MAKES LIFE A MASQUERADE

 

OTHERS SEE OLD

EVEN THOUGH

WE HAVE INNER GOLD

 

MOMENTS DISAPPEAR

AND BECOME UNCLEAR

THEIR TIME HAS ARRIVED

AND LEFT US DEPRIVED

 

JUST LIKE

THE FINAL SEQUEL

THAT LEAVES US

ALL EQUAL

(THEY sit on the chairs and drop THEIR heads to the side, pretending THEY are dead)

 

INVISIBLE HIGH HEELS

(Hiding their high heels behind their backs and standing on tip toe as if their shoes were on)

HAVE NO TRAINING WHEELS

(Showing their high heels with no training wheels)

THEY’RE SO WONDERFUL TO WEAR

(Putting their shoes back on)

YOU’LL FEEL LIKE

YOU’RE WALKING ON AIR

(Air shoots up from the floor)

BUT BEWARE

THE UNKNOWN IS A DARE

WITHIN A SPHERE OF FEAR

WHERE LIFE IS LAID BARE

AND ITS KEY FOR TOMORROW

WE’RE UNABLE TO BORROW

OOOH, OOOH, OOOH

(With a sexy curtsy)

WE’RE UNABLE TO BORROW

OOOH, OOOH, OOOH

(With a sexy curtsy)

OOOH, OOOH, OOOH

(With a sexy curtsy)

 

 

CUSTOMERS

(There’s clapping, whistles and cheers. CHANGE and THE UNKNOWN move off stage, then follow THE TRIUMVIRATE and join TEMPTATION over at THEIR table)

 

 

Scene 8

 

 

LIMITATION AND KNOWLEDGE

(Enter the bar with everyone giving them strange looks. THEY are dressed in costumes from a costume party THEY had just left. LIMITATION, an older man, is dressed as a colorful bumble bee carrying a lightweight see through glass window frame. KNOWLEDGE, his older wife, is dressed as a leather bound book)

 

 

ACACIUS

(Looking up and seeing LIMITATION and KNOWLEDGE come into the bar)

WELL, WELL, WELL, A BEE AND A LEATHER BOUND BOOK WALK INTO A BAR

(Customers begin to laugh, but welcome them as THEY move toward ACACIUS with a CD. THEY hand the CD to ACACIUS)

THANKS FOLKS. WHAT’S WITH YOUR COSTUMES?

 

 

KNOWLEDGE

(Talking into the microphone and speaking to ACACIUS and the CUSTOMERS)

OUR FRIEND HAS AN ANNUAL COSTUME PARTY WHERE YOU HAVE TO DRESS UP AS SOMETHING PERTAINING TO A LIFE EXPERIENCE. WE CHOSE KNOWLEDGE AND LIMITATIONS. THE TITLE OF THE SONG WE’RE GOING TO SING IS CALLED; PAIN IN THE GLASS.

(The CUSTOMERS laugh)

 

 

ACACIUS

(Laughing)

OKAY, I’LL SET YOUR CD UP, THERE’S THE STAGE, DO YOUR THING. I’M SURE EVERYONE WILL LOVE THIS!

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LIMITATION AND KNOWLEDGE

(Move on stage and position themselves. The window pane is actually a see through screen as used in Dancing with Daredevils – see Daredevil Dancing: the Art of flying, flipping and falling CBS You Tube. THE TRIUMVIRATE moves in closer to the stage area, with tenseness. Video 17 begins and is Flight of the Bumble Bee played intermittently each time LIMITATION tries to break through the barrier. The original song Pain In The Glass is sung with the lyrics below)

 

LIMITATION

(Looking through the window pane, to see KNOWLEDGE on the other side)

EACH DAY

I APPROACH THIS WINDOW PANE

LOOKING TO PLAY

INSTEAD, FEELING PAIN

FROM DRAIN

MY HOPES AND WISHES

DREAMS AND MORE

CONFRONT A BARRIER

I CAN’T IGNORE

 

IF I STEP BACK

AND RECOLLECT

BE SATISFIED

NOT MYSTIFIED

I’LL LOSE THE STRUGGLE

FROM ALL MY TROUBLES

(Flight of the Bumble Bee plays as LIMITATIONS does a frantic dance in which HE bounces off the glass each time HE tries to get through)

 

AM I TOO CLOSE

TO SEE THE ANSWER?

CAN I BYPASS THE GLASS

NOT HIDE

BUT INSTEAD, SEE MY INSIDE

(LIMITATIONS stops and looks at the glass pretending it’s a mirror, then turns HIS eyes towards himself, looking inside. Flight of the Bumble Bee plays again as LIMITATIONS does another frantic dance in which HE bounces off the glass)

 

 

KNOWLEDGE

(KNOWLEDGE, wanting to help, begins to open some of the pages from the book on the other side of the screen, so LIMITATION can see a solution. CONTROL from THE TRIUMVIRATE steps up to KNOWLEDGE and tries to stop KNOWLEDGE from opening the pages in the book. KNOWLEDGE pushes CONTROL away)

LET ME SHOW YOU WHAT I KNOW

DO NOT BE DISTRACTED BY THIS SIDE

LEARN TO TRUST YOUR INNER GUIDE

THROW AWAY YOUR SELFISH PRIDE

TAKE A STEP BACK

(LIMITATION steps back from the glass pane)

THERE’S ROOM BEHIND

IF YOU BACKTRACK

ELIMINATE THE STRUGGLE

DON’T BE BOUND BY THIS PUZZLE

AN OPEN DOOR IS WORTHWHILE

(SHE points to an open door behind LIMITATION. HE turns to see the open door)

GOING AGAINST THE PANE IS FUTILE

(Flight of the Bumble Bee plays again and LIMITATIONS makes another frantic effort to get through the glass without success. KNOLWLEDGE turns pages in HER book and points to a paragraph for LIMITATION to read)

TRUST YOUR INTUITION

AS YOUR MENTOR

IT’S YOUR LIFE’S MISSION

IN FULL COLOR

THIS PANE OF GLASS

IN BLACK AND WHITE

STOPS THE PROMISE

TO DISCOVER

YOUR BIRTHRIGHT,

BEAUTY AND LIGHT

DON’T LET THE EMOTION

CLOUD YOUR EYES

IT’S THE SOLUTION

THAT IS WISE

 

 

LIMITATION

BUT I CAN SEE TO THE OTHER SIDE

DO YOU REALLY THINK

IT’S MY PRIDE?

IT’S MY JOURNEY

AND CLEAR AS DAY

NOT ILLUSIONS

OR LACK OF THOUGHT

I PRAY

THIS RESISTANCE

IS CHILD’S PLAY

TO THE OPEN GATEWAY

IT WON’T BE LONG,

I’M NEVER WRONG

AND MY INNER CHILD

STILL YOUNG AND STRONG

MAKES LOVE OF TRYING

MY UNCONDITIONAL SONG

(Flight of the Bumble Bee plays as LIMITATION does one last frantic dance, and collapses to the floor out of breath and motionless. BLAME SHIFTER fearing something seriously wrong runs to administer CPR and after a few minutes revives LIMITATION)

 

 

KNOWLEDGE

IT’S THE JOURNEY THAT GIVES THE ANSWERS

NOT THE SURROUNDING SHADOWS AND DANCERS

TRUST YOUR INTUITION

DURING THIS TRANSITION

YOUR DESTINATION

WASN’T SUPPOSITION

YOU SHOULD HAVE GIVEN IN

TO THE KNOWING AND ADMISSION

THIS GLASS IS A LENS

(KNOWLEDGE tapping on the glass)

USE FOCUS,

SEE THE ANSWER

NOT HOCUSPOCUS

 

 

LIMITATION

            (Looking up from the floor towards KNOWLEDGE)

THEN I ASK

HELP ME TRUST THE ANSWER

TO MAKE TRUTH AN EASIER TASK

 

 

 

THE TRIUMVIRATE

(CAUSES AND GAMES move in with CONTROL and BLAME SHIFTER to get LIMITATION back on his feet, while KNOWLEDGE looks on unable to help because of HER costume)

 

CONTROL

(To LIMITATION AND KNOWLEDGE)

HERE FOLKS, LET US HELP YOU. YOU KNOW, YOU’D BE MUCH MORE COMFORTABLE IF YOU JOINED US OVER HERE FOR A REST AND WE HELPED YOU GET OUT OF YOUR COSTUMES. THEY MUST BE VERY HEAVY AND HOT TO WEAR.

(Pointing to their table)

AFTER ALL WE DON’T WANT THE CROWD HERE GETTING THE IDEA THAT YOU’RE TRYING TO ENLIGHTEN THEM.

(THEY ALL head over towards THE TRIUMVIRATE’S table with THE TRIUMVIRATE doing a tap dance along the way. KNOWLEDGE and LIMITATIONS are helped out of their costumes by BLAME SHIFTER and THE TRIUMVIRATE)

 

 

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ACACIUS

WELL THAT WAS A BIT OF A SCARY MOMENT. THANK YOU BLAME SHIFTER FOR YOUR QUICK RESPONSE. I’M GLAD EVERYONE IS OKAY. COULD YOU ALL THANK BLAME SHIFTER? ALSO, LET’S THANK KNOWLEDGE AND LIMITATION FOR THEIR SONG.

(CUSTOMERS clapping. DANCERS return to their positions around the bar)

NEXT WE HAVE ANOTHER PERSONAL SONG WRITTEN BY ORPHEUS. HE IS GOING TO BE JOINED BY INNOCENCE, EGNATIUS, GIVER OF GRACE, BLAME SHIFTER, TEMPTATION AND THE TRIUMVIRATE. THE SONG HE WROTE IS CALLED REVEAL. LET’S ALL WELCOME THEM TO THE STAGE.

(More CUSTOMER clapping. Music Movie 18 begins and depicts scenes relating to the words in the Reveal)

 

 

INNOCENCE, EGNATIUS, ORPHEUS, GIVER OF GRACE, BLAMER, TEMPTATION and THE TRIUMVIRATE

(Take the stage to begin a modern version of a Tango. Think new meets old, as in Valentino’s Tango 1921. THE TRIUMVIRATE begin a separate Tango in the middle of center stage. THE TRIUMVIRATE have three spindle chairs which represent the cages they place on humanity, as their partners. THE TRIUMVIRATE sense something is wrong as INNOCENCE, EGNATIUS, ORPHEUS, GIVER OF GRACE and BLAME SHIFTER surround THEM, circling with THEIR Tangos, detailing THEIR coming demise with words and dance. All-in all, this becomes a Tango within a Tango, within a Tango in words, deeds and dance. The Tango music is strong, forceful and dramatic with sensuality; see Tango – Roxanne You tube)

 

 

GAMES

HOW OFTEN I’VE POSITIONED THIS GAME

(Holding up the chair HE is doing the Tango with)

AND DESTROYED A MAN’S NAME

 

 

CAUSES

HOW OFTEN I’VE PROVIDED THIS FORCE

(Holding up the chair HE is doing the Tango with)

ONLY TO END UP AS MAN’S REMORSE

 

 

CONTROL

HOW OFTEN THIS INCENTIVE WAS ONLY BAIT

(Holding up the chair HE is doing the Tango with)

THAT DETERMINED MAN’S FATE

 

 

TEMPTATION

(Dancing with ORPHEUS)

HOW OFTEN WE GAVE YOU PLEASURES,

WISHES, TREASURES

AND HOPE

THEN MADE YOU COPE

 

HERDED YOU LIKE SHEEP

AND WATCHED YOU WEEP

 

 

 

ORPHEUS

(Dancing with TEMPTATION)

HOPE BECAME OUR ONLY BID

FORCING ON A LID

TO TRAP YOUR EGO’S OCEAN

AND ALL THE EMOTION

 

YOU TOOK OUR TRUST

SAID IT WAS A MUST

DID YOUR RAPE

AS WE TRIED TO ESCAPE

 

 

TEMPTATION

IT’S NOT CALLED RAPE

WHEN YOU ARE WILLING

AND YOUR LANDSCAPE

IS CONSIDERED THRILLING

(At this point ORPHEUS releases TEMPTATION with a strong thrust, and she rejoins THE TRIUMVIRATE. ORPHEUS does a singular Tango, calling out THE TRIUMVIRATE and TEMPTATION by asking INNOCENCE, EGNATIUS, GIVER OF GRACE AND BLAME SHIFTER to ‘REVEAL’ the millstone that has been holding all of them back. While the verses for REVEAL are being sung and with no one else to blame, THE TRIUMVIRATE turn on TEMPTATION, and trap HER within the three chairs. Each time the word ‘Reveal’ is sung, THE TRIUMVIRATE and TEMPTATION slow down THEIR dancing and eventually lose the ability to dance. With TEMPTATION trapped, THE TRIUMVIRATE take a rest on THEIR chairs and as THEY become weaker, THEY start to collapse and eventually THE TRIUMVIRATE and TEMPTATION disappear through lighting effects. All that is left are the three spindle chairs stacked in disarray)

 

 

ORPHEUS

INNOCENCE, REVEAL, REVEAL, REVEAL!

 

 

INNOCENCE

            (Dancing with EGNATIUS)

ALL THESE MANY YEARS

SHARING STRUGGLE

TROUBLES AND TEARS

UNABLE TO CAST ASIDE OUR FEARS

OF CHASING DOUBTS

TO PLEASE OUR PEERS

 

 

ORPHEUS

EGNATIUS, REVEAL, REVEAL, REVEAL!

 

 

EGNATIUS

            (Dancing with INNOCENCE)                                                       

OBSTRUCTING OUR GOALS THAT COST

DISCOVERY AND JOURNEY

TO BE ALMOST LOST

AND FORCING OUR SONG WITHIN

TO BE PLAYED FOREVER

ON A STRINGLESS VIOLIN

 

 

ORPHEUS

GIVER OF GRACE, REVEAL, REVEAL, REVEAL!

 

 

GIVER OF GRACE

(Dancing with BLAME SHIFTER)

AND WHEN WE DID PAIN

WHO KNEW THIS WAS A CLUE

FOR WHAT THERE WAS TO GAIN

WE OPENED OUR EYES

SAW YOUR PHANTOMS GUISE

AND UNITED THIS WAYWARD CREW

 

 

                                                            ORPHEUS

BLAME SHIFTER, REVEAL, REVEAL, REVEAL!

 

 

BLAME SHIFTER

(Dancing with GIVER OF GRACE)

OUR GIFTS HELD

THE DOUBLE EDGED SWORD

THAT WAS NEVER FELLED

WE IGNORED UNDERSTANDING

RELIED ON BRANDING

WHILE JUDGEMENTS ON OTHERS

BECAME TREACHERY

WITHOUT KNOWING

ANOTHER’S TRAJECTORY

 

 

ORPHEUS

INNOCENCE, REVEAL, REVEAL, REVEAL!

 

 

INNOCENCE

(Dancing with EGNATIUS  )

AND BEING BLIND

TO OUR ETERNITY,

PREVENTED ANY CLARITY

FINALLY WE REALIZED

ON THIS JOURNEY DISGUISED

IT’S A PERSON’S OWN ENERGY

THAT NEEDS DISCOVERY

IN ORDER TO CHANGE

DEMISE INTO RECOVERY

 

 

ORPHEUS

EGNATIUS, REVEAL, REVEAL, REVEAL!

 

 

EGTNATIUS

(Dancing with INNOCENCE)

SO LET PEOPLE BE

SO THEY CAN SEE

IF THEY LIFT THEMSELVES

THEY WILL BE FREE

UNSCHACKLE THE MIND

RID THE HEART OF BLIND

RIDE THE HIGHWAY OF LIGHT

DIVINE SHINES ON EVERYONE

BE THE SUN

BE ONE

 

 

ORPHEUS, INNOCENCE, EGNATIUS, GIVER OF GRACE, BLAME SHIFTER

            (Together)

WE REVEAL, WE REVEAL, WE REVEAL!

(During this verse, THE TRIUMVIRATE and TEMPTATION slowly succumb to the words and truth, collapse and disappear)

 

 

ORPHEUS

MAKE DESIRE YOUR MIGHT

 

 

INNOCENCE

MAKE DISCIPLINE YOUR FAITH

 

 

EGNATIUS

MAKE BELIEF YOUR WRAITH

 

 

GIVER OF GRACE

MAKE LOVE, YOUR LIGHT

 

 

BLAME SHIFTER

GO WITHIN, TAKE STOCK

 

 

ORPHEUS

WORK THROUGH WHO YOU ARE

 

 

INNCOCENCE

BECOME YOUR SEMINAL STAR

 

EGNATIUS

GIVE YOUR ENERGY

 

 

GIVER OF GRACE

BREATHE SYNCRONICITY

 

 

BLAME SHIFTER

STEP BY STEP

 

 

ORPHEUS

THESE ARE THE KEYS

 

 

INNOCENCE

THIS IS THE MAGIC

 

 

EGNATIUS

THEN THE DOOR INSIDE OPENS

 

 

INNOCENCE, EGNATIUS, ORPHEUS, GIVER OF GRACE AND BLAME SHIFTER

            (With a crescendo of dance, music and song)

TO SET YOURSELF FREE

(INNOCENCE, EGNATIUS, ORPHEUS, GIVER OF GRACE AND BLAME SHIFTER, transition off stage and are replaced with DANCERS)

 

 

GENUS DEI / AMANTIA AND ELUCIDATE

(GENUS DEI / AMANTIA and ELUCIDATE move on stage, to join the DANCERS. GENUS DEI / AMANTIA and ELUCIDATE begin THEIR song called The Gift, which have new words to the song The Flower Duet, from Lakme. This version mimics the style used in You tube Anna Netrebko and Elina Garanca from 2011. Music Video 19 begins and is scenes to The Gift. The scent of white jasmine and flowering roses is added to the venting system. The DANCERS participate with a dance routine that is loving and sensual yet dramatic. See You tube Zurcaroh. GENUS DEI / AMANTIA sings soprano, while ELUCIDATE sings contralto. THEY have made a costume change to compliment the DANCERS. White haze is seen floating out into the air from different floor areas of the stage, as GENUS DEI / AMANTIA and ELUCIDATE sing the last verse of the song)

 

 

AMANTIA

SO NOW OUR EYES

ARE WIDE OPEN

WORDS ARE NOT UNSPOKEN

 

WE SEE TRUTH WITH FEELING

NO CONCEALING THE HEALING

 

JOY IS OUR SUITOR

DIVINE IS OUR TUTOR

ENERGY OUR RECRUITER

 

ELUCIDATE

GRATEFUL FREEDOM

LIGHT IS OUR BEACON

INNER BEAUTY IS OUR STAPLE

ONE HEART TO ENABLE

OUR DREAMS CAN BE REAL

LOVE IS THE GREAT SEAL

 

 

AMANTIA and ELUCIDATE

THIS GIFT

WE SET ADRIFT

TIMELESS AND IMMORTAL

WE HAVE GARNERED

THE POWER

IT’S IN OUR HEARTS

SPIRIT ENCASES EVERYTHING

WE ARE COUPLED TO ALL THINGS

BEHOLD THE INNER DOORWAY

OF TWO SEPARTE WORLDS

ENERGIES TOGETHER

UNIFIED

REMOVING ALL ILLUSION

ON OUTCOMES FROM LIFE

SEEING OUR WORLD AS AN INFINITE HORIZON

THIS ACT OF ACCEPTANCE

FROM THE CELESTRIAL WIND

BEGINS THE HEALING PROCESS

OF BALANCE, COURAGE, DIGNITY, HOPE AND BELIEF

TEACHING US NOT TO REACT

BUT CONVERTING THIS ENERGY

TO INFINITE

LOVE, GRATITUDE, SERENITY

AND

HARMONY

 

 

AMANTIA

IT WASN’T LACK OF LOVE

I KNOW YOU FELT IT TOO

IT WAS BRIDGES WITH NARROW EDGES

WE WERE BOTH AFRAID TO CROSS

TIL WE BURNT THE DROSS

 

 

ELUCIDATE

BUT THEN YOU WERE ONE

AND I WAS ONE

THERE WAS LOVE AGAIN

WITHOUT THE STRAIN OR PAIN

TWO ENERGIES SEPARATED

BUT ALSO FATED AGAIN

WE’RE STRONGER NOW

LOVE GAVE US BEAUTY WE DIDN’T SEE

SPLENDOUR WE DIDN’T KNOW

 

 

ELUCIDATE

OPENED OUR HEARTS

ELIMINATED OUR THOUGHTS

FROM FEAR AND DEATH

GAVE US BREATH

CONQUERED OUR COUNTERPARTS

SHOWED US HIDDEN ARTS

HOW TO LIVE

HOW TO GIVE

IT’S IN OUR HEARTS

SPIRIT ENCASES EVERYTHING

WE ARE COUPLED TO ALL THINGS

BEHOLD THE INNER DOORWAY

OF TWO SEPARTE WORLDS

ENERGIES TOGETHER

UNIFIED

REMOVING ALL ILLUSION

ON OUTCOMES FROM LIFE

SEEING OUR WORLD AS AN INFINITE HORIZON

THIS ACT OF ACCEPTANCE

FROM THE CELESTRIAL WIND

BEGINS THE HEALING PROCESS

OF BALANCE, COURAGE, DIGNITY, HOPE AND BELIEF

TEACHING US NOT TO REACT

BUT CONVERTING THIS ENERGY

TO INFINITE

LOVE, GRATITUDE, SERENITY

AND

HARMONY

 

 

 

[ BRIDGE]

 

 

THIS GIFT

WE SET ADRIFT

 

 

CUSTOMERS

(Clapping, some standing up from their chairs and bar stools clapping)

 

 

LATIN LADY

(SHE enters the bar and walks by the customers through the haze with words rolling off her tongue, carrying her bundle of roses)

R  O  S  A  S,               R  O  S  A  S.

WOULD ANYONE LIKE TO SHARE SOME LOVE?

(ALL the DANCERS and CAST join GENUS DEI / AMANTIA and walk through the haze to the front of the stage. They take a bow and the curtains close)

 

 

THE END

Propensity to Please

December 6, 2017 - Leave a Response

Propensity to Please

This artwork I completed represents man emerging from the ocean of life trying to please as he discovers himself and the world around him. Above him is the ‘unknown’ and the ‘arrow’ or ‘doorway’ is his direction. In the wave behind him is the ‘face of God’, always present, but not always realized. Tucked into the waves are ‘choices’ with helping ‘hands and beings’.

See Me

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Concept/Study for upcoming painting.

 

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Cruise with a View

October 20, 2017 - Leave a Response

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Although I’d sailed in 1966 on an older ship from Canada to England, I’d never been on a cruise. This ocean cruise was a whole different cup of tea. It was a seven-day cruise leaving from Long Beach, CA with two stops in Mexico: Cabos San Lucas (two days) and a stop in Puerto Vallarta for a day with two sea days back to Long Beach port.

We were lucky to have been asked to join a family of a friend, and together we travelled with a composition of  slightly over two thousand guests and close to nine hundred crew members. All from many walks of life, countries, backgrounds and mind sets. The goal of Carnival Cruise Lines was to arrange and create something from this mix, and forge a unified whole from the hearth using the sun and fun. Our purpose was to enjoy ourselves.

To me, more than the surface aspect of cruising, this trip was a snapshot into humanity as it surrounds us. It became a metaphor for learning and my view of that metaphor.

Upon arriving to embark, I was totally impressed with the boarding agents and their efficiency. Adding to this, was the beauty of the ship, how clean everything was and the friendliness of the crew we encountered.

Our cabin was roomy, (photo of Joe included) with an efficient bathroom, super comfortable beds  and this towel art, which changed daily:

 

Every time there was a new towel art figure in our room, it conjured up childhood memories to me. Remembering the warmth I felt when mom would wrap a towel around me when I got out of the bath. Memories of long gone pets. Memories from when my parents took me to the zoo. Feelings of softness, warmth and love during my up bringing. Such a simple gesture with the power to make me appreciate how fortunate I am.

There was a mailbox outside the cabin door for events and notices, and inside on the wall were cards for room service, non disturbance and our service team for the cabin. About this time, there was an announcement that lunch would be served on the Lido Deck until 3:30pm, so we headed in that direction. Our suitcases and bags would arrive later.

We took the stairs up eight fights so we could see some of the ship. Art pieces hung on each landing and there were art glass pieces encased behind protection in the corners.

When we reached the Lido deck, and the multiple eating areas and restaurants, it seemed we had joined all of the other two thousand guests. We had to wait a bit to get a table before we could look around and choose something to eat. I found out by the end of the cruise, that the first and last eating sessions on a ship are completely full and bring out the best and worst in people. This was my introduction to some of the unpleasant traits of human nature: excess and greed.

We secured a table, and as we waited for the rest of our group to join us, I watched as plates piled high with food passed us. Endless food of all descriptions: pot roast, chicken and fish (fried, roasted or grilled), vegetarian, vegetable and starch selections, fresh fruit, regular and gluten-free breads and meals, deli sandwiches, smoked salmon plates, pizzas, wraps, burgers, hot dogs, roast pork, pastas, multiple ethnic including Chinese food, salad bar selections, dessert plates, beverages and more. Too many to list.

After everyone arrived at our table we took turns getting food so as not to lose the table. As I passed other tables I couldn’t help but notice all of the half eaten food plates left behind, as the same people were digging into another plate piled high. Waiters were busy picking up plates with left-overs, that never seemed to end. And, as soon as the waiters had cleared these, replacement plates were piled up faster than they could pick-up. It was organized insanity.

I didn’t know if the factor that drove this phenomena was (a) it was free, (b) guests felt they paid for the food, therefore everything was game on, (c) guests who might not have had an opportunity in the past to try some of these choices had the opportunity now, and they tried some new things, didn’t like what they tried and left the rest, or (d) didn’t care. Judging by the amount of waste I saw, I grouped it under the former heading of excess and greed. I added waste.

(After having been in the food and hospitality business for over forty-five years, I didn’t have any food on the ship that wasn’t good, great or exceptional, in taste, quality and eye appeal. As a matter of fact it left me feeling spoiled and appreciative).

 

After lunch, we went back to the cabin to see if our luggage had arrived. It hadn’t, so we took time out to explore the ship.

I didn’t take photos of everything that was available to guests on our ship. There was a full gym (I used the stairs instead….which turned out to be not enough exercise for the weight I gained) on two levels with a full spa, steam and sauna. Water slide, exclusive over 21 areas, multiple pools for children and adults with their own food and drink bars, basketball court, ping-pong, miniature golf, whirlpools, private decks, library, art gallery, games room, many cocktail lounges, extra pay dining rooms, the four-story theatre and arts center, 24/7 fresh sushi bar, coffee bars, the comedy club, piano bar, the disco/nightclub, casino and on and on. Along with the numerous function areas, there were daily activities, directed by an excellent cruise director.

 

For the guests, this vessel seemed on the outside, to be a self-contained floating city of fun and excitement. An escape from reality that could possibly solve some of their problems in life, even be it for a week. I found the Carnival crew went out of their way to try to fulfil the needs of every guest and make them feel like each and everyone of them was the most important person on earth. That in itself was an insurmountable task. People end up bringing their individual worlds with them. Worlds of inner pain that keep surfacing outwardly through action, deed or expression of self. Overhearing conversations as we participated in activities on board made this apparent. I’ve always felt, that inner pain, is just a lack of love on some level. This vessel and it’s amenities were the temporary compensation being used to fill this ache that never seems to disappear.

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Our first stop was Cabos San Lucas. Carnival brought in ‘tenders’ to take us to shore. We didn’t sign up for the excursions that were available on board. We wanted to take our chances on shore to see what we could experience.

We were surrounded with options when we reached the shore for scuba diving, glass bottom boats, deep-sea fishing and private boat tours to El Arco and End Rock. The on board Carnival tour was $35/person, but we ended up accepting a private tour for $11/person.

 

There is a photo here of ‘Last Rock’ with a sea-lion perched on top of the rock. At first we thought it was a statue, but as we got closer and we circled the area, the sea lion would change its pose. We were all laughing because the sea loin did it for all the boats that approached.. Major ham and great entertainment. He should be paid for all the photos that were taken of him.

Afterwards we walked the main boardwalk and stopped in at a couple of places, one being Senor Frogs. Lot’s of fun and the hot chips and salsa made the beers go down easier.

We had to be back on the ship by 4:00pm because it would cruise the coast during the night and come back in the morning for the second day where we’d have from 7:00am till 3:00pm on shore again if we wanted. We went back to the ship, got cleaned up and waited in a lounge for everyone to arrive before we went into the dining room for our dinner.

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I found the dinner meals exceptional. As Trump would say, ‘tremendous’ selection, and it was different every night. Always six or seven appetizers to choose from, a ‘unique item’ like veal tongue, or frog legs or rabbit, etc., plus a selection from the grill with assorted sauces, or two vegetarian meals and a selection of six or seven desserts. Hence, the added pounds when I stepped on the scales at home.

Concept / Study……. for my next painting

October 6, 2017 - Leave a Response

Propensity To Please 10 Aspect Corrected

Concept / Study for my next painting: “Propensity to Please”, Oil on canvas 16″ x 20″ Surreal. Here man is emerging from the ocean of life. There is a black arrow for direction, our inside ‘knowing’. Behind him etched into the crashing wave is the face of God, his divine connection. Always there, but not always recognized. Surrounding him is turmoil and black holes (eyes) representing choices and paths that are available if we look. Overhead is desire and temptation, always with the possibility of being swept up into the unknown. Hidden in the shadows are helping hands and guardians. His blindfold is marked with the symbols of truth and friends.

Road Trip……..day 6, final day

October 6, 2017 - Leave a Response

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Just north of Barstow on I-15 we pulled off the road to see Calico Ghost Town. It was an old silver mine from the 1800s. There is a few tours you can take that lead you underground (reminds me of Echo Bay Mines at Port Radium, Canada where I worked for five years), and through different mining operations from that time.

From here we headed through the Morongo and Yucca Valleys home. Our total mileage 1554 miles or about 300 miles a  day. We wanted to see as much as we could in the time allotted. Some areas I would definitely return to and spend the whole time in that place. It’s always nice to be home when you get there. Just recognizing another sign of appreciation when you open the door to home.

Road Trip……..day five

October 6, 2017 - Leave a Response

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After the continental breakfast included by the hotel, and frost on the car windows, we were on the road by 7:00am. Even though it was only 42 degrees when we left Mammoth, we wore shorts and a T-shirt because we knew the day would be much warmer in the valley below. Overall  the day temperature was a comfortable mid nineties. We passed Mammoth Lakes, Bishop, Big Pine, Independence, Lone Pine and entered Death Valley. Most of the roads we’ve travelled on this trip were either in great shape or newly paved this year. I really enjoyed the topography, ups and downs, ascending and descending from all the different elevations. Our first stop was Father Crowley Point. The view from here was vast and endless with an empty simplicity. Most noticeably, there was an incredible quiet.

Next stop was Stovepipe Wells Village, where we stopped for lunch. Two bread sandwiches (oh, forgot there was a paper-thin slice of meat in it), and a coke came to $18.00. Sitting on the rocking chairs on the porch, outside the general store and eating the sandwiches though, made the experience……actually fun.

After lunch, we headed for Mesquite Flats Sand Dunes (reminded me of the sand dunes on Gran Canaria, Canary Islands where we’d go and slide down on the dunes on our backs or stomach….I was 17, and much younger then) and the Harmony Borax Works.

After this, we headed for Furnace Creek Visitor Center, but being a Sunday it was closed. Next destination the Devil’s Golf Course. The landscape looks like a golfer had left thousands of divots strewn over a few thousand acres. These divots are mostly composed of salt deposits. I took a close-up photo of one below.

Badwater Basin was next on our list.

Artist’s Drive is a one-way road through the mountains that looks like it has been painted with hues of red, green, blue, rust and purples. There are steep dips and turns on the road and Disneyland modelled their car ride in California Adventure after this Drive. This Artist’s Drive is much longer and four times the fun. The scenery of the mountains and colors are outstanding and even breath-taking at some points. Our photos don’t do it justice. A real must do if you get out this way.

Just after this drive we headed back to the main road. Shortly after the junction on the main road, there is the historic Oasis Hotel. It is undergoing a major renovation at this time. It is in the middle of no-where and looks like a mirage oasis brought down from heaven. Exotic palms and trees were being planted around the site and it’s a stark contrast to the landscape. It is going to be the place to stay when it is finished. The photo below is the way it looked before the renovation.

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Moving on, our next destination was Zabriskie Point.

After this we were going to go to 20 Mule Team Canyon, but the road in was long and not in good shape (very rough gravel). Not worth the damage it might do to the car. So, we headed to our last Death Valley site; Dante’s View. It’s a long way to the top with hair-pin curves and a steep incline. When you get to the top, all you can smell is the burnt rubber and hot oil from vehicles engines.

This ended our stay in Death Valley. We were heading east now to Death Valley Junction and the Amargosa Opera House. It has a long history and I’ve borrowed the link from Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amargosa_Opera_House_and_Hotel

Our final destination for the trip is Pahrump, Arizona. We headed east and arrived around 5:00pm. We figured we’d stay at one of the casino hotels, have a good meal and head back to Palm Springs tomorrow. Below is a chuck wagon outside our room in the courtyard and a photo of inside the casino.

 

 

 

 

 

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Road Trip…….day four

October 4, 2017 - 2 Responses

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We left Denny’s in Merced at 7:00am. Our first stop was Mariposa an old mining town from the gold rush era. It’s present claim to fame is its musical festivals usually held in June of each year on their fairgrounds. We would have stayed here instead of Merced, but we wouldn’t have arrived until much later and the motel prices were substantially higher. Overall, I guess it wouldn’t have mattered on the time basis as we were up most of the night anyways. Something we look back on and just laugh. The town is wonderfully charming with its hanging flower baskets and you should check out the original courthouse.

 

After Mariposa, we entered Yosemite National Park. We decided to head for the furthest point in the park…Glacier Point. It is a long drive with incredible scenery on either side of the road and well worth the trip just for the view. We were lucky, as all the signs in the park said all roads were open, even though they had recent snow and a forest fire. Areas we passed were still smoldering and there was some smoke and haze lingering, but over all the views were perfect. When we came down the mountain, the rangers were already directing traffic away from Glacier Point, as it was at capacity. It was exceptionally busy even though this was off-season. We were glad we went here first and early.

 

You can really see a major portion of the park from this vantage point. Vernal Fall, Nevada Fall, and Half Dome included. It gives you great perspective and makes you feel small and insignificant when you take in its vastness. Our next stop would be Tunnel View with a few stops for photos in the snow. The Mariposa Grove of Giant Sequoia was closed for restoration. There is numerous hiking trails, cliff climbing, soaring and trail riding available. Even free shuttles around the Valley. We were here on a day trip so we limited our hiking to about two hours for the area around Mirror Lake.

 

The roads in the park were quite busy with lots of traffic. At some of the sight-seeing spots, we had to drive through the parking lot three or four times to get ‘lucky’, just to get a parking space. The longest wait we had been at the Majestic Yosemite Hotel where it took us an hour to park. After Tunnel View we headed for Bridalveil Fall.

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After waiting an hour to park at the Yosemite Hotel, we hiked to Mirror Lake, which happened to have a very low water level. The walk was great and invigorating, and again with endless beauty. We passed a lot of bike riders on the walk and some campers and serious hikers. The creek that flows from Mirror Lake had enormous rocks in it. It makes you wonder how and when they got there. Some were the size of a small house.

 

Back in the car, we drove to Yosemite Village and the Visitor Center. We picked-up a lot of information on the park at the Center and took time to talk to a few Rangers. From this point on we would head out of the park. Next stop, Tioga Road and closer views of Tenaya Lake.

 

The scenery was beginning to change as were the mountains. The passes through the mountains led us up sometimes and down other times. We passed Lee Vining and came to Mono Lake. Mono lake had receded quite a bit also. It was down 40 feet from its original height.

 

On the road again to our final destination for the day….Mammoth Lakes. We arrived at 6:00pm and checked into our hotel. We asked for a good place to eat at the desk and the manager recommended a restaurant a few doors down from our hotel, or we could take the bus, or walk downtown (20 minutes) and go to the Village. He also mentioned that Oktoberfest was on and it was quite the happening. We lucked out again with our timing. We went to our room, settled in, cleaned up and decided we’d take the brisk, chilly walk to the Village and Oktoberfest. When we arrived there was a few large tents with traditional German music and full menus of Oktoberfest food (Yummmmmmm!) and a lot of people dressed in German garb. Beer in authentic steins, schnapps and German wines were available with the food.

 

We filled up on food and walked around the village. By the time we’d done this we were starting to feel the cold and I convinced Eberhard to go to one of the restaurants inside and have a final glass of wine at the bar, so we could warm up before the trek back to the hotel. Enough said. Tomorrow….Death Valley.

Road Trip…….day three

October 3, 2017 - 4 Responses

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Coffee was all we needed on our third day start. We left the hotel and hopped on the 101 North. We wanted to make it to the Bixby Creek Bridge, Big Sur, Monterey and Carmel. From there we’d head east to Merced and stay the night there, so we’d be able to have an early start to Yosemite on the following morning.

 

 

The Central Valley is just amazing. Our route took us through Atascadero, Paso Robles, King City, Greenfield and to Salinas. There were endless fields of every vegetable, nut-tree, fruit tree and vineyard. Just knowing that it supplies over half of all the nuts, vegetables and fruits for the United States is reason enough to be in awe. And we just take it for granted. It gave me great respect and appreciation for such a fragile commodity, just driving through this area. The fields and orchards are an endless sea of beauty. And although, there are plenty of opportunities to take in wine tastings at the many numerous vineyards, we’re saving that for another trip when that will be the main focus.

At Salinas, we headed west towards the ocean. By passing Carmel and Monterey for now, until we returned. We headed to our furthest North destination, the Bixby Creek bridge and Big Sur. Big Sur is as far as we could go on the coastal road because of the landside that removed the road further up, earlier this year.

 

With a short stop in Big Sur we headed back to Carmel, the Seventeen Mile Drive through Pebble Beach and the Del Monte Forest.

 

Pebble Beach and its famous homes and golf courses are everything you can imagine wealth can bring. Partial views of private mansions hugging the ocean, equestrians on horseback, golfers on the pristine links and beautiful hotels and people make this area all that is written about it real, but distant, at the same time. Got money? We stopped at the Point Pinos Lighthouse for thirty minutes, and listened to volunteers tell us its very interesting history and current use.

 

Ending up close to Monterey, we travelled into the beach area for a bite to eat. We found Lalla Grill, a contemporary waterfront restaurant in Cannery Row. There were breathtaking views of the ocean and surroundings, including a cruise ship moored just off the coast, from the front windows where we were seated.  We treated ourselves to lobster and shrimp rolls. Sounds better than it tasted. The Mornay sauce on the seafood masked the delicate taste and overpowered the lobster and shrimp. A simple lemon butter sauce would have been better. But it was a much-needed break from the long drive so far. By 3:30pm, we were on our way west towards Merced.

Not very good photos, but wanted to remember the unbelievable prices of fruits and vegetables from stands along the roads. We saw large Haas avocados, 6/$1.00, a whole flat of giant strawberries for $10.00 , corn, 6/$1.00, and on and on.

With traffic and only a two lane highway, we ended up at our destination of Merced, four hours later at 7:45pm. This began our one night stay at the Motel (6) From Hell.

Bordered by a one way street in front (next to the freeway) and the loading docks of Costco in the rear of the building, we finally found the entrance to the motel, hidden behind a Carl’s Jr. parking lot. Not yet dismayed, we checked in and asked for a room as far away from the freeway as possible. The manager accommodated us by putting us in the inner courtyard, next to the pool. We weren’t hungry so we settled in and watched a little local TV before bedding down.

It wasn’t long before we were woken by the sounds of someone in the room above us making loud sex, accompanied by the freeway traffic noise. This went on for a while, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, bang, until there was a sudden stop in the noise. And then, a huge THUD on the ceiling above us. One or both had fallen out of bed. It was a Friday night and people have to have fun. Things seemed to quiet down upstairs after this and we heard them discussing getting some ice.  Their door opened and closed loudly, and one person left to get ice.

Now there was a new noise….a train going 90 miles an hour with its whistle blowing. Who knew there were train tracks next to the freeway. It sounded like it was coming right through our room. The trains continued into the night about one every half hour, mixed with the arrival of eighteen wheelers at the loading dock of Costco. Every hour there were the soft sounds of the beep, beep, beep, beep as they backed their trucks into position.

The gentleman returned to the room above us (let’s call him Sam) with ice, but the door was locked. He knocked, but there was no answer. He knocked again, and still no answer. Then we heard “Ruth open the door”. Still no answer. Continued knocking with phrases like, “Ruth please open the door”, and “Ruth, open the door”. Then Sam began to bang on the door, “Come on Ruth, open the f**king door”, and shortly afterwards saying, “Ruth, sweetie, please open the door”. “Ruth, don’t be an a**hole”. “Open this f**king door”. Their next door neighbor upstairs, then came out, a lady with the sweetest voice and she tried to get Ruth to open the door. No luck. Then Sam threatens to get the manager to open the door. Still no luck. Along with the above phrases and some worse ones, accompanied with pounding and kicking on the door, an hour and a half passed. Finally, Sam got the manager (3:30am) to open the door and there was no Ruth.

We managed to get a couple hours of sleep. The trains and eighteen wheelers had subsided and the freeway now sounded life a soft muffle. The saving grace? We found a GREAT Denny’s (who knew?) a block away where we had a breakfast special, great service and coffee and was just a block from the freeway entrance to Yosemite.

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