This Is A Play / Wild Abandon
THIS IS A PLAY
BY DANIEL MACIVOR
Staged in April 2007 @ Memorial Hall, UNB, Fredericton, NB
Older Female Actor – Julie MacDonald
Female Actor – Marissa Robinson
Male Actor – Matthew Spinney
Composer (Voice) – Tom Goud
Director – Scott Shannon
Technical Director – Nicholas Cole
Stage Manager – Andrew Jones
This show was staged as part of an evening of 2 one-act plays by MacIvor;
it was followed by
Wild Abandon: The Study of Steve.
Re-staged in April/May 2010 with
a slightly different cast/crew.
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A Stranger Amoung Us
The stranger, Joey played by Male Actor, has just arrived in town trying to solve a family mystery.
“I enter with conviction! I take up a position stage right. I am sick with embarrassment, not only did I trip on my first big cross but now I am not in my light. I find my light.”
Older Female Actor
“Silence. A long silence. A very long silence as I stand here holding a bowl of soup for no good reason other than for you imagine what a good-hearted, folksy and simple person I am.”
Giving the bowl of soup.
She gives him the bowl of soup. He takes the bowl of soup. And she is out of there, leaving Male Actor stranded: “She wasn’t supposed to give me the bowl of soup.”
“I try to think of something happy. I remember last night at the director’s apartment, his beautiful eyes, his manly hands, that look in his eyes. I know that he loves me and we will be together forever. Silently I dedicate my performance to him.”
As Joey and Sissy slowly move into a kiss, the Female Actor playing Sissy calls for “Blackout.” (THEY are closer to kissing.) “Blackout!” (THEY are almost kissing.) “BLACKOUT!” (Blackout.)
“Fascinatingly, the scene begins in the middle of an argument.”
3 actors sharing their final thoughts.
Female Actor: From behind our backs.
Male Actor: Each of us.
Female Actor: Produce.
Older Female Actor: A lettuce.
Female Actor: A lettuce.
Male Actor: A lettuce.
Older Female Actor: And in this strange, almost surreal gesture there is some kind of clarity.
Female Actor: And inexplicably for a moment.
Older Female Actor: Each of us.
Female Actor: Each of us.
Male Actor: Even me.
Older Female Actor: Seems to understand.
3 actors holding lettuce.
Older Female Actor: And as the lights fade.
Female Actor: I think about Uta Hagen.
Male Actor: I think about Russell Crowe.
Older Female Actor: I think about Jack Daniels.
ALL: Because we are actors.
Older Female Actor: And this.
Female Actor: This.
Male Actor: This.
Older Female Actor: This is a play.
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