This Is A Play
BY DANIEL MACIVOR
Staged in April 2010 @ Memorial Hall, UNB, Fredericton, NB
Staged in May 2010 @ SJHS Mini-Theatre, Saint John, NB
This show was staged as part of an evening of two one-act plays by MacIvor; it was preceded by Here Lies Henry.
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PHOTOS FROM MEMORIAL HALL, UNB
PHOTOS FROM SJHS MINI-THEATRE
Older Female Actor: Fascinatingly, the scene begins in the middle of an argument.
Male Actor: I say something I don’t understand.
Female Actor: I say something he doesn’t understand.
Older Female Actor: I say something that makes sense of what they said and I manage to make the line funny even though it is not.
Female Actor: I take all the focus now, you drink me in, I tentatively at first, begin to try not to cry, holding it back, holding it back, holding it back, I don’t want to cry, I don’t want to cry, holding back, holding back, (weeping theatrically) but the tears rush forward and words roll out which explain the argument we were just having and …
Older Female Actor: Here we stand.
Male Actor: Each of us alone.
Female Actor: Yet a group.
Male Actor: I find my light.
Female Actor: I fix my hair.
Male Actor: We do our best to muster meaning in this pause.
Female Actor: I make a statement which seems somewhat out of character thus indicating a change.
Older Female Actor: So do I.
Male Actor: So do I.
THIS IS A PLAY
BY DANIEL MACIVOR
Staged in April 2007 @ Memorial Hall, UNB, Fredericton, NB
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.
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.”
“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.”
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.”
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.
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.