The dialogue is in French. You will most likely figure out why. I used Google Translate, so if some of the phraseology is wrong, please let me know so I can fix it in the script. If you don’t read French, just copy and paste the sections (really it’s only the last couple of lines that will be hard to figure out) into Google Translate and you’ll be all set.
Yes, I’m running at a three day deficit in this project and maybe I’ll catch up and maybe I won’t. To stress out or get anxious about meeting an artificial challenge like this would be to allow a challenge to become a burden. Will I try to catch up? Sure, but if I don’t it will be just fine.
This is the first script I’ve written for the 31 Days project without knowing what I was going to write as I opened up my script program to a blank document. I literally was staring at the blank screen without a clue as to what would emerge. Then the rocky shore came to mind and the thought: what if Miranda went back one day? To the island? This is also the first play in this series that I feel could bear significantly more expansion that what is here, though I think it is self-contained and gets to a kernel of what I wanted to explore. Perhaps. Who knows.
I’m behind. Oh well.
I had planned to write a Mars play before the prompt the other day, and this is not exactly what I planned to write, so there very well may be more Mars play’s later in this series. This one is less about Mars and more about what it might mean to witness, or not witness such an event. For one man.
As always, interested in your thoughts.
Two scripts to post today since I fell behind this weekend and didn’t write. The first is a second Puff and Blink play. For those curious, I can see these as puppet plays or with actors in costumes/masks. Or a mix. I don’t know what I think of these, but I can guarantee that there will be more in the series as I go along this month.
The second is “meta” and is about a writer working on the 31 Plays in 31 Days project. I don’t, as a rule, like meta writing. But . . . well, it happened and so here it is.
PS – This is my 999th post on LtL. I feel like I should do something special for 1000 but have no idea what that ought to be. Any ideas, feel free to let me know.
Sometimes it is a very thin line between profound and immature. The whole, “let’s alienate the audience just to alienate the audience” bit is kind of boring. Still, it has its purpose and this play—while short, slight, and very inconsequential—is hopefully an interesting schematic for challenging the actors and audience. I’m really curious to hear what people might think about this one. Would you enjoy it? Or, if not enjoy it, do you think it would hold your interest or would you get turned off completely?
Here is play 2 of 31.
Here it is:
Like an old china cup, stained,
thin from use (though I am far from thin) and chipped
On the edge of a counter, poised.
The slightest of bulls,
those dark eyes, that hot breath
and laughing air fills me, folds
The hairline crack caused by the shaking, pale, and delicate
hand of a Countess,
on a cool November night
as she watched, with dry and grey eyes
the creation of a deathmask
Sarah’d been only four, pretty blond ringlets
for the fifth of her children and the third to die young
when she set down the cup
hard (too hard)
becomes all of me as I kiss the floor
in a thousand pieces
and think once of you.
Big Finish had an open call for Doctor Who short stories for an audio collection they are producing this year and I submitted a story called “The Tender Dolls.” It wasn’t accepted. And I’m a bit sad.
Still, if you are interested in reading it, you can find it here. If you are a fan of the seventh Doctor (Sylvester McCoy) and Ace, I think you’ll enjoy it. If you are just coming to the series through the new shows, it may not have the same resonance.
And you can also check out my other story for Big Finish that didn’t make the cut (but is still a pretty damn good story imho) here. Let me know if you enjoy them as my ego could use the support.