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Scene 1? Stage Play... I guess. (1 Viewer)

Soccah

Senior Member
Notice: Language and content... no violence.

Excuse my formatting, it's not proper.

You really need to get the references to know what's going on... it's one of 'those' stream of consciousness pieces. Done in about 10 min, all in good fun, nothing to take too seriously, nothing is really fleshed out (stage directions included). Nonetheless, tell me what you think of the dialogue. I believe its a little drab, and peppered with a little too much of that "undergrad enthusiasm."



ACT I

Scene 1

SETTING:
We are in a typical funeral/burial.


AT RISE:
1 and 2 are standing somewhat away from the crowd. 1 is casually smoking.

1
Masturbators, all of them.

2
What?

1
Look at them [pause] mourning—it’s disgusting. You’d think if they were the least bit religious they’d be celebrating her entry into a better world.

2
You’re being rash, and shielding your emotions behind your logic.

1
I’m not being rash, and it’s not my logic—it’s logic. Narcissists, all of them, indulging in their pain, self-pity, self-worth… it’s disgusting, without any respect for those who have passed.

2
Masochists, and they can’t bear to see her go.

1
Right, that’s why they all watch the burial. Listen, it’s shit, if not bull, at least human. Mourning death is… melancholic; they don’t realize they’re mourning their loss [pause] they’re masturbators, getting off every tear. If there wasn’t a coffin I’d swear they’d be watching porn with all the tissue being passed around—

2
You’re being ridiculous.

1
You wake up the next morning expecting the world to stop turning, but Terra keeps tickin’, 26 degrees to the sun—death? Not the slightest cosmic acknowledgement, just… nothing… you begin to realize that it’s never the person you’ve lost, but the routine; we all fall in love with routine.

2
I can’t stand you anymore.

(In the distance, near
the procession, a lady
yells wildly: “Say hello
to Jonathon for me! Say hello
to Johnny!)

(1 throws down his cigarette
and puts it out)

1
Hysterical bitch. She never comes to mourn, just to pass an envelope through the dead—as if every casket were marked with a Purolator stamp—urgent, straight to the Almighty.


2
You’re inhuman, simply inhuman. Pure reason, was it? I can’t remember the name.

1
That was horrible, I’d slap you if we weren’t at a funeral.

2
What’s to stop you? Indulge in your fantasy.

1
I respect their ignorance—although, in this occasion, it’s not quite--
2
You’re a schizo, you know that?

1
We all are, a bunch of capita--

2
Oh, don’t even start with that egocentric shit. You can’t just wake up one day and begin calling yourself a body without organs.

1
That’s just it though, I’m not myself--

2
Just stop, drop the analysis; you’re like that Jew from Annie Hall.

1
You mean the girl, dysentery and commentary--

2
Oh, whatever.

1
Genius, absolute genius. It’s all in the egg. Webster said it best [poses]: To deny is to desire most. Freud created the Oedipal Complex, pegged that ass’s tail right on repression, and ever since then we’ve all been desiring our mothers and killing our fathers.

2
They’re lowering the casket.

1
Only you’d get a rise out of that…

(2 slaps 1, they
move closer to the
procession)

1
Polymorphous pervert.

2
If you keep quoting—

1
We might as well call it a gay fantasia…

2 (sighs)

Terrifically blunt.


(As they approach the
priest begins to read)

Priest
How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow. Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her. And the Kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning.

1
(Whispers to 2)
This is comforting? Who reads Revelations at a funeral? You’ve got to be some kind of pedophile--

2
Quiet idiot.

(the reading ends, people
begin to leave)

1
I can’t take you anywhere.

2
My apologies, madam, I didn’t know we were going out for a funeral at the rapture.

1
It’s over.

2
The funeral?

1
Us.

2
We began?

1
You’ve broken routine.

2
Fuck off.

1
Lets go home and screw.

2
Sure, I feel like crying.

(BLACKOUT)

(END OF SCENE)

Erratic? Or just downright nonsensical? ;)

I'm unsure whether they're a gay couple, or heterosexual. I'm leaning more towards gay (Or maybe have them gender-cross cast with unisexual names). There's a lot of punning (both overtly bad, and some subtle, but there's a purpose for the juxtaposition).

References:

Alfred Jarry (Ubu Roi)
Freud (Mourning and Melancholia, Oedipus Complex)
Lacan (Narcissism)
Deleuze and Guattari (Anti-Oedipus/Thousand Plateaus)
Annie Hall
Angels in America (Prt 1)
Emmanuel Kant (Critique of Pure Reason)
John Webster (White Devil)
 
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louiej77

Member
I enjoy the humor you've got in here... frankly because it's not expected, and the ending is great.

The only downside to this could be the number of vague references. Depending on your audience people will either scratch their heads or be delighted that you've included so many great psychological links.

I think it would work best if the characters were heterosexual... I see a cold woman saying the last line the best. If you make them gay, I'm assuming they'd be guys then, I'm just thinking the lisp might make it less of a serious tone, and if they didn't have a lisp, the last part would be a shocker (which could work for you depending on the effect you desire).

Good Luck! :salut:
 

Soccah

Senior Member
Ah, thank you.

Yeah, my worry is that the references, generally speaking, aren't mainstream. But who wants something filled with second-hand jabs directed towards American Idol and George Bush? :p
 
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