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dec. 21, 2008
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we wrote a play.

of course, it is minimal. it is also experimental.

our two biggest influences in this new medium ("playwriting") are ubercoolische and bertolt brecht.


CHARACTERS


PERLON red+yellow striped t-shirt.
OSLO carries a fishing rod and a snare drum.
MUSIK KRAUSE tiny, lives inside a saxophone (but inside the saxophone everything else is tiny; it's like a little saxophone world in there).
MURMUR RECORDS playing the aforementioned saxophone, but percussively.
BURIAL MIX sitting in the corner with a sampler & delay pedal. laser dreadlocks.

Act I


curtain opens. PERLON stands on the hood of a muscle car, face distorted with laughter.
PERLON: communication; what's up with that?
curtain closes.

Act II


curtain opens, quickly and happily.
OSLO: how exciting!
curtain closes, slowly and sadly.

Act III


video of curtain opening projected on curtain. PERLON manually pulls open physical curtain.
PERLON: i think so?
curtain closes, then another curtain closes in front of it. pause. another curtain can be heard closing backstage.

Act IV


(voices backstage, improvised whispering about imperialism and aesthetics)
OSLO: (half a decibel quieter than other voices) bolivia... venezuela... desert... planet...

Act V


as the curtain draws open, PERLON sleeps in a chair in the audience. no one else is in the theatre.
curtain closes suddenly after four or five minutes of silence.

Act VI


hours later, the curtain slowly begins to open. at the stage manager's discretion, the curtain stops opening. OSLO is digging a hole in the middle of the stage.
OSLO: You've chosen one of the most difficult 'speeches' in twentieth century Drama. Not only is it extremely difficult to 'understand', but its delivery is a major obstacle for even the most accomplished performer. You also need the other three characters, otherwise the speech doesn't work.
I hate to sound so negative but you really should consider something more accessible for yourself and for your audience.
the curtain remains open but the lights are put out. a single spotlight from the hole dug by OSLO centerstage is gradually lit, casting monstrous silhouettes of the stagehands as they remove the dirt to the wings in a long and tedious bucket brigade

Act VII


OSLO: from the audience, yelling Wait! The shipment has arrived!

Act VIII


MUSIK KRAUSE: from the audience, yelling The shipment was never meant to arrive!

Act IX


days later.
MURMUR RECORDS: from the audience, whispering Must we work?

Act X


immediately.
BURIAL MIX: We must. Spiders.

Act XI


STAGE MANAGER: !

END

10 monologues that will be required for this audition:
1. Pile / Worldrecord Holder / Perlon [PERL 10]
2. Federico Molinari / Enerverende/ Oslo [Oslo 004]
3. Pantytec / Maybe / Perlon [PERL 53]
4. Guillaume & The Coutu Dumonts / Mederico / Oslo [Oslo 003]
5. Soulphiction Presents Manmade Science / Get It Right (Man Made Science Mix) / Perlon [PERL 29]
6. Johnny D / Riddim Mood / Oslo [Oslo 006]
7. Einzelkind / el pianucho / Love Letters From Oslo [LLFO5]
8. Ian Simmonds / Wendelstein Variations / Musik Krause [MK 27]
9. Craig Torrance & Philip Hochstrate / The Thoroughfare (Sis Remix) / Murmur Records [murmur 004]
10. Rhythm & Sound w/ Bobbo Shanti / Poor People Must Work (Carl Craig Remix) / Burial Mix [BMX-4]

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jonCates

Jan. 1, 2009
"13. Cut to close-up of whole door. Smooth grey rectangle 0.70 m. x 2 m. Imperceptibly ajar." ...selected stage directions from: "Ghost Trio: A play for television" by Samuel Beckett (1975)