THE FOURTH DAUGHTER 2 ACT I
(At Rise: First space: PRIEST in spotlight atsmall table. On table, small open chest. Second space: interior of living room in PSYCHIC’s home.Sitar music playing. Occult art on wall. PSYCHIC sits, reading. CUARTA passes by window threetimes. The first time, she has a hedge clipper.The second, a rake. The third, a basket of clippings. PRIEST & PSYCHIC watch her intently each time. Then silence as PSYCHIC goes back toher reading. PRIEST takes some papers from chest)
PRIEST: Mama’s chest. I got this when she passed on. Papers. A few mementos. Here, a letter from a woman named Clovia.
Dear Cuarta:I enjoyed your letter so much -- and the grapes werewonderful. Such large bunches! I’m about to turn into agrape. Please visit soon. I miss you terribly.CloviaPS. Do you remember when you cut your hand stealing mygrapes? Ha ha. Just kidding.
(PRIEST space fades to black. Urgent knock)
CUARTA’S VOICE THROUGH DOOR: Ma’am! Ma’am!PSYCHIC:Yes? What is it?CUARTA’S VOICE THROUGH DOOR: Ma’am! Ma’am! Please! I need help.
(PSYCHIC rushes to door, opens it)
PSYCHIC:Oh, you’re cut! You’re bleeding. Come in. Come in.
(CUARTA enters, holding one hand in the other)
CUARTA:I’m so sorry, Ma’am. I’m dripping blood on your rug.PSYCHIC:It’s okay, dear.CUARTA:Let me stand here by the door, so I don’t ruin your.