SETTING A well-appointed parlor at about 11:30 PM on December31, 1899.Upstage, a flight of stairs rise out of sight.Downstage right, a partial wall contains a window whichlooks outside. Stage right is the door to the outer porch.Stage left is dominated by a huge ornate uprightgrandfather clock which does not tell the time. That taskis left to a rather plain round timepiece on the mantle which keeps us aware of the approach to midnight. Stageleft is also an interior door, to the pantry or kitchen.In the middle are an overstuffed couch and twoarmchairs open to the small fireplace. The walls arepapered beautifully but are otherwise bare. Everythingseems new, as if the owners have just moved in.