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Adelaide

Adelaide

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Published by Andrew Novell
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Published by: Andrew Novell on May 21, 2008
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Adelaide 5/21/08 1.
© Copyright: Andrew Novell, 2001.Email: andrewnovell@hotmail.com
 
 Adelaide
 
by
 
 Andrew Novell 
 A timeless, empty space - a black box.  At the back of the stage is a high rectangular window, slanting at its top, which could resemble either a church
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Adelaide 5/21/08 2.
window or simply a broken warehouse window depending on your point of view. Two long wooden benches are positioned either side of the stage, angled in towards thewindow and radiating out towards the audience. Three Musicians sit at the side of the stage - with violin,cello, and piano - and provide a stylistic musical  punctuation to the story. Although they are visible to theaudience, and dressed according to the setting, they areinvisible to the characters of the play, and perhaps represent bygone happier days now consigned to the depths of nostalgic memory.The Musicians play softly in the background - some old  saloon bar tunes perhaps. A
YOUNG MAN
 
 stands with his back to us. He stares upat the window. As the music slowly comes to an end heturns and sits on the SL benche. He stares at the floor and  pulls his coat tight around him - he is obviously very cold.A pause. 
FYDOR 
 
enters hurriedly - then he stops dead and stares at 
THE
 
YOUNG MAN
 , who has jumped to his feet in fear.  A pause as they both consider each other. 
FYDOR 
re-animates - suddenly oblivious
 
to
THE YOUNGMAN
's presence - and takes a bottle wrapped in brown paper out of his pocket.
FYDOR 
(flamboyant wave to the audience)
: Morning, Jack! Getyourself a drink on me and bring it over to that quiet table in thecorner - I'll join you in a minute...
(big grin). A pause.
FYDOR 
looks around for a place to hide thebottle.
FYDOR 
(to the imaginary Jack)
: So how was it then? Not bad?
(Hehides the bottle under a bench.)
Had it changed? Much the same, yousay?
(considers the bottle.)
A bit greener, you say? Really? In
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 places? Really!
(nostalgic.)
And what about
The Black Crow
?Much the same? Good! You're sure it hadn't changed? GOOD!
(smiles, lost.)
And the river? Much the same? Good. And the OldCrowd I suppose were - much the same, yes I thought that they would be.
(sombre.)
And the Landlord?
(ponders.)
Good.
 A pause.
FYDOR 
goes to take the bottle from his pocket -he finds it gone. He ponders this, lost.
FYDOR 
(brightly)
:
 
Did you see Ted?
(He searches for the bottle.)
Yes,Ted, you remember him? Yes, you know, Old Ted. Yes, Ted?
(staresblankly into space.)
Well, Edward, I suppose, but I always knew himas Ted. YES, Ted! Yes, you know...
(gives a flamboyant wave into space.)
"Morning, Ted! Get yourself a drink and bring it over to the..."Yes, you know, that Ted?
 A pause.
You don't remember him?
(considers.)
Right...
 A pause.(finds the bottle.)
Ah!
(frowns.)
What's that? You remember a teddy?
(shocked.)
A Teddy! I think not. No, I think you've made a bigmistake. No, I fear you to be in error.
(smiles confidently.)
 No, Idon't believe you remember a TEDDY!
 A pause.(drops his smile.)
What's that? He was a tall man with a beard andused to drink at
The Black Crow
?
(cosiders deeply.)
Really?
 A pause.(a revelation.)
Of course! Yes!
(shakes his head.)
I never met him...
(quick to
THE YOUNG MAN
.)
did you?
THE YOUNG MAN
sinks back into the corner.
FYDOR 
 , suddenly oblivious to
THE YOUNG MAN
again, kisses thebottle and hides it in exactly the same place as before.
FYDOR 
(smiles into space)
:
 
Got a young lady coming tonight, if you'll pardon language. Very nice! What they used to call a bit of crackling...
(patriotic.)
and will again I'm doubtless to say! I hadn't
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