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A Star Lit in the Amber Room Latest Draft

A Star Lit in the Amber Room Latest Draft

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Published by Yasmine El-Azzeh

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Published by: Yasmine El-Azzeh on Sep 10, 2010
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 A Star Lit in the Amber Room
ByYasmine El-Azzeh
 Players
 Boris Mammadova.
A geneticist in his early 40s. He is a solitary man in a solitary worldwith a laboratory somewhere in the mix. Boris may at times refer to himself as
 Boris Dostoevsky
, but this is only when he enters his self-created realm of heightened reality.
 Luda.
A local farmer who is unknowingly the center of Boris’s affection.
Grandmamma
. The ghost of Boris’s recently deceased grandmother.
 Anastasia
. Ghost of the Romanov Princess. She is born from the darkest threads of Boris’simagination.
Maria
. Anastasia’s sister. Also a ghost. Note: The gender of the players need not be strict. Thus, Anastasia or Grandmamma may be portrayed by men if it so desired.
 Scene
The play is set somewhere in Russia. Although it moves about several locations, all of which are specified in the appropriate scenes, the most commonly used venue will beBoris’s laboratory. As the play progresses, his laboratory should bear more and moreresemblance to the long lost Amber Room of the Russian Tsardom.
 
Scene A
 Dirt. Luda digs for carrots. She is silent. Enter Boris
BORISHello.Salutations.Greetings, carrot picker.Phantom women, may I beg your assistance?I’m looking for soil.My Grandmamma is dead. She’d like some soil.I just want some dirt to send her off to great heights.Please.Grandmamma is cold.I need dirt to blanket her bones.
 Luda hands him some dirt. He grips it whole-heartedly.
Grandmamma will be warmed.Thank you, fairest maiden.You have the soul of a Romanov.I must find Grandmamma Dostoevsky. She tends to lose herself in darkness.
 
Scene D
 A bench in the most mundane setting possible
BORISThe end of this road dips into the sea. Maybe I’ll meet a sea maiden.
 Enter Luda eating a carrot.
Hello.LUDAI’m looking for the crossroads.BORISFascinating. I am Boris Mammadova. Hello.LUDAHello.BORISMy Grandmamma grows carrots in the bathroom.LUDAOh.BORISYes.LUDA

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