ACT ONEThe play takes place at night. There is a campfire set at stage Center. There are threelarge logs that GARRETT arranges in a semi-circle around the campfire. At UR, there isa tent that GARRETT has pitched. A large cooler sits on the downstage side of the tent,full of beer and some wine. A stack of firewood sits at L of the semi-circle. There is atrail at DL, where most of the characters will enter. Behind the campfire and tent there isa raised bluff. Small pines are interspersed around the edge of the campsite, the entranceat DL, and at the base of the bluff.As the act opens, WIL GARRETT emerges from the tent. He secures the flaps andinspects to make sure that all the stakes are firmly in the ground. All the while, a melan-choly
flute melody plays in the background. This is “CLAUDIA’S THEME.”
GARRETT positions the large logs around the campfire in a semi-circle and makes onefinal check of the area and goes to the cooler as the music fades and the lights make a
distinctive shift to some surreal hue that signals CLAUDIA’S presence. The lights shift
and the music fades as CLAUDIA enters the stage from DL. CLAUDIA is wearing alow-
cut blouse, a flowing skirt, and sandals. GARRETT doesn’t notice her
at first.CLAUDIAI remember the first time you pitched a tent for me.GARRETT
Claudia. I wasn’t expecting you so soon.
You know me. Always early. I like what you’ve done with the place, Wil. All for me?
GARRETTAlways. This log has your name on it. Please, make yourself at home.CLAUDIA sits on the log at L of the campfire.CLAUDIAHow much time do we have?GARRETT
That’s a strange question for you to be asking.
I just didn’t know if I had y
ou to myself for the whole night or not. If you remember, the last time we didthis we were rudely interrupted.GARRETT(laughs)The last time we did this we were in a college dorm room!