means of their owners - in a remote corner of such a villageforgotte~ wh!le some newly rich estate owner has not yet though;of erecting his ~ream house on it, some of the unendowed daringhave-nots of this day have had the temerity to put up
shelters that cower in the shadow of the beautiful man-sions of the rich. These are the typical eyesore structures of theimpermanent, the hounded, the often dispossessed. TiD hammeredto flatness, leftovers from some cruel fire, shakily ereCted, intendedto be as quickly torn down as they have been so.quickly put up.T~ese then are the houses of the people - are they people? _ inthis play.LIGHTS OUT
It is open st'ason lor politics in the country again, and dema-' gogues en/er the world of the lamished, make capital 01 their 'chronic hunger, and enable uS to witness the latter's despair.Characters:
CLARO: an indigent young man who looks old at the age
30LUMEN: his wife, a thin, famished-looking woman whos~'gaunt frame belies her 25 yearsMRS. HASPLENTY: a wealthy matronMRS. TAMALAMANG: another matron but of much moremodest meansCOCKCROW on high note - Crow 1: BLUE LightCrow 2: RED LightCOUGHING, prolonged fit of coughing from man
in CENTER of stage draped in red but looking Jlkc •coHin bier.BOY: a child of about 8ENING: younger sister to Boy. FIRST NEIGHBOR: a hungry-looking man of about 35SECOND NEIGHBOR: a woman, again-looking older than
her years ..'~:
LUMENEning " Boy .(Enter ESCO, with cock in arms. He sits on tree stump.fondles rooster, flies it in air several times to test its wings.Walks around dais, off to another side, calls to man lyingon raised bed.) .THIRD NEIGHBOR: a pregnant woman who carries asloall child, about a year and a half, on her hip '.OTHER NEIGHBORS: mostly raggedy, including the littlechildren, mostly half-dressed and mostly in tatters, withunwashed faces
Claro. Claro! The sun is high. Wake ~p!
Cising na ang Kristiano.
One of the modern, very prosperous subdivisions in the suburbs,where the land has been subdivided by the well-to-do into fencedlots, grown with well-tended, well-manicured Bermuda grass andlushly £lowering bougainvillaeas and fragrant roses. Among thesebeautiful houses, fairly shouting their prosperity and the status and(Enter STREETWALKER. Slightly drunk, as seen by theway she walks. And tired, with her night wor~, wearied