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The colors of all props could be abnormally bright, but the set should be minimal to reflect the sparse and stark consciousness of the narrator. At Rise: A blank stage with club music coming from the backgrounds. A drunken young woman stumbles out unto the stage. She lumbers out unto acenter stage and begins talking to the audience as if it were a stranger she met on the street. Oedipa (excited) Hey You! I don’t know you. . .and you don’t know me either. But you are about to. Come here. Let me tell you something. WHAT!! I am not usually this open. (Moves closer and sticks her finger into the air as if it were someone’s chest) SO WHAT I smell like liquor. That doesn’t change what I got to say. (Oedipa looks up to sky. She slumps over and chokes a little, then eases her body down to the floor and stares towards the “stars.”) See those stars. Those fiery balls looking down on us–some have been twinkling for a thousand years and some that you see there are already dead. Sometimes I wonder if I am one of those million dead stars that we see reflections of. May their light is random like static on television. Empty space. (Pause) How do you know I am real? (Acts as if she is swiping a hand off of her shoulder) That doesn’t mean anything. The senses can fool you. Sometimes when someone loses a hand, they can feel the pain the hand would feel if it was there. But there is really nothing there by air. Phantom limps, they call it. Sometimes people can seem to be living and breathing, but they are just reflections of something that was once something great. See, unlike those stars which swirl and twinkle as clear as deep sea fish, when a human being is burnt out, she feels it. (Pause) Okay, I know fish don’t twinkle. It’s a metaphor. (Oedipa mimes popping bubbles with her figures) Sometimes the kindest thing a person can do is to show the world that those stars are burnt out. I mean, the stars already know it. (Pause) HEY, you don’t look at me like I am crazy. Hey, come closer. I want to tell you a secret. (Crawls to the edge of the stage and whispers)
I killed a man once. Not like in that Johnny Cash song, but something more motherly. I can’t bare to watch a person suffer. Don’t you start thinking I am just saying that because I have had 3 or 4 or 9 too many shots of vodka. (Pause) Don’t run away. (starts crying) He didn’t hurt anymore. Please don’t run away. (Softly) Okay, fine, fuck you. I just needed some confession. It’s good for the soul, you know? (Whistles through the sobs) Well, I am alone with these reflections now. (Oedipa falls to her back and talks to the ceiling) There’s nothing left to do but dream (chokes) . . . and remember. (Oedipa passes out. The lights fade out and the music stops. When the lights go up again, an older man is sitting, reading a worn book covered by a blanket in an old recliner) Howards: (Looking up from his book) Dee, please make my bed. (Enters a healthier, sober Oedipa. She makes up a disheveled bed across from the man. She is composed, very formal, conservatively dressed and seems a little tense. ) Oedipa (gently) You have any thoughts on the way you like your bed made? Howards: (distant, looking up from his book) You have any thoughts on-uh-god, Dee? Oedipa Pillows over or under the covers? Howards That’s obvious girllie–you know some–uh–German guy says “God is dead.” Oedipa That’s not terribly original. Anything else? (She tucks the two pillows underneath the comforter and quietly turns towards the man) Howards You believe in all that, girllie?
Dee. a ham and cheese sandwich. Oedipa Excuse me. Howards uh–no. Lights go up. I’ll be right back. Ya. (Oedipa walks into room with a tray of food and a medicine cup with two pills in it. He falls over dead. You hear a large door slam. Oedipa Perhaps not so much. (Oedipa leaves. Let me give you your medicine. (Sticks out tongue) Howards (mock annoyed) Dammit.Oedipa That you need more done around here? (She places her hands on her hips and mocks digust) Howards You need to be more serious.. The lights fade out. leaving Howards alone) Howards (with affection) Damn that girllie. Mr..) 3 . Howards: Yes. A disheveled Oedipa is lying on an empty stage. Old Man Howards begins to choke. The club music as well as the sound of traffic fades into the background. (mumbles) You need to-uh-show more respect. I need to use the bathroom. Oedipa Yes. Oedipa (from off-stage) You want anything to eat with your meds. Howards. You remembered to cut off the crust. Howards eats) Howards Thanks girllie. (Oedipa walks off stage.
You know girllie. (Turns and walks the other way. 4 . P. Thank you officer.. I live near Sixth street. feigns interest. S.) Sorry officer. (Pause and blushes as if embarrassed) I didn’t mean to (cuts herself off).. Oedipa is in the room with Howards. She is dusting furniture. (Howards cuts her off. Cassandra. when all slimy bastards would line the-uh-beach melting.. I know you don’t know me. Howards. We were at-uh–Daytona Beach. (stops walking) What do you mean that doesn’t make sense? Never mind.. there was during one of those-uh-jelly fish raids. but does so as if she is flirting with Jason. I am taking the bus off. He does not audibly speak. what’s this picture? Howards (Slowly) My wife. A. What’s your name? Jason. huh? You’re kind of cute for a Jason. A. My father was a real smart ass about it too. What? Oh no. but responses to Oedipa as if he is talking) Hey you? Where you headed? Oh. (Oedipa watches the invisible police man walk off. Oedipa walks towards him. I don’t need a coat. Oedipa appears flustered for a second. no thanks. These are dangerous streets. holding a picture frame) That picture was taken–uh–about twenty five years ago. but I don’t want to walk home alone. Lights fade out. Officer.. I am not planning on driving. I know it’s a weird name.Oedipa (shoots up) OH GOD! (Begins talking to a person that the audience cannot see. ) Oedipa (awkward) Mr. Everyone calls me Dee. you know? (Begins to walk towards the side of the stage) Oh.) Howards After the picture was taken. My name is Oedipa. (Howards leans forward in his chair. Oedipa Yess. It’s funny cause I don’t even have big feet. I am not feeling well. Jason enters side stage.
lying on the sand. Oedipa. Dee. It’s just-uh-you know? Oedipa I understand. Dee. Oedipa is almost drunk and the Bartender has obviously been drinking. A bartender notices her bottle is empty. (Howards begins dancing like he’s dodging invisible spikes on the floor.) She kept kickin’ around. ) Oedipa (Solemnly) Hey. (The bartender gets the bottle. (Howards sits on the edge of his bed. turns to Oedipa) It was dead.(Howards stands up. she screamed for a while. Bartender Sure. you know. And then one-uh-stung her. Jazz fills the air. Oedipa tries to calm him down. can I get another Harp’s.. Howards begins puffing his cheeks up and making faces that resemble blow fish) Oedipa (holding back laughter) Be careful. We rushed her to the– uh– hospital.) 5 . Oedipa fellows him. Howards I didn’t mean to be so snappy. He walks back over as Oedipa slumps over the counter.) Oedipa You okay? (she places hand on shoulder) Howards Will you please put the picture up. girllie. (Hastily) No problem. Oedipa sits at a stool beside an empty seat. (Lights fade out.. (He stands still. Howards Cassandra was dodging them in the water. but he ignores her. After it was all over she had a bad scar on her leg.
He’s a little crazy nowadays. (Pause) Good stuff. (Oedipa turns up the bottle) Oedipa Another. Please (pause) He’s sick (pause) a little too sick. It’s disheartening. Bartender What family Dee? I though you were (is broken off by Oedipa) Oedipa Adopted. Oedipa Hard day at work. you know?.Oedipa (taking a huge gulp of the beer) Ahh. Yes. even if it is your break. Thanks. You feelin’ okay? I mean. Bartender No problem. (She takes another beer). (looks at the beer) with enough money for this. It’s hard to help bathe a man twice ‘a day. Dee.” I am taking care of old man Howards. I’ve known ya’ to stop after three beers? It’s not like you to sink or swim. Bartender (ignoring her snide aside) What ya’ doin’ now and days. I mean. Bartender (Calmly) Why do you do it? Oedipa He was a friend of the family and it pays the bill . Eric. anyway? I remember you working as a stripper down at Club Exotique or whatever that place was. you probably wouldn’t know much about that. to make up crushed bed sheets. you know? (Pause) You aren’t supposed to drink on the job. you know? (Mumbles) But. Eric. . Eric. Oedipa I’m no longer an “entertainer. Bartender (ignoring the last statement) How is that? Work. Eric. Oedipa Job ethics. Bartender 6 . and not feel for him in someway or another. .
Oedipa I can protect myself. Dee. (Pauses) Anyway. Who is Howards anyway. Even Mother Teresa had nuns. Maybe that has something to do with why it bothers me? Bartender Probably. he would be treated like a child at best. Dee. You can’t see how red your face is. Bartender Wow (pause) now that’s a little harsh. Bartender (looks at her) You’re pushing the limit Dee. Oedipa Sorry. Oedipa 7 . You know there are nursing homes for things like that. Bartender You won’t be able to take care of him forever. Oedipa I know. (Points toward the empty bottle) Another. At best a year or more. Those places are heartless. Bartender You don’t need to be takin’ the bus home like that. I ani’t driving. Oedipa I’m fine. You had quite enough. (Pauses) He’s a former realestate agent or something. Bartender (jokingly) You’d fall on you ass if you tried to walk now. Oedipa (Sharply) And poorly cleaned nettles and a lack of respect for world faith. (Sighs) No one needs to spend the last hours of their life there. You can’t be doing stuff like that all the time. Oedipa I am not that goddamn cruel (takes a large sip).Touchy.
He trips and falls. starts dusting. Keep the change. Howards looks out the window.) Howards I wonder if-uh-anyone has pruned the leaves off those oak trees. She turns and sees Howards. Howards Anyone taken off those dead limbs? Oedipa I don’t think so.I’m talkin’ fine.) Oedipa What’s that. (Oedipa slams twenty down on the bar and walks off stage. (Howards slowly gets up to look at the tree. (Oedipa enters. Howards They still alive? Oedipa Yes. She walks him to the window) 8 . Oedipa runs over to him. Scooping him up. Mr. Oedipa Whatever choirboy. His movement is stunned. They had the blight. Bartender Talkin’ is slightly different from movin’. Lights fade. Howards? Howards You know those oaks in the front yard? Oedipa (nodding) Yes sir. she lifts him to his feet.
Will you-uh-try to make sure I call someone over to fix it? Oedipa That will cost a good deal of money. Those oaks are older than either of us. Howards Please. Oedipa catches him) You okay? Howards Yes. it’s a crying-uh-shame to see them rot standing. I-uh-love those trees. Jason is sitting on a bed. thanks.Howards Thank you. I suppose it got you in the door. Jason It’s okay. He stammers back. Dee. Oedipa Want me to have them cut down? (Howards flinches. Oedipa So. you (pause) Howards Uh-No. no? (They both let out a contrived laugh) Oedipa Thanks for the bathrobe. fine. (Lights fade. girllie. 9 . I’m sorry about your door mat. gasping for air. girllie. I like the trees.) Jason Everything okay in there? (A toilet flushes and Oedipa walks out in a bathrobe) Oedipa Yeah.
Oedipa I’m sure. (They move towards each other and kiss. holding a Grasshopper or some other multicolored. Then you find a wonderful girl. Howards does not see her.) 10 . Girllie (Looks down. You walk her home. She looks all vulnerable with her dress strap hanging over her shoulder. If you weren’t sick . Low jazz is playing in the background. How long until my clothes get dry? Jason About a half hour. a little more sincerely) Jason I mean. It’s not always that easy to get a lady’s clothes off.Jason It’s okay. (They both laugh. Nothing ever happens. Oedipa (smiling) You’re really bizarre. Lights fade. She sneaks up behind him and puts the knife across his throat) Howards What are you doing. Oedipa Want to make out until then? (Pause) Sorry. You date. Oedipa (smiling) yes. dancing to some lame-ass European techno. she pukes all over you and it’s love. . Oedipa enters with a knife. that was a little foreward. talking to the Bartender. stumbling about the back alley around that same club. you meet people. He makes a few garbled screams. mixed drink in her hand. Lights fade. Jason It’s okay. all that alcohol breath. notices knife) What in the . . You go to some big clubs. (Oedipa kills him. Howards is reading a book–he breathes heavily. hoping to meet Miss Right in a skimpy satin dress. A tipsy Jason and Oedipa sit at a bar. . .
(Pause) Anyway. So. held my head over the toilet. Bartender Meaning? 11 . (Kisses Oedipa) I’m not all that certified either. Got shit-faced and Jason over there walked me home. It’s amazing how a little vomiting can win the heart of some men. Bartender He seems alright. you know the routine. Drinks American piss water. please. Bartender (handing them both their drinks) Enjoy. What his name? Jason (Returning from Jukebox) The name’s Jason. Figured dancing would help. Bartender Isn’t the Masquerade a singles club? Oedipa Yeah. Jason what you do with your days? Jason I’m a commercial art marketer. (Jason gets up and looks at the Jukebox away from the bar. but no one’s perfect. I guess it’s the whole vulnerable drunk harlot thing.Oedipa (tapping the bar) Hey Eric. can I get another Harps? Jason A Miller Lite. (Pats Bartenders shoulder) He’s been hanging around my place since I met him at the Masquerade? Bartender Your place? You have a place? Oedipa Yeah. I kind of like it. I was feeling down. he’s been hanging around the pad for a week or so.) Bartender (To Oedipa) Who’s the guy? Oedipa My certified pre-owned lover.
for him. Bartender That’s too bad. CDs. Bartender That’s unfortunate. Bartender You established Jason I’m trying. Dee? Oedipa Job searching Bartender What ever happened to taking care of old man Howards? Oedipa He passed. Bartender You think? You took care of him. when I wasn’t there. Bartender I assume that pays well. Jason I didn’t know you took care of someone. Bartender What you doing now-a-days. made peanut buterr and jelly sandwiches–or whatever old guys eat. wiping his brow an’ shit. etc. Jason It does when you get established. What happened? Oedipa I think he had a heart attack. You don’t know what happened to him? Oedipa He passed at night.Oedipa He sells art to people like Capital Records or Random House to be used as covers for products such as books. 12 . Eric.
vinegar if possible. a few tomatoes. then he dies. Jason Wow (looks at beer) I didn’t mean to broach a bad subject. (She begins to suffocate Howards with the pillows. you’re a man Jason Ouch. Jason (chopping intensifies) What type wine you want with dinner? You know what I have.) Oedipa Sir. Music fades out. Oedipa I know.Oedipa I don’t. I also know you can’t but do so. are you awake? (Looks down at Howards’s sleeping body) I’m sorry. Let’s check out. That’s not fair. There is some milding screaming from Howards. Oedipa (off stage) Dark vinegar. 13 . I haven’t in about three weeks. (Starts and finishes her beer in two gulps). Oedipa I’m sorry. I have dark vinegar and white vinegar. Jason (continues chopping) Okay. Oedipa is in Howards’s room standing over Howards with a large pillow. (To Jason) I always feel like Judy Garland when I do that. (Sits a twenty down on the bar) Keep the change. Lights fade. Jason is chopping lettuce in the kitchen) Jason Dee. Oedipa (enters) The red wine. (Lights fade out. how do you like your salad? Oedipa (off stage) Lots of lettuce.
. Jason. You know. Jason. (Pause) It really is unnecessary. Oedipa Nothing but a . Oedipa Okay. I’m just you’ve. (Jason places the tomato down and cuts it in half. . Just . Jason (setting the knife down) It’s nothing but a joke. Jason. Jason Sorry for what? Oedipa Over reacting. that’s not even in the bible. Oedipa cringes at the knife hitting the table) Jason What? Oedipa That’s fucking weird. . Jason A stupid joke. . Oedipa CUT IT OUT! (Pause. regaining cool) I mean. I’m sorry. that’s all. Jason (holding up a tomato) Take this heart in remembrance of me. everyone does it with wine if they’ve ever attended any type of mass. 14 . Jason Just what? Oedipa Knives make me nervous. .Jason (wryly) Take this blood in remembrance of me. . Oedipa Since when were you religious? Eucharist? (Sarcastically) Heretical humor is passe.
baby. I’ve cut lettuce before without you going all Inquisition-esque on me over some stupid joke. and then you get all angst-ridden over some dumb mock communion. Blasphemy isn’t really your style. honestly. that’s all. but they are also instruments of destrustion. Oedipa Nevermind Jason No. I mean. If there’s something wrong. What did I do? (Pause) I’ll tell you what I did. Jason They’re cooking utensils. There is no future in that kind of thought. I want to understand. Jason Dee. It’s not like you. you don’t. Oedipa Yeah. I am fixing a nice romantic dinner. A total non-believer. Oedipa You wouldn’t normally be acting so strange. that’s not fucking fair. dammit. I want to know. Oedipa No. Jason So why do they bother you now? They never bothered you before. 15 . I know. (Oedipa crosses over to the counter where the knife is as Jason turns away in confusion) Jason Huh? When did you become religious? Oedipa (slowly touching the knife) I’m not. I’m an atheist.Jason huh? Oedipa They’re instruments of destruction. Dee. you know. Jason I don’t understand.
wild laughter. Jason Then what is the point? (Jason approaches cautiously. trust me. you know? Oedipa No. but that’s not the POINT. Jason It’s funny. it’s just funny.Oedipa (picking up the knife and tracing her finger on it) Nothing. Oedipa slowly sets the knife down. Jason starts laughing.) Oedipa What the hell is wrong with you? Jason I just realized something? Oedipa What? Jason Sometimes all you can do is laught. but does not take her hand off of it. Oedipa You mocking me? Jason No. I don’t know. Let’s just eat dinner. is everything alright? Oedipa No. (Jason walks off-stage to get the wine) Jason 16 . Mad. Jason So.
This is-uh-philo-so-phie Oedipa 17 . Jason (off stage) You sure? Oedipa YES! Jason okay. Jason (off-stage) what was that. sing me now my round. Oedipa (enters) That’s some strange stuff you are reading there. love? Oedipa Nothing.) Howards (pronouncing each word slowly) “Have you now learned my-uh-song? Have you guessed its intent. Well then. Howards Or the-uh-Lutheran Oedipa Well . Oedipa (Oedipa slams the knife into the cutting board) Ennui. going to get the finishing touches. . The wine is excellent. Oh. who in the bible is named Zarathustra? Howards No one. Sounds like the King James bible. you higher men. Howrds is reading out loud in his room. you higher men. so please get us both glasses. Now you yourselves sing me the song whose name is “Once More” and whose meanings is “into all eternity”–sing . thus spake Zarathustra.(off stage) Be right back. Oedipa (muttering) Take this flesh in remembrance of me? (Lights fade out. . take the roast out of the oven.
) Oedipa Twenty-four. Oedipa (looking at the cover) “Thus Spoke Zarathustra. Howards (angrily) WHAT? 18 . I hav been around for a long time. but his legs shake and he sits back down. Wryly) No. Oedipa backs off) Tell me what’s healthy for me to read. but you are not going to .I didn’t thin you were into that. (Pause) A very long time. really? (Putting the book down) Have you made dinner. He is impatient. Howards. . Howards Who are you to be telling me that? You’re not my mother or my wife. How is that relevant. Howards The book. . you may be my-uh-babysitter.” huh? You probably shouldn’t be reading that. girllie like you will rule over my spare time. girllie. There’s no damn way a slippery. How old are you? (Howards tries to stand-up. unmarried. I’ll bring it in. Howards (cutting her off) Look here. . girllie. it’s baked chicken and rice. (Pause) It’s-uh-Nietzsche. . Howards Thank you. Stress makes your blood pressure rise. You’re going to make yourself sick. Do we understand each other-uh-Dee? Oedipa Calm down. Mr. Howards Oh. girllie? Oedipa Yes. (Howard finally manages to get up. Oedipa What is? Your dinner? (Pause.
I know it’s the way things are in 19 . picks it up. Howard If I didn’t know your mother. I’m only saying your daughter wouldn’t want you reading that kind of stuff.Oedipa Please. Who’s that? My knight in highly tarnished. Howard sits down slowly. Yeah. Lights fade out. An empty stage. she isn’t taking care of me is she? She lives with that man out of wedlock and she questions what I read. The sound of dance music fades into the back ground. girllie. Anyway. Oedipa I’m sorry sir. suit and tie armor. . I’d kick you out of this house right now. Oedipa (trying to calm him down) Yes. Oedipa I only wanted to help . I am waiting for Jason. Howards She’s just some young Pentecostal who pretends to be some old bitty underneath a hair-dryer at Sallys. urine-soaked tomcats who hide their fear of death in front of a pulpit. . Howard Get out of here. Oedipa walks out center stage) Oedipa (speaking to audience as if it were an invisible woman) Oh. Howards She’s just mad ‘cause I ain’t one of those bloodless. sir. Dee? Oedipa No. then reflectively sets it back down. Howards (Making a threatening movement) Now! Just bring me my dinner. He looks at the book. He moves and breathes as if he is in pain. sir. clam down. She tell you this. Howards NOW! (Oedipa scurries out.
They both cater to a need. It’s a study in drunken exhibitonism. (Laughs) Don’t tell me you’re not drunk. I know better. Jason? You ashamed or something? 20 . reflecting on the situation. a “sister of mercy” is just as likely to be used in reference to a prostitute and not some nun. let’s get out of here. We are to set the stage with flirting: a smile here. in London.these pathetically modern times. there isn’t a whole lot of difference between children and men. Chivalry is still kicking. you’ve thought about it. it has more do with Leonard Cohen than Mother Teresa. a twist of the ass there. we are told to ease the burdens of children and men. (Pause) Hey. Thanks for the chit-chat. Yet maybe saints and serial killer have the same kind of substance. Yeah? I’ve had a gin and tonic too. the same soul (pause) No. (Pauses for reflection) Sometimes I feel like a “Sister of Mercy. Yet from our first stupid nurse-edition Barbie. Dee? Oedipa What the fuck are you talking about. Jason How much have you had to drink? Your breath smells of cheap liqour. I think. She walks across to either side of the stage) I know what I am about to say is cliche. (Pause) I’m a not believer (pause) Or at least. (Jason walks on stage) Hey baby. (Looks to the side) There Jason is now. Oedipa Have you noticed I am at a club? Jason So? Oedipa People drink at a club. (Pause. You know. (Pause_ That’s why we are merciful. Come on now. I know. (Laughs) But really. what is the difference between some Nevada madam and Mother Teresa. don’t look at me kike that. Yeah. not soul. (Laughs) I agree this is not very dance friendly music–may that’s why we’re both so damn drunk. Two actually.” What? Oh. I’m ranting. A woman is taught to be merciful. Jason So that makes your public decadence okay. (Pause) I am sorry. There’s a reason why. but severely wounded. that’s what I tell myself. it’s unfashionable to talk of souls if you some raving member of the psychic friend’s network who wakes up to greet father sun every morning at six in the fucking morning.
Make it quick. Jason No (pause) nevermind. Lights fade out. Howards That is not a crime. (Oedipa ties a blindfold to him. Oedipa Then you are guilty. When lights are back up. I am not guilty. holding 21 . (Jason and Oedipa walk off stage. Then she turns her back as he pleas for his life) Oedipa (to an invisible person off stage) Fry him. Howards contorts about. He is tied down. then dies. Oedipa is sitting. Oedipa walks off stage.) Howards Please. Oedipa (coldly) LAIR! (slaps him) Are you ill? Howards Yes.Jason Nevermind. Howards sits in what looks to be a chair with electros hooked up to it. Black out. Music fades out. (Lights flicker on and off. Howards Of what? Oedipa Of a heart condition that does not allow you to take part in our society. Oedipa enters wearing some military trench coat. Oedipa Bullshit.
” Jason (noticing her) Oh my god. you in here? Oedipa (singing) “When you’re not feeling holy. I’ll be shipping the work tomorrow.” Jason What happened to your face? Oedipa (pointing to her face) Take this flesh in remembrance of me. Normally clothed. Oh. but disheveled. thanks. She softly sings the Leonard Cohen song. Jason What the hell are you talking about? Oedipa Why didn’t you notice? Jason Notice what? (Holding back sobs) I was with a client. Oedipa (sobbing. Oedipa Nothing (turning towards him) Penance. Her face is severely cut. Jason What’s wrong Dee. put the knife down. Dee. (Pause) Dee.a kitchen knife. you who have been traveling so long. Bye. your loneliness says that you’ve sinned. I got to let you go. what’s going on? Oedipa (singing) “If your life is a leaf that seasons tear off and condemn. they are not departed or gone.” Jason (walks in on the phone) Yes. love. but holding the knife defensively to fend off Jason) BACK OFF! 22 . They were waiting for me when I thought that I just couldn’t go on.) Oedipa (tracing the blade against her cheek. They brought me their comfort and then they brought me this song. They will bind you with love that is graceful and green as a stem. I hope you run into them. (Inches toward her) Come on. “Sisters of Mercy”) “Sisters of Mercy.
ended . Oedipa (fending him off with the knife) I’m so sorry.Jason (backing away) Alright. Ailing. Hopeless. Frail. Oedipa (Cutting him off and standing up) NO! Jason What are you saying? Oedipa I . (Looking up at him. then turning away) I watched him eat. listening to his tightening lungs. Jason You’re father? (Pause) WAIT. Jason Calm down (taking deep breathes) We can get through this. That old guy you took care of? He died of a heart attack. 23 . his family never even called him. if you give me the knife. spilling little sips of soup on his chair and his chair. Jason You killed him? Oedipa YES! Jason (jumping back) My god. . . . I watched him turn to dusty philosophy books. Jason. Dee. (Cautiously) Just give me the knife. Dee. Jason (inching closer) who? Oedipa He was like a father. What happened? Oedipa Listening to him wheeze. . it will all be okay. his frail heart thump.
Oedipa (begins to back off to side stage) No. Jason You can’t. You don’t know what you are babbling. Dee.Oedipa (backing away) I couldn’t watch him like that. Oedipa (backing closer to off stage) Back off or I swear to god.) Oedipa (off stage) To you have any last wishes? Howards No. . He is dressed like a Mexican revolutionary. Jason Huh? Dee. Oedipa (runs off-stage) Don’t make me hurt you. You’re one of the stars that is really here. blind-folded. and stiff. Jason (continuing to follow her) Give me the knife. Oedipa (off stage) Any last words then? Howards I love you. Oedipa (off stage) Cigarette? Howards 24 . . I’ll ruin your artist contacts. Oedipa voice is heard. I’m brightly burning out. Cassandra. Howards walks unto the blank stage and stands center stage. Dee. (Jason runs off stage after her. (Hysterical) It won’t ever be okay. Jason It will be better. calm down.
sir. Howards is sitting quietly. love. please hang in there. listening to a record. Oedipa (off-stage. Her face is covered in a white cloth. you’re daughter send me over here. Oedipa comes in cleaned up. and vibrant. Howards (tone-warming to her) Good. Blood is pouring out of the areas where her mouth and eyes are. I’m Oedipa Sinclair. (Muttering) Oh my god. Lights fade out. (Nervously) Sir. it’s better than having some-uh-Nursing Agency stranger be all-uhcondescending as she prods you with needles. Oedipa (awkwardly. Come in.) Howards (vexed) Uh. sober. Her voice is muffled as if she has severely damaged her jaw. You can call me Dee. why did you do this? (Oedipa is whimpering. sitting him down) You need anything? 25 . There is a knock on the door. fresh. A drum roll is heard) Ready? (Pause) Aim (Pause) FIRE! (Shots are fired. Howards mimics being shot repeatedly and falls dead on stage. Lights fade out. Why did you do this? Please hang in there. Howards The name is-uh-Edmond Howards. Jason is covered in blood too.) Jason (to Oedipa) The ambulance is coming. Oedipa is lying in Jason’s lap. but quickly loses his breath.) Oedipa Her foster daughter. Oedipa rushes over to him And gently helps him up. (Looks at her) You Jackie Sinclair’s kid? (Howards tried to get up out of his chair.No. Please. Oedipa (entering) Hello.
Jason and a doctor stand on stage alone. (Pause) You’re daughter told me you need to take medicine. You taken it today? Howards No.) 26 . Howards (awkwardly) Sorry to here that. Howards Good. It was a pleasant service. Oedipa Where is your medicine cabinet? Howards In the bathroom Oedipa Thanks sir. good. girllie? Will you turn it off? Oedipa Sure thing sir. girllie? Oedipa Yes. Was everything taken care of. She had savings for us for when she passed. Oedipa You sure? Howard How about the record player.Howards Not yet. (Oedipa exits. (Oedipa starts to leave. Lights fade out. Howards speaks up) Howards How is Jackie doing? Oedipa She passed. In the air one hears the breath of a respirator and the beeps of a cardiac monitor. sir.
This guy died a couple years back. Doctor maybe (pauses) I’m sure she’ll thank you for your generosity in taken care this and signing for her (pause) Well. Maybe we’ll marry after she recovers. (Avoiding the real meat of the queation) She’ll improve over time. “Edward Howards. She’s my girlfriend. Doctor Why? Jason I don’t think there is a Edward Howards. I called her foster sister about it. lost about three pints of blood. She told me they’d supplement me with that. but I have never seen anyone do that kind of damage . she will eventually. will be handling her after this. Completely neurotic from maladjustment it seems. I have never heard of it either. but he had put a good deal of 27 . but I know of an Edmond Howards. Armando Constillini. Doctor Good. Doctor She’s been mumbling in her more lucid movements. Plastic surgery to will be needed to restore her left cheek and jaw. To be quite frank. She’ll be receiving a transfusion soon. No friends. (Nods sadly) I’ll be paying for the bills for a while. They live far away–around Chicago.Jason She’s sleeping. Best we can make out is the name. he was Oedipa’s patron or something like that. Shehad a trust fond sit up in her name. A psychiatrist friend of mine. Jason (cutting him off) To themselves? I know. . She’s in and out of consciousness. Doctor You her husband? Jason No. Dr. no near-by family.” Does this name ring a bell? Jason That’s strange. Jason How is she? Doctor Blind. she’ll make it physically. . missing a good portion of the flesh on her jaw.
) 28 . But I don’t think Dee knew that.money up for Dee while she was attending some community college. that’s what her sister said. Lights fade out. Maybe that’s it. (Pauses) She also said she had worked for some guy named Howards. At least. (The doctor stares at Jason for a second. The end.
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