Pre-Show - Director Notes

Wikileaks | DN-1: 10th April

3:30 LIGHT CUE 1 - House Light ON (Darker in audience - brighter on stage) SOUND CUE 1 - Light Cafe Music playing in the background, preferably hindi bhangra/hip hop STAGE CUE 1 - All tables and chairs set. CAST CUE 1: Lalitha: Already on Stage L, sitting at a table, cup of hot chocolate, and drawing with earplugs on (costume: every day wear, dance). Hanuman: Sitting kneeling beside Lal watching her draw. As audience starts coming in, he starts watching them with curiosity. Then he moves to the audience section and starts playing with them (poke, pull, touch, smell, look, play impish without bothering too much). He mixes that with moving back forth to the stage - rearranging and cleaning the tables and chairs and checking out on Lalitha (costume: white tights, white fitted vest, mask). As people enter stage, he is aware if them and makes sure they are well settled, acts like a waiter of the cafe. Cleans spilled drinks. Musician: Already on Stage R, Back, sitting on a stool, plucking away at his instrument with a cup of tea in front. (costume: loose pants, loose shirt - easy to take off) 3:40 CAST CUE 2: Ravan: Enters (Theatre Entrance) with a magazine he has just picked up outside the cafe and a cup of coffee. Stops by Lal - he knows her. Puts the mug down. Playfully grabs the sketch, Lal runs after him and gets it back and is pissed. Rav says sorry, pick sup his mug and comments on how beautiful the woman in the drawing is. Leaves her. Goes to Stage-R and settles down in a chair and starts reading a magazine (costume: casual daily wear. Red silk sash wrapped around arm as arm band). When J enters looks at her (noise of spilled tea) and Looks at S from time to time. Catches S seeing him and smiles at her. 3:45 CAST CUE 3: Virali: Enters (Theatre Entrance) holding a mug . Goes to Stage-R and settles down in a table, writer - working (costume: casual daily wear) 3:50 CAST CUE 4: Sita + Urmila: Enters (Theatre Entrance) chatting and holding a cup each. Urmila spills her tea. Stops by Lal. Exchange glances of appreciation looking at the sketch. Lal does not even look up. Goes to Stage-R and settles down in a table and continues chatting (costume: casual daily wear. S has brown silk sash as a dopatta, U has a pink scarf).S checks on Rav, U teases. When Ram enters, U points him out to S. 3:55 CAST CUE 5: Ram: Enters (Theatre Entrance) holding a mug . Goes to Stage-R and settles down in a table, laptop, iphone, earplugs - professional - working (costume: casual daily wear, blue sash, hanging from his pocket). Notices J and U. Looks at J from time to time. Drummer: Enters, hesitantly. Sets his drums down in Stage-L near Lal. Starts drumming. Han asks him to leave. Lal wants to listen. Han concedes. DRUMMER STARTS BUILDING at 3:57, REACHES PEAK IN 1 MIN AFTER DARK AND STOPS WITH A BANG AT 4:00.

Pre-Show 3:30 4:00

Show 5:00

Post-Show 5:30

Show | Intro - Director Notes

Wikileaks | DN-2: 10th April

4:00 LIGHT CUE 2 - House Light OFF | COMPLETE DARK SOUND CUE 2 - Light Cafe Music | OFF (DRUMMER REACHES PEAK IN 1 MIN AFTER DARK AND STOPS WITH A BANG AT 4:01) CAST CUE 6: Singer: Enters in darkness. Takes a seat on the floor, legs folded on the audience side, Stage-Down-Center, Scene Area, showing profile. (costume: white/cream/red silk sari) Musician: Enters in darkness. Standing, holding the instrument (visible), Stage-Up-Center, Scene Area, Up-Stage, showing back (costume: add white silk sash) Hanuman: READY OFF SCENE AREA. Mask changed from ape to human mask. Earth Spirit: READY OFF SCENE AREA. 4:01 LIGHT CUE 3 - SPOT (GOLD & RED) ON SINGER CAST CUE 7: Singer: Starts singing after counting 10 after the drummer - a raga, 2 mins - powerful, broken and haunting Musician: Stands still in shadow LIGHT CUE 4 - SPOT (BLUE) ON ENTERING EARTH SPIRIT CAST CUE 8: Earth Spirit: Walks in - in the middle of the song - drawn by it’s powerful, broken and haunting quality. Singer: Ends singing and holds still with eyes closed. LIGHT CUE 5 - SPOT (GOLD & RED) OFF ON SINGER | CONTINUE SPOT (BLUE) ON EARTH SPIRIT 4:03 LIGHT CUE 6 - DIM WHITE LIGHT ON PLAY AREA - SLOW UP CAST CUE 9: Musician: Slowly moves to a pose, profile to the audience, making the instrument visible. Starts playing - plays through till LIGHTS OFF Earth Spirit: Starts dancing to the tunes of the tribal melody SOUND CUE 3 - RECORDED RAMAYANA STARTS (4 MINS) LIGHT CUE 7 - SPOT (GOLD & RED) ON HANUMAN AS HE ENTERS CAST CUE 1O: HANUMAN: Enters with the red fabric - surreal at first but slowly changes to power and control and submission along with the story ending in stilling the spirit by shrouding her to stillness. Earth Spirit: Dancing to escape and to survive, hurt and angry till she surrenders but stands in arrogance as she gets covered. SOUND CUE 4 - RECORDED RAMAYANA FINISHES | SILENCE LIGHT CUE 8 - ALL LIGHTS OFF COUNTING 10 AFTER HANUMAN SHROUDS EARTH SPIRIT | COMPLETE DARK CAST CUE 11: Everyone exits Play Area and goes back to their cafe seating. Hanuman changes mask to being Hanuman and is talking to the musician.

INTRO 4:00

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Wikileaks | DN-3: 10th April

LIGHT CUE 9 - SPOT (GOLD) ON LALITHA + DIM WHITE LIGHT ON WHOLE STAGE AREA - SLOW UP CAST CUE 12: Ram, Ravan, Sita and Urmila are continuing as they were before. Still normal cafe conversation/sound. Musician + Hanuman (Hanuman mask on): Musician Sitting in bit of a trance and Hanuman trying to make sure he is ok. Lalitha: Has finished her sketch. Now she is scribbling something. Roke: Enters with a coffee mug. Stops by Lal. Dialogue with L. CAST CUE 13: Virali: Calls out to Roke LIGHT CUE 10 - SPOT (WHITE) ON VIRALI CAST CUE 14: Roke: Finishes with Lal and walks over to V. LIGHT CUE 11 - SPOT ON Lalitha DIMS SLOWLY AFTER ROKE ASKED V WHO JANAKI WAS. (V SAYS “JANAKI IS SITA!”) LIGHT CUE 12 - SPOT FADES TO COMPLETE DARKNESS

Roke

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Lalitha Virali

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SC-1 - Sita Monologue after marriage

Wikileaks | DN-4: 10th April

SOUND CUE 5 - Pre-recorded marriage/festivity music which reduces in volume as drumming starts. LIGHT CUE 13 - SPOT(FESTIVAL COLORS) MOVING FROM RIGHT AND LEFT AND JUMPING AROUND PLAY AREA | ON DRUMMER AND HANUMAN AS THEY ENTER AND THEN SPOT (GOLD) SETTLES ON THEM AS THEY SETTLE IN CENTER STAGE. CAST CUE 15: DRUMMER + HANUMAN (Hanuman mask on): Starts drumming in the dark - pre announcement drumming and enters the Play Area with Hanuman following him dancing in joy, drunk a little with garlands around his neck with a scroll. They come and gather in the Stage-Center and the drum stops. Hanuman open the scroll tries to read, turns it up and down. SOUND CUE 6 - Pre-recorded ANNOUNCEMENT on top of marriage/festivity music in the background CAST CUE 16: DRUMMER + HANUMAN: Does a final drumming and walks out followed by dancing Hanuman. LIGHT CUE 14 - SPOT(FESTIVAL COLORS) MOVING FROM RIGHT AND LEFT AND JUMPING AROUND PLAY AREA | ON DRUMMER AND HANUMAN AS THEY EXIT. A SINGLE SPOT CATCHES SITA ENTERING AND STAYS ON HER CAST CUE 17: SITA: Enters (costume additions: gold silk wrapped around + a flower garland). Excited. Exhausted. Confused. HANUMAN: Follows her soon and almost mimics her actions and comforts her - but invisible to SITA. When J drops her gardland he wears it. When she throws the shoes, he picks them up and arranges them. STAGE CUE 2 - HANUMAN BECOMES OR HOLDS THE WINDOW FRAME THROUG WHICH J TALKS TO MOTHER EARTH

Drummer Hanuman

SC-1 Sita Monologue - After Marriage

Hanuman Sita

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ROKE
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SC-2 - Sita and Urmila at Ayodhya

Wikileaks | DN-5: 10th April

CAST CUE 19: MUSICIAN: Starts strumming in the dark LIGHT CUE 18 - SOFT LIGHT SLOWLY LIGHTS THE WHOLE PLAY AREA AS HANUMAN SETS UP - LOOKS GAUDY INSIDE PALACE STAGE CUE 3- HANUMAN ENTERS WITH A BOX - DOESN’T LIKE SETUP - PUSHES THE COUCH AT THE BACK TO CENTER STAGE, PUTS A NICE VELVET SHAWL ON IT AND J’S SEWING BASKET (a piece sits is working on and a ball of thick yarn). DRAGS A STOOL BESIDE IT AND PLAGES A JUG WITH FLOWERS. HEARS THE MUSICIAN AND PICKS UP THE FRAME AND CREATES WINDOW AND PEEKS OUT. LIGHT CUE 19 - SPOT (GOLD) ON SITA AS SHE RUN IN CAST CUE 20: SITA: Comes running to the window to see the musician LIGHT CUE 20 - LIGHT MUSICIAN TO SHOW HIS SHADOW ON THE BACKGROUND / LONG SHADOW - OFF WITH HIS EXIT CAST CUE 21: MUSICIAN: Enters stage playing his instruments and walks across and exits. SITA: Comes back to the couch, needle pricks - yikes - sits down and picks up sewing HANUMAN: Hanuman near J’s feet and starts playing with an yard of thread in J’s sewing basket - ties with one end of chair - draws to another chair across - criss cross of threads that Urmila and Hanuman plays with as she talks. LIGHT CUE 21 - SPOT (GREEN) ON U AS SHE WALKS IN CAST CUE 22: URMILA: Enters stage, has to cross some threads to get to SITA.

MUSICIAN HANUMAN
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SC-2 Sita + Urmila - in Ayodhya

URMILA SITA

LIGHT CUE 22 - ALL LIGHTS FADE TO COMPLETE DARKNESS

LIGHT CUE 23 - SPOT (WHITE) ON V+R + DIM WHITE LIGHT ON WHOLE STAGE AREA - SLOW UP CAST CUE 23: VIRALI + ROKE CAST CUE 24: Surpanakha enters STAGE CUE 4 - Sur moves couches to the back and sits on it CAST CUE 25: HANUMAN EXITS STAGE - BECOMES LAX

ROKE

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SC-3 (TIME - DUSK): Sita, Ram and Laxman in the forest

Wikileaks | DN-6: 10th April

SOUND CUE 7 - Pre-recorded birds returning to their nests. CAST CUE 26: MUSICIAN: Starts strumming in the dark LIGHT CUE 25 - DUSK LIGHT IN PLAY AREA + LIGHT COMING THRU THE WINDOW IN THE HUT CAST CUE 27: SITA: Enters and sets up for ritual MUSICIAN: Enters stage playing his instruments and walks across. SITA: Sita stops rituals, stops him and gives him a fruit. MUSICIAN: He blesses him. Exits SITA: Looks longingly as he leaves. She returns back to her rituals - CONTINUES STAGE CUE 5 - J’s RITUAL PLATE MATERIALS / FLOWERS / INCENSE + MANGO FOR LAXMAN CAST CUE 28: RAM + LAXMAN: Enters with sashes in place

MUSICIAN SITA

SC-3 Ram + Lax + Sita - Forest Scene

SITA

RAM LAXMAN

CAST CUE 29: RAM: Exits back to seat - removes sash LAX: Exits stage - costume change to Hanuman LIGHT CUE 26 - ALL LIGHTS FADE TO COMPLETE DARKNESS as J cleans her feet DL-4

LIGHT CUE 27 - SPOT (WHITE) ON V+R + DIM WHITE LIGHT ON WHOLE STAGE AREA - SLOW UP CAST CUE 30: VIRALI + ROKE

ROKE
LIGHT CUE 28 - ALL LIGHTS FADE TO COMPLETE DARKNESS

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Show | SC-4 + DL-5 - Director Notes
SC-4 (TIME - DUSK) - Sita and Ram scene in the forest

Wikileaks | DN-7: 10th April

CAST CUE 31: MUSICIAN: Starts strumming in the dark SOUND CUE 8 - Pre-recorded birds returning to their nests. LIGHT CUE 29 - DUSK LIGHT IN PLAY AREA + LIGHT COMING THRU THE WINDOW IN THE HUT WHERE RAMA IS SITTING CAST CUE 32: HANUMAN: Sitting in one corner - worried. RAM: Enters the cottage with Bow and Arrow and calls for Sita - paces and then sits down - Stage-Center, meditating to calm himself down. SITA + MUSICIAN + HANUMAN: Enters Play Area. MUSICIAN: Enters Play Area playing his instruments and walks around the cottage and exits. SITA: Enters cottage STAGE CUE 6 - J’s RITUAL PLATE MATERIALS / FLOWERS / INCENSE CAST CUE 33: RAM + SITA:

MUSICIAN SITA HANUMAN

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SITA RAM

HANUMAN

CAST CUE 32: RAM: After slapping Sits, who falls Stage-Left, in guilt and frustration kicks the ritual basket which J had placed on Hanuman’s hands. By doing so he kicks Hanuman who gets thrown to the Stage-Right. He picks up his bow and arrow - Exits back to seat - removes sash. LIGHT CUE 30 - ALL LIGHTS FADE TO COMPLETE DARKNESS as SITA and Hanuman lies on the floor, throbbing in pain.

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ROKE
LIGHT CUE 32 - ALL LIGHTS FADE TO COMPLETE DARKNESS

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Show | SC-5 + DL7 + END - Director Notes
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Wikileaks | DN-8: 10th April

SOUND CUE 9 - Pre-recorded birds welcoming the dawn LIGHT CUE 33 - DAWN LIGHT IN PLAY AREA - FOREST | VIDEO PROJECTION OF TREES TO CREATE A FOREST IMPACT? CAST CUE 35: GOLDEN DEER: was lounging peacefully and upon seeing them hides. SITA: Comes out of the cottage HANUMAN: Enters Play Area following her

SITA

Golden Deer

SC-5 SITA Monologue - Golden Deer

HANUMAN

LIGHT CUE 34 - ALL LIGHTS FADE TO COMPLETE DARKNESS as SITA, Hanuman and the Golden deer are close to each other - stroking, reflecting, in the safe cradle of the earth spirit - few moments before the world wakes up! DL-6 LIGHT CUE 35 - SPOT (WHITE) ON V+R + DIM WHITE LIGHT ON WHOLE STAGE AREA - SLOW UP CAST CUE 36: VIRALI + ROKE : Last chat and Roke leaves ROKE: Walks up to Lalitha and asks a question

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END SINGER: IN THE DARK - THE VOICE OF THE SINGER RESONATES FROM THE BACK GROUND AS SHE SLOWLY WALKS IN AND STANDS CENTER STAGE JOINED BY THE MUSICIAN AND THEN HANUMAN AND THE GOLDEN DEER.

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LIGHT CUE 37 - LIGHT SLOWLY UP ON THE SINGER - GRADUALLY INCLUDES THE 3 OTHERS ONCE SHE STOPS SINGING AND LOOKS UP - LIGHT SLOWLY UP ON THE FULL STAGE

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Post-Show - Director Notes
LIGHT CUE 1 - House Light ON (Darker in audience - than stage) CAST CUE 1: All cast members bow. 3 times. All cast members pull a chair and sit in a line

Wikileaks | DN-9: 10th April

Roke: - Fill up Raffle sheet for Raffle prizes (3 prizes - 3 pairs of tickets to full show) - includes wish list / donation - Thank you speech - audience and sponsors - Introduces/thanks Virali + Cast and Crew - Another Preview in July (work in progress - exposed some more!) - Full play in September - About Siren Theatre Company | Mission and upcoming programs - Ask for Donation for individual production items (cash and kind) - Sara + Debi + Hanuman - Opens up for Q/A

Pre-Show 3:30 4:00

Show 5:00

Post-Show 5:30

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