World in the Wings
by Roderick T. Long
[writing as Starkill]
[unfinished play, written March 4, 1976 (age 12) in Idaho Falls.]
Scene one: Typical room in modern American house or apartment. Television, table, etc. Window, open, showing skyscrapers. Bottoms of scrapers cannot be seen. We are on the second or third story. From the Halls of Montezuma is heard faintly. TESSIE puts her head through window (from the inside, not the outside. this is the third story, remember?) and looks down. MICHAEL is seated on the floor stage right (Audiences left). TESSIE steps back from window (center).
MICHAEL: Isnt that stupid parade over yet, Tessie? I want to go to the movie!
TESSIE: I know, but youll just have to wait. While youre waiting, why dont you come watch the parade with me?
MICHAEL: Stupid parade. Im tired of parades! All the marching and stupid horses wearing mops on their heads and stupid songs about America!
TESSIE: Those arent mops on their heads, Michael, theyre pom-poms! And those songs arent silly! They tell about America and how great it is.
MICHAEL: Whats great about America? Pollution, crime, war well be lucky if America lives past the 20th Century!
TESSIE: Dont be silly! Itll go far beyod that. Therell be huge cities and spaceships and underground tunnels and oh! I wish I could see it!
LIGHTS GO OUT.
Scene Two: Dark. Also Sprach Zarathustra is heard. At the loud note, lights go on, and we see a desolate wasteland with rocky spires sticking up into the sky. A cave is seen at center. Music stops.
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