Posts Tagged ‘ absurdism ’

The Greatest Magic Trick

Lights Up.

We see a man in a black suit and tie, with white shirt, enter stage right and stop center.  He places his hands on the sides of his head and pulls his head off and kicks it stage left.

Blackout.

Curtain.

The Line

Lights Up.

We see a single line of blankly dressed men stretching from stage left to right.  The last two men in the line at stage left begin a dialogue.

Men 1:  I am dreading this.

Man 2:  What?

Man 1:  This (pointing toward the front of the line).

Man 2:  O, that.  Just relate your position.

The line moves forward.  When a man exits right another enters left.  The line moves continuously in this way, unbroken, across the stage. 

Man 1:  It’s not that straight forward.

Man 2:  It’s straight enough if it’s plain to see.

Man 1:  Is it plain to see?

Man 2:  From where I’m standing.

The line moves forward. 

Man 1:  Where should I begin?

Man 2:  At the end.

Man 1:  That far back?

Man 2:  They prefer you start at the end and work your way to the beginning.

The line moves forward.

Man 1:  How did you get in line?

Man 2:  I’m not sure.  I’ve never been out of line.

Man 1:  Me either.

Man 2:  I am sure they will see where we are coming from.

The line moves forward.

Man 1:  How long do you think the line is?

Man 2:  It is longer for me than it is for you since you are in front of me.

Man 1:  (Addressing the man in front of him) how long is the line?

Man 3:  (Addressing the man in front of him) how long is the line?

The question is asked of each man in line by the man behind him until the furthest man at stage right is asked, then the line moves forward and the entering man at stage left asks the man in front of him.  The question is passed forward through the line until it is asked of Man 2 again by the man behind him.

Man 2:  (Addressing the man behind him) it is shorter for me than it is for you since you are behind me.

Blackout.

 

Curtain.

“Somewhere Out There the World is the Same as It is in Here”

Lights Up.

We see a black ball bouncing across the stage from left.  There is a small boy chasing it.  The child catches the ball and runs back to left and exits.  From off stage we hear this dialogue: 

 

Voice 1:  The sky is falling.

Voice 2:  It is not falling.

Voice 1:  It is falling.  I can feel the wind in my hair.

Voice 2:  The wind is blowing.

Voice 1:  It is not blowing.

Voice 2: Your hair is moving.  The wind is blowing.

 

Two short men enter stage right.  Each man is clutching a black hat in both hands.  They are holding the hats to their chests and looking around nervously.

 

Man 1:  On air our hearts move.

Man 2:  Like a violin.

Man 1:  Yes, like the thin drawn sound of a violin string.

Man 2:  That is beautiful.  I am glad I came here with you.

Man 1:  Came where?

Man 2:  Came here…to where we are now.

Man 1:  Where are we now?

Man 2:  Here (holding his hat in front of his eyes).

 

We hear a glass break.  From stage left a tall man with a mound of dirt and a flower on top of his head enters holding up an unlit candle.

 

Man 3:  Gentlemen.  Gentlemen.  Gentlemen. 

Man 2:  Do you see that?

Man 1:  That light?

Man 2:  Yes, that light?

Man 3:  Gentlemen.  Gentlemen.  Gentlemen. 

Man 1:  No, I don’t see it and you should not see it either.

Man 2:  We should go see what it is.

Man 1:  We know what it isn’t.  It isn’t a light.

Man 2:  No, we should see what it illuminates.

Man 1:  It will illuminate nothing.

Man 3:  Gentlemen.  Gentlemen.  Gentlemen. 

Man 2:  I’m going.

Man 1:  I’m staying.

Man 2:  You’re going.

Man 1:  You’re staying.

Man 2:  We’re going.

Man 1:  Where?

Man 3:  Gentlemen.  Gentlemen.  Gentlemen.

Man 2:  To the light.

Man 1:  Away from the light.

Man 2:  It could show us where we are.

Man 1:  It could show us where we aren’t.

 

The two men slowly start toward the third man.  When they are at stage center a 4th man enters stage right.  He is very tall with a set of false teeth setting on top of his head.  Man 1 looks back nervously and sees the 4th man. 

 

Man 1:  (Grabbing and turning man 2 around) look.

Man 2:  Where?

Man 1:  (Pointing) there, do you see?

Man 4:  Are you speaking?

Man 2:  What is it?

Man 1:  I know what it is not.

Man 3:  Gentlemen.  Gentlemen.  Gentlemen.

Man 2:  God.

 

An APPLAUSE sign blinks over stage center.

 

Blackout.

 

Curtain.