MELANCHOLY PLAY

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Excerpt


 

CHARACTERS:

 

FRANK, a tailor

TILLY, a bank teller

FRANCES, a hairdresser
JOAN, a British nurse

LORENZO THE UNFEELING, a psychiatrist

JULIAN, a cello player

 

TIME: the Present Moment

PLACE: Illinois
 

NOTES:

 

~Melancholy in this play is Bold, Outward, Sassy, Sexy, and Unashamed. It is not introverted. It uses, instead, the language of Jacobean direct address.

~However, be sensitive to the moments of delicacy, fragility, and sadness inside of the farce.

~Having said that, actors are encouraged to look out of the window often, climb in and out of windows, throw open balconies, throw themselves on couches.

~The pace is often faster than real time. Transitions should hurtle.

~Don’t be afraid of sincere melodrama.

 

 

THE SET:

 

Many windows, a chaise, and several doors from which to enter and exit rapidly. A mirror. A potted palm. A chair. A few chandeliers. Or lamps. Perhaps a real balcony, opening into the night air.

 


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