Sunday, March 07, 2010
THRILL IS GONE
ACT TWO SCENE TWO. "THE FIRE IN BRADFORD.--A PLAY.
SCENE. INT NIGHT.
THE PROFESSOR IS STILL IN HIS STUDIO. HE IS LYING B ACK ON HIS COT. HE HAS THE HI FI ON. HE IS SMOKING A CIGARETTE:
MUSIC. B.B. KING. THRILL IS GONE
Thrill is gone babe
My sweet love's gone away
Thrill is gone
My sweet love's gone away
Well, she left me all alone now
But she'll be sorry some day
(Now the long, haunting blues guitar ride)
THERE IS A KNOCK ON THE DOOR.
HE GOES TO OPEN IT.
IT IS CELIA.
SHE IS DRESSED IN A LONG SILK PAISELEY DRESS AND IS WEARING A BLOND WIG, AS IF SHE HAD NO TIME TO COMB HER HAIR AFTER WORK.
SHE IS HOLDING WHAT APPLEARS TO BE THE PROFESSOR'S LETTER SHE SEEMS FLUSTERED, ANNOYED.
Celia, why I ...
CELIA (COMING IN AND CLOSING THE DOOR BEHIND HER)
Don't Celia me. Why did you send me that horrible letter?
PROFESSOR (AS HE GOES TO TAKE HER HAND...SHE DRAWS AWAY SLIGHTLY)
Well, you sent me a couple of doozers...Like "let's turn this into the spiritual"...And "don't expect anything."
CELIA (SOFTENING A LITTLE. HER EYES LOWER)
Well, yes. I Guess I've been sort of playing with your head. I'm sorry.
Well, you got me in the head. Right between the pillars.
THEY BOTH NOW MOVE TOWARD THE COUCH, WHERE THEY SIT. SHE HAS COME TO BEING NERVOUS AGAIN.
So how have you been?
Not well. The work is coming hard, and the college is trying to fire me.
THE PROFESSOR IS LOOKING AT HER LEVELLY.
CELIA (BUTTING HER CIGARETTE)
Oh David. I didn't mean to cause you trouble. The last thing I want to do is cause you pain.
THE PROFESSOR GOES TO KISS HER, BUT SHE TURNS AWAY. SHE IS NOW NERVOUSLY LOOKING AT HER WATCH.
You got an appointment somewhere?
CELIA (LOOKING AGAIN AT HER WATCH)
Oh, if only things were simple. Boy meets girl. Boy loves girl....But it is not that simple. It's very, very complicated.
Complicated? It's drivin me crazy.Jeesus. For the last two weeks I have been pretty heavily immersed in JUng and old Ziggie Freud. And B. B. King too. Not that simple. What do women want?
Freud? He never figured it out? Women want men.
I like men. I like men with power, money. I like money. Lots of it. I am especially impressed by successful politicians. You can feel the power coming right off them.
I will become a politician at once!
CELIA (A LITTLE SETTLED DOWN NOW)
David, Lets go out. Let's go out right now. Let's go out to the marina, to the Riveredge restaurant. Have dinner. Watch the big cabin cruisers come in at night. .
Ships passing in the night?
No more ships passing in the night.
Well, let's go then..I love seafood. And I know you do too. Damn the torpedoes. Full speed ahead.
THEY BOTH GET DRESSED AND LEAVE THROUGH THE BACK DOOR.