Monday, March 01, 2010
You Can't always get what you want--PLAY. ACT II, The Fire in Bradford
SCENE ONE. INT. DAY.
WE ARE INSIDE COPPERFIED'S RESTAURANT. DICKENSIAN SETTING. LOTS OF RED CARPETTING. UPHOLSTERY OF RED LEATHER AND OAK. BOOTHS WITH HIGH OAK WALLS.
CELIA IS WAITING FOR THE PROFESSOR IN ONE OF THE HIGH-WALLED BOOTHS.
THE PROFESSOR APPROACHES HER BOOTH. SHE STANDS, BUT SHE SEEMS TO DO A LITTLE TURN, LIKE A BALLERINA, HER LEFT HAND OUTSTRECHED TO REVEAL AND ENGAGEMENT RING AND A WEDDING BAND. HE GOES TO KISS HER, IN SEEMING MID-PIROUTTE, BUT SHE NOW DRAWS AWAY.
CELIA (SOUNDING A LITTLE CROSS):
You'd think you hadn't seen me for a couple of months!
It's the way I feel.
You think you're the only one? This isn't easy for me
Well then...Maybe we should....
CELIA (NOW SEATED)
Don't say anything. I know what you're thinking.I know you better than you know yourself.
THE PROFESSOR DOES A SLIGHT DOUBLE- TAKE AND SITS DOWN.
This is getting a little hard-edged.
CELIA (LEFT HAND OUT AGAIN TO EXPOSE THE RINGS)
THE WAITRESS APPROACHES. THEY ORDER DRINKS
THE PROFESSOR MOVES TO TAKE HER LEFT HAND. NOTICES THE RINGS. HE MOVES TO TAKE HER OTHER HAND, SHE ALMOST COMPLETES THE CONTACT, BUT THEN VERY SLOWLY, DELIBERATELY MOVES BOTH HANDS AWAY TOWARDS HERSELF. THERE COULD HAVE BEEN A MOMENT OF CONTACT, OF INTIMACY HERE, BUT IT IS NOW LOST.
Un voyage d'aller et retour. Where are we going with this?
You think you're the only one? This isn't easy for me.
Well, I'd say this whole situation is getting close to intolerable. What does Lief say about all this?
Lief understands. But if we want to keep going out together, I'm going to have to bring Lief along...(SHE AGAIN GIVES A FLASH OF RINGS).
THE PROFESSOR QUIETLY DRINKS THE BEER, NOW BEFORE HIM.
Ooh. The plot thickens.
Lief. Lief the Unlucky. Damn Lief. I thought you said you and Lief had an open marriage.
That's what my wife wanted before she went to the house of the rising sun.
Sorry. But aren't people odd.
You can't get everything from one person.
Sure you can. It's what used to be called marriage. The rest you can get from yourself. It's called creativity. You can't eat from three tables at once... It's crazy.
So why are you here?
Au contraire! It was you who phoned me. What do you want from me?
CELIA (LOOKING AT HIM LEVELLY.
Just what I'm getting.
MUSIC IN BG. STONES.
"YOU CAN'T ALWAYS GET WHAT YOU WANT." UP.
THE PROFESSOR GOES TO TAKE BOTH CELIA' HANDS AGAIN SHE RESPONDS. BUT THIS TIME, THE PROFESSOR DRAWS HIS OWN HANDS AWAY.
LIGHT: GRADUALLY DIM.
MUSIC FADE TO BG.