|CAST OF CHARACTERS:||ACTORS in Theater Artaud production (6/90):
|the FAMILY UNIT||Guarneri String Quartet|
|the BABY||Gary Coleman|
|a RESTAURANT||designed by Henson/Giger, played by W. Snipes|
|a POLE||George Coates|
The scene is laid in Anytown, U.S.A.
An empty, grey, featureless room, with exits right and left.
Enter the FAMILY UNIT, stage left, slowly revolving. The UNIT
makes its way to the center of the room, then stops, continuing
After about half a minute the FAMILY UNIT starts to stride
purposefully around the room. The UNIT moves and gestures as if
interacting with bits of invisible, unintelligible furniture and
consumer electronic components. Eventually the UNIT ends up in the
front of the stage, facing the back wall, no longer revolving, and
sits down. Brief (half-minute) tableau.
Suddenly, the BABY is thrown in a long arc from stage right, landing
on the FAMILY UNIT. The UNIT is shocked and immediately separates
into its four identical COMPONENTS, distinguishable only by timbre.
The COMPONENTS run frantically about the room, tossing the BABY from
each to each (as in "Hot Potato").
After a minute, THIRD COMPONENT stops and motions for other COMPONENTS
to stop. THIRD COMPONENT throws the BABY out the left exit. COMPONENTS
stare after the BABY, then merge to form the FAMILY UNIT again. The
UNIT returns to its location at front of stage, sitting down, facing
the back wall. Brief tableau.
Again the BABY is thrown from stage right. The UNIT separates into
COMPONENTS, but this time is not so confused; FIRST COMPONENT simply
lobs the BABY offstage left. The UNIT reforms, returns to front of
stage. Brief tableau.
Again the BABY is thrown onto the UNIT, which immediately heaves it
offstage left without breaking up. One-minute tableau.
The FAMILY UNIT starts to appear restless, vibrates and stands up.
Out-of-focus, barely-recognizable pictures of various rich foods
(e.g. turkey dripping fat, triple chocolate cake, sundaes, etc.)
are projected onto back wall. The UNIT, suddenly decisive, tramps
around room, ends up again at front of stage but facing right.
The UNIT sits down as if in a vehicle and pantomimes driving.
As the FAMILY UNIT drives, the POLE runs on and off stage from right
to left, ten times; the first time jogging, the next few times running
faster (as the FAMILY UNIT accelerates). The last two times the POLE
jogs again as the FAMILY UNIT decelerates. Finally, the POLE walks on
stage from right to center, slowly, followed at same pace by the
RESTAURANT--a sort of gaping maw containing many long, slimy tentacles
serving as tongues. The RESTAURANT slows and stops on the right hand
side as the POLE slows and stops in the center.
The FAMILY UNIT pantomimes getting out of the car and sits down across
the stage from the RESTAURANT (to the left of the POLE). The
RESTAURANT extrudes menus from within its maw on four tentacles,
throwing them at the UNIT. The UNIT separates into COMPONENTS,
catches the menus, and peruses them.
After a minute, the COMPONENTS let go of the menus, which retract on
their tentacles into the RESTAURANT like measuring tape. The
COMPONENTS fidget hungrily.
After two minutes four plates covered with silver domes are extruded
from the RESTAURANT on tentacles, and thrown to the COMPONENTS. The
COMPONENTS catch the plates and uncover them one by one; FIRST COMPONENT
has filet mignon, SECOND COMPONENT has grilled salmon, THIRD COMPONENT
has a mushroom burger with fries. FOURTH COMPONENT uncovers plate to
discover the BABY. Aghast, the COMPONENT throws the BABY back into
the RESTAURANT. The FAMILY UNIT forms and makes as if to leave.
The RESTAURANT throws back the BABY, this time extruding it directly
from a tentacle. The FAMILY UNIT throws the BABY back into the
RESTAURANT. The RESTAURANT re-extrudes the BABY, the FAMILY UNIT
throws it back, etc., several times.
The RESTAURANT throws the BABY in such a way that its tentacle catches
on the POLE and winds around it. The FAMILY UNIT throws the baby back
around the POLE in reverse, unwinding the tentacle, but it rewinds
around the POLE the other way. The UNIT throws the BABY back around
the POLE, and the tentacle unwinds and rewinds.
Shrugging resignedly, the UNIT separates into its COMPONENTS and
begins playing tetherball with the BABY as...