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Now there is a set built,
identical to the JACOB's
living room set. As CAST
THREE exits after this final
line they are still speaking
to each other. The lights
come up on the living room
set and the remaining
members of CAST TWO are
sitting leisurely. They are
sad. They all have water.
This is a continuation of
the play they had partly
Steven, how are you doing?
Fine. You guys?
Do you need some more water?
No thanks. I'm fine.
So, you've been pretty busy?
Yes. Been working a few twelve hour days.
What did you do today?
I just sat around the house. Relaxed.
You been seeing anybody?
Oh.. no, no.
So how do you occupy your time?
Mostly with work. It's busy times, you know?
If you ever get lonely, we're here.
Really, I'm fine though. I kind of like it.
Mark said you were busy.
When did you talk to him? I haven't seen him in a few
The other night. After you left.
Carol, what happened?
(Indicating a bruise on her face)
Nothing. I'm just clumsy.
Do you think Mark will be over tonight?
CAROL and JACOB exchange
Why? What are you talking about?
He really freaked out the other night.
After you left.
That's what we wanted to talk to you about.
Why? What do I have to do with this?
You are his friend.
We are all friends.
Yeah! Exactly! That's what I'm talking about.
Do you think there is something going on with Mark that
we don't know about?
No. It sounds to me like there is something going on
No. We, myself and Carol, have just been talking alot
lately and we are concerned.
Oh, no. Is this like that last thing?
We think they might be related.
Because Mark said that last thing was a joke. He said it
never really happened.
What else did he say, Steven?
We're worried about him.
No, but I believed him. I trust Mark.
Sure. Of course you do.
We just... want to make sure. Don't you trust us?
Mark told be to be careful.
Of what. We haven't done anything to you.
To be careful of this. Of you. I didn't believe him.
We think he may be going through some tough times.
I'm beginning to see what he meant. You are acting very
Be patient. Hear us out.
What's going on? Why are you looking at me with those
Just take a breath. You are over-reacting.
Reacting is over-reacting. It's nothing.
What the hell? I didn't believe him. Really. I've known
Mark forever but you guys seem so real.
I'm going to go home, okay?
Why? Why the hostility?
Just listen to us.
Look. This is crazy. I don't like it. It's not normal.
I'm just going to go home. I'll talk to you tomorrow.
Just listen to us. Sit down!
Do as he says.
I am leaving.
He starts to the door but
JACOB rushes to him and
tackles him. STEVEN
struggles but JACOB
overpowers him. CAROL stands
and goes to them. She begins
talking to STEVEN in a
hypnotic, calming voice that
finally quiets him to
Blackout of scene.
There is applause. Another
set should be built on the
other side of the stage now.
CAST ONE goes to the other
stage and prepares (in the
dark.) The trio of CAST TWO
emerges again. When they are
done talking, their set
should be gone.
How long is this going to be?
Not too long I bet. We'll eat afterwards.
Who's in it?
I don't know but they supposedly have a lot of promise.
They definitely know the right people.
Yeah, I think there's already a movie deal in the works.
That's pathetic. Why don't they just make the movie
Lots of good plays are turned into movies.
Just for money.
Whatever you say, chief.
You'd just rather watch T.V.
He does. CAST THREE and CAST
TWO are now in their
audience positions. The
lights all go down then they
go up on the CAST ONE stage.
Upstage sits FATHER and
MOTHER. Downstage is
DAUGHTER. She is the
narrator. They are dressed
for the thirties or forties.
This segment is
unnecessarily fast. It is as
if a whole play were being
seen in a minute. They rush.
Title: "Death of an Artist"
At age eleven our young actor-hero was cast in the lead
of the school play, which was dominated by older
students. His parents wholly supported his passionate
DAUGHTER exits and SON
enters as a younger boy. He
performs for his parents a
(Takes a moment)
Now I'll be a great king.
"Bring me the head of the most fierce dragon!"
Now the knight.
"Yes sire, I'll do what you ask, but only if I can marry
your beautiful daughter."
"She is yours for the head!"
Then everyone in the court cheers for me and the jester
"Ho ho ho!!"
You can't play every role in the play now can you?
Don't be greedy dear.
DAUGHTER re-assumes the role
of narrator. Other cast
As he grew older his interest in the theatre grew. By
the age of 21 he had established himself as the most
acclaimed actor in all of northern Connecticut and he
landed his first role on Broadway. Soon enough he had
taken New York City by storm.
DAUGHTER exits. SON enters
as a man in his twenties.
FATHER and MOTHER are now
also of his age. They are
sitting. SON is standing.
I'm sorry I'm late.
That's okay Mr. Jordan. We have some business to talk
What is it? What did I do?
Please, have a seat.
We're very impressed with your work.
We're here from California.
Have you ever acted for film?
You want me for a movie. I'll do it!
DAUGHTER enters. The rest
His first film, "Long Day at the Office", won him his
first Academy Award nomination. Two years later he won
the Oscar for "In the Name of the People." His return to
Broadway at the age of 42 was very well received.
DAUGHTER exits. SON, FATHER
and MOTHER come on in
So what shalt I do, master?
Go forth, young soldier, and may evil not lay shadow
upon your doorstep.
My love, prettier than an angel sent from high heaven.
Let us be joined.
They kiss. DAUGHTER re-
enters. The rest exit.
A role model, an artist, a national treasure. His last
performance was his most tragic when on a film set a
simple special effect backfired.
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