Over the course of my adult life I have created a few short performance pieces. This is still one to see “the light of day”. I have not had the opportunity to perform it yet – not because of the gun (Americans LOVE their guns) and not because of the text. Simply because of the controversial use of the American flag.
~ LOSING/LOST ~
The performance begins before the audience enters the space. When the doors open the audience walks in and is confronted with a tableau setting and the sound of distant thunder.
On stage left is a shadowy faceless figure in an aggressive stance with an american flag flag draped over their right shoulder and arm. The flag must be displayed upside down and in reverse (stars at bottom right and bars at the top). The figure is holding a rifle and aiming it at the figure stage right with the right hand ready to pull the trigger.
Stage right figure is seated at a small table. Angled to face stage front and slightly left almost facing the other figure. on the table is a large glass of milk. The figure just stares straight forward. Standing behind the figure at the table – and almost in the shadows – is a family – spouse and children.
As the house lights dim the sound of distant thunder and faint lightning. At the beginning the interval between lightning and thunder will be greater and should be shortened as the performance continues.
The figure at the table begins to speak. He/She is visibly tired, exhausted, spent with the appearance of nothing left to lose and speaks accordingly with long pauses almost struggling to find the words.
He/She: I have
I have lost
I have lost … something
I have lost my … country
Home of the brave
Land of the free
I have lost
I have lost my country
Home of hope
Land of opportunity
Who will free me
Who will free me from these unshakeable bonds?
Home of fear
Land of Surveillance
Land of the lost
(figure takes drink of milk from glass leaving the glass half empty/full)
Who will restore
Who will restore my country?
(figures hand still resting on glass – slumps over at table and hand topples glass spilling milk with loud crack of thunder with simultaneous lighting flash. As figure slumps over table the family slumps to floor in slow motion and figure – with flag and gun – at stage left slinks off into the shadows. Lights fade except for one spot light on the corner of the table where the milk that was spilt has turned to blood and is now dripping of the edge of the table. Fade to black)
Entire performance should not last longer than 10 minutes.