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Top Girls by Caryl Churchill [Oct. 31st, 2006|05:28 am]
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MARLENE: I don't mean anything personal. I don't believe in class. Anyone can do anything if they've got what it takes.
JOYCE: And if they haven't?
MARLENE: If they're stupid or lazy or frightened, I'm not going to hel them get a job, why should I?
JOYCE: What about Angie?
MARLENE: What about Angie?
JOYCE: She's stupid, lazy and frightened, so what about her?
MARLENE You run her down too much. She'll be all right.
JOYCE: I don't expect so, no . . .
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"Around the World" from Grey Gardens, lyrics by Michael Korie, music by Scott Frankel [Oct. 20th, 2006|02:55 am]
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[music |I think it's obvious . . .]

"Around the World"
Without a boat
On just a quote from Frost.
"Two roads diverged in a yellow wood."
A lovely crossing, all . . .
Around the world.
The world around the attic wall . . .
"Around the World"
There isn't room
For every special thing.
"Around the World"
You choose a few
To make the music sing.
A silver mask from
A masquerade,
Around and 'round I twirled . . .
You tack them up
So when you go
The world will be
The one you know . . .
A birdcage I plan to hang.
I'll get to that someday . . .
A birdcage for a bird
Who flew away . . .
Around the world.
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A Bright Room Called Day by Tony Kushner [Sep. 30th, 2006|02:15 pm]
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PAULINKA: You know the scene in the play where the black poodle turns into the Devil and offers Faust the world? ALl that demurring, endless, always seemed so coy to me. Just. . . . But so one night I was waking home after a performance and a very strange thing happened. I found myself going down a narrow street, an alley, realy, on I'd never been down before, and suddenly. . . . There was this little black poodle sitting on a doorstep. Waiting for me. Staring at me with those wet dark dog eyes. And I thought to myself: "It's Him! He's come to talk to me!" He's going to stand up on His little hind legs and say "Paulinka! Fame, films, and unsurpassable genius as an actor in exchange for your immortal soul!"

And that's when I knew it, an my dears I wish I didn't know: I'd never resist. I couldn't. I am constitutionally incapable of resisting anything. A good actress, a good liar, but not in truth a very good person. Just give me Berlin, sixty years of success, and then haul me of to the Lake of Fire! Do business with the Devil.
But the poodle had other things in mind. I guess I must have startled it when I asked it if it wanted to make me an offer. I t leapt up at me, barking and snarling and obviously out for blood. Chased me for blocks. I escaped by ducking into a bar, where I drank and drank and drank . . .

Probably just somebody's nasty black poodle. But i've always wondered . . . what if it really was Him, and He decided I wasn't worth it?
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A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams [Sep. 23rd, 2006|12:21 pm]
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STELLA: You needn’t have been so cruel to someone alone as she is.
STANLEY: Delicate piece she is.
STELLA: She is. She was. You didn’t know Blanche as a girl. Nobody, nobody, was tender and trusting as she was. But people like you abused her, and forced her to change.

* * *


BLANCHE: I don’t want realism. I want magic! [Mitch laughs] Yes, yes, magic! I try to give that to people. I misrepresent things to them. I don’t tell the truth, I tell what ought to be truth. And if that is sinful, then let me be damned for it!
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Well by Lisa Kron [Sep. 19th, 2006|09:30 pm]
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LISA: . . .The play is asking really hard questions.
JAYNE: I think they’re the wrong questions.
LISA: They’re the whole point! You don’t think every person sitting there has some personal relationship to these questions? There are people out there who are sick—there are people there who are taking care of someone who’s sick. We can’t jerk them around. They want to know: Why are some people sick and other people get well?
JAYNE: I know they do. Questions like that are very seductive, because it would be so much easier if we could answer them. But we can’t. You can’t answer them.
LISA: I can.
JAYNE: You can’t. Well, you can because you’ve turned this into a story that’s more comfortable for you.
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"Pirate Jenny" from The Threepenny Opera, lyrics by Bertolt Brecht, translated by Marc Blitzstein [Sep. 19th, 2006|09:24 pm]
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In honor of "Talk Like A Pirate Day," here are lyrics from the song "Pirate Jenny" from The Threepenny Opera. (Music by Kurt Weill, lyrics by Bertolt Brecht. This version was translated by Marc Blitzstein)

By noontime the dock
Is all swarmin' with men
Comin' off of that ghostly freighter.
They're movin' in the shadows
Where no one can see,
And they're chainin' up people
And bringin' them to me,
Askin' me,
"Kill them now, or later?"
Askin' me!
"Kill them now, or later?"

Noon by the clock
And so still on the dock
You can hear a foghorn miles away.
In that quiet of death
I'll say, "right now."

And they'll pile up the bodies
And I'll say,
"That'll learn ya!"

And the ship,
The black freighter,
Disappears out to sea,
And
On
It
Is
Me
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The Invention of Love by Tom Stoppard [Sep. 19th, 2006|12:56 am]
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PATER: The Renaissance teaches us that the book of knowledge is not to be learned by rote but is to be written anew in the ecstasy of living each moment for the moment’s sake. Success in life is to maintain this ecstasy, to burn always with this hard gem-like flame. Failure is to form habits. To burn with a gem-like flame is to capture the awareness of each moment; and for that moment only. To form habits is to be absent from those moments. How may we always be present for them?—to garner not the fruits of experience but experience itself?
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The Invention of Love by Tom Stoppard [Sep. 18th, 2006|03:41 am]
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RUSKIN: Mechanical advance is the slack taken up of our failing humanity. Hell is very likely to be modernization infinitely extended.
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The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams [Sep. 18th, 2006|03:38 am]
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JIM: The different people are not like other people, but being different is nothing to be ashamed of. Because other people are not such wonderful people. They’re one hundred times one thousand. You’re one times one! They walk all over the earth. You just stay here. They’re common as—weeds, but—you—well, you’re—Blue Roses!

[Image on screen: Blue Roses.]
[The music changes.]

LAURA: But blue is wrong for—roses. . . .

JIM: It’s right for you! You’re—pretty!
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