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A breath of whiskey – space rock opera

Posted in Uncategorized by erdaron on November 19, 2015

Aside

Continuing the re-write exercise, this time with a haiku and a space rock opera. The latter was largely inspired by listening to David Bowie inimitable Ziggy Stardust and Space Oddity on repeat for a few days. The words have been arranged to follow (roughly) Space Oddity in the beginning, and then Suffragette City for the final sequence.

The haiku mostly came from riding the metro a lot to and from work.

Haiku

Two musicians sit
Minds, voice, and strings all entwined,
Yet alone within.


Galactically fabulous

Location: starship’s command deck

Loud, discordant music plays. The only illumination is a dim, pulsing red light, projecting bottom up. Two figures appear, outlined by the red light coming from behind them. They crawl and stumble forward, over debris.

A small light comes up down stage left, revealing a Silicon Sam. He is prone, draped over the piano. His coat is torn, and a few sparks are sputtering out of the opening. He comes to, dusts himself off, begins to play, the discordant music begins to die down. Only his right arm works.

Lights come up center stage, revealing Alex Shadow and Jen Star.

ALEX SHADOW

Here it is, oh brave Jen Star,
The few last breaths of air
With the oxygen from Earth.
Now it’s time to play the journey through
If we dare.

JEN STAR
Rummaging through and kicking over the wreckage

The blast of cosmic dust
Has blinded us,
A comet’s wrath –
It scorched the ship.
Now we are lost,
Adrift a million miles away…

SILICON SAM
A single, twinkling blue light comes up on the ceiling. Sam sees it. As the scene goes on, more and more twinkling blue lights come on.

Andromeda is blue…
I can see it just a bit.
Only one engine is left,
And the ship can’t fly the way.

(Expires)

Jen Star finds her guitar and throws on the strap. The guitar comes alive, alarm lights blinking along its length.

ALEX SHADOW

Though one hundred thousand miles away,
I know we can come through
On the rocket packs across the void of space.
Jen, I love you very much!

JEN STAR
Strums her guitar, rough rock music plays, the stage shakes, and lights grow brighter.

I know.

Listen, Alex,
Controls are dead
And Sam is gone.
Strap your helmet on,
Arm the rocket pack
And blast away…

Rocket packs descend from the ceiling. Jen Star and Alex Shadow receive them and buckle in. Jen Star continues to play.

BOTH ALEX SHADOW AND JEN STAR

JEN: Rock Star!
ALEX: On the jet fuel of my voice
JEN: Rock Star!
ALEX: We will burst into reentry
JEN: Rock Star!
ALEX: We have gone through the Vortex Star,
Hey Andromeda Blue,
We are coming for you!
(Rocket packs begin to emit multi-colored sparks)
BOTH: Five!
BOTH: Oh, all the friends we’ve left behind.
BOTH: Four!
BOTH: Schoolhouse we escaped like wayward satellites.
BOTH: Three!
ALEX: When I knew that I could sing.
BOTH: Two!
JEN: When I touched that first guitar.
BOTH: ONE!

(Rocket packs ignite in full. Jen Star and Alex Shadow begin their ascent.)

ALEX SHADOW
Go up the neon stairway to stars
Don’t look back
The neon stairway to stars
‘Cause you ain’t got time to be afraid
This Andromeda Star
Is outta sight, it’s alright.

(Both exit up)

THE END

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