Lanci, Gabriel (American playwright, February 18, 1940, 19__-____), “Water Songs,”
“Water Songs,” a 10-minute drama, in English, set upstairs room in a large house by the sea, late afternoon, 1987 or any time after,
© 1987 by Gabriel Lanci, script/rights available from Gabriel Lanci, 32 Baltimore Street, Lynn, Massachusetts 01902, U.S.A., telephone (home) 781-593-1085, (work) 781-593-1085, e-mail GabeLanci@aol.com. Cited by Lanci Gabriel via ftp, May 31, 1998; Lanci says,
Dramatis Persona _______ (f), a woman in her middle years.
Synopsis “A woman in her middle years, sits alone in a room that overlooks a shore upon which a wild sea crashes. She is attempting to leave a message for someone she loves. Her memory is going and soon she will not be able to speak. She likens the process of her loss with the ‘great gray sea’ that is eating away at the shore outside. At points in her recall she loses the power of speech and can only make inarticulate sounds, her eyes lost in a distant vision. She feels betrayed by the person she loves, she suspects he has found someone else to replace her, she remembers the beauty of their sexual liaisons and chooses to abandon him. In her mind she wanders across the trackless gray beach. ‘I loved someone . . . was it you? I don’t know your name. I knew it once didn’t I?’ In her eagerness to walk into the raging seas and lose all painful memories, she flings out her arms and knocks over a large glass of water on the table beside her chair. The glass crashes to the floor, the water runs over the table.”
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Themes abandonment, lost love, memory, middle years, sea, shore, sex, speech, suicide.
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