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“Wine So Red”

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Nelson, Rodney (American playwright, editor, librarian, copy editor, 19__-____), “Wine So Red,”

 a 65-minute magic realism drama in English, set midtown in a large North American seaport, possibly Friday evening, 2002,


 •  © 2002 by Rodney Nelson;  •  in Rodney Nelson’s Wine So Red (Yuma, Arizona, U.S.A.: The Author, 2002);  •  script/rights available from Rodney Nelson, 2187 South 10th Avenue, Yuma, Arizona 85364-8354, U.S.A., telephone (home) 928-329-7159, e-mail mamelund@usa.com.  •  Cited by Rodney Nelson via ftp, February 27, 2003; Nelson says,

  §  Dramatis Personae He (m), 35, chief aide to a U.S. congressman, a professional who has given up trying to find poetry in the life around him; She (f), 35, library administrator specializing in information technology, a professional who feels the lack of poetry in the life she has made.

  §  Synopsis “She . . . awaits the return of an old favorite poem to memory—and the visit of a man, her recent boyfriend, to whom She once looked for an elevated consciousness. He arrives but seems overpreoccupied with the vulgarity of the present urban scene and his job . . . . They sip wine and try to come to terms with the affair just ended. They are still friends, it seems, yet they cannot even touch. Unexpectedly, He turns into a long-gone Provençal poet, reciting verse in the original and promising her romance (though not with him, the departed one) should She visit his country. She is entertained but unsure of him. In the end, the words at least of the poem come back as Provençal music sings out of the telephone (set on speaker) and the view from her window changes from cityscape to one of the harbor in Martigues.

  §  Comment “One scene, basically. The view from large center window shows vast city scene at first, then drapes are drawn. When drapes are pulled open toward end, the scene has changed to show the small harbor of Martigues, Provençe [France]. Either photos or graphics may be used. A little dialog and more recorded music comes through the telephone, which is set on speaker. A language coach will be needed for the limited French and Provençal that one character speaks. (The He actor need not understand what he says in those languages.)

  §  Themes library administration, loss, love, magic, magic realism, Martigues (Venise provençale), memory, music, poetry.


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