Lanci, Gabriel (American playwright, February 18, 1940, 19__-____), “Undine,”
a 30-minute drama-fantasy in English, set beside a pool in a forest glade, dawn now and night long ago,
© 1985 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
Lanci Gabriel via ftp, June 7, 1998; Lanci says,
Dramatis Personae Guntar Lortzing/Prince Guntar (m), film actor/a medieval incarnation; Hans (m), Lortzing’s secretary/Prince Guntar’s servant; Undine (f), a water sprite; _______ (f), young woman.
Synopsis “Guntar Lortzing, famous for his romantic film roles,
is accosted by a strange young woman in his swimming pool. She has been
following him for years, and now relates incidents in his life that no
one could know about, revealing the torment of a dark secret. Guntar becomes
furious and Hans, his secretary, rushes in to calm him down. Alone again,
she tells Guntar that he has lived in another time and has know her before.
The scene changes to a hall in in a medieval palace. Prince Guntar has
been blinded by the Inquisition for consorting with a water sprite, in
his blindness he can see beyond earthly life. The scene abruptly changes
to the present. The girl tells Guntar he is dying of an incurable disease.
He is both shocked and angry, it was a secret he only knew. The girl calms
his fears about death and disappears in a sudden storm. The scene changes
to the past, Prince Guntar has died and his servant Hans brings the news
to his father the King. Undine has gone back to! her element of water—the
symbol of eternal life. Has she brought its meaning to us? From a blacked-out
stage, Hans says, ‘When I find out, I will not be able to tell you.’”
Comment See also Gabriel Lanci’sThemes blindness, cinema, consorting, death, disappearance, immortality, incurable disease, Inquisition, nuntius, prophesy, royalty, servant, servitude, sprite, stardom, storm, symbolism, water.
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