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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’s
  • The Darkling Plain,” a 10-minute drama, in English, set in a rocky cliff near a mountain top in central Italy, a dark night in 771 A.D., 2m,
  • Holding Breath,” a 10-minute drama in English, set in a hospital room, a summer afternoon, 1996, 1m2f
  • Light Falling On A Distant Shore,” a 30-minute suspense drama in English, set in conference room in city skyscraper, 3:00 p.m., business day, 1996-98, 3m1f
  • The Passion Play,” a 30-minute drama, in English, set in bar in an elegant restaurant, early evening, 1985 or any time since, 3m
  • Waiting for the Lion,” a 15-minute drama, in English, set in a a cave in the Jordanian desert, high noon in 430 AD, 1m1f
  • 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, 1f
  • Themes blindness, cinema, consorting, death, disappearance, immortality, incurable disease, Inquisition, nuntius, prophesy, royalty, servant, servitude, sprite, stardom, storm, symbolism, water.


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