Bou, Antonio (Puerto Rican playwright, figurative painter, journalist, professor, narrator, poet, February, 1944-____), “White Bison,”
a 15-minute bare-stage tragicomedy in Spanish, with English translation by the playwright available, set in a desert in Africa, 2002,
• © 2002 by Antonio Bou; • in Antonio Bou’s White Bison (Dorado, Puerto Rico, U.S.A.: The Author, 200_); • script/rights available in Spanish or English from Antonio Bou, P.O. Box 279, Dorado, Puerto Rico 00646, U.S.A., e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, telephone (home) 1 787 796 3449. • Cited by Antonio Bou via ftp August 18, 2002; Bou says,
§ Dramatis Personae Aladdin (m), 19, a desert youth; Sir Richard (m), 55, a gentleman, man of letters, anthropologist.
§ Synopsis “Sir Richard, a man of letters, an anthropologist, is in the middle of the desert remembering the story of two friends who lived and died there long ago. Aladdin, also familiar with the story, enters and helps Sir Richard reconstruct it. A dance develops between Sir Richard and Sir Richard while they recount the story of the two friends—White Bison, a Sioux Indian, and Benu Malic, an Arab. Step by step, Sir Richard and Sir Richard undress completely. They start worrying about each other’s nakedness, and each protects the other from elements in the story being reconstructed . . . and from exposure to public view. Sir Richard, armed with valour, worries no more. . . . Desert youth and gentleman both begin to enjoy the freedom acquired through this brief relationship. . . . Are they now in love because of the story? Sir Richard dies, or seems to die, in the arms of the young man.
§ Comment “The action is quite simple, but requires a lot from the two actors. They must disrobe accordingly, harmonically, and dramatically through their dialogue and evolving relationship. They must convincingly fall in love because of their reconstructing the story. • There are no stage requirements. The play could be done in an empty stage, big enough to suggest the vastness of the desert. Some sound and light effects could be appropriate at the director’s discretion. • Very demanding play for two good male actors.”
Africa, anthropology, dance, death, desert, first encounter, freedom, homosexuality,
cross-cultural relationship, male bonding, reminiscence, storytelling.
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