Jesse's Loss

A play by Eda UCA

The stage is bare.  Woman and child enter, stage right.  Woman is in a white dress.  She holds a small tree in her righthand.  The child holds her lefthand.  He is dressed in a simple whiterobe.  He has a rope around his neck andholds a watering can.  They walk solomly to the center of the stage.  

The woman plants the tree and sits the child under it. She takes the rope from wilts; she is dead.  She remains standing.  The child gives the tree water from the canand drinks the rest.  He kisses the woman's hand and sits under the tree in a meditative stance.

A man enters, stage left.  He is dressed simply.  Hegives the child shoes. He tries topersuade the child to leave the woman and his tree.  He offers him cakes and toys but the child will not leave.  He puts on the shoes and gives the man a twig from the tree.  The man takes the twig.  The child kisses the woman's limphand.  The man exits, stage left.

It rains. The child lifts the watering can and fills it with rain water.  Man # 2 enters, stage left.  He watches the child pour the water at thetree's roots and drink the remaing water. He builds the child a well by stage left.  

The child draws some water from the well.  He gives the tree more water and drinkssome  himself.  The man offers the child cakes and toys, in an effort to persuade him to leave.  The child looks wist fullyat the gifts but does not leave.  He offers the man a twig from the tree. The man takes the twig and exits stage left, as the child strokes the woman's hand.

Man # 3 enters, stage left.  He sees the child drawing water from thewell. The child drinks the water and bathes.  He gives the remaining water to the tree.  The man offers the child a coat.  The child takes the coat and offers the man some water.  He drinks the water and tries to persuade the child to leave.  He shows him cakes and toys. The child is torn. He looks at his tree, the man, and again at his tree.  Finally, he looks at the woman and stays.  He offers the man a twig buthe does not take it.  He leaves, stage left.

Man # 4 enters, stage left.  He watches the child draw water from thewell. The child drinks the water, bathes himself, washes his coat, and pours the rest on the tree's roots.  The man offers the child a sheep.  The child takes the sheep and pets it.  He offers the man a twig, but the man looks annoyed and leaves, stage left.

The sheep runs from the child.  The child looks briefly at the tree and runs to catch the sheep.  Both exit, stage right.  The child returns with the sheepin his arms, stage left.  He carries the sheep to the well and gives it water. He brings the sheep back under the tree and holds it so it may not escape.

Man # 5 enters, stage left.  He offers the child a knife.  The child takes the knife.  He cuts a twig from the tree and offers itto the man.  The man does not takeit.  The child snips off some of thesheep's fleece and offers it to the man. The man takes it and tries to persuade the child to leave his tree.  He offers him cakes and toys.  The child is torn.  He looks from the tree, to the man, and again at the tree.  He looks angry, but stays.  The man exits, stage left.  The child kicks the tree.  The sheep runs towards stage right.  The child jumps and catches it.  He takes the knife and cuts off somen of therope that hangs from the woman's neck. He ties it around the sheep's neck. The sheep tries to escape but the child ties the rope around thetree.  

The tree is mangled in theprocess.  The child goes to the well.  He draws some water and drink sit.  He bathes himself, washes his coat, and gives the rest to the sheep.  He looks at the watering can and indicates that it is empty by turning it over.  He spits at the roots of the treeand goes to sleep with the knife in his left hand.  The child turns in his sleep and cuts his right hand with theknife.  He wakes, crying.

Man # 6 enters, stage left.  He sees the child in distress and comforts him. He draws some water from the well and cleans the child's wound.  The child tears some of the cloth from the woman's dress, using his knife.  The man ties the cloth around the child's right hand.  The child kisses his hand. The man tries to persuade the child to leave with offerings of cake and toys. The child takes the cake but stays.  He goes to sleep under the tree. The man exits, stage left.  

Man # 7 enters, stage left.  The child has woken and is drinking water from the well.  The child draws more water and bathes himself, washes his coat, cleans his knife and lets the sheep drink the rest.  The man shows the child a kite.  The child kisses the kite and they play with the kite.  It's off stage left and they follow.

The child and man enter, stage left.  The woman is gone.  The man is holding the child's left hand.  The kite strings hang loosely around the child's neck and the kite trails behind. He leads the child to the well. They both drink and bathed.  The child washes his coat and looks towards the sheep.  He sees that the sheep has died and runs towards it.  The man grabs the kite.  The kite strings tighten around his neck.  The child chokes and falls under the tree.  The man is distressed.  He finds the knife under the tree and cutsthe child free of the kite strings.  He tries to rouse the child.  The child lays limp.  He feeds the child cakecrumbs.  The child shudders and dies.  The man sees that the child is dead.  He unties the sheep and holds it under his right arm.  He unroots thetree and covers the child with its branches. He exits, stage left.

The End.

BAHAR sayisi web'dedir.



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