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Postmodern Challenges – Defining Impact

Center Stage

-Would you hush a minute, Fran! I’m talking to the man. Sir, are we well-seated? D-mn Fran, he doesn’t speak English. I know we’re in France. France is in Europe, my dear. For Christ’s sake, Fran, the play’s in English! Sir, do my wife and I have good seats? No, I don’t want to exchange the tickets. Geez Fran, help me here. Sir, hello! Can we see the stage? Good view? See well? Fran, the man’s clueless. Sir, where are our seats?

-Center Stage, Monsieur.

-You mean center – with respect to the stage.

-You sit center stage. Look, your ticket say here “Center Stage”. You can read. Is English here. Quel con, ce ricain…

-Fran, look, it does say “Center Stage.” I’m keeping these for Dottie. Stop looking at me like that Fran. I’m not shouting. Now come on, how contemporary can you get? The actors are outside, and we’re on stage. Is that it? Don’t pout like that, Fran.

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I’m not sitting here, Fran!

Oh Tod.

Don’t start that, Fran.

He did say, “Center Stage.”

Why us?

We’re props, Tod.

Why’d he choose us, Fran? We’re not the only Americans. We weren’t first in line. Is it my weight? Is it your-

He looked so pleased to put us here.

And so we’re just going to sit here ’cause “Monsieur” looked pleased? Are you nuts, Fran?

Oh, Tod. You wanted something contemporary… You like being on stage.

I can’t even talk to you.

Don’t touch them!

There’s got to be a back door. Don’t want to step over your “Monsieur”. Why’s he standing guard like that?

Tod, you never touch the curtains in a theatre.

Why the hell not? Let me guess, because theatre is like life? Is that it, Fran? You don’t turn your back on anybody, and you don’t touch his curtains? You’re pathetic, Fran!

Sit down, Tod.

I don’t like that tone, Fran.

What tone?

That sweet little voice of yours! I hate it when you get all nice. I know what you’re thinking.

If you don’t want to-

Stop whispering, Fran!

If you don’t want to be part of the spectacle, sit down and try to act-

Act how?

Now is not the time.

Come on, Fran, how should I act?

Sober!

If you want to mess up someone’s life, steal his post-its

Nothing is set in stone – Changes as they happen on Center Stage

-I’m not sitting here, Fran!

-Oh Tod.

-Don’t start that, Fran.

-He did say, “Center Stage.”

-Why us?

-We’re props, Tod.

-Why’d he choose us, Fran? We’re not the only Americans. We weren’t first in line. Is it my weight? Is it your-

-He looked so pleased to put us here.

-And so we’re just going to sit here ‘cause “Monsieur” looked pleased? Are you nuts, Fran?

-Oh, Tod. You wanted something contemporary… You like being on stage.

-I can’t even talk to you.

-Don’t touch them!

-There’s got to be a back door. Don’t want to step over your “Monsieur”. Why’s he standing guard like that?

-Tod, you never touch the curtains in a theatre.

-Why the hell not? Let me guess, because theatre is like life? Is that it, Fran? You don’t turn your back on anybody, and you don’t touch his curtains? You’re pathetic, Fran!

-Sit down, Tod.

-I don’t like that tone, Fran.

-What tone?

-That sweet little voice of yours! I hate it when you get all nice. I know what you’re thinking.

-If you don’t want to-

-Stop whispering, Fran!

-If you don’t want to be part of the spectacle, sit down and try to act-

-Act how?

-Now is not the time.

-Come on, Fran, how should I act?

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