PLAY #57: ILLUMINATION (JAN 26)

Two people (AY and ZED) and one piece of PVC pipe, 2-3 foot in length.

If the pipe plays (plays 43-57) are performed together in any way, this should be the last piece.

 

ZED holds the pipe like a flashlight.

They are inside the interior of a very large pipe, ZED leading the way.

As they walk, a projection behind them shows the pipe walls, illuminated by the shifting movement of a flashlight.

 

AY

Are you sure we should be in here?

 

ZED

We shouldn’t.

 

ZED keeps moving, flashing the light around.

AY hesitates.

 

ZED

We’re nearly there.

 

AY follows.

 

ZED

Look.

 

ZED points the flashlight at markings on the wall of the pipe.

 

AY

You brought me here to look at graffiti?

 

ZED

Cave art.

 

AY

What?

 

ZED moves the flashlight over the pipe, shows some markings on the pipe wall.

 

ZED

For thousands of years, people have been making art about the things around them: the sun, the sky, animals…

 

AY

This is just graffiti, just some joke-

 

ZED

And for thousands of years, fossil fuels have been gathering and decomposing, solar energy compressed to an incredibly small form. So that one lump of coal or one bit of oil represents thousands of years of time, time that’ll be burnt away like that (snaps fingers.)

 

AY

It’s just some indigenous activists – what’s the group called? Idle No More?

 

ZED

If fossils that have taken thousands of years to develop can be used up in days, if time can be ignored so blithely, then…I don’t know…There won’t be deer or bison to draw…the sun will still be there but there won’t be people to paint it.

 

AY

I don’t know why you brought me here.

 

ZED

It’s not just space that this pipe disrupts. It’s not just treaties that protect indigenous lands that are being ignored. It’s time that’s being ripped through too: messages that pass through generations sliced through by a pipe.

 

AY

I think we should turn back.

 

Flashlight points to words on the pipe: STOP KEYSTONE, moves to a blank wall.

 

AY

Did you do this?

 

ZED

No.

 

AY

The pipe’s only been laid down for a few years, this is ridiculous-

 

The flashlight cuts out.

Darkness on stage.

 

AY

What’s going on?

Wait, where are you?

(beat)

This isn’t funny.

(beat.)

Hello?

(beat.)

What do we do now?

 

The question lingers in the air until the play is over.

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