A single Act in nine scenes
By Ignazio Salvatore Basile
Max Sailor: A young man looking for his own way
Brenda Parnell: Max’s girlfriend
George Tender: Good friend of Max’s and Brenda’s
Jonathan Close: A good Jewish boy from England
Elvira Giusti: Former Jon ’s girlfriend
Hamed Farsiwill : Iranian student refugee-Escaped from Iranian Revolution
Rocìo Peròn-Mendoza: Colombian student
Francesco Soggiu: Italian Theologian Student
Inspector Green: Head of local police
Jim Cope: Inspector’s Green first man
Roy Elther: Inspector ‘s Green Second man
Vincent and Norman: pushers from Jamaica (do not appear)
(The drama is laid in London at any week-end between 1979 and 1980 in the Hampstead Max ’s parents house)
(Max, Brenda, George in a large bedroom)
Max (lying on the bed, in a dreaming voice)
-Tonight I would like to fly!!
Brenda (getting closer to hold the smoking pipe Max is handing to her, in a very sensual voice through the smoke she will take from the pipe)
-Why waiting tonight, my dear?
Max (getting up and giving the pipe Brenda is handing to George)
-Not in that sense, Brenda!!! George have you got me???
-Of course I have! You would like to be some kind of flying bird, wouldn’t you?
Brenda (after passing the pipe George is handing to Max, miming a bird with open arms)
-Oh, yes! Let’s be a crow! Or even better, as we say with the Irish word, let’s be a
Préachàn (draws a crow’s sound from her tongue)
George (also laughing )
-I would prefer to be a dog sail!
Max (putting down the pipe on a bedside table)
-Great! I would also like it! A dog sail following the wake of a ship! For ever!
(The phone bell breaks on afterwards)
Max (picking up the phone)
-Sure! It’s right today!
-Any time you like in the afternoon!!
-I’ll see you later, then! By, by!!
-Who was it?
-He was Francesco, ‘you know? The italian guy who is following our philosophy term at College….
-Ah, the Jesuit priest? What did he want?
-He’s not a priest yet!
-I had formerly invited him to the party…and he just wanted a confirmation….
-He’s not a priest yet then?! That’s why he ‘s joining the party!! He has told me anyway he is graduated in theological sciences or something like that…..
-Actually is doing a sort of sabbatical time before taking the final votes!
-That’s the way Jesuits are unlisted…..…..
-They are supposed to experience in all things of the life before becoming a priest….
Brenda (laughing maliciously)
-Even going with women?
-I think they are! The things of life also include screwing, don’t they?
Max(taking again the pipe in his hands)
-And also smoking I might suppose……
-I expect a priest would not copulate neither smoke…
-‘ you catholic! You’re always living among prohibitions!!! Is not the same for the orthodox, is it George?
-I think is not at all! As far as I know they can even get married!!!
-As matter of fact: they have to get marry before any carnal relation!!
-But Francesco is still a laic man!!
-And laity are not supposed to go with any woman before they get marry with them!!
-All this matter looks like a dog trying to catch its own tail, doesn’t it?
-Quiet a difficult matter to face on my birthday!!!
-Oh, by the way, did you enjoy my birthday’s present?
Max (watching up the pipe’s bowl and searching somewhere around)
-Where is the rest of the grass?
Brenda (handing him a small silver wrapping paper )
-Here you are!
Max (filling up the bowl and passing to George the lighting pipe)
-Of course I did! What about you George?
George (tasting a long blow and passing the pipe to Brenda)
-That’s really a special stuff! I’m stoned as hell!
Brenda (taking a blow)
-Why do we say ‘ stoned as hell’? I actually feel stoned as heaven!!!
-Do we have anymore to share with our guests?
-Don’t worry about. We’ll have plenty of it!! Vincent, my pusher, has promised to come along with a large pound of the same stuff, this afternoon; this was only a free sample (shows the empty tinfoil)
(A heavy sound hits the time)
-Goodness! It’s one o’clock!?!
Brenda (laughing and mocking a famous song)
-And time for lunch! Onky-tonky!!!!
Max (laughing too)
-And we still have to set the catering on the tables for the guests! They might be coming soon!
-Let’s go upstairs then!
... to be continued...