Scenes From The 21st Century – Issue 10

AD INFINITUM

ONLY ACT

A SINGULAR CHARACTER ENTERS, UPENDED, WALKING BY HIS HANDS..
EVERY COUPLE OF FEET TRAVELLED SEES ANOTHER COIN DROP FROM HIS BREECHES. HE IS QUICKLY FOLLOWED BY ANOTHER CHARACTER, GREYED TO ALMOST INVISIBILITY, WHO PROCEEDS TO PICK UP EACH COIN AND HAND IT TO ANOTHER CHARACTER. THIS ONE IS WELL DRESSED AND SMOKING A LARGE CIGAR AND IS ENSCONCED IN A COMFY SEDAN TYPE CHAIR BEING CARRIED BY TWO TOILING CHARACTERS WHO HAVE NO POCKETS AT ALL ON THEIR BREECHES. THEY WHISTLE A HAPPY TUNE THAT HAS THE REFRAIN:
“WE ARE FREE FROM MONEY BECAUSE WE HAVE NONE.”
SUDDENLY, A YOUNGSTER, WEARING A MORTAR-BOARD APPROACHES THE SEDAN CHAIR AND BEGS FOR MONEY.
“NO, I SHALL GIVE YOU A JOB INSTEAD, SO YOU DON’T FEEL GUILTY.”
THE YOUNGSTER MOVES TO THE BACK END OF THE SEDAN CHAIR AND TAKES UP THE POSITION PREVIOUSLY OCCUPIED BY TOILER 2.
TOILER 2 LAYS DOWN AND FOLDS HIS HANDS OVER HIS CHEST, READY TO DIE.
ANOTHER GREYED, ALMOST INVISIBLE , FIGURE STRIPS THE PRONE BODY OF TOILER 2 AND CARRIES OFF THE CLOTHING.
SUDDENLY, THE UPENDED CHARACTER IS SHOT AND SLUMPS DEAD. HE IS DRAGGED OFF BY ANOTHER GREYED FIGURE, JUST AS ANOTHER UPENDED FIGURE MAKES HIS WAY ACROSS THE STAGE, SHEDDING COINS REGULARLY. AD INFINITUM DRAMA.

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