Triptych and Iphigenia: Two Plays
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Three women (mistress, wife, and daughter) uncover their passion for the same man and confront the ways that love can simultaneously liberate and entrap. This lyrical and captivating drama weaves together their stories to construct the portrait of a man through the eyes of the women who love him.
in God’s arms?” WIFE And Rachel told you—“You’re having a breakdown, very soon they’ll come for you and you’ll be in a place upstate where the inmates are not allowed to lock their bedroom doors … bars on the windows …” MISTRESS Rachel must have telephoned him because one morning he was ringing my doorbell … Judge my disarray at him seeing me so unkempt … he bearing a large bunch of white roses … WIFE Not roses … definitely not roses … MISTRESS Let me say this, a man does not wish to
My husband was a wonderful man and a great writer … we were inseparable … so much so, that, he left a novel unfinished and I have decided to carry on the torch … it will be my hand but Henry’s immortal words. DAUGHTER (showing a tattoo on her collar bone) What do you think Daddy … do you like it? I’m seeing Zachary now … big time … we’ve been dating for quite a while … he’s so wise, so different from all the other slobs … being a scientist he knows about the origins of life and stuff and I
it is already commenced. He left here hurriedly, no doubt to confer with Calchas the prophet. ACHILLES Prophets serve their own interests, they say what suits the moment. CLYTEMNESTRA Yet they can wreak magic too. ACHILLES Let Calchas wreak good magic then. CLYTEMNESTRA I am at your mercy. Guide me. ACHILLES Act cunningly. When he returns draw him out as to what is weighing upon him, do it with your old sweetness, say you have observed his gloom, bring him round to a better mind.
banished and she becomes a boy in order to chastise lovers … love is merely a madness … deserves a dark horse and a whipping … jealous … I’ve no need to be jealous, I’m getting married … he’s called Jonathan and he’s a forester and he has nothing to do with writing … with theater … an earth man. She laughs heartily. He has put down the phone. She takes one of her stage props and goes toward the stairs, reveling in her triumph. She dons a shawl and walks all around the stage, triumphant.
his mad humor of … Daughter comes on stage and drags her Mother off. DAUGHTER You’re so goddam dumb … so fucking stupid. MISTRESS (as Rosalind) … his mad humor of love to a living humor of madness … that I, that I drove my suitor from his mad humor of love to a living humor of that I, that I … that I … She stops suddenly. Her face freezes. Lights go dark. Lights come up on, wife in living room. SCENE FIFTEEN The next day. Light up on Daughter reading a newspaper. DAUGHTER