Sunday, July 26, 2009

Week 27, Day 189 - "Violets in Garlic Sauce"

“Violets in Garlic Sauce”
Written by Joe Janes
7/26/09
189 of 365

Cast
Eye
Ear
Nose
Mouth
Lobster Claw Mustache

(Lights up on five “artists” dressed in shiny black unitards and wearing full heads masks. Each mask represents that artist’s character: Eye, Ear, Nose, Mouth, Lobster Claw Mustache. The begin by standing close to one another and forming as much of a face as possible with their parts.)

EYE
Arrrrrr!

EAR
Tuh!

NOSE
Ess!

MOUTH
Enn!

LOBSTER CLAW MUSTACHE
Danj!

EYE
Lift your hands up high-

EAR
And let your belly fail.

NOSE
Grab the kettledrum in your ear-

MOUTH
And pull the coffin out of your nose!

LOBSTER CLAW MUSTACHE
Few who know what good they are!

EYE
Arrrrrr!

EAR
Tuh!

NOSE
The cows are sitting on the telegraph wires playing chess.

MOUTH
Take your foot out of the butter before it is too late.

LOBSTER CLAW MUSTACHE
Van Gogh had an offensive breath and is dead.

EYE
Arrrrrr!

EAR
Tuh!

NOSE
Ess!

MOUTH
Art grows on society’s abdomen.

LOBSTER CLAW MUSTACHE
Heaven, hell and kayaking.

EYE
Arrrrrr!

EAR
Tuh!

NOSE
Ess!

MOUTH
Enn!

LOBSTER CLAW MUSTACHE
Einstein is a cigar and cuts himself off.

EYE
Let us stuff Monet. Let us. Let us.

EAR
Tuh!

NOSE
Ess!

MOUTH
Enn!

LOBSTER CLAW MUSTACHE
Danj!

EYE
Copyright reserved.

EAR
Kids eat free.

NOSE
Ess!

MOUTH
Enn!

LOBSTER CLAW MUSTACHE
Danj!

EYE
My toe nails are rosy and glittery.

EAR
I am ignored.

NOSE
Men have no instinct.

MOUTH
There is a long line passing through my middle-

LOBSTER CLAW MUSTACHE
-Crossing my nose-

EYE
-my Adam’s apple-

EAR
-my Eve’s plumb –

NOSE
-my naval-

MOUTH
-and other essential organs.

LOBSTER CLAW MUSTACHE
Danj!

(They each repeat their own designated monosyllabic sound, in order, as often as necessary, or unnecessary. Arrr, tuh, ess, enn, danj! Until we realize that they are saying “Art is in danger!” And then they break it down, mixing up the order and volume until is deconstructs and falls apart. They mumble and stumble and leave the stage until all that is left is Nose and Lobster Claw Mustache. Lobster Claw Mustache takes it place under Nose.)

NOSE
I love you.

LOBSTER CLAW MUSTACHE
I know.

(Blackout)

3 comments:

Don Hall said...

I love these. Love 'em!

Chris Othic said...

Joe,

This makes me wonder, how do you critique (or give feedback) on a Dada scene?

Do you need to know the author's intentions? Do you look at the elements and decide if you like them or not?

Is there really any point in doing so?

How would you critique your own scene?

Joe Janes said...

A dada scene is difficult to gauge just on paper. One needs to see it on its feet to really make a call on if it "works" or not.