DREAM IN TWO SCENES
by Susanna Roxman
Woman in kiosk
Aliciaís father (ďFatherĒ)
Scene 1 is set in a village, not far from the North Sea.
Scene 2 is set very close to the sea. The place may be
Scotland, or Sweden, or somewhere else.
In a village not far from the sea, Alicia, nervous, is
walking around trying to find something valuable that she
thinks she has lost. She is tall and very dark, perhaps of
African origin. The weather is overcast. There are many
people around. The place is dominated by an octagonal, pink,
rather large kiosk on her left, and an octagonal, though not
pink, church on her right.
ALICIA: (by the kiosk): Excuse me, Iíve lost
something important, do you think it could be here?
THE WOMAN IN KIOSK (who is short, dark-haired, and wears
specs): What did you say you had lost?
ALICIA: Er, something highly important, I donít know where
WOMAN IN KIOSK: So why did you think it should be here?
ALICIA (meekly): Well, I thought
that maybe somebody had found it, and left it here, with
WOMAN IN KIOSK (icily): Iím very
sorry, but this is no Lost Property office, you know.
ALICIA (sadly): No, of course not. My
mistake. I shouldnít have troubled you.
(She walks hesitantly towards the
church, whose front door is ajar. As she draws close to it,
a tall, smiling clergyman steps out.)
CLERGYMAN: Are you looking for anyone?
ALICIA: For somebody. Or something. I
donít know, really. I thought it might be here. Inside.
CLERGYMAN: Are you a Christian?
ALICIA: Well, no, not exactly. Not that
I havenít always been rather interested in what you may call
CLERGYMAN (arrogantly): Then Iím
afraid youíve come to the wrong place. (He shuts the door
behind him, and leaves.)
Alicia starts walking, hesitantly,
towards the sea. It isnít visible from here, but she knows
roughly the direction.
ALICIA: Itís as if Iíd been here, near the sea, before, in
this particular place. I donít quite recognize the village,
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