two couples re-enter and greet each other like the best of friends.
The two men exit stage right and bring on the tall step ladder.
They place it stage right with the steps facing the back of the
Meanwhile, the women carry off the small step ladders to stag
left, and re-enter carrying a picnic basket. They proceed to
set up a picnic lunch. The men join them. All sit and hold their
woman announces scene title. Lights up. The step ladders are
replaced by a tall steel step ladder on stage right with the
steps turned to the back of the stage. Stage left, the two couples
sit together on a blanket with a picnic lunch spread out. They
act like the best of friends.
The White man takes a bottle of wine from the picnic basket,
pours drinks for all, and puts it back in the basket. All eat
The Black man finishes his wine, grabs the bottle from the basket,
and empties it into his glass. He drinks.
The White man stares at him, glaring. The women continue socializing.
After a few seconds, the White man grabs a dog leash with a choker
collar from the picnic basket, throws it around the Black man's
neck, and drags him across the stage to the ladder. The White
man climbs to the top, and yanks the rope. The Black man goes
limp. The White man lets go of the rope, letting the Black man
fall. The White man returns to the women, who are oblivious to
the scene. They toast their glasses and drink. Lights fade. Red
Black woman gets up and crosses to center stage, and looks around
The White man gets up and crosses to stage right and drags the
Black man off by the heels, stage right.
The White man re-enters and removes the tall step ladder to stage
Meanwhile, the White woman packs up the picnic lunch and exits
The Black woman turns and faces the audience with a plain look.
The White woman enters from stage left, folds her arms and looks
at the Black woman. The Black woman turns and faces her, then
exits with her, stage left.
The two women re-enter, carrying the small step ladders and place
them center stage with a meter gap between them. The ladder stage
right has its steps facing the audience, and the ladder stage
left has its steps facing the back of the stage.
The Black woman sits between them with her hands underneath them
like she is holding them up. The White woman stands behind her
with her hands on top of the ladders, pushing herself above the
The two men enter. The Black man stands on the first step of
the ladder stage right, his right arm extended up, and the White
man stands on the second step of the ladder stage left. He grabs
the Black man's right arm and extends his left arm up in a fist.
They glare at each other.
woman announces scene title. Lights up. The two step ladders
are centered again like they were in the Totem Pole scene. The
couples have taken their poses from the end of that scene as
The Black woman gets up from between the ladders, and stands
to the stage right side with her arms folded, facing the audience,
The other three begin to falter, and come crashing down to the
floor. They begin to crawl to the front of the ladders. The Black
woman crosses over to the ladders and knocks them over towards
the center of the stage. The others keep crawling, and sit cross
legged in front of the fallen ladders, the Black man in front
of the ladder stage right, the White woman between the ladders,
with a space to her right, the White man in front of the ladder
stage left. They look plainly ahead.
Meanwhile, the Black woman walks between the ladders and sits
down between the Black man and White woman, folding her arms,
smiling. All face the Audience. All lights fade to black.