4 Characters
2 Men. 2 Women
Simple Set
Length: 92 pages

“THE LAMP” had professional staged readings at the 42nd Street Workshop and The Harold Clurman Theater on Theater Row in New York City.

A couple, Dudley and Fiona, were once hippies, seeking peace, love and freedom. But over 20 years, they slowly gave that up for material wealth. Now living in The Hamptons, they are trapped in the throes of that materialism and facing foreclosure.  As their lives and possessions are confiscated, material item by material item, the primality of the outside world moves in, and the primitive influences beneath the surface of our civilization surfaces.

Today, Mr. Carnaro, the banker is coming to confiscate all of their belongings and evict them from their opulent home in the Hamptons, NY.

Bonnie-Boo, their daughter, returns home from college, a drug addict, confused and in chaos, wearing a ton of body piercings and tattoos, and is anything but the innocent child they seem to think she is. She’s lost and has no direction.

Mr. Carnaro was a once Idealistic Archaeological PhD student, who wears a little nose ring he bought from an primitive tribe on a Archaeological dig a long time ago, and gave up on knowledge for money. Carnaro is now a clean-cut, smooth-talking, hawkish banker who has come to confiscate all of their “things”, including their child, attempting to enlist her into his world of money to carry on the slaughter.

One item that Carnaro finds is a small old lamp. It has a shade on it with a texture unlike anything Mr. Carnaro has ever felt before – “soft as a baby’s skin”. Dudley tells him it’s an antique he picked up in a little German shop from World War II when his company hit the big time in the Fortune Five Hundred. Carnaro leaves the lamp for last to take home with him, glowing softly and sitting on a table up stage center throughout the remainder of the play.

Their social protections are confiscated. Fiona leaves for a walk while Dudley fears for her life as they no longer have gardeners to control the wilderness outside.  Fiona is thrust in through a window badly beaten – something attacked her. Bonnie Boo is influenced by Carnaro’s education, and slowly transforms herself by using mud, tree leaves and branches, turning into primitive and bestial human. She is thrust into an uncontrolled ritual dance, stripped of her identity, trying to fight it but cannot.   Dudley has become a threat to Carnaro’s future for Bonnie Boo, so Carnaro forces her to beat her Father unconscious with a large tree branch as she evolves into Carnaro’s partner, hungry for money and disconnected from her actions.

THE LAMP, is a comic and surreal examination of de-evolution from the mask of wealth and civility we like to believe we exist within, and delves into the primitive influences that permeates and fuels our mask of civilization – as well as the choices we must make to survive within it.  Instead of cherishing and evolving human depth and intelligence, we participate in destruction of self, culture, nature and world, destroying priceless human life while worshiping the soft beauty of a material item and profit – even if a baby was murdered, and skinned alive, to obtain it.

WRITING SAMPLE

 

 

4 Characters
2 Men. 2 Women
Simple Set
Length: 92 pages

“THE LAMP” had professional staged readings at the 42nd Street Workshop and The Harold Clurman Theater on Theater Row in New York City.

A couple, Dudley and Fiona, were once hippies, seeking peace, love and freedom. But over 20 years, they slowly gave that up for material wealth. Now living in The Hamptons, they are trapped in the throes of that materialism and facing foreclosure.  As their lives and possessions are confiscated, material item by material item, the primality of the outside world moves in, and the primitive influences beneath the surface of our civilization surfaces.

Today, Mr. Carnaro, the banker is coming to confiscate all of their belongings and evict them from their opulent home in the Hamptons, NY.

Bonnie-Boo, their daughter, returns home from college, a drug addict, confused and in chaos, wearing a ton of body piercings and tattoos, and is anything but the innocent child they seem to think she is. She’s lost and has no direction.

Mr. Carnaro was a once Idealistic Archaeological PhD student, who wears a little nose ring he bought from an primitive tribe on a Archaeological dig a long time ago, and gave up on knowledge for money. Carnaro is now a clean-cut, smooth-talking, hawkish banker who has come to confiscate all of their “things”, including their child, attempting to enlist her into his world of money to carry on the slaughter.

One item that Carnaro finds is a small old lamp. It has a shade on it with a texture unlike anything Mr. Carnaro has ever felt before – “soft as a baby’s skin”. Dudley tells him it’s an antique he picked up in a little German shop from World War II when his company hit the big time in the Fortune Five Hundred. Carnaro leaves the lamp for last to take home with him, glowing softly and sitting on a table up stage center throughout the remainder of the play.

Their social protections are confiscated. Fiona leaves for a walk while Dudley fears for her life as they no longer have gardeners to control the wilderness outside.  Fiona is thrust in through a window badly beaten – something attacked her. Bonnie Boo is influenced by Carnaro’s education, and slowly transforms herself by using mud, tree leaves and branches, turning into primitive and bestial human. She is thrust into an uncontrolled ritual dance, stripped of her identity, trying to fight it but cannot.   Dudley has become a threat to Carnaro’s future for Bonnie Boo, so Carnaro forces her to beat her Father unconscious with a large tree branch as she evolves into Carnaro’s partner, hungry for money and disconnected from her actions.

THE LAMP, is a comic and surreal examination of de-evolution from the mask of wealth and civility we like to believe we exist within, and delves into the primitive influences that permeates and fuels our mask of civilization – as well as the choices we must make to survive within it.  Instead of cherishing and evolving human depth and intelligence, we participate in destruction of self, culture, nature and world, destroying priceless human life while worshiping the soft beauty of a material item and profit – even if a baby was murdered, and skinned alive, to obtain it.

WRITING SAMPLE

 

 

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