Friday, January 20, 2012

January People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... This month's People's Choice Award goes to Ignacio Zulueta for his original short musical, Meet the Breeders, presented as a staged reading at the Monday Night PlayGround "Musical Theatre Night" at Berkeley Rep this past Monday.  Congratulations, Iggy!

Courtesy of Mr. Zulueta, we're pleased to share the first two pages from the award-winning script as well as links to the music.  Enjoy!

MEET THE BREEDERS
By Ignacio Zulueta
Music by Don Seaver

ALEX, partner to:
BEATRICE, sister-in-law to:
CARLA, wife of:
DON. A proud new parent, along with his wife Carla.

CAST NOTES: All the cast must sing.

SONG NOTES:
This is the music of happy cult indoctrination. ‘Stepford
wives’ in tone, if not style or period. Whatever genre or
instrumentation you pick, have fun composing lines that
stick in the skull like a rusty knife.

VERSE & CHORUS NOTES:
The 14 syllable verse line is designed to create a feeling
of emptiness, of awkward lack. This awkwardness is
reinforced by the near rhyme of the following 14 syllable
line. Both of these deliberate stumblings are ‘corrected’
by the 8 syllable rhymed couplet which follows, followed up
by the repetitive, knife-in-skull 3 line 4 syllable chorus.
This is how I visualize it, even though it’s not iambic, so
ignore the ‘/’ stresses and create your own:

Verse:
-/-/-/-/-/-/-/
-/-/-/-/-/-/-/
Verse Couplets:
-/-/-/-/
-/-/-/-/
Chorus:
-/-/
-/-/
-/-/

I have erred on the side of rigid structure for the sake of
clarity, since the verse is sometimes shared between
multiple voices. Counting syllables should make the end of
each line clear (I hope). For the funkiness of the bridge,
there is no apology or explanation. Have fun with that.

     LIGHTS UP: ALEX & BEATRICE
     SITTING ON A ROW OF CHAIRS.

ALEX
I think we need a safe word.

BEATRICE
Excuse me?

ALEX
In case things get too intense tonight.

BEATRICE
A safe word?

ALEX
Yeah, something unlikely to come up in conversation, but:
Plausible enough to blend in. Like “Hedgerow.”

BEATRICE
“Hedgerow.”

ALEX
Yeah. Pretty clever, huh?

BEATRICE
Alex.

ALEX
Beatrice?

BEATRICE
Why do we need a mutually agreed upon code signal which is
used, traditionally, during hazardous erotic activities?

ALEX
Because my sister and her husband are coming to dinner.

BEATRICE
(beat) HEDGEROW!

ALEX
Honey, not like that! What I mean is: You haven’t seen them
in a year. They’re not going to be the people you remember.

BEATRICE
Alex, it’s not like they’ve joined a cult.

ALEX
Beatrice, trust me. You’ve never seen them like this.

BEATRICE
Like what?

DOORBELL, OR KNOCKING.

ALEX
You’ll see.

BEATRICE
(CALLING OUT) Carla? Don? (DOORBELL, OR KNOCKING.)
It’s open! Come in!

ENTER CARLA & DON, WITH BABY
STROLLER, SPEAKING BABY TALK.

CARLA
HEWWOOO!

BEATRICE
Carla!!!
CARLA
(hugging) BEATWISS! OH MY PWETTY BEATWISS! (BEATRICE LOOKS AT ALEX.)

ALEX
(silently) hedgerow

CARLA
HOW OW YOO?

BEATRICE
It’s been so long! How are you?

DON
(hugging) BEATIE PWETTY BEATWISS!

BEATRICE
And Don! Oof, wow, parenting really suits you!

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To listen to the musical accompaniment for Meet the Breeders, click here. To see a copy of the score, click here.

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Join us for the next Monday Night PlayGround at Berkeley Rep on Monday, February 20, 2012 at 8pm and choose your own favorite!

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