Tuesday, October 11, 2016

September People's Choice Award

The people have spoken... The September People's Choice Award goes to Ignacio Zulueta for his short play, Original Sins, presented as a staged reading at Monday Night PlayGround Alumni Night on September 19 at Berkeley Rep. Congratulations, Iggy! The play along with the other short works from the evening will be further developed and will premiere as part of The Potrero Nuevo Project next January at the soon-to-be-renovated Thick House Theater.

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

ORIGINAL SINS
by Ignacio Zulueta

SANZO, 30s-40s, minor Spanish gentry, now turned a settler of the Californian wilderness in the new republic of Mexico.
MRS. SANZO, 30s-40s, her husband’s better half.
THE OTHER MAN: plays a sententious Jesuit and a gullible, but handsome, Ukrainian. The Other Man must be an imposing physical presence.

Author’s Note: Do you ever wonder what Nick and Nora Archer, from the Thin Man comedy series, might have been like if they lived as bucolic minor gentry on the nineteenth century California frontier? Well, now you know.

Sound of wind in the hills. Strains of spanish guitar.

BOTH THE SANZOS
(To the audience) Alta California. The year was eighteen hundred twenty eight, anno domini.

MRS. SANZO
That means the year of our lord. You know. ( Points up to sky.)

SANZO
It was a new frontier in the New World of the Americas. The Mission Dolores de Francisco de Asis was the pearl in the necklace of the El Camino Real.

MRS. SANZO
That means the Royal road. You know, of the King.

SANZO
Rancheros kept cattle and horses beneath the golden-grassed, oak-studded hills of the bucolic east bay.

MRS. SANZO
That means Oakland. You know, with the… Oaks.

SANZO
Somewhere over the Sierra Nevadas and the great Rocky Mountains, America was just a forty-year-old ongoing experiment with constitutional democracy.

MRS. SANZO
That means Trouble. Just Trouble.

SANZO
But for our little corner of the world, it was the golden age of land barons of Spanish descent.

MRS. SANZO
Provided you were a land baron, had gold, or were of Spanish descent.

SANZO
One out of three ain’t bad.

MRS. SANZO
Ours was more of a silver age, then.

SANZO
Copper.

MRS. SANZO
Bauxite.

SANZO
But it certainly beats living with your mother in Texas. (They cross themselves.)

THE COUPLE
Thank you Jesus, for Alta California!

SANZO
Our little haven from the troubles of the world... (Light change Ominous sound effect.)

MRS. SANZO
Until the day the Ohlone basket arrived. (The Ohlone basket arrives. Light change. MRS. SANZO kisses SANZO on the cheek and restarts the scene.) That’s for your lovely present, Mr. Sanzo.

SANZO
De nada, Mrs. Sanzo. What did I give you again?

MRS. SANZO
(Pulling it out) Why, this beautiful Ohlone basket! Such exquisite weaving and contrast. And this abalone beadwork! Oh, darling, you shouldn’t have.

SANZO
I didn’t.

MRS. SANZO
(Laughs) Flirt.

SANZO
If I am joking, it’s in very poor taste.

MRS. SANZO
Look at these shells! Look at these bracelets. Look at this… I don’t know quite what this is. I’m
thinking it’s a headdress.

SANZO
Well I’m hoping it’s a skirt. Or a codpiece...

MRS. SANZO
Mr. Sanzo, you are incorrigible.

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