martes, 4 de julio de 2017

MISS DERMARK'S VERDIAN OTHELLO - ACT I

ACT ONE

TRACK LIST:

  • SEE THAT SAIL THERE!
  • WE'RE VICTORIOUS!!
  • RODERIGO... WHAT DO... YOU THINK OF?
  • FIRE OF REVELS!!
  • I DRINK NO MORE...
  • WHO DARES WINS, LIEUTENANT!
  • ALLONS-Y!
  • SINCERE IAGO, SPEAK TO ME
  • NOW IN THE STARLIT NIGHTTIME

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Right outside the keep: the docks in the foreground, a tavern with an arbour, and some fisherfolk's homes, right outside the keep walls. A stormy evening: thunder, lightning, gale, downpour.

RANKERS:
See that sail there!
It's a galley!
...
See her colours!
See her colours!
THE FORMER GOVERNOR:
It's our lion with wings!!
(FLASH OF LIGHTNING)
CASSIO:
Lightning shows her so clearly!!
RANKERS:
That's a signal! Hear that signal!
(CANNON FIRE)
RANKERS:
It's her cannon that sings...
CASSIO:
It's our General's flagship!
THE FORMER GOVERNOR:
Now she's falling...
is she rising?
CASSIO:
Now her figurehead's rising!!
RANKERS:
In the tide or the cloud now concealed...
now in flashing white lightning revealed...
...

RANKERS, SAILORS:
Lightning! Thunder! Downpour!
Ominously surging maelströms!
Shiver timbers! Shiver ocean!
Shiver skies themselves, it seems...
Through the air, a raven-winged and sinister spirit flies...
quenching all the stars and shaking, like a veil, the skies...
Everything's on fire... everything's on fire!!
Through red flames and gunsmoke...
the conflagration...
then it's quenchéd... far more lurid...
The universe is reeling...
a wraith-cold gale courses right through the darkness...
the dread Gjallarhorn of Heimdall
chimes in the end of days!!

PRAYING WOMEN (INCLUDING DESDEMONA, EMILIA, AND BIANCA):
Lord, hear your weak subjects' prayer...
Be the saviour of this strand now...
Save from dark downfall the fair
banner of the motherland now!
Ruler of the constellations...
ruler of the Earth and sky...
Th'anchor of our expectations
let fall as calm night draws nigh...

(LIGHTNING)
IAGO:
The mizzen mast just broke!
...
RODERIGO:
The figurehead plunges on those rocks there!
...
CREW OF THE FLAGSHIP:
Mayday! Mayday!
IAGO:
My lord will find a watery grave right once she knocks there!
(THE FLAGSHIP DOCKS AS THE STORM GETS SLIGHTER)
RANKERS, WOMEN:
They're saved... and we're saved too!

(CASSIO RUNNING LEFT AND RIGHT, GIVING ORDERS, AS HIS MEN PREPARE THE LANDING WITH A RUNWAY, THEN, ONCE IT'S DONE, STAND IN FORMATION FLANKING THE RUNWAY, THE LIEUTENANT AT THE END):
RANKERS, SAILORS:
The halyards are all ready!
All right, hold tight now!
CASSIO:
Steady!
RANKERS:
That's a runway! 
On the strand now!
They're all ready for landing...
On land now!
On land now!!
On land now!!!

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OTHELLO (AS HE WALKS DOWN THE RUNWAY):

We're victorious!!

The enemy's pride lies

fathoms below...

Ours are peace and glory!!

What our weapons escaped, the ocean's vanquished!


RANKERS, SAILORS, WOMEN:

Long live Othello!

Our hero! Our hero! So glorious! Victorious! Victorious!

...

Victorious, victorious, and ever so glorious...

They're scattered, they're shattered, they've plunged down beneath the cold waves,
down to the last man!
Victorious, victorious, and ever so glorious...
They're scattered, they're shattered, they've plunged down beneath the cold waves,
down to the last man!
Their requiem will be the rise of highwater,
their requiem will be the rise of highwater,
the swirling of maelströms, the swirling of maelströms,
in the deep, dark, cold halls of Rán!
Victorious, victorious!
Victorious, victorious!
They're scattered, they're shattered, 
They're sc-a-attered, they're sh-a-attered,
They're scattered, they're shattered, they've plunged down beneath the cold waves,
down to the last man!
Victorious, victorious!
Our hero!!
Victorious, victorious!
Our he-e-ero!!

(The storm finally calms, revealing a starry night sky with a waxing moon. Othello greets Cassio like a friend and Desdemona like his newlywed wife, completely overlooking Iago.)

RANKERS, SAILORS, WOMEN:
The tempest now is over...

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IAGO:
Roderigo... what do... you think of?
RODERIGO:
Drowning myself...
IAGO:
Fools are th'only ones who end their lives for love's sake...
RODERIGO:
What should I do?

IAGO:
Come on, my lad, and reason,
and wait for the times to get better...
your lady-love Desdemona,
whom you still long for in your secret wet dreams,
will soon grow weary of chocolate kisses
from that thick-lipped beast before you know it...
Good Roderigo,
see me as your best friend, for good or evil;
and close to me's the answer to your broken heart's distress...
...

IAGO:
If her frail vow is a nut to crack
not too hard for my wits or those skills of mine, I swear, Roderigo...
I swear that you'll soon be cradling her in your arms.
Now listen...
Though I pretend to love him, I hate Othello...
You want to know the reason? There he is, right there!
(Pointing at Cassio, who is flirting with Bianca and other women)
That frilly little stripling there wrested my rank from me;
usurped the rank that
is mine by right, and that I have deserved in many 
hard-contested battles!
...
He chose that young lieutenant,
and I remain still on His Moorish Lordship's service...
as ensign.
...
Yet, as sure as Roderigo's your name,
as true that, if I were Cassio or Othello...
I'd never trust or even hear a Iago...
...
If you would listen...

(During all of Iago's rant, Cassio also commands the men to get the fireworks and the bonfire ready for the victory revels. The first fireworks are fired in the segue to next song)

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(The fireworks begin to be fired and the bonfire gradually blazes up)

CHORUS:
Fire of revels!!!
Fire of revels! Merrily blazing,
merrily blazing,
turn into daytime...
turn into daytime...
turn into daytime the darkness of night!
Sparkle, flutter, 
sparkle, flutter, 
sparkle, flutter, crackle, blazing...
Sparkle, flutter, crackle, blazing...
fill every heart with warmth and with light!
Fill each heart... with warmth and light...

Flitting around, the golden light's bringing
shape-shifting lovely shapes in the sky...
And now they're maidens, and now they're maidens 
with lively singing, first love's singing,
and now on flame wings, and now on flame wings 
they flutter by, last flutter by...

Now burn the sycamore and the palmwood...
Now burn the sycamore and the palmwood...
Now burn the sycamore and the palmwood...
Sing, my beloved, raise your feelings high!
Over the golden flames and the chorus
breathes the cool breeze in the springtime sky...
Now burn the sycamore and the palmwood...
Sing, my beloved, raise your feelings high!

Fire of revels... hastily kindled...
hastily quenchéd... hastily the flame of love will burn out!
hastily the flame of love will burn out!
Shining, then darkening, throbbing and dwindling...
That one last spark in ashes is out...
Fire of revels...
Fire of revels...
Shining, then darkening, 
throbbing and dwindling...
throbbing and dwindling...
That one last spark in ashes is out...
In ashes is out...
Fire of revels...
hastily kindled...
hastily quenchéd...
love will burn out...
Shining, then darkening, 
throbbing and dwindling...
throbbing and dwindling...
That one last spark in ashes is out...
That one last spark in ashes is out...
In ashes... 
is out...

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IAGO:
Roderigo, we'll drink!!
Here's your tankard, Ser Lieutenant...
CASSIO:
I drink no more...
IAGO:
Just down this only sip, Ser...
CASSIO:
No!
IAGO:
Look 'round! It's a night of celebration!
Everyone's going crazy! Therefore...
CASSIO:
Let go... I'm already lightheaded
from one glass, and the guard's soon!
IAGO:
Still, here's a toast to the marriage
of our General Othello... and his lady wife!!
RANKERS:
Long live them!!
CASSIO (sipping):
She's the jewel of this coastline...
IAGO (to Roderigo):
Now listen!
CASSIO:
Her loveliness makes all hearts and all flowers bloom before her...
RODERIGO:
And still, isn't she modest?
CASSIO:
Iago, sing to praise Desdemona!
IAGO:
(to Roderigo) Now listen!
(to Cassio) I am nought but a critic, Ser.
CASSIO:
She is too fair for any praises!!
IAGO (to RODERIGO):
Watch out for Lieutenant Cassio!
RODERIGO:
And why him?
IAGO:
Haven't you heard how passionately he spoke?
Youthful hot blood through every vein, right?
He's a wistful seducer, and she's found him already!!
RODERIGO:
And then?
IAGO:
If he's intoxicated,
he will fall...

(To the barmaid): Fill... our three cups... there, steady!!

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IAGO (tankard in hand):

Young man, wet your whistle,

down it even quicker...

Ere your lively nights and

summer days turn to foam!


CASSIO (doubtfully sipping):

This real amber nectar of a liquor

will thrust bright reason off

her rightful throne!


IAGO:

One li'l sip can you hold

under our pennant;
who dares wins, Lieutenant!
Drink now with me!
Drink now with me!
Drink, Lieutenant...
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Drink, Lieutenant...
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Drink now...
--
Drink now with me,
drink now with me!

RANKERS:
One li'l sip can you hold
under our pennant;
we dare win, Lieutenant!
Drink now with me!
Drink now with me!
IAGO:
Drink, Lieutenant...
RANKERS:
Drink now with me!
IAGO:
Drink, Lieutenant...
RANKERS:
Drink now with me!
IAGO:
Drink now...
--
RANKERS:
Drink now with me,
drink now with me!

IAGO:
One little sip more, and drunk he'll be!
RODERIGO:
One little sip more, and drunk he'll be!

IAGO:
I get quicker thinking
when intoxicated...
challenging all these notorious
ironies of destiny!

CASSIO:
After this much drinking,
I'm so elated...
Everything feels glorious,
and I'm so free!!

IAGO:
One li'l sip can you hold
under our pennant;
who dares wins, Lieutenant!
Drink now with me!
Drink now with me!
Drink, Lieutenant...
----
Drink, Lieutenant...
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Drink now...
--
Drink now with me,
drink now with me!

RANKERS:
One li'l sip can you hold
under our pennant;
we dare win, Lieutenant!
Drink now with me!
Drink now with me!
IAGO:
Drink, Lieutenant...
RANKERS:
Drink now with me!
IAGO:
Drink, Lieutenant...
RANKERS:
Drink now with me!
IAGO:
Drink now...
--
RANKERS:
Drink now with me,
drink now with me!

IAGO:
One little sip more, and drunk he'll be!
RODERIGO:
One little sip more, and drunk he'll be!

(Throughout this part of the song, Cassio is gradually encouraged more and more to drink hard, emptying two or three tankards)

IAGO:
Down the throat leads to young man's heart a byway...
CASSIO (reeling):
Look deep into my chest and see my true self, my way!!
IAGO: 
...revealing hidden deception...
CASSIO (slurred, up until he comes to in a later scene):
Of my true self I am not afraid!!
I'm not afraid! I'm not afraid!
IAGO:
One li'l sip under our pennant...
drink now with me!
drink now with me!
CASSIO:
I'm not afraid! I'm not afraid! I'm not afraid! I'm not afraid!
(he stumbles and falls on the ground)

RODERIGO:
Ha-ha!
RANKERS:
Ha-ha! Ha-ha!
Ha-ha! Ha-ha! Ha-ha! Ha-ha! Ha-ha! Ha-ha! Ha-ha! Ha-ha! Ha-ha!

CASSIO: 
A sinner, I...
IAGO (to Roderigo):
He's as drunk as we wanted! Get ready,
his hot blood is boiling,
provoke him, and he'll draw steel against you!
CASSIO: 
A sinner, I... have drunk, sure...
IAGO (to Roderigo):
Think that this way we'll ruin your lady love's
and her commander's sweet first night of love!
RODERIGO:
Count on me, that's a given!
CASSIO (raising his right hand, and then his left, confusing left and right):
This is... my left... this is my right!

RANKERS:
Ha-ha! Ha-ha! Ha-ha! Ha-ha! Ha-ha!
Ha-ha! Ha-ha! Ha-ha! Ha-ha! Ha-ha!
Drink, Lieutenant, drink now with me!
Drink, Lieutenant, drink now with me!
Drink, Lieutenant! Drink, Lieutenant!
IAGO:
Drink, Lieutenant...
RANKERS AND CASSIO:
Drink now with me!
IAGO:
Drink, Lieutenant...
RANKERS AND CASSIO:
Drink now with me!
IAGO:
Drink now...
--
RANKERS AND CASSIO:
Drink now with me,
drink now with me!

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THE FORMER GOVERNOR:
Ser Lieutenant, the changing of the guard awaits your orders.
CASSIO (reeling):
Allons-y!!
THE FORMER GOVERNOR:
Whatever...?
IAGO:
That's the way every evening
he gets his liquid courage...
THE FORMER GOVERNOR:
Othello'll know it...
CASSIO:
The changing guard awaits me!
RODERIGO:
Ha-ha!
RANKERS:
Ha-ha!
CASSIO:
Who's laughing?
RODERIGO:
Can't you deny it?
CASSIO:
I will make you cry it, you scoundrel!!
RODERIGO:
What, Ser Lush-tenant?!
CASSIO (drawing steel):
You traitor! There's no way out of this!!
THE FORMER GOVERNOR:
Hold that hand, Lieutenant,
no bloodshed, I beg you...
CASSIO:
Whoever gets in between us will get knocked out...
THE FORMER GOVERNOR:
Says this young man, wasted...
CASSIO:
I, wasted!!??
IAGO (to Roderigo):
Run up all the way to the tower,
and ring the alarm bell with all of your power!
RODERIGO:
Right!
IAGO:
Spread all this dread 'round like wildfire...
make it sound like an enemy storming!
(Thrusting himself into the swordfight)
Dear comrades! Please stop at once this confrontation!!
WOMEN:
Run!
IAGO:
Gasp! Our former governor's bleeding!
And tension is mounting!
(Restraining Cassio):
Stop this!
RANKERS:
Stop this!
WOMEN:
They'll both be dead...
IAGO+RANKERS:
Stop this!
IAGO:
Say, isn't there anyone who can restrain him?
The storm-bells are ringing... we'll knock out or chain him!!
RANKERS:
To weapons! To weapons! A storming, a storming, a storming, a storming!
To weapons! To weapons! A storming, a storming, a storming, a storming!

(They knock Cassio out. At the same time, a rumpled Othello and Desdemona arrive on the scene)

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OTHELLO:

Down with all those rapiers!!

...

'Allo? What occurred?

Am I among barbarians?

Or did a fit of rage enter into you,

turn you 'gainst one another...?

Sincere Iago, 
speak to me, you who love me as a

brother...

IAGO:

Don't know... 

Here we were all lively companions, courteous and ever...
All of a sudden, 
this stripling's wit was confused, and thus, slightly offended,
he drew his blade, and his stance stubbornly defended...
I would have rather had both my legs 
severed by a shot of cannon!
OTHELLO:
Cassio... what made you forget the one you were?
CASSIO (coming to):
Pardon... at all...
I can't recall...
OTHELLO (to the former governor): 
You're injured...
THE FORMER GOVERNOR:
It's quite serious...
OTHELLO:
Sore wounded!! For Gods' sake, how my blood is boiling over!
Ah... Will she come, our rage-quenching angel of sweet loving?

(A rumpled Desdemona comes forth. She is worried by seeing Cassio coming to and in a daze)

OTHELLO:
Here's... fair Desdemona herself startled
from her sweet dreams by your dreadful uprising?
Cassio, never more be my lieutenant!
(He takes off Cassio's rank insignia and gives it to Iago)
IAGO (to himself):
As I expected!
OTHELLO:
Iago, survey now the whole town and fortress
with a detachment, to calm the folk's spirits.
And we'll tend to the wounded!
(They bring the former governor and Cassio to the surgeon's, as Iago leaves at the head of his detachment)
OTHELLO:
Everyone else, now
return back home. I will not leave this spot till
I see there's not a person left on the keep walls!

(Everyone else leaves, leaving Othello alone with Desdemona)

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OTHELLO:
Now in the starlit nighttime,
each clamour fades away;
right now, my restless heart is
within your embrace soothed and
comes to its senses...
Let war break out, and let the end of days come,
should, after that great fury,
come even greater love!
DESDEMONA:
My warrior, so proud and tall!
How much I've sighed, how much I've shuddered, my darling,
and how much hope that
has led me to such soft, warm embracing!
Oh, how sweet is our lively conversation!
Do you remember? (Pause.)
When you told me of all your wayward lifetime,
shocking events that so long pain had wrought...
I listened to you, entranced... rather enraptured...
shuddering, teary, my heart 'gainst reason fought!
OTHELLO:
I painted for you battlefields,
and stormings,
perilous breachings through keep walls...
or climbing, clinging to ivy ropes,
up all the way to battlements,
as gunshots rang around!
DESDEMONA:
Then, you took me to dazzling remote wastelands,
to the parched grasslands of your own native soil...
how you, one day, were torn away from everything,
orphaned, enchained, constrained to want and toil...
OTHELLO:
Sweetened with crystal tears was
the story, by your lovely visage,
upon your lips, a sigh...
Upon my darkness then descended
glory, paradise, and...
all the stars in the sky...
DESDEMONA:
And I saw then upon your raven tresses
of wit the bright, unearthly beauty shine...
OTHELLO:
And you loved me for all of my distresses,
and your compassion made your heart be mine...
DESDEMONA:
And I loved you for all of thy distresses,
and my compassion made my heart be thine...
OTHELLO: 
And your compassion...
DESDEMONA:
And my compassion...
OTHELLO:
And your compassion made your heart be mine...
DESDEMONA:
...made my heart be thine...
OTHELLO:
If I could die now!
May I pass away in the elation of these embraces,
as we crown all our pleasure!
Such is my heart's enjoyment, that I dread that...
dread that...
that I will nevermore be given
this instant of such glee
within my unknown future destiny...
DESDEMONA:
Ne'er be to me a stranger,
may love with the years ne'er change him or change her!
OTHELLO:
May granted be your prayer...
How wonderful the stars are, and the power of love is!
DESDEMONA:
May it be granted...
OTHELLO:
Ah!! The floodgates of joy within me have opened!
I lie down to rest now...
Please kiss me!
(They kiss.)
DESDEMONA:
Othello!
OTHELLO:
Please kiss me!
(They kiss a second time.)
Please kiss me once more...
(They kiss for the third time.)
Right now, the Seven Sisters are descending!
DESDEMONA:
It's early morning...
OTHELLO:
See? Venus is shining!
DESDEMONA:
Othello! (They kiss for the fourth time.)

(EXIT OTHELLO AND DESDEMONA, HAND IN HAND.)



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