martes, 20 de junio de 2017

SEE THAT SAIL THERE!

ACT ONE

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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