Criss-Crossing and Watercolor
Short Play Collection
Book/Item: CRISS-CROSSING AND WATERCOLOR
Book Type: MS
FEE: $35 per performance for each play. MS.
THE STORIES: CRISS-CROSSING. In three identical rooms of an antiseptic modern hotel are a man, getting ready to shoot someone from the window, and his teenage son; a dowdy couple on vacation; and three girls who have escaped from a prison farm—where one of them has murdered an overly amorous guard. They are strangers to each other, and yet somehow akin through their mutual inability to escape the conditions of life that control them. Their actions, brightly stylized and quirkily humorous, parallel and intersect, until the hotel loudspeaker announces that a monster is drawing nearer to the city—whereupon, in a spasm of mistrust and violence, they mistakenly destroy each other in their panic to escape the inevitable. (3 men, 4 women.) WATERCOLOR. As a spotlight seeks them out, various characters on a beach engage in a series of dialogues: Two young men sit and tell lies together; another couple makes love; two women talk of growing old; and somehow the overtones of their conversations linger and combine. Gradually the characters encounter one another, each bringing a bit of illumination and consolation to their other, until their conversations blend into a lyrical rumination on life and death, youth and age, and the ineffable joys and sorrows that lie between. (2 men, 3 women.)