THE COLLEGE HILL INDEPENDENT


Excerpt from Unmoored

a one-act play

by Eli Petzold

published October 25, 2013


iii. history, or something

 

[AQUARIUS on a mountaintop.]

 

AQUARIUS

i want you to come up the mountain with me.

this is where i learned and this is where i teach.

but now this is just a mountain for us.

 

CANCER

i’m on my way i brought a picnic sourdough bread fig jam goat brie and ginger ale. and i brought myself too.

 

AQUARIUS

okay, that all sounds great, bring yourself but not your self i have something to show you it’s a beautiful day.

 

[both on top of the mountain]

 

CANCER

when i touch you i feel...

 

AQUARIUS

??

 

CANCER

your skin feels like

cast iron.

 

AQUARIUS

greasy?

 

CANCER

not exactly.

 

AQUARIUS

hot?

 

CANCER

well yes, but more…

like it needs to be cared for.

steel wool, water, no soap,

fire it up to let the water evaporate,

then coat with a fresh layer of grease.

 

AQUARIUS

don’t let me rust!

 

CANCER

i touch you so rarely.

 

AQUARIUS

but that makes it better.

 

CANCER

i miss you.

 

AQUARIUS

we’re here right now.

 

CANCER

but—

 

AQUARIUS

look.

sunny day.

sunday.

standing right here affjords a stunning view of the-

 

CANCER

fjord explorer will handle well on the dirt roads that line the–

 

AQUARIUS

fjord score and seven years ago...

 

CANCER

you lose. new game.

 

AQUARIUS

counting.

 

CANCER

sheep or waterfalls?

 

AQUARIUS

sheep.

 

CANCER/AQUARIUS

 

one two three four five six seven eight nine ten eleven twelve thirteen fourteen fifteen sixteen seventeen eighteen nineteen twenty twenty-one

 

CANCER

where are we now?

 

AQUARIUS

here.

 

CANCER

there?

 

AQUARIUS

no, here.

 

CANCER

there?

 

AQUARIUS

no, here.

 

CANCER

there?

 

AQUARIUS

come here.

 

CANCER

i’ll try.

 

[CANCER tries.]

 

CANCER

you’re too far away.

come closer.

you’re on the moon, or something.

you’re back in time, or something.

i can’t keep crossing connecticut to come to you.

 

AQUARIUS

hello?

 

CANCER

hello?

 

AQUARIUS

hello?

 

CANCER

hello?

fucking phones.

fucking phones.

 

[END SCENE.]

 

Unmoored is featured in 3C2C, Production Workshop’s Fall Playwriting Festival. Performances are at 8:00 PM Friday 10/25 through Monday 10/28, and at 11:00 PM on Saturday 10/26, all at the PW Downspace, 7 Young Orchard Ave. Tickets at pw.brown.edu/tickets.