Power & Beauty
The Failure Of So Many Good Intentions
by Simon Hodges
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Beauty – actor late 20s male/female – has flower in hair
Power – actor late 20s actor male/female – wears armour, has foppish fringe
Beauty and Power are standing onstage. Lines are expressed in continuous exchange. Power speaks first.
I want you
I want you as well
Then we should hang out
We should? We shall! I am coming for you tonight. Meet me at 6pm.
That is very daring. I am little swept away by it. It intrigues me in a Pride & Prejudice bosom-heaving way.
Thank you. I make a good Darcy. I am capable. And strong. And sensitive when I have to be. You can rest and be beautiful. I will protect you.
What do you want in return?
For you to be beautiful.
Is that all? Won’t you get tired?
No. I do not tire. I am strong.
You sure? I mean there are plenty of other things I can do. You’ll exhaust yourself. We can make an excellent team.
I agree. You look beautiful, I get stuff done.
I find that patronising.
You wouldn’t if you knew what’s good for you.
Exactly my point.
There’s no need to be smart, or make life difficult. Just lie back.
If I can’t live, I shrivel!
If you want me in command, you will relent.
If I relent you’ll overpower me. I need to be careful. I can’t trust you as I did.
OK. How about we talk about this over … a trip to Paris!! [he pulls tickets out of his sleeve] We leave at 9pm.
To keep me quiet I suppose?
No, to enjoy. Just come.
Very well. Then I go.
[Beauty walks to stage right] I feel so let down.
[Power walks to stage left] She turned down Paris !