Passion Play (TCG Edition)
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Passion Play (TCG Edition)

Sarah Ruhl

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Passion Play (TCG Edition)

Sarah Ruhl

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- First book, "Clean House and Other Plays"- already in fourth printing with sales over 17,000 sold since October 2006 - Second book, "Dead Man's Cell Phone"-first printing of 5,000 copies sold out in the first seven months.

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ACT TWO

ONE: PILATE COMES HOME

P hesitates outside a door.
Mary 1 enters.

MARY 1
You ready to come in?

P
Almost.
Can’t believe it’s you.
Let me just—

He traces her cheek.

Is it you?

MARY 1
It’s me, honey.

She traces his cheek.
He winces.
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P
Oh—

MARY 1
What did I—?

P
Don’t touch me yet, okay.

MARY 1
Okay. Why don’t you touch me?

He touches her hands.

P
(To the audience) She is a deer wrapped in brown velvet. She is the air breathing inside the body of a violin.

MARY 1
What?

P
Nothing.
Sorry.
I’m not being myself, am I?
You know that funny phrase—what is it—remember me to your mother. I need you to remember me—to myself. Can you—?

MARY 1
Think so.
Here we go—I’m remembering you to yourself.

She touches his forehead.
He winces.
Violet enters.

VIOLET
Daddy!
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P
Violet!
The pictures of you were pretty.
But not half so pretty as you.

VIOLET
I drew you a picture of a bird.

She hands it to him.

P
Wow! How is it you can draw such a good bird, only three years old?

VIOLET
I’m good at drawing birds.

P
That’s the best bird I ever saw. It’s so good I bet it even flies.
He flies the bird picture around the room.
He picks up Violet and flies her around the room.

VIOLET
(Laughing) Put me down!

P flies crazier.

Put me down! I’m scared!

MARY 1
You’re scaring her, honey.

P puts her down.

P
I didn’t scare you, honey, did I? We ’re just playing bird.

VIOLET
I know.
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MARY 1
Why don’t we all go to sleep. It ’s been a long day.

P
I’ll sleep right here, just outside the door. You two call me if you need anything.

MARY 1
What? Why, honey?

P
So I can hear.

MARY 1
Hear what?

P
If anyone’s coming.

MARY 1
No one’s coming.

P
Not right now. But when we ’re sleeping. When you sleep outside you can hear the leaves if anyone’s coming. I want to protect you. And Violet.

MARY 1
I know, honey. But it’s safe here. It’s South Dakota. Remember?

VIOLET
Why is Daddy sleeping outside?

P
To protect you from bad people.

VIOLET
Are there bad people tonight?
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P
There are always bad people.

Mary 1 gives P a blanket.

Good night.
Sleep with the angels, Violet.

VIOLET
What’s that mean?

P
Sweet dreams.

Mary 1 and Violet exit.

P curls up in his blanket.
He looks at the sky.
The sky is red.
He sits up.

(To himself )
Red sky at night, sailor’s delight.
Red sky at morning, sailors take warning.

The chorus enters with wind machines
and Elizabethan boats.

They’re coming through the fog to the shore, the tall ships, and I’m making sure they get here safe . . . real safe . . . I feel a gale of wind coming from the north but I counter it with a gale from the south . . . I pour wind into their sails, and it’s important they get here by morning . . .

P steers the boats through the wind, conducting.
Violet enters.

You should be sleeping.
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VIOLET
You should be sleeping.
Why are there boats in the sky?

P
You can see them?

VIOLET
Ye...

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