A Palindrome in 777 words- A STORY OF IDOL WORSHIP AND MURDER BY Salie Davis Revoke, ‘tis I, time’s eye. Finish sin if eyes emit… six a.m. … Max is noon… 11, 02, 2011… 12, 02, 2021? REVI…
Source: 777 a palindrome
A Palindrome in 777 words- A STORY OF IDOL WORSHIP AND MURDER BY Salie Davis Revoke, ‘tis I, time’s eye. Finish sin if eyes emit… six a.m. … Max is noon… 11, 02, 2011… 12, 02, 2021? REVI…
Source: 777 a palindrome
Instructions for the performance play-
A STORY OF IDOL WORSHIP AND MURDER
A PERFORMANCE PALINDROME
BY Salie Davis
Bold face type– characters, underlined words are part of the Palindrome, *and are the only words that are heard onstage.*
The names of the characters are spoken by the narrator (the character of Jesus Christ) to draw attention to the actions of the characters or before the specific character speaks. Words sometimes represent actions that are part of the palindrome and are also spoken by the narrator. The only words heard on stage are those that are specific to the palindrome. The story is given detail in actions, in select props, in symbolic wardrobe and in lighting that are all dramatized for effect. The only props needed are pews, pedestals, a cross, a bottle of rum and lager, a small cave and a single chair along with different colored robes, different colored body suits, different colored scarves, which represent various sins (the giving out of such can be simplified according to artistic interpretation), a spotted scarf or one with Velcro attached spots, an identifier for Time, such as a clock or staff and a really big fancy woman’s hat. This play would benefit from music. A musical palindrome would enrich it even more so.
Suggested set up for a one act play-
Initially the stage is dark. (Right and left references are facing the stage.) Pews are at the left of the stage in the mid area of the left side. These hold the Dias family and other church members. These people wear grey robes. Under their grey robes are white body suits or robes. God, dressed in a white robe, is positioned at the left of the stage in the rear area of the left side, on the highest pedestal. God is always represented with a capital “G” just as other characters who try to be idol gods are represented with a lower case “g”.
The Narrator (Jesus Christ) is at the left front, off stage at a podium or on the stage at the left front on a pedestal equal to God. Jesus is also referred to in the play as the Red Rose of Sharon. A cross is set behind him. Jesus is dressed in a white robe. His robe may be trimmed in red at the base and sleeves. A crown of thorns may also be used at this same point in the play in which the crucifixion is represented.
At the center rear of the stage is a set of three low pedestals. The center pedestal of these three is slightly elevated from the ones on either side. This center pedestal is where Star stands. She wears a gold robe.
At the right rear of the stage is another high pedestal, lower than that of God, in which Satan stands. He wears a black robe. The Rats and various Demons are gathered in front of Satan.
The Rats all wear black robes and carry black scarves. The Rats represent the occult members. The Demons all wear body suits. One Dragon wears a red suit with green scarves and represents unrighteous anger and ill temper. Devil wears a green suit with orange scarves and represents confusion and madness. Emos wears a purple suit and blue scarves and represents depression, sadness and being alone. Royal wears a gold suit and purple scarves, representing false rulers, and self appointed power. Eros wears a pink suit with red scarves representing physical desire or empty longing for passion such as the love for drink or other addictions. Tenet wears an orange body suit and silver scarves representing beliefs in a religion that believes in the organization rather than the truth. Dogma wears a silver suit and gold scarves representing authoritative and judgmental doctrine. Id wears a blue suit with pink scarves to represent the instinctual and unconscious nature of sin.
In this same area, out of sight or off to the side, is a chair holding Asa. He wears a nude colored body suit and a big fancy ladies hat. The small cave, big enough to fit one crouched person is also somewhere on stage out of sight with the spotted scarf inside or Velcro spots on a scarf.
The character of “Times Eye” represents time. The character should signify Father Time in appearance, with a white robe or, Time, in a white robe wearing or carrying a clock. A spotlight appears to the right of the stage to draw attention Times Eye as the character walks slowly from the right side of the stage to exit the left side of the stage as the character speaks. At the same time a spot lights appear on Jesus and God. From this point the spot lights are ever present on God and Jesus except for one important moment during the play. A red light may illuminate Satan in the same way. This is an artistic representation of their constant and unwavering presence.
Times Eye– “Revoke, ‘tis I, time’s eye. Finish sin if eyes emit… six a.m. … Max is noon… 01, 02, 2010… 12, 02, 2021?”
This statement represents an expression concerning the end of time and the end of sin. Note that the dates can be changed to reflect current times, 11, 02, 2011, … 02, 02, 2020 etc., while maintaining the palindrome, as time progresses beyond these dates. This action keeps with the artistic intent that no one knows when time will end while highlighting the possibility it could be soon.
The Demons and Rats begin moving from the right of the stage to the left of the stage, towards the pews following Time. The Rats slink. The Demons walk, skip, jump and dance. A spotlight falls upon Star as Tenet places a silver scarf on Star. The artistic intent is to symbolize false worship. Tenet pulls Eva from the pews. Id places a pink scarf on her. Royal gives Star a purple scarf. This signifies the idolization of royalty. When scarves are given they are initially seen as beautiful but as they mount in numbers they become a burden to the wearer. Tenet puts Eva on a pedestal next to Star. Tenet places a silver scarf on Eva. The Rats worship Eva and Star. Royal places a purple scarf on Eva. The Rats give Eva and Star black Scarves. The black scarves symbolize the occult.
Jesus Christ– “Reviled, Eva’s dog swept pews!”
Eva, Rats, Star and Demons react at this statement and a spot lights sweeps through the pews. The Rats and Demons whisper to those in the pews. The artistic intent is that this statement and actions symbolize temptation. Id gives all the Rats a pink scarf.
Jesus Christ– “God!”
Jesus makes a hand gesture towards God as if announcing God’s presence. God continues to be ever observant. Every one in pews, Rats, Demons, Star and Eva react.
Jesus Christ– “Dias”
Jesus makes a hand gesture towards the pews. Lighting increases so that the left side of the stage is fully viewable.
Dias family- “Ah!!”
All characters that are members of the Dias Family speak this in awe and fear.
Jesus Christ– “Satan said”
A spotlight shows Satan at the right of the stage. Ideally a light might illuminate each person as their name is spoken or/and as they speak as characters.
Satan- “Star-Di, Asa, Dennis, Natasha, Ron, Maori, Ida, Ed, Hannah,
One Dragon, Eva, Sharon, Naomi, Isa, Emos, Deborah, Royal, Rats, Eros,
Tenet, Dogma, Id, Nacina, Paris, Devil …Sinned.”
As Satan speaks lighting increases to show the full stage, he points to all the characters, accusingly. Each character reacts to its name as they might in the time of judgment.
Jesus Christ– “Tenet”
Tenet gives all the Rats silver scarves then is walking around the pews whispering in the ears of the people. The artistic intent is the temptation to sin under religious doctrine.
Tenet–“God…Too far away…Murmur, murmur…”
Tenet draws attention to the center stage with Star on a pedestal as he whispers. Tenet is tempting people with religious doctrine that is not based on truth.
Jesus Christ– “Rats”
The Rats (five in total) are walking around the pews whispering in the ears of the people, tempting them with false rewards for joining the occult.
Rat One–“‘Y no mere clay or wonder… Murmur murmur…”
The artistic intent of this statement is the idolization of the self. Royal gives Rat One a purple scarf. Rat One pulls Ron, Eva’s boyfriend, from the pews. Id puts a pink scarf on him. Rat One places a black scarf on Ron to symbolize his acceptance of the occult and puts him on the other pedestal next to Star. Tenet places a silver scarf on Ron. All the Rats worship Ron, Eva and Star. Royal places a purple scarf on Ron. Eros gives Rat Two a bottle of Rum, and places a red scarf on Rat Two. This symbolizes the empty longing for passion and temptation to fill this with drink. Since Rats are also people, they can receive scarves as well. Eros is whispering to Rat One. Rat Two pulls Dennis Dias from the pews and gives him the bottle of rum and a black scarf. Id places a pink scarf on him. Dennis proceeds to drink. Eros drapes a red scarf on Dennis.
Rat Two-“Yes! Orders red rum, redder Eh?”
Rat Two rejoices at the drunkenness of Dennis Dias. Dennis Dias pulls Natasha Dias (his daughter) from the pews and gives her the rum. Id places a pink scarf on her. A Rat gives Natasha a black scarf. She drinks and also becomes drunk. She gives the rum back to Dennis. Eros drapes a red scarf on Natasha. They both begin worshipping Star (AKA Dog Star, Di, Star-Di, Dog, and Doggie), The various names of Star symbolizes the many possibilities for people to find idols, in great objects in the sky, royalty, or leaders, famous people, animals, or trendy concepts and ideas etc. Ron and Eva are also being worshiped. Ron and Eva participate in the drink and are given red scarves from Eros.
Rat Two–“ ‘Twas I!”
Rat Two rejoices in the accomplishments.
Rat Three–“ Dog!…”
Rat Three points at and accuses Star. Dogma gives Rat Three a Gold scarf symbolizing false judgment and blame.
Rat Four–“Tonsured rum pots!”
Rat Four accuses Dennis, Natasha, Ron and Eva. Dogma gives Rat Four a Gold scarf.
Rat Five addresses every one including the audience pointing as Dogma places a Gold scarf on him.
Rat Five- “Murder… Red Rose of Sharon!”….
At this statement the cross behind Jesus lights up. Jesus puts his arms out as if hanging on the cross and bows his head. All lights go out so that the stage and audience is in complete darkness for three seconds. The artistic intent is the three days Jesus spent in Darkness. If this is not desirable by the production then the red light on Satan may remain as Satan rejoices in victory. After three seconds the lights resume as before. The Rats point at God, questioning his allowance of the crucifixion of Jesus. Devil places orange scarves on them.
Rats- “He murders red rose… Y?”
Jesus Christ–“Dennis said”
As Dennis is speaking Natasha gets on her knees in front of Star. Dennis points out her guilt in worshipping Star.
Dennis–“sinned? Did I? Now I won top spot. Ah… Natasha Dias sees dog star…put it up…”
Dogma places a gold scarf on Dennis symbolizing unrighteous judgment.
Dennis–“…as a god. Fool… A! Wow…, ‘Ave, ‘Ave some red rum too.
Fall apart, Natasha.”
Dennis gives Natasha the bottle of rum again. Tenet speaks and all the Rats and Demons jump and dance.
Tenet- “Lives evil!”…
A Rat gives Dennis a bottle of lager. He drinks it then gives the lager to Natasha with his next line.
Dennis- “‘Ave some lager?”
Natasha, suddenly feels repulsed at being drunk, throws the drinks down and turns to Star offering to bring her sister Hannah into the occult in exchange for forgiveness. Tenet gives Natasha a silver scarf.
Jesus Christ–“Natasha Dias”
Natasha Dias–“Doggy! Dash sin if I deliver Hannah?”
Natasha pulls Hannah from the pews and brings her to Star, AKA Star-Di, Dog, Doggy, Di, Dog Star, who is too self absorbed to notice. Id places a pink scarf on her. Hannah is given a black scarf by a Rat and begins worshipping Star. Tenet places a silver scarf on her.
Star-Di- “Did I as I? Was I? I was raw Dog, as a devil, I am god deified.”
As Star is speaking Devil puts an orange scarf on her symbolizing confusion and madness.
Jesus Christ–“Dennis said”
As Dennis is speaking the Rats are pointing at Ron and Eva and whispering in both his and Natasha’s ears.
Dennis- “Ha! Ron? He lived as a rat’s god.
Wow, I Liven a mood. I roamed under it…
Revolt, AHA, Live!”
While this is being said Tenet is whispering to Dennis who then struggles with Ron and throws Ron off his pedestal. Tenet helps Dennis unto the pedestal and gives him a silver scarf. At the word “revolt” Natasha throws Eva off her pedestal, and takes her place. Royal gives Dennis and Natasha a purple scarf.
Jesus Christ–“He said”
Dennis- “as a “foeman” as I live.”
Naomi and Ed, Ron’s parents, leave the pews to comfort Ron and Eva. Id places pink scarves on Naomi and Ed. A Rat leads Hannah to a stand next to her sister, Natasha’s pedestal. Royal places a purple scarf on her. Both revel in being worshipped by the Rats. As Natasha speaks to Dennis in the next line, Nacina and Ida, friends of Natasha, leave the pews and are given pink scarves by Id.
Jesus Christ–“Natasha said”
Natasha- “Did Nacina play or did moody Ida? So… Ida? Adios!
Hey Dad, are we not drawn onward? ”
As Natasha speaks, The Rats give Nacina and Ida black scarves and they join in the occult of worshipping those on the pedestals. Emos gives Ida a blue scarf symbolizing depression. At the word, “Adios” Ida walks away crying. Tenet gives Nacina a silver scarf. Nacina is whispering to Sharon, who is in the pews and she leaves the pews as well and is given a black scarf by a Rat and a pink scarf by Id. She stands next to her father, Dennis’s pedestal, and is given a purple scarf by Royal.
Jesus Christ–“Dias said”
Dennis is talking to Satan in the following line. He is offering his three daughters to Satan, expecting something in return. He then accuses Hannah just as he had Natasha before.
Dennis– “Ah! Satan. Rats deliver goddesses, so pay. Flesh saw a sin, mad, dastard, Hannah, raw as a widened dam.”
Devil places an orange scarf on Hannah, symbolizing confusion and madness.
Hannah- “I madam, I made fool a poor Dog.”
Hannah points to herself at the word “fool” and to Star at the word “Dog”. At these statements, Hannah stops worshipping Star and walks away, weeping and distraught. Deborah, Hannah’s mother, leaves the pews to comfort her. Id places a pink scarf on Deborah. Natasha is observing her mother and sister, feeling remorse. Star has also stopped her self absorption to take notice of the events.
Jesus Christ–“ Natasha Dias”
Natasha moans as the narrator, Jesus says the word “moan” and points at Hannah.
Natasha–“ go deliver Eh? I saw thee mad!”
Natasha is mournful; crying as Emos puts a blue scarf on her. Star has become visibly upset by this point.
Jesus Christ–“Dennis Dias”
Dennis is speaking to Satan about his daughters.
Dennis-“Sir, appalls Dog…”
Dennis “stops” for a moment then, upset by Star’s upset, he again curses Hannah. One Dragon places a green scarf on Dennis.
Dennis–“…sleep repel, Eros eye saw Hannah.”
Eros puts a red scarf on Hannah and she is given drink. She becomes drunk and falls at Eva’s feet.
Jesus Christ–“Said Hannah”
Hannah-“Eva! Can I live on?”
Eva ignores her. Paris, Hannah’s boyfriend, leaves the pews to comfort her. Id places a pink scarf on him.
Satan speaks although not announced expressing pleasure at the situation.
Satan–“Hannah, O’ No… Ah…”
Satan continues, encouraging evil and sin.
Satan–“Live dirt up!”
Jesus Christ-“Mom said”
Deborah confronts her husband, Dennis, blaming him for their daughter’s predicaments. Dogma places a gold scarf on her.
Deborah begins to cry. Emos places a blue scarf on her. Norah, Deborah’s mother, leaves the pews to comfort her. Id places a pink scarf on elderly Norah.
God speaks, to Natasha and Hannah, warning them that these things are not from him. Each reacts in fear and weeping. Everyone reacts by cringing. God points to Jesus, Reminding everyone that their sins are what Jesus died for. God warns that the Demons, such as Devil and One Dragon, and those things they worship, such as the Dog Star (AKA, of many names), do not have their interests in mind. The Demons cower at his words, as does Star. God asks the people to repent and warns them of the dangers of losing eternity spent close to God (the Garden). God speaks to the elders of the church, Norah, also known as “Red Rose” symbolic of her pious and close relationship to Jesus as the “Red Rose of Sharon”, and Naomi who consider themselves pillars of the church, warning them of the danger they are also in.
God- “Live not on evil, Madam Natasha, Madam Hannah Dias!
Murder Regal Red Rose of Sharon? I name no Devil-Dog as selfless.
A Devil! One Dragon! Pupils pull up! No Garden, O!
Norah, regal red rose… Y? Naomi…?”
Jesus Christ–“ Moan…”
God moans as Jesus states the word “Moan”, both showing great distress.
God- “ ‘Y doom?”
The Rats are whispering in the ear of Ron while pointing at Dennis. Ron moves towards Dennis but Sharon notices him. Rats also whisper in the ear of Eva, pointing at Natasha.
Jesus Christ-“Sharon Dias”
Sharon calls to her mother, Deborah, as Ron struggles to throw Dennis off the pedestal. She pleads with the demon Devil to help her father; no one is interested in helping. Sharon becomes confused in her excitement. Devil places an orange scarf on her.
Sharon–“Mom, Ei! Reverie! Live O’ Devil, never odd or even.
No, it is opposition. ‘Y a period won? Oh!
Who was it I saw, Oh Who? Ha!”
Dennis is thrown to the ground and Ron takes his place on the pedestal, hollering triumphantly as he replies to Sharon. Despite this, Sharon remains near the pedestal, being worshipped.
During this same time Eva struggles with Natasha but does not succeed.
Eva cries out in triumph for Ron’s success and continues to struggle with Natasha.
The Rats are in fervor.
Id-“Rats gnash teeth!”
Natasha throws Eva to the ground and the struggle stops. Natasha remains on her pedestal.
Jesus Christ-“Sang Star-Di”
Star is still in madness, upset by all the commotion, and sings her words.
Star–“Do… Do Good’s deeds. Live on? Reviled did I live! God saw!
I, deified, I was Dog. Evil I did deliver. No! Evil’s deeds do, O God! O! Did Rats gnash teeth?”
Star is visibly depressed; Emos places a blue scarf on her. She continues dramatically, after a pause…
Jesus Christ–“Sang Star-Di”
Star-“Revolt! Love! Rave I?”
Dennis is attempting to reclaim his position but is continually repelled by Ron. Norah, Dennis’s mother, becomes distraught and confused about what she should do as Ron is the son of her best friend Naomi. Devil places an orange scarf on her.
Norah–“Oh who was it I saw, Oh who? Now do I repay?
No, it is opposition. Never odd or even…Live? Do evil? Ei!!, reverie!”
Deborah speaks to Norah but she is inconsolable. Emos places a blue scarf on Norah.
Jesus Christ-“Mom said”
Jesus Christ-“Naomi. (moan)”
Naomi moans when the word is spoken. She asks for and is given lager as Eros places a red scarf on her. She then rejoices, lifting the lager, for her son, Ron. Dennis ends his struggle with Ron.
Naomi- “Yes, order lager… Ha! Ron.”
Jesus Christ-“One Dragon”
One Dragon speaks to everyone, mocking what God has said and declaring Ron as a god, and as himself as he places a green scarf on Ron.
One Dragon–“Pull up? Slip up! No Garden? O’, lived as selfless?
A god lived one man! I.”
The Rats all dance with lager and rum around Norah, tormenting her and offering her drink which she keeps refusing.
Jesus Christ– “Norah’s foes order lager, red rum…
Hannah makes an appeal to Norah, her grandmother, warning her, then points to and denounces Satan and Star.
Hannah- “Madam, Ah!!! Satan! Madam, live not on evil. Dog!”
Jesus Christ–“Deborah Dias (mom)”
Deborah points at Natasha, blaming her. Dogma places a gold scarf on Deborah. Deborah encourages Hannah to go away to a cave that is far back on the stage.
Deborah– “Putrid evil, Natasha! O’ No! Hannah, No evil in a cave…”
In the cave is “spots”, like a cloth with Velcro spots to symbolize leprosy. Hannah goes into the cave and puts on this cloth. As Jesus speaks the next lines Hannah sits at the mouth of the cave “peeling spots” Paris, Hannah’s boyfriend, leaves the pews. When Jesus states “Sllap” God makes a motion towards Hannah. Hannah is healed and drops the spotted scarf.
Jesus Christ–“ Hannah Dias? Hannah was eye sore leper, (peels spots)
God, “SLLap!”… Paris said”
Paris points to Hannah, accusing her of sinning, deserving of leprosy. One Dragon places a green scarf on Paris. Paris denies his own responsibility or sin. Id places a pink scarf on him. Paris points to Star in blame. Dogma places a gold scarf on him.
Paris- “Sinned dame… Eh? ‘Twas I? Here, vile Dog!”
Hannah rejoins the group, near Naomi and Ed. The Rats continue dancing around Norah who can not get away from them.
Jesus Christ-“Naomi said”
Naomi looks at her friend, Norah, and is sad. Emos places a blue scarf on her. As she speaks, she notices Satan and is afraid. Naomi turns to her husband Ed and then to Hannah, asking if she is mad.
Naomi–“Ah!!! Satan! Go droop aloof. Ed, am I mad?
Am I, Hannah? Madden…”
Ed replies as Devil places an orange scarf on him. Ed exclaims war, symbolizing the war between good and evil.
Ed–“I was… A war!”
Hannah also replies, still confused. Looking at Norah and Naomi.
Hannah–“Drat, sad… Damn!”
Isa, wife of Asa, leaves the pews; Id places a pink scarf on her. She accuses Star and receives a gold scarf from Dogma.
Isa–“Wash self, Ya, possessed Dog, reviled Star!”
Jesus Christ–“Natasha Dias said”
Natasha remains enamored with Star, speaking to and idolizing her father, Dennis, encouraging him to regain his position of power.
Natasha–“…Drawn onward, to new era…Dad yeh… So…”
Natasha’s friend Ida, echoes the same sentiments speaking to Star.
Ida- “Adios A! Di, ‘Y doom, Did Royal panic and Id?”
Dennis, Sharon and Natasha all speak in agreement in the next line and continue in unison after Satan speaks.
Dennis, Sharon and Natasha- “Ah,”
Satan points to Asa asleep in a chair off to the side of the stage, stating he is evil. Eros places a red scarf on Asa and Id places a pink scarf on him.
Satan-“Evil is a name of Asa”
As Satan speaks, all the Rats except for one leave Norah. One Dragon places a green scarf on Norah. As the Rat One whispers in her ear, she also takes notice of Asa.
Dennis, Sharon and Natasha-“Eh?, Evil!, a hat lover, tired nude.”
Maori, a friend of Isa, is drawn from the pews by Isa, receiving a pink scarf from Id.
Maori points to Asa while she speaks, and receives a gold scarf from Dogma. She denies her own responsibility and is wowed by the idol worship of Star. She receives a black scarf from a Rat, and a silver scarf form Tenet.
Maori-“Doom an evil! I? wow, Dog Star as a Devil, eh?”
A Rat also begins whispering in the ear of Dennis, pointing to Eva who is worshipping the Star. Dogma places a gold scarf on Norah. Norah “murders” Asa by throwing a black cloth over him.
Jesus Christ-“ Norah Dias Sinned. Deified Dogma”
Dogma is overjoyed and declares war between God and evil (all the Rats and Demons.)
Dogma–“I lived as a god. War saw I. I saw! I said I did… Rats!”
Hannah continues speaking in remorse; she calls out to God, with a capital G, asking “Why”.
Hannah-“Reviled, I finish sad. ‘Y “G” God?”
She again denounces Satan with sarcasm.
Hannah- “Ah!! Satan regal?!”
Emos points to Eva, accusing her.
Emos-“Eva… Sinned… lives Evil!”
Tenet is reacting to Dennis approaching Eva from behind.
Devil places an orange scarf on Dennis, symbolizing madness.
Satan is speaking to all the Demons and Rats, who react with fervor.
Satan-“Trap all afoot, murder!”
As Emos says Eva’s name, Dennis approaches Eva.
Dennis “Murders” her, by throwing a black cloth over her as she is speaking and worshipping Star, in mid sentence.
Eva-“Wow, Aloof Dog as a…!”
Dennis takes notice of God and in a revelation, feeling remorse at what he has done, declares to the Rats that God sees.
Dennis-“Put it up! Rats! God sees.”
Dennis cries out in fear and repentance.
Satan rejoices over the events.
Satan- “Ha, top spot. Now I won, I did! Dennis Dias sinned. Yes! Orders red rum, eh!”
Jesus Christ-“ Norah’s foes order red rum… Dias”
All the Rats except for one begin dancing around Norah again, tormenting her with rum. Rat One is whispering in the ear of Dennis and pointing to Natasha and Sharon. Sharon and Natasha have remained in power while Dennis has not. They show fear of their father.
Sharon and Natasha appeal to their father as he approaches them.
Sharon and Natasha-“Stop, Murder us not!”
Dennis “Murders” Sharon, tossing a black cloth over her but stops short of murdering Natasha when he hears God speak.
God-“I saw the redder murders.”
Jesus Christ-“Red Rose”
Norah cries out to God, asking why? Norah takes the rum and becomes drunk. Eros places a red scarf on her as she sings.
Norah-“Y? Rum, rum, rum, rum red now.”
Royal dances around Star then Norah, back to Star and then dances with Tenet singing.
Royal–“ceremony Star! Rum, rum, rum, rum, Ya! War a foot. Dog! Tenet!”
Dennis falls to his knees in confusion and remorse. He denounces his attempts at being worshipped as a god. He realizes that Star is pitiful. He points to others, that they have been robbed of their happiness by him and he himself is in misery.
Dennis–“Lived Sir? A panic… and I am god, tenet? Sore Star lay or…
Ha! robed some, as I… I moan.”
Norah calls out to God to save, realizing the consequences and the Rats scatter.
Norah-“Save! No Garden, O!”
Hannah is mournful.
Hannah-“Dead, I… I roam.”
Norah points at Satan and at herself acknowledging evil and sin, and then to the Rats and everyone else, stating “Dias” as if inviting every one to acknowledge their own sin.
Norah- “Rats, Dias…?”
At this point some return to the pews, I.E. those that expressed repentance by words or by actions such as Dennis, Hannah, Norah, Naomi…(artistic interpretation can decide who and how many.)
Jesus Christ-“Natasha said”
Natasha, still on her pedestal cries out to the Star to save her.
As Jesus speaks Natasha, Star, Ron and everyone else not in the pews crumple to the ground and scurry/crawl into the darkness towards Satan. This includes the Rats, Demons and all those that have been murdered without repenting, Eva, Sharon, Asa, also move towards Satan with all their burdens in tow. The lights go out except for lights sweeping the pews as the characters sitting there throw off all of their scarves and the grey robes revealing white robes, or body suits at their words “God Save, Deliver!” hands up rejoicing.
Jesus Christ-“ SWEPT PEWS…”
Everyone in pews- “GOD SAVE! DELIVER!”
As Time speaks the light shines only on one side of the stage, joyful, while the other is in darkness and misery.
Time’s eye- “12, 02, 2021… 01, 02, 2010? Noon… six a.m. max. Is time’s eye finish’ sin? If eyes emit is it, ek… over?”
This statement again represents an expression concerning the end of time and the end of sin. Note once again that the dates can be changed to reflect current times, 11, 02, 2011, … 02, 02, 2020 etc., while maintaining the palindrome, as time progresses beyond these dates. This action keeps with the artistic intent that no one knows when time will end while highlighting the possibility it could be soon.
End of play.
What is Literacy in this new age of technology and emerging media? Does literacy count only in the form of ink and paper or has it become so much more? According to a New York Times Article by Motoko Rich titled Literacy Debate: Online, R U Really Reading? “On paper, text has a predetermined beginning, middle and end, where readers focus for a sustained period on one author’s vision. On the Internet, readers skate through cyberspace at will and, in effect, compose their own beginnings, middles and ends” (Motoko para. 12). Because of this, literacy as it relates to technology, though it may be a form of literacy, more and more commonly referred to as digital literacy, it is very different from traditional concepts of reading comprehension and the mastery of reading as we have known it pre-digital age.
We cannot ignore the new forms of communication and new literacies. These are essential in order to learn and adapt in a digital age, however at the same time we must continue to find a balance between the mental process of scanning and switching attentions quickly from one mode of communication, text, sound, image, music, light, keyboard, voice, etc… to being able to sit and focus, to analyze with comprehensive depth texts that are part of our history, stories that were written and intended for the page and ink. In doing this we achieve a balanced mind and a more productive future.
The article goes on to state that “to Kill a Mockingbird” (Motoka para. 10) is not for all children. I agree with the statement however I disagree with the blanket concept that statement tries to make. Daily ink and page reading is necessary for all youth to develop deeper modes of thinking and the ability for longer attention spans. If the book happens to be the original Hobbit, or a swiftly tilting planet, or poems by Robert Frost, the length and form found in books, the beginning, middle and end, the author’s vision, as described above, all these are necessary components of literacy that cannot be left behind. Not everyone will read Shakespeare, however, like the internet claims to be, the ink and paper world of books is just as infinite in options. It is possible and preferred to teach our children when young that those options are and must continue to be valued.
The article also raises a point about the differences of the written text online and the written text in book, online being full of grammatical and spelling errors. This I find not to be a viable argument however. It can be just as argued that word processing programs with auto correct harm one’s ability to spell. It very well may in fact. Text in books and online are constantly changing, new words are created. New forms of dialect are explored and excepted. One aspect of this is writing styles. It is more common to see and accept a conversational writing style, whereas 100 years ago that type of style would not have been seen. Editorial styles over research based writings are also more common. So is this the fault of the digital age or does this just call to point the need for educators to focus more on filling the holes. In this do educators need to focus more on proper sentence structure, proper spelling and proper research skills, much like is taught in college preparatory course, in middle and high school classes? In addition to sentence structure, spelling, and organization of thoughts form beginning to middle to end, it is also necessary to teach digital literacies that will help children approach digital text with more ability to analyze and comprehend. Example of this is to teach website evaluation for research skills and proper notations when participating in online conversations. All of these skills can enrich the online experience and bring children closer to cognitive literacy.
The truth in this matter is that the digital age is not going to go away. Children will use the internet more and more as children and adults. The focus of the debate then should not be if one is better to incorporate in the lives of children, since they both will be part of children’s lives, but instead how can we ensure that children who are exposed to both digital and traditional literacies learn and maintain the deeper forms of comprehension needed to be successful in their life’s goals. According to the article books help instill continuous, focus and linear attention. In our children’s education we must continue to use the reading of books, even online classics such as can be found on Kindle, to help them maintain these literacies.
In essence it is possible to read with in depth conceptualization and literacy if the reading is diverse and if they are by example e-books. Even interactive eBooks can get kids excited about reading, where they can notate the stories and discuss in real time with other youth. The Digital age doesn’t have to change how we see literacy, it can expand the meaning of literacy into several different types and with innovation both forms of literacy can be maintained online.
Motoka, r. (July 28, 2008) Literacy Debate: Online, R U Really Reading? New York Times retrieved on Sept 19. 2016 from http://www.nytimes.com/2008/07/27/books/27reading.html?pagewanted=all&_r=2&
It is Creativity, Community, and Caring… and so much more
This presentation is an example of how you can make the most out of what you do. I am the art teacher in this presentation. The memories I created and the lessons learned in the minds of the children I taught live on, however through new media and new literacies technology was used to expand the message. Take the gifts that you have been given to share with the world and use the resource the world has given you to bring them to their fullest potential.