Fundevogel

Another two-character play (1m, 1w), Fundevogel, is written in the free-verse form Nigro uses to indicate rhythm to the actors.  We hear birds singing and see a man, Fundevogel, sitting in a chair stage right looking out a window.  Near him is another chair with a large rag doll in it.  Lisa enters stage left and asks why Fundevogel is sad and lonely when she is there and will always be there.  She talks as if Fundevogel is a bird that her father found in the forest and brought home.  She wonders if Fundevogel is afraid that the cook will cut off his head and cook him in boiling water.. She tells him to be happy because she and he will run away and, when chased by the cook’s three servants, will metamorphose into a rose tree.  The servants will be beaten by the cook who will tell them that they should have broken the tree in half and brought back the rose and will look for them again.  But he will turn into a chapel and she into a chandelier.  Then the cook will come looking for them and this time he will become a pond and she will become a duck.  When the cook tries to drink the water in the pond, she will grab her by the neck with her duck’s beak and drown her.  Lisa grabs the rag doll with her teeth, shaking it, then throwing it down and strangling it.  When Fundevogel pulls her away from the doll and holds her tenderly she asks if he is sad because she is insane.  He says, “Yes.”  She picks up the doll, puts it back on the chair, and sits where Fundevogel had been sitting.  We hear birdsong again as Fundevogel starts off left but stops, turns to Lisa, and asks her why she is sad, saying that he will never leave her.

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