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Grenadine (Yale Drama Series) by Neil Wechsler

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By Neil Wechsler

Neil Wechsler’s Grenadine has been selected because the moment winner of the Yale Drama sequence. The play used to be chosen by means of Pulitzer Prize–winning playwright and contest pass judgement on Edward Albee. Grenadine is the fantastical tale of a man’s quest for romance within the corporation of 3 committed acquaintances. Albee writes, “I came across it hugely unique. . . . The questions the play asks and the solutions it proposes are provocative; the play stretched my mind.”

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PRISMATIC, SCONCE, and GROVE enter. ) Abel, son of Adam. Scene 6 PRISMATIC Doubtful. GROVE Was he not killed by Cain? SCONCE He was kicked. PRISMATIC He was killed. SCONCE If he was killed, how do you explain his presence here? PRISMATIC This is not Abel. ) Are you Abel? OLD MAN Not anymore. PRISMATIC Can you tell us where to find some food? OLD MAN Down the road an old couple is selling tomatoes. GROVE I am a fan of tomatoes. SCONCE You do not seem pleased, Prismatic. PRISMATIC I am allergic to tomatoes.

PRISMATIC The judges will decide. MASTER OF CEREMONIES Why did you not tell me when you arrived that you were participants? PRISMATIC Why did you not ask us when we arrived? MASTER OF CEREMONIES It seems suspicious, you must admit. 25 26 Grenadine PRISMATIC Y0u seem suspicious. You have not even told us where the food is. MASTER OF CEREMONIES You will see it when you walk in. You have ten minutes before we start. PRISMATIC, SCONCE, GROVE, and PYX pass through the curtain. The lights fade, then rise a few minutes later on the MASTER OF CEREMONIES, tapping a microphone.

PRISMATIC Romulus and Remus were boys. SCONCE Remus was a girl. PRISMATIC He was a boy. ) He plays well, does he not? The BOY and GIRL smile. GROVE stops playing. GROVE Do you like the fiddle? GIRL We are six. SCONCE You are two. PRISMATIC She refers to their age. SCONCE Then they are twelve. GROVE Unless they are each three. SCONCE They are not each three. Scene 6 BOY Are you two loons? PRISMATIC Keen lad. GIRL We never met a loon. PRISMATIC As you grow older. SCONCE As they grow older what? PRISMATIC They will meet more and more loons.

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