The Boys From Siam (Yale Drama Series) by John Austin Connolly
By John Austin Connolly
John Connolly’s the men from Siam has been selected because the first winner of the Yale Drama sequence. This play used to be chosen through playwright and contest pass judgement on Edward Albee, winner of the Pulitzer prize. dependent loosely at the lives of nineteenth-century brothers Chang and Eng Bunker (the resource of the time period “Siamese twins”), the men from Siam is the haunting and lyrical tale of conjoined twins Pigg and Pegg. In his foreword, Edward Albee writes that the paintings is “a fantastically discovered centred universe. It takes giant possibilities alongside the best way . . . and makes us care—really care.”
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Ha! Then I was right, all those years. You knew it was just politeness when I pretended to listen to his sermons. ) Not here. No sign. PIGG I don’t understand. PEGG It’s difficult to explain. It’s not as if it’s a big space like what you’d expect. Doesn’t look like prairie land. PIGG Don’t blame me. I never expected anything. ) It’s more like lots of tiny ones, but that’s not quite right either. I can hear them in lots of other spaces, but I can’t see them all. Just a few. It’s like being in a mist.
Just for me. Something special. But you couldn’t. Not then, not now. You were being practical back then. That’s what you said. But what about now? I can’t live for you, breathe for you, beat my heart for your heart much longer. ) What am I supposed to do? If I do nothing, I’m gone anyway. ) If I do . . do . . that, no, no . . ) Those visions got you nowhere. Where would you have been without someone practical. Didn’t you have me? ) Just once, to be alone. PEGG Dreamer. ) So when I saw the rising sun, I could for one solitary instant even think I was alone, imagine what it would be like to be alone.
Doc Roberts would pay . . Holy Moses. Say, you sure you want to come? PEGG We want to come. On my honor. And the head money . . ) Money. Say, I’ll give you head money. For both together. But ﬁve dollars is all. And you sign, sign yourselves over to me. PEGG Five dollars— As Captain, pigg answers ﬁrmly, thinking pegg wants more. PIGG Five dollars. Here. Take it. Get your stuff aboard. You can settle in right now. ) Hey, how are you goin’ to sleep? And use the heads? Come on, Mr. Pigg-Pegg, you’ve a lot to learn me before the tide turns.