Saturday, April 18, 2015

Orangutan & Lulu

Play #98 - Orangutan & Lulu by Lisa Kenner Grissom

Orangutan and Lulu are wrapped in each other's arms, enclosed in a pool of light. Orangutan pulls Lulu closer and closer to him, until suddenly she decides it's too close and she needs space. She stretches, and tries to encourage him to stretch. As they talk, they slowly move farther and farther apart - even the light that encloses them splits and leaves a gulf between them as they talk about the passions that they do not share with the other. But eventually they find their way back to each other, still enclosed in a pool of light, but a larger one that allows for both of them to exist in their own way.

It's a poetic little piece about individual identity within the context of a romantic relationship, and lends itself to some interesting staging. I think this would be a delightful addition to an evening of one acts.

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