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Afterland

a new musical by Benjamin Velez and Katie Hathaway

Draft as of 2/11/16

Writer Contact:
kathryn.hathaway@gmail.com
201.893.4544
bdv2113@gmail.com
305.984.1372
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Characters:
Bunker Sisters
IPHY, 23
LU, 18

Eureka Group
DEZ, mid 40s
THEO, 18
TOPHER, 33
WILLA, 28
RUSS, 63
KANE, 51

Time:
2045

Place:
Woods on the outskirts of a decimated Philadelphia.

Note on setting:
The Eureka group has cleaned up the area of the woods they call home and constructed yurts
made of wood, metal, and stone that they’ve assembled from destroyed homes and roads. The
surrounding woods should be less tidy – road signs, bits of houses (mailboxes, chimneys, kitchen
appliances) strewn about. The closer they get to Philadelphia, the more the debris piles up amidst
the foliage.

Note on clothing:
IPHY and LU dress like hip homeless people. Their outfits are mismatched, too big, too small.
Think Peter Pan’s Lost Boys meet The Olsen Twins circa 2010.

W.A. Group clothing should resemble that of a boarding school run by hippies. Dalton uniforms
meet Haight-Ashbury circa 1968. Their clothes are incredibly baggy and belted. They wear small
vials of lemon powder that dangle from necklaces made of lemon seeds and feathers.

Note on dialect:
As a result of living in isolation with a small group for 15 years, idiomatic speech patterns have
naturally evolved, mainly in the realms of vocabulary and a quicker pacing of speech. (PLEASE:
no strange accents.)
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Prologue

(In the dim light of early dawn, a chorus of survivors emerges from the dark
corners of the world to sing to us. A distant drum.)

SHADOWS
SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES
NOWHERE LEFT TO TURN
SEE THE FIRE RISE
SMELL THE CITY BURN

(Shift to a city on fire. DEZ is holding a crying baby. A crowd of people flees
explosions, chaos.)

DEZ
Everything’s burning! We have to leave…

KANE
No, this way!

RUSS
Where is the gas coming from??

KANE
Wait!

TOPHER
I’m looking /for my brother!

WILLA
/Kate, hurry!

TOPHER
/Declan!!

KANE
(to TOPHER)
He’s gone!

RUSS
It’s getting thick.

TOPHER
(pushing past everyone)
He’s waiting for me!

KANE
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They’re coming/ from the River!

RUSS
/Hurry!

WILLA
They have/ copters!

TOPHER
/No they don’t!

DEZ
The city is burning! We have to leave!

(Gunfire. Screams. Everyone pushes past one another.)

TOPHER
My arm!

RUSS
RUN.

WILLA
/Maybe we should just hide.

KANE
(to TOPHER)
/Lean here.

TOPHER
Stop tugging me! I don’t know you!

RUSS
/You have to move!

WILLA
Kate??? / Kate!

DEZ
The city is burning! / We have to leave!

KANE
(to DEZ)
WHY should we follow you?

TOPHER
How do we know you’re on our side?
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RUSS
I see them!

(More screams. Running. Pushing. They follow DEZ.)

SHADOWS
SHADOWS IN THE TREES
FOOTSTEPS AT YOUR BACK
VOICES ON THE BREEZE
GRAY SKIES SHIFT TO BLACK

(Gunfire. Grenades going off. They stumble in the dark. Time passes. Less
gunfire, less voices. The crowds are thinning. They feel like they are walking in
circles. They reach a tall fence and find a hole in it.)

KANE
(whisper)
Through here!
(He ushers them through the hole. They climb through. WILLA passes through
last and her shirt gets caught. KANE helps her through. A gunshot. A scream.)

WILLA
Kate!

KANE
Get down!

(KANE crouches against the fence. He fires his gun. They wait. Silence.)

WILLA
KATE. .
(She attempts to go back through the fence.)

KANE
Don’t!
(She gets shocked. She screams. KANE pulls WILLA back, as the others stay
crouched, hidden. The sound of footsteps and bodies rushing past on the other
side of the fence. They wait. They wait. Quiet.)

RUSS
They’re gone.

TOPHER and DEZ


SHHH!

WILLA
(heading towards the fence)
Kate?? Kate!
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KANE
No!

WILLA
I’ll go myself, / let go, let go!
(TOPHER attempts to hold her back.)

TOPHER
/There might be more coming!

RUSS
/They’ll see us!

DEZ
/Shhhh.
Shhhh.

(WILLA grabs a radio from KANE’s bag. She runs away from him, turns it on,
switches to a specific frequency. She’s done this before. Static.)

WILLA
Kate?? Kate are you there?? Kate!
(She looks through the fence.)

RUSS
/Stop her!

DEZ
/Shhhhh.
Shhhh.

WILLA
/Kate, I can’t see you. Kate! It’s too dark, are you there?

RUSS
/STOP.

KANE
/Give it to me.

(As KANE grabs the radio out of her hand, they hear a man’s voice on the other
side.)

VOICE
Who’s this? Hello?
(KANE throws the radio.)
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KANE
They could track us.

WILLA
Who could track us? / You don’t know who that was!

KANE
It’s not safe.

TOPHER
(pointing to KANE)
Why don’t you look scared??/ Is this a trap?

KANE
/What? No.

DEZ
I’m moving.

RUSS
/Quietly!

TOPHER
I heard / something.

(Everyone leaves except WILLA. KANE tries to pull her away.)

KANE
You won’t make it if you stay.

MEN WOMEN
KEEP RUNNING, KEEP RUNNING KEEP RUNNING, KEEP
RUNNING
QUICK HURRY FASTER QUICK HURRY FASTER
PLEASE HELP ME (PLEASE HELP ME)
THE SKY IS FALLING I’M FALLING, FALLING
KEEP RUNNING, KEEP RUNNING KEEP RUNNING, KEEP
RUNNING
AH AH
WHERE DO WE GO? WHERE DO WE GO?
TAKE MY HAND TAKE MY HAND
KEEP ON RUNNING KEEP ON RUNNING

(They crawl away from the fence. KANE and TOPHER pull WILLA away, crying,
in the direction the others crawled. Time passes. The gunshots are more distant.
DEZ stumbles into a clearing surrounded by debris and trees. There seems to be a
dead end ahead. She sits down. She rocks the baby. RUSS and TOPHER follow.
KANE and WILLA arrive last.)
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RUSS
It’s so quiet.

TOPHER
I don’t think / we should stop.

DEZ
Shhhhh.
Shhhhh.

KANE
We should stop here to rest.

TOPHER
They’ll find us!

KANE
We’ve been walking for days, they / won’t -

WILLA
I’m going back for Kate.

KANE
If you leave, you can’t come back.

WILLA
Why not?

KANE
We can’t risk someone following you!
And I saw your friend – she was – she –

(He shakes his head.)

WILLA
You’re lying.

TOPHER
How do we know you’re not with the rabble?

WILLA
It was too dark, it was too dark, you couldn’t see!

KANE
I’m sorry.

(The baby cries.)


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RUSS
What’s his name?

DEZ
I don’t know.
I don’t remember anything, I can’t remember -
I woke up and he was in my arms.

KANE
I don’t WANT to remember anything.

DEZ
I do! I lost something, someone but I can’t remember! I can’t remember…

KANE
(to TOPHER)
Let’s look for something to eat.\
TOPHER
(to Kane)
Why should I trust you?

RUSS
You don’t have a choice.

WILLA
So we’re just gonna wait here until they find us and poison us?

KANE
No!

WILLA
We don’t even know where we are!

(A bird tweets.)

TOPHER
Hey!
(He takes out a knife.)

RUSS
Shhh…

KANE
(pointing)
A bird…it went through there.
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(They follow RUSS through the wall of vines into a vast hollow, untouched by the
war; a secret garden-type place. Lit by the glow of fireflies and the first signs of
daylight, it welcomes them like something out of a dream. In the center of the
hollow stands an enormous oak, its branches twisting over them in a warm
embrace. OOHs continue under dialogue.)

TOPHER
Is that a firefly??

RUSS
The air is so –

TOPHER
It’s so clean!

WILLA
It’s too quiet.

RUSS
There’s no ash on the ground.

DEZ
It’s wonderful here, but -
(The baby cries.)
Shhhh.

KANE
(to WILLA)
Check out the sky.

WILLA
What?

TOPHER
It’s not dark!

RUSS
No haze.

DEZ
(to the baby)
Shhhh, we’ll be OK.

WILLA
They’ll find us.

KANE
We’re far away, and we’d see them coming from up there.
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DEZ
We can tuck ourselves away.

TOPHER
More allies can join us.

WILLA
We did pass a stream back there.

RUSS
A squirrel!

TOPHER
(also pointing to the squirrel)
You mean breakfast!

KANE
There’s something about this place, it’s full of –

DEZ
- full of…wonder and amazement.

(RUSS, KANE, and TOPHER coo the baby.)

RUSS, KANE AND TOPHER


Wonder and amazement.

KANE
Hey!

(He finds a small lemon tree.)

KANE
How is this lemon tree growing here??

DEZ
Let’s stay here.

(KANE picks a lemon and bites into it, offers one to WILLA and one to TOPHER.)

RUSS
We can forget about everything that’s happened – the war, our families, -

KANE
This is a sign.

TOPHER
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Our pets –

DEZ
The filth, the smell of –

WILLA
How? How can we forget that?

TOPHER
We’ll dream about it.

KANE
We’re never safe from dreams, but we will be safe here.

DEZ
(to the baby)
And your life will be different.

TOPHER
I don’t ever want to talk about…about THAT life.

KANE
You won’t have to.

TOPHER
We can all forget and start over.

DEZ
We can build a home.

WILLA
A quiet home?

KANE
And we won’t look back.

RUSS
There’s nothing to look back AT.

TOPHER
We can all forget and start over.

KANE
We can all forget.

RUSS
We can all forget.
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DEZ
We can all forget…

KANE
I vow to forget.

TOPHER
I vow to forget.

RUSS
I vow to forget.

(KANE looks at WILLA.)

WILLA
I vow to forget.

DEZ
I vow to forget.

WOMEN MEN MEN 2


LOVE, LOVE, LOVE ME, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE ME, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE
ME,
WHEN THE WORLD IS GONE. WHEN THE WORLD IS GONE WHEN THE WORLD IS
GONE
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE ME, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE ME LOVE, LOVE, LOVE ME
WE’LL KEEP HANGING’ ON. WE’LL KEEP HANGIN’ ON WE’LL KEEP HANGIN’ ON
LOVE, LOVE, LOVE ME, LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, ME LOVE, LOVE, LOVE ME
BABY TAKE MY HAND. OOH OOH
LOVE LOVE, LOVE, LOVE BABY LOVE
ME LOVE ME ME

ALL
We vow to forget.
IN THE AFTERLAND.

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(Plunge below ground. Years pass. Spotlight on LU, perched on a shelf, staring
into a large rainbow pinwheel that hangs from the ceiling, clutching a colorful
clipboard.)

LU
“Dear Mama,
Hope you are having a perfectly peachy week!”
No.
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(Scribbles that out.)


“Dear Mama,
Sorry to bother you. Again.”
(Scribbles.)
“Dear Mama,
Sorry –"
(Scribbles.)
“Dear Mama,
I think pinwheel is broken.
It never spins and I know you said it would spin when it was safe for us to leave but I think we
have to leave because we’re running out of beans, and soup, and water, and cereal and the O2
Tank is clanking so loudly Iphy doesn’t sleep.
I know you took lots of precautions setting this bunker up for us, but I’m worried that I haven’t
heard from you. Ever.
If you don’t write back to me, I’m going to come find you. Even if I don’t know what you look
like. Or – you don’t know what I look like. After -
Fifteen years.
Love,
Lu
P.S. Please don’t tell Iphy about this letter.

(She whistles. The melody she whistles belongs to a distant memory, sad and
sweet. She is interrupted by IPHY yelling from the bedroom.)

IPHY (o.s.)
Lu?
(LU rips her letter from the colorful clipboard and stuffs it into a little mailbox on
the wall.)
Lu Lu?

(LU scrambles down from the shelf.)


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Act I
SCENE I
(We leave the bunker and travel above ground. In another part of the forest, the
Eureka campsite, where DEZ sits cross-legged. The hollow they sit in is not quite
as glowing, as beautiful as it was when they first arrived. TOPHER, THEO,
RUSS, WILLA, and KANE encircle her, chanting softly. THEO sits next to a giant
gong, KANE a small one.)

DEZ
…for our family, our space, our voices, our spirits…we live in –

ALL
Wonder and amazement.

DEZ
We give thanks, Great Universe for our many gifts. You have seen us through thick and thin –

WILLA
(mumbling)
/And thinnest.

ALL
Wonder and amazement.

DEZ
Now, later today at Assembly / we’ll go over our new –

(THEO hits the gong. They turn to him.)

THEO
I’m sorry, but where is everyone?

KANE
You’re interrupting /your mother.

THEO
(to TOPHER)
You said Kirby and Jack and everyone else said they’d be back by yesterday and they’re not.

DEZ
Theo, I told you -

THEO
Where are they? Why don’t you seem worried?

WILLA
I’m worried!
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KANE
/Willa!

WILLA
Take a look around! Everyone is gone!

DEZ
Yes, as of last week’s Unexpected Departure, thirteen / friends

TOPHER
Fourteen.

WILLA
And EVERYONE before them.

DEZ
Fourteen friends are no longer with us which is why later today, at Assembly, we will reassign
responsibilities and begin our Pick Up the Slack Initiative.

THEO
Do you think they’re dead??

DEZ
THEO. That’s enough.
Please go.

THEO
Meeting isn’t over.

DEZ
It is for you.
Go!

(THEO leaves.)

KANE
(He resumes prayer posture)
And most of all, Great Universe, we thank you for the gift of our sacred lemon tree/ - for this
abundant harvest –
DEZ
/Kane…

WILLA
/Oh my god.

RUSS
/Enough with the lemons, man.
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TOPHER
/Please stop it, Kane!

WILLA
(to DEZ)
You had NO idea they were leaving?
DEZ
(to WILLA)
Be careful what you say around Theo.

RUSS
Theo’s getting older, maybe it’s time we tell him about…about / everything.

DEZ
For fifteen YEARS we have survived by staying here on our sacred, protected spot,
forGETTING about out there, about what happened. Protecting our children/

WILLA
Theo’s the only child left!

DEZ
/from the memories we’ve forced away. We are NOT giving up now just because some of us got
scared.
(Pause.)
You want to join them out there in the ruins?
Be my guests!
Just remember that you can’t come back.
The others know that. They aren’t coming back. But we will survive without them. Like we
always have. Here – where the wonder lies.
(Pause.)
And now we rise!
(They rise.)
Wonder and Amazement.

ALL
Wonder and amazement.

KANE
Wait! The morning blessing – let me sprinkle the lemon juice -
(Kane sprinkles lemon juices on the group as they hum.)

DEZ
(to KANE)
/PLEASE don’t.

TOPHER
/OWE.
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WILLA
/OH, FOR THE LOVE OF EVERYTHING.

RUSS
/Hey, no! Stop!

(THEO enters with a small pail of water as they disperse to do their work for the
day.)

THEO
WE CHANT
WE PRAY
THE ONLY TWO WORDS THAT WE SAY ARE…

GROUP
WONDER AND AMAZEMENT

THEO
(Mimicking)
WONDER AND AMAZEMENT

OUR FRIENDS
WALKED OUT
AND ALL WE KEEP MOANING ABOUT IS

GROUP
WONDER AND AMAZEMENT

THEO
EVERYTHING IS LOUSIER
AND NO ONE WILL ADMIT
THAT THE WONDER’S NOT SO WONDERFUL
IT’S JUST A LOAD OF…

DEZ
(Offstage)
THEO!

THEO
SO NOW

GROUP
SO NOW

THEO
WE RISE

GROUP
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WE RISE

ALL
GAZE UPWARD TO THE SKIES
IN WONDER AND A -
WONDER AND A -
WONDER AND AMAZEMENT!

(WILLA attempts to set up a trap.)

THEO
Willa, hey!

WILLA
Back up!

THEO
Where did our friends go?

WILLA
This rabbit trap is SHARP, don’t talk to me!

THEO
Didn’t they tell you where they were going?

WILLA
You’re gonna make me lose my HAND, Theo!
I’ve never done this before! AHH.
(The trap clacks shut. She screams.)
Piece of JUNK.

(She kicks it and leaves.)

THEO
Why would they leave without telling us?

DEZ
IT’S GREAT

ALL
(IT’S GREAT)

WILLA
TO WORK

ALL
(JUST WORK)
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TOPHER
IT’S NOT LIKE I’M GOING BESERK!

ALL
(NO WAY!)
FROM WONDER AND AMAZEMENT

DEZ
(obviously not)
I’m FINE!

RUSS
(super not)
So am I!

WILLA
IT’S NOT LIKE WE’RE READY TO CRY...
(Acknowledging they are)
FROM
(pathetic mutter)
ALL
WONDER AND AMAZE-

(THEO walks across, they look away from him.)

THEO
Hey.
ALL
(Immediately faux cheerful)
WONDER AND AMAZE-
(Theo exits. Collective groan.)
NO PEOPLE LEFT
NO WATER LEFT
THE FOOD SUPPLY IS GRIM

RUSS
TONIGHT WE’RE SERVING SLUGS AGAIN

WILLA
IF WE STARVE I’M EATING HIM

DEZ
BUT WE’RE GOOD

ALL
(So good!)
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DEZ
WE’RE FINE!

ALL
(Just fine!)

DEZ GROUP
NO REASON WE
SHOULD WHINE...about – AH
WONDER

MEN WOMEN
AND A WONDER
AND A WONDER
AND AMAZEMENT AND AMAZEMENT

(THEO corners DEZ as she walks past with an armful of blankets.)

THEO
Mom!

DEZ
(to THEO)
Oh, perfect - could you grab my needles / for me -

THEO
Why can’t we set the traps or dig for roots outside the perimeter?

DEZ
Great Universe always provides for us, / darling.

THEO
The streambed’s been dry for weeks, maybe / we could go -

DEZ
Beyond the Perimeter everything is dead.

THEO
But how do you know that.

DEZ
Sweetheart, you have to trust me.

THEO
Yeah, / but I want to –

(DEZ notices WILLA doing something super stupid with the traps.)
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DEZ
Willa! Be careful! No!

WILLA (o.s.)
AHHHH!

DEZ
(to THEO)
Wonder and amazement.
(DEZ exits.)

THEO
WHERE ARE YOU GOING?
DIDN’T YOU HEAR ME?
I’M ASKING A QUESTION
DON’T YOU CARE AT ALL? GROUP
WONDER
AREN’T YOU WORRIED? AND A WONDER AND A
SHOULDN’T WE FIND THEM? WONDER AND A WONDER AND A
OUR FAMILY IS SHRINKING. WONDER AND A WONDER AND A
DON’T YOU CARE AT ALL? WONDER AND AMAZEMENT
DOES ANYONE CARE AT ALL? WONDER AND A WONDER
DOES ANYONE CARE AT ALL? AND A WONDER AND A WONDER
DOES ANYONE, ANYONE, ANYONE, AND A WONDER AND A WONDER
ANYONE, ANYONE CARE AT ALL? AND A WONDER AND
AMAZEMETN!

(A cacophony of everyone complaining at THEO.)

WILLA
I don’t want to / talk about this anymore!

KANE
Did you finish / mending my shawl?

WILLA
I can’t talk / about it! Ask someone else! Stop bothering me.

TOPHER
Did you break the pot / I fixed?

DEZ
The Old Country / isn’t important Theo. What’s important is living in the moment.

TOPHER
He / poisoned me!!! You poisoned me!
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RUSS
This IS a relic, but / we don’t know what it was used for.

WILLA
Don’t / ask ME, as HER.

KANE
Hey, hey, hey, when you’re older you’ll understand. I promise.

THEO
NO!

(THEO exits. RUSS taps THEO on the shoulder, makes a “SHHH!” sound, hands
him a compass.)

THEO
What’s this?
Is this a relic?!

RUSS
It’ll help.

THEO
What does it do?

RUSS
It uh – dances.
(THEO observes.)

THEO
How will it help me?

(RUSS disappears. THEO listens to the compass, stuffs it in his pocket. TOPHER
comes up and stuffs a plant in THEO’s face. THEO looks at the plant, uncertain.)

TOPHER
I was puking all last night! You almost poisoned all of us!

THEO
I can’t tell any of the weeds apart! That was never my job!

TOPHER
Better learn fast.
Jack was the last expert and he’s gone.

THEO
He must think there’s something out there, why else would he leave?
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WILLA (o.s.)
HELP!

(TOPHER exits.)

THEO
(watching his family run around, miserable)
WHAT ARE YOU SCARED OF?
TELL ME WHAT’S OUT THERE?
OR GIVE ME A REASON!
NOT TO CARE AT ALL

TOPHER GROUP
(holding a cloth to his head) WONDER
EVERYTHING’S CRACKING AND A WONDER

RUSS
EVERYTHING’S TASTELESS AND A WONDER
AND A WONDER
WILLA
AND WHAT IF I LEFT HERE AND A WONDER
AND A WONDER AND A
THEO AND WILLA
WOULD YOU CARE AT ALL? WONDER AND AMAZEMENT
DOES ANYONE CARE AT ALL? WONDER AND A WONDER
DOES ANYONE CARE AT ALL? AND A WONDER AND A WONDER
DOES ANYONE, ANYONE, ANYONE, AND A WONDER AND A WONDER
ANYONE, ANYONE CARE AT ALL? AND A WONDER AND
AMAZEMENT!

(THEO hears his family’s voices being dismissive.)

TOPHER WOMEN
I mean, you wouldn’t get it. OOH

KANE
Theo, can you juice these lemons?

WILLA
Such chubby cheeks!

TOPHER
I’m too busy.

DEZ
This is the way things are.
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RUSS
Once you’re a man, you’ll see.

KANE
The Council is in session, go play.

WILLA
Those CHEEKS.

DEZ
Just trust me.

(WILLA exits, laughing. The laughter grows in THEO’S mind, until it is


deafening.)

THEO
THE ONE WHO ALL THE OTHERS LOVE TO TEASE IS…

ALL
THEO

WILLA
Hey, watch your step there, Bark Butt!

THEO
THE ONE WHO NEEDS A CHAPERONE TO SNEEZE IS…

ALL
THEO

DEZ
Don’t even think about it.

THEO
THE ONE WHOSE VOICE IS NEVER HEARD.

TOPHER
Theo, not now!

THEO
THE ONE WHOSE NOTIONS ARE ABSURD!

RUSS
Theo, enough!

THEO
THERE YOU GO, I JUST CONFESSED IT,
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BUT IN CASE YOU HAVEN'T GUESSED IT YET IT'S…

ALL
THEO!

THEO
IT’S ME, OH!

ANSWER ME WHY
WE SHOULD WAIT HERE TO DIE
WHEN IT’S BLEAK AND THERE’S WORSE STILL TO COME?
I’M SICK OF IT ALL
GO CHANT AND GO PRAY
OF BEING THE KID THAT GETS IN THE WAY
I WANT TO FEEL SOMETHING, I ONLY FEEL NUMB

THEO (cont’d) GROUP


AND MAYBE OUT THERE I CAN
LEARN WHAT IT IS
TO FEEL WONDER WONDER AND A
WONDER AND A
AND WONDER
A-MAZEMENT– AND A-
MAZEMENT–

GROUP THEO
WE WORK, (WE WORK)
REBUILD, (REBUILD)
PRETENDING EACH MOMENT WE'RE FILLED (ALWAYS PRETENDING WITH)
WITH WONDER AND AMAZEMENT! (GIVE ME WONDER
AND AMAZEMENT)

ALL
WE'RE HERE
ALIVE!
BUT HOW LONG CAN SOMEONE SURVIVE ON
WONDER AND AMAZEMENT?

YES WE’RE ON THE PRECIPICE OF


SOMETHING WE DON’T KNOW
BUT STILL WE STICK TOGETHER AND
TOGETHER’S HOW WE’LL GO!

GROUP 1 GROUP 2
AND NOW (AND NOW)
WE RISE (WE RISE)
GAZE UPWARD TO THE GAZE UPWARD TO THE
SKIES UPWARD TO THE
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ALL
IN
WONDER AND A WONDER
AND A WONDER AND A WONDER
AND AWONDER AND AMAZEMENT

(AH) WONDER AND AMAZEMENT


(AH) WONDER AND AMAZEMENT
WONDER AND AMAZEMENT!

(Everyone swirls off, disgruntled save for THEO, to do their morning work.)
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SCENE II

(Lights down on camp, lights up on the bunker, 200 feet beneath the earth. A
control board begins to boot up, revealing the dim outline of a room. What was
once the control center of a luxury bunker has been transformed into a cozy-
chaotic playroom-den after 15 years of use: computer parts, speakers, lawn
chairs, futons, boxes, clothes. (Essentially: a yard sale.) A large digital clock
displays the time. It is almost 1PM. LU reads silently from her encyclopedia.
IPHY sits behind the main control board, fidgeting with the switches, attending to
the colorful clipboard in her hands. Each action is part of a long ingrained
routine, a routine she executes with the same devotion and precision every day.
She never parts from her colorful clipboard. She removes her headset and clears
away the lunch dishes. They are listening to music. An eclectic assortment of
debris forms a sinuous Rube Goldbergesque machine.

(LU is standing on a pile of old thingamagiggers. She is writing on the giant


calendar. She slips and triggers the machine.)

IPHY
LU. CODE EVERGREEN. CODE EVERGREEN.
(She puts a mask on herself, on LU, then grabs a dust buster and rushes to her
chair.)
LU
Hey!

IPHY
Get under the control board NOW, but stay CALM.

LU
It’s not broken.

IPHY
(into the mic)
Our position has been compromised….copy that.

LU
Stop!

IPHY
Do you copy, Agent P?

LU
I bumped it!

(IPHY rips off her mask.)

IPHY
as of 2/11/16 30

WHY would you bump it, what if you accidentally release the hatch?!

LU
I wouldn’t…

IPHY
What if there was a crack, a leak?! The air from out there could leak IN.

LU
So! How bad would that be, and Code Evergreen is a MADE UP code from a GAME.

IPHY
It’s like, our most serious code, what’s wrong with you?

(LU gets out her book.)

LU
Shhh – I’m reading…

IPHY
Don’t you read anything besides your P-Cyclopedia? What about the I’s?? B’s are fun too!

LU
The P’s are my favorite. Philly’s a P. Or did you Pffforget?

IPHY
You can’t remember it at all.

LU
Philadelphia? I can too - from pictures.
Perhaps it isn’t a perfect place, but it’s practically THE pillar of American politics and
philosophy, there’s just this penumbra of solemnity and poise surrounding it.

IPHY
I only remember Walnut Street.

LU
Did Mama get pinwheel on Walnut Street?

IPHY
I’ve told you the story a zillion times! When you were two and I was seven.

(LU scrambles up on a table to stare at a pinwheel that is hanging from the


ceiling.)

LU
I think pinwheel is broken.
as of 2/11/16 31

IPHY
It is not.

LU
It has to be! Mama wouldn’t want us to starve!

IPHY
We’re not / starving.

LU
All of our food is completely rotten or running out – we have sixteen and a half cans of beans,
we have ELEVEN bags of rice and– this?? This is our PENULTIMATE box of cereal!

IPHY
I KNOW THAT! That’s why I cut us back to one and a half portions per day.

LU
And you never sleep ‘cause of the O2 tank clanking.

IPHY
I get plenty of sleep.

LU
Do you think Mama forgot about us?

IPHY
DON’T say that, you’re acting like a baby!

LU
I’m sick of waiting, I’m sick of it here!

IPHY
Shhh, shhh, let me tell you a story.

LU
No!

IPHY
You love it, sit, sit –
(LU sits. IPHY tells a story she has told many, many, many times.)
PINWHEEL, PINWHEEL,
SEE IT SHINING,
HEAR IT SINGING,
SWINGING AT THE FAIR!

PINWHEEL, PINWHEEL,
MAMA SINGING,
MAMA SPINNING
as of 2/11/16 32

WINNING AT THE FAIR!


A RAINBOW OF WHEELS

LU
Wheels…

IPHY
WHEELS

LU
Wheels…

IPHY
WHEELS

LU
Wheels…

IPHY
WHEELS

LU
Wheels…

IPHY
BUT THEN ON THE NIGHT OF THE GREATEST FIGHT
WITH THE BOOMS AND THE BANGS
AND THE SHOUTS AND THE CLANGS
SHE TUCKED US AWAY
AND TOLD US TO STAY
UNTIL THE PINWHEEL SINGS,
THEN WE’LL FIND YOU,
RIGHT BEHIND YOU
SINGING IN THE SUN,
BUT TILL THAT DAY
WE’LL LAUGH AND PLAY,
CAUSE LIFE IN A BUNKER IS FUN!

LU
IS FUN!

IPHY
IS FUN!

LU
SO FUN…

IPHY
as of 2/11/16 33

IS FUN!

IPHY and LU
IS FUN, FUN, FUN, FUN FUN,

IPHY
IS

LU
DONE.
(LU stares at the pinwheel.)

LU
It doesn’t say it’ll SPIN when she’s telling us it’s safe, it says it will SING.

IPHY
That’s what sing MEANS, what else would it mean!

LU
It could mean anything! The way it shines, the way it tilts! Maybe it’s time to leave, maybe it’s
BEEN time to leave - maybe now that we’re out of food and soap and the lights are flickering,
maybe these are signs, now it’s time!

IPHY
(Serious)
NO.
Go take your nap.

(IPHY cartwheels off, irritated. And LU opens up her book once again.)

LU
I’M IN A PICKLE.
I’M IN A JAM.
I’M IN A PITIFULLY PAINFUL PLIGHT, STUCK WHERE I AM:
NO PROSPECTS, NO PEOPLE, NO POSSIBILITIES AT ALL.
PERUSING THESE PAGES FOR AGES,
PICTURES OF PLACES I NEVER CAN SEE.
ALL I HAVE IS THIS BOOK.
AND IT’S ONLY A BOOK
BUT IT HELPS ME IMAGINE HOW MY LIFE COULD BE.

PHILLY, PHILLY, PHILADELPHIA…


ARE YOU REALLY UP ABOVE?
PEOPLE PARKING CARS AND PUFFING ON CIGARS,
PERIWINKLE LIGHTS,
EVERYONE IN LOVE.

WHEN I GET TO PHILADELPHIA


as of 2/11/16 34

YOU CAN BET THERE’S GONNA BE


PUPPET SHOW PREMIERS AND PENGUINS ON THE PIERS
PARTIES AND PARADES
ALL OF IT FOR ME…
(The most excited anyone has been about pigeons ever…)
PIGEONS! PIGEONS ALL AROUND ME -
SEE HOW THEY FLY!
FILLING THE AIR,
PAINTING THE SKY.
MAYBE ONE DAY PHILADELPHIA.
HOPE IT’S ONE DAY SOMEDAY SOON.
PROMISE THAT YOU’LL BE THERE STANDING STRONG
WHEN I’M FIN’LLY BACK WHERE I BELONG
SOMEDAY, PHILADELPHIA.

(IPHY cartwheels back on in colorful, ill-fitting pajamas.)

IPHY
Lulu?! Get in your p-jams.

LU
No thanks.

IPHY
(grumpy)
No welcome, let’s go sing “Sunshine” before / our nap -

LU
Sunshine! You don’t know about sunshine, you don’t know that the air out there is poison or
how to make soap or that this pinwheel will spin without the wind when Mama sings /

IPHY
Lulu, stop that, it WILL / I promise, I know –

LU
I don’t believe you. You don’t know anything about the skyworld, Iphy.

IPHY
I do too.

LU
We don’t have any food!

IPHY
I told you, I have a PLAN and next week we’ll start eating every other day.

LU
How long will that last us? We’ll have nothing in a few weeks! No matter what!
as of 2/11/16 35

(LU gets up on the table and starts to grab for the pinwheel.)
We’re a couple of pale pariahs that live in a hole in the ground!

IPHY
/Stop! Stop! Stop!
(LU breaks the pinwheel. A spoke falls off and it flutters off of its string, onto the
ground. IPHY lets out a pained shriek.)
You ruined it!
You ruined everything.
I did this all for you!

LU
What?

IPHY
Pinwheel’s just a toy. I made it all up!

LU
No / you didn’t.

IPHY
I made it all up for you so you could think Mama’s coming back.
She’s not coming back for us.

LU
(unconvinced)
No, no, no, no – we can find her without it…we can write –

IPHY
You really think there IS an out there? There’s no out anywhere, out there is poisonous air and
screaming and she didn’t tell us to come out yet –
(LU has climbed up onto the forbidden shelf.)
- get DOWN. I told you not to go up there!

LU
I’m writing/ a letter!

IPHY
Stop! STOP IT. GET DOWN. Don’t -

(LU knocks her head against the wall. A door opens and hundreds of unsent
letters fly out.)
LU
You never sent any of them –
We’ve been sending her letters for…
For –

IPHY
as of 2/11/16 36

For forever. Yes.

LU
You’ve been lying to me my whole LIFE!

IPHY
I’ve / been –

LU
Sometimes I’m…I’m SICK of you!

IPHY
Sometimes I’m SICK of trying to make you feel safe, of trying to make YOU happy.
I tell you stories, I play games with you, I feed you, I sing lullabies to you, I TRY.
But you don’t want to try.
(IPHY holds the pinwheel.)
So forget about Pinwheel.
Forget about the Skyworld, forget about Philadelphia.
Forget about Mama.
This is it.

(LU shakes her head. IPHY drops the pinwheel and walks off. LU picks up the
broken pinwheel and stands in the pile of unsent letters.)

LU
PAPER-MADE PINWHEELS ARE ALL PIROUETTING
AS PICTURESQUE PATCHES OF PURPLE ARE SETTING,
AND POPLARS ARE SWAYING
WHILE PIANOS ARE PLAYING A SONG.

PRAIRIE-SIDE PICNICS WITH PESTO PANINIS,


PISTACHIO PUDDING AND PRICKLY PEARTINIS
AND PANCAKES WITH PEACHES,
A PUMPKIN THAT REACHES THE SKY.

SOMEBODY PINCH ME, I’M PROBABLY SLEEPING,


PLEASE PROVE THAT THIS PIPE-DREAM
IS SOMETHING WORTH KEEPING –
THAT PRESENTS AND PARENTS AND PROMISES HAVE TO BE
WAITING SOMEWHERE
WAITING UP THERE…

NO MORE STALLING PHILADELPHIA!


I CAN HEAR YOU CALLING NOW.
ALL I HAVE TO DO IS PUSH THAT DOOR,
NOTHING LEFT I SHOULD BE WAITING FOR.
PHILLY, PHILLY, PHILADELPHIA!
as of 2/11/16 37

(LU grabs some cereal and climbs up the ladder on the wall to the hatch door. LU
pushes the release button, pulls on the hatch door, and begins her long climb up.
She gazes up into the long climb. She makes her decision. She grabs the pinwheel
and a gas mask off of a shelf. She enters the hatch, lights out, loud beeps of the
alarm system sound.)
as of 2/11/16 38

SCENE III

(DEZ is inside her yurt patching up a blanket. THEO is blessing the earth with
lemon juice outside. KANE enters the yurt and sits down to juice some lemons.
DEZ hums.)

KANE
Wonder and amazement.

(DEZ doesn’t respond. She continues humming.)

KANE (cont’d)
(making up words for her melody)
Dez’s dimples are so busy…
Dez’s dimples make / me dizzy -

DEZ
STOP!
Maybe you wouldn’t tease me for humming if the only thing you could remember was a useless
melody, if you spent every day walking around with an entire chunk of your life completely
gone.

KANE
You are the lucky one. You know I wish I could completely wipe away everything that happened,
and I try to / do that, every - -

DEZ
But you have the good memories too, of your time and people before the war, before it all, and
all I have is that song, that feels like this déjà vu and you don’t seem to care / about what’s
happening!

KANE
Woah, woah, woah - I don’t care?

DEZ
You think we’re doing the right thing?

KANE
Of course / we are.

DEZ
We can’t plunge blindly into the next winter with only six people!

KANE
No one’s asking anyone to plunge blindly anywhere.

DEZ
You see these blankets?
as of 2/11/16 39

(She gesticulates with the blankets.)


Kirby used to make these, I can’t make these! Laura used to set the traps, Jack used to find safe
plants to eat, Marisa used to make all the medicine from the elm bark and instead of helping me
with this, you’re having Theo help you with your blessing the perimeter nonsense /

KANE
MY nonsense?

DEZ
/when he could be helping repair the yurts or collecting water -

KANE
I’m the only one who’s been blessing The Perimeter with lemon juice, that takes time!

DEZ
You’re losing touch. That lemon tree is a FLUKE/

KANE
You don’t mean that.

DEZ
/it’s not a sign of anything! It never was. And we can’t afford to lose anyone else! We need to
change our ways, be WAY less strict about our ceremonies and traditions.

KANE
We can’t throw away all of our traditions, THAT is how we’ve really survived.

DEZ
We’ve really survived because we’ve had enough hands to rummage for food so that we don’t
starve, enough hands to repair our yurts when the storms come / enough hands to keep the fires
burning.

KANE
Don’t talk like that.

DEZ
Why did everyone LEAVE. What did I do wrong?

KANE
We’ve been over this - at the end of the day, everyone must choose their own path -

DEZ
And Theo is going to figure out that his world is destroyed! He goes too far towards the
Perimeter - he finds things! He comes back with little parts of watches and phones and –
What if the others were right to leave, maybe we should follow them!

KANE
We CANNOT open that door.
as of 2/11/16 40

This land has been good to us.


We cannot betray it for whatever ruin, whatever disaster is waiting out there in a world full of the
memories we have forced away.

DEZ
Theo won’t understand.

KANE
What’s to understand? We’ve always protected him, you SAVED him.

DEZ
Oh, nice, nice! “Honey, sorry we lied to you your entire life, but we SAVED you, so be
grateful!”

(KANE gets up.)


KANE
We’re doing the right thing.
Wonder and amazement.

DEZ
KANE!
(He exits.)
IS IT ENOUGH?
THE WORDS WE SAY
THE GAMES WE PLAY
ARE SUPERFICIAL FLUFF
THE LIES WE CONJURE EVERY DAY
TO KEEP THE SHADOWS FAR AWAY
IS IT ENOUGH?

OUR FRIENDS HAVE GONE


SHOULD WE MOVE ON
TO BRIGHTER, BIGGER STUFF?
WE HAVE OUR FAMILY
YES THAT’S TRUE
AND THEY HAVE US AND I HAVE YOU BUT
ARE YOU ENOUGH?

LOOK AT THIS HOME WE’VE BUILT


FULL OF THE LOVE WE’VE SPILT
REAL LOVE
ISN’T IT WORTH SOMETHING? BUT MAYBE THIS LIFE WE LEAD
DOESN’T HAVE WHAT WE NEED
I DON’T KNOW WHAT WE NEED
IS IT
IS THIS

IS THERE ENOUGH
as of 2/11/16 41

TO KEEP US HERE?
THE WORLD WE FEAR
MIGHT NOT BE HALF AS ROUGH
THE MORE WE LOSE
THE MORE I TRY
TO MAKE IT WORK AND TRULY I
DON’T WANNA MAKE A FUSS
BUT IS IT ENOUGH
WILL IT EVER BE ENOUGH FOR US?
(She looks outside. THEO waves to her as they bless the perimeter. Then, KANE
and THEO walk off with their lemons.)
IS IT ENOUGH
TO WEAR A SMILE
WHEN ALL THE WHILE
IT’S NO MORE THAN A BLUFF?
THE OTHERS HAVE THEIR MEMORIES
BUT ALL I HAVE ARE WOODS AND TREES, AND
ARE THEY ENOUGH?

MAYBE THERE'S MORE FOR ME


SOMEONE OUT THERE COULD BE
WAITING, WONDERING WHERE I AM

BUT WHERE WOULD I EVEN GO


IF I WON'T EVER KNOW?
MAYBE I'LL NEVER KNOW
THIS WILL,
THIS MIGHT
NEVER BE ENOUGH...

I WANT MEMORIES
I WANT TIME
I WANT THE CHOICE TO FORGET
BUT I’M
BUT I’M

AM I ENOUGH?
AN EMPTY SHELL
A BROKEN BELL
PRETENDING THAT I'M TOUGH

I'LL HAVE A SUDDEN DÉJÀ VU


YET NEVER FULLY KNOW JUST WHO IT IS
I USED TO BE
BUT IS IT ENOUGH?
WILL IT EVER BE ENOUGH
FOR ME?
as of 2/11/16 42

SCENE IV

(THEO, RUSS, and TOPHER are digging for roots and picking berries.
TOPHER, RUSS and THEO hum DOWN SHE GOES as they walk. THEO is on a
mission. RUSS sneezes. TOPHER stands over THEO.)

THEO
I’m going to Ford Focus later, maybe Kirby left me a note there.

RUSS
Don’t count on it.

TOPHER
What do you do out in Ford Focus?
Play with all the toys Russ gives you?

RUSS
Shhh.

THEO
You know, in the Old Country, lemons could create enough energy to make Ford Focus move.

(TOPHER laughs.)

TOPHER
Wait…where are we?
(Pause.)
Did we go around the streambed?

THEO
I don’t think / so.

TOPHER
We’re not supposed to go past / the streambed –

THEO
The best plants are out here.

TOPHER
How would YOU know that??

RUSS
He’s right!
See?

(He picks up a plant)


THEO
BOOM.
as of 2/11/16 43

RUSS
GARLIC MUSTARD.
(to THEO)
You get the garlic mustard, we’ll get / the -

TOPHER
Amaranth! Willa loves amaranth! Yeah!

(TOPHER runs off.)


RUSS
Maybe use, you know, what I gave you.
Might help.

THEO
The relic?? How would it - ?
Russ?
(RUSS leaves THEO. THEO takes out his compass. He attempts to follow where it
points. He notices something yellow in the distance. As he approaches it, he steps
on something. He picks it up. It is the RADIO from the beginning of the show.
WHAT. He shakes it. He twists the knob. He approaches the yellow cloth.)

SHADOWS
SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES.

THEO
Hello?

SHADOWS
NOWHERE LEFT TO TURN.
SEE THE FIRE RISE
SMELL THE CITY
THEO
(like a prayer)
Wonder and amazement…

WOMEN MEN
SMELL THE CITY (SMELL THE CITY)
SMELL THE CITY CITY

(As he reaches out to touch it his hand gets cut on barbed wire from THAT
FENCE from the beginning of the show that is now covered in vines and falling
down. He screams and falls over. TOPHER and RUSS come running back.)

TOPHER
WHAT WHAT WHAT.
as of 2/11/16 44

(TOPHER attends to THEO, RUSS notices the yellow cloth.)

THEO
What WAS that?

TOPHER
Did you see something??
Russ!

(TOPHER takes out his knife, RUSS peers through the fence.)

THEO
What is that?

RUSS
/The edge of the perimeter.

TOPHER
Dez will kill us.

THEO
The Perimeter cut me??

TOPHER
No, the Fence did.

THEO
What’s on the other side?

(TOPHER notices the radio in THEO’s hand and grabs it from him.)

TOPHER
You can’t trust anything from the Old Country, Theo, that’s why we have to stay here, on this
side of The Perimeter, on this side of The Fence.

THEO
But our friends left, they thought it was safe enough!
Look! It’s the same out there as it is in here!/

(THEO heads towards the fence again to look out.)

TOPHER
Stop it!

RUSS
(to TOPHER)
/Calm down, man!
as of 2/11/16 45

THEO
There’s nothing there!
(TOPHER pulls him back.)
It’s just the forest! Look!

TOPHER
Sure, look! Go ahead!

(TOPHER lets go of THEO.)

THEO
Russ?
What’s out there?

TOPHER
Just tell him!

RUSS
STOP IT.

(Pause.)

THEO
You can tell me.
I want / to know.

TOPHER
Do you?
You want to know about The Old Country?
Maybe I don’t WANT to tell you.
Maybe I don’t WANT to think about the fires, the children screaming, /

RUSS
Topher…

TOPHER
/the ash flying, choking you as you run and run and run.
(More thunder.)
Now go home!
And stay away from here.

THEO
I can still help you.

TOPHER
Go help Dez.
as of 2/11/16 46

THEO
Russ!

TOPHER
Go home!

(THEO leaves.)
as of 2/11/16 47

SCENE V
(LU is walking through the woods. She is in heaven, touching everything in sight,
soaking up every breath of air, every scent. She is creepy lookin’ – covered in
mud, twigs, berries, etc. THEO is trying to follow his compass. They do not see
each other, both walking carefully, exploring. Eventually, THEO sees a bird and
makes a loud birdcall on his whistle. LU turns and screams a scream of
happiness. THEO screams and blasts a whistle. He circles around her, flicking
lemon juice at her from his lemon necklace. She imitates his movements, ecstatic
to be interacting with another human being.)

LU
Oh, PRAISE the powerful providence! I knew it! Hullo!

THEO
I am unarmed.

LU
A person! I TOLD Iphy we would be ok up here!

THEO
I am unarmed, are you unarmed?

LU
Unarmed?

THEO
I AM UN-ARMED.

LU
Hullo, Unarmed, my name is Lu!

THEO
Back away slowly!
(She doesn’t.)
Listen: I don’t have a crossbow or a gun or even a branch!
(She still doesn’t back away. He picks up a branch.)
I HAVE A BRANCH NOW.

LU
(noticing a tree)
UGGG, I’ve passed this pine tree five times already, where’s Philadelphia?

THEO
Is that a trick question?

LU
No! / I don’t think it is!
as of 2/11/16 48

THEO
Are you an enemy?

LU
A what?

THEO
Who sent you here?

LU
Nobody! Where do you live? Are there others?

THEO
I will NOT tell you where I live.

LU
Is it a secret?

THEO
Yes!
LU
I have secrets too.

THEO
Like what??

LU
Like the P-Game.

THEO
That’s not a secret.

LU
Pickles…
(Pause. She whispers a suggestion)
Peppermint!

THEO
Peppermint…

LU
Porcupine.

THEO
Pinecone?

LU
Pistachios.
as of 2/11/16 49

THEO
Pants.

LU
PIGEONS.

THEO
Padden…um…paddoons –

LU
I win!
(Suddenly realizing he might not be a friend)
Where’s Philadelphia? Are we close?

THEO
Never heard of it. Back away and I won’t do anything!

LU
You’ve never heard of it?

THEO
No!

LU
You’re lying! You lied about knowing the P-Game and you’re lying about this.

THEO
Did you see any other people on your way here?

LU
NO, why won’t you help me?

THEO
I can’t help you find an imaginary place.

LU
Philadelphia is a big city. It’s where my parents are from!

THEO
But where did you come from just now?

LU
From the bunker! I walked from the bunker and here I am.

THEO
What’s a bunker?
as of 2/11/16 50

LU
A dark, dirty place with no sky and no pine trees and very little cereal / at the moment.

THEO
Where?

LU
Underground.

THEO
Underground?! Is that why you’re covered in dirt?

LU
No! I fell and rolled into that stream but YES I live underground.

THEO
Prove it!

LU
What?

THEO
Prove it to me!

LU
Why?

THEO
ARE YOU A DIRT LOVING WORM EATING CREEP?

LU
No.

THEO
PROVE IT!
I KNOW NO ONE LIVES IN THESE WOODS AND I KNOW FOR A FACT!

LU
(moving towards him)
Well I do, I live over that way next to the –

THEO
DON'T EVEN THINK ABOUT TRYING ATTACKING I KNOW QUITE A BIT
ABOUT HITTING AND HACKING.
(She tries swatting at him.)
Stay back, Temptress!
as of 2/11/16 51

LU
Why?!

THEO
Stay back or I’ll throw!
(She moves towards him, he throws the stick at her, but it misses by a lot. He
sprinkles juice on her and starts to circle her again.)
PLEASE....DON'T TOUCH ME!

LU
Oh! Are you sick?

THEO
STAY....RIGHT THERE!

LU
Hey, could you just tell me where we are?

THEO
DON'T....COME CLOSER.

LU
I’m just gonna come a little closer!

THEO
I KNOW HOW TO FIGHT, SO YOU BETTER BE WARY, BEWARE!
PROVE THAT YOU'RE ALONE, PROVE YOU'RE NOT A GHOST
PROVE YOU'RE NOT AN CANNIBAL WHO THINKS I’M BREAKFAST
PROVE YOU'RE NOT A DREAM, CONJURED IN MY HEAD
PROVE YOU'RE NOT A DEMON WHO HAS RISEN FROM THE DEAD

LU
A poltergeist!?

THEO
PROVE IT!

LU
I don’t think I can prove any of those things.

(THEO has begun to violently smack himself in the face.)

LU
What are you doing?

THEO
I’m trying to WAKE UP…
as of 2/11/16 52

(LU attempts to help him wake up by shaking him.)

LU
WAKE UP, WAKE UPPPP.

THEO
What do you want?

LU
I WANT to know how to get to Philly! Are we north or south of it?

THEO
Didn’t they teach you anything in your espionage bunker? About geography? There are only
forests around here! Besides, metropolitans haven’t existed since the Old Country.

LU
Please just tell me if I’m walking the right way.

THEO
Yeah sure, walk three miles that way and your invisible city will be JUST west of the river.

LU
ARE YOU A MORON OR MENTALLY ILL?

THEO
No!

LU
PROVE IT!
(Theo groans.)
WHY SHOULD I BOTHER PERSUADING YOU THAT I EXIST?
I DON’T WANNA KEEP PHILADELPHIA WAITING
YOU’RE WASTING MY TIME WITH THIS POINTLESS DEBATING

THEO
It’s not a real place! I’m not trying to trick you, you’re making it up.

LU
FINE....I'M LYING

(Pokes him with the branch.)

THEO
Stop it, stopstopstop!

LU
SURE....YOU'RE RIGHT!
as of 2/11/16 53

THEO
I would like my branch back now.

LU
I’VE BEEN SPYING.

THEO
I knew it!

LU
AND IF YOU DON’T TELL ME WHERE PHILLY IS NOW,
I’LL BITE YOUR HEAD OFF.
(Turning longingly towards Philly)
TALLER THAN THE TREES
SHINING IN THE SUN
PARAPETS AND PALISADES THE SIZE OF MOUNTAINS
I’M SICK OF HEARING “DON’T!”
SICK OF WAITING ‘TIL I’VE ‘GROWN’
IF YOU REFUSE TO HELP ME, THEN I’LL FIND IT ON MY OWN!

THEO
You can’t!

LU
I’LL PROVE IT!
(She begins to exit, but THEO’s curiosity outdoes his fear.)

THEO
WAIT!
(Struggling for words. She waits.)
Uhh…if…if…
If I’m not dreaming, and you’re not an enemy, and you obviously came from somewhere…and I
wanna find my friends…but you don’t know ANYthing so you probably can’t be from another
group, then you’re either from the future and lost your memory or I’m dead / so -

(LU has been puttering around and finds THEO’s compass.)

LU
Is that a clock?

THEO
You’ve seen this before?!

LU
…a clock?

THEO
as of 2/11/16 54

(Freaked out)
A clock…

LU
I have a clock! Doesn’t look like that. Don’t you have clocks?

THEO
Just this one…that my friend gave me…

LU
Well, everyone is busy in Philadelphia so there are plenty of clocks, even a clockTOWER – in
1753 Thomas Stretch erected a giant clock/

THEO
This is a clock?!

LU
How do you know when to eat without clocks?

THEO
A bell rings.

LU
What time will that bell ring?

THEO
A clock...

LU
I’m so hungry.

THEO
(thinking out loud)
SO YOU SAY IT'S A CLOCK...

LU
(annoyed)
YES, I SAID IT'S A CLOCK!

THEO
AND YOU'VE SEEN ONE BEFORE...

LU
YES, OF COURSE!

THEO
WELL WHAT IF THE CLOCKS THAT YOU SAY COME FROM PHILLY...
as of 2/11/16 55

LU
(catching on)
OH, ARE REALLY THE SAME AS THIS

LU THEO
ONE FROM YOUR FRIEND! ONE FROM MY FRIEND!

LU
WHICH WOULD MEAN...

THEO
THAT WOULD MEAN...

LU
IT WOULD MEAN THAT YOUR FRIEND KNOWS WHERE PHILLY IS!

THEO
WELL, IF IT REALLY IS THERE…

LU
YES, IT'S THERE!

THEO
OK FINE! WELL THEN WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?

LU
WAITING FOR YOU TO START GIVING DIRECTIONS!

THEO
ALRIGHT! I'M EXCITED…

LU
LET'S HEAR THOSE DIRECTIONS...

THEO
TO THINK THAT THERE’S REALLY A CITY!

LU
DIRECTIONS!!

THEO
ALRIGHT! I CAN HEAR YOU, LET'S FIND HIM!
LU
LET'S FIND HIM!

THEO
WE'LL FIND HIM!
as of 2/11/16 56

BOTH
TOGETHER WE’LL
GOOOOOOOO EXPLORING
ALMOST THERE
SPIRITS SOARING
WE’RE MARCHING TO PHILLY AND NO ONE, NO NOTHING
WILL DARE TO STOP US!

LU THEO
TALLER THAN THE TREES TALLER THAN THE
TALLER THAN THE
SHINING IN THE SUN SHINING IN THE SUN
SHINING
PICKLES
PEARS
PISTACHIOS
AND PURPLE SUNSETS AND PURPLE SUNSETS

PROVE THAT YOU’VE GOT GUTS


PROVE THAT YOU’RE NOT NUTS
PROVE YOU WON’T FLAKE OUT
I’M NOT A FLAKE!
COME WITH ME TO
PARADISE PARADISE
AND SOON WITHOUT A DOUBT AND SOON WITHOUT A DOUBT
WE’LL PROVE IT! WE’LL PROVE IT!

LU
Which way to your friend?

THEO
This way!

LU
Why don’t you prove it?

LU THEO
PROVE IT?
PROVE IT!
WE’LL PROVE IT!
(Handshake.)
MOVE IT!

(They begin to walk.)


as of 2/11/16 57

SCENE VI

(Lights up on DEZ on a pedestal. KANE kneels beside her. DEZ is wearing an


elaborate ceremonial shawl, and KANE a miniature elaborate ceremonial shawl.
RUSS, TOPHER, WILLA, and KANE are gathered around the lemon tree. A Town
Hallesque meeting. Chaos. No one is happy with their new jobs.)

WILLA
(referring to the traps in her hand)
These traps don’t work and I don’t know how to fix them – they caught one rabbit and then it
HOPPED away!

RUSS
I was trying to boil the medicine all morning / but it’s not coming out right.

TOPHER
Theo can’t tell ANY of the plants apart / and he’s supposed to be feeding us??

RUSS
Theo cannot be in charge of the edibles anymore.

(WILLA gesticulates with the large bandage on her hand.)

WILLA
Look at my hand! How are we supposed to learn how to do these things??

TOPHER
And someone BROKE my rain stick!

(KANE hits the gong.)


DEZ
(yelling over unhappy them)
I know we’ve been working tirelessly, feeling all gollumbushkied and it’s been very hard on all
of us, with the others gone, but I KNOW that we can make this work much more smoothly with
this new system, give it a chance.
(RUSS is raising his hand.)
Yes, Russ.

RUSS
Can I get a new pot in this new system? ‘Cause mine is broken.

WILLA
I DIDN’T BREAK IT, RUSS, / get over it.

DEZ
I consulted all of you before I came up with this redistribution plan!

WILLA
as of 2/11/16 58

Didn’t consult me –

DEZ
Yes, Willa – we talked –

WILLA
We talked about talking about it, but you never –

(Unhappy murmurs. KANE hits the gong. They stare at him.)

KANE
I think we need a moment of…Zest.

DEZ, WILLA, RUSS, TOPHER


SHUT UP.

WILLA
Everyone who left – they were the ones who knew how to do EVERYTHING. We’re pathetic.

DEZ
Please just listen to / my plan.

WILLA
I’m afraid to stay here, I’m afraid that we’re too BRAINwashed to see that we’re helpless
without the others. Our devotion isn’t enough.

DEZ
Our devotion is what has kept us / safe here –

WILLA
I’m AFRAID that if you are calling the shots here, we are all going to die.

(Pause.)

DEZ
Please, be my guest.

KANE
Dezzie…
(DEZ leaves.)

RUSS
(to WILLA)
Nice.

KANE
Well?
as of 2/11/16 59

WILLA
…this assembly is over.

(KANE hits the gong.)

KANE
Wonder and amazement.

(The group disperses, grabbing bowls and cups from RUSS to collect stew in.
KANE gets a bowl for DEZ and carries it off. RUSS follows behind. WILLA and
TOPHER are left alone, stew-grabbin.)

TOPHER
You didn’t have to talk to her like that.
(She doesn’t respond.)
She’s just trying to stay optimistic.
(She doesn’t respond.)
I miss you!
I think you’ve been hiding from me.

WILLA
I’ve been a little busy doing my five zillion new jobs / like,

TOPHER
I could help you -

WILLA
I don’t need your help and just because Dez can’t remember anyone from her life before the wars
doesn’t mean we have to forget about them.

TOPHER
I want to, I like it here.

WILLA
Why??

TOPHER
Because we’re safe!

WILLA
From what??
What are we safe from?
Fifteen years ago I would have said, yes absoeffinglutely -
WONDER AND AMAZEMENT, we’re safe!
When was the last time you heard helicopters overhead, cries in the night?

TOPHER
as of 2/11/16 60

Four years / ago?

WILLA
TEN years ago.
Sure, there MIGHT be bad stuff out there!
But wouldn’t it be worth the risk?

TOPHER
…no.

WILLA
Why not!

TOPHER
Our family is more important.

WILLA
Most of our family IS GONE.
Why are we still here?

TOPHER
Because we believe in each other, in this place!

WILLA
So you just want to “pick up the slack”?

TOPHER
We have to!

WILLA
That’s not very valiant.
Sometimes I wish you were valiant.
(This hurts his feelings.)

TOPHER
I’m not…not valiant.

WILLA
“PICK UP THE SLACK.”
SHE WANTS US TO PICK UP THE SLACK
AND NEVER LOOK BACK
TO THE FRIENDS THAT WE LOST.
TO OUR FRIENDS THAT MOVED ON
TO SOMETHING BETTER, MAYBE.

TOPHER
(a joke)
as of 2/11/16 61

SOMETHING ‘DEADER’?

WILLA
NO, BUT THEY WERE BRAVE!

TOPHER
You are brave!

WILLA
No!
BUT GOOD THING THAT I’M SMART.
MY DAD ALWAYS SAID I WAS SMART.
HE SAID IT’S AN ART
TO PICK UP ON NEW THINGS.
TO PICK UP ON A LIFE
THAT LEAVES YOU SLOWLY DYING

TOPHER
Geeze.

WILLA
AND YOU’RE ALWAYS TRYING TO GET AWAY,

BUT WHILE I’M PLANTING AND RAKING, AND


HUNTING AND BAKING, AND
WASHING AND STEAMING, AND
SEWING, I’M SCHEMING -
I’M DREAMING THAT I’LL
FOLLOW!
FOLLOW THEM TO BROKEN CITIES,
FOLLOW!
FOLLOW THEM DOWN MILES OF GRITTY ROADS
TO A PLACE
WHERE I’LL DO ONE THING AT A TIME.

TOPHER
Like what?

WILLA
NEVERMIND.
I’VE GOT TO…
PICK UP THE SLACK.

TOPHER
WELL, IT’S NICE YOU GIVE BACK.

WILLA
I know.
as of 2/11/16 62

TOPHER
I THINK THAT WE HAVE TO GIVE BACK
ELSE OUR FAMILY WILL CRACK
AND THEY GAVE US SO MUCH.

WILLA
I know.

TOPHER
YEAH, THEY HELPED US MOVE ON
TO SOMETHING BETTER.

WILLA
Is it?
I FEEL DEADER!

TOPHER
Do you?

WILLA
NOT ALL THE TIME.

TOPHER
When?

WILLA
Look:
I DON’T LIKE GETTING LOST.

MY DAD ALWAYS SAID “DON’T GET LOST.”


HE SAID IT COULD COST
ME MY MIND, AND IT HAS!
MY MIND CAN’T FIGURE OUT
WHY AFTER YEARS OF COPING
I AM STILL HERE HOPING TO GET AWAY

BUT WHILE I’M BUILDING AND COBBLING, AND


BOXING AND HOBBLING, AND
PLANNING AND FISHING
I’M DREAMING AND WISHING
I’M WISHING I MIGHT
FOLLOW!
FOLLOW THEM DOWN FROZEN RIVERS,
FOLLOW!
FOLLOW PAST THAT SLIVER OF A MOON
TO A PLACE
as of 2/11/16 63

WHERE I’LL DO ONE THING AT A TIME…

TOPHER
DON’T FEEL LOST.
I KNOW WHERE WE ARE,
WE’RE NEXT TO THE TREE
WITH THE FUNNY FACE.
ACROSS FROM THE STREAM
WHERE YOU TOUCHED MY FACE
FOR THE FIRST TIME.

YOU’RE NOT LOST!


I KNOW WHO YOU ARE,
YOU’RE A RENAISSANCE WOMAN
THE SKY IS YOUR LIMIT
THE WORLD IS YOUR OYSTER
AND EVERYTHING IN IT IS WAITING FOR YOU
I’M WAITING FOR YOU
AND I’LL DO WHATEVER YOU ASK ME TO DO.
AND WHILE YOU’RE…

BUILDING AND COBBLING,

BOTH
AND BOXING AND HOBBLING, AND
PLANNING AND FISHING
I’M DREAMING AND WISHING
I’M WISHING I MIGHT
FOLLOW! (FOLLOW YOU)
FOLLOW THEM DOWN FROZEN RIVERS,
FOLLOW!
FOLLOW PAST THAT SLIVER OF A MOON
TO A PLACE

TOPHER WILLA
WHERE WE’LL DO ONE WHERE WE’LL DO ONE
THING AT A TIME FOLLOW
PICK UP THE SLACK
SHE WANTS US TO PICK UP THE SLACK FOLLOW
AND NEVER LOOK BACK FOLLOW
NEVER LOOK BACK FOLLOW
PICK UP THE SLACK FOLLOW
SHE WANTS US TO PICK UP THE SLACK FOLLOW
AND NEVER LOOK BACK FOLLOW
FOLLOW

(Topher dips Willa into a romantic kiss.)


as of 2/11/16 64

TOPHER
NOW’S NOT THE TIME
TO PACK UP OUR THINGS –

WILLA
WHY NOT?

TOPHER
LETS…
PICK UP THE

WILLA
(muttering)
PICK UP THE.

TOPHER
PICK UP THE

WILLA
UHHHHHH.

BOTH
SLACK.

(They exit.)
as of 2/11/16 65

SCENE VII

(Lights up on DEZ, KANE, WILLA, and TOPHER eating dinner. RUSS watches
them eat. The food is disgusting.)

RUSS
Bad?
(Faux-happy murmurs.)

DEZ
Delicious…

KANE
You’ve outdone your –

(WILLA throws down her spoon.)

WILLA
I CAN’T.

TOPHER
You can have mine / if you want –

(RUSS exits. WILLA groans. THEO enters.)

THEO
Russ? Where’s Russ?

WILLA
Sautéing my hopes and dreams.

DEZ
(pointing)
Fixing the stew, come eat!

THEO
I will!

(He exits.)

DEZ
(stands up)
Let’s take a moment to give thanks. For this…food. That we eat. We are so lucky, ever
searching. Wonder and amazement.

ALL
Wonder and amazement.
as of 2/11/16 66

(LU has joined them at the end of the bench, unbeknownst to everyone else.)

LU
Wonder and amazement!

(A pause. A terrifying pause.)

WILLA
/Who are you? Where’s the rest of your group?

DEZ
/Willa –

KANE
/Everyone, step back! / Step back. Shhhh!

TOPHER
Hey, how did she get in? How did you get past The Fence??

DEZ
STOP.
Who are you?

LU
I’m Lu.
That smells GREAT.

DEZ
Oh, the - ? Are you hungry?

LU
I am SO hungry, I have maybe never been this hungry before ever, my sister / told me that
walking makes you…

(DEZ motions to TOPHER while LU is talking, he slowly gets together some food
and presents it to LU.)

WILLA
/Sister??

DEZ
So, you have a sister?

LU
Yeah, she didn’t want to come with me though, I’ll have to go back and get her.

DEZ
Someone find Theo and keep him away.
as of 2/11/16 67

LU
He went to find Gus.

DEZ
Theo?

KANE
You met, /Theo?

DEZ
Where did you meet Theo?

LU
In the woods! I told him I was on my way to Philly / to see –

TOPHER, DEZ, WILLA, KANE


WHAT?!

DEZ
Kane, tie her hands, please.

LU
What?!

DEZ
TIE her hands!
(KANE dubiously ties LU’s hands to a tree or a stool or a yurt.)

LU
Hey!
I wasn’t done eating!

WILLA
Why are you tying her?
(to LU)
Who were you going to see? / Who told you about us?

TOPHER
Willa, stop!
(THEO rushes in, RUSS follows.)

DEZ
Theo, you / need to explain yourself.

THEO
What are / you doing?
as of 2/11/16 68

RUSS
Who’s this?

KANE
Explain yourself / right now, young man.

WILLA
(to THEO)
Where did she come from?

THEO
(to LU)
I told you to stay back behind the trees!

(THEO tries to untie LU, KANE pulls him back.)

THEO
Why did you tie her up!

DEZ
Stay AWAY from her, she could be sick!

LU
/I’m not!

KANE
/You met her and didn’t tell us??
WILLA
/Where did you find her?

THEO
‘Cause I knew you’d tie her up! I knew you wouldn’t listen to me. No one ever / listens to me

DEZ
I’m listening. Tell me.

THEO
We were out collecting plants… and I took us past the streambed!

TOPHER
I tried to stop / him!

THEO
And that’s when I got cut by the fence and then I thought since I was already there I could / look
around -

DEZ
You took him by the FENCE?!
as of 2/11/16 69

TOPHER
No! / I tried to stop -

DEZ
And THEN?

THEO
And then…I was just walking around until I came across Lu. But it’s not like I just asked her
here, she’s been properly vetted -

LU
Yeah, he attacked me!

DEZ
(Ignoring her)
You kept a secret from your own family?

THEO
For like a second!

LU
Theo! Make them get me out, we have to go!

DEZ
Where are you going??

THEO
I told her I’d help her find her family in Philadelphia!
(TOPHER blows the whistle.)

WILLA
Is that where you came from?? What does it look like – how did / you get here?

KANE
Theo, she’s talking about the Old Country.

LU
No, I’m not!

THEO
But she knows so much about it.

DEZ
Stop.
Talking.
as of 2/11/16 70

WILLA
Let her tell us what /she knows!

DEZ
STOP TALKING.
THEO
(to DEZ)
She says there are no fires, no rabbles/

DEZ
Stop.

THEO
I’m leaving here to help her find Philadelphia and the others!

DEZ
You can’t LEAVE.
You can’t trust her, we don’t know her!
We don’t know where she’s from.
And we don’t know if she’s telling us the truth.

LU
I am! I am telling you the truth!

(Willa, Topher, Russ and Kane huddle around Dez)

WILLA
Why won’t you let her SAY anything??

TOPHER
Maybe we could ask her /some questions.

RUSS
She’s just a little girl.

DEZ
SHE'S JUST A LITTLE GIRL?
OH, SHE'S JUST A LITTLE KID?
IS THE WORLD OUT THERE SO LOVELY?
OH IS THAT WHY WE HID?

THEO
Mom, listen, /she’s not –

DEZ
(Turning to Theo)
THEO, RIGHT NOW YOU’RE ENCHANTED, UNDAUNTED
SHE'S OFFERING ALL THAT YOU'VE WANTED
as of 2/11/16 71

BUT LISTEN TO ME THEO,


SWEETHEART PLEASE…

THEO
She’s been out there!
She can help us find the others, it’s not as dangerous as you think.

DEZ
THAT IS HER SIDE OF THE STORY
AND THEO HER SIDE ISN'T TRUE
SHE HAS FAIRYTALES AND FANTASIES
THEY SOUND GLORIOUS AND GRAND
BUT THE TRUTH IS IN THE FACTS
AND HER FACTS ARE SIMPLY WRONG!

PEOPLE TELL YOU WHAT THEY TELL YOU


AND EXPECT YOU'LL GO ALONG
BUT THAT IS THEIR SIDE OF THE STORY
AND IT’S MY SIDE YOU SHOULD TRUST
I’VE SEEN CANNIBALS AND GHOSTS OUT THERE

THEO
No you haven’t!

DEZ
THINGS THAT KEEP ME UP AT NIGHT
WHERE’S THE PROOF ABOUT THIS CITY?
SUCH A PITY IT’S A RUSE!
PEOPLE TELL YOU WHAT THEY TELL YOU
AND THEY SELL YOU BUT YOU HAVE TO PICK AND CHOOSE,
THEO

DEZ (cont’d)
YOU CHOOSE WHAT TO BELIEVE
THERE ARE STORIES MEANT TO CHIDE YOU
WHILE OTHERS HOPE TO GUIDE YOU
STILL OTHERS HELP YOU GRIEVE

YOU'VE ALWAYS BEEN A RASCAL

THEO
Here we go!

DEZ
EVERY BRANCH YOU MADE A SWORD

THEO
WHAT ARE YOU NOT TELLING ME.
as of 2/11/16 72

DEZ
EVERY THORN YOU HAD TO TOUCH

THEO
WHAT ARE YOU AFRAID OF?

DEZ
EVERY RULE JUST MADE YOU BORED

THEO
ARE YOU EVEN LISTENING?

DEZ
NO CONCEPTION OF "TOO MUCH"

THEO
DON’T YOU –
DON’T YOU –
DOES ANYONE CARE AT ALL?

DEZ
EVERY LINE I TOLD YOU NOT TO CROSS, YOU CROSSED IT

THEO
EVERYTHING’S A “LINE” WITH YOU.

DEZ
UP TILL NOW I THREW MY HANDS UP AND SAID "FINE"

THEO
OOO I’M SHAKING IN MY BOOTS!

DEZ
BUT THIS ONE'S NOT THE SAME, THEO

THEO
YOU CAN’T KEEP ME HERE FOREVER.

DEZ
THIS IS NOT ANOTHER GAME, THEO.

THEO
YOU CAN WATCH ME WALK AWAY.

DEZ
DON’T YOU CROSS THIS LINE
as of 2/11/16 73

TELL ME YOUR SIDE OF THE STORY!


WHICH IS YOUR SIDE, HERS OR MINE?
HAVE YOU GONE OUT THERE AND SEEN THE WORLD?

THEO
No!

DEZ
SO DON’T TELL ME YOU’LL BE FINE

THEO
I would be!

DEZ
WOULD YOU REALLY TRUST A GIRL
WHO YOU ONLY MET TODAY?
WOULD YOU THROW AWAY YOUR FAMILY
FOR A CHANCE TO RUN AND PLAY?
EVERYBODY HAS THEIR SIDE
AND THEY THINK THAT SIDE IS RIGHT
PEOPLE TELL YOU WHAT THEY TELL YOU
AND THEY SELL YOU WHAT THEY SELL YOU
AND YOU WANT TO TAKE A BITE

BUT THAT IS HER SIDE!


ONLY HER SIDE!
WHAT IS YOUR SIDE?
(to THEO)
You’re on watch first.
(THEO nods.)
Russ, stay with him. The Council will deliberate.

WILLA
I could stay too –

DEZ
No!

(DEZ aggressively motions to WILLA to follow.)

TOPHER
(to LU)
Nice to meet you –

(KANE, TOPHER, DEZ, and WILLA exit.)

LU
Hey! They’re gone, get me out!
as of 2/11/16 74

(THEO doesn’t answer.)


Did you talk to your friend who knows where Philly is?

THEO
No.

LU
Where is he??
(THEO points to RUSS.)
Hey! Gus? I’m going to Philadelphia! Do you know where it is?

RUSS
Do you have what I gave you?

THEO
The clock!? It keeps dancing around…

LU
Your clock is broken.

RUSS
(shakes his head)
It’s a clock that dances you in the direction you need to go.

(THEO takes out the compass. RUSS sniffs the air.)

RUSS
Ask her if she has any cheese.

LU
Not on me.

RUSS
Just checking.
These things change.

LU and THEO
What things?

RUSS
Head towards three o’clock.

THEO
Why would / we –

RUSS
But be careful.
as of 2/11/16 75

LU
Please just tell us where it is!

RUSS
Did you hear that?

LU
What?

RUSS
Listen…always listen.

(RUSS wanders off to check on the noise. He disappears.)

LU
Gus! Listen to what? How does that help us?!
Go after him!

THEO
I can’t! Now I guess I have to guard you by myself.

LU
You think I’m a spy again??

THEO
How am I supposed to believe you! Do you have any proof that Philly is real?

LU
(referring to pinwheel)
Yes!

THEO
What if we get there and no one is there? I can’t come back!

LU
Why not?

THEO
We aren’t allowed to come back.

LU
Why can’t you just believe me, you believe in other things!

THEO
I’ve never SEEN Philly or heard about it / before –

LU
Have you ever seen a ghost or the demon thing you were telling me about?
as of 2/11/16 76

THEO
No, but –

LU
I’ve never seen Philly but I believe / in it.

THEO
I believe in those things because they are old, they already happened.

LU
I always believed in the sky, and the trees, and the birds, and look! Today I saw them! For the
first time.

THEO
That’s different, those are always here.

LU
For me they weren’t. If I didn’t believe that the world was more than just a pit in the ground with
no sunshine, more than what I had in front of me, I wouldn’t have left the bunker and I wouldn’t
have found all this!
…AHH!
(LU sees a firefly.)
What IS that?
(She chases the firefly with her eyes.)
Is it a - ?

THEO
What? It’s just a firefly.

LU
CAN YOU SEE THAT LITTLE FIREFLY?
YOU SEE, IT’S ACTUALLY A STAR.
LONG AGO IT FELL FROM WAY UP HIGH.
NOW YOU CAN CATCH IT IN A JAR.

AND CAN YOU SEE THAT GIANT TREASURE MAP


CARVED IN CRATERS ON THE MOON?
AND DID YOU KNOW THAT EVERY THUNDERCLAP
MEANS GIANTS ARE SINGING OUT OF TUNE?

SEE A SHIP IN EVERY STAR


AND LEARN TO TRAVEL FAR AWAY.
AND FIND IF EACH RAINDROP TASTES THE SAME.
THE WORLD IS JUST A GAME
YOU CHOOSE TO PLAY.
as of 2/11/16 77

LOOK AGAIN - THAT LITTLE FIREFLY.


LOOK AND TELL ME WHAT YOU SEE.
CAN YOU HEAR IT SING A LULLABY?
WHISPERING, “FOLLOW ME…”

(THEO unties LU, catches the firefly in a jar for her and they run off together.
Back at camp, WILLA, TOPHER, KANE, and DEZ are deliberating.)

KANE
CAN’T YOU SEE? THAT CHILD / IS –

DEZ
THAT CHILD IS TROUBLE.

WILLA
No!
KANE, CAN’T YOU / SEE?

KANE
DISRUPTING ALL WE BUILT AND TEACH.

TOPHER
I think she’s sweet!

WILLA
LET’S BRING HER IN!
AND SHE CAN HELP US GROW.

DEZ
I don’t know!

KANE
I DON’T TRUST HER.

WILLA
DON’T RECOIL WHEN YOU CAN REACH.

KANE
I’m not recoiling.

DEZ
Willa -

WILLA
CAN’T YOU SEE THAT WE SHOULD FOLLOW HER!

DEZ
as of 2/11/16 78

Absolutely / not.

WILLA
ASK HER WHAT’S BEEN LEFT BEHIND

TOPHER
Maybe if we were careful / we could –

DEZ
WE’D DIE OUT THERE. IS THAT WHAT YOU PREFER?

KANE
(TO WILLA)
YOU’RE NOT THINKING CLEARLY.

WILLA
DON’T YOU DREAM OF WHAT WE’D FIND –

TOPHER
Yes!
SEE THAT LIGHTHOUSE ON THE SHORE?

WILLA
NO, A BUILDING FORTY

WILLA and TOPHER


STORIES HIGH!

WILLA
AND THERE IN THE CANOPY OF STARS –

TOPHER
A HIGHWAY FULL OF CARS LOST

TOPHER and KANE WILLA


LOST IN THE SKY… (LOST IN THE SKY)

(RUSS join them and DEZ breaks away from the group, staring into a pool of
water as they continue to gaze up at the clouds.)

DEZ WOMEN MEN


MOONLIGHT ON WATER AH AH
REFLECTING THE RUBBLE
OF YEARS OF FORGETTING CAN YOU SEE CAN YOU SEE
THEIR FACES.
THE TROUBLE WITH MEMORY
IS NONE OF IT’S REAL, JUST ABOVE
THERE’S NOTHING TO TASTE. FALLING
as of 2/11/16 79

CAN YOU SEE IT


LOOK RIGHT BELOW THERE
RIGHT IN
FRONT OF YOU
CAN YOU
ALL I CAN DO NOW OO
IS CALL ON THEIR SPIRITS OO
TO WHISPER THROUGH WILLOWS. CAN YOU SEE HM CAN YOU SEE
HM
BUT I FEAR IT’S A TRICK
THAT I PLAY ON MYSELF AH AH AH AH
JUST A TRICK OF THE WIND. AH AH
CAN YOU SEE IT (ALL
ALONE)
UP THERE UP THERE
BUT ALL OF US GO, OO OO
ONE DAY ALL OF US TRAVEL
TO REALMS PAST THE RUINS CAN YOU SEE CAN YOU SEE
WHERE STORIES UNRAVEL
IS ALL THAT WILL MATTER AH AH AH AH
JUST HOW HARD I TRIED
NOT TO WASTE EACH SUNSET CAN YOU CAN YOU
AS WE TRY TO FORGET? SEE SEE
OO OO

(DEZ and CO. stare up at the clouds. Lights back up on LU and THEO,
venturing into the world. They pass a semi-fallen telephone pole. LU closes her
eyes, running.)

LU
Marco!

THEO
Polo!

LU
Marco!

THEO
Polo!

LU
How does this work exactly?

THEO
You say, Marco! I say…

LU
as of 2/11/16 80

POLO!

(She catches him! New moment: LU is standing on a piece of stone wall with the
compass.)

ALL
CAN YOU SEE?

LU
He said to head towards 3 o’clock…

THEO
So, there?

LU
This clock is unreliable.

(She whips out Pinwheel. She listens to Pinwheel.)

LU
THAT way!

THEO
Wait! I wanna show you something.

(He follows her. LU and THEO have arrived at Ford Focus. She examines it.)

ALL
CAN YOU SEE? (oos and hmms continues under dialogue)

THEO
Soooo…what do you think of Ford Focus?

LU
SO nice.

THEO
(showing off)
This seat, here, is where I find I have my best connection with Great Universe –

LU
Very peaceful.

THEO
You know, in the Old Country, Ford Focus could move ON ITS OWN.

LU
With petroleum, sure!
as of 2/11/16 81

THEO
Oh… yeah.

LU
Nice parking breaks!
(taking over the wheel, honking)
NEXT STOP: Walnut Street, Philadelphia!

THEO
You know… Topher thinks that a guy died in this very seat.

LU
Where? Right here?

THEO
Even closer, I think.

LU
I think I felt something.

THEO
Me too!

LU GROUP
SHADOWS DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT, HM
SHAPES ARE SHIFTING ALL AROUND, HM
YOU HEAR A LULLABY CALLING, HM
LOST IN A SYMPHONY OF SOUND. HM

THEO LU
CAN YOU SEE SHADOWS OO
THE GIANT TREASURE MAP DANCING IN THE MOONLIGHT OO
CARVED IN CRATERS SHAPES ARE HA OO
ON THE MOON? SHIFTING ALL AROUND HM

AND CAN YOU HEAR YOU HEAR HA AH


A LITTLE LULLABY… HA AH
A LULLABY
LOST CALLING LOST

THEO AND LU
LOST IN A SYMPHONY OF SOUND!
SEE A SHIP IN EVERY STAR WOAH
AND LEARN TO TRAVEL FAR AWAY. WOAH OH OH
AND FIND IF EACH RAINDROP TASTES THE SAME. WOAH
THE WORLD IS JUST A GAME WOAH
YOU CHOOSE TO PLAY. AH
as of 2/11/16 82

LU
THERE IT IS – THAT LITTLE FIREFLY.
HOO
LOOK! IT’S DANCING, CAN’T YOU SEE? OO OO

(He catches a firefly, puts it in a cracked jar, hands it to her.)

THEO
CAN YOU HEAR IT SING A LULLABY? OO

THEO AND LU MEN WOMEN


WHISPERING, (WHISPERING) (WHISPERING)
“FOLLOW ME.”
CAN YOU SEE (CAN YOU SEE)
(CAN YOU SEE)

(She kisses him. He laughs. Lights down as LU and THEO run off together.)
as of 2/11/16 83

SCENE VIII

(KANE enters WILLA’s yurt. She is packing her on-the-lam sack. She is wearing
her traveling scarf.)

KANE
Hey, Snaps – goin’ somewhere?

WILLA
This girl is a sign.
So I’m going to follow her to…to You-Know-Where.

KANE
Listen, it’s difficult to remember what it’s like outside the Perimeter.

WILLA
She said she’s FROM Philadelphia /

KANE
Hey…

WILLA
/So there ARE other places to go! We know where the others went!

KANE
We have no idea where they went.

WILLA
You’re not even a speck curious about where she’s from?

KANE
I grew up in Philadelphia.

WILLA
So don’t you want to see what’s left, who’s left?

KANE
LISTEN.
I want to tell you.

WILLA
What??

KANE
I grew up there and it was – you know, it was fine.
But then I did some scary things because you do scary things when the world starts to fall apart!
You become someone that you don’t – that you can’t recognize, you can’t see at all.
(He takes out a flask.)
as of 2/11/16 84

– after the first round of bombings, I was too slow to pick my kids up from their school’s shelter.
I was stuck. Nothing was holding me down, I wasn’t hurt, I was just – stuck, listening to the
bombs fall, listening to the screams creeping closer and closer.
I could have saved them if I’d been there faster.
I can’t live in a world where that shame is a real live thing.
So I will never leave this place.
Because when the world ended, my life started.
And I’ll never give that up.

WILLA
We all lost somethings and someones - that doesn’t mean the whole world has come to an end.

KANE
I don’t want this girl giving you false hopes! To lure you away from us.

WILLA
I’m not sure I believe in us, in here anymore.

KANE
The world outside is unforgiving. But here, we see the world differently. So it’s different here.
What we have is so, so beautiful.

WILLA
How is it that different?

KANE
IN THE LEMONY LIGHT THE SKIES ARE ALWAYS SUNNY

WILLA
Oh no.

KANE
AND WHATEVER YOU THOUGHT WAS GRIM, IS NOT SO GRIM
IN THE LEMONY LIGHT MY JOKES ARE ALWAYS FUNNY
YOU’LL BE PRETTY, AND WITTY, AND SLIMMMM –

WILLA
EXCUSE me??

KANE
- MERR.

KANE
IN THE LEMONY LIGHT YOUR TEARS ARE TEARS OF LAUGHTER
AND THE BITTER TASTE IS BETTER YES INDEED
SO FORGET ABOUT YOUR PLIGHT
CAUSE THE WORLD IS LOOKIN’ BRIGHT
as of 2/11/16 85

IN THE JIMINY, JEMONY, LIMONY, LEMONY LIGHT!

IN THE GLOW
YOU CAN GO
TO THAT ZESTY SLICE
OF PARADISE
ON SHORES OF MERINGUE
AND THE TANGY TASTE OF THE BREEZE
SHOOTS YOU UP IN A GOLDEN HAZE
AS YOU REACH FOR THE SUN AND SQUEEZE

KANE
IN THE LEMONY LIGHT A YURT CAN BE

WILLA
A CESSPOOL?

KANE
No! A castle!

BOTH
AND THE LITTLEST KNIGHT CAN RISE TO BE A KING
SO BE BRAVE! (BRAVE!)
FIGHT! (FIGHT!)
SNARL! (SNARL!)
BITE!

WILLA
What...?

BOTH
IN THE JIMONY JEMONY LIMONY LEMONY LIGHT!

WILLA
This is not gonna work. I’m still leaving.

KANE
Forget about that now! Just let go.

WILLA
I can’t let GO, I have too many problems!

KANE
IN THE LEMONY LIGHT EACH PROBLEM HAS AN ANSWER
THE ANXIETY AND CONFUSION MELT AWAY

WILLA
IN THE LEMONY LIGHT I’LL…BE A FAMOUS DANCER?
as of 2/11/16 86

KANE
That’s right!
YOU’LL SHIMMY

WILLA
NO SPIN! RIGHT INTO A GRANDE JETÉ!
(WILLA falls into a split-splat.)

KANE
IN THE LEMONY LIGHT YOU’RE SPRY!

WILLA
YOU'RE WISE

KANE
YOU'RE YOUNGER

BOTH
AND IT'S SUCH A DELIGHT WHEN BASKING IN THE GLOW

KANE
EVERY STAR IS SHINING BRIGHT

WILLA
EVERY WRONG WILL SOON BE RIGHT

BOTH
IN THE JIMONY JEMONY LIMONY LEMONY LIGHT

KANE
Now you’re getting it!

BOTH
IN THE GLOW (IN THE GLOW!)
YOU CAN GO (YOU CAN GO!)
TO THAT LITTLE MISS
WHOSE CANDY KISS
TURNS SOUR TO SWEET
AND THE GOLDEN GLINT IN HER EYE (GOLDEN GLINT!)
SETS YOUR SLUMBERING HEART ABLAZE
SENDS YOU ROCKETING TOWARD THE SKY

IN THE LEMONY LIGHT

WILLA
I’M GREAT!
as of 2/11/16 87

KANE
I’M GREAT!

WILLA
I’M GREATER!

KANE
Yes, yes you are.

BOTH
AND THE GREATEST ONE
THE GREATEST ONE IS

WILLA
YOU!

KANE
ME?

WILLA
SORRY, I MEANT ME.

KANE
HERE WE ARE!

WILLA
HERE WE ARE!

KANE
SEE US SHINE!

WILLA
SEE US SHINE!

KANE
LOOKIN’ FIERCE

WILLA
LOOKIN’ FIERCE

BOTH
LOOKIN’ FINE

KANE
IN THE…JIMONY,

WILLA
as of 2/11/16 88

JEMONY,

KANE
LIMONY,
(WILLA tries to catch her breath.)
JIMONY, JEMONY, LIMONY, LEMONY -
JIMONY, JEMONY, LIMONY, LEMONY

WILLA
(cutting him off)
I’m pregnant!

KANE
…I know.

(A whistle blasts. TOPHER and DEZ run in.)

TOPHER
She kidnapped him, Willa! She kidnapped him.

DEZ
They ran off!
Maybe they’re not far.

WILLA
Let’s check by Ford Focus.

KANE
How long have they been gone?!
Russ?

DEZ and TOPHER


RUSS.

(RUSS appears as if by magic.)

RUSS
I feel compelled to announce that the young people have departed for uh - for You Know Where.

WILLA
No! We have to find them!

DEZ
We’ll go look for them – Kane you go scour the Perimeter and I’ll look by the –

KANE
Dezzie, they wanted to leave – Tough Love.
as of 2/11/16 89

DEZ
They are KIDS, he’s being brainwashed by an intruder.

KANE
That’s our policy, Dezzie – they made a choice, Theo’s old enough to make choices.

DEZ
What is wrong with / you, they’re kids!

WILLA
I can’t believe I let you trick me into staying.

TOPHER
You told him you were gonna leave?

WILLA
Yes, and he told me some sad sack story about falling apart in Philadelphia.
(They cover their ears at the mention of the word.)
(To KANE)
I don’t care if you had a crappy life, I’m leaving.

KANE
Fine! Go!

WILLA
(to KANE)
Your traditions, your ceremonies, your sacred LEMONS were supposed to protect us, but now
they are hurting us and you can’t see it!

TOPHER
Willa, don’t leave, / we could -

WILLA
Come with me!

TOPHER
I – I don’t think I can –

WILLA
You know, you’re the only reason I haven’t left yet! And you’re the reason no one told me they
were leaving, because they KNEW I wouldn’t want to leave without you. But I can’t do it
anymore, and I don’t understand how you’re happy here, not talking about the past, not talking
about the present, not talking about / anything!

TOPHER
Who said I was happy??

WILLA
as of 2/11/16 90

Don’t come with me, forget it.

DEZ
(to RUSS)
Why didn’t you try to stop them?

KANE
(to WILLA)
And how are you and the baby going to survive in the woods alone exactly. /

WILLA
Stop!

KANE
/Or do you have a plan?
That I’m unaware of?

DEZ
Willa will figure it out, we’ll help her.

WILLA
(to DEZ)
You knew too?!

DEZ
We all knew.

KANE
I’m just curious! You think that little girl’s gonna help you feed a baby.

DEZ
Kane, please – look at me!

TOPHER
WAIT – who is – are you pranking me?? Is everyone pranking me?!

KANE and WILLA and DEZ


No!

WILLA
I was gonna tell you –

TOPHER
So I’m the –

WILLA
YES, Gopher.
as of 2/11/16 91

DEZ
(to KANE)
I need your help!

TOPHER
That’s – that’s incredible.

WILLA
No! No it’s not, I’m not raising a baby in such a pathetic, hopeless place.

KANE
You’re on your own, Dezzie.

TOPHER
And you don’t WANT me to come with you?

WILLA
Not anymore.

DEZ
(to RUSS)
Did you see which way they went?

RUSS
No.

TOPHER
Willa…

WILLA
Leave me alone.

RUSS
Do you know what a doula does?

WILLA
Shut UP, Russ!

RUSS
I’m just trying to help!

(KANE takes out his flask and drinks.)

DEZ
I can’t find them by myself – help me!

KANE
I’m never going back there, I can’t be that person again. Tough love, Dezzie.
as of 2/11/16 92

DEZ
Theo ran AWAY, I MADE him want to run away.

TOPHER
And now YOU both want to run away.

DEZ
We’re going to find him.

KANE
Fine! Godspeed and Tough Love.

WILLA
Let’s go.

TOPHER
No! / Please don’t leave.

KANE
Have fun in Philly! I’m sure the others will be there waiting for you with open arms. Wonder and
amazement! Wonder / and amazement!

DEZ
STOP!
EVERYDAY I PRETEND THAT IT'S DANDY
EVERYDAY I GIVE IN TO THE GAME
EVERY WORD THAT I SAY IS LIKE CANDY
BUT IT’S BITTER TASTING ALL THE SAME
EVERYDAY ALL I FEEL IS LONELY
‘CAUSE I’M ONLY LEFT WITH WORDS
NOT A LIFE,
NOT A THING I CAN HOLD
I CAN SCREAM AND SHOUT BUT I WON'T BE HEARD

(KANE hits the gong and DEZ grabs it from him.)

KANE
You all want to go back to Philly! You want to remember! Look! Aha! It came to you! Chaos,
unREST, the world on fire!

(KANE lights a match and tosses it onto the roof of the yurt and it catches fire,
spreading quickly.)

DEZ
What are you doing?!

KANE
as of 2/11/16 93

You want Philly, here it is!

RUSS
Get the buckets!

TOPHER
They’re empty!

WILLA
– look out!

(Something crashes.)

KANE
Do you remember it now?

DEZ
No…

WILLA
Move over!

TOPHER
Wait, Willa!

DEZ
No…it’s happening again.

KANE
Calm down I can put it OUT.

RUSS
Out of the way!
DEZ
(delirious)
Everything’s burning we have to leave!
(As the fire rages, DEZ is transported to the night of the bombings.)
No, the city’s burning we have to leave!

WILLA
What city?

KANE
I’m getting water, calm down!

DEZ
The whole city’s burning!
as of 2/11/16 94

TOPHER
All of the blankets are in there!!

RUSS
Wonder and amazement.

TOPHER
Wonder and amazement

KANE
Don’t WORRY, I’ll fix it.

RUSS
You can’t!

DEZ
Everything’s burning, we have to leave!

(WILLA drags DEZ along.)

ALL
SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES
NOWHERE LEFT TO TURN
SEE THE FIRE RISE
SMELL THE CITY BURN

SHADOWS IN THE TREES


FOOTSTEPS AT YOUR BACK
VOICES ON THE BREEZE
GREY SKIES SHIFT TO BLACK

DEZ MEN WOMEN


STAY HERE, KEEP RUNNING KEEP RUNNING
LET IT GO KEEP RUNNING KEEP RUNNING
QUICK HURRY FASTER QUICK HURRY FASTER
THAT WAS LONG AGO
THIS IS NOW PLEASE HELP ME (PLEASE HELP ME)
I’M FALLING
THE SKY IS
FALLING FALLING
STAY HERE KEEP RUNNING KEEP RUNNING
DON’T GO BACK AH AH
WHERE DO WE GO? WHERE DO WE GO?
LET IT FADE TO BLACK
TAKE MY HAND TAKE MY HAND
YOU’LL GET THROUGH
SOME WAY, KEEP ON RUNNING KEEP ON RUNNING
SOMEHOW
as of 2/11/16 95

(Lights up on THEO and LU in the forest, walking away from camp. They reach
the Fence! LU is now wearing her firefly jar as a necklace.)

THEO
This is it!

LU
What?

THEO
This is the edge of the Perimeter.
Here!

(Lu goes through. Theo pauses.)

LU
What is it?

THEO
When I step through, I can’t be part of my family anymore.

LU
You can have a new family!

THEO
What?

LU
I mean in Philly! With me and Iphy, we can be your family.

THEO
What’s an Iphy?

LU
My sister! She was so afraid that the air would be poisonous and that all of this would be gone
but it isn’t! I have to show her, we have to take her with us.
C’mon!

(He pauses.)

THEO
I’ve never been anywhere without my family.
I’ve never been…anywhere.

LU
Look, I was scared to leave the bunker, to leave Iphy, but –
Here I am!
as of 2/11/16 96

THEO
What if I never see them again?

LU
I think one day your family will find us.
(She reaches her hand out. He steps through, they walk on.)
IT WAS ONLY YESTERDAY I LIVED IN THE DARK.
SEE ME NOW, I’M SKIPPING TOWARD THE LIGHT.
ALL THESE YEARS OF DREAMING, SOON MY EYES CAN OPEN.
THEN I’LL SEE MY CITY AND KNOW I WAS RIGHT!

THEO AND LU DEZ, RUSS, KANE, TOPHER, WILLA


NOW EVERYDAY YOU PRETEND THAT IT’S DANDY
THE TREES, EVERYDAY YOU GIVE IN TO THE GAME
NOW EVERYDAY THAT YOU SAY IS LIKE
THE SUN, CANDY BUT IT’S BITTER TASTING ALL THE SAME
NOW EVERYDAY ALL YOU FEEL IS
THE WONDER LONELY, CAUSE YOU’RE ONLY
OF A NEW LEFT WITH WORDS
ADVENTURE NOT A LIFE, NOT A THING YOU CAN HOLD
YOU CAN SCREAM AND SHOUT
BUT YOU WON’T BE HEARD

NOW EVERYDAY YOU PRETEND THAT IT’S


WE GO, DANDY, EVERYDAY YOU GIVE IN TO THE GAME
NOW EVERY WORD THAT YOU SAY IS LIKE
WE START, CANDY, BUT IT’S BITTER TASTING ALL THE SAME
NOW WE EVERYDAY ALL YOU FEEL IS LONELY
SALLY FORTH TO CAUSE YOU’RE ONLY LEFT WITH WORDS
THE BEATING OF OUR NOT A LIFE, NOT A THING YOU CAN HOLD

THEO + LU DEZ + MEN WOMEN


NOW SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES BURN
WE GO NOWHERE LEFT TO TURN IN YOUR EYES

NOW SEE THE FIRE RISE SEE THE FIRE


WE START SMELL THE CITY BURN SMELL THE CITY
BURN

NOW SMOKE GETS IN YOUR EYES SMOKE GETS IN


YOUR
AH
WE SALLY FORTH
TO THE FIRE

THEO+LU DEZ MEN+WOMEN


as of 2/11/16 97

BEATING RAH THE BEATING


THE BEATING
OF OUR THE BEATING
OF OUR
HEART HA HA

(We travel to the area outside the bunker. The hatch door is open and (SFX) the
alarm is going off. IPHY slowly crawls out, wearing a hazmat suit, armed to kill.)

ALL (ex. Iphy)


HEART!

IPHY
Lulu??

(Lights down.)

End of Act I
as of 2/11/16 98

Act II
AFTERLAND ENTR’ACTE

(Lights up on THEO and LU traveling to PHILADELPHIA, reenacting their


adventures.)

LU and THEO
WE LEFT THE CAMP BEHIND US
WE MARCHED INTO THE NIGHT

THEO
I SAVED HER FROM THE BEE’S NEST

LU
No, I saved YOU

THEO
OH YEAH, THAT’S RIGHT…

LU and THEO
WE LEAPT ACROSS THE CANYONS
AND WERE FOLLOWED BY A BEAR!

THEO
SO BIG!

LU
ARE WE THERE YET?

THEO
NO! STOP ASKING

LU
I CAN SMELL IT IN THE AIR

(Lights up on WILLA and DEZ traveling away from camp.)

WILLA
WE SET OFF RIGHT BEHIND THEM

DEZ
Theo!
THEY CAN’T HAVE GOTTEN FAR.

(Lights up on TOPHER following behind them.)

TOPHER
WILLA!
as of 2/11/16 99

HEY! I’M COMIN’,


PLEASE STAY RIGHT WHERE YOU ARE!

(RUSS, with supplies, heading out. KANE is sitting drinking wine.)

RUSS
I’M OFF TO FIND THE OTHERS

KANE
Perfect!
LEAVE ME HERE ALONE.

(He shoots an empty bottle with his gun.)

RUSS
A STORM OUT THERE’S A-BREWIN’

(Thunder in the distance.)

ALL
AND WE’RE OUT HERE ON OUR OWN.

LOVE LOVE LOVE ME


WHEN THE WORLD IS GONE (WHEN THE WORLD IS GONE)
LOVE LOVE LOVE ME
WE’LL KEEP HANGIN’ ON (WE’LL KEEP HANGIN’ ON)
LOVE LOVE LOVE ME

WILLA
BABY TAKE MY HAND

TOPHER
LOVE LOVE LOVE BABY LOVE ME
IN THE AFTERLAND

KANE and THEO


IN THE AFTERLAND

WOMEN
IN THE AFTERLAND

RUSS
IN THE AFTERLAND
as of 2/11/16 100

ACT II
SCENE I

(WILLA and DEZ, in another part of the woods, attempting to follow THEO and
LU’s tracks to Philly. WILLA keeps leaning on DEZ, falling over.)

WILLA
I’m FINE, just let me lean on you.

DEZ
You need to sit down, / I can’t do this…

WILLA
We’ll lose track of them, we can’t stop!

DEZ
We’ll never catch up to them! Look at you!

WILLA
(pointing at the ground)
What’s that? That looks like tracks!

DEZ
That is mud!

WILLA
Huh.

DEZ
You need to sit here and rest – I’ll go out aways and come back for you!

WILLA
You can’t leave me here!

(WILLA falls over. DEZ assists.)

DEZ
Rest here.

WILLA
No!

DEZ
I’m getting water for you.

WILLA
No! I don’t want Topher’s help.
as of 2/11/16 101

DEZ
I said I’d get water. Not Topher.

WILLA
Oh. Good.
Don’t want his help.

(DEZ hears humming in the woods.)

DEZ
Shhh! Shhh…

WILLA
/ he never listens to me when it’s just us when -
YOU never listen to me!

DEZ
/ Listen! It was my song…

WILLA
What song?

DEZ
SHHH!

(They listen. Nothing.)

WILLA
It was a bird, calm down!

DEZ
It wasn’t.
(She listens. She doesn’t hear it.)
I heard my song.
(WILLA tries to get up, but she falls back down.)
There’s a streambed a little ways back, stay here.

(DEZ exits.)

WILLA
Don’t leave me here!
Hey!
I’m fine!
(WILLA picks up a dead flower.)
He loves me. He loves me not. He loves me. He loves me –
(Pause.)
Dez?
(Pause.)
as of 2/11/16 102

Dez…

(IPHY approaches in her hazmat suit. WILLA is horrified. She starts to scream
but IPHY holds up a tazer. Lights out.)
as of 2/11/16 103

SCENE II

(Theo and Lu have arrived at the bunker. Throughout ACT II, an approaching
storm picks up speed, winds howling, shadows looming.)

LU
It’s right here!
(She tries to open the hatch but it won’t budge.)

THEO
Allow me.
(He tries to open the hatch.)
It’s locked.

LU
Wait!
Parchment!

(She rips a note off the hatch and IPHY steps into the light to read it as LU
reads.)

IPHY
Dear Lulu,
Mama told me about a kind of seed that you can plant and it creates a forest of trees that are all
related. From one seed! I don’t know what kind of forest this is, but it feels nice to imagine that
this tree is the sister of the one you are sitting near to now. In Philadelphia. I’m coming to find
you.
Love, Iphy
P.S. I’m gonna kill you.

(Lights out on IPHY.)

LU
She’s not here!

THEO
She’s in Philly!

LU
She is SO terrified of the outside – do you think she’s OK?

THEO
She seems pretty confident in that letter.

LU
I can’t believe she left! I never thought she’d leave without a sign –

THEO
as of 2/11/16 104

What kind of a sign / do you -

(LU has been itching her arm. She looks down and sees a bite.)

LU
AHHHH!

THEO
What, what??

LU
Look!

(THEO looks at her arm.)

THEO
Oh, it’s just a bite!

LU
A BITE? / What bit me??

THEO
It’s ok! It was probably just a mosquito.

LU
It’s getting bigger – there’s another one!

THEO
That’s about as big as they get.

LU
And getting pinker too, ohhhhhhhhhhhhhIphy was right!

THEO
About what?

LU
About up here, about the air, about it being dangerous./

THEO
Stop itching it.
This is what you do –

(He looks around at some of the plants near them. He finds one and plucks it out.
He puts some sap from the stem on her bite.)

LU
What does it do?
as of 2/11/16 105

THEO
The sap makes it less itchy!

LU
So you’ve had a bite?

THEO
Yeah! Millions.

LU
We should go find Iphy, it might take a while to get to Philadelphia – I read there are mountains.

THEO
Mountains?

LU
Yes, but not as big as the ones in Peru.

THEO
What’s Peru?

LU
A place with lots of mountains…and llamas!
C’mon!

THEO
We can’t walk all night over mountains, we’ll collapse!
We’ll look for Iphy first thing tomorrow.
And we’ll be able to go super fast since we’ll be all rested.

LU
Really? Extra fast?

THEO
Yeah!

LU
Ok. Let’s rest.

THEO
I’ll keep watch.
as of 2/11/16 106

SCENE III

(KANE is sitting in RUSS’s hidden wine cave where KANE is a mess. He is


singing “Lemony Light” to himself. RUSS enters.)

KANE
Couldn’t take it huh?

RUSS
The sky looks bananas.

KANE
What are / you getting –

RUSS
(pawing through his things)
Batteries…

KANE
For WHAT?

RUSS
A radio.

KANE
You have a radio?

RUSS
Found it by the fence.
I know I had some batteries.

KANE
You told me you BURNT everything you had, you said you destroyed ALL the technology so
NO one could trace us / here.

RUSS
I did.

KANE
So why not burn the radio too??

RUSS
HEY.
I wanted this to work out.
I love it here.
I love what we had.
But I kept some batteries in case this didn’t work out.
And it didn’t work out, man.
as of 2/11/16 107

It didn’t work out.

KANE
I told the truth back there, it just got a little out of control.

RUSS
It’s all gone! Our whole lives.

KANE
Like you care -

RUSS
I’m sick of you, man. Good luck.

(KANE takes out his gun. RUSS looks at him.)

KANE
Please stay.

RUSS
You’re outta bullets.

KANE
I found some.

RUSS
No you didn’t, man.

KANE
Please, stay.
Don’t make me / pull –

RUSS
Take care of yourself.

(DEZ rushes in.)

DEZ
Willa’s gone!

RUSS
What??

KANE
Look who / shows up.

DEZ
I - I left her to get water and I came back and she was GONE, I don’t / know what -
as of 2/11/16 108

RUSS
Where is / she?

DEZ
Just past Giver’s Glen!

RUSS
I’ll go.

(He leaves.)

DEZ
Where’s Topher?

KANE
He tried putting out the fire for a while, then he went looking for you guys.

DEZ
Thanks for your help.
Guarding the wine.

(She starts to leave. He applauds.)

KANE
Thanks for your help.
Tearing apart our family.

DEZ
I can’t deal with YOUR issues right now.

KANE
You think you’re going to find out what you lost – find your memories there in the ruins of the
city –

DEZ
I heard my song in the woods.

KANE
Of course you did. Of course you did.

DEZ
I’m going to find Theo.

KANE
You’re never going to get the memories back, you know, this is the best you are going to do.
as of 2/11/16 109

DEZ
WAKE UP, Theo is gone! / He’s GONE.

KANE
No, YOU WAKE UP. You’ll never remember your life from before, but our life you’ll
remember! You can remember ME, you can remember the first day we had Morning Prayer and
said “Wonder and Amazement,” the day we finally felt connected to something again!

DEZ
We can have that again, out there! We can search for that feeling.

KANE
You’ll never find that out there.

DEZ
I need to find Theo.

(DEZ starts to leave.)

KANE
Dezzie…wait!

(DEZ doesn’t answer him. She leaves.)


as of 2/11/16 110

SCENE IV

(Time passes. Early dawn. Theo sits awake against the remains of a graffitied
wall, on watch. LU is asleep next to him. He grips his stick. The nighttime noises
terrify him. The sun slowly rises. He hums a song. LU wakes up.)

LU
Good morning.

THEO
I hope I didn’t wake you up.
I was thinking. About when we get to Philadelphia.

LU
Me too! I had a dream that we were perched up high / on this –

THEO
Wait! I was thinking about what will happen when we get there.

LU
So was I…in the / dream I –

THEO
How would you feel if I disappeared?

LU
What? Why would you disappear?

THEO
I wouldn’t – I just – I was thinking about what would happen if you disappeared –

LU
Why were you / thinking about –

THEO
Because at night I think about those kinds of things! Ok? And I was thinking about it and I had
this, this burning in my stomach, this pain I’d never felt before and I couldn’t sleep, I just stared
into the dark just thinking about it.

(LU starts to laugh.)

THEO
I’m serious!

LU
Sorry. Sorry.

THEO
as of 2/11/16 111

So you don’t feel that way?

LU
I don’t have any burning in my stomach because I know you’re not going to disappear!

THEO
But I’ve never felt this way before and I’ve had actual people in my life disappear.

LU
You don’t have to worry!

THEO
What if we get to Philadelphia and you’ll have Iphy again and you might want to just be with
her?

LU
No! I like you.

THEO
But I want to -
(He kisses her.)
SEE! I want to do that!
(Pause.)
And you didn’t like it.

LU
I didn’t say anything!
Next time maybe you could WARN me / but I don’t think -

THEO
See, it’s already starting! I feel like I never want you to, to go away, or I never want to NOT be
with you and bad things start to happen when you feel that way.

LU
No they don’t!

THEO
And I don’t want to be alone.

LU
Neither do I!

THEO
I thought I was friends with everyone and then they just left! Without even saying goodbye to
me.

LU
I’m not going to do that.
as of 2/11/16 112

THEO
But if you did, it would be so much worse.
And that – that’s scary.

LU
It’s not scary to care about someone!

THEO
We could turn into Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac.

LU
Are those your friends?

THEO
No, they lived in The Old Country. Russ told me about them.

THEO
FANNIE MAE LOVED FREDDIE MAC
SHE GAVE HERSELF A HEART ATTACK
BY RIDIN’ TOO FAST AND TALKIN’ TOO SLOW
DOWN SHE GOES

LU
That is NOT what happens! In real life…

THEO
Mhmm, listen.
FANNIE MAE LOVED FREDDIE MAC
BUT FREDDIE DIDN’T LOVE HER BACK
STUCK IN HIS SPELL SHE NEVER COULD TELL
DOWN SHE GOES
DOWN SHE GOES
DOWN SHE GOES
SHE GOES, SHE GOES, SHE GOES

BOTH
DOWN, DOWN, DOWN, DOWN SHE GOES
DOWN, DOWN, DOWN, DOWN SHE GOES
DOWN, DOWN, DOWN, DOWN SHE GOES
SHE GOES, SHE GOES

THEO
WHEN FREDDIE MAC LEFT FANNIE MAE
SHE HAD NOTHING LEFT TO SAY
ONE SHOT IN THE HEAD
AND FANNY WAS DEAD
DOWN SHE/ GOES
as of 2/11/16 113

LU
Hey hey hey hey, no!
When you care about someone, it isn’t supposed to HURT you!

THEO
You’re wrong.

LU
I guess it COULD be tragic but if it was it’d be in a beautiful, magical kind of way.
ON THE EDGE OF POINTLESS PONDRIN'
ON THE LEDGE OF PITY'S PEAK
'NEATH THE HEDGE OF POOR OLD PLINY
LIES THE PRAIRIE THAT I SPEAK OF
LOVE, YOU DON'T GET TO LEAVE ME
LOVE, YOU DON’T GET TO GO
LOVE, YOU DON’T GET TO LEAVE ME
OH LOVE, YOU DON’T GET TO GO
THEO
ON THE BRINK OF WILDLY WONDRIN' DOWN, DOWN, DOWN, DOWN
IN THE SINK OF WOOLY WOES SHE GOES, SHE GOES
IN THE LINK OF WINNIE'S WINDIN' IF FANNIE MAE LOVED FREDDIE
LIES THE WORRY THAT I CHOSE YOU MAC, FREDDIE WOULD’VE
LOVED HER BACK
LOVE, YOU DON'T GET TO LEAVE ME DOWN SHE GOES, DOWN, DOWN,
LOVE, YOU DON’T GET TO GO DOWN, DOWN SHE GOES, SHE
GOES, SHE GOES

BOTH
LOVE, YOU DON’T GET TO LEAVE ME
OH LOVE, YOU DON’T GET TO GO
OH LOVE, YOU DON’T GET TO LEAVE ME
OH LOVE, YOU DON’T GET TO GO

(THEO kisses LU and they dance. Their journey to Philadelphia becomes a


folktale of its own, sung by a chorus of shadows. As they dance, the day passes,
they are closer and closer to Philadelphia with each step.)

SHADOWS
SHE KISSED AN ANGEL
HE LAUGHED AT THUNDER
I CARRIED MOUNTAINS AND
WE BURROWED UNDER
SHE DRANK A STORM CLOUD
HE PLAYED WITH FIRE
I BURIED MONSTERS AND
WE JOURNEYED HIGHER
as of 2/11/16 114

SCENE V

(IPHY has tied WILLA to a tree outside the bunker. WILLA has found another
flower.)

WILLA
He loves me…he loves me…not…he loves me –

(IPHY enters without her hazmat suit.)

IPHY
NOT.
I gave you a moment, ready to tell the truth now?

WILLA
Yes, I’m BEING truthful.

IPHY
How can I tell??

WILLA
Because I’m tied up! You literally almost TAZED me, I’m telling you the truth!

IPHY
Lu doesn’t know how to get to Philadelphia.

WILLA
She said she was going back to her family in Philadelphia.

IPHY
My sister spent the last 15 years in that bunker with me…that’s where she’s been. You’re
looking at her family.

WILLA
She said / she was -

IPHY
TELL me where she is…

WILLA
There’s no group…?

IPHY
No!

WILLA
You were trapped down there for 15 years??
as of 2/11/16 115

IPHY
No! We lived there.

WILLA
Voluntarily??

IPHY
Yes! We were waiting.

WILLA
For WHAT.

IPHY
I don’t have to explain myself to you, SHUT / your –

WILLA
No wonder you’re both bananas.

IPHY
I’m NOT a banana!

WILLA
How could you do that to someone else? You kept her down there! You kept a little kid
underground.

IPHY
I was a /little kid too!

WILLA
Why did you / do that?

IPHY
WHY DID I…
WHY DID I?!
DON’T YOU HAVE BETTER THINGS TO DO
THAN TO SIT HERE POINTING
YOUR FINGERS / AT ME

WILLA
I’m tied up.
IPHY
I KNOW!
I KNOW.
I KNOW THERE WERE REASONS
BUT NONE OF THEM SEEM
NONE OF THEM MEAN
ALL OF THEM FLOATING –
as of 2/11/16 116

WILLA
The reasons?

IPHY
SOMEWHERE I CAN’T REALLY –
BUT I HAD THEM
I HAD TO HAVE THEM…
THE DANGERS, THE FEARS,
THE SMELL OF THE FIRES
STILL RINGS IN MY EARS
BUT HOW WOULD YOU KNOW?
HOW WOULD YOU KNOW?

WILLA
But, you never just thought to like…peek out?

IPHY
No.

WILLA
Didn’t you wonder?

IPHY
DIDN’T I …
DIDN’T I?!
DON’T YOU HAVE SOMEWHERE ELSE TO GO,
I’D LIKE TO BE LEFT HERE
ALONE FOR / A WHILE

WILLA
I’m tied up.

IPHY
THAT’S RIGHT!
THAT’S RIGHT.
THAT’S RIGHT, THERE ARE REASONS
I NEVER PEEKED OUT
NEVER TO SHOUT,
“HEY, WORLD I’M DOWN HERE!”

WILLA
Help!

IPHY
YES, DOWN HERE I CAN’T REALLY –
BUT I HAD THEM
I HAD TO HAVE THEM…
as of 2/11/16 117

WILLA
Oh reasons?

IPHY
THE WINDSTORMS, THE FROST
THE CHEESE WOULD GET MOLDY
AND WE WOULD BE LOST…
BUT HOW WOULD YOU KNOW?
HOW WOULD YOU KNOW?
HOW WOULD YOU KNOW?
HOW WOULD YOU KNOW?

WILLA
I was there, I saw it too, I DO know…

IPHY
HOW WOULD YOU FEEL
IF YOUR MOM LEFT YOU ALONE
AND YOU DIDN’T KNOW
IF SHE PLANNED ON COMING BACK?

HOW WOULD YOU DEAL


WITH A RAGING WAR
OUTSIDE YOUR DOOR?
WOULD YOU RISK YOUR SISTER’S LIFE
JUST FOR A TASTE OF THE SUN?
OR TRY TO CONVINCE HER
THAT LIFE IN A BUNKER IS FUN…
INSIDE
WHERE YOU HIDE
WHERE YOU LIED…agggghhhh!

WILLA
Shouldn’t you go find her then? / Instead of tying me up?

IPHY
SHOULDN’T I?
SHOULDN’T I?!
BETCHA YOU THINK YOU’RE MIGHTY SMART
TRYING TO GET ME TO
LET YOU GO/ FREE

WILLA
Untie me!!!

IPHY
I WON’T
as of 2/11/16 118

I WON’T!
I DON’T NEED A REASON
I JUST NEED A HAND
PLEASE UNDERSTAND
I DON’T WANT TO HURT YOU

WILLA
Oh sure…

IPHY
IT’S JUST THAT I’M WANTING TO…
TRY TO FIND HER
I HAVE TO FIND HER
SHE’S ALL THAT I’VE GOT
SO YOU’RE GOING TO HELP
IF YOU LIKE IT OR NOT
SO GIVE ME THE BLAME!

WILLA
You’re crazy!

IPHY
AND CALL ME A NAME
BUT HOW WOULD YOU KNOW?
HOW WOULD YOU KNOW?
HOW WOULD YOU KNOW?
YOU KNOW? YOU KNOW?

(WILLA knocks IPHY out with a rock. She manages to untie herself and escapes.)
as of 2/11/16 119

SCENE VI

(Lights up on THEO and LU, walking.)

LU and THEO
DOWN, DOWN, DOWN, DOWN SHE GOES!
DOWN, DOWN, DOWN, DOWN SHE GOES!
DOWN, DOWN, DOWN, DOWN SHE GOES, SHE GOES, SHE -

(They arrive at the edges of a town/city. There is town/city debris.)

LU
I wonder where we are.

THEO
This seems like a village maybe!
KIRBY!
Jack?
Heyyyy!

LU
We must be lost, I’ll see if Pinwheel can give us directions.

(LU blows into Pinwheel, then listens. THEO explores.)

THEO
Hey!
Another Ford Focus!

LU
Wow!

THEO
Just like mine! Except this one says Ah-ooh-dee. Maybe they’re related?
(He dusts of the license plate. It reads: 1PhilyFan)
1 Pilifen
1 Pillefin
1 Pleefin?

LU
Look! A sidewalk.
Told you.

(THEO notices a clock.)

THEO
A clocktower!
as of 2/11/16 120

LU
No, not a clocktower! Those are up high.

THEO
I think it’s broken, like mine.

LU
There’s another Ford Focus over there!

THEO
There’s a bunch of them!

LU
Why are all the doors open?

THEO
And none of them are moving.

LU
Ohhhh, I guess they’re parked.
(She bends down and picks up a burnt jacket. She puts it on. The arms fall off.)
Why is this burnt?

(THEO bends down and scoops up a handful of ash.)

THEO
The ground is weird here.

(THEO coughs.)

LU
I think it’s sand.
But that’s supposed to be by the ocean.

THEO
Maybe we’re near the ocean?

(Something near them pops and fizzles.)

LU
Hello??

THEO
Why are the trees growing out of the houses?

LU
We’re definitely not in Philadelphia because it would be noisy! There would be people
everywhere.
as of 2/11/16 121

THEO
Unless they’re sleeping?

LU
No, no. No, there would be people and noise and music and lights! There aren’t any lights.
(LU points to a traffic light.)
There should be a light in there.
The lights are on all the time. And there would be ice cream parlors.

THEO
What?

LU
Ice cream!!! You scoop it out of a bucket and then it melts all over you! You eat it while you
walk.

THEO
Where’s the grass?

(LU circles back to the clockface.)


LU
(examining it)
It does look like Thomas Stretch’s clockface…

THEO
But then / why is it –

LU
Why is it down here? Where’s the rest of it -

THEO
Is it…?

LU
Look for the rest of it!

THEO
I don’t / see anything –

LU
Why would it fall over? Something’s wrong.

THEO
Wait…
(He goes back to the car and reads the license plate.)
1 Philly…fan.
as of 2/11/16 122

LU
No, I thought it said -

THEO
Lu, are we…?

LU
No, it’s not – it can’t be –
(It dawns on them that this IS IN FACT, Philadelphia.)
PHILLY, PHILLY PHILADELPHIA
DID YOU REALLY DISAPPEAR?
NOTHING TO BE FOUND
BUT ASHES ON THE GROUND
NONE OF THIS IS RIGHT,
MAMA SHOULD BE HERE.
STOP PRETENDING PHILADELPHIA
WHERE’S THE ENDING THAT WE PLANNED?
YOU SAID THE PICTURES IN MY BOOK
WAS HOW THE WORLD WOULD LOOK
BUT EVERYONE IS GONE
I DON’T UNDERSTAND.
PIGEONS!
PIGEONS SHOULD BE FLYING
FILLING THE SKY!
(She almost starts to cry.)
YOU MAY THINK YOU’RE CLEVER
PHILADELPHIA
BUT I’M NEVER GIVING IN
MAMA, IF YOU’RE OUT THERE
NEAR OR FAR
I WILL COME AND FIND YOU
WHERE YOU ARE

THEO
So glad I betrayed my family to visit a graveyard.

LU
Pinwheel or your clock might’ve mislead us, they ARE broken.

THEO
That Pinwheel isn’t telling you anything!

LU
Yes it is!

THEO
It needs glue or string but we don’t HAVE any because your stupid bunker is locked and now we
can’t go back! I can’t ever go back.
as of 2/11/16 123

LU
Your family lied to you.

THEO
They did not, this city was obviously destroyed in the Old Country.

LU
But they never TOLD you it was here!

THEO
It’s a graveyard, a pit of trash.

LU
I need to find Iphy, she’s all alone!

THEO
Iphy is GONE, /just like this city!

LU
And we need to fix pinwheel –

THEO
Pinwheel doesn’t TELL you anything!

LU
It does! IPHY!

THEO
Your pinwheel doesn’t talk, it’s a child’s toy

LU
Your friends probably left because they couldn’t stand you!

THEO
Your Mom is probably dead!

LU
Your friends are dead!

THEO
You’ll never find your sister!

(LU gets up.)

LU
Good luck finding your friends.
as of 2/11/16 124

THEO
I don’t need you anymore.

LU
I wish I’d never met you.

THEO
You can’t find your way back without ME!
(Pause.)

LU
I’ll prove it.
I’ll be perfectly fine.

(She starts to exit, rips the jar necklace off of her neck, throws it at him. She
leaves. He picks up the jar. It is broken.)

THEO
(Softly)
You broke it.
(The firefly flies away.)
YOU BROKE IT.
GOOD LUCK FINDING YOUR –

(THEO crawls into the Ford Focus and starts to cry. THEO hides from the sight
of the ruins. Time passes. The sun rises and sets. A chorus of shadows sings a
mournful echo of their previously joyful song.)

SHADOWS
SHE KISSED AN ANGEL
HE LAUGHED AT THUNDER
I CARRIED MOUNTAINS AND
WE BURROWED UNDER

SHE DRANK A STORM CLOUD


HE PLAYED WITH FIRE
I BURIED MONSTERS AND
WE JOURNEYED HIGHER

(It starts to rain. The rain rains harder. Harder. HARDER. Lightning hits a
telephone poll, part of it crashes down. The rain softens.)

DEZ (o.s.)
THEO!
THEO!

THEO
Mom!
as of 2/11/16 125

DEZ
THEO!
(She joins him in the (faux) Ford Focus. She holds him close.)
I’ve been looking for two days for you and for Willa.
Thank god I’ve got you.
You know, I was almost hoping you wouldn’t be here.
That you’d…missed it.
Where’s Lu?

THEO
She left.

DEZ
We’ll find her.

THEO
You lived here, you lived through this?

DEZ
(nods)
I can’t remember it though.
My life before it all –

(Makes explosion gesture.)

THEO
Why didn’t you tell me?
Your whole world was destroyed!

DEZ
I wanted you to have a different life.
A life where you weren’t afraid that everything in the world was…was gone.
A life far away from the horrors that were OUT there.

THEO
But THIS is what’s out there for me! This is the end of everything I’ve ever believed in.
You told me that the world out here was full of horrible things, but nothing like this.

DEZ
I know, / but please look at me.

THEO
Everything I thought –

DEZ
Look at me.
as of 2/11/16 126

You’re at the beginning.


You can make anything happen, you can fill your life with whatever you want.

THEO
I don’t know what I want!

DEZ
We all have a moment where life disappoints us.
When we realize the world isn’t what we imagined, and we think it’s the end.
This is just one ending.
Your life starts over.
Like mine did – my life started over when I found you.

THEO
When you FOUND me?
(Pause.)

DEZ
Yes. Finding you was the most important moment of my life.

THEO
So I’m not even yours.
I don’t belong anywhere!

DEZ
Of course you do.
You’re still my son.
This isn’t the end.
Everyone in your life is still here.
And we all love you.

THEO
But what about everybody who loved you?
How do you get over missing them?

DEZ
I / think –

THEO
How do you get over that?

(Pause.)

DEZ
WHEN MY HEART BREAKS AND I JUST SIGH
WHEN THERE’S NO PAIN IN A GOODBYE
WHEN I FEEL SAD BUT I CAN’T CRY
I CAN ALWAYS FEEL THE RAIN
as of 2/11/16 127

WHEN I FALL DOWN, WHEN I LOSE STEAM


WHEN I’M SO NUMB THAT I CAN’T SCREAM
WHEN IT ALL FEELS LIKE A BAD DREAM
I CAN ALWAYS FEEL THE RAIN
AND IT FEELS WARM

LIKE A SOFT KISS


AND THE FEELING IS FAMILIAR
I REMEMBER THIS
EVERY DROP IS LIKE A MEMORY
AND THE MEMORIES COLLIDE
AND I FEEL LIKE I’M SOMEONE
SOMEWHERE INSIDE

LIKE A FIREFLY IN THE PALE DAWN


I CAN SHINE BRIGHT, I CAN MOVE ON
AND I’LL STILL BURN WHEN THE LIGHT’S GONE

BUT UNTIL I FIND


WHAT I LEFT BEHIND
IN AN OLD REFRAIN
I CAN ALWAYS FEEL THE RAIN

THEO
I’m sorry.

DEZ
All I have are these pieces that I try to collect as they flit past me.
The other day I thought I heard a melody I’d known from before.

THEO
What kind of melody?

DEZ
It’s silly, it’s this little melody I’m always humming, usually I don’t even realize I’m doing it,
Kane always makes fun of me because I can’t remember any of the words…

THEO
So you really heard it?

DEZ
Yes.

Theo
Then I believe you! You aren’t making it up.
I’m gonna find Lu and you’re gonna find your song.
as of 2/11/16 128

DEZ
Shhh, we should go back.

THEO
You said we’re starting over.
Let’s both start over.

DEZ
I’m not going running around the woods looking for a broken song.

THEO
You’ve been waiting to find your new beginning and you finally have a chance to do it…you’ll
never find it if we sit here moping.
Kay?

DEZ
I–

THEO
Kay?
(Dez looks Theo in the eyes. Pause.)

DEZ
Kay.

THEO
I’ll help you.

(She beeps the horn. She shouts to an invisible traffic jam.)

DEZ
LET’S MOVE IT, C’MON.

THEO
Yeah! We’re in a hurry!

(They beep the horn together.)

DEZ
C’mon.

(They leave the car.)


as of 2/11/16 129

Scene VII

(LU arrives outside the bunker and sees IPHY’s hazmat suit hanging up. She
thinks it is IPHY and starts to yell at it.)

LU
Thanks for lying to me AGAIN. Pinwheel is still broken and Philly is still a pile of trash, if only
you’d told me that before I spent my entire life dreaming about it! I hate you! Hey! Turn around!

(She approaches the suit and realizes that IPHY is not in the suit. She starts to
cry. IPHY emerges from the bunker.)

IPHY
Lu!

(IPHY scoots next to her, strokes her back.)

LU
I’m sorry! I’m sorry!

IPHY
It’s ok! I’ve got you.

LU
I met someone I thought – I thought would help me find –

IPHY
Did they?

LU
Kind of – he helped me get to Philadelphia but it was just – just - there wasn’t –

IPHY
I know – I know –

LU
I’m sorry! I’m so glad I found you!

IPHY
You were right, though! Out here isn’t…as bad as I thought.
I’m sorry I was being mean.

LU
I’m sorry I broke pinwheel.

IPHY
It’s ok! You found me…
(LU hands her pinwheel.)
as of 2/11/16 130

PINWHEEL, PINWHEEL
WE’VE BEEN PATIENT
WAITING FOREVER FOR YOU TO SPIN ON YOUR OWN
IF YOU’D SPIN, WE’D KNOW: MAMA WAS NEAR
JUST ONE SPIN, WE’D KNOW: NOTHING TO FEAR
MIGHT NOT FEEL SO ALONE
MIGHT NOT FEEL SO ALONE

LU
PINWHEEL, PINWHEEL
YOU WERE PERFECT
WHY COULDN'T YOU FIND HER LIKE YOU DID IN OUR DREAMS?
BUT A DREAM'S A DREAM, IT NEVER COMES TRUE
JUST FORGET THAT DREAM AND START IT ANEW
YOU CAN SPIN ON YOUR OWN
I CAN SPIN ON MY OWN
‘CAUSE NOW I HAVE THE WIND

IPHY
YES, NOW I HAVE THE BREEZE

BOTH
AND MAYBE I DON'T NEED THE THINGS
I THOUGHT I'D NEED
FOR GROWING

LU
IT'S NICE JUST KNOWING

BOTH
WE'VE ALWAYS BEEN SPINNING
I'VE ALWAYS BEEN SPINNING INSIDE
LIKE A ….

LU IPHY
PINWHEEL (PINWHEEL)
PINWHEEL (PINWHEEL)
WE WERE
BROKEN BROKEN

IPHY
BUT STILL WE KEEP SPINNING,
THOUGH OUR SPOKES COME AND GO

LU
AND ONE DAY SOON SHE MIGHT COME ALONG
YES ONE DAY SOON SHE'LL WHISTLE HER SONG
as of 2/11/16 131

IPHY
AND MAYBE SHE WON'T,

LU
BUT MAYBE SHE WONT…

LU IPHY
BUT MAYBE SHE WILL BUT MAYBE SHE WILL

PINWHEEL (PINWHEEL)
PINWHEEL (PINWHEEL)
AH AH

‘CAUSE NOW WE HAVE, ‘CAUSE NOW WE HAVE THE WIND


NOW WE HAVE TH WIND! YES, NOW WE HAVE
NOW WE HAVE THE BREEZE
AND
MAYBE I DON’T THINK I NEED MAYBE I DON’T THINK I NEED
THE THINGS I THOUGHT I’D NEED THE THINGS I THOUGHT I’D NEED
FOR GROWING FOR GROWING
IT’S NICE JUST KNOWING
WE’VE ALWAYS BEEN SPINNING
I’VE ALWAYS BEEN I’VE ALWAYS BEEN
SPINNING INSIDE SPINNING INSIDE
AND NOBODY KNOWS AND NOBODY KNOWS
JUST WHY THE WIND BLOWS JUST WHY THE WIND BLOWS
BUT I KNOW WHAT I KNOW BUT I KNOW WHAT I KNOW
AND I’LL SPIN AND I’LL GO ON AND I’LL SPIN AND I’LL GO ON
SPINNING SPINNING
SPINNING FOREVER SPINNING FOREVER
PINWHEEL PINWHEEL
PINWHEEL
PINWHEEL
PINWHEL PINWHEEL

(They hug.)
as of 2/11/16 132

SCENE VIII

(WILLA enters the cave, finds KANE passed out in a puddle of wine.)

WILLA
Hey!

KANE
Shhhhhhhhhhimmy.
Shimmy.
Snaps!

WILLA
What’s wrong with you?!

KANE
I’m peachy! See you got rescued.

WILLA
Are you ok?

KANE
Very cozy.

WILLA
Get up!

KANE
No thanks.

WILLA
I thought you were out with Dez, where is she?

KANE
She doesn’t want me!

WILLA
Of course she does.

KANE
No one does, I destroyed our home, no one / wants me.

WILLA
Get up! Please just get up.

KANE
No!
as of 2/11/16 133

WILLA
Please, Kane!

KANE
I can’t, I ruined everything! Now no one will take me back.

WILLA
You really believe it’s the traditions and the chanting and the wonder and amazement and the
lying and the forgetting that got you through the last 15 years?

KANE
Yes.

WILLA
Dez got you through the last 15 years.
She got you through it and you can’t just give up.

KANE
She won’t want to see me.

WILLA
No, not like THIS.
(She takes the wine away from him.)
You can’t just crawl away like a coward.

KANE
I’m not -

(Pause.)

WILLA
IN THE LEMONY LIGHT THE PAST IS ALL BEHIND YOU
AND WHATEVER YOU THOUGHT WAS GONE, IS NOT…
Well… it’s mostly gone.
BUT IN THE LEMONY LIGHT THE ONES YOU LOVE WILL FIND YOU.
SO YOU MESS UP? JUST FESS UP! MOVE ON.

KANE
How?

WILLA
IN THE LEMONY LIGHT YOUR TEARS ARE TEARS OF LAUGHTER
AND THE BITTER TASTE IS BETTER YES INDEED
SO FORGET ABOUT YOUR PLIGHT
CAUSE THE WORLD IS LOOKIN’ BRIGHT
IN THE JIMINY,

KANE
as of 2/11/16 134

(drunkenly fumbled)
JEMONY,

BOTH
LIMONY, LEMONY LIGHT!

IN THE GLOW (IN THE GLOW)


YOU CAN GO (YOU CAN GO)
TO THAT LITTLE MISS
WHOSE CANDY KISS
TURNS SOUR TO SWEET
AND THE GOLDEN GLINT IN HER EYE (GOLDEN GLINT)
SETS YOUR SLUMBERING HEART ABLAZE
SENDS YOU ROCKETING THROUGH THE SKY

(THEO runs in.)

THEO
Where is everyone? Have you seen Lu?

KANE
They’re all dead.

THEO and WILLA


WHO?!

KANE
The batteries.

WILLA
Batteries for WHAT?

KANE
Russ’s secret radio.
Which is my old radio.
He’s got it.
I found them.
They’re dead.
(He reveals the dead batteries.)
Wait…
We have lemons /

WILLA
Ohhhhhhh no. Slidin’ back.

KANE
/and if we had some copper and nails and then bridged them to a second lemon -
as of 2/11/16 135

THEO
What?

KANE
I used to do this with my science class when we learned about electricity –

THEO
Oh.

KANE
Wait!

WILLA
What?

KANE
Wait!

THEO, WILLA
WHAT!

KANE
WAIT I’M HAVING A THOUGHT

WILLA
OH MY GOD NOT A THOUGHT

THEO
WAIT HE’S HAVING A THOUGHT!

WILLA
OK FINE

KANE
WELL WHAT IF THE POWER WE NEED FOR THE RADIO

WILLA
MAYBE, OH!

THEO
CAME FROM

KANE
THE LEMONS!

WILLA
THE LEMONS! WAIT, WHY?
as of 2/11/16 136

KANE
I TOLD YOU, THE LEMONY JUICES COULD…

WILLA
OH! IT PRODUCES THE VOLTS

THEO
WHAT’S A VOLTS?

KANE
NEVERMIND, BUT WE’LL NEED MORE THAN ONE

THEO
MAYBE THREE?

KANE
NO, A TON OF THEM!

THEO
WELL THEN WE BETTER START LOOKING RIGHT NOW!

KANE
OH MY GOD I’M EXCITED!

THEO
WE’VE GOT TO START MOVING

KANE
TO THINK WE COULD GET IT TO WORK…

WILLA
ARE YOU MOVING?!

KANE
ALL RIGHT! LOOK I’M MOVING LET’S FIND THEM

THEO
LET’S FIND THEM

WILLA
(Dragging KANE along)
HEY THIS WAY!

THEO
WE’LL FIND THEM!

KANE
WHERE???
as of 2/11/16 137

ALL
IN THE LEMONY LIGHT A MIRACLE CAN HAPPEN
AND THE MIRACLE

KANE WILLA THEO


THAT MIRACLE IS YOU!
ME? ME?
ACTUALLY ME!
SO LET’S MARCH!
MARCH! MARCH!
NEVER QUIT!
NEVER QUIT! NEVER QUIT!
SOLDIER ON!
SOLDIER ON! SOLDIER ON!
WHEN WE SPIT
EW! EW!
IN THE JIMONY
JEMONY
LIMONEY
LEMONY LEMONY (scatting) LEMONY
JIMONY JEMONY SCOODA BA DA JIMONY JEMONY
LIMONY LEMONY BWA BWA BWA LIMONY LEMONY
JIMONY JEMONY JIMONY JEMONY
LIMONY LEMONY LIMONY LEMONY LIMONY LEMONY
LIGHT! LIGHT! LIGHT

(They exit with a wheelbarrow to gather lemons.)


as of 2/11/16 138

Scene IX

(Lights up on RUSS and TOPHER in the woods at night. RUSS fiddles with the
radio. TOPHER is playing his rainstick.)

RUSS
Willa!
Theooooo!
(Pause.)
I feel like this is my fault.
I thought it was important for him to – to figure it out himself.
Right?
Hey!

TOPHER
Sorry, I was thinking.

RUSS
I was thinking too! I was thinking aloud at you, man.

TOPHER
Russ?

RUSS
What??

TOPHER
Am I valiant?

RUSS
YES. Sure!

TOPHER
Sure??

RUSS
What do you want me to say?

TOPHER
I don’t know!

RUSS
We aren’t getting anywhere!

TOPHER
Just tell me if I’m valiant or not.

RUSS
as of 2/11/16 139

Do you want to be valiant?

TOPHER
Yes!

RUSS
Then you’re valiant, ok? Can you please help me look for them? We have to look for them! I
need your help!

TOPHER
Willa doesn’t even want me to find her.

RUSS
But I want you to find her, ok? Get up!

TOPHER
She doesn’t like that I try to stay positive!
She wants me to be sad like her.

RUSS
You remember that time a branch fell on my leg?
And I thought we were gonna have to amputate it?
And you were sitting there singing to me “We shall overcome” over and over and over and over.
And I hit you?

TOPHER
Yeah…

RUSS
You can be happy!
But you can just tone it down sometimes.
Like right now, right now you seem toned down.

TOPHER
Because I might not ever see my kid! And then I start thinking about my life before and how
much I miss it and how much I wish I had died too.

RUSS
I have a moment like that almost every day.
(TOPHER plays the rainstick.)
But it’s ok to have moments like that.

TOPHER
How can I –

(RUSS is sniffing the air.)

RUSS
as of 2/11/16 140

Wait –

TOPHER
What?

RUSS
Shhhh!

(RUSS sniffs the air.)

TOPHER
What is it?

RUSS
Shhhh!
(Sniffs. He sniffs his way to the bunker. RUSS finds a piece of cheese.)
Cheese!

(They notice IPHY and LU asleep outside. TOPHER stifles a scream.)

RUSS
Dead?

TOPHER
Or asleep?

(RUSS gets down on his knees and listens to IPHY’s heartbeat. She comes to. She
grabs RUSS but TOPHER tackles her. They all pant. They look at each other.)

LU
Gus!

TOPHER
Where’s THEO?

IPHY
HANDS OFF HER.

LU
I don’t know!
(RUSS ties IPHY and LU up.)
I really don’t know!

RUSS
(motioning to the bunker entrance)
Down here!

TOPHER
as of 2/11/16 141

Stay there!
Willa?!?!

(TOPHER and RUSS go into the bunker. IPHY and LU struggle to get out of their
ties. THEO enters with a flashlight and a bag full of lemons.)

THEO
Hey!

IPHY
BACK UP.

LU
This is Iphy.

THEO
I’m Theo.
(untying them, carefully)
Who tied you up??

LU
Your friends – Topher and Gus.

THEO
I’m so sorry.

LU
I guess everyone thinks I’m a creep who crawled out of the ground.

THEO
I don’t / think that.

LU
But I’m not! We’re not.
So just tell your friends to leave us alone, ok?

THEO
No!
(IPHY approaches him, a threat.)

IPHY
Watch it.

THEO
I don’t want to leave you alone!
I want to live with you – with you guys.
I’m sorry I said all those things.
Can we start over?
as of 2/11/16 142

Please, I wish I hadn’t said them.

LU
But you did.

THEO
I want to help you.

LU
We’ve been fine without you our entire lives.

THEO
We shouldn’t treat this like The End, just ‘cause Philly is gone.

LU
We can’t have any of the things we wanted.
Like have picnics with Mama or feed the pigeons.
Or driving Ford Focus into to the mountains.

THEO
We could still go to the mountains.

LU
Where? Do you see any?

THEO
We could find some.

IPHY
We aren’t going with you!

LU
We’re not going with him, /don’t worry.

THEO
I don’t want to be like Fannie and Freddie.
I want to be like us.

IPHY
(to LU)
He’s the one you trusted?

THEO
I know! I know I can’t ask you to trust me right away.
But I’m gonna –

LU
Prove it?
as of 2/11/16 143

THEO
ALL MY LIFE I WAS STUCK LIVIN’ IN A SHELL
I WAS SURE THERE WAS NOTHIN’ ELSE, AS FAR AS I COULD TELL
I NEVER FOUND THE SECRET, I NEVER HAD A PLAN
TIME WAS RUNNING OUT FOR ME BEFORE IT BEGAN

BEFORE THE END I WANTED MORE THAN YURTS AND BUNKERS


BEFORE THE END I THOUGHT I’D SAIL TO TIMBUKTU
BEFORE THE END I WANTED EVERYTHING AND NOTHING LESS WOULD DO
BUT IT'S THE END NOW, AND I'D RATHER BE WITH YOU

THEO & LU
I NEVER KNEW WHOSE LIFE I WAS IN
NEVER KNEW IF TIME WAS REAL OR JUST PRETEND
(I) THOUGHT I’D NEED ADVENTURE TO GET MY LIFE ON TRACK
BUT YOU’RE MY BIG ADVENTURE AND I’M NEVER LOOKING BACK

THEO
BEFORE THE END I THOUGHT I’D DRIVE MY OWN FORD FOCUS
BEFORE THE END I THOUGHT I’D RIDE A KANGAROO
BEFORE THE END I THOUGHT I’D CLIMB THE TALLEST MOUNTAIN IN PERU
BUT IT'S THE END NOW, AND I’D RATHER CLIMB ON YOU
(use whatever syllables you prefer, these are just suggestions)
WOAH
WOAH
DOO
NA NA NA NA

THEO LU
(follow whatever syllables Theo uses)
WOAH (WOAH)
WOAH (WOAH)
AH (AH)
NA NA NA NA (NA NA NA NA)

NO TIME IS RUNNIN’ (NO TIME IS RUNNIN’)


IT’S JUST PRETEND (IT’S JUST PRETEND)
WE HAVE FOREVER (WE HAVE FOREVER)
BEFORE THE END (BEFORE THE END)
NO MATTER WHETHER (NO MATTER WHETHER)
WE LIVE OR DIE (WE LIVE OR DIE)
WE HAVE EACH OTHER (WE HAVE EACH OTHER)

THEO
JUST YOU AND I

I MIGHT NEVER GET TO LICK A SCOOP OF ICE CREAM


as of 2/11/16 144

I MIGHT NEVER GET TO FLY IN A TV

LU
(Laughing)
That’s not how it works!

THEO
BUT IT’S SCARIER BY FAR
TO BE AWAY FROM WHERE YOU ARE
AND IF THAT’S HERE FOREVER
THERE’S NO PLACE ELSE I’D RATHER BE

BEFORE THE END I WANT TO KISS YOU EVERY SECOND

LU
Every second?

THEO
BEFORE THE END I WANT TO STICK TO YOU LIKE GLUE
BEFORE THE END I WANT TO BE THERE AND SEE EVERYTHING YOU DO
AND WHEN THE END COMES, WELL AT LEAST I’LL BE WITH YOU,

MY LOVE AND LAUGHTER, YOU,


MY EVER AFTER, YOU,
MY BIG DISASTER, YOU
‘CAUSE AT THE END, HEY, WELL AT LEAST I’LL BE WITH YOU

(TOPHER climbs back up, winded.)

TOPHER
Theo!
(He hugs THEO.)

THEO
Topher!

TOPHER
(to THEO)
Ok, buddy, stay calm, but they escaped.

THEO
I KNOW.
They are our friends.

TOPHER
You sure?
as of 2/11/16 145

(IPHY eyes him suspiciously. WILLA and KANE enter pushing a giant
wheelbarrow of lemons, RUSS pops out of the bunker.)

RUSS
Really??? With the lemons???

TOPHER
WILLA!

IPHY
(to WILLA)
WHAT are you doing back here…

WILLA
(to IPHY)
Stay over there.

(TOPHER hugs WILLA.)

TOPHER
(referring to her stomach)
Sorry! Was that too hard!

WILLA
No.

RUSS
What’s in your mouth?

IPHY
20-year-old cheese.

RUSS
(to IPHY)
Is…there more?

(IPHY looks at LU.)

IPHY
…this way.
DON’T touch anything…

(RUSS squeals with delight. He follows IPHY into the bunker.)

KANE
The rest is down the hill – help me bring them up!

(LU and THEO go help KANE.)


as of 2/11/16 146

WILLA
Look, I’m sorry I told you not to come with me.

TOPHER
Yeah, / well I just –

WILLA
I wanted you to WANT to come and /

TOPHER
Willa –

WILLA
/it didn’t seem like you wanted to come, but I really didn’t mean to hurt your / feelings.

TOPHER
WILLA.
I was thinking about what you said.
About me not being valiant./

WILLA
Gopher, please, I didn’t –

TOPHER
/And I might not be!
I’m afraid most of the time.
I’m afraid of talking about – what happened, about my old life, but I want to move on, I want to
tell you stories, I want to share that with you even if it scares me, ok?

WILLA
Ok.

TOPHER
I’m gonna try.
My little anarch.

WILLA
…ist.

TOPHER
My littleIST anarch.

(She kisses him. KANE, LU, and THEO enter with more lemons.)

TOPHER
(to WILLA, re KANE)
Has he completely lost it?
as of 2/11/16 147

KANE
(to LU)
Have any wires down there?

LU
Please. Of course.

KANE
C’mon help me bring them up.
We have to juice them and get the radio working!

TOPHER
A RADIO??

KANE
Now that we know these two were living here, we know there could be others!

THEO
C’mon!
(WILLA and TOPHER enter the bunker behind KANE.)
My mom was supposed to -
She said she’d meet us back here.

LU
I can stay up here in case she gets back.

THEO
Thanks.

LU
Get that radio working, I wanna listen to a podcast!

(THEO kisses her then runs down to the bunker. LU hums into the pinwheel. She
hears DEZ yelling.)

DEZ (o.s.)
Theo!
Theo!
(DEZ enters.)
Theo?!

LU
Hey!

DEZ
Lu! Where’s Theo, did he find you?
as of 2/11/16 148

LU
Yes! He’s down with the others, they found a radio?

DEZ
Wow.

LU
I know. They are trying to get it to work with lemons.

DEZ
Ha. Of course.

LU
Seems pretty preposterous but who knows!

DEZ
Who knows!
(Pause. LU looks into Pinwheel.)
You ok?

LU
Why didn’t you tell Theo about Philadelphia?

DEZ
When we started over he was just a baby.
I always imagined telling him!
“When he’s older!” I thought.
I didn’t want him to grow up worrying that his world could fall apart too.

LU
But it could.

DEZ
I know.
I know.
I’m so sorry for the way we treated you.
Can I make it up to you?

LU
I don’t know.
I don’t know what I want anymore.

DEZ
What did you used to want?

LU
To find Philadelphia, to find my Mama.
as of 2/11/16 149

My Mama said that pinwheel would help us find her…now I know it won’t, but I still –

DEZ
Hey.
We can look for her together!
(LU is out of breath.)
Here, just breathe…
Just breathe.

(LU breathes. She whistles into Pinwheel. DEZ grabs hold of Pinwheel. She
whistles along. LU starts to cry.)

LU
I’m crying!
I never do that!

DEZ
This pinwheel, it. It reminds me of something -
(DEZ closes her eyes, as they hold the pinwheel.)
We were on…Chestnut Street.
We’d hold hands.

LU
Who??

DEZ
And we’d hold hands.
And walk along the river.
And we’d hum…
In the summer!
And the sun would sit in your eyes.

DEZ
LU
PAPER MADE PINWHEELS
CAN YOU SEE?
ARE ALL PIROUETTING
AND ALL OF A SUDDEN THE YEARS OF FORGETTING
ARE FADING AND FLEEING

DEZ AND LU
AND ALL THAT I’M SEEING IS YOU.

LU
Mama?

DEZ
My love!

LU
as of 2/11/16 150

You were so close all this time! Why didn’t you come looking for us? Iphy had to take care of us
herself!

DEZ
I couldn’t – I couldn’t remember anything -
But now I –
I’m so sorry, I’m so sorry.
…all this time you both were on your own.

LU
I have you now.
I’ve GOT you.

(IPHY comes out of the bunker.)

IPHY
Got ‘em!
(IPHY sees DEZ and screams. She runs over to her and hugs her and doesn’t let
go.)

LU
Iphy, you were right!

DEZ
You’re really my little girls?

LU
Yes!
(Pause.)
I missed you.

DEZ
I couldn’t remember, but something in me knew you were out there, and I missed you so, so
much.

(THEO pops up out of the bunker, WILLA, TOPHER, and KANE follow behind.
RUSS follows behind.)

THEO
Mom! You’re not gonna believe this - but we’ve almost got the radio working!

(KANE sets up the radio. He notices DEZ and the girls, but everyone else is too
excited.)

THEO
(to LU)
Are you ok?
as of 2/11/16 151

LU
Yes.

THEO
But you’re crying.

LU
You’ve never happy cried?

THEO
No!

LU
You should try it.

THEO
(gesturing to KANE)
If you say so…look he got it!

KANE
(To LU and DEZ)
So, I had this idea –
…voi-e-la!
(KANE, TOPHER, WILLA and THEO attach the giant pile of lemons to a juicer
mechanism to a copper wire which is attached to the radio. They wait…)

DEZ
Well, a good /effort…

(The radio static flips on.)

WILLA
(Whisper)
Flick through the channels!

(THEO flicks through the channels. One – nothing. Two – nothing. Three –
nothing. Four – nothing. Five – nothing. Six – nothing. Seven – nothing. Eight –
nothing. Nine – then lots of static! A voice is heard amidst the static, but it is not
clear what it is saying. Then, they hear music. They listen in silence…then the
juice runs out. Silence.)

THEO
There are –

WILLA
There are others out there –

LU
as of 2/11/16 152

Maybe we didn’t walk far enough before!

THEO
Maybe they were on the other side of those buildings!

IPHY
Maybe they have a bookstore!

LU
And parking lots!

THEO
And Kirby!

WILLA
Maybe they made it!

TOPHER
We need a plan.

THEO
All we ever do is talk, we never DO anything.

TOPHER
We’re finally back together, we should decide together.

WILLA
I think we should go, leave tomorrow and find the others!

RUSS
You’re having a baby, you shouldn’t be walking up and down mountains –

LU
Good point, Gus.

KANE
And winter is around the corner –

LU
We can all stay here…there’s room for everyone, right Iphy?

IPHY
Yes! Of course.
(to WILLA)
Even her.

DEZ
That’s a wonderful idea.
as of 2/11/16 153

THEO
What if the others get too far away?

TOPHER
We have a radio!
We can look for other batteries down in the bunker!
And after Winter we can go looking for them in -
(Pause.)
Wait –…can we talk about –

DEZ
Philadelphia?
Yes.
And I think we should share our stories with Theo – and with each other.

KANE
When we’re ready.

IPHY
We love stories!

RUSS
And did you see what they have down there?
Sriracha!
We’ll never eat bland slugs again!

(Everyone cheers!)

TOPHER
We’ll be cozy here.

THEO
The eight of us.

TOPHER
You mean…nine of us.

(Pats WILLA’s belly.)

WILLA
And THEN we’ll go search for them?

TOPHER
And we’ll find them!

KANE
And we’ll vow to remember.
as of 2/11/16 154

TOPHER
I vow to remember!

(TOPHER puts his head in. They put their heads in.)

ALL
Wonder and amazement.

(WILLA and TOPHER hug. THEO hugs DEZ, then joins LU who is fiddling with
the radio. KANE walks up to DEZ, IPHY is still wrapped around her.)

KANE
Sorry I abandoned you.

DEZ
Well…you came back.

KANE
Did you find what you were looking for?

DEZ
I did. I think I did.
I’ll tell you later, give me a minute!

(IPHY grabs on to DEZ again.)

THEO
You know, you were right!

LU
WHICH time!?

THEO
If I hadn’t followed you, if you hadn’t believed in Philly, we wouldn’t be here – all together.

LU
All together again!

DEZ
(to IPHY)
I got you.

THEO OTHERS
THERE IT IS – THAT LITTLE FIREFLY. HOO
LOOK, IT’S DANCING CAN’T YOU SEE? OOH

LU
as of 2/11/16 155

CAN YOU HEAR IT SING A LULLABY?

THEO AND LU OTHERS


WHISPERING, “FOLLOW ME…” WHISPERING
CAN YOU SEE?
CAN YOU SEE?
CAN YOU SEE?
ALL
AH (AH)

(LU and THEO hug DEZ. The biggest hug ever. KANE steps forward and begins
to tell the story, as they will tell the story for generations to come.)

KANE
Now we have a new story to tell! Russ…shall we?

RUSS
THE BOY WHO CRIED AN OCEAN, TURNED ROUND IN GREAT SURPRISE

TOPHER
HE FOUND A CHARMING STRANGER SPEWING TANTALIZING LIES

RUSS
SHE TOLD HIM OF A CITY, WHERE MIRACLES CAME TRUE

KANE
SHOULD HE FOLLOW AND BELIEVE HER?
SHOULD HE JUMP INTO THE BLUE?

THEO
So did he?
LU
Yeah! He jumped alright.

DEZ
THE BOY AND GIRL WENT RAMBLING

RUSS
THEY LEFT THE PATH BEHIND

TOPHER
THEY HUNGERED FOR THE TREASURES ONLY

TOPHER & WILLA


PIONEERS COULD FIND

RUSS
THE BOY WAS KEEN TO HELP HER, HE CRAVED A NOBLE QUEST
as of 2/11/16 156

SO THEY SET OFF FOR THE ICY HILLS THAT

ALL
CRACKLED IN THE WEST

DEZ
And the stars were singin’…

ALL
LOVE LOVE LOVE ME
WHEN THE WORLD IS GONE (WHEN THE WORLD IS GONE)
LOVE LOVE LOVE ME
WE’LL KEEP HANGIN’ ON (WE’LL KEEP HANGIN’ ON)
LOVE LOVE LOVE ME

WILLA OTHERS
BABY TAKE MY HAND OOH

TOPHER
LOVE LOVE LOVE, BABY LOVE ME
IN THE AFTERLAND

ALL
(IN THE AFTERLAND) IN THE AFTERLAND

SHE KISSED AN ANGEL


HE LAUGHED AT THUNDER (HE LAUGHED AT THUNDER)
I CARRIED MOUNTAINS (MOUNTAINS)
AND WE BURROWED UNDER (AND UNDER)

RUSS & KANE OTHERS


SHE DRANK A STORM CLOUD
HE PLAYED WITH FIRE
HE PLAYED WITH
WE JOURNEYED HIGHER I BURIED MONSTERS AND
WE JOURNEYED HIGHER WE JOURNEYED HIGHER

WILLA
AT LAST THEY REACHED THE CLOUDTOPS
THEIR CITY CLOSE AT HAND

RUSS & KANE


THEY’D SAILED ON CONSTELLATIONS
‘TIL THEY FINALLY SPOTTED LAND

TOPHER & IPHY


THE WINDS OF FATE WERE BLOWING
SO THEY HELD EACH OTHER TIGHT
as of 2/11/16 157

KANE
AND THEIR HEARTBEATS DRUMMED TOGETHER
AS THEY PLUNGED INTO THE NIGHT

THE AIR WAS THICK WITH STARDUST

TOPHER
THEY MADE THE FINAL CLIMB

LU
From here we’ll see our city!

RUSS
Cried the girl

LU
It’s finally time.

TOPHER
BUT JUST BEFORE THEY REACHED IT
LEAVING EVERYTHING THEY’D KNOWN

ALL (EXCEPT THEO)


HE KISSED HER HAND AND WHISPERED,

THEO
"NOW YOU'LL NEVER DANCE ALONE."

ALL (EXCEPT DEZ) DEZ


AH (AH) AH (AH) and together they closed their eyes and
AH AH (WOAH) jumped… and their hearts were singin’…
WOAH (WOAH) and their hearts were singing!

ALL
LOVE LOVE LOVE ME
WHEN THE WATERS RISE (WHEN THE WATERS RISE)
LOVE LOVE LOVE ME
UNDER BLOODY SKIES (UNDER BLOODY SKIES)
LOVE LOVE LOVE ME

WILLA
BABY TAKE MY HEH-EE-AND

TOPHER
LOVE LOVE LOVE, BABY LOVE ME OTHERS
IN THE AFTERLAND IN THE AFTER(LAND)
as of 2/11/16 158

ALL
LOVE LOVE LOVE ME (EH)
WHEN THE WORLD IS GONE (EH)
LOVE LOVE LOVE ME
WE’LL KEEP HANGIN’ ON
LOVE LOVE LOVE ME

WILLA
BABY TAKE MY HAND

TOPHER
LOVE LOVE LOVE, BABY LOVE ME

ALL
LOVE LOVE LOVE, WON’T YOU LOVE ME

TOPHER
LOVE LOVE LOVE, DON’T YOU LEAVE ME
IN THE AFTERLAND

ALL
IN THE AFTERLAND

THE “END”