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SYNOPSIS

Maggie and Charles escape their home, their children and their jobs to spend the summer at an inn on a sparsely-populated Caribbean island, where they stumble upon a young itinerant American painter (James Dean in female form) who rearranges the couple’s idea of life, love, and what comes next. The play explores the limitations of an ordered existence and the thrilling danger of letting chaos reign.

CHARACTER BREAKDOWN

MAGGIE, 40, subject of Jamie's painting, mother of two
CHARLES, 40's, Maggie's husband, primatologist
MS. ADELA, 60's-70's, widow from New Orleans,
JAMIE (JAMES) 20's, James Dean in female form

Read Sample

MAGGIE
It’s impossible for you to believe I could be someone’s Muse.
CHARLES
You want to be a muse? You can be my Muse.
MAGGIE
Who wants to be the Muse of a biologist? I don’t want to be documented. I want to be interpreted.
CHARLES
It reeks of sex. It does.
MAGGIE
What’s wrong with sex, Charles? Everywhere in the world people are having at it, animals, little bees -- they don’t think about morals! They don’t think about art!
CHARLES
Animals are acting on instinct. And they’re all territorial at least sometimes. Except maybe hedgehogs. Finches.
MAGGIE
I’m not a piece of territory.
CHARLES
But you’d enjoy being fought over.
MAGGIE
Have you no sense of adventure?
CHARLES
No, no, I’m discovering that I don’t.
MAGGIE
You’re going to tell me the Mormons don’t take many wives, the Arabs, the rock stars--
CHARLES
That’s the men.
MAGGIE
And?
CHARLES
Most men can have sex without feeling anything.

A pause.

MAGGIE
A man can have sex without feeling anything?
CHARLES
Of course.
MAGGIE
No feeling at all? Total indifference?
CHARLES
I wouldn’t call it indifferent, but -- come on, you know what I mean.
MAGGIE
Jamie is a very nice young woman.
CHARLES
Really.
MAGGIE
I don’t think she does anything with indifference.

Charles looks at her.

You could make love with total indifference?

CHARLES
(thinks a moment)
If I had to.
MAGGIE
That’s horrible. Do you make love with indifference to me?

Cast Requirements

1 woman late 30s
1 man late 30s
1 woman early 20s
1 woman 60s

Set Description

A beach cabana on a tiny island in the Caribbean sea.