A Day in the Pocket
Scene opens with actors in currency costumes; they are laying around as if dropped; setting is within a lady’s purse
Queen Elizabeth: That was a dreadful fall, what a way to treat your queen!
Gandhi: Perhaps they honor no king or queen but God.
Queen Elizabeth: As my subject I implore you to keep silence from such blasphemies.
Thomas Jefferson: A man must make his own mandate in this world.
Andrew Jackson: And forever fight to keep it true.
Gandhi: But fight with heart, not ammo.
Jackson: A battle of hearts is no battle at all. Men are minds, men are bones and limb.
Gandhi: I disagree, the heart pumps life to all of these, it is intertwined.
Queen Elizabeth: Less chatter, more bowing!
Jackson: Off with that shrew’s head!
Gandhi: Please, kill not. Let her see the folly in her desire to control.
Thomas Jefferson: Evil is not so easily negotiated down.
Gandhi: It is a slippery slope, is all. One strike will bring another until our humanity is forsaken and nothing can exist but rage.
Queen Elizabeth: Sing me a song Gandhi.
Gandhi: I politely refuse.
Queen Elizabeth: Then I will force you.
Gandhi: So be it.
The Queen tries to force Gandhi’s mouth into song but he does not fight back; she soon tires with guilt and sits down
Queen Elizabeth: And let that be a lesson to you.
Gandhi: Her will has weakened but her pride remains.
Jackson: And to think of all we’ve lost with war!
Jefferson: I’ve been a fool, what lessons I have taught! My nation will succumb to war!
Gandhi: Don’t lose faith in God. He will put light into their hearts.
Jefferson: And what if he does not?
Gandhi: He shall.
Jackson: He shall.
Jefferson: He shall.
Elizabeth: I’m feeling very lonely.
Gandhi: You’ve begun the slow recovery from hate.
Elizabeth: shivering How long will it last?
Gandhi: For every prayer you say and every vice renounced the ugliness within will diminish and retire, until your heart blooms as a tulip on a sweet Spring day.
Elizabeth: Sounds lovely.
Mali, I need you.