El Fin Del Mundo

Author: • October 30, 2016 • Plays

oilwell © wikipediaCAST:

Mercedes Coleman Juarez (37), Argentine-American professor of Climate Studies

Robert Coleman (43), American-Argentine accountant, Mercedes’ brother

Waiter/Andrés Juarez (17), an Argentine teenager, Mercedes’ son

Michael (early 20’s), an American exchange student (can be doubled by the same actor playing Andrés)

 

SETTING:

The entire play takes place in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina, present day.

Scene 1 – a fine restaurant

Scene 2 – a lecture hall/auditorium – the front porch of the Sullivan family home

 

“The farther backward you can look, the farther forward you can see.” – Winston Churchill

 

SCENE 1

(A fine restaurant in Ushuaia, Tierra del Fuego, Argentina.  MERCEDES, 37, waits at a table alone drinking a glass of wine.  ROBERT, 43, arrives and a WAITER, 17, tries to help him to a table, but ROBERT seeing MERCEDES breezes by without acknowledging him.)

ROBERT:  Mercedes?

MERCEDES:  Hello, Robert.

ROBERT:  Tanto tiempo (he goes to hug her).

MERCEDES:  (Lets him hug her awkwardly)  Yes, a very long time.

ROBERT:  Perdón.  (Pause)  ¿Qué tomamos?

MERCEDES:  Malbec.  Can I pour you a glass?

ROBERT:  Sí, sí.  Fantástico.

MERCEDES:  Así que, ¿vamos a hablar en castellano?

ROBERT:  Como quieras.

MERCEDES:  I’m surprised you’ve been able to maintain your Spanish.

ROBERT:  Really?  I was 18 when I left.  It’s pretty much baked in.  Your English, on the other hand –

MERCEDES:   – is just fine, thank you –

ROBERT:   – I was going to say excellent –

MERCEDES:   – so if you’re more comfortable –

ROBERT:  Como quieras.

MERCEDES:  Let’s speak English, then.  I’ve been teaching a seminar for some American exchange students, so I’m in the mindset.  And, since everyone else is speaking Spanish, we can speak more freely.

ROBERT:  As you like.

pdfDOWNLOAD play here
to read the rest

About the Author

A Cecile's Writer: K J DwyerAuthor:  K J Dwyer

Country of residence:  France

Nationality:  American/Irish

Mother tongues:  English and Spanish

K J met his mate and moved to Buenos Aires in 2004, where he began to write while operating a B&B.  After years hosting visitors from every continent, they moved to Paris in 2015.  His Huffington Post article What’s Left? (2010) inspired a turn to playwriting.  El Fin del Mundo, read by Moving Parts during the COP21 Climate Conference, was a finalist in Strange Sun Theater’s Greenhouse Project in January, 2016.

Save


All stories by:

Comments are closed.