Inspired by Slava's Snowshow
The scene opens with a man entering the stage with a noose around his neck. He seems defeated and is ready to put that noose to work. He turns to acknowledge the audience in the room and how he is feeling. He makes a long, slow journey to center stage, next to a chair. Upon arrival he turns to the audience and takes them in, letting them into this ultimate moment in his life. He might be the only human alive, but he won't be for long. He begins to gather the rope, which has been trailing behind him, leading off-stage. It takes longer than expected. Eventually the rope becomes taut and eye level with him. He turns and with the rope over his back shoulder he gives it a big final tug. Another man with a neck-noose gets pulled on stage with significant force and they are left facing each other, regarding with wonder and skepticism this most recent revelation. The second man takes a step toward the first. First is obviously very uncomfortable with this, extends his arm fully out toward Second, and says no with his finger. He speaks.
FIRST: Good morning.
SECOND: Good morning.
FIRST: How can I help you?
SECOND: That's very kind of you to ask.
FIRST: It's lovely here, isn't it?
SECOND: It sure is. Can I sit down?
FIRST: I would be honored. Kicks chair out of view.
SECOND: I feel comfortable. Would you like a massage? (Gathers rope, slowly)
FIRST: Mmmmm. (Gathers rope, quickly)
They are now nose to nose. Second hugs First. First runs away to end of rope, then runs the diameter of the circle.
SECOND: Have you seen the sunsets here?
FIRST: Many times. This is the best place in the world.
SECOND: Absolutely. We should build a house here.
SECOND: You won't regret this.
First throws second off the edge of the stage.