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Cords

(YOUNG MAN stands center stage.  TWO PEOPLE stand far L and far R, one on each side, facing the YOUNG MAN.  A rope is looped around the YOUNG MAN's throat; the ends of this rope lie on the floor in front of the TWO PEOPLE.)

YOUNG MAN: (shouting) Sometimes it seems to me that the ties that bind are actually cords that strangle!

(Huge burst of drumming comes over the sound system as the TWO PEOPLE lift their ends of the rope.  The drumming then ends abruptly.)

YOUNG MAN: (shouting) Sometimes it seems to me that the ties that bind are actually cords that strangle!

(Huge burst of drumming again as the TWO PEOPLE begin pulling on their ends of the rope, exerting a tug-o-war type pressure on the YOUNG MAN.  The drumming again ends abruptly; the TWO PEOPLE release pressure.)

YOUNG MAN: (gasping for breath; nevertheless, shouting) Sometimes it seems to me that the ties that bind are actually cords that strangle!

(Another huge burst of drumming; the TWO PEOPLE apply pressure once more; the YOUNG MAN falls to his knees.  The drumming ends; the TWO PEOPLE release the pressure.)

YOUNG MAN: (gasping) Sometimes it seems to me that the ties that bind are actually cords that strangle!

(New music up: eerie & weird.  The TWO PEOPLE attempt to apply pressure, but the YOUNG MAN grabs the rope with both hands and begins pulling the TWO PEOPLE toward him, with enormous effort.  Eventually, as the TWO PEOPLE get almost close enough for the YOUNG MAN to reach out and touch them, they drop the rope altogether and back away.)



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