Monday, June 11, 2007

Scene 12. 1867 –- Alex & Lizzie

Scene 12. 1867 – Alex & Lizzie

[Stagehands bring on table and cot. Betsy carries in kitchen props.]
[Scene: Aunt Betsy’s House. Betsy works in the kitchen. Alex enters from stage right.]

Aunt Betsy
Oh, Alex, I’m so glad to see you. (They embrace.) You’ve been gone so long. I thought you were dead.

Alex
Aunt Betsy, I’ve been to Rockford, Illinois. I found Dave Smith there running a ferryboat. That murderer got away from me . . .. disguised himself like a swine and slipped away. But I found him . . . in Texas. The last time I saw Dave Smith, he was lying near the door of a saloon with a bullet in his head and two in his breast.

(Aunt Betsy gasps, moves out into the yard to gaze at the sky. Alex lies down on the cot. From stage left, Lizzie enters the yard and greets Aunt Betsy.)

Lizzie
Aunt Betsy! (Embraces her.) How good to be here again. I’ve come to talk with you about Alex.

Aunt Betsy

Alex? Alex Chilton?

Lizzie
Yes. Since losing two husbands to guns, I could only find happiness with my little sons. Now, we’ve lost Nelson, Uncle Joshua and William. It’s all so pointless. We’ve lost so many. . . (sobs) Oh, Aunt Betsy, life feels so empty to me. (silence as she gathers herself together) Before Alex left, I started to feel something again. I’ve been afraid to share it with you . . . or anyone. I . . .

Aunt Betsy
(interrupting) I’ve worried about you both. Alex has a deep sadness that takes him over, sometimes for days. He must give up his vow of revenge. (Lizzie nods in agreement) He must move on.

(They exit together stage left. Lizzie changes out of Widow Weeds to a dress.)
(Alex rises from the cot and moves into center stage.)

Ballad: “LOVE CAME AROUND” by Alex Chilton & Lizzie Davis (Words and Music by Michael Magliari and Jim Goodall)
Alex:
Love came around, I was nowhere to be found.
Be back tomorrow, or maybe not at all child.
Another day, another time another life.
It’s your mistake, got nothing left inside now.

Then it happened out of nothing, I felt a beating in my heart.
Then the stone began to crumble, a flame burned in the dark.
I never thought I could learn to love again.
I’ll never cry, won’t see those tears in my eyes.
What’s this I found, a chance to love again.
A new beginning, I’ll have to take back what I said.

How do you get something from nothing?
Like stars in the evening sky,
A life so cold and neglected,
A second chance to make it right.

[Music Interlude]
[Lizzie enters from stage left, moves to his left.]
Lizzie:
Then it happened out of nothing, I felt a beating in my heart.
Then the stone began to crumble, a flame burned in the dark.
I never thought I could learn to love again.
I’ll never cry, won’t see those tears in my eyes.
What’s this I found, a chance to love again.
A new beginning, I’ll have to take back what I said.

How do you get something from nothing?
Like stars in the evening sky,
A life so cold and neglected,
A second chance to make it right.

[Alex and Lizzie sing next verse together, while Alex and Lizzie exchange rings on the front porch.]
Alex & LizzieThen it happened out of nothing,
Stars began to shine;
When it circled round each other,
Realized true love was mine.

How do you get something from nothing?
Like stars in the evening sky,
A life so cold and neglected.
A second chance to make it right.

[Music Interlude]
Love Came Around, I was nowhere to be found.
Love Came Around, I was nowhere to be found.
Love Came Around, I was nowhere to be found.

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