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Russian satirist sued over 'gay Stalin' Thursday, 11 July, 2002 BBC
Local prosecutors in Moscow have begun a criminal action against a Russian author who wrote about a fictional homosexual relationship between Stalin and Khrushchev. *
ShowCases: 3 Sisters, Mikado, 12th Night, Hamlet, The Importance of Being Earnest, Dangerous Liaisons, Don Juan
prof. Anatoly Antohin Theatre UAF AK 99775 USA
QuestionsSorokin: Artist, writer. The only professional writer among Moscow Conceptualists. Sorokin the writer has generated among Conceptualist artists, and he is still a very good artist himself, though not exhibiting now. His shocking poetics is in a big part influenced by Conceptual circle. Sorokin is one of the most successful alternative writers - until the mid 90-s he was quite well known in the West and his novels were published in a dozen countries, besides Russia.
Russian audience was introduced to his works with the publishig by Obscuri Viri of his major novels "Norma" and "Roman" in 1994, and "Dostoevsky-trip" (in "Mesto Pechati" magazine and later as a book). However, being a popular, or even a fashionable writer, Sorokin is hardly understood by those who consider his texts as a total negation. The "discourse problem" of Sorokin's texts consists in predictability of reactions of bothe the "typical" reader and the specialist, which the author successfully manipulates. that indicates a certain sort of literature myth creation model that is intially closed for reading. There's much in common between "medical hermeneutic" narrative and the chrystally built novels by Sorokin - in both cases it's the casino principle: whichever the card is, the house wins. *
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2004 & After
Letter from Russia Vsevolod Brodsky
The bare stage is lit with dim yellow light. A door in the center of the backcloth opens, and from a brightly lit corridor with white tiles a young man in hospital pajamas enters, escorted by two hospital attendants. One of the hospital attendants carries a sack and a small stool, the other carries a large stool. All three go forward to the left side of the stage and stop. The hospital attendant places the big stool on the floor and the young man sits down on it. The other hospital attendant places the small stool in front of the sitting man and throws the sack near him. Both hospital attendants then stand behind the sitting man.VOICE FROM LOUDSPEAKER
Patient H., 23 years of age. At the time of hospitalization, patient was unemployed. The anamnesis indicates no inherited defects. The father's character is calm and solicitous. The mother is also without neurotic tendencies. The patient has no siblings, and has been in excellent health, with no history of serious illness. On leaving secondary school, the patient entered the Communications College. He made good progress in the first year. Before the illness, he was lively and sociable by character, had many friends, and participated in sports. During the summer break, he went to a sport camp. Once, during weight training, the patient dropped a weight and slightly struck his nose. Bones were not damaged; only an oedema developed. While the oedema remained, the patient was calm, but once the oedema had diminished the patient looked at himself in the mirror and suddenly noticed that his nose was "irregular". After that, he thought about the irregularity constantly and often looked at himself in the mirror. The patient began to avoid company and left the camp before the end of the term. The remainder of the summer he stayed at home and avoided going out. The patient constantly examined his face in the mirror and came to the conclusion that the nose "should be covered with something." He began by wearing plaster on his nose. He then started to resort to catching bees and stinging the bridge of his nose to cause oedemas to reappear on that spot. With the oedema, he felt at ease and went to dances. At the beginning of the semester, he resumed classes, alternating oedema with plaster. However, at the same time, he still expressed apprehension that the students noticed his "deformity." He felt especially shy with girls. The patient believed that they said his nose was "like an owl's." He was also convinced that his parents did not like his nose, although they would not say it aloud. He increasingly considered the necessity of plastic surgery. He sought surgical assistance, but was refused. He applied to the Institute of Cosmetology with the intention of receiving plastic surgery. After a refusal, he stopped attending the college, stayed at home, and went out rarely, and only with the plaster on his nose or with his face bandaged. He began quarrelling with his parents, blaming them for "indifference and heartlessness". After one such quarrel, he left for his aunt's, in the Jaroslavl region. He lived for some time in the village, working as watchman in the farm. The patient constantly wore plaster or a bandage, explaining it as "an abrasion." He did not associate with the young people of the village, but instead stayed at home, read, watched television, and assisted his aunt in keeping the home. When his parents came to get him, he made a commotion, and ran away to the forest, where he spent three days. After much persuasion, he returned to Moscow with his parents. The patient reapplied to the Institute of Cosmetology, and was refused. He avoided going out. He began to make a skin-colored plaster, using his mother's cream and powder. After some time, he reapplied to the Institute of Cosmetology again and after a refusal, went into hysterics. The patient was hospitalized in a mental institution. He does not consider himself ill. Initially, he objected to staying in the institution, but later consented to undergo a cure providing that if he remained in the hospital, he would receive plastic surgery. Physical and neurological status: Without pathology. Mental status: Completely competent, capable of coherent contact, depressed, wears an expression of grief, weeps during conversation. The patient is convinced that he has "a nose defect"---a hollow cavity that must be disposed of. In fact, the patient has a regular, even fine nose, and his features are entirely free of defects. In reply to the doctor's assurances that his thoughts of the defect of his nose were groundless, he replied: "Well, when I marry I'll stop thinking of it." However, he immediately rejoined with bitterness: "I don't like anybody nowadays. How can I like anybody if I don't like myself?" The patient asked his parents not come to the institution. He does not mix with groups. He has not expressed any intention of committing suicide. The patient was prescribed a course of treatment with antidepressants in combination with neuroleptic.
(The patient sits hunched up, hiding his face from the bright light with his hands.)
VOICE Undress the patient. (The hospital attendants strip the patient, throwing the clothes on the floor. The patient does not resist, and sits, naked, on the stool, hunched over with his face buried in his hands.) VOICE Remove the plaster from the bridge of the patient's nose. (One of the hospital attendants holds the patient, the other takes the plaster off and lays it on the small stool standing before the patient. The patient buries his face in his knees and covers it with his hands. The hospital attendants stand behind the patient again. The door in the center of the backcloth opens, and a girl in hospital pajamas enters, escorted by two hospital attendants. One of the hospital attendants carries a sack and a small stool, the other carries a big stool. All three go forward to the left side of the stage and stop near patient H. The hospital attendant places the big stool on the floor, and the girl sits down on it. The other hospital attendant places the small stool in front of the sitting girl and throws the sack near her. Both hospital attendants stand behind the sitting girl. Suddenly a bright ray of light illuminates her. The girl shades her face.) VOICE FROM LOUDSPEAKER Patient J., 18 years of age. The patient's heritage, according to the patient's aunt on her mother's side, has no history of disease. The patient was born and developed normally. At 7 years of age, she lost her parents in a car accident, and from then on, was raised in a children's home. She began attending school at age 7, and did well. Her character was calm, sociable, and inquisitive. She read a great deal. At 16, she contracted tuberculosis. She was sent to the Crimea for treatment and recovered. Due to the illness, she missed a school year. At 17 years of age, the patient began to feel that someone watched her and sometimes followed her down the street. She occasionally heard his breath and steps, and "looked round, but didn't notice anyone." After a while these feelings wore off, and the patient stopped paying any particular attention to them. She graduated from school successfully and moved to Moscow, where she passed examinations for the oil college but was unable to attend due to competition. She was very upset and wept a great deal. The patient left to live with her aunt and secured employment as a librarian. She suffered a strong intestinal upset, accompanied by frequent diarrhea. After that, it began to seem to the patient that she was involuntarily flatulent. On one occasion, during a film in a movie theater, she heard a young man sitting in front of her irritated telling his friend: "Somebody's stinking up the whole movie theater." The patient felt a strong burning in her anus, and was extremely frightened. After that incident, the sensation of gas excretion became stronger. It began to seem to her that people around her felt that she stank, turned aside, and despised her. She stopped associating with friends, as well as going to the cinema and dances. Shortly afterwards, she left her job, telling her aunt that she wanted to study for her exams. The patient stopped using public transport because she "noticed" that as soon as she got in, people began exchanging significant glances and "behaved oddly in general". The patient avoided going out, and went for walks only in rainy and windy weather. To diminish "emission of gases", the patient began severely restricting her intake of food, sometimes going without food entirely, and lost an extreme amount of weight due to this. The patient frequently quarreled with her aunt over meals, and threatened to "go away and never come back". She constantly ate boiled beets "to purge well", and was convinced it helped. Her condition became worse when an old friend of her aunt's came to visit from another town. The patient began to lock herself in the bathroom, and almost ceased eating altogether. She demanded that all the windows would be opened or her "heart would stop". The patient accused her aunt's friend of "arranging exhibitions in the window" when she put flowers or her purse on the window cell. The patient "understood" it as being done on purpose so that the passersby would "know of my disgrace". She made a commotion, and threw out the flowers and purse. After that, the patient was hospitalized in a mental institution. Physical state: Vast weight loss, skin and visible mucous membranes are pale, breath is slightly hoarse. The heart is without pathology. Liver slightly enlarged. Blood test and urine tests are normal, peristalsis is satisfactory. Mental status: Completely competent, depressed. The patient describes her state with reluctance, and weeps. The patient insistently asks to be sent to experts who will examine her intestinal and gastric system. She is convinced that people despise her. In the hospital ward, she stands to the side and avoids other patients. The patient secretly made a "cork for retention of gases" and inserts it in her anus. She extracts the cork only before going to bed and in the lavatory. At night, she sleeps clutching the cork. The patient was prescribed a course of aminnos and antidepressants. (The patient sits covering her face with her hands from the bright light.) VOICE Undress the patient. (The hospital attendants strip the patient, throwing her clothes on the floor. The patient weeps.) VOICE Extract the cork. (One of the hospital attendants holds the patient's arms, the other extracts the cork from her anus. The patient weeps. They force her to sit down. The patient continues to weep, burying her face in her hands. The hospital attendant puts the cork on the small stool that stands before the patient, and both attendants then stand behind the patient. The door in the center of the backcloth opens, and a man in hospital pajamas enters, escorted by two hospital attendants. One of the hospital attendants carries a sack and a small stool, the other carries a big stool. All three go forward and stop near Patient J. The hospital attendant places the big stool on the floor and the man sits down on it. The other hospital attendant places the small stool in front of the sitting man and throws the sack nearby. Both hospital attendants then stand beside the sitting man. Suddenly, he is illuminated by a bright ray of light. The man hangs his head.) VOICE FROM LOUDSPEAKER Patient K., 38 years of age, a driver of heavy dump-trucks, later an invalid of the 2nd category. The patient's father is a salesman, and has twice received treatment for alcoholism. His mother is an electric sewing-machine operator, subject to fits of hard drinking. The patient has a younger brother who is mentally healthy. The patient was born and developed normally. At the age of six, he had meningitis, and later often had quinsies. When he was 14, he witnessed the sudden death of his grandfather on his mother's side, to whom he was very much attached. The patient took the loss hard. Having found out that the grandfather died of an acute coronary condition, he began to express apprehension that he could die the same way because his "character" was like that of his grandfather. For some time, he avoided going out and kept to his bed "so as not to overtax the heart". At night, he asked that his mother sleep with him, and demanded that she keep nitroglycerine, which the grandfather had not taken, ready at all times. Eventually, he calmed and stopped thinking about death. The patient left school at the age of 16 and entered a vocational training school. Having acquired a degree there, the patient worked as a driver of heavy dump-trucks. When he turned 18, he was called for military service. The patient adjusted poorly to the conditions of military service, and was frequently depressed. Once, during physical excursuses, he was made fun of by the squad leader for his inability to train on the parallel bars. In the squad leader's opinion, K. could not carry out the exercise because K. was "always barrel-backed". After that, in the squad and later in the company, K. was nicknamed "the hunchback", and was subject to mockery. He became even more reserved and depressed, and ceased associating with his fellow servicemen. At the same time, he began to look in the mirror every morning and attempt "to straighten himself". At one point, he received a penalty during regular training. The company leader told him, in the presence of other soldiers: "If you don't get rid of the hump, you'll never get married". The patient was mocked by the soldiers. In the evening, the patient refused his supper, locked himself in the lavatory, and attempted to hang himself. The patient was hospitalized in a mental institution and diagnosed as suffering manic-depressive psychosis. Physical state: Normal. Mental status: Completely competent, depressed. The patient talked about his state with reluctance, and asked that the doctors give him "a medicine" to make him "forget" everything. He contended that before he didn't notice his hump because he never "saw himself from behind", and resented his parents because "they kept the deformity secret". He underwent an amino cure and was taking general roborant therapy. In two months, he was discharged from the hospital and demobilized. For the first two weeks after his release, the patient was calm, but reluctant to answer his parents' questions. His state then worsened. The patient examined his back in the mirror for hours and said that he had "a very strong curvature of the spine which is growing progressively worse". He connected it with a childhood incident in which he fell from a swing and landed on his back. The patient then began to demand that his parents find a good surgeon for him, but made it a condition that the surgeon would speak to him at his or the surgeon's residence. He responded to the parent's reassurances with irritation, calling them "dissemblers" and saying that they would "come to their senses after the hump bends me". Soon after that, he went to the surgeon's himself. After being refused treatment, he returned home agitated, shouted at his parents, and broke a vase. The patient was then re-hospitalized. Physical status: Normal. Mental status: Agitated, demanding an immediate surgical operation and blaming the psychiatrists for their "ignorance". He underwent an amino cure, antidepressants, and an electric sleep cure. Eventually, his state improved and he stopped demanding the operation. However, he always carried a mirror with him, looked at his back, and said that he "should find something for the stoop". He made contact with other patients, often playing checkers and dominoes. In the morning, he did excursuses "against the stoop"; before going to bed he did jumping-jacks "to disperse blood in the back". He was discharged from the hospital after three months. At home, the patient felt well, joined a basketball team, and said "It's possible to get rid of the stoop". He got a job as a driver of heavy dump-trucks. The patient became sociable, went fishing with his friends, and went to the cinema and dances. For eight years, there was no relapse. When he was 26 years of age, he met a girl and soon fell in love with her. He was going to propose to her, but one night, while he was at her residence, her mother playfully commented "Such a likable guy shouldn't stoop". The patient was extremely shaken by this. He went home, pleading a headache. The patient could not sleep, and decided to move to another town. The next day, he left for Saratov. In the train he "noticed" that the other passengers behaved suspiciously and felt that they "hinted a great deal". In Saratov, he secured seasonal employment as a loader "so as to carry a lot on his back", but in a week he left the job "because of constant hints". The patient found the home address of a local surgeon, went to him, and entreated him for an operation "to correct the back", offering money and weeping. The patient was again hospitalized in a mental institution. Physical status: Normal. Mental status: Depressed, reluctant to make contact with the doctor, keeps silent. He underwent an amino and antidepressants cure, and received shock therapy. Gradually, his state improved and he became sociable and began work therapy. About his imaginary deformity, the patient spoke listlessly or kept silent. He was convinced that "the backbone is crooked" and that "it's a grave matter", but always added: "Well, some people live even without legs". About the future, the patient spoke concretely, saying that he wanted to "find a companion who can understand everything". About his parents, the patient spoke with resentment, because he could not forgive them for not noticing his "deformity" in due course, and reiterated the proverb: "It's no use crying over the hair when the head's been cut off". The patient was discharged from the hospital after nine months. After returning home, the patient did not work for four months, feeling "somewhat inert". He then secured employment as an auxiliary worker in a warehouse. For 2 years, there was no relapse, although he avoided crowded places and was in close friendship only with one fellow worker. He continued to be estranged from his parents. He also began to abuse alcohol. One day. while unloading a vegetable truck, he felt something "crunch" in his back. After that, he did not work for a week and began locking himself in the bathroom and examining his back in the mirror. He noticed that "the back is arched". The patient lapsed into anxiety, shouted at his parents, and wept. The patient was re-hospitalized. Physical state: Normal. Mental status: Excited, demands an immediate appointment with a surgeon, refuses meals. He underwent an amino and antidepressants cure, and received shock therapy. Gradually, his state improved, but he did not renounce his idea of an "irregular back". The patient disguises his emotions. In the morning he performs back-bends regularly, explaining that he is wrestling with a headache and high blood pressure in that way. The patient secretly made a "back-straightener" out of the back of a broken chair. He fastens the "straightener" to his back and constantly wears it under his pajamas, taking if off only before going to bed. Speaking with the doctor, the patient answers in single words or keeps silent, reiterating that "life is not a simple thing". The patient's thinking is systematic, and he displays severe emotional scarcity. With his parents, he continues to be cold. During the following eight years, the patient was hospitalized in a mental institution on five occasions. He constantly wears the "back-straightener". He has been registered as a disabled person of 2nd category. (The patient is sitting with his head hung). VOICE Undress the patient. (The hospital attendants strip the patient, throwing the clothes on the floor. The patient doesn't resist.) VOICE Take the "back-straightener" off the patient. (One of the hospital attendants holds the patient's arms, the other takes the "straightener" off his back. The patient doesn't resist. The hospital attendant puts the "straightener" on the small stool that stands before the patient and then both hospital attendants stand behind the patient. The door in the centre of the backcloth opens and a woman in hospital pajamas enters, escorted by two hospital attendants. One of the hospital attendants carries a sack and a small stool. The other carries a big stool. All the three go forward and spot near patient K. The hospital attendant places the big stool on the floor and the woman sits down on it. The other hospital attendant places the small stool in front of the sitting man and throws the sack near. Then both hospital attendants stand behind the sitting woman. Suddenly a bright ray lights her up. The woman shades herself. VOICE Patient Q, 35 years of age. Librarian. The grandfather from father's line had "some fits", and relatives mention an episode of a sleep lasting 5 days. The mother's brother had "half-faints" with sharp perspiration, pallor and momentary deafness. The mother is vivid and sociable by character. The father is hot-tempered but "comes to himself" soon, active, and has begun to abuse alcohol since his retirement. The patient has a brother, 28 years of age, no neurotic tendencies. Before attending school, the patient grew up and developed normally, attended a day-care center and nursery school. The patient began school at 7 years of age. She was doing very well, and was considered the best pupil in her class. She was very contentious and punctual and always attempted to order and systemize her knowledge. As a child, the patient was often ill with catarrhal illnesses and quinsies. She had dysentery and mumps. At the age of 6, she had a head contusion, without loss of consciousness. The patient began menstruating at 13. Since she was 14, she began thinking that she had excessively corpulent legs and hips, which aggravated her greatly. She yielded to no persuasion. She was particularly "stuck in those thoughts" after she was rejected from a ballet school. She connected the failure only with her "misshapen fat legs", although objectively she had no ability in terms of choreography. Following that, the patient began to reject flour and cereal foods and ceased eating lunch at school, saying that they cooked impalpably there. She began to spend much time on her feet and dedicated more energy to her studies and extra-curricular activities. In that period, it was noticed for the first time that the patient was not putting on weight. When the patient was 14, she underwent a cure at an out-patient clinic at a children's psycho-neurologist, and received the diagnosis "neurasthenia". After the eighth grade, the patient went to a summer camp program, where she lost 2 kilograms in one month. At one point, she heard the boys in her detachment talking about the girls, and saying that her legs were "made of fat". She was greatly shaken, and for three days ate nothing at all. After returning home, she attempted to eat less, and refused bread and fats. The patient walked 10 to 15 km. every day, did her homework standing on her feet, and exhausted herself with long physical exercise programs. During the New Year's school dance, she was not asked to dance. For three days after that, she wept, did not eat anything, and kept saying that her legs were "like lumps" and that she was "an eternal fright". She was taken to the children's psycho-neurologist, and was then sent to the Institute of Endocrinology. From there, she was sent to a children's mental institution. She was 159 cm. in height, 35.5 kg. in weight. After a three month cure, she was discharged, and with her parents strictly supervising her nutrition, kept a stable weight for 2 months. Every feeding was accompanied by hysterics; the patient screamed and wept, and it required tremendous efforts to gain concessions. In 2 years, the patient's weight was at approximately 40 kg. After leaving school, the patient entered the College of Engineers of Civic Aviation. She made great progress in her first year. In the summer, she went for community service with her group. During this service, a young man whom the patient liked preferred her friend. She became depressed, refused meals, and could scarcely wait until the end of the service. After returning home, she severely restricted her intake of food again, stopped eating bread and butter, and wrapped cottage cheese pancakes in blotting paper and squeezed them "to remove unhealthy fat". She began eating bread and meat only under threat of hospitalization. Every feeding was accompanied by screaming, hysterics, and threats of suicide. Sometimes, after forced feedings, the patient artificially induced vomiting, after which she "experienced bliss at last", smiled, and told her parents that she did not blame them for anything. After a period, she was hospitalized in a mental institution. Physical state: Extremely emaciated---height: 160 cm, weight: 35 kg. No hypodermic adipose tissue. Skin is very thin. Acrocyanosis, heightened nail fragility, suffering from Lung and arterial hypotonia. Symptoms of muscular dystrophy. Pulse rate: 55-60 per minute. Enteroptosis. Frequent constipation and anathid gastritis. Symptoms of vegetative dyspepsia, rise in tendon reflexes. Mental status: At the time of hospitalization, the patients state was serene, though slightly reluctant to make contact. Completely competent. The hospital surroundings are burdensome to her, and she demanded to be discharged to her home. With tears in her eyes, she asked not to "be fattened" and promised to eat normally. She regularly induced vomiting before going to bed, and afterwards lay in bed motionless, saying that she now felt "very well" and that "this is the best thing she has in life". After taking a cure with amino, vitamins, and general roborant therapy, she stopped inducing vomiting and her weight increased to 39 kg. in a month. The patient became sociable, easy in contact, and began to eat normally, although she still rejected butter and ate little bread. She read a great deal and indulged in work therapy. She was discharged from the hospital after three months of hospitalization, weighing 43 kg. For the first month after discharge, the patient ate normally, only abstaining from butter and other fatty foods. She began to attend classes in the College and associated with the students normally. Suddenly she "remembered her deformity" while watching a world championship figure skating competition. She fell into a depression, began restricting her intake of food again, and began missing classes. The patient daily induced vomiting. Soon, she began to eat copiously, and after each meal artificially induced vomiting. She quarrelled innecessarently with her parents and threatened to commit suicide if they did not stop "disfiguring her with food". She then moved in with her grandmother. The patient stopped attending classes and stayed at home, industriously occupying herself with housework, and cooked for her grandmother. For herself, she cooked a "personal soup" twice a day consisting of water, flour, and bread crumbs. She ate up to 3 liters of the "soup" at a sitting, then locked herself in the bathroom, induced vomiting, and stared at the vomit for extended periods of time. After an act of vomiting, the patient became complacent and said that she felt "very, very nice" and that "every little tuck in the stomach is clean". The patient filled glass jars with the vomit, kept them in the refrigerator, and opened the refrigerator periodically to look at them. She said that she liked to see those jars and that seeing them "sweetened her heart". The patient was again hospitalized. During the following 6 years she was hospitalized in a mental institution 4 times. The patient always keeps a jar of vomit with her, periodically renewing its contents. (The patient sits, covering her face from the bright light with her hands.) VOICE Undress the patient. (The hospital attendants strip the patient, throwing the clothes on the floor. The patient resists, holding the jar.) VOICE Take the jar from the patient. (One of the hospital attendants holds the patient's arms, the other takes away the jar. The patient weeps. They force her to sit on the stool. She weeps, burying her face in her hands. The hospital attendant puts the jar on the small stool standing before the patient, and then both attendants stand behind the patient. The door in the center of the backcloth opens, and a young man in hospital pajamas enters, escorted by two hospital attendants. One of the hospital attendants carries a sack and a small stool, the other carries a big stool. All three go forward and stop near patient Q. The hospital attendant places the big stool on the floor and the young man sits down on it. The other hospital attendant places the small stool in front of the sitting man and throws the sack near him. Then both hospital attendants stand behind the sitting man. Suddenly, he is illuminated by a bright ray of light. The young man shades his face with his hands.) VOICE Patient T., 20 years of age, student. The patient's father abused alcohol, and died of tuberculosis when the patient was 14 years of age. The mother is irritable and hot-tempered. The patient was very sociable in his childhood, but also unrestrained and irritable. The patient began attending school at the age of 7. His studies came easily to him, he took an interest in sports, and took part in extra-curricular activities. From the age of 13, the patient began to show his characteristic irritability more distinctly. When in the 9th grade, at the age of 15, he gradually began to notice that his classmates looked at him too attentively, sometimes even suspiciously, and laughed. Initially, he could not understand why this was so, but once, after looking at himself in the mirror, he "understood" the cause of their mockery as "the lower jaw is ugly, too large and broad". The patient concluded that the jaw had enlarged "because of the change of climate" (the patient had lived with his uncle in Archangelsk for some time, and then returned to his home in Podolsk). From then on, the patient tried to be photographed as little as possible. He looked at himself in the mirror for long periods and "massaged" his jaw. When in public places, he shaded his jaw with his hand. He became more reserved, but was doing well in school as before. After leaving school, he tried to enter a college, but could not pass the entrance examinations. During the next year, he worked as an auxiliary worker, as a postman, and as a night watchman. He then entered the Moscow College of Steel and Alloys and was doing reasonably well. The patient gradually became more and more spiteful, irritable, and hot tempered by character. The thoughts about his jaw did not leave him. Having come to Moscow, his first act was to apply to surgeons for plastic surgery. After being advised to "put that nonsense out of his head" he did not rest, and continued to think about it continually. This state was quite burdensome---he wept, tried not to appear in crowded places, and avoided his acquaintances. His character changed even more sharply: he created conflicts over any trifle, became extremely rude and malicious, and his former sociability gave way to moroseness and reticence. His behavior frequently caused other students to accuse him of hooliganism. Soon he "noticed" that he had an unpleasant effect on the people around him and aroused "some kind of tension". He connected it with his jaw, which was "so ugly" that it had an effect on people like "a radar passing them bad energy". He tried to grow a beard, but noticing "intensification of the mockery", stopped. In his 2nd year, the patient was only able to study for three months. In connection with the fact of the patient's blunt rudeness to other students and teachers, quarreling and fighting, and the wearing of a plate under his upper lip which supposedly compensated for the heaviness of the lower jaw, he was hospitalized in a mental institution. Physical status: Normal. Mental status: Completely competent. At the beginning of conversation with the doctor, he talks about his state with reluctance and attempts to shade his lower jaw. He constantly wears a plastic plate under his upper lip. The patient often discusses his forthcoming plastic operation, enumerating "advice to the surgeon" for how to better "grind the jaw". The patient was not sociable in the hospital ward, did not occupy himself with anything, and often started arguments with the hospital personnel, breaking the regular routine. The patient was prescribed a course of treatment with shock therapy, amino, and antidepressants. He became more gentle and sociable, and stopped shading his lower jaw, bur he continues to wear the plate under his upper lip. He almost does not mention the operation, although he says that he "will have to talk to the surgeon". (The patient sits, using his hands to shade his face from the bright light.) VOICE Undress the patient. (The hospital attendants strip the patient, throwing the clothes on the floor. The patient resists limply.) VOICE Extract the plate. (One of the hospital attendants hold the patient's arms, the other extracts the plate from his mouth. The patient resists limply. They make him sit down on the stool. One attendant puts the plate on the stool standing before the patient and then both hospital attendants stand behind the patient. The door in the center of the backcloth opens and a middle-aged woman in hospital pajamas goes out on stage escorted by two hospital attendants. One of the hospital attendants carries a sack and a small stool, the other carries a big stool. All the three go forward and stop near patient T. The hospital attendant places the big stool on the floor and the woman sits down on it. The other hospital attendant places the small stool in front of the sitting woman and throws the sack near her. Then both hospital attendants stand behind the sitting woman.) VOICE Patient N, 56 years of age, a bricklayer, then an invalid of 1st category. The patient grew up in a large worker's family. The father was mentally healthy, and died due to an industrial injury at the factory when the patient was 12 years of age. The mother was highly skilled, with a strong character, and suffered from migraines. The patient grew up and developed normally. In early childhood, the patient had measles, pneumonia and diphtheria. She had no head injuries. As a child she was joyful, sociable and had many friends. The patient went to school when she was 8 years of age. Her performance was mediocre, but she found pleasure in taking part in public activities, especially in amateur performances. From 9 to 12 years of age, the patient had night enuresis, and in the same period, she experienced fear at night, slept badly and cried because it seemed to her that somebody was looking at her from the stove. In a while the night fears disappeared. Having left school the patient acquired a profession of a bricklayer and worked at building a boiler-house. Once, during work, she slipped, fell down, and struck her face strongly against the bricks. She was unconscious for several minutes with a smashed and swollen face. She was taken to a hospital, where she was given first-aid and her face was bandaged. In two weeks, the bandage was taken off. Looking at herself in the mirror the patient "noticed" that her eyes "became different, as though they were clouded with pellicle." She was terribly frightened and depressed by her "discovery", and did not listen to her relatives' dissuasions. She repeated frequently that her eyes and brain were "shaken", wept, and scolded her mother and relatives. Soon after that, her state became worse. The patient developed the conviction that her eyes had become "abnormal" and that everybody noticed. She could not think of anything else, avoided public places, left her job, and stopped using public transport. The patient would look at herself in the mirror for hours and always had a mirror with her. She soon began wearing dark glasses. She stopped going out, responded rudely to her relative's questions, and shouted at her mother. She was constantly depressed and extremely irritable. She complained of headaches. The patient was hospitalized in a mental institution. Physical and neurological states: No pathology with the exception of some enlarging of the thyroid gland and trembling of eyelids and fingers. Mental status: Completely competent, excited, talks constantly about her abnormal eyes and demands an occultist's consultation. The patient was prescribed a course of treatment with electric sleep aminasin and stelasin. She began talking less about her eyes but did not renounce the idea that they had "changed". Her attitude towards other patients and medical staff was irregular---sometimes she was rude, shouted and made quarrels, other times she became mild and attentive and confidently talked about private affairs. She was discharged from hospital after 3 months. During first 2 months after her discharge her state was normal, and she secured employment. Then she "remembered everything", became irritable, and verbally abused her mother, saying that her mother wanted "to leave me a spinster for the rest of my life." At work, she quarrelled with her fellow-workers, was rude to her superiors, and refused to perform her duties, justifying the refusal by saying that she did not want to do "stupid work". In a while, she was dismissed from her place of employment. At home she wept and said that she was dismissed "because of these nasty eyes". She shouted at her mother and then she fell into a limp and depressed state, during which she lay in bed for hours looking at one point on the wall and refusing to answer any questions. The patient was re-hospitalized in a mental institute. She was indignant at being hospitalized, and shoved at her mother and the doctors. She did not consider herself ill. She talked about her eyes with reluctance, saying that it was a private matter. She often became excited, grimaced at other patients and doctors, and looked at herself in the mirror. Sometimes, she suddenly began singing loudly and laughing, and became limp and depressed soon afterwards. She underwent a program of shock therapy, amino acids, and antidepressants. The patient was discharged from hospital in 4 months in a good state. She took amino acids for two months and felt well. She secured new employment. Then she stopped taking amino acids and began looking for long periods of time, saying that during her stay in the hospital they had "gotten very narrow because of the medicines". She wept, and said that now nobody would marry her, and her mother had "gotten what she wanted". The patient had a sexual intercourse with an unfamiliar man, telling her mother that she had done it to spite her. The patient shouted at her mother and even threatened to take legal action against her for her "spoiled eyes", as well as throwing objects at her. The patient was re-hospitalized. Physical and neurological status: Thyroid gland slightly enlarged, hands prone to trembling. Mental status: At the time of hospitalization, she was irritated, malicious and shouted at doctors. During conversation, the patient laughed unpredictably, looked aside or even turned her back to the interlocutor. She did not consider herself ill, and denied the facts of her behavior. The patient did not make contact with other patients, regarding them scornfully and maliciously. She was prescribed a course of treatment with shock therapy, amino acids, and electric sleep. The patient became less malicious and correspondingly altered her perception of the surroundings. However, she did not renounce the idea that she was damaged, and began to weep when the conversation turned to her eyes. She often sang in the ward, grimaced, and tickled other patients. The patient tried to make the acquaintance of patients from the mens' ward, but talked sparsely about her sexual impulses. The patient made "pupil-dilator" out of paper-fasteners and inserted them under her eyelids. With them, she became self-confident and tried to make the acquaintance of many hospital attendants. She was discharged in 8 months and was registered as an invalid of 2nd category. During the following 35 years, the patient was hospitalized in mental institutions on 18 occasions, and spent a total of 28 years hospitalized. She was later registered as an invalid of 1st category (The patient sits screwing up her eyes from the bright light). VOICE Undress the patient (The hospital attendants strip the patient, throwing the clothes on the floor. The patient shouts and fights with them, but then calms and sits down on the stool, embracing herself and mumbling.) VOICE Remove the "eyelid-dilator". (One of the hospital attendants holds the patient's arms, the other extracts the "dilator" from under her eyelids. The patient shouts, curses and weeps. The hospital attendant puts the "eyelid-dilator" on the small stool, and then both hospital attendants stand behind the patient. The door in the center of the backcloth opens and a man enters, escorted by two hospital attendants. One of the hospital attendants carries a big stool. All three go forward and stop near patient N. The hospital attendant places the big stool on the floor and the man sits down on it. The other hospital attendant places the small stool on the floor in front of the sitting man and throws the sack near him. Then both hospital attendants stand behind the sitting man. Suddenly a bright ray lights him up. The man hangs his head.) VOICE Patient H, 29 years of age, geologist. The father is reserved, not sociable, as a young man he complained of fits of "anguish". Mother is mentally healthy. In his early childhood, the patient suffered measles, whooping cough and stomatitis. He later had frequent quinsies. During his pre-school years, the patient was restless, obstinate and pugnacious. After he was 9 years of age he became more calm, was doing well at school, and helped his parents with house-work. In high school he took a great interest in mathematics, and studied and read a great deal. Once, in the last grade, one of his fellow-students made fun of him, saying that he had "a chicken's neck". On returning home, he looked at himself in the mirror for a long time and was shocked to see that, because he had never "seen myself from behind", he "didn't know that my neck was so thin and ugly". The patient fell into depression, wept and planned to transfer to another school. He began to grow his hair long to shade his neck, and kept a scarf on during classes on the pretext that he had a chill. The patient became unsociable and began to avoid public places. After leaving school, he entered the Moscow State University in the geological exploration faculty. He was doing well, however, he was reserved, avoided his fellow students, and constantly wore the scarf around his neck. During the summer break, he fell in love with a girl from his group, but was rejected. It was hard for him to bear the rejection, and the patient fell into a depression, convinced that it was "all because of this deformed neck". He wept, intended to "go away somewhere", and stopped eating. At the parents' request he was consulted by the Moscow psychiatrist on duty and then hospitalized in a mental institution. Physical and neurological status: Normal. Mental status: Completely competent, depressed, makes contact with difficulty. The patient said that "it's hard to live with such a deformity", and asked to be helped "with medical means". He associated with other patients little and spent most of the day in bed. The patient was prescribed a course of treatment with shock therapy and antidepressants. After that, his mood became noticeably better, he became more vivid and sociable and willingly played chess. However, he did not renounce the idea of the deformity, though he said that "now it doesn't worry me as much as before". He was discharged, in a calm state, 2 months after hospitalization. For the next 6 months he felt normal, although he constantly wore the scarf around his neck. The patient willingly attended classes in the University, but was estranged with fellow-students. With his parents he was formally polite, but there was no close relationship or trust between them. The patient read a lot, avoided public places, and tried to remain a loner. His state became worse when he learned that the girl with whom he had been in love had married. The patient fell into depression and stopped attending classes. However, he suddenly found employment in a geological expedition and went to West Siberia. He spent 47 days with the expedition. Initially, his behavior was normal. He tried to be sociable, took an interest in reconnaissance, and helped the others. Then, his behavior became "odd". He stopped having meals with the other workers and tried to be alone. Then, he refused to work saying that his "neck grew numb", and did not come out of his tent. After a psychiatrist's consultation he was hospitalized in a local mental institution. Physical and neurological status: Normal. Mental status: Completely competent, depressed, talks about his feelings with reluctance. The patient often reiterated that his "life had come to an end" and that he "would like to live in a place weren't these people who can only mock". The patient was estranged from other patients and the medical staff. He was prescribed a course of shock therapy, amino acids, and antidepressants. His mood improved, and he became more sociable, but he did not renounce the idea of his deformity. Despite his outward calmness and correct behavior, the patient began to reveal a increasingly distinct inclination to philosophizing and monotonous answers. For example, when asked if his neck troubled him, the patient began speaking in an extremely verbose and confusing manner, saying "we all live on one planet", that "everybody is a human being but nothing else", and that "one should always remember that one is a human". The patient told the doctor that during that last period he felt somewhat charged, and that "something had happened to him", but that he could not describe that feeling in detail because he "had never experienced anything like that before." The patient was discharged 4 months after hospitalization. At the time of discharge, he was calm and rather sociable, and willingly talked to the doctor, except with regard to his imaginary deformity. In the next 10 years, he was hospitalized in mental institutions 6 times. During the last 4 years, the patient constantly wears a kind of corset which he calls a "collar". He says that with the "collar" he feels "like a person". The patient takes the "collar" off only before going to bed. (The patient sits hanging his head low.) VOICE Undress the patient. (The hospital attendants strip the patient, throwing the clothes on the floor. The patient does not resist. When they finish, he hunches on the stool again and shades his face.) VOICE Take the "collar" off. (One of the hospital attendants holds the patient, the other takes the "collar" off and places it on the small stool, standing in front of the patient. The patient embraces his neck with his hands and sits hanging his head. The hospital attendants stand behind the patient.) VOICE Machine joining, mechanical delineation of structures, promodo, belong to connecting road-slip provides a long-term drawing of the central hydro-scheme which is a supporting link of the system. Functioning of the three lateral hydro-schemes completely depends on opportune supply of electric power, hermetic ball mechanism and permissible ductility of hydro-punching liquid. The hydro-mechanical drive of the three lateral hydro-schemes is based on nine roller bearings disposed along the edges of the base of the system, and provides uniform interchange of the spindle and the joint-pin. Clino oprosto, anoro umaristo, holesto ukarebo, morepoboino normali, controlo normodelo higher, effecto funkko, effecto probido, effecto obsto, effecto biochimo, stomako erytroto. No, to tear with chains, no, to cut joints, no, to drill the hypothalamus, no, to saw the legs, no, taking down the skin, no, beating with chains, no, to tear with chains, no, beating with a chain, no, to tear with chains, no, beating with a chain, no, to tear with chains, no, beating with a chain, no, to tear with chains, no, beating with a chain, no, to tear with chains. Nikolai Vassilyovich stood up slowly, with trembling hands, placed the book on the edge of the table, and said in a low and shaking voice: Patterns on the table, patterns on the tablecloth, patterns on the walls, patterns on the table, patterns on the tablecloth, patterns on the walls, patterns on the table, patterns on the tablecloth, patterns on the walls, patterns on the table, patterns on the tablecloth, patterns on the walls. Not specific, biochemical, clinical, intestinal, menstrual, effective, hydrochlorical, fatty, popular, phenocitinical, intramuscular, reactive, somatical, vegetative, emotional, medical, asthenic, stationary, homogeneous. Eating up excrement is a crime, eating up excrement is a crime, eating up excrement is a crime, eating up excrement is a crime, eating up excrement is a crime, eating up excrement is a crime, eating up excrement is a crime. The equilibrium of a uterine decomposing creature, resembling in form the resolutions of the 10th Party Conference, depends on the content of protein in the urine of the mother organism, and also on extended, splintered arms, strengthened with steel staples' ears, reeled on the blades of a fan intestines, glued with cilicate glue fingers, washed in sulfuric acid bones, skimmed and dried hair, hung and ground nails, excised and preserved in alcohol testicles, excised and preserved in alcohol eyes, excised and preserved in alcohol auricles, excised and preserved in alcohol spleens, excised and preserved in alcohol kidneys. Order no. 30, portrait saliva, spring wealth, order no. 30, portrait saliva, spring wealth, order no. 30, portrait saliva, spring wealth, tighten, Vassily, arachnids in liquid glass, dominant septacord, tighten, Vassily, arachnids in liquid glass, dominant septacord, tighten, Vassily, arachnids in liquid glass, dominant septacord, pentacle of the Teutons, I drank popliteal, female standards, pentacle of the Teutons, I drank popliteal, female standards, pentacle of the Teutons, I drank popliteal, female standards, dear insulin, artificial houses, worms on the chest, dear insulin, artificial houses, worms on the chest, dear insulin, artificial houses, worms on the chest, the Madonna of plugs, white murder, the Ural labrador, the Madonna of plugs, white murder, the Ural labrador, the Madonna of plugs, white murder, the Ural labrador, graphite covering forces. Dorothy of snot, frightened mechanisms, graphite covering forces, Dorothy of snot, frightened mechanisms, graphite covering forces, Dorothy of snot, frightened mechanisms, subcutaneous sites of ancient settlements, youthful bone-breakers, Avalakiteshvara of Kazan suburbs, youthful bone-breakers, Avalakiteshvara of Kazan suburbs, youthful bone-breakers, Avalakiteshvara of Kazan suburbs, Victor Timofeyavich Cocksucker, high-voltage government, favorite bomb-release gear, Victor Timofeyavich Cocksucker, high-voltage government, favorite bomb-release gear, Victor Timofeyavich Cocksucker, high-voltage government, favorite bomb-release gear, circumstance of fascists, Moors of shutters, an injection of pure pus, circumstance of fascists, Moors of shutters, an injection of pure pus, circumstance of fascists, Moors of shutters, an injection of pure pus, an injection of pure pus, an injection of pure pus, an injection of pure pus, an injection of pure pus, an injection of pure pus, an injection of pure pus. (The door in the center of the backcloth opens, and seven hospital nurses in white coats enter quickly, syringes ready in their hands. The hospital attendants seize the patients by their arms and press them to the stools. The nurses advance, one nurse to a patient, and quickly give an injection in the shoulder-blade, and the patients react differently: somebody cries, somebody weeps, somebody swears, and somebody is silent. The hospital attendants hold the patients, pressing them to the stools. The nurses exit. In a while, the patients calm, and the hospital attendants release their arms.) VOICE Dress the patients. (The hospital attendants take the sacks from the floor, take out costumes, and dress the patients. Patient H. puts on the Hamlet costume, Patient J. puts on the Juliet costume, Patient K. puts on the King costume, Patient Q. puts on the Queen costume, Patient T. puts on the Tybalt costume, Patient N. puts on the Nanny costume, Patient H. puts on the Horatio costume. The hospital attendants put the patients' clothes and the things on the small stools into the sacks, take the stools and the sacks, and go out, leaving the patients on stage.) VOICE Play. (The stage is plunged into darkness.) ACT TWO (Stage goes dark. After a while a bright daylight comes on in the square and city of Verona in front of Elsinor's castle. In the middle of the square is Tibalt's own guard. Placed on the square is; a can plaster, a cork, a spine stretcher, some kind of plate, a stretcher of ye siuze and a collar. All subjects are white. some of them enormously enlarged (i.e. the can is human size.) Horatio enters.) TIBALT Who is here? HORATIO No, you answer first as the rules require. Stop and answer. TIBALT Long live the Queen! HORATIO Tibalt? TIBALT He. HORATIO I came on time when the clock struck twelve. Go and sleep Tibalt. TIBALT Thanks for coming to replace me. Its so cold. I don't feel well HORATIO Was everything quiet? TIBALT The mice did not move. HORATIO Well, sweet dreams. If you will meet Nanny, send her quickly. (Nanny enters.) NANNY Servant of the country, friend of Danish service! TIBALT Goodnight. NANNY God be with you honest soldier. (Tibalt exits.) NANNY Well did it appear again today? HORATIO I haven't seen anything. NANNY Nonsense, nonsense. It won't appear. HORATIO Last night the star to the left of the polar star came from that part of Heaven where its brightest, when it struck one. (On the side of the stage appear two male nurses with a giant black worm on a wide stretcher. The worm moves a little.) NANNY Shhhh. Silence. He is here again. HORATIO Exactly the same as our dead king. NANNY Bookworm address yourself to him Horatio! HORATIO Who are you who to dare attack this hour and this good and honorable image in which our dead master of dance was under and thought and made of many a good deed? I command you answer us! NANNY He is offended. HORATIO Look, he takes leave. Stop! Talk, I order you speak (Male nurses take away the worm.) HORATIO He leaves and does not answer. NANNY Horatio, You're shaken and pale as a pig! It's not only a fantasy or made-up story true? What can you say Horatio? HORATIO I swear by God I would not have believed were it not for the unquestionable guarantee of my own eyes. NANNY He is in the image of the King, is he not? HORATIO The way I resemble myself. Exact. Everything was the same with him as when he fought the obnoxious Norwegian on ice in the brutal fights in which he defeated the Polacks. How strange! How unexplainable everything! NANNY Pigs! HORATIO Ye', but to tell the truth. Yet to think exactly or precisely, I know not. But in general I see in all of that some sign of some strange turbulence of the state. NANNY Perhaps my friend Horatio. Yet today my thoughts are occupied by different matters. Today is the Queen's masquerade, but quiet somebody comes. (Enter Tibalt.) TIBALT Follow me follow me. I will tell to one of them one word and what will follow will be dictated by the mood. HORATIO What word to one of us and only add to this one word something else, a strike or blow for example. TIBALT I'm always ready to do Signor if you will give me a reason. HORATIO Really is it so difficult for you to find the reason by yourself? TIBALT Horatio you sing in one voice with Hamlet. HORATIO Sing in one voice. What does it mean? You want to make out of us some street musicians, guitar players, different stupid folks. Be careful. You may hear some unpleasant, unwanted sounds. Here is my violin bow. and it will force you to dance, to shake your clothes, your legs to jump or dance. Yeah! I don't sing in one voice do you understand this? NANNY You're having this conversation On the street. Wouldn't it be better for you to leave and solve your grievances in cold blood and not this way like serpents. Everybody here is just staring at you. HORATIO That's what they have eyes for. Let them stare. I'm not moving from here anywhere and eyes are given to humans to stare. Human beings cannot stare with his hands or chest. He stares with his eyes. (Enter Hamlet.) NANNY God be with you, Here comes my man.(MAYBE THIS SHOULD BE TIBALT?) HORATIO Oh Ah Oh Signor. Let them hang me or cut me into pieces, unless this man in your uniform goes to the field, he will follow. You will understand then what kind of person he is. TIBALT Hamlet my intolerance to you has no other word beside a bastard. HAMLET But Tibalt, I have a reason to love you and that's why I will forgive all your angry words. I am not a bastard. Goodbye. I see that you don't know me at all. (Attempts to leave.) TIBALT Oh baby boy. This cannot excuse thee of thy grievances; the insults which you did unto me. Come back and take out your sword. HAMLET I swear I did not insult thee. I love thee more than thou can't fathom. I love thee more than anything in thy world. Though I won't reveal the reason for thy love yet so my darling Capulet, thine name is as dear to me as mine own. Goodbye forever, I will take leave. I have things to do. HORATIO All low in this despicable patience. It could be repaid only by striking a blow. (Takes out his sword.) HORATIO Tibalt you rat! Come well on! TIBALT What is it you wish from me? HORATIO I will try. My dear King of Kittens. I want to take one of your nine lives and maybe I shall find it necessary to shake out of you the other eight. Would you be so kind as to take your sword by the ears from its sheath? Hurry up lest my sword cut off both ears and then you will know you hath no ears and then you will feel bad and sad. You will feel blue. Hurry up Tibalt! TIBALT I'm at your serve! (Takes out his sword.) HAMLET Horatio, my friend replace your sword. NANNY Put it back, put it back! HORATIO Please. (To Tibalt) Please Signor please, your strike shall be first. I am ready to answer each blow I'm ready. (They fight.) HAMLET Tibalt, Horatio! The King prohibits fighting on the streets of Verona. Its a crime! Its dangerous. Don't. Tibalt stop! Horatio friend! Now I will be separating you. NANNY Yes take apart the fools. Oh my ugly mother. Under Hamlet's hand, Tibalt hits Horacio and runs away. HORATIO I'm wounded, I'm wounded. A plague on both of your houses. I'm gone, I'm in pain. I don't believe that he is not wounded. HAMLET Your wounded! Collect yourself, your wound is not so dangerous! NANNY Just a little bit. HORATIO Yes a little bit of curse my wound is not as deep as well, or some kind of tunnel , and not as wide as the church gates, and perhaps is not a wide as Lenin prospect. But enough for me to feel bad, very bad. Come tomorrow and you will find me quietly lying down as if I'm asleep. But I won't be asleep plague in both your houses. To this world, I'm giving my resignation. It's ugly. and it's unpleasant. Rat killer, dirty and bad man wounded me! I was stricken by a rat or an animal! Why the devil did you get between us. He wounded me from under your arm. and it wasn't pleasant. You behaved badly, not like a friend. Hamlet. I tried to do my best... HORATIO That turkey tried it's best to. Call the doctor. Call the doctor right away. Plagues plague on both of your houses because of your mistakes and bad behavior the worms will be eating me. you are people without honor. You do only bad things to me. Hamlet! Doctor! call the doctor. Enter two male nurses, take away Horatio. Hamlet. How unpleasant. How disgusting. Nanny. After losing your voice , you don't cry over your lost hair. Lets go they will start soon. Follow me as we are not together and don't forget your mask. Hamlet puts on his masks. Nanny goes towards the castle, Hamlet after a while follows her Nanny enters the castles and goes to the queens bedroom . The queen's room lit with a little bit of blue light.The whole room is stuffed with white cans of different sizes, the queen is sitting on one of the cans. Queen. Where is my daughter? Nanny, send her in. Nanny. I swear with my innocence when I was twelve, I called her in a long time ago. My little lamb, my little bird, my sweet baby flower. Where did she disappear to? Enters Juliet Juliet. Who called me? Nanny. Signor call you. Juliet. Here I am, Madam. What do you want? Queen. Well, Nanny please leave it would be better if we talked alone, on second thought Nanny stop stay, You know my daughter from her youth. NANNY I couldn't be mistaken about your age, even by one hour. You can torture me how you like, I won't be mistaken. QUEEN She's not even fourteen years old. NANNY I will give fourteen of my teeth, you can cut fourteen pieces from any place on my body, she's not fourteen yet. Definitely. Well, on St. Paul's Day, closer to midnight, she will be fourteen. She and my Suzy were the same age. God took away my Suzy---Praise the Lord, praise the Lord. I'm not sorry. I wasn't worthy of her. And yours will be fourteen on St. Peter's Day precisely. Well, remembering eleven years ago, on the year of the Earth-Shaking, when I took her away from my breast. I remember, I remember. Unforgettable! Oh Lord, all are such pigs! The girl was so nice. I remember everything as if it was today. I rotted my nipples with wormwood to break this breath feeding. Sitting under the sun, near the aviary. You and Master were somewhere. Somewhere, yes---I remember as if it was now when she sensed my bitter nipples, she got so angry, the silly little kootchy-wootchy, and she raised her little hand to strike my breast! And suddenly, the aviary was shaken, and I, Devil take it, went away! Crushed, buried, Hell! Since that time, the past eleven little years, a coma. She couldn't even stand on her feet then. All what I say, cross my heart! Yes, she was waddling like a duck, like a ducky, left and right, left and right, and then, that very day, she broke her forehead, and that husband of mine, God protect his soul, he was such a merry man, such a joker, he picked up the little darling. What he says---"You've fallen on your forehead? When you'll grow up, you'll fall on your back!" And the little birdie, my darling, stopped crying right away and told him, "Yes, I will fall on my back." That is real children, nice ones! Not like the pigs they will be when they grow. I could live for a hundred years, I'll never forget. "On my back I'll fall, when I grow up"! QUEEN Well, enough about this, be quiet! NANNY Well, it's just laughter, laughter bubbles up in me! The mood ravishes me! Oh, my mother, my serpent! On my back I'll fall, when I grow up! What a lovely creature! Oh, I can't restrain myself! Sweetie-pie! Kootchy-wootchy! On my back! Oh, ha-ha! JULIET Shut up, I beg you. NANNY Alright, I'm silent, silent! Oh! I didn't nurse anyone quieter than you. Oh, I only wish to live long enough to see your wedding---nothing more do I need. QUEEN Yes, yes, I would like to talk about her wedding. Tell me, Juliet, dear daughter, do you agree to be married? JULIET I wouldn't dream of such an honor. NANNY Such honor! Good Lord! If not for me, who nursed you, I would say reason, and honor, and consciousness you sucked in with my milk, little darling, my birdie! QUEEN So, it's time to think about marriage. In Verona, many noble ladies are younger than you and have children already. To speak about myself, at your age, I was already your mother. In one word: noble Hamlet has asked for your hand. NANNY What a gentleman. Oh, Madam! What a man! Handsome as a waxwork! Built! He's a good man. QUEEN And in Verona's garden, he's the best lover. NANNY Flower! Flower, precisely flower! Flower of all flowers, and perhaps flowering flower! But... Oh, never mind---I know that, as a flower, he's better than any flower! QUEEN (to Juliet) Tell me, could you love him? Today, he will be at our party. Read his young face as a book. Beauty draws in his face cuteness. Take a good look at his pictures. Learn his skills... Well, different riddles to say. But not only riddles. Sometimes Hamlet says quite interesting things. Very interesting. He's a smart man. And he, I would say, is a book without a cover. He is waiting for this cover to be bound. You might become his glorious binding. You can bind his book with your fate. Together with him, you won't become lesser. NANNY No, you will be fatter---that's as usual! That's how it happens in the world. QUEEN How do you measure his love? Answer me. JULIET I will try to see his love tenderly. But will remember all your instructions. QUEEN Then let's go, Juliet. Perhaps all are already gathered. The King is waiting for us. NANNY God care for you all. (NANNY leaves, QUEEN and JULIET cross to main hall of Elsinore castle. Hall is brightly lit; hall floor is full of white cans and white back-stretchers of different sizes. Further down, on the throne, sits the KING. In the distance, TYBALT stands, and bows to QUEEN and JULIET. KING rises from the throne, takes QUEENS hand, and sits her next to himself. JULIET stands next to them. Enter HAMLET and HORATIO, wearing masks. ALL also put masks on. HAMLET and HORATIO bow to KING and QUEEN.) KING Welcome! And let the ladies with no blisters on their feet, dance with us. I swear that the one who will put on airs, they will have blisters! Musicians, play! Leap, let's get wild, right away. (Lute plays. TYBALT and JULIET dance.) HAMLET (to HORATIO) Tell me, who is the one whose beauty glorifies he who dances with her? HORATIO I know not, my friend. I am wounded, I am in pain. Because of you, I was bit by a steel serpent. I am in pain. And that bastard is joyous. I don't know, I don't know, I know nothing. HAMLET The torch' light fades before hers! Her beauty shines into night as a pearl earring in a Moor's ear! An exceptional gift, too precious for the world! She is as a white pigeon in a flock of ravens! My beauty among the crowd! When the dance ends, I shall find a moment, and shall touch her and, filled with awe! I never loved? No! I refuse all the nonsense I had before! Until now, I had not see a beauty! TYBALT (stops) Oh, that voice! Hamlet among us! Hey, where's my sword! What! That rascal allowed himself to come here beneath the cover of his mask, that he might humiliate us unpunished! Here's my sword! KING What has happened, my nephew? Why are you so stormy? TYBALT Your royal majesty, Hamlet is here! KING Calm down, and leave him be. He has behaved himself as a true nobleman. I won't let him be insulted here in the castle. Calm yourself, stop wrinkling your brow. Anger has no place at our celebration. TYBALT My anger and my patience combat each other. I shake as the rushes. I shall leave for now, but vengeance shall return. (leaves) HAMLET (comes to JULIET and touches her hand) If my unworthy hand does defile your holy altar, forgive me! As two obedient, honest, and truly good pilgrims overleap the kiss, so kissing might erase the trace of sin. JULIET Gallant pilgrim, you are o'er harsh to your own hand, there is naught in your hand save grace and honor. HAMLET Is it true that mouth and lips are giving to saints and pilgrims? JULIET Yes, for prayers good pilgrim. HAMLET My angel! Then let my lips touch yours. Don't be unhearing. JULIET The saints above are still though they listen. HAMLET Don't move, answer my prayers (kisses her). Your lips take the sins from my lips. JULIET So my lips took away your sin? HAMLET My sin... it is not sin. There is no sin. But your answer, your words confuse me. Return my sin. JULIET Your guilt is removed. (kisses him, King and Queen leave the hall. Horatio leaves, enters Nanny) HAMLET (To Nanny) Who is your mother? NANNY What young sinner? You don't know? That's news. The hostess of this house is her mother. Yes. Honorable and wise senora, I nursed her daughter. Little cutie, little birdie, a good little girl. My goodie-goodie. HAMLET The Queen's daughter! Seems like all my life has been in my enemies' hands. Given to my enemies' hands, given away, and now everything has been given away. JULIET Nanny, tell me who's that senor? NANNY That is Hamlet. JULIET In my heart was only hatred - this hatred gave life to unique love. I don't know, did I see him too early or too late but I recognize it. And I can not defeat the feeling. I'm on fire with my love to my mortal enemy. HAMLET (To Nanny) Tell her I will come to her tonight. NANNY I will I will senor. JULIET Nanny, darling tell that I will wait for him at night in the garden. NANNY I will I will my little lamb, my birdie. (Nanny and Juliet exit) HAMLET I will come, I will. The light of day is not lovely without my angel, without my darling whose image in my heart my mind my soul came so unexpectedly, so interesting. Well, strange somehow. She's lovely, she's so natural and straight and feels nice to be with her. I will think about her all the time. What else can I do? This perhaps is what they call love. Love? Before I only heard about it and now I am face to face with it. In my very face love is breathing. Her breath is hot. (Hamlet exits the hall, comes to the moonlit garden. Scattered on the floor are white corks of different sizes. Juliet comes to the balcony) HAMLET Oh here's my love, my queen! Is she speaking? No, she's silent. Her eyes are speaking, perhaps her heart. A heart could also speak, but let her be silent! I will talk instead. Although my speech is not for me. Here in the sky, two stars. Seems to me they are from the "Big Bear". Yes. They are her eyes asking to take place of stars and shine within the night. But if she would agree and instead of eyes on her face will shine the stars then the light of her face would outshine those stars the way daylight does outshine a candle. Her eyes from heaven would shine so strong that birds would confuse everything, they would get mixed up and think day is night and night is day. They would sing. Yes. She stands, she touches her cheek with her hand. I would like to be the skin of her hand. Simple human skin. JULIET Oh sorrow in me! HAMLET She said something. Oh speak my light bearing angel. Speak. Speak. You shine above me my darling, my little messenger from something heavenly and soft. And I'm standing and watching, seeing as you shine. As you're floating, floating on the air as an angel. JULIET Oh Hamlet! Hamlet! Why he is Hamlet? Leave your father and forget forever your own name. And if you don't want then swear that you love me. Enough of that after...I won't be Capulet anymore. HAMLET I catch you on your word: Call me the love. I never will be Hamlet anymore. My name they would call me love, not Hamlet. JULIET Who is here? Who is listening? Hamlet! How did you get her? Tell me why? Everything here is high and unapproachable and scary. Everything is frightening. Death is waiting for you if one of my relatives or one of my family will see you. HAMLET I was flying on the wings of love and stone walls are not an obstacle. Love can penetrate anything. It goes through stone, through earth. Through metal of every sort, nothing could be an obstacle for me and your relatives too. JULIET But if they will meet you here they will kill you. HAMLET There is more danger in your eyes. If you will look at me with tenderness, nothing else matters swords, people, killings. JULIET O' I wish they wouldn't see you. HAMLET The night will cover me with it's blanket, but if you don't love me nothing would help, nothing would help me. Then I'm ready for any death. JULIET Who directed you here? HAMLET Love. Love was my rudder and my sail. Love whispered to my ear everything and I was sailing as a fated stranger. JULIET My face is hot with shame although it is covered by the mask of night. I wish I could here it from you...but no! O' heart it is about to fly away like a bird. Do you love me? Would you say yes? Well, I believe you. But even after swearing they could lie: Jupiter himself is laughing about promises. O' Hamlet. If you love me tell me honestly. If you think that you want me too quickly I would say no! You can think of me as capricious and bad, but I simply can not put...I must know. I must exactly about our love. I'm not capricious. Forgive me. HAMLET I swear by the moon that silver everything. The garden, the trees, and different buildings, and your head. Lovely head of Juliet. JULIET O' don't swear by the unfaithful moon, the moon who changes its face so often. Your love could change the same way. HAMLET But then by what could I swear? JULIET Don't swear by anything. Or if you have a desire to swear, swear by yourself. Your own self. My holy monk. And I will believe you. I will always believe you. HAMLET Well, I'm ready if my heart... JULIET NO! i'M afraid. No need for promises. Everything, everything that's happening gives me joy. Perfect. But this hour my conversation scares me, it's too quick to unexpected, too strange... it's like lightening that hits at the top of an oak tree. It's strikes and we sat lightening. And it's already gone. Was it there? Then let our love bloom slowly and sweetly the way all flowers are blooming in the summer. When the flower of our love will bloom, will open then we will see each other my Hamlet. Good night, Hamlet. Find in your soul a peace, such peace as I have in my soul. HAMLET Would you leave with out giving me your promise? JULIET What kind of promise would you like? HAMLET Love promise in exchange for mine. JULIET I give it before you ask for it. But I'm afraid... I would like to take a bath. HAMLET To take a bath? Why my love? JULIET Then I will have something to return. But I'm afraid and perhaps it isn't necessary. My tenderness unbounded, like the sea. My love is deep. As the deepest place in the sea. And the more I give away, the more I take from that deepest place and give to you, the more is left in this place. Everything is infinitive. JULIET You want to leave? But daylight will not touch your beautiful head soon. Don't leave, be with me a little bit longer. JULIET Three words, my Hamlet, and then we will say good-bye, yes we will say good-bye. If you love me honestly, truly, and you think about marriage, the future, good things, tomorrow morning, you will let my messenger know all that. In other words, where and when you would like to have a wedding ceremony. Where and when. And then I will put my life at your feet, all my life I will follow you to the end of the universe. But if you have something bad in your mind, if you plan to insult me, I pray tell me honestly. Otherwise I will suffer. I will torture myself. And then leave me with your tortures. HAMLET My angel, the savior of my soul... JULIET So until tomorrow, I will send for you. HAMLET I could answer today that I'm ready to do it today, but I don't know where we can take the vows, I don't know the place we can do it because there are too many complications. Tomorrow I will tell you everything in detail. My darling, my saint. JULIET Dawn is here, and the light is coming. I wish that you won't go away father than the bird that sometimes as a joker is a joyful as a little girl flies as if on a string like a puppet although your better that a bird, you are not a bird. But I would like not to let you go, and that's why I would like it if you were a wooden bird on a string. HAMLET I would like to be such a bird. JULIET And I my darling wish it also. And I would caress you until you died. Forgive me, forgive me for everything. Forgiveness in the moment of separation has in it such a sweet pain that I could keep saying good-bye until morning. Forgive, Forgive me! HAMLET Peaceful dreams to yours eyes, peace in your heart, and peace to all of you. Oh, I wish I could be a dream or blanket to find such a sweet refuge with you.Now to you will come all dreams of all worlds to find in you sweet a cover. I love you as I don't love anybody in the entire world. JULIET Wait for my messenger, and remember your Juliet. (JULIET exits.) HAMLET All my life is simply waiting for you. Well, I will wait until tomorrow because I was waiting for so long. I waited for you almost seventeen years. That's a lot. Good-bye my radiant saint. Peace to you. (Crosses the garden, comes to fence. In the far corner of the garden, in a bleak violet lights, two white male nurses appear, holding white stretchers on which lies a black worm.) HAMLET Lord save me! Oh, who are you? Blessed or cursed spirit sent by heaven or do breath with evil from hell or do you have good intentions in you? Answer me! I call you, I Hamlet the rule of Danes! Don't let me be rotten in my harsh ignorance, tell me why did you leave our family tomb and tear apart the burial cloth, you came you stand here. You stand and you don't say anything? It's strange and scary. You horrible shake my essence. Tell me why? FIRST MALE NURSE He is a spirit, he is your father. SECOND MALE NURSE He is sentenced to wander during the night. FIRST MALE NURSE During the day he is to be tortured by fire. SECOND MALE NURSE Until he sins of his earthly nature. FIRST MALE NURSE Would be burned to ashes. SECOND MALE NURSE IF not for the mystery of his imprisonment. FIRST MALE NURSE He could tell such story. SECOND MALE NURSE That the human soul or your soul is shaken. FIRST MALE NURSE Your eyes would be out of your eye-sockets. SECOND MALE NURSE And every hair would be straight as your sword. FIRST MALE NURSE But mysteries must be kept a secret. SECOND MALE NURSE But what you have to know, listen to! FIRST MALE NURSE If you ever loved your father. SECOND MALE NURSE Take revenge for his disgusting murder. HAMLET Murder? FIRST MALE NURSE Any murder in itself is disgusting. SECOND MALE NURSE But this one is the most disgusting and the most inhuman. HAMLET Tell me right away so that I on my wings as fast as thought, no, as fast as passionate fantasy would rush myself to that revenge. FIRST MALE NURSE There are rumors that he died in the garden. SECOND MALE NURSE Bitten by the snake. FIRST MALE NURSE That's how Denmark was fooled by treoraous. SECOND MALE NURSE False fairy tales about his aunt. FIRST MALE NURSE But you should know, Oh honorable son. SECOND MALE NURSE The snake which struck your father. FIRST MALE NURSE Put on his crown. HAMLET Oh, prophesying spirit. My Uncle?! SECOND MALE NURSE This lusting animal the incestuous. FIRST MALE NURSE Through the magic of his mind, and that magic gift. SECOND MALE NURSE He seduced. FIRST MALE NURSE Your father, and his seeming pure wife. SECOND MALE NURSE When he was asleep in the garden. First Male NURSE Your uncle approached him with poison. (THE NAME OF THE POISON IS IN THE PLAY HAMLET). SECOND MALE NURSE And poured into his ear the dammed poison. FIRST MALE NURSE Spoiling his life blood. SECOND MALE NURSE That's how the king in his sleep from the hand of his brother. FIRST MALE NURSE Lost his life, crown, and his queen. SECOND MALE NURSE He was knocked down in the midst of his blooming sins. FIRST MALE NURSE Suddenly without blessing and retention. SECOND MALE NURSE Do not accept this if you have a kingly nature. FIRST MALE NURSE Don't let the family bed of Danish kings. SECOND MALE NURSE To become the place of lust and incest. FIRST MALE NURSE And take revenge for your poor father. MALE NURSE TAKE AWAY THE WORM. HAMLET Oh,Lord, Oh, Heaven! Army of angels! Oh earth! What else should I add to this list. The Gates of Hell? Stop my heart, stop! My muscles, legs, head, all my body stop. Don't, Don't. Take me straight, carry me firmly. Now, now everything I will erase everything from my memory. Everything earthly, disgusting, bad. Everything temporary, everything unnecessary, I will write in me, in my head only one thing. Only one thing. Only the commandment of my father. He was killed, killed my traitorous hands. Killed by traitorous disgusting enemy, who doesn't know mercy. Scoundrel! And my mother? Oh, woman of sin! So it is you uncle! So here you are my mother! My motto from now on will be,"Fare well!fare well! And remember me!" CLIMBS OVER THE FENCE AND APPEARS ON THE STREETS OF VERONA. THE WHOLE STREET IS COVERED WITH PLASTERS OF DIFFERENT COLORS.HORATIO LIES DOWN IN THE FETAL POSITION. HAMLET RUSHES TO HORATIO. Horatio, Horatio, wake up. It's time for all of us to wake up. New times. HORATIO I'm wounded. I'm traitorously wounded. I"m in pain. HAMLET I discovered something which is somehow strange and unpleasant to tell. I'm a little bit confused. But from now on my friend Horatio, in my brain will be written, "fare well, fare well, and remember me." HORATIO I'm wounded, I'm in pain. I don't understand why in life everything is so unpleasant, everything is not secured. I'm a little bit afraid. HAMLET You know I am also afraid of something. But I want to tell you that I saw something that my hair could become a sword. My hair would be so straight, so strong, so hard, that it would not be different from the sword. HORATIO Me also was struck by a sword. I was struck by the sword because of you. I'm in pain. Do not talk to me about sword . HAMLET HAMLET TAKES UP HORATIO AND HELPS HIM TO WALK. Come, come, I simply want to say that I do not understand things a little bit. HORATIO There are many things in the world, my friend Hamlet, that children nor fathers understand. Overall people know very little about nature, about wounds. If they would know more, they would live much longer our body could be rejuvenated. Wounds cause pain, unpleasantness. All sorts of bad sensations. I'm in pain and it;s not pleasant. HAMLET Your are preoccupied only with your wound. But I"m thinking of different matters. I must concentrate on how I must react to all this. In other words I must do everything right. Everything must be changed, I wish that everything could be changed, and that everything would be different. Everything got rotten through our Danish kingdom. Everything is getting rotten and is falling apart. THEY ENTER THROUGH SOME KIND OF NICHE, AND APPEAR IN A ROOM WITH HUGE WHITE SUBJECTS-A JAR, A PLASTER CORK, BACK STRETCHER, PLATE, STRETCHER OF EYELASHES, AND AN ANIMAL COLLAR. EVERYTHING IS LITE WITH WHITE BRIGHT LIGHT. HORATIO LIES DOWN ON THE FLOOR AND FREEZES. HAMLET To be or not to be, here are two questions. What's better for a man? What's better for a normal man-to agree to do everything as necessary, or not to agree to do everything that necessary? Quietly do things with closed eyes and only cry and nothing else, or to do everything loudly so everybody would says he lives loudly and widely? And not desire so much simply to sleep and to seed dreams. What kind of dreams? Of different kinds? I'm afraid of dreams a little bit. Sometimes you can see something in your dreams something bad... HORATIO SCREAMS. Ohhh! Everything in me is in pain, everything is ugly, bad. After all to live is a difficult business and to live with you even more so. HAMLET Yes. Everything is exactly the way you think- everything is not clear. The way when you were little- everything is good and your parents loves you, and everything turns out normally. Then as if you never had parents. Almost as if you are in boarding school and prison. But in prison, speaking generally is worse. You better not go to jail. ENTER JULIET JULIET My prince, how were you all of those days? HAMLET O.K. in other words I lived all right, but I find myself some hoe not secure. I don't feel very well. But in general everything is ok. JULIET I have a different presents from you. You gave them to me. Hamlet Me? No? Perhaps you are confusing something. I never gave gifts to anybody. JULIET You gave. You gave. Hamlet Hell I didn't. Juliet You did. You presented me with different words. Propositions. And I want to return it back to you. HAMLET I don't know. HORATIO Pain comes to you when you don't expect it... JULIET I will return everything. All words and propositions. When decent girls are being fooled, and then being told different, well, different stuff. That is not decent. HAMLET You are a very decent girl. JULIET I am a decent girl. HORATIO You are both decent. But I am in pain. ENTER NAKED NANNY WITH A LOAD OF RYE BREAD NANNY WITH LAUGHTER SITS ON THE FLOOR. NANNY My mommy was a piece of white iron. HA!HA! OH! And how fast am I! Every time I look around-all of them carrying on and carrying on, as mad. OH! That's the way we live. And we live in a way that not everybody else lives. Like bricks. OH! HA!HA! My old sweating mommy! SHE CRUMBLES THE BREAD AND EATS IT. JULIET Decent girls do not value when they've been touched by a knife-sharpener, whetstone, by screws, if after that, they're betrayed. HAMLET And do you know? HORATIO [screams] Five! Five times, and the same wound. And pain, and poles. NANNY My old mommy dear gave birth to me in her bag, and my old papa dear went to Moscow, the capital of our motherland, and over there he sniffed out all the bits and pieces of bags. And ladies' little bags. Coo-coo, mommy dear honey darling, my sweaty hand! JULIET I've wanted to tell you for a long time... You know, I have very nice legs. HORATIO To believe in family's tombs is our wound. The way they wounded me, the way I showed it. HAMLET [cleaning his costume] I saw many, but people, how should I say, people don't understand, after all. They understand little bugs. JULIET [lifts her dress and shows her legs] Look at these. HAMLET This is simply so definite, as somehow... Surely. NANNY Surely little splinters to the old little woman! Show you little bellybutton, to friend. [Enter KING and QUEEN, in turned-up dresses, with bruises and black on their faces. TYBALT runs after them carrying a metal bowl. TYBALT throws the bowl on the floor.] TYBALT Later! Later! Our fathers, later! Our mothers! Our favorite branches! Our twigs crack! Our splinterings! [KING and QUEEN piss on the floor.] HAMLET No, no. Leave and sleep, sleep. [Runs away and appears in the same room, but smaller in size.] To be or not to be, here are two questions. What's better for the man, for a normal man, to agree to do everything the way it should, or not to agree to do everything as it should? [HORATIO crawls, and with a scream, freezes on the floor.] HORATIO Oh, everything is in pain. Everything is ugly, bad. HAMLET Yes. Everything is this way. And if you think about it, it's not understandable. As when you are little, everything is nice, and parents love you and everything turns somehow normally. [Enter JULIET] JULIET My prince, how were you all those days? HAMLET Okay. JULIET I have different gifts from you. HAMLET Me? No. JULIET You gave it to me. HAMLET No I didn't. JULIET You did. HAMLET Well, I don't know. HORATIO Pain always comes this way... JULIET I will return everything. HAMLET You're a very decent girl. JULIET I am a decent girl. HORATIO You are decent. [Naked NANNY enters with a load of rye bread.] NANNY [laughing, sits on the floor] My little mommy was a piece of white iron. JULIET Decent girls do not value when they're touched by knife-sharpeners... HAMLET And how do you know? HORATIO [screams] Five, five times, and the same wound. NANNY My little mommy gave birth in her little bag. JULIET I've wanted to tell you for a long time. HORATIO To believe in family tombs is our wound. HAMLET [cleaning his costume] I saw many. JULIET [lifts her dress, shows her legs] Look! HAMLET This is simply, absolutely, truly. NANNY Show to an old little woman these splinters! [Enter KING and QUEEN in fully turned-up dresses, with traces of bruises and black on their faces. TYBALT runs after them, carrying a metal bowl. TYBALT throws the bowl on the floor.] TYBALT [screams] Our fathers! [KING and QUEEN stand and piss on the floor.] HAMLET No, no. To leave, and sleep, sleep. [runs away and enters the same room, but smaller in size.] To be or not to be, here are two questions. HORATIO [crawls, and, with a scream, freezes on the floor] Oh, everything is in pain. HAMLET Yes, everything is the way as you start thinking... [Enter JULIET] JULIET My prince, how are you? HAMLET Alright. JULIET I have. HAMLET I? JULIET You gave it. HAMLET I don't know. HORATIO Pain. JULIET I will return. HAMLET You are very. JULIET I am honest. HORATIO You are both honest. [Enter naked NANNY with load of rye bread] NANNY [laughing, sitting on the floor] My little mommy. JULIET Decent girls. HAMLET How do you know? HORATIO [screams] Five, five times. NANNY My mommy gave birth. JULIET I've wanted for a long time. HORATIO To believe in family tombs. HAMLET [cleaning his costume[ I saw many. JULIET [lifts her dress, shows her legs] Look! HAMLET This is simply. NANNY Show splinters. [Enter KING and QUEEN in torn-up dresses, with traces of bruises and black marks on their faces. TYBALT runs after them carrying a metal bowl.] TYBALT [throws bowl on the floor, screams] Later! After! [KING and QUEEN piss on the floor] HAMLET No, no. [runs out and enters in the same room but smaller in size] To be or not to be. HORATIO [crawls and, with a scream, freezes on the floor] Oh. HAMLET Yes. [Enter JULIET] My prince. HAMLET All right. JULIET I have. HAMLET Me? JULIET You gave. HAMLET I don't know. HORATIO I don't know. HORATIO Pain. JULIET I will return. HAMLET You. JULIET I. HORATIO Both of you. [Enter NANNY, naked, with a load of rye bread.] NANNY [laughing, sitting on the floor[ My mommy. JULIET Decent. HAMLET And you? HORATIO [screams] Five. NANNY My mommy. JULIET I've wanted. HORATIO To believe. HAMLET [cleaning his costume] I saw many. JULIET [raises her dress, shows her legs] See! HAMLET This. NANNY Show. [Enter KING and QUEEN, in turned-up dresses, with traces of bruises and black marks on their face. TYBALT follows, carrying a metal bowl.] TYBALT [throws the bowl on the floor and screams] Later! [KING and QUEEN piss on the floor] HAMLET No. [runs ways, enters the same room but smaller in size] To be. HORATIO [crawls, and with a scream, freezes on the floor] Oh... HAMLET Yes. [Enter JULIET.] JULIET My. HAMLET Alright. JULIET I have. HAMLET I? JULIET You gave. HAMLET I. HORATIO Pain. JULIET I. HAMLET You. JULIET I. HORATIO You both. [Enter naked NANNY with load of rye bread.] NANNY [with laughter, sitting on floor] Mommy. JULIET Decent. HAMLET Eh? HORATIO [screams] Five. NANNY Mommy. JULIET I. HORATIO Believe. HAMLET [cleaning his costume] I. JULIET [raising her dress] See! HAMLET This. NANNY Show. [KING and QUEEN squeezing in torn-up dresses, with traces of bruises and black marks on their face. After them TYBALT squeezes through with metal bowl in his hands.] TYBALT [Throws down the bowl and screams] Later! [KING and QUEEN piss.] HAMLET No. [White subjects, taking up big space, begin to move as a piston, pressing, crowded in between people. People scream in horror. Everything goes dark. After a while, green, dim light lights the stage, where there are seven big and seven small stools. On the small stools lie a cork, plaster, jar, "back-straightener", plate, and "eyelid-dialators", and a collar. On the big stools are destroyed, bloody bodies of the owners of these objects. Above each body, suspended, turning, holographic image of each subject, with bright contours. Voice over loudspeaker.] VOICE There no sadder tale of woe, Than Juliet and her Hamlet. THE END DAMMIT! (Russian text published in Theater Life magazine, December 1990.) AFTERWARD, AS FOREWORD Summary: Stressing of Sorokin's special dramatic qualities, mainly concern with the unconscious. Mentioning that he has Christian roots. Sorokin, born 1957 in Moscow, Russian, married, wrote short stories, novels, and plays. Lives in Munich, Germany. Paints.
This translation was workshoped during the Summer Session of 1993 in St.Petersburg with American theatre students and Formal Theatre actors, director Andrey Mogoochy. Performed at the Baltic House Second Stage. Editors: Andrey Makarov and Daniel Kleinfield.
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