"Wakeville" by The Mystic Stage



SCENE ONE:
PRENTICE
Was there a question?
RENE
I don’t know this place.
PRENTICE
No?
RENE
I’m new to this area.
PRENTICE
Lost?
RENE
I got here fast.
PRENTICE
Very fast.
RENE
I was the fastest one. Got ahead of the others. I never liked groups.
PRENTICE
And you are from?
RENE
Other side of the mountain.
PRENTICE
The Coast?
RENE
Yes.
PRENTICE
You came across the mountain.
RENE
Faster than the others.
PRENTICE
Well, you sure can’t get here by car.
RENE
No, I know.
PRENTICE
It’s inaccessible.
RENE
I made good time.
PRENTICE
You have come to Wakeville.
RENE
Have I?
PRENTICE
The town of Wakeville.
RENE
Wakeville?
PRENTICE
It’s called Wakeville.
RENE
I didn’t know it existed.
PRENTICE
It existed.
RENE
I didn’t know there was such a place. It’s not on my map.
PRENTICE
Most people don’t.
RENE
Where am I?
PRENTICE
They don’t know it. But it’s real. You’re in Wakeville.
RENE
I won’t stay here long.
PRENTICE
You won’t??
RENE
I’m on my way. I’m going East. I’m traveling.
PRENTICE
Then you won’t be here long.
RENE
That church. It’s old.
PRENTICE
Very old.
RENE
I have seen churches that old in Europe. Not churches that old here.
PRENTICE
There are old churches here.
RENE
None this old.
PRENTICE
It’s fallen into disrepair.
RENE
Yes.
PRENTICE
Saint Andrews Church.
RENE
Yes.
PRENTICE
It’s unfortunate.
RENE
It is.
PRENTICE
Yes.
RENE
It is unfortunate.



SCENE TWO:
OLGA
Help me.
RENE
I hear something in the Church.
OLGA
Dear God who is above all, who is almighty, Dear God, I trust you. Hear my call.
PRENTICE
That is a voice of prayer.
RENE
Yes.
PRENTICE
Supplication.
RENE
A woman in trouble.
OLGA
What am I to do? What am I to do?
PRENTICE
Please step inside this church.
RENE
It has a musty odor.
PRENTICE
I am your guide.
OLGA
God is above all. God answers prayers. Dear almighty God. Hear my prayers.
RENE
She’s in trouble?
PRENTICE
Yes. It is good that you were the fastest.
RENE
Hello, I’m Rene Moss. Sorry to interrupt your devotions.
OLGA
I am sorry. I’m sorry, Poppa.
RENE
Don’t be sorry, Olga.
OLGA
You wanted to show him Saint Andrew’s.
PRENTICE
Saint Andrew’s Church.
OLGA
I’m in the way. I’m making too much noise. I’m disturbing you.
RENE
What is your trouble?
OLGA
It is nothing. I’m fine. I have no trouble. I just was praying to God.
RENE
Why?
OLGA
I believe in prayer.
RENE
It’s none of my business.
PRENTICE
Moving right along.
RENE
So this is your daughter?
PRENTICE
Right this way. It was, in its day, a new church. It had new carpets.
RENE
I’m asking too many questions.
OLGA
I’m making too much of a fuss, lifting my voice in prayer. I'm bothering God.
RENE
It’s nothing.
OLGA
I don’t have any problems. Thank you for asking.
RENE
This guide is your father?
OLGA
My name is Olga. That’s my name. It’s a real pleasure.
RENE
Nice meeting you.
OLGA
Sometimes pleasure can get you into trouble. Then, there’s pain.
RENE
I’m sorry I interrupted your prayers.
PRENTICE
His name is Rene. Rene Moss.
RENE
That’s right. Moss.
PRENTICE
I guided you to this church.
RENE
Moss.
OLGA
I’m Olga Green.
PRENTICE
Green.
OLGA
This is Prentice Green. My father is the.
PRENTICE
I have nothing to do.
OLGA
My father was the principal of the school.
PRENTICE
I used to be the principal of the school. I'm retired now.
OLGA
He’s retired now.
PRENTICE
There is no guide in case you thought I was.
RENE
I thought you were the guide.
PRENTICE
You looked lost, so I guided you.
RENE
You were standing there. That’s why I asked you the name of this town.
PRENTICE
We have a hot spring.
OLGA
We can sit in the hot spring, if you like, Rene.
RENE
Is it very hot?
PRENTICE
You have a towel and a bathing suit?
OLGA
We can sit there. We can relax. We can be comfortable there. It’s hot. It will relax you.



SCENE THREE:
RENE
It’s not too hot, Olga. In fact, it’s pleasant.
OLGA
It’s a pleasant temperature.
RENE
You can see Saint Andrew’s from here. We are on a high hill overlooking your church.
OLGA
I was praying down there, just a little while ago. Then, my father brought you inside.
RENE
The guide.
OLGA
Yes, Poppa.
RENE
Where is your father, by the way? He seems to have disappeared. I guess he didn’t want to soak with us.
OLGA
I’m very comfortable now. I’m very relaxed. I feel warm all over. I like this hot spring.
RENE
It’s a pleasant place. This hill. This pool.
OLGA
Yes.
RENEE
If I seem a little self conscious, it’s because we're in our bathing suits.
OLGA
That’s okay.
RENEE
Dressed just in bathing suits, you can see a lot of skin. It might conflict with your faith.
OLGA
No. My faith is deeper than the skin.
RENEE
I see.
OLGA
You see the other hills? You see the valleys? You see those houses?
RENE
I see a small group of houses down there.
OLGA
That’s Wakeville.
RENE
That?
OLGA
I know it’s small.
RENE
It’s just this small group of houses.
OLGA
I know it’s tiny. Do you think it’s small?
RENE
Wakeville is a small town.
OLGA
I grew up there. I went to school there. That was before I met Tom. Tom is a tourist. Tom and I. Tom and I. Tom and I.
RENE
Yes.
OLGA
Tom came through Wakeville on his way East. My father showed him Saint Andrews and we.
RENE
So Tom and you. I see.
OLGA
We had a bath. And we ... we ...
RENE
And where is Tom now? He left. That’s why you’re sad. I can see you’re sad.
OLGA
Can you see why I was praying?
RENE
Because Tom left. And you are in trouble. Some kind of trouble.
OLGA
Wakeville is a small town.
RENE
Yes. Well, it’s just those houses.
OLGA
It’s just those houses and our church.
RENE
It’s an old church.
OLGA
You’re going to leave Wakeville. You’re going to leave Wakeville. Like Tom left Wakeville.
RENE
Yes.
OLGA
You must.
RENE
I must.
OLGA
It’s a religious town. I’m not the only one who prays. My father was the principal of the high school.
RENE
You’re upset. You’re sad. You’re biting your lip.
OLGA
I’m not biting my lip.
RENE
But, you know, we just met.
OLGA
I know we just met. You’re Rene Moss. No there’s nothing wrong with me.
RENE
I’m glad we met.
OLGA
I’m comfortable here, in this hot water. It’s hot. It’s hot water all around you. It’s a hot spring.
RENE
Yes, it’s hot.
OLGA
Good for your health, your pores.
RENE
It’s wonderful for my pores, I don’t know about yours.
OLGA
Don’t you think? To breathe in and out, to turn off and on. On and on.
RENE
Do you think we should? We should do that? Should we make love?
OLGA
I want to make love to you.
RENE
Why, Olga?
OLGA
Because it feels right. That's why we should make love.



SCENE FOUR:
I’m so sorry, I’m so, so sorry. We made love! We shouldn't have done that. I just went along and did it because you wanted it. You said we should.
OLGA
But you enjoyed it.
RENE
I enjoyed it very much, yes.
OLGA
No need to be sorry.
RENE
But we, we.
OLGA
It seemed a natural thing to do. Very natural.
RENE
It seemed natural. But I don’t know. I don’t know its significance.
OLGA
Must it have a significance?
RENE
If you’re religious, then it might have a significance.
OLGA
I don’t know. It seemed a natural thing to do.
RENE
I don’t want there to be any trouble.
OLGA
Trouble sometimes happens. Then pleasure turns to pain.
RENE
The last thing I want to do is cause you pain.
OLGA
Why?
RENE
Because you’re.
OLGA
Yes?
RENE
Because you might say I betrayed you.
OLGA
It’s happened before.
RENE
You might pray to God in the Church to help you.
OLGA
I believe in prayer.
RENE
But it may not be wise to ... To get involved with tourists, I mean, with men who are just passing through. It may not be wise. Hasn’t your father warned you?
OLGA
My father has often warned me about men passing through.
RENE
It’s as if you expected me to stay, even though I can’t.
OLGA
I don’t expect you to stay. It’s okay, You can go.
RENE
And yet you won’t feel betrayed?
OLGA
No.
RENE
Sad?
OLGA
I’m not sad. Thank you for asking. But I’m not in any trouble.
RENE
I don’t want to get too personal.
OLGA
Do you like Wakeville? Do you like the hot spring? Do you like the river? Do you like the little clump of houses hugging the hill?
RENE
Yes.
OLGA
So do I.
RENE
It’s peaceful here. Nothing is rushed. It’s close to nature. It’s off the beaten track.



SCENE FIVE:
RENE
I enjoyed meeting your daughter.
PRENTICE
She is my daughter.
RENE
I wanted to say good bye, but she has for some reason disappeared.
PRENTICE
She’s in church praying. Do you want me to get her?
RENE
No that’s all right. I don’t want to interrupt her.
PRENTICE
You had a question.
RENE
Yes. I’m lost.
PRENTICE
Again?
RENE
It’s obvious my group turned off went somewhere else.
PRENTICE
Could be they went to Watsonville.
RENE
Watsonville? Where’s that?
PRENTICE
I couldn’t tell you, son. I’ve never been to Watsonville.
RENE
Which way did I come from? Which way is the road back? I’m all turned around.
PRENTICE
How about a suggestion?
RENE
I think ... Another part of that church fell off.
PRENTICE
Where?
RENE
A part of that wall fell off Saint Andrew’s. It’s becoming more like ruin every day.
PRENTICE
How about staying in Wakeville?
RENE
Staying here?
PRENTICE
Yes. My daughter is quite taken with you. She confided in me.
RENE
But I explained to Olga that I must.
PRENTICE
Why? Why go East? Here and there. Don’t you get tired of running?
RENE
I’m not staying in any Wakeville.
PRENTICE
You will be a father, you know. She will have your child, you know.
RENE
That’s really weird.
PRENTICE
Yes, it’s true, too.
RENE
She was in trouble a long time before I arrived on the scene. Tom got her into trouble.
PRENTICE
Where are you going?
RENE
We’ll do DNA testing, and you will find that it is Tom, not I. It is Tom. It is Tom.
PRENTICE
But Tom is dead.
RENE
Tom is not dead. Tom is on the road I will soon be on. East.
PRENTICE
Not that way. Come back.
SCENE SIX:
RENE
What is this? Grave stones everywhere.
PRENTICE
It’s the cemetery.
RENE
What’s this? This stone has your name on it.
PRENTICE
Prentice Green?
RENE
Prentice Green.
PRENTICE
It’s a common name around here.
RENE
And this stone has your daughter’s name on it, Olga Green.
OLGA
Olga Green.
PRENTICE
They are relatives, not us.
OLGA
Not us, No. We’re not buried here. We’re still alive.
PRENTICE
We’re not buried alive.
RENE
As soon as I find my way out of this cemetery, I’ll ask somebody.
OLGA
Tom is buried here. Further up the hill. I brought him flowers.
RENE
Those flowers. So many. They must be heavy.
OLGA
They’re not heavy.
RENE
Let me help you carry flowers to Tom’s grave.
OLGA
You don’t have to help me. It’s no trouble.
RENE
But in your condition you shouldn’t be moving so fast.
OLGA
I don’t like to spend too much time in the graveyard.
RENE
I’m having trouble keeping up with you.
OLGA
It’s no trouble.
RENE
It’s getting dark suddenly.
OLGA
Yes. It’s because night is approaching.
RENE
Damn. I just tripped. My knee. My knee.
OLGA
Let me help you.
RENE
I can’t walk. Damn, I can’t move.
OLGA
Wait here. I’ll be right back. As soon as I put flowers on Tom’s grave.
RENE
I seem unable to move. Olga.
OLGA
I’ll be right back, as soon as I put flowers on Tom’s grave.
RENE
You know what I’m thinking. Your father, what he said, makes sense.
PRENTICE
Glad you’re beginning to.
RENE
He said I should stay. I should marry you.
PRENTICE
It would make my daughter very happy.
RENE
Where are you, sir, I can’t see.
PRENTICE
Why not?
RENE
It’s so dark out.
PRENTICE
There’s no moon tonight.
OLGA
There, I put flowers on Tom’s grave.
RENE
How did you find Tom’s grave in the dark?
OLGA
I would know his grave anywhere. I don’t need to see it. My fingers do the walking.
PRENTICE
Rene Moss has agreed to marry you, Olga Green.
OLGA
I accept his proposal.
RENE
I can’t see either of you. And for that matter, I can’t even see my own hands, my own legs.
PRENTICE
We’ll hold the wedding in the church. It’ll be a church wedding.
RENE
If the church doesn’t crumble first.
OLGA
I accept Rene Moss.
PRENTICE
I accept Rene Moss, also.
OLGA
It’s exciting. Isn’t it father?
PRENTICE
He asked me for your hand.
RENE
I did? When?
PRENTICE
I assented to his request.
RENE
It wasn’t exactly like that. My knee!
PRENTICE
I have awaited this day for a long time.
RENE
Who says, “awaited” anymore? Nobody says that. Nobody does this. What is this?
PRENTICE
This is Wakeville, of course.
RENE
Yes, but is Watsonville anywhere near here?
PRENTICE
Your group has probably moved along.
RENE
If I had my lap top, I could yahoo Watsonville.
OLGA
I feel like cheering too. Yahoo. Yahoo. The hills echo my joy.
PRENTICE
I, too, am happy. Even though the darkness is shrouding our town.
RENE
I’m not convinced this whole thing isn’t an illusion.
OLGA
Prentice Green.
PRENTICE
Yes, Olga Green.
OLGA
We have managed to persuade this tourist to stay put.
RENE
What’s with these gravestones? They’re falling apart.
PRENTICE
The cemetery is old.
RENE
Old? But she brought fresh flowers to Tom’s grave.
OLGA
Tom and I. Tom and I. Tom and I.
PRENTICE
Hush, Olga. You have a new fiance now. You can forget Tom.
OLGA
Yes father.
PRENTICE
It is time to put Tom out of your mind. It is time to think of Rene now.
OLGA
Who?
RENE
But all these grave stones are falling apart. Is Wakeville a real place?
PRENTICE
Rene Moss, Olga. Don’t you remember? You had a bath together on the hill. The green hill.
OLGA
The hot spring.
RENE
The hot spring was hot. The river was cold.
OLGA
I prayed in church for something to heal my pain.
PRENTICE
Moss. I brought you Rene Moss.
RENE
It doesn’t matter, real, unreal. Happiness is all that matters. And I feel happy.
PRENTICE
It will be day light soon.
RENE
Good. Then I’ll be able to see my bride.
PRENTICE
Then we’ll go to Saint Andrews and have the ceremony.
RENE
The ceremony.
PRENTICE
I know now how the story ends.
OLGA
Do you know how the story ends, Poppa? Tell me how it ends.
PRENTICE
Why? Why should I tell you, Olga Green?
OLGA
You’re my father. Aren’t you my father?
PRENTICE
They will live happily ever after.


THIS IS THE END OF THE PLAY, "WAKEVILLE". IT WAS WRITTEN BY THE MYSTIC STAGE.

Thank you for reading this play. We, the actors, writers, producers, and directors of The Mystic Stage hope you enjoyed it. The Mystic Stage is a theater organization devoted to presenting plays that ask questions rather than supply answers. Our plays often point to hidden aspects of our minds and souls. We ask ourselves, with all the problems in the world today, are there truths in us we don't recognize right now, that might contain solutions to these problems, that might imply a immense power in us we sometimes feel in our dreams but don't really think about in our daily lives? We welcome your comments and suggestions.













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