Displays a play!
The Old Ones
1970, (5w 5m +3 youths)
The 'old ones' are: SARAH, her
two brothers, BOOMY - the pessimist, and MANNY - the optimist;
MANNY'S wife, GERDA, and SARAH'S eccentric friends - TERESSA,
MILLIE and JACK.
The young are the children of SARAH and BOOMY.
Manic MANNY and gloomy BOOMY constantly quarrel
due to an incident in their youth. Their form of quarrel is
an eccentric ritual: a 'quotation competition' in which each
seeks to confront the other with the ultimate, the irrefutable
quotation from the classics to prove that life is either good
Set against scenes of defiant old age 'The
Old Ones' plays out the conflict between the optimistic and
Violence .... Everyone's talking about violence - a big mystery! What
causes it! Whisper, whisper, whisper, pssssss! Why don't they ask
me? Ask me, I'll tell them... They've never heard of cultural intimidation?
I'm not of course referring to your so-called 'magnificent primitive
working man' - we all know nothing can intimidate him. I'm referring
to the men of real inferiority, men who suspect their own stupidity.
That's where violence comes from. The anger of self-knowledge. Self-knowledge
that he's a pig and then - everything intimidates him: a tone of voice,
a way of dressing, a passion for literature, a passion for music,
for anything! He hates it! One little speck of colour on a man's personality
unleashes such venom, such venom..."
play that will penetrate the memory … it works because of the
patent sincerity of Wesker's belief that there is joy in life even
Michael Billington, The Guardian