Blesok no. 35, March-April, 2004
Theatre Play


The Little One
Translated by: Elizabeta Bakovska

Sema Ali



..secret..


I will tell you a secret: I’ve decided to write about you, about how everything is unreal. Everything is twisted. Where are the mirror?! Maybe you too are not real, I suppose you never were. As if you’re lost in some stained city… the fog has long fallen. Maybe I’ve read you someplace, yes, I’ve read you someplace, I fell in love with you, I followed your path and I realized that I was in a blind alley. A street with no way out. I realized that I was turning in circles trying to reach the truth. You know, I’ll tell you a secret. I have no more secrets, I’ve killed them all. Now I shut up. The trip is over. I’m pushed into torments because of the secret thoughts of a woman. Now you can freely give me your secret. I’ll keep it forever.




characters


THE LITTLE ONE
ROBERTO 1 – Little One’s invention
ROBERTO 2 – same
THE MOTHER
THE FATHER
THE SISTER
THE BROTHER
THE GIRL
THE GUY
THE FIRST GUARD
THE SECOND GUARD
THE FIRST GRANDFATHER
THE SECOND GRANDFATHER
THE DEAD INSPECTOR
THE FIRST JIGOLO
THE SECOND JUGOLO
Voices of men, women and children




Scene 1
HOPE


Prison cell. The Little One sits on the floor, next to her there is a dove in a cage. She speaks to the dove.

THE LITTLE ONE
I’ve found you. The stage is empty again. I hear your scream. We are lost in the bodiless space. You know, I’ll tell you a secret, I can see anymore. Weird, isn’t it? But true. Truth is most important. Without it, you can’t live, something like the water, air, something like… I don’t know, like a gentle touch… around midnight, on the nipples of the thirsty breasts of a girl without a feeling. If I tell you to touch me…
(Break)

I have feelings… I know to hate. A moment, two… a step, two and pain. Blunt pain on the barren heart. Mud. We are sinking. I thought that I’d found you. Is the game beginning or has it just finished?! Excuse me!?… I can’t hear anymore, I’m sorry! Once there were secrets. I’ve killed them all, but one, I lost that one. I’ve no more secrets. Once I wanted to reach the sun. To move up, to pass through walls. I wanted to be transparent, something like the air. Zucco appeared and he told me: In vain, you’ll never reach the sun!… I frowned, I started to cry. Is this why I waited for you Roberto, is this what I longed for. And… I decided to reach the sun. I started, I arrived, I saw, I reached my arms and… silence… I hate you Roberto. I hate you… and, I wanted to keep all of your secrets, I wanted to be the suitcase of your secrets… but, now, now I hate you…
(Break)

I reached my arms, the sun was very far. You betrayed me and you run away, my love… And I decided to kill all the secrets, but one… I lost it. After it ha disappeared, I said that I killed you. You hear, I said I killed you… I said I killed you. I remember, you were the last secret. I think that I’ll find you. I think that this time I’ll reach the sun. I’ll walk underground. That’s the only way to the sun. I know, I know the stage is empty again. You don’t have to remind me. But, I can hear your scream. We’re lost in the bodiless space. I walk downwards, towards the ground.
I’ll tell you a secret. I can’t see anymore, the sun blinded me. Maybe that’s why I can’t see you. Weird, isn’t it!? But true.
She hears screams, she lies in bed, crumbling. The dove moves its wings in the cage.




Scene 2
LIFE or MODERN PRISON


Two guards sitting in front of the prison cell, throwing dice. The Little One in the background.

THE FIRST GUARD
Heard that?
THE SECOND GUARD
You?
THE FIRST GUARD
I think so.
THE SECOND GUARD
What did you hear?
THE FIRST GUARD
She speaks.
THE SECOND GUARD
Every normal person who has a mouth speaks. You’re not well.
THE FIRST GUARD
She spoke to herself. No normal person speaks to himself. She’s not a normal person, She rattles. She pretends that she’s an innocent girl. I don’t understand how a person who killed, a person who killed his love can be innocent.
THE SECOND GUARD
Maybe she wants to escape.
THE FIRST GUARD
How can one escape from such a modern prison when there are guards in front of the cell at any time. We are the guards of frozen human soul. I really don’t get it. She also doesn’t get it, that’s why she rattles as if sick. I’ve been a guard for a century and a half, and I can’t get away for an hour or two, to the yard, not to mention outside. Without any guilt or anything, and she, the one who killed her love, pretends that she’s innocent, and she wants to escape. She’s dreaming and she’s not aware that she does.
THE SECOND GUARD
Sometimes, maybe the best thing is to dream. That’s why we should not take it too hard upon her. We’re here only to keep her from escaping. As we had kept others and nobody ever managed to escape from the prison. From time to time I observe the murderers and I can’t believe how much gentleness and warmth they have. Sometimes I think that the bars could melt from this warmth. If we could melt too, they’d be free. It’s really weird. For example, this little girl, so small, fragile, gentle, and who knows the beast hidden in her. But we do our job as good as we can. THE FIRST GUARD
First she admits that she killed her love and then I hear her saying her love was transparent, that it moved up and reached the sun, and that no guard ever managed to prevent it.
THE SECOND GUARD
What was his name?
THE FIRST GUARD
It was a secret, but I heard her talking, and I heard her calling some… some… некој THE SECOND GUARD
Some…
THE FIRST GUARD
Yes some… Andreas…
THE SECOND GUARD
No.
THE FIRST GUARD
Angelo…
THE SECOND GUARD
It’s none of those names.
THE FIRST GUARD
How do you know when you don’t know it?
THE SECOND GUARD
Impossible, I’d recognize it immediately.
THE FIRST GUARD
I can’t remember.
THE SECOND GUARD
Never mind, tell it anyway.
THE FIRST GUARD
Roberto.
THE SECOND GUARD
Roberto who?
THE FIRST GUARD
Just accept it. I don’t know.
THE SECOND GUARD
Roberto who?
THE FIRST GUARD
Zucco.
THE SECOND GUARD
Strange name…
THE FIRST GUARD
Next time be smarter and play better. You’re here to guard only, Angelo and Andreas and Roberto. What the fuck do you care about their personal description… I won. He stands up, walks to the cell, opens the Little One’s door he gets out with the dove, he shows her the way and she “runs away”.




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