Excerpts from Life

I was hanging out with a friend of ten years at a concert the other night, and we had a number of of memorable exchanges. When I got home, I started thinking about how a few of them might play out if they were the initial lines of a scene.

“Do you remember the last time we came here?”
“How could I forget? Someone threw up on you.”
“I hope we’re not sitting in those seats again.”

From the first line, it’s clear that the two people have a shared history, and while it’s unclear where they are, it’s most likely out somewhere as opposed to at home. The second line indicates that the last time they were in their current location, something memorable happened; namely, the initiator was the target of vomit. The third line provides some perspective from the point-of-view of the the initiator and suggests something interesting might happen if they were to revisit those seats, whether that interesting thing is how the players react to returning to the seats or whether there is something special about those seats that makes them a bad place to be. To keep things moving, it would probably make sense for them to end up at or near the same seats as they were the last time.

“Looks like that couple left.”
“Maybe they were just here to see the opening act.”
“So they paid $40 to hear four songs by Nightmare and the Cat?”
“Keep in mind that’s only $10 per song!

It’s a bit tricky to start a scene here with two players because they’re talking about people who are not in the scene. On the other hand, the setup might serve as a good point to cut to the couple that left to find out what they’re doing. Maybe they are Nightmare and the Cat groupies and trying to get onto the tour bus; maybe they like to pay a lot for their music. The two people talking about them might choose to endow the off-stage couple with more attributes before the cut actually happens.

“Did you ever notice how British singers lose their accents when they start singing?”
“Yeah, that’s the general rule, except maybe for Coldplay.”
“And Third Eye Blind, but I guess they’re American.”

Again, the two players are talking about people who are not in the scene; however, this looks like it could evolve into a really fun group game in which people walk on with accents that are very different from what they sing. It would be interesting to see how accents are mixed or matched with genres of music. Maybe someone with a Swedish accent is actually the singer behind “Cotton Eyed Joe”. Oh, wait a second.

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