Wish you could have been there
Sweet and original strains of music fill the parlor room of the Old Oak Inn.(picture below at bottom) Near the glowing fireplace, R’jar Tia-m played the music of Moliere and Monkeys beneath the full moon – an auspicious beginning for the first public reading of “House of Monkeys”.
(Picture below) R’jar Taim owns Timeless Recordings and Productions in Gays Mills.
Three readers gave voice to the three monkeys that open the play – and they actually sang! The words on paper had no prepared music to support them, yet the three spontaneously found the music and sang the opening from some intuitive place!
The monkeys sing of the unlikely love of Moliere and Madeleine who were born of different classes and status and would join to share a life in the theatre that would span 30 years. Carl Schlecht and Risha Murray read the speech of their first meeting in the play.
Moliere and Madeleine would be together through three decades of all the joys and pains of life and love, and would die on the very same day February 17 exactly one year apart 1742 and 1743.
The success of their work was larger than each – very much one of a blend of personality, talent, and passion for the magic of theatre. Moliere speaks to his new found love for Madeleine and the theatre when he speaks to his dissolute company as he is about to be arrested for the debt the Theatre Illustrious had incurred in is first year.
This is the final curtain, and you should know
The Master Chandler demands payment of all money owed.
Officers are dispatched and have been seen on the road
To arrest the one who has signed to be libel to pay…
(Long pause as Moliere takes in the grim and fearful faces staring at him)
To look at your faces, this is not your best day.
Denys, Joseph, Catherine, Marie, Mother Bejart
Madeleine, and all who have given your heart
To ring up the curtain at a given hour,
Regardless of any altercation’s power.
All for one and one for all is what we play
That we may pass through the portal and say
But a few lines, just words, to oft empty chairs.
Why? Why do we act words as prayers
Though they fall on a dark empty space?
Our pockets empty, our status disgrace;
We will not be buried on blessed holy ground
Since, our heaven it seems on earth we have found.
All this is all quite new and glorious to me
In you there is magic, I thought could not be.
The troubling things now happening here
Are but cast in this place and this year,
But have little to do with the full play at hand.
We are not now at the final act of our grand
Performance nor will I take bows for such.
The muse will go forth with it’s fairy touch,
Weaving and winding the love that is us
Into a scene, a play, dance at red dusk;
The promise to sailors to sleep with delight
For tomorrow we sail on soft seas and might
Reach the place on the distant shore
For treasures of love gifts of speeches and more.
In the spirit of the treasure of friends, love gifts, speeches and more – the evening at the Old Oak Inn ended only to begin the journey to the premiere opening of “House of Monkeys” at the North Crawford High School on Aug 1st. You won’t wont to miss it.