Act III: Peter

Scene 1
(Silistra, Bulgaria on the banks of the Danube River, 376 AD)
(Peter, wearing a toga, sits in a tent with 3 sides closed and 1 side open facing the audience. Wild dancing shadows reveal that there is a pagan festival going on outside the tent.)

SONG CUE: “Strange Ways”
(Shadows gets progressively more wild and depraved)
(One of the closed tent flaps open and in walks Eric Carr in Goth garb)

ERIC
Peter you are missing the feast. We are crossing the river into the Roman empire tomorrow morning.

PETER
I know, I can’t wait. I’ll finally have some civilized people to talk to.

ERIC
You better not let your parents hear you saying that or see you wearing that toga.

PETER
My parents? Their idea of a good time is slicing open goat and wearing it like a hat.

ERIC
Screw the Romans, what a bunch of tight asses. They treat us like animals because we won’t bend over and take it like everyone else.

PETER
They’re just trying to educate us. Aww, you’re just like my parents.

ERIC
I’ll tell you who needs some education. Some of them Roman chicks. Man I can’t wait to show one of those nice smell’n bitches just how wild a Goth can get.

PETER
Yeah, I bet. Good night Eric. I have to get some sleep, tomorrow is going to be a big day.

(Lights go out on stage)

Scene 2

(when the lights come back up the tent is gone and Eric is sleeping on the floor)
(Peter stumbles onto stage as if pushed and falls onto the ground, his toga is muddy and torn)

PETER
You bastards! I will tear your throat out.

(Eric wakes up)

ERIC
Peter, is that you?

PETER
Eric? What are you doing in here?
(Peter gets up and pulls Eric up)

ERIC
Lets just say the soldiers don’t have much of a sense of humor about their codpieces.
What about you? Never thought I’d see the day you’d be cursing at the Roman guard.

PETER
I spit on a soldier who was offering my father a pound of dog meat for my sister.
My Father had this look, like he was considering the offer.

ERIC
That’s horrible Peter…really…you’re sister is worth at least 2 pounds of dog meat, hell, I’d even throw in a couple of pieces of goat jerky for that fine piece of ass.

PETER
We’ve got to get out of here, I can’t take it any more. I swiped a key off that guard, come on, he’s on the other side of the prison for at least a few minutes.

ERIC
What about our families?

PETER
We’ll have to come back and get them, but not now.
Come on.

(Peter and Eric run across the stage ducking, looking around as if hiding)
SONG CUE: “Escape from the Island”
Note: This song should be played with both Eric and Peter on drums, trading off solos.

As song ends a boat appears on the stage)
(Peter and Eric push the boat off and climb in)

(Lights fade)

Scene 3

(When the lights come back on Peter and Eric are walking dragging their boat)

ERIC
We’ve got to go back and help the clan.

PETER
With what? The Romans have more advanced weapons, training, and an entire army, what do we have?

(Eric looks down for a while, then has the look of a sudden realization)
ERIC
You. You know all about them. You’ve watched them, wanted to be like them, studied them, you understand them.

PETER
Me? I’m just a boy. They’re the Roman Empire. We are nothing, a ragged group of untrained nomads with mismatched armor and stolen weapons.

ERIC
I have to go back Peter and if you won’t then I’ll go alone.

(Eric walks away)
(Peter again pushes the boat off and gets in)
(Thunder rolls and lightning strikes)
(Peter looks up, puts a hand out as if feeling for rain. Pulls his toga tighter around himself)

SONG CUE: “I Am Just a Boy”
(The boat is made to roll under Peter’s feet. Other cast members throw buckets of water on him as he sings, a high powered fan blows air on him, and lightning flashes and thunder are simulated with flash bulbs. The projector shows video of a rolling see behind him.)
(lights fade)

Scene 4

(When the lights come back up Peter is asleep. Morpheus is in the boat with Peter. Peter wakes up startled.)

PETER
What the? Who are you? How’d you get here?

MORPHEUS
Illogical, hmm? And yet here I am.

PETER
What is that supposed to mean?

MORPHEUS
You’d eliminate anything that doesn’t neatly conform to your limited understanding.

PETER
I’m not a Roman, I don’t agree with what they’re doing.

MORPHEUS
And yet, you don’t fight them.

PETER
There is no use! We can never win.

MORPHEUS
Yes, yes, it is illogical. It is beyond your grasp how such a great society could fall.

PETER
So you’d have me commit suicide?

MORPHEUS
No, I’d have you embrace the unknown to accomplish something you believe in.

PETER
I don’t know, I just don’t understand. Why do they treat us this way? How can they justify slaughtering and enslaving other human beings?

MORPHEUS
Fear.

PETER
They fear…us? That makes no sense.

MORPHEUS
They fear what they do not understand. They fear what they cannot control. Man can justify horrible acts against others when they are afraid.
Let me ask you this, you are not afraid of the Romans like the other Goths?

PETER
No

MORPHEUS
Why?

PETER
I’ve studied their philosophy, their art, their culture. I know that ultimately we are very much the same.

MORPHEUS
There you have it. The Romans have deemed the Goths unworthy of understanding, and so they fear you because they have been arrogant and closed minded.
Their arrogance, their fear, is a great weakness, use it against them to free the Goths.

PETER
You are right…If they want to fear us, to hate us, to dehumanize us, let them…we will give them something to fear.

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