Act VI: KISStory

(New York, New York 1972)

Scene 1:
(Gene stands in front of the audience as if he’s addressing a classroom in his “Dressed to Kill” suit)
(Reading to the “class” from a book)

GENE
(Quoting Thoreau)
“‘…I went to the woods because I wished to live deliberately…'”

(class bell rings)

GENE
Have a good weekend, chapters 4 and 5 of Melville for Monday

(Gene walks back to his desk)
(Morpheus enters)

MORPHEUS
Excuse me, some of your papers were mistakenly placed in my inbox, I thought you might like them.

GENE
Thanks, I appreciate that. I haven’t seen you around here before, although you do look… familiar.

MORPHEUS
Yes, well I’ve just been transferred from the Rosaceae all boys academy in Detroit.

GENE
Very…familiar. All boys academy huh? You must be really itch’n for some tail then. Careful though, 16 can get you 5 to 10… Although that Christine girl, mmm, mm,

SONG CUE: “Christine Sixteen”

MORPHEUS
Yes, I tend to look for that outside of work hours. In fact I’m heading to a party tonight, there should be plenty to go around…would you be interested?

GENE
I’m always interested in that kind of study. Find me after school and we can head over.

MORPHEUS
Great, we’ll have to stop at my place first, I’m heading over their with a friend. It will be good for the two of you to meet.

Scene 2:
(Gene and Morpheus enter an apartment)
(Paul is sitting on the couch watching TV)

MORPHEUS
Paul, I’d like you to meet one of my co-workers, this is Gene.
I’m going to put on something different for the party. Gene make yourself comfortable.
(Morpheus walks out of the room)

PAUL
(still half looking at the TV)
Hey, there Gene, how’s it going?

GENE
Hey Paul…What you watching?

PAUL
It’s an old concert of the Beatles.
CUE Video of 1960’s Era Beatles, female audience members screaming, fainting…

GENE
Man, now THAT was Rock and Roll.

PAUL
You said it. Me and Steve have been talking about starting a band, kinda the Beatles turned up a few notches.

GENE
You know I’d be interested in that, I’ve got a few songs written down somewhere.

PAUL
Oh yeah, what instrument do you play?

GENE
Oh, I really don’t…so I play bass.

(Morpheus walks back in with different clothes on)

PAUL
Hey Steve, Gene here has some songs for the band.

MORPHEUS
Really now? Well, let’s hear something.

(Morpheus hands Gene a guitar)

GENE
Alright, here’s something I’ve been working on.

(Gene sings first verse of “Nothin’ To Lose”

MORPHEUS
That’s not bad, what’s it about.

GENE
A guy trying to convince a girl to have anal sex.

MORPHEUS
Oh, I see.

(Paul takes the guitar from Gene)

PAUL
Great stuff, that’s right along the lines of a song I’ve been writing.

(Paul sings first verse of Strutter)

MORPHEUS
Oh yes, the artistic masterpiece about a woman who struts.
(Morpheus takes the guitar)
Perhaps we can aim a little higher, no?

(Morpheus sings the first few lines of “Goin Blind”)
(Paul and Gene just look at each other with a sour look)

MORPHEUS
Not your style, well how about this one?
(Morpheus sings the first verse “She”)
(Paul and Gene again look at each other and shake their heads)

PAUL
(interrupting Morpheus’ song)
Hey Steve, how about going back and getting your notebook so we can really dig in, huh?

MORPHEUS
Oh, good idea, I have some really good stuff written down.
(Morpheus exits)

PAUL
Man, we have got to get rid of that guy, he’s totally killing the vibe.

GENE
No kidding, what the hell was that. Alright, I’ll do it… Steve, come on out here.

MORPHEUS
I was just getting all my notes, really have some gems in here.

GENE
Listen, I bet you do, but I really don’t think it’s going to work out.

MORPHEUS
What?

GENE
The band. Paul and I were talking and I just don’t think you’re a good fit.

MORPHEUS
Your kicking me out of my own band?

GENE
Sorry man, I’ll work to get the songs you’ve written recorded…

(Paul gives Gene a WTF look, Gene shrugs)

But..we’re moving on man.

(Walks away, dejected)

GENE
That was rough…now what?

PAUL
Well we’re gonna need a drummer…Steve had someone in mind…some guy he found in Rolling Stone.. check it out.

(Paul hands Gene the magazine)

GENE
(Reading magazine)
“Drummer…willing to do anything to make it”…sounds like our boy.
Hand me that phone

(Gene dials)
PETER
Hello.

GENE
I’m looking for..uh…Peter

PETER
You got him, what can I do you for?

GENE
I saw your ad in Rolling Stone, so are you really willing to do anything to make it.

PETER
Uhhh…yeah, sure.

GENE
Would you wear a dress?

PETER
I guess so, whatever it takes.

GENE
Why don’t you come down to our loft, we’ll see what you’ve got, 10th East 23rd Street.

PETER
You got it.

GENE
(hangs up phone)
Well that was easy enough. Now what?

PAUL
We’ll need a guitar player, you know, someone who can really tear it up.

GENE
Yeah, but we’ve got the hear how he sounds with the band…how about a tryout?

Scene 3:
(Ace driving a NY City Cab)
(He pulls over and Morpheus gets in wearing a disguise, with guitar in hand)

ACE
Where you head’n there Elvis?

MORPHEUS
10th East 23rd Street.

ACE
What’s with the guitar?

MORPHEUS
I’m trying out for a band.

(holds up newspaper)
It says here they’re looking for someone with..
(reading and then handing the paper to Ace)
“flash and balls”, well I don’t know about that, but I can play a few tunes.

ACE
Hey, you know I used to be able to really tear it up…
Here you go man, just get out at the corner.

MORPHEUS
Hey, this isn’t the address.

ACE
Just get out man
(Ace pushes Morpheus out and shuts door, Morpheus shouting)
(Ace looks back at the paper)
Now, lets see, where was that..

(Lights dim)

Scene 4:
(Peter, Paul, and Gene stand around their instruments talking)
(Ace walks in, one orange shoe one red shoe, plugs in and starts playing)

GENE
(Shouting)
Woh, woh, man, just wait your turn.

ACE
Sorry there curly.

PAUL
Hold on Gene, that sounded pretty good.

GENE
Yeah? Well, let’s see what you’ve got. Try to keep up, this one’s in A

SONG CUE: Deuce

VIDEO: Morpheus back at the chamber of the council of the rose to end the show, smiling…

SONG CUE: Rock and Roll all Night

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