Sharing another snippet of dialogue - can't really call it a play, yet. The scene is Julie's apartment with Sylvia and the mysterious Mr. Bird discussing their living conditions while waiting to eat bagels. Comments always welcome.
Something to drink? Coffee…tea…soft drink?
SYLVIAWater is fine
Starts nibbling on bagel, caressing the side
So…seedy. I might want another one - or maybe two.
Lifts up glass of water to eye level
This water is really clear. We’re used to it being cloudy with things floating around, being that we get it from the park pond
JULIEYou drink pond water? Why not from the fountain?
SYLVIAThe park workers turned it off after people complained about my feathered friends using it. I mean, where do they expect them to go? They like to cool off in summer like everyone else
JULIENot everyone would agree with you on that. Wouldn’t include me, of course. Please don’t take this the wrong way but now that I feel we’ve become friends, I‘d like to get to know more about you…
SYLVIA…good news. Mr. Bird is back.
JULIEHow long have you – and Mr. Bird of course - been living in the park?
SYLVIADon't remember but a while. I don’t live there all the time, only between… Not all the time
JULIESo you do live indoors on occasion. Relatives, friends…?
SYLVIAWhen it’s stormy, we take refuge in buildings ‘til someone discovers us. During that big rain last year, we slept under the park administration steps
(turns head to the side)‘Were they ever surprised when they found us! Remember?’ (laughs)
JULIEYou could have froze to death -
SYLVIA- but we didn’t. We’re survivers, me and Mr. B. There’s a van that travels the streets and park offering food and clothing. We take the food but I’m okay with what I’m wearing
JULIEYou’re not serious – at least you could use a new coat –and a real pair of shoes, not sandals. Aren’t you worried about diseases the birds could carry?
SYLVIACareful how you talk about my friends. At least they don’t stare and make mean comments like park visitors. “Look at the filthy birds” they say and “don’t touch them – they carry disease”. Mean stuff like that. They think I don’t hear but Mr. Bird has the best hearing around
JULIEPerhaps…Mr. Bird misinterprets their comments. I mean, it’s possible
SYLVIAWe know what we hear. Can’t get enough of these bagels
SYLVIA grabs two more and places them on her plate
It’s so rare to find bagels with so many seeds. You wouldn’t happen to have any peanut butter? There’s always peanut butter on the table back at the… Anyway, it’s my favorite
JULIEI just might. Have to check the date though. Not sure how old it is
SYLVIAWe’re not fussy about those things. Take your time
JULIE EXITS. SYLVIA grabs the bagels and stuffs them in the pockets of her raincoat
JULIEThere’s still a week left on it… Didn’t I bring out more bagels?
SYLVIAWe ate them. Mr. Bird prefers the seeds more than the bagel
JULIEDo tell. He's a super light eater for sure. Here - enjoy the peanut butter
SYLVIAThe park flock will love it. Expiry dates don’t matter to them
JULIEI’ll make a going away package for when you leave. Would Mr. B prefer one pillow or two?
(turns her head to the side)’Don’t be judgmental. She doesn’t understand our needs.’
Actually, Mr. Bird doesn’t like being indoors, him being a free spirit and all. Finds it too confining, as do I
JULIETake a look at what’s going on outside. Wind is building - looks like the skies are going to open up. Stay for the night, at least? Why don’t you consult with Mr. B?
SYLVIAThing is…he travels back and forth during the night to keep an eye on the flock. Lots of stray cats and other beasts around. Sometimes he even sings the birds to sleep
What song does he sing to them? Lullaby of Birdland, perhaps
SYLVIAI’m not familiar with that song but I’ll suggest it to him
JULIESo whad’ya say?
SYLVIAMaybe…we wouldn’t want you to think we aren’t grateful for your hospitality and all…
(turns head to the side) “Everything okay? Errol’s missing, again? It’s not the first time he hasn’t checked in…You know he likes to wander around at night… ”
SYLVIASeems that Errol hasn’t been seen for a day. Always flying off somewhere without telling anyone
JULIEAnd Errol would be one of those…a flock regular?
SYLVIAGets the urge to roam before trash pickup day. Too many good pickings. No need to go look for him. He’ll be back