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By Virginia Grise

Reminiscence, heritage, and tradition collide with the starlit rooftop goals of a myth-inspired personality as Soledad and her accomplice, Hailstorm, redefine family members on their lonesome phrases after the loss of life in their eldest son in Iraq. blu, steeped in poetic realism and modern politics, demanding situations us to attempt to visualize a time ahead of war.

Selected because the winner of the 2010 Yale Drama pageant from greater than 950 submissions, Virginia Grise’s play blu happens within the current yet appears again at the no longer too far-off previous via a sequence of prayers, rituals, and goals. Contest pass judgement on David Hare commented, "Virginia Grise is a blazingly gifted author, and her play blu remains with you many years after you’ve learn it." Noting that 2010 used to be a banner yr for ladies playwrights, he additional, "Women’s writing for the theatre is more desirable and extra eloquent than it has ever been."

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BLU  go huntin. LUNATICO  teach you. BLU  not kill somethin much less you consume it. LUNATICO  what we doin? BLU  cannibals. LUNATICO  why we killin? BLU  didn’t wanna visit warfare. LUNATICO  gotta do what you instructed? BLU  already signed up and every little thing. LUNATICO  you comprehend. BLU  older brother. LUNATICO  look as much as. BLU  just wish. LUNATICO  there ain’t struggle. BLU  or nuthin like that. blu forty-one LUNATICO  hope. BLU  gotta. cross. if there's. LUNATICO  yeah. BLU  just need to. LUNATICO  do it. BLU  if there’s a conflict. (Lights up on gemini and soledad at the roof. Sound of the helicopters within the distance. ) GEMINI  hear that? SOLEDAD  what? GEMINI  the helicopters. appears like them helicopters are gonna fall out the sky. SOLEDAD  what? GEMINI  one day, the celebs are gonna develop into guerilleras. SOLEDAD  warriors. GEMINI  the moon she gonna holiday right into a million items. fall into the sea flip sirena. SOLEDAD  sirena? GEMINI  sirenas by no means die, making a song beneath a black sky. someday, someone’s gonna throw a rock into the air. SOLEDAD  make the helicopters fall out the sky? forty two Virginia Grise GEMINI  yeah ma, they gonna fall out the sky at some point . . . (Lights up on blu & hailstorm. ) BLU  where’s my ma? HAILSTORM  at paintings. (blu turns to depart. ) HAILSTORM  where you goin? BLU  out. HAILSTORM  but you simply obtained domestic. BLU  so. HAILSTORM  where you been? BLU  why you care? HAILSTORM  you recognize. your ma she’s drained. BLU  tired of what? HAILSTORM  worryin. BLU  what she apprehensive approximately? HAILSTORM  you. BLU  ain’t gotta fear not more. HAILSTORM  why? BLU  i’m leavin. blu forty three HAILSTORM  where you goin? BLU  joined the army. HAILSTORM  have you talked for your ma ’bout this? BLU  i’m grown. HAILSTORM  what you thinkin? BLU  healthcare. schooling. benefits. they don’t promote that shit on the nook shop you recognize. HAILSTORM  naw yet they be slangin it at the streets. in all places you fuckin flip within the barrio—recruitment workplace. diversions online game room—recruitment workplace correct round the corner. south park mall—recruitment workplace correct inside of. the movies—recruitment workplace, comparable shopping mall. now not enuf cash for books at cha college yet there they be. published outdoors the cafeteria. recruitment officials. they sellin it, homie. simply didn’t imagine you’d be buyin it. BLU  it’s greater than that. i’m drained too, shit. what i’m spose to do? this ain’t my condominium. now not right here wich you. HAILSTORM  ain’t tryin to be your father, blu. BLU  cuz you ain’t. (beat. ) anyway—don’t wanna finally end up lifeless or in penitentiary. you recognize. now not goin down. no longer goin down like that. HAILSTORM  we all bought offerings. BLU  and i performed made mines. HAILSTORM  you be aware of. i grew up by no means rather havin a house, by no means rather havin relations. runnin the streets to stick 44 Virginia Grise clear of the fightin. proposal if i simply stored movin. simply stored movin. (beat. ) you've a house, blu. BLU  the army is sort of a brotherhood. without end. continually trustworthy. HAILSTORM  is a gang. shave your head cholo bald. flip on your colours for a uniform. get a brand new tat. it’s unlike you doin assorted. remains to be a gang blu. and ’sides we at battle. BLU  war’s all around you. been at conflict my entire lifestyles.

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