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By George F. Walker

Canada’s most sensible playwright sears the web page with 3 new darkly comedian performs that denounce political tradition, individualism, and the accompanying ethical depravity. The name play, Dead Metaphor, examines the collision of a politician’s own lives, complex by way of a son’s go back from Afghanistan. In The Ravine, a mayoral candidate learns that his ex-wife resides in a gully close by and desires to place a success on him. The Burden of Self-Awareness has cash on the centre of a dramatic clash of values. all the 3 performs is populated through characters attempting to navigate the more and more blurred traces of what’s correct and flawed – attempting to consistently remain expert, alert, and able to act for the typical strong. or simply to get even.

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DEAN: certain she's going to. SCENE 1347 HANK: No, she fucking won’t. Who is familiar with the girl greater, you or me? So simply close up and pay attention until eventually i would like you to speak, ok? these amenities she’s acquired in brain with all of the bells and whistles, they’re over-the-moon pricey. DEAN: Yeah yet we’re making plans to maintain you at domestic so – HANK: i presumed you have been going to maintain quiet until eventually i wanted you to communicate. (off Dean’s gesture) So here’s the article. i would like you to kill me. (a shared glance) ok, this is often the place you want to say whatever. DEAN: No. HANK: No, you won’t say anything? DEAN: No. I won’t kill you. What the hell’s improper with you, asking me that? HANK: It’s unlike you’ve by no means performed it. what percentage of these men did you kill over there? DEAN: None of them have been my father. HANK: They have been most likely someone’s father. DEAN: They most likely have been, yeah. And that’s challenging adequate to care for yet – HANK: You stated it didn’t trouble you. DEAN: What did you predict me to claim to you? It supplies me nightmares? HANK: Does it? DEAN: No. HANK: It does, doesn’t it? DEAN: No. ok yeah. occasionally i am getting nightmares. occasionally i think undesirable, quite undesirable approximately what I did. HANK: good perhaps it’s since you did it for no cause so that you can really comprehend. DEAN: I did it simply because they have been attempting to kill me. And my pals. And . . . loads of their very own those that simply desired to dwell otherwise than they do. 48Dead Metaphor HANK: Yeah, I’m now not asserting the bastards shouldn’t were killed. yet why by means of you? You’re hundreds of thousands of miles away and you’re killing those who don’t have something to do with you. DEAN: What’s the fucking aspect, Dad?! HANK: precisely. What’s the purpose is the purpose. I’m supplying you with an opportunity to kill for a goal you’ll truly have the capacity to comprehend. DEAN: Jesus . . . HANK: I’d do it myself, yet I’m afraid I’d botch it. glance, those medicinal drugs I’m on are just gonna paintings for an additional few weeks . . . then my brain begins to rot very, very speedy. Your mom won’t be capable of stand it. you want to do it for her. in basic terms factor is, you want to ensure you don’t get stuck. She won’t be capable to stand that both. so that you gotta do it from a distance. As immense a distance as you may make it. are you able to get hold of a weapon that might let you do this? (off D ean’s stare) solution me, you little twerp, or I’ll take off my belt and blister your bottom like I used to!! DEAN: You by no means did that, Dad. That was once your father. HANK: particularly? DEAN: Yeah . . . HANK: Yeah, that’s correct. Fuck, that damage. (looks at DEAN ) I’ve been spending loads of time in parks. you recognize, reflecting on my lifestyles and all that bullshit. So there’s most likely continually a few vantage element you will discover that’s a long way sufficient away to offer you time to flee the realm. If after you’ve performed a few training there’s one specific park that’s larger than the others I’ll simply commence striking in the market. I won’t want to know while it’s going to occur. do exactly it whilst the situations are beneficial. HANK leaves. DEAN simply sits there. Blackout. INTERMISSION • • SCENE 14 A church. HELEN and OLIVER are status at the back of pews around the aisle from HANK and FRANNIE .

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