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By Sam Shepard

Whilst Roscoe, a 65-year-old Cervantes student, runs off with a tender lady named Sally, he makes a decision to stick your time in her relatives domestic. quickly he discovers that Sally’s house—once inhabited through James Dean; perched precariously over the San Fernando valley—is full of secrets and techniques, unhappiness, and haunted girls who can't go away themselves or a person else in peace. From Lucy, Sally’s suspicious sister, to Mable, their Shakespeare-quoting invalid mom, to Elizabeth, Mable’s attractive and mysteriously mute nurse, the forces of the home conspire to make Roscoe query his assumptions approximately every thing. As scars and histories are printed, Shepard exhibits, as purely he can, what occurs while the secrets and techniques simmering inside a relatives boil over. Heartless masterfully explores the irrevocability of our pasts—and the potential of lifestyles started anew.

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I can’t clarify to you what it’s like. ok? I can’t start to clarify to you what it’s prefer to be—to be—still alive and all of the time—all the time knowing—I will be lifeless! LUCY: (Long pause. ) very well. (Quietly. ) okay. SALLY: (Pause. ) besides, why could Roscoe need to know the entire gory info? What reliable wouldn't it do him? instantaneously he's taking me as i'm. similar to i'm. That’s why i love him. It’s as if we simply seemed to one another out of nowhere—without any background. LUCY: good— SALLY: What? LUCY: He should still reflect on himself lucky—a guy his age, having a person such as you. SALLY: Like me? LUCY: So younger. So— SALLY: What? LUCY: beautiful. SALLY: Yeah, correct— LUCY: It’s real— SALLY: I don’t desire flattery from you! LUCY: I’m now not— SALLY: I simply don’t wish him to understand approximately all this! alright? I don’t wish him pondering he’s concerned with some—experiment. LUCY: No— SALLY: sooner than you recognize it, he’d be picturing it somewhere—the popping ribs—the gushing blood. LUCY: Sally— SALLY: Don’t inform him! LUCY: I won’t. SALLY: you may. LUCY: I’d by no means do whatever like that. Why might I do this? SALLY: a few issues simply pop out with out our understanding, don’t they? old, burning issues. Catastrophes. All in a second. You’re wheeled from the working room at the stainless-steel gurney—you see all their sparkling, beady eyeballs staring down at you. White mask. You pay attention their excited whispers—the miracle of it! New lifestyles! introduced again from the useless through dying itself. The natural fortunate twist of fate of homicide. You’re the single! You’re the single and just one who merits to reside! no longer the terrible little empty corpse curled up within the sand. Discarded. Forgotten. Like they’ve forgotten you have been by no means intended to be dwelling! by no means intended to proceed respiring. Dead—long, lengthy, in the past. sooner than the earth all started! (MABLE by surprise screams from off correct. ) MABLE’S VOICE: (Off correct. ) ELIZABETH!!!! (LUCY jumps to her ft as if jolted via lightning. brief pause. ) LUCY: Why doesn’t she ever name my identify? (LUCY is going speeding off, level correct, to take care of MABLE, leaving SALLY by myself. lengthy pause. SALLY simply sits on bed—then speaks softly to herself and, back, to a couple “other. ”) SALLY: (To herself. ) Oh, boy—here we're back. simply the 2 people. occasionally you think—maybe it's going to by no means finish. (From deep upstage middle, by surprise showing, LIZ comes operating without delay downstage. She is absolutely clothed aside from her white stockings and her footwear, which she incorporates in her correct hand. She is barefoot and her toes are bleeding. SALLY remains on mattress, unalarmed. LIZ stops at glass desk, then sits in level correct chair, paying no cognizance to SALLY. LIZ increases her footwear to approximately head point after which allows them to drop to ground. Pause. ) LIZ: (Out of breath, with out having a look towards SALLY. ) you were given a rag? Washrag or whatever. SALLY: (Loudly, with finger to lips. ) SHHHHH!!! LIZ: (Without turning to SALLY. ) They can’t pay attention us. SALLY: (Whispering loudly. ) they may be correct round the nook. the entire pack of them. LIZ: They’re all deaf. Deaf and dumb. you recognize what that’s like, don’t you?

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