The Great Works Project: Season 01, Episode 06
THE GREAT WORKS PROJECT
Season 01, Episode 06
By Thomas Typewriter
THE TYPEWRITER ABSTRACT — ESTABLISHING SHOT
Open on an establishing shot of the entire TYPEWRITER ABSTRACT puppet stage.
ZOOM IN TO MID-STAGE.
MID-STAGE — CURTAINS CLOSED
The curtains open and the LIGHTS CLICK ON revealing…
MID-STAGE — THOMAS TYPEWRITER’S STUDIO
Thomas is sitting at his desk, swiveling in his chair. Absently-minded chewing on a pen, he is reviewing the script he previously wrote in season 01, episode 04. Turning the words over in his mind he is still unable to answer the question of what happens next.
After swiveling longer than we expected he retrieves his phone. A smile creeps across his face as he dials.
“Hi Ophidia. It’s me. Yeah. I’m good. Well, stuck again but it’ll pass. You? Good, good. Hey I was wondering, would you like to see West Side Story tonight? Awesome. The 6pm…sure that’d be perfect. I’ll meet you there. I’ll get the tickets and meet you out front. See you then. Take care. Bye.”
TRANSITION FROM MID-STAGE TO HIGH-STAGE ALONG THE CLOUD CURTAIN.
HIGH-STAGE — CURTAINS CLOSED
The Narrator’s Door opens and out walks Y-Mouse.
“105 ships in the fleet, harvesting the crumbs of creation. 105 different flavors of hope the size of the effort is not nearly as important as the scope. (pause) And then there is the Carro.”
Y-Mouse exits. The Narrator’s Door closes. The curtains open and Lights Computer ON.
HIGH-STAGE — THE EDGES OF THE FOURTH ZONE OR OUTER SPACE.
A model of the Carro flies out across a fake starscape. The model this time, unlike in the previous episodes, is much larger. It flies across the stage and we can see into the windows. Lucido and Carro are playing Triple Checkers in the Observation Lounge at the front. Meanwhile, near the rear of the ship we see through a porthole Cedar walking down a hallway. He is still carrying the record player.
The curtains close. From backstage we can hear the sound of the stage hands CHANGING THE SCENERY. The curtains reopen revealing…
HIGH-STAGE — CARRO STORE ROOM 601
A giant can of a room, Store Room 601 has stacks and stacks of amphora-crates across the back of the stage. The door stands to stage left. The lights float near the ceiling. The doors open and Cedar enters. He carries the record player to the nearest stack of amorpha-crates and sets it down. He then turns and grabs a clipboard from the wall next to the door.
Cedar brings his walkman stereo from out of his pocket, headphones from a second pocket, and a cassette tape from a third pocket.
INSERT CS OF CEDAR PUTTING THE HEADPHONES ON.
INSERT CLOSE-SHOT OF CEDAR PUTTING IN THE CASSETTE. CHA-THON’S UNDERGROUND MIX 3 IS PRINTED ON THE SIDE OF THE CASSETTE.
INSERT CLOSE-SHOT OF CEDAR PRESSING PLAY.
Cedar starts to bop his head as he walks around filling out the form on the clipboard. He walks from stack to stack of the amphora-crates inspecting each and taking notes on the clipboard.
By the third stack he tosses the clipboard. He reaches and turns up the walkman. Now we can hear the music Cedar is listening to. A thousand different drums echo through a thousand different caves while the high note flutes flicker and flap out into the night.
Cedar strikes a pose, then he starts to dance. From one end of the room to the other he moves with joy, his movements larger and larger. Soon he moves so out of control he knocks over a stack of amorpha-crates. He yelps as they tumble around him.
Looking at the fallen crates, he notices a box hidden behind them. More like a wodden cube, we notice it has an abstract fox-like symbol on the side.
He looks at each side trying to find an inventory number, but they are blank save for the fox symbol. Cedar pulls on the lid opening it. He looks inside.
“Awesome. Lucido is going to flip when he sees this.”
Cedar then gets behind the crate and pushes it out the door.
The LIGHTS COMPUTER OFF and the curtains close.
TRANSITION FROM HIGH-STAGE TO MID-STAGE ALONG THE CLOUD CURTAIN.
MID-STAGE — THE RETRO BOX OFFICE
The Box Office Cashier is sitting and reading a book: Orphans of Chaos by John C. Wright. Her name tag reads Sally with a small 2 at the end. It is placed in the same way as you would write some value was squared in mathematics.
Thus we are introduced to Sally Sally Johnson, the girl whose parents thought it funny to give the same first and middle name.
THOMAS TYPEWRITER walks on stage from stage-left. He approaches the cashier.
SALLY SALLY JONES
(still reading) “Welcome to the Retro.”
“Are you open?”
((marks page and sets down the book) “Yeah, yes. Sorry about that, it’s a really good book. Not that its an acceptable excuse. How can I help you?”
“Do you still have tickets available for West Side Story?
“Yes. Would you like one?”
“Yes, but I need two.”
“No problem. That’ll be $18.50.”
Thomas pays. Sally prints the tickets. As she does, Thomas leans over and looks at the book she was reading.
“Is that a good book?”
“That book. The one you were just reading. Is it any good.”
“What’s it about.”
“It’s about these British kids who discover their school is not what it seems. The author incorporates all these ancient classics with modern boarding school mysteries. It is really neat how he pulls it off.”
(to self) “Classics. There’s that word again. (to Sally Sally) Could you write down that book’s title and author for me. I think I’d like to check it out.”
She writes the info down on the back of his ticket, then hands Thomas his tickets.
From stage-left Ophidia enters
Thomas waves her over
“West Side Story is playing on Screen 1. Hope you enjoy.”
“Thanks. (turns to Ophidia) I’ve got the tickets. And a book recomendation.”
Thomas holds the door for Ophidia as they go inside. Sally Sally takes out her book and starts reading.
The LIGHTS CLICK OFF. Sally Sally turns on a flashlight to continue reading. The curtains close.