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RENT All work Jonathan Larson -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Disclaimer: The Rent Script contains adult language and situations !" #ou are o""ended $# swearing% se&ual re"erences% or #uppies% please do not read this script 'ou ha(e $een warned% i" #ou continue to read% #ou will $e enlightened -------------------------------------------------------------------------------)ontents Act ! Tune *p +, -oice .ail +, Tune *p +/ Rent 'ou 0ka# 1one# Tune *p +2 0ne Song 3lor# Light .# )andle -oice .ail +/ Toda# 4 * 'ou5ll See Tango: .aureen Li"e Support 0ut Tonight Another Da# Santa 6e !5ll )o(er 'ou 7e5re 0ka# )hristmas 8ells 0(er the .oon La -ie 8oheme ! Should Tell 'ou La -ie 8oheme 8 Act !! Seasons o" Lo(e 1app# New 'ear -oice .ail +2 1app# New 'ear 8 Take .e or Lea(e .e Seasons o" Lo(e 8 7ithout 'ou -oice .ail +4 )ontact !5ll )o(er 'ou 9Reprise: 1alloween 3ood$#e Lo(e 7hat 'ou 0wn -oice .ail +; 6inale 'our E#es 6inale 8 -------------------------------------------------------------------------------Act ! 9The audience enters in the theatre to disco(er a stage $are o" curtains At stage le"t looms a metal sculpture intended to represent: <a= a totem pole> )hristmas tree that stands in an a$andoned lot% <$= a wood $urning sto(e with a snak# chimne# that is at the center o" .AR? and R03ER5s lo"t apartment% and <c= in Act !!% a church steeple 0n stage the "i(e-musician $and per"orms under a

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wooden plat"orm surrounded $# railing The wooden plat"orm has a staircase on the upstage side Downstage le"t is a $lack% waist-high rail "ence 0nce the audience is in the theatre% )RE7 and 8AND .E.8ERS mo(e a$out in"ormall# onstage in preparation "or Act ! R03ER DA-!S% carr#ing an electric guitar% enters upstage le"t and crosses to a guitar amp sitting on a chair at center stage 1e casuall# plugs his guitar into the amp and ad@usts le(els% then crosses downstage and sits on the ta$le A"ter a "ew chords% the )0.AAN'% led $# .AR? )01EN% enters "rom all directions and "ills the stage .AR? sets up a small tripod and a ,Bmm mo(ie camera downstage center% aimed upstage 1e addresses the audience : !ntro .AR? 7e $egin on )hristmas E(e with me% .ark% and m# roommate% Roger 7e li(e in an industrial lo"t on the corner o" ,,th street and A(enue 8% the top "loor o" what was once a music pu$lishing "actor# 0ld rock 5n5 roll posters hang on the walls The# ha(e Roger5s picture ad(ertising gigs at )8385s and the A#ramid )lu$ 7e ha(e an illegal wood $urning sto(eC its e&haust pipe crawls up to a sk#light All o" our electrical appliances are plugged into one thick e&tension cord which snakes its wa# out a window 0utside% a small tent cit# has sprung up in the lot ne&t to our $uilding !nside% we are "reeDing $ecause we ha(e no heat 91e turns the camera to R03ER: SmileE T*NE *A +, .AR? Decem$er /4th% Nine A. Eastern Standard Time 6rom here on in ! shoot without a script See i" an#thing comes o" it !nstead o" m# old shit 6irst shot -- Roger Tuning the 6ender guitar 1e hasn5t pla#ed in a #ear R03ER This won5t tune .AR? So we hear 1e5s @ust coming $ack 6rom hal" a #ear o" withdrawal R03ER Are #ou talking to meF .AR? Not at all Are #ou read#F 1old that "ocus -- stead# Tell the "olks at home what #ou5re doing Roger R03ER !5m writing one great song -.AR? The phone rings R03ER Sa(edE .AR? 7e screen Goom in on the answering machineE

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9An actor places a telephone on a chair and we see .AR?5S .0. in a special light : -0!)E .A!L +, R03ER H .AR?5S 0*T30!N3 .ESSA3E ISpeakI 9I8eeeepEI: .0. That was a (er# loud $eep ! don5t e(en know i" this is working .ark -- .ark -- are #ou there Are #ou screening #our calls -!t5s mom 7e wanted to call and sa# we lo(e #ou And we5ll miss #ou tomorrow )ind# and the kids are here -- send their lo(e 0h% ! hope #ou like the hot plate Just don5t lea(e it on% dear 7hen #ou lea(e the house 0h% and .ark 7e5re sorr# to hear that .aureen dumped #ou ! sa# c5est la (ie So let her $e a les$ian There are other "ishies in the sea Lo(e .omE 9Lights "ade on .0. and answering machine : T*NE *A +/ .AR? Tell the "olks at home what #ou5re doing Roger R03ER !5m writing one great song -.AR? The phone rings R03ER 'esssE .AR? 7e screen R03ER H .AR?5S ANS7ER!N3 .A)1!NE ISpeakI 9I8eeeepEI: 9Lights "ade up on the street: the "ront-door area o" .AR? and R03ER5s $uilding Near$# is a $attered pu$lic pa# phone T0. )0LL!NS stands at the phone : )0LL!NS I)hestnuts roasting ---I R03ER H .AR? 9as .AR? picks up the phone: )ollinsE )0LL!NS !5m downstairs .AR? 1e#E )0LL!NS Roger picked up the phoneFF .AR? No% it5s me

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)0LL!NS Throw down the ke# 9.AR? pulls out a small leather pouch and drops it o"" the apron downstage center as i" "rom a windowC a weighted leather pouch plops down "rom Iupstairs I )0LL!NS catches it : .AR? A wild night is now pre-ordained 9Two T1*3S appear "rom a$o(e% with clu$s The# are o$(iousl# close to attacking )0LL!NS% who sa#s $ack into the phone : )0LL!NS ! ma# $e detained 9T1*3S mime $eating and kicking )0LL!NS% who "alls to the ground as lights on him "ade : .AR? 7hat does he mean F 9Ahone rings again: 7hat do #ou mean IdetainedIF 9Lights come up on 8ENN'% who5s on a cellular phone : 8ENN' 1o ho ho .AR? H R03ER 8enn#E Shit 8ENN' Dudes% !5m on m# wa# .AR? H R03ER 3reatE 6uck 8ENN' ! need the rent .AR? 7hat rentF 8ENN' This past #ear5s rent which ! let slide .AR? Let slideF 'ou said we were 5golden5 R03ER 7hen #ou $ought the $uilding .AR? 7hen we were roommates R03ER Remem$er -- #ou li(ed hereEF 8ENN' 1ow could ! "orgetF 'ou% me% )ollins and .aureen 1ow is the drama JueenF .AR? She5s per"orming tonight 8ENN' ! know Still her production managerF .AR? Two da#s ago ! was $umped

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8ENN' 'ou still dating herF .AR? Last month ! was dumped R03ER She5s in lo(e 8ENN' She5s got a new manF .AR? 7ell -- no 8ENN' 7hat5s his nameF 80T1 Joanne 8ENN' Rent% m# amigos% is due 0r ! will ha(e to e(ict #ou 8e there in a "ew 9R03ER de"iantl# picks out .usetta5s theme "rom Auccini5s La 8oheme on the electric guitar The "use $lows on the amp : .AR? The power $lows Rent 9The )0.AAN' $ursts into a "lurr# o" mo(ement .AR? and R03ER "reeDes in a group upstage : .AR? 1ow do #ou document real li"e 7hen real li"e is getting more Like "iction each da# 1eadlines -- $read-lines 8low m# mind And now this deadline IE(iction -- or pa#I RentE R03ER 1ow do #ou write a song 7hen the chords sound wrong Though the# once sounded right and rare 7hen the notes are sour 7here is the power 'ou once had to ignite the air .AR? And we5re hungr# and "roDen R03ER Some li"e that we5(e chosen T03ET1ER 1ow we gonna pa# 1ow we gonna pa# 1ow we gonna pa# Last #ear5s rent .AR? 7e light candles R03ER Then e(er#one e&cept

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1ow do #ou start a "ire 7hen there5s nothing to $urn And it "eels like something5s stuck in #our "lue .AR? 1ow can #ou generate heat 7hen #ou can5t "eel #our "eet 80T1 And the#5re turning $lueE .AR? 'ou light up a mean $laDe 9R03ER gra$s one o" his own posters : R03ER 7ith posters -9.AR? gra$s old manuscripts : .AR? And screenpla#s R03ER H .AR? 1ow we gonna pa# 1ow we gonna pa# 1ow we gonna pa# Last #ear5s rent 9Lights go down on the lo"t and go up on J0ANNE JE66ERS0N% who5s at the pa# phone : J0ANNE 90n phone: Don5t screen% .aureen !t5s me -- Joanne 'our su$stitute production manager 1e# he# he#E 9Did #ou eatF: Don5t change the su$@ect .aureen 8ut darling -- #ou ha(en5t eaten all da# 'ou won5t throw up 'ou won5t throw up The digital dela# --Didn5t $low up 9e&actl#: There ma# ha(e $een one teen# tin# spark 'ou5re not calling .ark )0LL!NS 1ow do #ou sta# on #our "eet 7hen on e(er# street !t5s 5trick or treat5 9And tonight it5s 5trick5: 57elcome $ack to town5 0h% ! should lie down E(er#thing5s $rown And uh -- oh ! "eel sick .AR? 9At the window: 7here is heF )0LL!NS 3etting diDD# 91e collapses : .AR? H R03ER 1ow we gonna pa# 1ow we gonna pa# 1ow we gonna pa# Last #ear5s rent

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9.AR? and R03ER stoke the "ire

)rosscut to 8ENN'5s Range Ro(er :

8ENN' 90n cellular phone: Alison $a$# -- #ou sound sad ! don5t $elie(e those two a"ter e(er#thing !5(e done E(er since our wedding !5m dirt -- The#5ll see ! can help them all out in the long run 9Three locales: J0ANNE at the pa# phone% .AR? and R03ER in their lo"t% and )0LL!NS on the ground The "ollowing is sung simultaneousl# : 8ENN' 6orces are gathering 6orces are gathering )an5t turn awa# 6orces are gathering )0LL!NS *ghhhhh-*ghhhhh-*ghhhhh-- ! can5t think *ghhhhh-*ghhhhh-*ghhhhh-- ! need a drink .AR? 9reading "rom a script page: IThe music ignites the night with passionate "ireI J0ANNE .aureen -- !5m not a theatre person R03ER IThe narration crackles and pops with incendiar# witI J0ANNE )ould ne(er $e a theatre person .AR? Goom in as the# $urn the past to the ground J0ANNE 9realiDing she5s $een cut o"": 1elloF .AR? H R03ER And "eel the heat o" the "uture5s glow J0ANNE 1elloF 9The phone rings in the lo"t .AR? 90n phone: 1elloF .aureenF --'our eJuipment won5t workF 0ka#% all right% !5ll goE .AR? H 1AL6 T1E )0.AAN' 1ow do #ou lea(e the past $ehind 7hen it keeps "inding wa#s to get to #our heart !t reaches wa# down deep and tears #ou inside out Till #ou5re torn apart RentE R03ER H 0T1ER 1AL6 06 )0.AAN' 1ow can #ou connect in an age 7here strangers% landlords% lo(ers 'our own $lood cells $etra# ALL 7hat $inds the "a$ric together 7hen the raging% shi"ting winds o" change .AR? picks it up :

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?eep ripping awa# 8ENN' Draw a line in the sand And then make a stand R03ER *se #our camera to spar .AR? *se #our guitar ALL 7hen the# act tough - #ou call their $lu"" .AR? H R03ER 7e5re not gonna pa# .AR? H R03ER 7>1AL6 T1E )0.AAN' 7e5re not gonna pa# .AR? H R03ER 7>0T1ER 1AL6 06 )0.AAN' 7e5re not gonna pa# ALL Last #ear5s rent This #ear5s rent Ne&t #ear5s rent Rent rent rent rent rent 7e5re not gonna pa# rent R03ER H .AR? 5)ause e(er#thing is rent '0* 0?A' 10NE'F 9The street: 9The street in "ront o" the pa# phone A 10.ELESS .AN appears a$o(e on the right Across the stage% AN3EL D*.0TT S)1*NARD is seated on the )hristmas tree sculpture% with a plastic pickle tu$ $alanced like a drum $etween his knees : A 10.ELESS .AN )hristmas $ells are ringing )hristmas $ells are ringing )hristmas $ells are ringing Somewhere elseE Not here 9The 10.ELESS .AN e&its AN3EL gets a good $eat going on the tu$% $ut is interrupted $# a moan 1e starts to drum again and sees )0LL!NS limp to downstage-le"t proscenium : AN3EL 'ou oka# hone#F )0LL!NS !5m a"raid so AN3EL The# get an# mone#F )0LL!NS No 1ad none to get -8ut the# purloined m# coat -7ell #ou missed a slee(eE -- Thanks AN3EL 1ell% it5s )hristmas E(e !5m Angel )0LL!NS

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Angel F !ndeed An angel o" the "irst degree 6riends call me )ollins -- Tom )ollins Nice tree AN3EL Let5s get a $and-aid "or #our knee !5ll change% there5s a ILi"e SupportI meeting at nine-thirt# 'es -- this $od# pro(ides a com"orta$le home 6or the AcJuired !mmune De"icienc# S#ndrome )0LL!NS As does mine AN3EL 7e5ll get along "ine 3et #ou a coat% ha(e a $ite .ake a night -- !5m "lush )0LL!NS .# "riends are waiting -AN3EL 'ou5re cute when #ou $lush The more the merri -- ho ho ho And ! do not take no 9AN3EL and )0LL!NS walk o"" stage right : T*NE *A +2 9The lo"t: 9Lights come up on lo"t : R03ER 7here are #ou goingF .AR? .aureen calls R03ER 'ou5re such a suckerE .AR? ! don5t suppose #ou5d like to see her show in the lot tonightF 9R03ER shrugs : 0r come to dinnerF R03ER Goom in on m# empt# wallet .AR? Touche Take #our AGT )lose on Roger 1is girl"riend April Le"t a note sa#ing I7e5(e got A!DSI 8e"ore slitting her wrists in the $athroom !5ll check up on #ou later )hange #our mind 91e e&its : R03ER !5m writing one great song $e"ore ! 0NE S0N3 3L0R' 0ne song 3lor# 0ne song 8e"ore ! go 3lor# 0ne song to lea(e $ehind 6ind one song

'ou ha(e to get out o" the house

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0ne last re"rain 3lor# 6rom the prett# $o# "ront man 7ho wasted opportunit# 0ne song 1e had the world at his "eet 3lor# !n the e#es o" a #oung girl A #oung girl 6ind glor# 8e#ond the cheap colored lights 0ne song 8e"ore the sun sets 3lor# -- on another empt# li"e Time "lies -- time dies 3lor# -- 0ne $laDe o" glor# 0ne $laDe o" glor# -- glor# 6ind 3lor# !n a song that rings true Truth like a $laDing "ire An eternal "lame 6ind 0ne song A song a$out lo(e 3lor# 6rom the soul o" a #oung man A #oung man 6ind The one song 8e"ore the (irus takes hold 3lor# Like a sunset 0ne song To redeem this empt# li"e Time "lies And then - no need to endure an#more Time dies 9R03ER is interrupted $# a sharp knock on the door $eauti"ul stranger "rom downstairs : The door 9R03ER crosses to the door : L!31T .' )ANDLE R03ER 7hat5d #ou "orgetF

!t is .!.! .ARK*EG% a

9.!.! enters% holding a candle and looking "or a matchC her electricit# is down% too : .!.! 3ot a lightF R03ER ! know #ouF -- 'ou5re -'ou5re shi(ering .!.! !t5s nothing The# turned o"" m# heat And !5m @ust a little 7eak on m# "eet 7ould #ou light m# candleF 7hat are #ou staring atF R03ER Nothing 'our hair in the moonlight 'ou look "amiliar 91e lights her candle .!.! starts to lea(e% $ut stum$les :

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)an #ou make itF .!.! Just ha(en5t eaten much toda# At least the room stopped spinning An#wa# 7hatF R03ER Nothing 'our smile reminded me o" -.!.! ! alwa#s remind people o" -- who is sheF R03ER She died 1er name was April

9.!.! discreetl# $lows out the candle : .!.! !t5s out again Sorr# a$out #our "riend 7ould #ou light m# candleF 9R03ER lights the candle R03ER 7ell -.!.! 'eah 0wE The# linger% awkwardl# :

R03ER 0h% the wa& -- it5s -.!.! DrippingE ! like it -- $etween m# -R03ER 6ingers ! "igured 0h% well 3oodnight 9.!.! e&its R03ER heads $ack toward his guitar on the ta$le knock% which he answers : !t $lew out againF .!.! No -- ! think that ! dropped m# stash R03ER ! know !5(e seen #ou out and a$out 7hen ! used to go out 'our candle5s out .!.! !5m illin5 -! had it when ! walked in the door !t was pure -!s it on the "loorF R03ER The "loorF 9.!.! gets down on all "ours and starts searching the "loor "or her stash lookss $ack at R03ER% who is staring at her again : .!.! The# sa# ! ha(e the $est ass $elow ,4th street !s it trueF R03ER 7hatF .!.! She

There is another

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'ou5re staring again R03ER 0h no ! mean #ou do -- ha(e a nice -! mean -- 'ou look "amiliar .!.! Like #our dead girl"riendF R03ER 0nl# when #ou smile 8ut !5m sure !5(e seen #ou somewhere else -.!.! Do #ou go to the )at Scratch )lu$F That5s where ! work - ! dance - help me look R03ER 'esE The# used to tie #ou up -.!.! !t5s a li(ing 9.!.! douses the "lame again : R03ER ! didn5t recogniDe #ou 7ithout the handcu""s .!.! 7e could light the candle 0h won5t #ou light the candleF 9R03ER lights it again : R03ER 7h# don5t #ou "orget that stu"" 'ou look like #ou5re si&teen .!.! !5m nineteen -- $ut !5m old "or m# age !5m @ust $orn to $e $ad R03ER ! once was $orn to $e $ad ! used to shi(er like that .!.! ! ha(e no heat -- ! told #ou R03ER ! used to sweat .!.! ! got a cold R03ER *h huh ! used to $e a @unkie .!.! 8ut now and then ! like to -R03ER *h huh .!.! 6eel good R03ER 1ere it -- um --

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9R03ER stoops and picks up a small o$@ect: .!.!5s stash : .!.! 7hat5s thatF R03ER !t5s a cand# $ar wrapper 9R03ER puts it $ehind his $ack and into his pocket : .!.! 7e could light the candle 9R03ER discreetl# $lows out the candle : .!.! 7hat5d #ou do with m# candleF R03ER That was m# last match .!.! 0ur e#es5ll ad@ust% thank 3od "or the moon R03ER .a#$e it5s not the moon at all ! hear Spike Lee5s shooting down the street .!.! 8ah hum$ug 8ah hum$ug

9.!.! places her hand under his% pretending to do it $# accident : R03ER )old hands .!.! 'ours too 8ig Like m# "ather5s 'ou wanna danceF R03ER 7ith #ouF .!.! No -- with m# "ather R03ER !5m Roger .!.! The# call me The# call me .imi 9The# come e&tremel# close to a kiss .!.! reaches into his pocket% na$s the stash% wa(es it in "ront o" his "ace% and makes a se&# e&it : -0!)E .A!L +/ 9J0ANNE5s lo"t !n $lackout another phone rings 7e see .A*REEN in silhouette :

.A*REEN 1i 'ou5(e reached .aureen and Joanne Lea(e a message and don5t "orget I0(er the .oonI -- .# per"ormance% protesting the e(iction o" the 1omeless 9and artists: "rom the Ele(enth Street Lot Tonight at midnight in the lot $etween A and 8 Aart# at Li"e )a"e to "ollow 98EEA: .R JE66ERS0N 7ell% Joanne -- 7e5re o"" ! tried #ou at the o""ice And the# said #ou5re stage managing or something

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.RS JE66ERS0N Remind her that those unwed mothers in 1arlem Need her legal help too .R JE66ERS0N )all Dais# "or our itinerar# or Al"red at Aound Ridge 0r Eileen at the state department in a pinch 7e5ll $e at the spa "or new #ear5s *nless the senator changes his mind .RS JE66ERS0N The hearings .R JE66ERS0N 0h #es -- ?itten .umm#5s con"irmation hearing $egins on the tenth 7e5ll need #ou -- alone -- $# the si&th .RS JE66ERS0N 1aroldE .R JE66ERS0N 'ou hear thatF !t5s three weeks awa# And she5s alread# ner(ous .RS JE66ERS0N ! am notE .R JE66ERS0N 6or .umm#5s sake% ?itten No Doc .artens this time and wear a dress 0h% and ?itten -- ha(e a merr# .RS JE66ERS0N And a $raEE T0DA' 4 * 9The lo"t: 9.AR? and R03ER5s lo"t : .AR? Enter Tom )ollins% computer genius% teacher% (aga$ond anarchist% who ran naked through the Aarthenon 9)0LL!NS carries AN3EL5s pickle tu$% now "illed with pro(isions : .AR? H )0LL!NS 8ustelo -- .arl$oro 8anana $# the $unch A $o& o" )aptain )runch will taste so good )0LL!NS And "irewood .AR? Look -- it5s Santa )laus )0LL!NS 1old #our applause R03ER 0h hi )0LL!NS 50h hi5 a"ter se(en monthsF R03ER Sorr# )0LL!NS

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This $o# could use some Stoli )0LL!NS% .AR? H R03ER 0h hol# night R03ER 'ou struck gold at .!TF )0LL!NS The# e&pelled me "or m# theor# o" Actual Realit# 7hich !5ll soon impart To the couch potatoes at New 'ork *ni(ersit# Still ha(en5t le"t the houseF R03ER ! was waiting "or #ou% don5t #ou knowF )0LL!NS 7ell% tonight5s the night )ome to the Li"e )a"e a"ter .aureen5s show R03ER No "low )0LL!NS 3entlemen% our $ene"actor on this )hristmas E(e 7hose charit# is onl# matched $# talent% ! $elie(e A new mem$er o" the Alpha$et )it# a(ant-garde Angel Dumott SchunardE 9AN3EL sasha#s in 1e5s gorgeousl# done up in Santa drag% with a "an o" twent#dollar $ills in each hand : AN3EL Toda# "or #ou -- tomorrow "or me Toda# "or #ou -- tomorrow "or me )0LL!NS And #ou should hear her $eatE .AR? 'ou earned this on the streetF AN3EL !t was m# luck# da# toda# on A(enue A 7hen a lad# in a limousine dro(e m# wa# She said% IDahling -- $e a dear -- ha(en5t slept in a #ear ! need #our help to make m# neigh$or5s #app# dog disappearI IThis Akita-E(ita @ust won5t shut up ! $elie(e i" #ou pla# non-stop that pup 7ill $reathe its (er# last high-strung $reath !5m certain that cur will $ark itsel" to deathI Toda# "or #ou -- tomorrow "or me Toda# "or #ou -- tomorrow "or me 7e agreed on a "ee -- A thousand dollar guarantee Ta&-"ree -- and a $onus i" ! trim her tree Now who could "oretell that it would go so well 8ut sure as ! am here that dog is now in dogg# hell A"ter an hour -- E(ita -- in all her glor# 0n the window ledge o" that /2rd stor# Like Thelma H Louise did when the# got the $lues Swan do(e into the court#ard o" the 3racie .ews Toda# "or #ou -- tomorrow "or me Toda# "or #ou -- tomorrow "or me 9AN3EL does a "a$ulous drum and dance solo : Then $ack to the street where ! met m# sweet 7here he was moaning and groaning on the cold concrete The nurse took him home "or some mercurochrome And ! dressed his wounds and got him $ack on his "eet Sing itE Toda# "or #ou -- tomorrow "or me

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Toda# "or #ou -- tomorrow "or me Toda# "or #ou -- tomorrow "or me Toda# "or #ou -- tomorrow "or me '0*5LL SEE 98ENN' enters : 8ENN' Jo# to the world-1e#% #ou $um -- #eah% #ou% mo(e o(er 3et #our ass o"" that range ro(er .AR? That attitude toward the homeless is @ust what .aureen is protesting tonight 91olding camera up to 8ENN': )lose up: 8en@amin )o""in the third% our e&-roommate who married Alison 3re#% o" the 7estport 3re#s -- then $ought the $uilding and the lot ne&t door "rom his "ather-in-law in hopes o" starting a c#$er-studio 8ENN' .aureen is protesting Losing her per"ormance space Not m# attitude R03ER 7hat happened to 8enn# 7hat happened to his heart And the ideals he once pursuedF 8ENN' The owner o" that lot ne&t door 1as a right to do with it as he pleases )0LL!NS 1app# $irthda#% JesusE 8ENN' The rent .AR? 'ou5re wasting #our time R03ER 7e5re $roke .AR? And #ou $roke #our word -- this is a$surd 8ENN' There is one wa# #ou won5t ha(e to pa# R03ER ! knew itE 8ENN' Ne&t door% the home o" )#$erarts% #ou see And now that the $lock is re-Doned 0ur dream can $ecome a realit# 'ou5ll see $o#s 'ou5ll see $o#s A state o" the art% digital% (irtual interacti(e studio !5ll "orego #our rent and on paper guarantee That #ou can sta# here "or "ree !" #ou do me one small "a(or .AR? 7hatF 8ENN' )on(ince .aureen to cancel her protest

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.AR? 7h# not @ust get an in@unction or call the cops 8ENN' ! did% and the#5re on stand $# 8ut m# in(estors would rather ! handle this Juietl# R03ER 'ou can5t Juietl# wipe out an entire tent cit# Then watch 5!t5s a 7onder"ul Li"e5 on T-E 8ENN' 'ou want to produce "ilms and write songsF 'ou need somewhere to do itE !t5s what we used to dream a$out Think twice $e"ore #ou pooh-pooh it 'ou5ll see $o#s 'ou5ll see $o#s 'ou5ll see -- the $eaut# o" a studio That lets us do our work and get paid 7ith condos on the top 7hose rent keeps open our shop Just stop the protest And #ou5ll ha(e it made 'ou5ll see -- or #ou5ll pack 98ENN' e&its : AN3EL That $o# could use some proDac R03ER 0r hea(# drugs .AR? 0r group hugs )0LL!NS 7hich reminds me -7e ha(e a detour to make tonight An#one who wants to can come along AN3EL Li"e support5s a group "or people coping with li"e 'ou don5t ha(e to sta# too long .AR? 6irst !5(e got a protest to sa(e AN3EL RogerF R03ER !5m not much compan# #ou5ll "ind .AR? 8eha(eE AN3EL 1e5ll catch up later -- 1e5s @ust go other things on his mind 'ou5ll see $o#s .AR? H )0LL!NS 7e5ll see $o#s R03ER Let it $e $o#sE )0LL!NS ! like $o#s

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AN3EL 8o#s like me ALL 7e5ll see TAN30: .A*REEN 9The lot J0ANNE is ree&amining the ca$le connections "or the umpteenth time : The lot 7here a small stage is partiall# set up

.AR? And so into the a$#ss

J0ANNE 9pla#ing with some wires: ILine inI ! went to 1ar(ard "or thisF .AR? )lose on .ark5s nose di(e J0ANNE ILine outI .AR? 7ill he get out o" here ali(e F

9J0ANNE notices .AR? approaching : J0ANNE .arkF .AR? 1i J0ANNE ! told her not to call #ou .AR? That5s .aureen 8ut can ! help since !5m here J0ANNE ! hired an engineer .AR? 3reatE 7ell% nice to ha(e met #ou J0ANNE 7aitE She5s three hours late The samples won5t dela# 8ut the ca$le -.AR? There5s another wa# Sa# something -- an#thing J0ANNE 9into the mike: Test -- one% two three -.AR? An#thing $ut that J0ANNE This is weird .AR? !t5s weird J0ANNE

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-er# weird .AR? 6uckin5 weird J0ANNE !5m so mad That ! don5t know what to do 6ighting with microphones 6reeDing down to m# $ones And to top it all o"" !5m with #ou .AR? 6eel like going insaneF 3ot a "ire in #our $rainF And #ou5re thinking o" drinking gasolineF J0ANNE As a matter o" "act -.AR? 1one#% ! know this act !t5s called the 5Tango .aureen5 The Tango .aureen !t5s a dark% diDD# merr#-go-round As she keeps #ou dangling J0ANNE 'ou5re wrong .AR? 'our heart she is mangling J0ANNE !t5s di""erent with me .AR? And #ou toss and #ou turn 5)ause her cold e#es can $urn 'et #ou #earn and #ou churn and re$ound J0ANNE ! think ! know what #ou mean 80T1 The Tango .aureen .AR? 1as she e(er pouted her lips And called #ou 5Aookie5 J0ANNE Ne(er .AR? 1a(e #ou e(er dou$ted a kiss or twoF J0ANNE This is spook# Did #ou swoon when she walked through the doorF .AR? E(er# time -- so $e cautious J0ANNE Did she moon o(er other $o#s --F .AR? .ore than moon -J0ANNE !5m getting nauseous

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9The# $egin to dance% with .AR? leading : .AR? 7here5d #ou learn to tangoF J0ANNE 7ith the 6rench Am$assador5s daughter in her dorm room at .iss Aorter5s .AR? 7ith Nanette 1immel"ar$ )enter And #ouF

The Ra$$i5s daughter at the Scarsdale Jewish )ommunit#

9The# switch% and J0ANNE leads : !t5s hard to do this $ackwards J0ANNE 'ou should tr# it in heelsE She cheated .AR? She cheated J0ANNE .aureen cheated .AR? 6uckin5 cheated J0ANNE !5m de"eated ! should gi(e up right now .AR? 3otta look on the $right side 7ith all o" #our might J0ANNE !5d "all "or her still an#how 80T1 7hen #ou5re dancing her dance 'ou don5t stand a chance 1er grip o" romance .ake #ou "all .AR? So #ou think% 5.ight as well5 J0ANNE IDance a tango to hellI 80T1 5At least !5ll ha(e tangoed at all5 The Tango .aureen 3otta dance till #our di(a is through 'ou pretend to $elie(e her )ause in the end -- #ou can5t lea(e her 8ut the end it will come Still #ou ha(e to pla# dum$ Till #ou5re glum and #ou $um And turn $lue .AR? 7h# do we lo(e when she5s meanF J0ANNE And she can $e so o$scene .AR? Tr# the mike J0ANNE

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.# .aureen 9re(er$: een% een% een .AR? Aatched J0ANNE Thanks .AR? 'ou know -- ! "eel great nowE

J0ANNE ! "eel lous# 9The pa# phone rings .AR? hands it to J0ANNE : 1one#% we5re 9pause: AookieFE 'ou ne(er call me Aookie 6orget it% we5re patched 9She hangs up% looks at .AR? : 80T1 The Tango .aureenE L!6E S*AA0RT 9AN3EL and )0LL!NS attend an A!DS Li"e Support group AA*L% the support leader% sits on the downstage railing a$o(e 30RD0N% one o" the mem$ers o" the group% is standing downstage le"t% "acing the audience As the mem$ers enter% the# introduce themsel(es and "orm a semicircle Note: The names o" the support group mem$ers should change e(er# night and should honor actual "riends o" the compan# who ha(e died o" A!DS : STE-E Ste(e 30RD0N 3ordon AL! Ali AA. Aam S*E Sue AN3EL 1i% !5m Angel )0LL!NS Tom )ollins AA*L !5m Aaul Let5s $egin

ALL There5s onl# us There5s onl# this 9.AR? $lusters in noisil# : .AR? Sorr# E&cuse me oops

AA*L And #ou areF .AR? 0h -- !5m not -!5m @ust here to -! don5t ha(e --

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!5m here with -*m -- .ark .ark -- !5m .ark 7ell -- this is Juite an operation AA*L Sit down .ark 7e5ll continue the a""irmation ALL 6orget regret or li"e is #ours to miss 30RD0N E&cuse me Aaul -- !5m ha(ing a pro$lem with this This credo -- .# T-cells are low -! regret that news% oka#F AA*L Alright 8ut 3ordon - 1ow do #ou "eel toda#F 30RD0N 7hat do #ou meanF AA*L 1ow do #ou "eel toda#F 30RD0N 0ka# AA*L !s that allF 30RD0N 8est !5(e "elt all #ear AA*L Then wh# choose "earF 30RD0N !5m a New 'orkerE 6ear5s m# li"eE Look - ! "ind some o" what #ou teach suspect 8ecause !5m used to rel#ing on intellect 8ut ! tr# to open up to what ! don5t know 30RD0N H R03ER 9who sings "rom his lo"t: 8ecause reason sa#s ! should ha(e died Three #ears ago ALL No other road No other wa# No da# $ut toda# 0*T T0N!31T 9.imi5s apartment: .!.! 7hat5s the timeF 7ell it5s gotta $e close to midnight .# $od#5s talking to me !t sa#s% ITime "or dangerI !t sa#s I! wanna commit a crime 7anna $e the cause o" a "ight 7anna put on a tight skirt and "lirt 7ith a strangerI !5(e had a knack "rom wa# $ack At $reaking the rules once ! learn the games 3et up - li"e5s too Juick ! know someplace sick 7here this chick5ll dance in the "lames 7e don5t need an# mone#

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! alwa#s get in "or "ree 'ou can get in too !" #ou get in with me Let5s go out tonight ! ha(e to go out tonight 'ou wanna pla#F Let5s run awa# 7e won5t $e $ack $e"ore it5s )hristmas da# Take me out tonight 9meow: 7hen ! get a wink "rom the doorman Do #ou know how luck# #ou5ll $eF That #ou5re on line with the "eline o" A(enue 8 Let5s go out tonight ! ha(e to go out tonight 'ou wanna prowl 8e m# night owlF 7ell take m# hand we5re gonna howl 0ut tonight !n the e(ening !5(e got to roam )an5t sleep in the cit# o" neon and chrome 6eels too damn much like home 7hen the Spanish $a$ies cr# So let5s "ind a $ar So dark we "orget who we are And all the scars "rom the Ne(ers and ma#$es die Let5s go out tonight 1a(e to go out tonight 'ou5re sweet 7anna hit the streetF 7anna wail at the moon like a cat in heatF Just take me out tonight 9.!.! makes her wa# to R03ER5s door and ends the song in "ront o" him : Alease take me out tonight Don5t "orsake me -- out tonight !5ll let #ou make me -- out tonight Tonight -- tonight -- tonight AN0T1ER DA' 9The lo"t .!.! plants a huge kiss on R03ER% who recoils :

R03ER 7ho do #ou think #ou areF 8arging in on me and m# guitar Little girl -- he# The door is that wa# 'ou $etter go #ou know The "ire5s out an#wa# Take #our powder -- take #our candle 'our sweet whisper ! @ust can5t handle 7ell take #our hair in the moonlight 'our $rown e#es -- good$#e% goodnight ! should tell #ou ! should tell #ou ! should tell #ou ! should -- noE Another time -- another place 0ur temperature would clim$ There5d $e a long em$race 7e5d do another dance !t5d $e another pla# Looking "or romanceF )ome $ack another da# Another da#

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.!.! The heart ma# "reeDe or it can $urn The pain will ease i" ! can learn There is no "uture There is no past ! li(e this moment as m# last There5s onl# us There5s onl# this 6orget regret 0r li"e is #ours to miss No other road No other wa# No da# $ut toda# R03ER E&cuse me i" !5m o"" track 8ut i" #ou5re so wise Then tell me -- wh# do #ou need smackF Take #our needle Take #our "anc# pra#er And don5t "orget 3et the moonlight out o" #our hair Long ago -- #ou might5(e lit up m# heart 8ut the "ire5s dead -- ain5t ne(er e(er gonna start Another time -- another place The words would onl# rh#me 7e5d $e in outer space !t5d $e another song 7e5d sing another wa# 'ou wanna pro(e me wrongF )ome $ack another da# Another da# .!.! There5s onl# #es 0nl# tonight 7e must let go To know what5s right No other course No other wa# No da# $ut toda# 9Lights slowl# "ade up on the Li"e Support group : .!.! H 0T1ERS ! can5t control .# destin# ! trust m# soul .# onl# goal is @ust To $e There5s onl# now There5s onl# here 3i(e in to lo(e 0r li(e in "ear No other path No other wa# No da# $ut toda# R03ER )ontrol #our temper She doesn5t see 7ho sa#s that there5s a soulF Just let me $e 7ho do #ou think #ou areF 8arging in on me and m# guitar Little girl% he# The door is that wa# The "ire5s out an#wa# ALL

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No da# $ut toda# No da# $ut toda# No da# $ut toda# No da# $ut toda# No da# $ut toda# R03ER Take #our powderC take #our candle Take #our $rown e#es% #our prett# smile% #our silhouette Another time% another place Another rh#me% a warm em$race Another dance% another wa# Another chance% another da# 9.!.! and the Li"e Support group mem$ers e&it right% a$o(e : 7!LL !F 9-arious locations: STE-E 7ill ! lose m# dignit# 7ill someone care 7ill ! wake tomorrow 6rom this nightmareF 3R0*A +, 7ill ! lose m# dignit# 7ill someone care 7ill ! wake tomorrow 6rom this nightmareF 3R0*A +/ 7ill ! lose m# dignit# 7ill someone care 7ill ! wake tomorrow 6rom this nightmareF 3R0*A +2 7ill ! lose m# dignit# 7ill someone care 7ill ! wake tomorrow 6rom this nightmareF 3R0*A +4 7ill ! lose m# dignit# 7ill someone care 7ill ! wake tomorrow 6rom this nightmareF 9R03ER puts on his @acket and e&its the lo"t : 0N T1E STREET T1REE 10.ELESS AE0ALE )hristmas $ells are ringing )hristmas $ells are ringing )hristmas $ells are ringing -0ut o" town Santa 6e SK*EE3EE.AN 1onest li(ing% manE 91e recoils as though he5s almost $een run o(er $# a car : 6eliD Na(idadE 0ne person% STE-E% remains at stage

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9Three A0L!)E 066!)ERS% in "ull riot gear% enter and approach sleeping 8LAN?ET AERS0N The 6!RST 066!)ER pokes her with a nightstick : 10.ELESS AERS0N E(ening% o""icers 97ithout answering% the 6!RST 066!)ER raises his nightstick again : .AR? 9pointing his camera: Smile "or Ted ?oppel% 0""icer .artinE 9The 6!RST 066!)ER lowers his stick : 10.ELESS AERS0N And a .err# )hristmas to #our "amil# A0L!)E 066!)ERS RightEE 9The A0L!)E 066!)ERS stride o""stage 8LAN?ET AERS0N 9To .AR?: 7ho the "uck do #ou think #ou areF ! don5t need no goddamn help 6rom some $leeding heart cameraman .# li"e5s not "or #ou to .ake a name "or #oursel" onE AN3EL Eas#% sugar% eas# 1e was @ust tr#ing to -8LAN?ET AERS0N Just tr#ing to use me to kill his guilt !t5s not that kind o" mo(ie% hone# Let5s go -- this lot is "ull o" .other"ucking artists 1e# artist 'ou gotta dollarF ! thought not 98LAN?ET AERS0N crosses to downstage le"t with another 10.ELESS AERS0N : SANTA 6E 9The Street : AN3EL New 'ork )it# -.AR? *h huh AN3EL )enter o" the uni(erse )0LL!NS Sing it girl -AN3EL Times are shitt# 8ut !5m prett# sure the# can5t get worse .AR? ! hear #ou AN3EL !t5s a com"ort to know 7hen #ou5re singing the hit-the-road $lues That an#where else #ou could possi$l# go A"ter New 'ork would $e a pleasure cruise .AR? continues to "ilm 8LAN?ET AERS0N :

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)0LL!NS Now #ou5re talking 7ell% !5m thwarted $# a metaph#sic puDDle And !5m sick o" grading papers -- that ! know And !5m shouting in m# sleep% ! need a muDDle All this miser# pa#s no salar#% so Let5s open up a restaurant in Santa 6e 0h sunn# Santa 6e would $e nice Let5s open up a restaurant in Santa 6e And lea(e this to the roaches and mice )0LL!NS 0h--oh ALL 0h-AN3EL 'ou teachF )0LL!NS -- ! teach -- )omputer Age Ahilosoph# 8ut m# students would rather watch TAN3EL America ALL AmericaE )0LL!NS 'ou5re a sensiti(e aesthete 8rush the sauce onto the meat 'ou could make the menu sparkle with rh#me 'ou could drum a gentle drum ! could seat guests as the# come )hatting not a$out 1eidegger% $ut wineE 9with 10.ELESS AE0ALE in the shadows: Let5s open up a restaurant in Santa 6e 0ur la$ors would reap "inancial gains ALL 3ains% gains% gains )0LL!NS 7e5ll open up a restaurant in Santa 6e And sa(e "rom de(astation our $rains 10.ELESS Sa(e our $rains ALL 7e5ll pack up all our @unk and "l# so "ar awa# De(ote oursel(es to pro@ects that sell 7e5ll open up a restaurant in Santa 6e 6orget this cold 8ohemian hell 0h-ALL 0h-)0LL!NS Do #ou know the wa# to Santa 6eF 'ou know% tum$leweeds prairie dogs 'eah !5LL )0-ER '0* .AR? !5ll meet #ou at the show !5ll tr# and con(ince Roger to go 9.AR? e&its:

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AN3EL Alone at last )0LL!NS 1e5ll $e $ack% ! guarantee AN3EL !5(e $een hearing (iolins all nightE )0LL!NS An#thing to do with meF Are we a thingF AN3EL Darling we5re e(er#thingE

Li(e in m# house !5ll $e #our shelter Just pa# me $ack 7ith one thousand kisses 8e m# lo(er -- !5ll co(er #ou )0LL!NS 0pen #our door !5ll $e #our tenant Don5t got much $aggage To la# at #our "eet 8ut sweet kisses !5(e got to spare !5ll $e there -- !5ll co(er #ou 80T1 ! think the# meant it 7hen the# said #ou can5t $u# lo(e Now ! know #ou can rent it A new lease #ou are% m# lo(e% 0n li"e -- $e m# li"e 9The# do a short dance : Just slip me on !5ll $e #our $lanket 7here(er -- whate(er -- !5ll $e #our coat AN3EL 'ou5ll $e m# king And !5ll $e #our castle )0LL!NS No #ou5ll $e m# Jueen And !5ll $e #our moat 80T1 ! think the# meant it 7hen the# said #ou can5t $u# lo(e Now ! know #ou can rent it A new lease #ou are% m# lo(e% 0n li"e -- all m# li"e !5(e longed to disco(er Something as true as this is )0LL!NS So with a thousand sweet kisses !5ll co(er #ou 7ith a thousand sweet kisses !5ll co(er #ou 7hen #ou5re worn out and tired 7hen #our heart has e&pired

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AN3EL !" #ou5re cold And #ou5re lonel# 'ou5(e got one nickel onl# 7ith a thousand sweet kisses !5ll co(er #ou 7ith a thousand sweet kisses !5ll co(er #ou 80T1 0h lo(er !5ll co(er #ou 0h lo(er !5ll co(er #ou 7E5RE 0?A' J0ANNE 9on cellular phone: Ste(e -- Joanne The .urget caseF A dismissalE 3ood work counselor 9The pa# phone rings J0ANNE answers it and $egins a con(ersation with .A*REEN simultaneousl# @uggling two other calls on her cellular phone : 7e5re oka# 1one#$ear -- waitE !5m on the other phone 'es% ! ha(e the cow$ell 7e5re oka# 9into cellular phone: So tell them we5ll sue 8ut a settlement will do Se&ual harassment -- and ci(il rights too Ste(e% #ou5re great 9into pa# phone: No #ou cut the paper plate Did@a cheat on .ark a lot would #ou sa#F 7e5re oka# 1one# hold on 9into cellular phone: Ste(e% hold on 9J0ANNE presses the call-waiting $utton on the cellular phone: 1elloF Dad -- #es ! $eeped #ou .aureen is coming to .other5s hearing 7e5re oka# 9into pa# phone: 1one#$ear - whatF Newt5s les$ian sister !5ll tell them 9into cellular phone: 'ou heardF 9into pa# phone: The# heard 7e5re oka# 9into cellular phone: And to #ou dad 9J0ANNE presses the call-waiting as she speaks into the pa# phone: 'es -- Jill is thereF 9into cellular phone: Ste(e gotta -9into pa# phone: Jill with the short $lack hairF The )al(in ?lein modelF 9into cellular phone: Ste(e% gotta goE 9into pa# phone: The model who li(es in Aenthouse AFFF

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7e5re 7e5re oka# !5m on m# wa# )1R!ST.AS 8ELLS 9-arious locations% St 6!-E 10.ELESS AE0ALE )hristmas $ells are ringing )hristmas $ells are ringing )hristmas $ells are singing 0n T- - at Saks SK*EE3EE.AN 1onest li(ing% honest li(ing 1onest li(ing% honest li(ing 1onest li(ing% honest li(ing ALL 6!-E 10.ELESS )an5t #ou spare a dime or two 1ere $ut "or the grace o" 3od go #ou 'ou5ll $e merr# !5ll $e merr# Tho merr# ain5t in m# (oca$ular# No sleigh$ells No Santa )laus No #ule log No tinsel No holl# No hearth No S0L0!ST 5Rudolph the red nosed reindeer5 ALL 6!-E Rudolph the red nosed reindeer No room at the 1olida# !nn -- oh no 9A "ew "lakes o" snow $egin to descend : And it5s $eginning to snow 9The stage suddenl# e&plodes with li"e The scene is St .ark5s Alace on )hristmas E(e -- an open-air $aDaar o" color% noise% and mo(ement : -END0RS 1ats% $ats% shoes% $ooDe .ountain $ikes% potpourri Leather $ags% girlie mags 6ort#-"i(es% AGT -END0R +, No one5s $u#ing 6eel like cr#ing ALL No room at the 1olida# !nn% oh no And it5s $eginning to snow 9Lights up on one woman% who is showing o"" a collection o" stolen coats to )0LL!NS and AN3EL : -END0R +/ 1ow a$out a "ur -!n per"ect shape 0wned $# an .8A "rom uptown ! got a tweed 8roken in $# a greed# 8roker who went $roke And then $roke down )0LL!NS .arks Alace:

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'ou don5t ha(e to do this AN3EL 1ush #our mouth% it5s )hristmas )0LL!NS ! do not deser(e #ou% Angel )0LL!NS 3i(e--gi(e All #ou do !s gi(e 3i(e me some wa# to show 1ow much #ou5(e touched me so AN3EL 7ait--what5s on the "loorF Let5s see some more No--no--no AN3EL ?iss me -- it5s $eginning to snow 9Lights "ocus on .AR? and R03ER on right a$o(e : .AR? She And she And she To take R03ER Right .AR? She got #ou outE R03ER She was more than oka# 8ut ! pushed her awa# !t was $ad -- ! got mad And ! had to get her out o" m# sight .AR? 7ait% wait% wait -- #ou said she was sweet R03ER Let5s go eat -- !5ll @ust get "at !t5s the one (ice le"t when #ou5re dead meat 9.!.! has entered looking "urti(el# "or T1E .AN : There -- that5s her .AR? .aureenF R03ER .imiE .AR? 7hoaE R03ER ! should go .AR? 1e# -- it5s $eginning to snow 9The A0L!)E 066!)ERS% in riot gear% enter a$o(e : A0L!)E 066!)ERS !5m dreaming o" a white% right )hristmas said% I7ould #ou light m# candleFI put on a pout wanted #ou her out tonightF

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9A0L!)E 066!)ERS e&it : .!.! H J*N?!ES 6ollow the man -- "ollow the man 7ith his pockets "ull o" the @am 6ollow the man -- "ollow the man 1elp me out% dadd# !" #ou can 3ot an# D manF T1E .AN !5m cool .!.! H J*N?!ES 3ot an# ) manF T1E .AN !5m cool .!.! H J*N?!ES 3ot an# LF An# smackF An# horseF An# @ugie $oogie $o#F An# $lowF 9R03ER pulls .!.! aside : R03ER 1e# .!.! 1e# R03ER ! @ust want to sa# !5m sorr# "or the wa# -.!.! 6orget it R03ER ! $lew up )an ! make it up to #ouF .!.! 1owF R03ER Dinner part#F .!.! That5ll do T1E .AN 1e# lo(er $o# -- cutie pie 'ou steal m# client -- #ou die R03ER 'ou didn5t miss me -- #ou won5t miss her 'ou5ll ne(er lack "or customers J*N?!ES !5m willin5 !5m illin5 ! gotta get m# sickness o"" 3otta run% gotta ride 3otta gun% gotta hide -- gotta go T1E .AN And it5s $eginning to snow 8ENN'

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9entering% talking on his cellular phone: 7ish me luck% Alison The protest is on )0AT -END0R L L 8ean 3eo""re# 8eene 8ur$urr# Dip out Lining J*N?!ES 3ot an# ) manF 3ot an# D manF 3ot an# 8 manF 3ot an# crackF 3ot an# LF SK*EE3EE.AN 1onest li(ing -R03ER .ark% this is .imi -.AR?>.!.! 1i R03ER She5ll $e dining -- 9with us: )0AT -END0R 1ere5s a new arri(al T1E .AN That is an ounce -END0RS 1ats% dats% $ats )0LL!NS That5s m# coatE )0AT -END0R 7e gi(e discounts .AR? ! think we5(e met AN3EL Let5s get a $etter one )0LL!NS !t5s a sham .!.! That5s what he said T1E .AN ! said it5s a gramE )0LL!NS 8ut she5s a thie"E AN3EL 8ut she $rought us together 8ENN' 7hich in(estor is comingFF )0LL!NS !5ll take the leather 8ENN' 'our "atherF -- DamnE

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9The "ollowing is sung simultaneousl# : 10.ELESS H -END0RS )hristmas $ells are swinging )hristmas $ells are ringing )hristmas $ells are singing !n m# dreams -- ne&t #ear 0nce #ou donate #ou can go )ele$rate in Tuckahoe 'ou5ll "eel cheer# !5ll "eel cheer# Tho5 ! don5t reall# know that theor# No $athro$e No steu$en glass No cappucino makers No pearls% no diamonds No 5)hestnuts roasting on an open "ire5 )hestnuts roasting on an open "ire No room at the 1olida# !nn% oh no -A0L!)E 066!)ERS !5m dreaming o" a white )hristmas Just like the ones ! used to know Jingle $ells -- prison cells 6a la la la -- "a la la la 'ou ha(e the right to remain Silent night hol# night 6all on #our knees oh night di(ine 'ou5ll do some time 6a la la la la 6a la la la la J*N?!ES 3ot an# ) manF 3ot an# D manF 3ot an# 8 manF 3ot an# LF -- )rackF !5m willin5 -- !5m illin5 3otta get m# sickness o"" )-D help me 6ollow the man -- "ollow the man 6ollow the man Jugie $oogie -- @ugie $oogie 6ollow the man -- "ollow the man An# crack an# L an# @ugie $oogie $o# An# $low an# L an# @ugie $oogie $o# 3ot an# D man% got an# ) man 3ot an# crack -- an# L -- an# @ugie $oogieF )0AT -END0R Twent#-"i(e AN3EL 6i"teen )0AT -END0R Twent#-"i(e AN3EL 6i"teen )0AT -END0R No wa# Twent#-"our AN3EL 6i"teen )0AT -END0R Twent#-"our AN3EL

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And it5s $eginning to --9Lights $lackout and a $linding headlight comes through the door downstage% the lights come up and re(eal .A*REEN : .A*REEN Joanne% which wa# to the stageF ALL SnowEEE 98lackout : 0-ER T1E .00N 9The Lot: .AR? .aureen5s per"ormance .A*REEN 9in "ront o" a microphone: Last night ! had a dream ! "ound m#sel" in a desert called )#$erland !t was hot .# canteen had sprung a leak and ! was thirst# 0ut o" the a$#ss walked a cow -- Elsie ! asked i" she had an#thing to drink She said% I!5m "or$idden to produce milk !n )#$erland% we onl# drink Diet )oke I She said% I0nl# thing to do is @ump o(er the moonI IThe#5(e closed e(er#thing real down like $arns% troughs% per"ormance spaces And replaced it all with lies and rules and (irtual li"e 8ut there is a wa# out 8A)?*AS Leap o" "aith% leap o" "aith Leap o" "aith% leap o" "aith .A*REEN I0nl# thing to do is @ump o(er the moonI ! gotta get out o" hereE !t5s like !5m $eing tied to the hood o" a #ellow rental truck% $eing packed in with "ertiliDer and "uel oil% pushed o(er a cli"" $# a suicidal .icke# .ouseE -- !5(e gotta "ind a wa# .A*REEN ITo @ump o(er the moon 0nl# thing to do is @ump o(er the moonI 8A)?*AS Leap o" "aith% etc .A*REEN Then a little $ulldog entered 1is name 9we ha(e learned: was 8enn# And although he once had principles% 1e a$andoned them to li(e as a lap dog to a wealth# daughter o" the re(olution IThat5s $ull%I he said IE(er since the cat took up the "iddle% that cow5s $een @ump# And the dish and the spoon were e(icted "rom the ta$le -- and eloped She5s had trou$le with that milk and the moon e(er since .a#$e it5s a "emale thing 5)ause who5d want to lea(e )#$erland an#wa#F 7alls ain5t so $ad The dish and the spoon "or instance The# were down on their luck - knocked on m# doghouse door ! said% INot in m# $ack#ard% utensilsE 3o $ack to )hinaEI IThe onl# wa# out is up%I Elsie whispered to me IA leap o" "aith Still thirst#FI she asked Aarched I1a(e some milk I ! lowered m#sel" $eneath her and held m# mouth to her swollen udder And sucked the sweetest milk !5d e(er tasted I 9.A*REEN makes a slurping% sucking sound : I)lim$ on $oard%I she said And as a har(est moon rose o(er )#$erland% 7e reared $ack and sprang into a gallop Leaping out o" or$itEEE As it reaches

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! awoke singing 8A)?*AS Leap o" "aith% etc .A*REEN 0nl# thing to do 0nl# thing to do is @ump 0nl# thing to do is @ump o(er the moon 0nl# thing to do is @ump o(er the moon 0(er the moon -- o(er the .oooooooo .oooooooo .oooooooo .oooooooo .oo with me 9.A*REEN encourages the audience to moo with her She sa#s% I)5mon% sir% moo with me%I etc The audience responds 7hen the ImoosI reach a crescendo% she cuts them o"" with a $ig sweep o" her arms : Thank #ou 98lackout : LA -!E 801E.E 9Li"e )a"e: 9Downstage right% the AR!N)!AALS ha(e lined up and are waiting to $e seated A large ta$le is situated down center Down and to the right% 8ENN' and .R 3RE' are seated at a smaller ta$le The RESTA*RANT .AN tries to shoo our "riends out : RESTA*RANT .AN No please no Not tonight please no .ister -- can5t #ou go -Not tonight -- can5t ha(e a scene R03ER 7hatF RESTA*RANT .AN 3o% please goC 'ou -- 1ello% sir -! said% INoI !mportant customer .AR? 7hat am ! -- @ust a $lurF RESTA*RANT .AN 'ou sit all night -- #ou ne(er $u#E .AR? That5s a lie -- that5s a lie ! had a tea the other da# RESTA*RANT .AN 'ou couldn5t pa# .AR? 0h #eah )0LL!NS 8en@amin )o""in !!! -- hereF RESTA*RANT .AN 0h noE ALL 7ine and $eerE .A*REEN The enem# o" A(enue A 7e5ll sta#

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9The# sit : RESTA*RANT .AN 0# (e#E )0LL!NS 7hat $rings the mogul in his own mind to the Li"e )a"eF 8ENN' ! would like to propose a toast To .aureen5s no$le tr# !t went well .A*REEN 3o to hell 8ENN' 7as the #uppie scum stomped Not counting the homeless 1ow man# tickets weren5t comped R03ER 7h# did .u""# -8ENN' Alison R03ER .iss the showF 8ENN' There was a death in the "amil# !" #ou must know AN3EL 7ho diedF 8ENN' 0ur Akita 8ENN'% .AR?% AN3EL% )0LL!NS E(ita 8ENN' .imi -- !5m surprised A $right and charming girl like #ou 1angs out with these slackers 97ho don5t adhere to deals: The# make "un -- #et !5m the one Attempting to do some good 0r do #ou reall# want a neigh$orhood 7here people piss on #our stoop e(er# nightF 8ohemia% 8ohemia5s A "allac# in #our head This is )alcutta 8ohemia is dead 9The 801E.!ANS immediatel# $egin to enact a mock "uneral% with .AR? deli(ering the Ieulog# I: .AR? Dearl# $elo(ed we gather here to sa# our good$#es )0LL!NS H R03ER Dies irae -- dies illa ?#rie eleison 'itgadal (5 #itkadash% etc .AR? 1ere she lies No one knew her worth The late great daughter o" mother earth

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0n this night when we cele$rate the $irth !n that little town o" 8ethlehem 7e raise our glass -- #ou $et #our ass to -9.A*REEN "lashes hers : La (ie 8oheme ALL La (ie La (ie La (ie La (ie 8oheme 8oheme 8oheme 8oheme

.AR? To da#s o" inspiration Ala#ing hookie% making something out o" nothing The need to e&press -To communicate% To going against the grain% 3oing insane 3oing mad To lo(ing tension% no pension To more than one dimension% To star(ing "or attention% 1ating con(ention% hating pretension Not to mention o" course% 1ating dear old mom and dad To riding #our $ike% .idda# past the three piece suits To "ruits -- to no a$solutes -To A$solut -- to choice -To the -illage -oice -To an# passing "ad ALL La (ie 8oheme La (ie 8oheme 9J0ANNE enters : .A*REEN !s the eJuipment in a p#ramidF J0ANNE !t is% .aureen .A*REEN The mi&er doesn5t ha(e a case Don5t gi(e me that "ace 9.A*REEN smacks J0ANNE5s ass as she e&its .R 3RE' Ahhemm .A*REEN 1e# .ister -- she5s m# sister RESTA*RANT .AN So that5s "i(e miso soup% "our seaweed salad Three so# $urger dinner% two to"u dog platter And one pasta with meatless $alls A 80' *gh )0LL!NS !t tastes the same .!.! !" #ou close #our e#es .R 3RE' reacts :

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RESTA*RANT .AN And thirteen orders o" "ries !s that it hereF ALL 7ine and $eerE .!.! H AN3EL To hand-cra"ted $eers made in local $reweries To #oga% to #ogurt% to rice and $eans and cheese To leather% to dildos% to curr# (indaloo To hue(os rancheros and .a#a Angelou .A*REEN H )0LL!NS Emotion% de(otion% to causing a commotion )reation% (acation .AR? .ucho mastur$ation .A*REEN H )0LL!NS )ompassion% to "ashion% to passion when it5s new )0LL!NS To Sontag AN3EL To Sondheim 60*R AE0ALE To an#thing ta$oo )0LL!NS H R03ER 3ins$erg% D#lan% )unningham and )age )0LL!NS Lenn# 8ruce R03ER Langston 1ughes .A*REEN To the stage AERS0N +, To *ta AERS0N +/ To 8uddha AERS0N +2 Aa$lo Neruda% too .AR? H .!.! 7h# Doroth# and Toto went o(er the rain$ow To $low o"" Auntie Em ALL La (ie 8oheme 9J0ANNE returns : .A*REEN And wipe the speakers o"" $e"ore #ou pack J0ANNE 'es% .aureen .A*REEN 7ell -- hurr# $ack 9.A*REEN and J0ANNE kiss :

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.R 3RE' SistersF .A*REEN 7e5re close 9AN3EL @umps on top o" )0LL!NS% who5s on the ta$le AN3EL% )0LL!NS% .A*REEN% .AR?% .R 8rothersE 3RE' The# kiss :

.AR?% AN3EL% .!.! H T1REE 0T1ERS 8ise&uals% trise&uals% homo sapiens% )arcinogens% hallucinogens% men% Aee 7ee 1erman 3erman wine% turpentine% 3ertrude Stein Antonioni% 8ertolucci% ?urosawa )armina 8urana ALL To apath#% to entrop#% to empath#% ecstas# -acla( 1a(el -- The Se& Aistols% M8)% To no shame -- ne(er pla#ing the 6ame 3ame )0LL!NS To mari@uana ALL To sodom#% !t5s $etween 3od and me To S H . 9.R 3RE' walks out : 7aiter 7aiter

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ALL La (ie 8oheme )0LL!NS !n honor o" the death o" 8ohemia an impromptu salon will commence immediatel# "ollowing dinner .imi .arJueD% clad onl# in $u$$le wrap% will per"orm her "amous lawn chair-handcu"" dance to the sounds o" iced tea $eing stirred R03ER .ark )ohen will pre(iew his new documentar# a$out his ina$ilit# to hold an erection on high hol# da#s 9R03ER picks up an electric guitar and starts to tune it : .AR? .aureen Johnson% $ack "rom her spectacular one-night engagement at the ele(enth street lot% 7ill sing nati(e american tri$al chants $ackwards through her (ocoder% 7hile accompan#ing hersel" on the electric cello -7hich she has ne(er studied 9At this point% J0ANNE has entered and seen .A*REEN pla#"ull# kiss .AR? e&its 8ENN' pulls .!.! aside : 8ENN' 'our new $o#"riend doesn5t know a$out usF .!.! There5s nothing to know 8ENN' Don5t #ou think that we should discuss -.!.! !t was three months ago J0ANNE

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8ENN' 1e doesn5t act like he5s with #ou .!.! 7e5re taking it slow 8ENN' 7here is he nowF .!.! 1e5s right -- hmm 8ENN' *h huh .!.! 7here5d he goF .AR? Roger will attempt to write a $ittersweet% e(ocati(e song 9R03ER picks up a guitar and pla#s .usetta5s Theme : That doesn5t remind us o" I.usetta5s 7altDI )0LL!NS Angel Dumott Schunard will now model the latest "all "ashions "rom Aaris 7hile accompan#ing hersel" on the ,N gallon plastic pickle tu$ AN3EL And )ollins will recount his e&ploits as an anarchist -!ncluding the success"ul reprogramming o" the . ! T (irtual realit# eJuipment To sel"-destruct% as it $roadcast the words: ALL IActual realit# -- Act *p -- 6ight A!DSI 8ENN' )heckEE 98ENN' e&its Lights on .!.! and R03ER :

.!.! E&cuse me -- did ! do something wrongF ! get in(ited -- then ignored -- all night long R03ER !5(e $een tr#ing -- !5m not l#ing No one5s per"ect !5(e got $aggage .!.! Li"e5s too short% $a$e% time is "l#ing !5m looking "or $aggage that goes with mine R03ER ! should tell% #ou -.!.! !5(e got $aggage too R03ER ! should tell #ou -.!.! ! got $aggage% too R03ER ! should tell #ou -80T1 8aggage - wine -0T1ERS And $eerE

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9Se(eral $eepers sound .!.! AGT $reak

Each turns o"" his or her $eeper :

9.!.!% R03ER% AN3EL% and )0LL!NS take pills : R03ER 'ouF .!.! .e 'ouF R03ER .imi 9The# hold hands and stare into each other5s e#es lo(ingl# compan# "reeDes : ! S10*LD TELL '0* R03ER ! should tell #ou !5m disaster ! "orget how to $egin it .!.! Let5s @ust make this part go "aster ! ha(e #et -- to $e in it ! should tell #ou R03ER ! should tell #ou .!.! ! should tell #ou R03ER ! should tell #ou .!.! ! should tell ! $lew the candle out Just to get $ack in R03ER !5d "orgotten how to smile *ntil #our candle $urned m# skin .!.! ! should tell #ou R03ER ! should tell #ou .!.! ! should tell #ou 80T1 ! should tell 7ell% here we go Now we -.!.! 0h no R03ER ! know -- this something is 1ere goes -.!.! 1ere goes R03ER The rest o" the

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3uess so !t5s starting to --7ho knowsF .!.! 7ho knows 80T1 7ho knows where 7ho goes there 7ho knows 1ere goes Trusting desire -- starting to learn 7alking through "ire without a $urn )linging -- a shoulder% a leap $egins Stinging and older% asleep on pins So here we go Now we -R03ER 0h no .!.! ! know R03ER 0h no 80T1 7ho knows 1ere goes 1ere goes 1ere goes where -- who goes there -- here goes -- here goes -- here goes

LA -!E 801E.E 8 9R03ER and .!.! e&it .A*REEN Are we packedF J0ANNE 'es and $# ne&t week ! want #ou to $e .A*REEN AookieF J0ANNE And #ou should see The#5(e padlocked #our $uilding And the#5re rioting on A(enue 8 8enn# called the cops .A*REEN That "uckE J0ANNE The# don5t know what the#5re doing The cops are sweeping the lot 8ut no one5s lea(ing The#5re @ust sitting there% mooingE ALL 'eahEEE 9Aandemonium erupts in the restaurant : To danceE A 3!RL No wa# to make a li(ing% masochism% pain% per"ection .uscle spasms% chiropractors% short careers% eating disordersE J0ANNE reenters% o$(iousl# steamed :

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ALL 6ilmE .AR? Ad(enture% tedium% no "amil#% $oring locations% Dark rooms% per"ect "aces% egos% mone#% 1oll#wood and sleaDeE ALL .usicE AN3EL 6ood o" lo(e% emotion% mathematics% isolation% Rh#thm% "eeling% power% harmon#% and hea(# competitionE ALL Anarch#E )0LL!NS H .A*REEN Re(olution% @ustice% screaming "or solutions% 6orcing changes% risk% and danger .aking noise and making pleasE ALL To "aggots% leDDies% d#kes% cross dressers too .A*REEN To me .AR? To me )0LL!NS H AN3EL To me ALL To #ou% and #ou and #ou% #ou and #ou To people li(ing with% li(ing with% li(ing with Not d#ing "rom disease Let he among us without sin 8e the "irst to condemn La (ie 8oheme La (ie 8oheme La (ie 8oheme .AR? An#one out o" the mainstream !s an#one in the mainstreamF An#one ali(e--with a se& dri(e 0T1ERS La (ie $oheme La (ie $oheme La (ie $oheme .AR? Tear down the wall Aren5t we allF The opposite o" war isn5t peace !t5s creationE ALL La (ie 8oheme .AR? The riot continues The )hristmas tree goes up in "lames .imi and Roger share a small% lo(el# kiss ALL -i(a la (ie 8ohemeE The snow dances 0$li(ious%

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Act !! 9The )0.AAN' enters "rom all directions and "orms a line across the apron o" the stage : SEAS0NS 06 L0-E )0.AAN' 6i(e hundred twent#-"i(e thousand si& hundred minutes 6i(e hundred twent#-"i(e thousand moments so dear 6i(e hundred twent#-"i(e thousand si& hundred minutes 1ow do #ou measure -- measure a #earF !n !n !n !n da#lights -- !n sunsets midnights -- !n cups o" co""ee inches -- !n miles laughter -- !n stri"e

!n -- 6i(e hundred twent#-"i(e thousand si& hundred minutes 1ow do #ou measure a #ear in the li"eF 1ow a$out lo(eF 1ow a$out lo(eF 1ow a$out lo(eF .easure in lo(e Seasons o" lo(e Seasons o" lo(e S0L0!ST +, 6i(e hundred twent#-"i(e thousand si& hundred minutes 6i(e hundred twent#-"i(e thousand Journe#s to plan 6i(e hundred twent#-"i(e thousand si& hundred minutes 1ow do #ou measure the li"e 0" a woman or a manF S0L0!ST +/ !n truths that she learned 0r in times that he cried !n $ridges he $urned 0r the wa# that she died ALL !t5s time now - to sing out Tho5 the stor# ne(er ends Let5s cele$rate Remem$er a #ear in the li"e o" "riends Remem$er the lo(e Remem$er the lo(e Remem$er the lo(e .easure in lo(e S0L0!ST +, .easure% measure #our li"e in lo(e Seasons o" lo(e Seasons o" lo(e 1AAA' NE7 'EAR 9New 'ear5s E(e The scene opens on the street outside the apartment l#ing on its end% ser(es as the door : .AR? 9carr#ing mock door: Aan to the padlocked door $uilding part# New 'ear5s Rocking E(e 0ne ta$le%

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1ow long till ne&t #earF R03ER Three and hal" minutes .!.! !5m gi(ing up m# (ices !5m going $ack -- $ack to school E(iction or not This week5s $een so hot That long as !5(e got #ou ! know !5ll $e cool ! couldn5t crack the lo(e code% dear 5Til #ou made the lock on m# heart e&plode !t5s gonna $e a happ# new #ear A happ# new #ear 9.AR? enters the scene : .AR? )oast is clear 'ou5re supposed to $e working That5s "or midnight 7here are the#F There isn5t much time .!.! .a#$e the#5re dressing ! mean what does one wear that5s apropos 6or a part# -- that5s also a crime 9.A*REEN enters wearing a skintight Icat $urgularI suit and carr#ing a $ag o" potato chips : .A*REEN )hips% an#oneF .AR? 'ou can take the girl out o" 1icks(ille 8ut #ou can5t take the 1icks(ille out o" the girl .A*REEN .# riot got #ou on T! deser(e a ro#alt# .!.! 8e nice #ou two 0r no god aw"ul champagne 9.A*REEN takes out a cellular phone and dials : .A*REEN Don5t mind i" ! do No luckF R03ER 8olted pl#wood% padlocked with a chain A total dead end .A*REEN Just like m# e&-girl"riend 9on cellular phone: 1one# F ! know #ou5re there Alease pick up the phone Are #ou oka#F !t5s not "unn# !t5s not "air 1ow can ! atoneF Are #ou oka#F ! lose control 8ut ! can learn to $eha(e

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3i(e me one more chance Let me $e #our sla(e !5ll kiss #our Doc .artens Let me kiss #our Doc .artens 'our e(er# wish ! will o$e# 9J0ANNE enters: J0ANNE That might $e oka# Down girl 1eel sta# ! did a $it o" research 7ith m# "riends at legal aid Technicall#% #ou5re sJuatters There5s hope 8ut @ust in case 9J0ANNE whips out : .AR? H J0ANNE RopeE .AR? 9pointing o"": 7e can hoist a line -J0ANNE To the "ire escape -.AR? And tie o"" at .AR? H J0ANNE That $enchE .A*REEN ! can5t take them as chums J0ANNE Start hoisting wench

9All three cross upstage and attempt to throw up the length o" rope o(er a plank R03ER and .!.! are laughing and holding each other : R03ER ! think ! should $e laughing 'et ! "orget 6orget how to $egin !5m "eeling something inside And #et ! still can5t decide !" ! should hide 0r make a wide open grin Last week ! wanted @ust to disappear .# li"e was dust 8ut now it @ust ma# $e a happ# new #ear A happ# new #ear 9)0LL!NS enters with AN3EL )0LL!NS% dressed in $lack and wearing sunglasses% carries a $ottle o" champagne AN3EL wears a plastic dress and $londe wig: a small $lowtorch is slung o(er his shoulder : )0LL!NS 8ond -- James 8ond AN3EL And Auss# 3alore -- in person .!.! Auss# -- #ou came prepared AN3EL ! was a $o# scout once And a $rownie

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5Til some $rat got scared )0LL!NS 9to .!.!: AhaE .one#penn# -- m# martiniE .!.! 7ill $ad champagne doF R03ER That5s shaken -- not stirred )0LL!NS Auss# -- the $olts 9)0LL!NS takes a swig o" champagne as AN3EL gra$s the $lowtorch : AN3EL Just sa# the wordE 9AN3EL turns on the $lowtorch : .!.! Two minutes le"t to e&ecute our plan )0LL!NS 7here5s e(er#one elseF R03ER Ala#ing Spiderman .AR? !ronic close up: tight 0n the phone machine5s red light 0nce the 8oho $o#s are gone The power m#steriousl# comes on -0!)E .A!N +2 9Lights up on .RS )01EN% who5s standing on a chair and holding up a phone :

.RS )01EN .ark% it5s the wicked witch o" the west #our mother 1app# new #ear "rom Scarsdale 7e5re all impressed that the riot "ootage .ade the nightl# news E(en #our "ather sa#s .aDelto( 1one# -- call him Lo(e% .om 9.RS )01EN% stepping o"" the chair% passes the phone to ALEL! DARL!N3 :

ALEL! DARL!N3 9on the chair: .ark )ohen Ale&i Darling "rom 8uDDline .AR? 0h% that show5s so sleaD# ALEL! DARL!N3 'our "ootage on the riots: A-one 6eature segment -- network -- dealtime !5m sending #ou a contract ?er-ching ker-ching .ark# gi(e us a call OPN-42N, 0r at home tr# MB2-BP;4 0r -- m# cell phone at O,O-PB2-NNON 0r -- #ou can e-mail me At Darling Ale&i Newscom dot net 0r -- #ou can page me at -98eeeepE:

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1AAA' NE7 'EAR 8 .A*REEN ! think we need an agentE .AR? 7eF J0ANNE That5s selling out .AR? 8ut it5s nice to dream .A*REEN 'eah -- it5s network TAnd it5s all thanks to me .AR? Somehow ! think ! smell The whi"" o" a scheme J0ANNE .e too .A*REEN 7e can plan another protest J0ANNE 7eFE .A*REEN This time #ou can shoot "rom the start 'ou5ll direct 9to J0ANNE: Starring meE 9Lights shi"t $ack to downstairs : ALL ;% 4% 2 0pen sesameEE 9The door "alls awa#% re(ealing .AR?% J0ANNE% and .A*REEN : 1app# new #ear 1app# new #ear 1app# new 8ENN' 9entering: ! see that #ou5(e $eaten me to the punch R03ER 1ow did #ou know we5d $e hereF 8ENN' ! had a hunch .AR? 'ou5re not madF 8ENN' !5m here to end this war !t5s a shame #ou went and destro#ed the door .!.! 7h# all the sudden the $ig a$out "ace 8ENN' The credit is #ours 'ou made a good case R03ER 7hat caseF 8ENN' .imi came to see me 9to .AR?:

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And she had much to sa# .!.! That5s not how #ou put it at all #esterda# 8ENN' ! couldn5t stop thinking a$out the whole mess .ark -- #ou want to get this on "ilm .AR? 9picking up his camera: ! guess 8ENN' ! regret the unluck# circumstances 0" the past se(en da#s R03ER )ircumstanceF 'ou padlocked our door 8ENN' And it5s with great pleasure 0n $ehal" o" )#$erArts That ! hand #ou this ke# 98ENN' hands him the ke# : AN3EL 3ol" claps 9The# o$lige : .AR? ! ha(e no @uice in m# $atter# 8ENN' Reshoot R03ER ! see -- this is a photo opportunit# .A*REEN The $ene(olent god *shers the poor artists $ack to their "lat 7ere #ou planning on taking down the $ar$ed wire 6rom the lot% tooF R03ER An#thing $ut thatE 8ENN' )learing the lot was a sa"et# concern 7e $reak ground this month 8ut #ou can return .A*REEN That5s wh# #ou5re here with people #ou hate !nstead o" with .u""# at .u""#5s estate 8ENN' !5d honestl# rather $e with #ou tonight than in 7estport -R03ER Spare us old sport% the sound$ite 8ENN' .imi -- since #our was are so seducti(e .!.! 'ou came on to meE 8ENN' Aersuade him not to $e so counterproducti(e R03ER LiarE

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8ENN' 7h# not tell them what #ou wore to m# placeF .!.! ! was on m# wa# to work 8ENN' 8lack leather and laceE .# desk was a mess ! think !5m still sore .!.! )ause ! kicked him and told him ! wasn5t his whoreE 8ENN' Does #our $o#"riend know 7ho #our last $o#"riend wasF R03ER !5m not her $o#"riend ! don5t care what she does AN3EL AeopleE !s this an# wa# to start a new #earF 1a(e compassion 8enn# @ust lost his cat 8ENN' .# dog -- $ut ! appreciate that AN3EL .# cat had a "all And ! went through hell 8ENN' !t5s like losing a -1ow did #ou know that she "ellF )0LL!NS 91ands 8ENN' a glass o" champagne: )hampagneF 8ENN' Don5t mind i" ! do To dogsE ALL 8*T 8ENN' No% 8enn# -- To #ouE AN3EL Let5s make a resolution .!.! !5ll drink to that )0LL!NS Let5s alwa#s sta# "riends J0ANNE Tho5 we ma# ha(e our disputes .A*REEN This "amil# tree5s got deep roots .AR? 6riendship is thicker than $lood R03ER That depends .!.! Depends on trust

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R03ER Depends on true de(otion J0ANNE Depends on lo(e .AR? 9to R03ER: Depends on not den#ing emotion R03ER Aerhaps ALL !t5s gonna $e a happ# new #ear R03ER ! guess ALL !t5s gonna $e a happ# new #ear R03ER 'ou5re right 9AN3EL $rings R03ER and .!.! together R03ER : AN3EL !t5s gonna $e a happ# new #ear R03ER H .!.! !5m sorr# R03ER )omingF .!.! !n a minute -- !5m "ine -- go 9R03ER kisses .!.! and e&its T1E .AN appears : AN3EL and others mo(e awa# "rom .!.! and

T1E .AN 7ell% well% well 7hat ha(e we hereF 91e walks o(er to .!.! and holds out a small plastic $ag o" white powder : !t5s gonna $e a happ# new #ear There% there etc 96ade out : TA?E .E 0R LEA-E .E 9An# location and Joanne5s lo"t: .AR? -alentine5s Da# Aan across the empt# lot Roger5s down at .imi5s% where he5s $een "or almost two months now -- although he keeps talking a$out selling his guitar and heading out o" town Still @ealous o" 8enn# 3od knows where )ollins and Angel are )ould $e that new Shant# Town near the ri(er or a suite at the AlaDa .aureen and Joanne are rehearsing J0ANNE ! said once more "rom the topE .A*REEN ! said noE .AR? That is% i" the#5re speaking this week 9Lights up on the scene : J0ANNE The line is 5)#$er Arts and its corporate sponsor% 3re# )ommunications% would like .eF !5m here Nowhere

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to mitigate the )hristmas E(e riots 5 7hat is so di""icult .A*REEN !t @ust doesn5t roll o"" m# tongue J0ANNE 'ou -- dressed as a ground hog .A*REEN !t5s a metaphorE J0ANNE 7ell% it5s less than $rilliantE .A*REEN That5s it% .s J0ANNE 7hatFE !(# LeagueE ! like m# (ersion E

To protest the ground $reakingE

.A*REEN E(er since New 'ear5s% ! ha(en5t said $oo ! let #ou direct% ! didn5t pierce m# nipples $ecause it grossed #ou outE ! didn5t sta and dance at the )lit )lu$ that night% 5cause #ou wanted to go home J0ANNE 'ou were "lirting with the woman in ru$$erE .A*REEN That5s what this is a$outEF There will alwa#s $e women in ru$$er% "lirting with me 3imme a $reak E(er# single da# ! walk down the street ! hear people sa#% I8a$#5s so sweetI E(er since pu$ert# E(er#$od# stares at me 8o#s - girls ! can5t can5t help it $a$# So $e kind Don5t lose #our mind Just remem$er that !5m #our $a$# Take me "or what ! am 7ho ! was meant to $e And i" #ou gi(e a damn Take me $a$# or lea(e me Take me $a$# or lea(e me A tiger in a cage )an ne(er see the sun This di(a needs her stage 8a$# - let5s ha(e "unE 'ou are the one ! choose 6olks5d kill to "ill #our shoes 'ou lo(e the limelight too% $a$# So $e mine 0r don5t waste m# time )r#in5 -- I1one#$ear -- are #ou still m# $a$#FI Take me "or what ! am 7ho ! was meant to $e And i" #ou gi(e a damn Take me $a$# or lea(e me No wa# -- can ! $e what !5m not 8ut he# -- don5t #ou want #our girl hotE Don5t "ight -- don5t lose #our head )ause e(er# night -- who5s in #our $edF 7ho5s in #our $ed% $a$#F 9Aouts in J0ANNE5s direction: ?iss% Aookie

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J0ANNE !t won5t work ! look $e"ore ! leap ! lo(e margins and discipline ! make lists in m# sleep 8a$# what5s m# sinF Ne(er Juit -- ! "ollow through ! hate mess -- $ut ! lo(e #ou 7hat to do 7ith m# impromptu $a$#F So $e wise This girl satis"ies 'ou5(e got a priDe 8ut don5t compromise 'ou5re one luck# $a$# Take me "or what ! am .A*REEN A control "reak J0ANNE 7ho ! was meant to $e .A*REEN A sno$ -- #et o(er-attenti(e J0ANNE And i" #ou gi(e a damn .A*REEN A lo(a$le% droll geek J0ANNE Take me $a$# or lea(e me .A*REEN And anal retenti(e 80T1 That5s itE J0ANNE The straw that $reaks m# $ack 80T1 ! Juit J0ANNE *nless #ou take it $ack 80T1 7omen .A*REEN 7hat is it a$out themF 80T1 )an5t li(e -7ith them -0r without themE Take me "or what ! am 7ho ! was meant to $e And i" #ou gi(e a damn Take me $a$# or lea(e me Take me $a$# 0r lea(e me 3uess !5m lea(in5 !5m goneE 9The# $oth sit :

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SEAS0NS 06 L0-E 8 )0.AAN' !n diapers -- report cards !n spoke wheels -- in speeding tickets !n contracts -- dollars !n "unerals -- in $irths !n -- "i(e hundred twent#-"i(e thousand si& hundred minutes 1ow do #ou "igure A last #ear on earthF 6igure in lo(e 6igure in lo(e 6igure in lo(e .easure in lo(e Seasons o" lo(e Seasons o" lo(e 7!T10*T '0* 9.imi5s apartment: 9Three $eds appear downstage 0ne% a hospital $ed% is occupied $# AN3EL R03ER sits on another% J0ANNE on the third .!.! approaches R03ER% and then appears to $e in a hurr# : R03ER 7here were #ouF .!.! !5m sorr# !5m late R03ER 9interrupting: ! know 'ou lost #our ke#s No% #ou went "or a walkC #ou had to help #our mother 9As he picks up the guitar: And how5s 8enn#F !5m gonna work upstairs tonight .!.! 7ait ! should tell #ou ! should Ne(er mind R03ER 1app# Spring 9R03ER e&its .!.! pulls out a @ust-purchased stash and angril# "lings it across the room As she sings the "ollowing% a st#liDed Imusical $edsI is choreographed around herC during the $ridge o" the song% )0LL!NS carries AN3EL "rom the hospital $ed and R03ER takes his place 8# the end o" the song% .A*REEN and J0ANNE are reunited% as are R03ER and .!.! )0LL!NS and AN3EL ha(e lain down together% where AN3EL dies : .!.! 7ithout #ou The ground thaws The rain "alls The grass grows 7ithout #ou The seeds root The "lowers $loom The children pla# The stars gleam The poets dream The eagles "l# 7ithout #ou The earth turns The sun $urns 8ut ! die 7ithout #ou 7ithout #ou

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The $reeDe warms The girl smiles The cloud mo(es 7ithout #ou The tides change The $o#s run The oceans crash The crowds roar The da#s soar The $a$ies cr# 7ithout #ou The moon glows The ri(er "lows 8ut ! die 7ithout #ou R03ER The world re(i(es .!.! )olors renew 80T1 8ut ! know $lue 0nl# $lue Lonel# $lue 7ithin me% $lue 7ithout #ou .!.! 7ithout #ou The hand gropes The ear hears The pulse $eats R03ER 7ithout #ou The e#es gaDe The legs walk The lungs $reathe 80T1 The mind churns The heart #earns The tears dr# 7ithout #ou Li"e goes on 8ut !5m gone )ause ! die R03ER 7ithout #ou .!.! 7ithout #ou R03ER 7ithout #ou 80T1 7ithout #ou -0!)E .A!L +4 9The lo"t The phone rings :

R03ER H .AR?5S ANS7ER!N3 .A)1!NE ISpeakI 9I8eeeepEI: ALEL! DARL!N3

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.ark )ohen La$or Da# weekend !n East 1ampton 0n the $each Just saw Alec 8aldwin Told him #ou sa# hi Just kidding 7e still need directors 'ou still need mone# 'ou know #ou need mone# Aick up the phone Don5t $e a"raid o" ker-ching ker-ching .ark# -- sell us #our soul Just kidding 7e5re waiting )0NTA)T 9-arious "antas# $ed locales: 9The )0.AAN' "orms two main groups As the music $egins% a group o" dancers start a sensual li"e and death dance% while a group o" actors gather around a ta$le centerstage to speak words o" passion which punctuate the dancing E(entuall#% the actors con(erge on the ta$le and co(er themsel(es with a white sheet% while mo(ing to the music : 3R0*A A 9R03ER% .AR?% J0ANNE% 8ENN': 1ot-hot-hot-sweat-sweet 7et-wet-wet-red-heat 1ot-hot-hot-sweat-sweet 7et-wet-wet-red-heat Alease don5t stop please Alease don5t stop stop Stop stop stop don5t Alease please please please 1ot-hot-hot-sweat-sweet 7et-wet-wet-red-heat Stick#-lick#-trickle-tickle Steam#-cream#-stroking-soaking 3R0*A 8 9.!.!% )0LL!NS% .A*REEN% AN3EL: 1ot-hot-hot-sweat-sweet 7et-wet-wet-red-heat )0LL!NS TouchE .A*REEN TasteE .!.! DeepE )0LL!NS DarkE .A*REEN ?issE )0LL!NS 8egE .!.! SlapE .!.!% .A*REEN H )0LL!NS 6earE )0LL!NS ThickE )0LL!NS% .!.! H .A*REEN Red% red Red% red

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Red% red -- please .A*REEN 1arder AN3EL 6aster .A*REEN 7etter .!.! 8astardE )0LL!NS 'ou whoreE .A*REEN 'ou canni$alE .!.! H AN3EL .oreE .A*REEN 'ou animalE .A*REEN% )0LL!NS H .!.! 6luid no "luid no contact #es No contact ALL 6ire "ire $urn--$urn #esE No late& ru$$er ru$$er 6ire late& ru$$er late& $ummer Lo(er $ummer 9The music e&plodes into a "e(ered rh#thmic heat as AN3EL is re(ealed in a lone spotlight% dancing wildl# : AN3EL Take me Take me Toda# "or #ou Tomorrow "or me Toda# me Tomorrow #ou Tomorrow #ou Lo(e #ou Lo(e #ou ! lo(e 'ou ! lo(e 'ouE Take me Take me ! lo(e #ou 9The music dies as AN3EL (anishes : R03ER5S -0!)E *m J0ANNE5S -0!)E 7ait .!.!5S -0!)E Slipped )0LL!NS5 -0!)E Shit J0ANNE5S -0!)E 0wE

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R03ER5S -0!)E 7here5d it goF .!.!5S -0!)E Sa"e )0LL!NS5 -0!)E Damn .A*REEN5S -0!)E ! think ! missed Don5t get pissed ALL !t was $ad "or me -- was it $ad "or #ouF J0ANNE !t5s o(er .A*REEN !t5s o(er R03ER !t5s o(er .!.! !t5s o(er )0LL!NS !t5s o(er !5ll )0-ER '0* 9REAR!SE: 9!n a church Angel5s memorial:

.!.! Angel was one o" m# closest "riends !t5s right that it5s 1alloween% $ecause it was her "a(orite holida# ! knew we5d hit it o"" "rom the moment we met That skin head was $othering her% and she said she was more o" a man than he5d e(er $e% and more o" a woman than he5d e(er get .AR? and then there was that time that he walked up to this group o" tourists and% the# were petri"ied% $ecause% a: the# were o$(iousl# lost% and $: the# had pro$a$l# ne(er spoken to a drag Jueen $e"ore in their li(es and he she @ust o""ered to escort them out o" Alpha$et )it#% and then she let them take a picture with her% and then she said she5d help 5em "ind the )ircle Line .A*REEN so much more original then an# o" us #ou5d "ind an old ta$le cloth on the street and make a dress and ne&t #ear% sure enough -- the#5d $e mass producing them at the 3ap 'ou alwa#s said how luck# #ou were that we were all "riends 8ut it was us% $a$#% who were the luck# ones )0LL!NS Li(e in m# house !5ll $e #our shelter Just pa# me $ack 7ith one thousand kisses 8e m# lo(er And !5ll co(er #ou 0pen #our door -- !5ll $e #our tenant Don5t got much $aggage to la# at #our "eet 8ut sweet kisses !5(e got to spare !5ll $e there -- !5ll co(er #ou ! think the# meant it 7hen the# said #ou can5t $u# lo(e Now ! know #ou can rent it A new lease #ou were% m# lo(e% on li"e All m# li"e !5(e longed to disco(er Something as true As this is

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9The "ollowing is sung simultaneousl# : J0ANNE H S0L0!ST So with a thousand sweet kisses !5ll co(er #ou with a thousand sweet kisses !5ll co(er #ou with a thousand sweet kisses !5ll co(er #ou iwht a thousand sweet kisses !5ll co(er #ou )0LL!NS !" #ou5re cold and #ou5re lonel# 'ou5(e got one nickel onl# 7hen #ou5re worn out and tired 7hen #our heart has e&pired )0.AAN' 6i(e hundred twent#-"i(e 6i(e hundred twent#-"i(e 6i(e hundred twent#-"i(e 6i(e hundred twent#-"i(e 0h lo(er !5ll co(er #ou 0h lo(er !5ll co(er #ou )0LL!NS H )0.AAN' 0h lo(er !5ll co(er #ou 0h lo(er )0LL!NS !5ll co(er #ou )0.AAN' 6i(e hundred twent#-"i(e thousand si& hundred minutes 6i(e hundred twent#-"i(e thousand seasons o" lo(e )0LL!NS !5ll co(er #ou 1ALL07EEN 90utside the church: .AR? 90n the pa# phone: 1i !t5s .ark )ohen !s Ale&i thereF No% don5t $other her Just tell her !5m running a little late "or our appointment 'es% !5m still coming 'es% ! signed the contract Thanks 1ow did we get hereF 1ow the hell Aan le"t -- close on the steeple o" the church 1ow did ! get hereF 1ow the hell )hristmas )hristmas E(e -- last #ear 1ow could a night so "roDen $e so scalding hotF 1ow can a morning this mild $e so rawF 7h# are entire #ears strewn 0n the cutting room "loor o" memor# 7hen single "rames "rom one magic night 6ore(er "licker in close-up 0n the 2D !ma& o" m# mind That5s poetic That5s pathetic 7h# did .imi knock on Roger5s door And )ollins choose that phone $ooth 8ack where Angel set up his drums 7h# did .aureen5s eJuipment $reak down 7h# am ! the witness And when ! capture it on "ilm 7ill it mean that it5s the end And !5m alone thousand thousand thousand thousand si& si& si& si& hundred hundred hundred hundred minutes moments so dear minutes -- measure a #ear

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300D8'E L0-E 9The AR!N)!AALS emerge "rom the church : .!.! 9to R03ER: !t5s true #ou sold #our guitar and $ought a carF R03ER !t5s true -- !5m lea(ing now "or Santa 6e !t5s true #ou5re with this #uppie scumF 8ENN' 'ou said #ou5d ne(er speak to him again .!.! Not now .A*REEN 7ho said that #ou ha(e an# sa# !n who she sa#s things to at allF R03ER 'eahE J0ANNE 7ho said that #ou should Stick #our nose in other people5s .A*REEN 7ho said ! was talking to #ouF J0ANNE 7e used to ha(e this "ight each night .AR? )alm down J0ANNE She5d ne(er admit ! e&isted .AR? E(er#one pleaseE .!.! 1e was the same wa# -- he was alwa#s IRun awa# -- hit the road Don5t commitI -- #ou5re "ull o" shit J0ANNE She5s in denial .!.! 1e5s in denial J0ANNE Didn5t gi(e an inch 7hen ! ga(e a mile .AR? )ome on .!.! ! ga(e a mile R03ER 3a(e a mile to whoF .AR? H 8ENN' )ome on gu#s chillE .!.! H J0ANNE !5d $e happ# to die "or a taste o" what Angel had

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Someone to li(e "or -- una"raid to sa# ! lo(e #ou R03ER All #our words are nice .imi 8ut lo(e5s not a three wa# street 'ou5ll ne(er share real lo(e *ntil #ou lo(e #oursel" -- ! should know )0LL!NS 'ou all said #ou5d $e cool toda# So please -- "or m# sake ! can5t $elie(e he5s gone 9to R03ER: ! can5t $elie(e #ou5re going ! can5t $elie(e this "amil# must die Angel helped us $elie(e in lo(e ! can5t $elie(e #ou disagree ALL ! can5t $elie(e this is good$#e 9.A*REEN and J0ANNE look at each other : .A*REEN Aookie J0ANNE 1one#$ear 9The# em$race : J0ANNE ! missed #ou .A*REEN ! missed #our smell J0ANNE ! missed #our mouth 'our

9The# kiss% $ut .A*REEN pulls awa# : .A*REEN 0wE J0ANNE 7hatF .A*REEN Nothing% Aookie J0ANNE No% $a$#% #ou said ow .A*REEN 7ell% #ou $it m# tongue J0ANNE No% ! didn5t .A*REEN 'ou did -- !5m $leeding J0ANNE No% it isn5t .A*REEN ! think ! should know J0ANNE Let me see-.A*REEN She doesn5t $elie(e meE 7hatF

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J0ANNE ! was onl# tr#ing to 9The# laugh% hug% and wa(e good$#e% e&iting stage right church emerges on the a$o(e : AAST0R Thomas 8 )0LL!NS )oming 9The AAST0R e&its a$o(e and )0LL!NS e&its into the church 8ENN' stands o"" to the side as .!.! approaches R03ER% who turns awa# She hesitates $e"ore lea(ing with 8ENN' R03ER and .AR? are le"t alone : .AR? ! hear there are great restaurants out west R03ER Some o" the $est 1ow could sheF )ollins The AAST0R "rom the

.AR? 1ow could #ou let her goF R03ER 'ou @ust don5t know 1ow could we lose AngelF

.AR? .a#$e #ou5ll see wh# when #ou stop escaping #our pain At least now i" #ou tr# -- Angel5s death won5t $e in (ain R03ER 1is death is in (ain 9.!.! reappears up le"t% in the shadows con(ersation : .AR? Are #ou insaneF There so much to care a$out There5s me -- there5s .imi R03ER .imi5s got her $aggage% too .AR? So do #ou R03ER 7ho are #ou to tell me what ! know% what to do .AR? A "riend R03ER 8ut who% .ark% are #ouF I.ark has got his workI The# sa# I.ark li(es "or his workI And I.ark5s in lo(e with his workI .ark hides in his work .AR? 8ut "rom whatF R03ER 6rom "acing #our "ailure% "acing #our loneliness 6acing the "act #ou li(e a lie 'es% #ou li(e a lie -- tell #ou wh# 'ou5re alwa#s preaching not to $e num$ 7hen that5s how #ou thri(e 'ou pretend to create and o$ser(e 7hen #ou reall# detach "rom "eeling ali(e She o(erhears R03ER and .AR?5s

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.AR? Aerhaps it5s $ecause !5m the one o" us to sur(i(e R03ER Aoor $a$# .AR? .imi still lo(es Roger !s Roger reall# @ealous 0r a"raid that .imi5s weak R03ER .imi did look pale .AR? .imi5s gotten thin .imi5s running out o" time Roger5s running out the door R03ER No moreE 0h noE !5(e gotta go .AR? 1e#% "or some$od# who5s alwa#s $een let down 7ho5s heading out o" townF R03ER 6or someone who longs "or a communit# o" his own% 7ho5s with his camera% aloneF 9R03ER takes a step to go% then stops% turns : !5ll call ! hate the "all 9R03ER turns to go and sees .!.! : 'ou heardF .!.! E(er# word 'ou don5t want $aggage without li"etime guarantees 'ou don5t want to watch me die ! @ust came to sa# 3ood$#e% lo(e 3ood$#e% lo(e )ame to sa# good$#e% lo(e% good$#e .!.! Just came to sa# 3ood$#e lo(e 3ood$#e lo(e 3ood$#e lo(e 3ood$#eE R03ER 3lor# 0ne $laDe o" 3lor# 1a(e to "ind 9R03ER e&its 8ENN' returns .!.! steps awa# :

.!.! Alease don5t touch me *nderstand !5m scared ! need to go awa# .AR? ! know a place -- a clinic 8ENN' A reha$F

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.!.! .a#$e -- could #ouF 8ENN' !5ll pa# .!.! 3ood$#e lo(e 3ood$#e lo(e )ame to sa# good$#e% lo(e% good$#e Just came to sa# 3ood$#e lo(e 3ood$#e lo(e 3ood$#e lo(e 1ello disease 9.!.! runs awa# A"ter a moment% )0LL!NS Juic@kl# enters% with the AAST0R trailing $ehind him : AAST0R 0"" the premises now% we gi(e no handouts hereE .AR? 7hat happened to Rest !n AeaceFE AAST0R 0"" the premises% JueerE )0LL!NS That5s no wa# to send a $o# to meet his makerE The# had to know we couldn5t pa# the undertaker 8ENN' 9To )0LL!NS: Don5t #ou worr# 5$out him 9To AAST0R: 1e#% !5ll take care o" itE 9The AAST0R acknowledges 8ENN' and e&its : .AR? .ust $e nice to ha(e mone# ALL T1REE No shitE )0LL!NS ! think it5s onl# "air to tell #ou% #ou @ust paid "or the "uneral o" the person who killed #our dog 8ENN' ! know ! alwa#s hated that dog Let5s pa# him o""% and then get drunk .AR? ! can5t ! ha(e a meeting

8ENN' H )0LL!NS AunkE Let5s go 9)0LL!NS and 8ENN' e&it : .AR? 9imagining: 1i .ark )ohen here% reporting "or 8uDDline 8ack to #ou% Ale&iE )oming up ne&t% (ampire wel"are Jueens who are compulsi(e $owlers 0h m# 3od% what am ! doingF 71AT '0* 07N Don5t $reathe too deep Don5t think all da# Di(e into work Dri(e the other wa# That drip o" hurt That pint o" shame

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3oes awa# Just pla# the game 'ou5re li(ing in America At the end o" the millennium 'ou5re li(ing in America Lea(e #our conscience at the tone And when #ou5re li(ing in America At the end o" the millennium 'ou5re what #ou own 9Lights up on R03ER : R03ER The "ilmmaker cannot see .AR? And the songwriter cannot hear R03ER 'et ! see .imi e(er#where .AR? Angel5s (oice is in m# ear R03ER Just tighten those shoulders .AR? Just clench #our @aw till #ou "rown R03ER Just don5t let go 80T1 0r #ou ma# drown 'ou5re li(ing in America At the end o" the millennium 'ou5re li(ing in America 7here it5s like the Twilight Gone And when #ou5re li(ing in America At the end o" the millennium 'ou5re what #ou own So ! own not a notion ! escape and ape content ! don5t own emotion -- ! rent .AR? 7hat was it a$out that night R03ER 7hat was it a$out that night 80T1 )onnection -- in an isolating age .AR? 6or once the shadows ga(e wa# to light R03ER 6or once the shadows ga(e wa# to light 80T1 6or once ! didn5t disengage 9.AR? goes to the pa# phone and dials : .AR? Angel -- ! hear #ou -- ! hear it ! see it -- ! see it .# "ilmE R03ER

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.imi ! see #ou -- ! see it ! hear it -- ! hear it .# songE .AR? 9on the phone: Ale&i--.ark )all me a h#pocrite ! need to "inish m# own "ilm ! JuitE R03ER 0ne song--glor# .imi 'our e#es 80T1 D#ing in America At the end o" the millennium 7e5re d#ing in America To come into our own And when #ou5re d#ing in America At the end o" the millennium 'ou5re not alone !5m not alone !5m not alone 98lackout : -0!)E .A!L +; 9-arious locations: 9!n $lackout% once again the phone rings : R03ER H .AR?5S ANS7ER!N3 .A)1!NE ISpeak I 98eep: R03ER5S .0T1ER Roger% this is #our mother Roger% hone#% ! don5t get these postcards I.o(ing to Santa 6eI I8ack in New 'ork Starting a rock $andI Roger% where are #ouF -- Alease call 9The "ollowing is sung simultaneousl#: .!.!5S .0T1ER .imi% chica% donde estasF Tu mama esta llamando Donde estas .imi -- )all .R JE66ERS0N ?itten -- where(er are #ou -- )all .RS )01EN .ark -- are #ou there -- are #ou there ! don5t know i" he5s there 7e5re all here wishing #ou were here too 7here are #ou .ark are #ou there are #ou where are #ou .ark -- are #ou there -- are #ou there ! don5t know i" -- Alease call #our mother 6!NALE 9The lot and the lo"t: ALL SE-EN 10.ELESS )hristmas $ells are ringing )hristmas $ells are ringing )hristmas $ells are ringing 1ow time "lies 7hen compassion dies No stockings No cand# canes

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0NE 10.ELESS .AN ISant# )laus is comingI ALL )ause Sant# )laus ain5t coming No room at the 1olida# !nn -- again 7ell% ma#$e ne&t #ear -0r -- when 9Lights shi"t $ack to the lo"t is on a doll# : A small pro@ector rests on a milk crate% which

.AR? Decem$er /4th% ten p m Eastern standard time ! can5t $elie(e a #ear went $# so "ast Time to see what we ha(e time to see Turn the pro@ector on 9A rough title credit% IToda# 4 *: Aroo" Aositi(e%I appears% "ollowed $# a shot "rom last )hristmas o" R03ER tuning his guitar : 6irst shot Roger 7ith the "ender guitar he @ust got out o" hock 7hen he sold the car That took him awa# and $ack R03ER ! "ound m# song .AR? 1e "ound his song !" he could @ust "ind .imi R03ER ! tried -- #ou know ! tried 9.AR?5s image appears on-screen : .AR? 6ade in on .ark 7ho5s still in the dark R03ER 8ut he5s got great "ootage .AR? 7hich he5s cut together R03ER To screen tonight 98ENN'5s image appears on screen : .AR? !n honor o" 8enn#5s wi"e R03ER .u""# .AR? Alison Aulling 8enn# out o" the East -illage location 9The pro@ector $lows a "use 8lackout :

R03ER Then again% ma#$e we won5t screen it tonight .AR? ! wonder how Alison "ound out a$out .imiF

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R03ER .a#$e a little $ird told her 9)0LL!NS enters in the dark% with se(eral twent#-dollar $ills in each hand : )0LL!NS 0r an angel 9Lights "ade up : ! had a little hunch that #ou could use a little "low R03ER Tutoring againF )0LL!NS Negati(e .AR? 8ack at N ' * F )0LL!NS No% no% no ! rewired the AT. at the "ood emporium To pro(ide an honorarium to an#one with the code R03ER H .AR? The code -7ell F )0LL!NS A-N-3-E-L 'et Ro$in 1ooding isn5t the solution The powers that $e must $e undermined where the# dwell !n a small% e&clusi(e gourmet institution 7here we o(ercharge the wealth# clientele ALL T1REE Let5s open up a restaurant in Santa 6e 7ith a pri(ate corner $anJuette in the $ack )0LL!NS 7e5ll make it #et% we5ll somehow get to Santa 6e R03ER 8ut #ou5d miss New 'ork $e"ore #ou could unpack ALL 0hh-9.A*REEN and J0ANNE enter% carr#ing .!.! : .A*REEN .arkE RogerE An#one -- helpE .AR? .aureenF .A*REEN !t5s .imi -- ! can5t get her up the stairs R03ER NoE 9The# enter the lo"t : .A*REEN She was huddled in the park in the dark And she was "reeDing And $egged to come here R03ER 0(er here 0h% 3od --

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9The# la# her down care"ull# on the ta$le : .!.! 3ot a light -- ! know #ou -- #ou5re shi(ering J0ANNE She5s $een li(ing on the street R03ER 7e need some heat .!.! !5m shi(ering .AR? 7e can $u# some wood and something to eat )0LL!NS !5m a"raid she needs more than heat .!.! ! heard that .A*REEN )ollins will call "or a doctor% hone# .!.! Don5t waste #our mone# on .imi% me% me )0LL!NS 1ello -- O,,F !5m on holdE .!.! )old cold would #ou light m# candleF

R03ER 'es -- we5ll -- oh 3od -- "ind a candle .!.! ! should tell #ou ! should tell #ou R03ER ! should tell #ou ! should tell #ou .!.! ! should tell #ou 8enn# wasn5t an#-R03ER Shhh--! know ! should tell #ou wh# ! le"t !t wasn5t cause ! didn5t -.!.! ! know ! should tell #ou R03ER ! should tell #ou .!.! 9whispering: ! should tell #ou ! lo(e #ou-9.!.! "ades: R03ER 7ho do #ou think #ou areF Lea(ing me alone with m# guitar 1old on there5s something #ou should hear

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!t isn5t much $ut it took all #ear 9.!.! stirs and R03ER $egins pla#ing acoustic guitar at her $edside : '0*R E'ES R03ER 'our e#es As we said our good$#es )an5t get them out o" m# mind And ! "ind ! can5t hide 6rom #our e#es The ones that took me $# surprise The night #ou came into m# li"e 7here there5s moonlight ! see #our e#es 98and takes o(er: 1ow5d ! let #ou slip awa# 7hen !5m longing so to hold #ou Now !5d die "or one more da# 5)ause there5s something ! should ha(e told #ou 'es there5s something ! should ha(e told #ou 7hen ! looked into #our e#es 7h# does distance make us wiseF 'ou were the song all along And $e"ore this song dies ! should tell #ou ! should tell #ou ! ha(e alwa#s lo(ed #ou 'ou can see it in m# e#es 97e hear .usetta5s Theme% pla#ed correctl# and passionatel# .!.!5s head "alls to the side and her arm drops limpl# o"" the edge o" the ta$le : .imiE 6!NALE 8 9Suddenl#% .!.!5s hand twitches .!.! ! @umped o(er the moonEE R03ER 7hatF .!.! A leap o" mooooooooooooooo-J0ANNE She5s $ackE .!.! ! was in a tunnel .A*REEN 0h m# godE .!.! And ! swear Angel was there -- and she looked 300DE And she said% ITurn around% girl"riend% and listen to that $o#5s song I )0LL!NS She5s drenched .A*REEN 1er "e(er5s $reaking .AR? There is no "uture -- there is no past R03ER Thank 3od this moment5s not the last .!.! H R03ER 1eading "or this warm% white light !ncredi$l#% she is still ali(e :

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There5s onl# us There5s onl# this 6orget regret or li"e is #ours to miss ALL No other road no other wa# No da# $ut toda# 9As the "inale grows% the entire )0.AAN' makes its wa# on stage : 70.EN ! can5t control .# destin# ! trust m# soul .# onl# goal is @ust to $e .EN 7ill 7ill 7ill 6rom ! lose m# dignit#F someone careF ! wake tomorrow this nightmareF

9.AR?5s "ilm resumes% along with two more "ilms pro@ecting on the $ack wall% IScenes "rom RENT I: 70.EN 7ithout #ou The hand gropes The ear hears The pulse $eats Li"e goes on 8ut !5m gone 5)ause ! die 7ithout #ou ! die without #ou ! die without #ou ! die without #ou .EN There5s onl# now There5s onl# here 3i(e in to lo(e 0r li(e in "ear No other path No other wa# No da# $ut toda# No da# $ut toda# No da# $ut toda# No da# $ut toda# ALL No da# $ut toda# T1E END

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