The Afterlife (or, Coelacanth)
By Laura Tuggle Anderson
ABSURD PERFORMANCE PIECE
Performer kneels on ground, makes a hideous contorting face, and speaks in a scratchy hissing voice reminiscent of the Gollum character in "Lord of the Rings" evil, plotting
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Performer rolls over on ground, to a different part of stage. Kneels again, this time as a human, in a more human, desperate voice.
Performer rolls over back to first part of stage. Back to the hideous contorting face, and evil voice.
I am the devil. I am god. I am a 400 million year old fossil swimming off the coast of Madagascar.
Performer rolls back and kneels as human again.
The only question I can think of is why why Coelacanth
Why am I alive now
When so much is dead
Why did you pick me?
Performer rolls back, and this time crawls on all fours toward the audience, hissing and getting more and more menacing the lights go out as the performer crawls and says
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