THE FILM NOIR MACBETH
By Dwayne Yancey
Copyright 2003; all rights reserved.
(In the darkness, a man enters, in trench coat and hat. He leans against a wall until the lights come up.)
MAN: It was a dark and stormy night, the kind of night that could drive a sane man mad, especially if he was trying to climb the corporate ladder and just happened to be having the boss over for dinner.
Me, my names Porter. I was alone in my office. Drinking again. What else? Scotch.
Thats when the dame came in. Id never seen her before, but I could tell right away she was somebody important. Everybody just called her Lady.
(Lady Macbeth enters.)
She looked like shed just seen a ghost or something. She was rubbing her hands like she had some sort of skin disease and she was screaming bloody murder.
LADY MACBETH: Out, damned spot, out I say!
MAN: I could tell something was wrong, terribly wrong. I dont have a dog named Spot. Its named Lassie.
So I turned to her and I say, whats the matter, lady, give it to me straight up, and she says:
LADY MACBETH: Who would have thought the old man to have had so much blood in him? . . . Heres the smell of the blood still. All the perfumes of Arabia will not sweeten this little hand. O, O, O!
(Lady Macbeth exits.)
MAN: I knew then this was going to be a big case. A real witches brew of trouble. Scotland Yard couldnt handle it. Too many higher-ups had blood on their hands. It was clearly an inside job. Everybody stabbing everybody else in the back. Not a pretty picture.
Plus, you had kids involved.
(Son enters, waving a sword.)
SON: I am the son of Banquo and I have come for revenge!
(He puts some leaves in his hair.)
And, look, camouflage!
MAN: Slightly bigger kids. With sharper swords.
But you get the idea. This dame was in it so much trouble now, she couldnt get out of it. Just the thought of what shed done was keeping her awake at night, eating her alive, driving her mad. She was already as nutty as a fruitcake, and now she was about to go off the deep end.
(Man approaches a girl in the audience, whos doing her homework. He drops out of character, and assumes a fatherly tone.)
So, does that pretty much explain it for you?
DAUGHTER: Dad, I just wanted to know what this whole stupid Macbeth thing is about. You dont have to get so dramatic about everything. Geez. The next time I want some help on my English lit homework, Ill just look it up online or something.
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Performed by Dwayne Yancey, Katerina Yancey, Rain Yancey and Keith Yancey.