* "DRIVING THE SNAKES OUT" *
Live length: 2 hrs 15 mins.
A Psychological Drama
"They say St. Patrick drove the snakes and toads out of Ireland, and that is why the place is free of them"
*DRIVING THE SNAKES OUT follows Elsie's precarious mental journeys, as her mind lands on the pages of her journal. Dr, Shepps, her psychiatrist, found them after Elsie left us.
Here is a sample. It is from the opening two scenes in Act One:
[Stage, a funeral. Dark lighting]
PRIEST: [Saying over Elsie's burial site. Shepps silently reading Elsie's journal at site]
Sanctus, Sanctus, Sanctus Dominus. Deus Saboath. Pleni sunt celi, et terra gloriatua. Hoasana inexcelsis. Benedictus qui venit in nominee Domini. Hoasana in excelsis.
[Looks down at grave]
But when ye see Jerusalem encompassed with armies then know that her desolation is close at hand. St. Luke 21: 20
[Looks at Shepps]
The grace of the Lord Jesus be with the saints. Revelations 22:21
SHEPPS: [To Priest]
This is all she left us... her journal
Here... see... she wrote this, too -- They say Saint Patrick drove the snakes and toads out of Ireland and that is why the place is free of them.
[Priest nods solemnly. They both bow. Lights fade into green, then darkness.]
ACT 1, SCENE 2