Whether you believe the theater to be nostalgic or classic, it doesn't matter. It dates back to an earlier time, when stage performances were fully appreciated.
But for now, the lights have dimmed and an eerie silence blankets the audience into submission.
Before anyone can catch their breath, a single, solitary spotlight fills the middle of the stage.
It is white and bright and gives life to our setting.
The curtain opens to find the stage empty, soulless. Except for a single, generic hospital bed.
To the left of this metaphoric coffin, an IV pole with a fluid bag dangling helplessly from the top.
Cradling the right, an EKG monitor with a screen large enough for the entire audience to see the large chromatic BLIP dotting the video's landscape.
The figure lying perilously in the bed, his upper torso angled up thirty degrees, is STACY WITHOUT AN E.
A low hum can be heard emanating from the orchestra for what seems like an eternity.
No movement. The mood is uneasy.
Slowly, and effortlessly, STACY'S torso rises from the bed, resting in a position perpendicular to the bed.
The spotlight moves upward from where it had been placed the entire time, the bottom portion of the bed, to reveal the face of our protagonist.
His eyes, closed. The face, unremarkable.
In perfect falsetto, he begins.
(slow and deliberate)
It will stake your day.
Its a curse, not a blessing.
Just take a glance at this rude dressing.
The full stage lights rise to reveal a giant, six foot tall, fully formed DIALYSIS FILTER to the left of STACY, beginning to dance to the full musical power of the band.
My body's filled with hurt!
How long before I'm dirt!?
And the fact the he's not wearing anything underneath.
The continual BLIP of the EKG is keeping in pace with the music as joy and despair fuse into one incredible, unified dance.
You'll wish for cool, clean Death!
You'll beg for your last breath!
The TWO KIDNEYS, once dancing with the DIALYSIS FILTER and HYPODERMIC NEEDLE, have pushed them forward into the orchestra. The instruments create a voluminous crashing sound, bringing the entire show to a halt.
As STACY begins to crawl back into bed, the TWO KIDNEYS dance slowly, arm in arm. The EKG BLIP returns in sound to a body fully at rest.
Its beautiful and shocking simultaneously.
(his voice returning to falsetto)
It has stolen my life.
I'll never meet my kids and wife.