THE ANARCHIST - Full Script

Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
THE ANARCHIST - Full Script
Posted: 11/16/12 at 04:37pm
Setting: A meeting room/office

Lights up on two women, both awfully dressed. One dressed slightl better than the other.


Patti: I am in prison

Debra: Yes, I know.

Patti: I live here.

Debra: Yes.

Patti: I was in one cell and now I am in another.

Debra: Yes. Have you eaten?

Patti: No. And I am old.¯I'm an old lady in prison.

Debra: Yes.

Patti: Have you come to save me?

Debra: Do you need saving?

Patti: Is that a question or the answer to my salvation?

Debra: What do you think?

Patti: I think I'm already saved.

Debra: How so?

Patti: Don't you know?

Debra: I don't know. Do you?

Patti: I do know.

Debra: Do you?

Patti: I also know that you know that I know that you know.

Debra: And you know this?

Patti: It is all that I know.

Debra: Are you sure you do not want to eat?

Patti: I am sure of this.

Debra: You've committed a crime.

Patti: Jesus has saved me from myself.

Debra: Has he?

Patti: You see he has.

Debra: I see that?

Patti: I see that you see it.

Debra: How do you see that?

Patti: The evidence is as clear as my old lady-ness.

(phone rings)
Debra: Hello? Yes. Thank you.

Patti: Jesus is my savior

Debra: Where is Althea?

Patti: I don't know.

Debra: If you say you've changed...

Patti: I don't say it, I know it.

Debra: How can we be...

Patti: ...sure I've changed?

Debra: How can you be sure the leaves will fall from the trees and a child's laughter will carry an angel to heaven?

Patti: Faith. It is the salvation we make for ourselves.

Debra: Do not forget you have committed a crime. You are in prison.

Patti: If the world is made of particles of hate and regret than we are surely examples of the Lord's blessings.

Debra: Where is Althea?

Patti: I don't know.

Debra: What can you tell me?

Patti: Many things. None of which you would be willing to hear.

Debra: You think I won't listen to you?

Patti: What I think and what I know are as unrelated as the sky and the ground.

(phone rings)
Debra: Hello? Yes, she is. Goodbye.

Patti: Jesus

Debra: So you're not hungry.

Patti: You speak the truth.

Debra: Prove to me you've changed.

Patti: Jesus.

Debra: And that's proof?

Patti: That is for me to know and for you to find out.

Debra: Why should we let you out?

Patti: I'm an old woman now. I've served my time and then some.

Debra: And so you deserve to be set free?

Patti: I'm so very old. And Jesus.

Debra: Where is Althea?

Patti: I don't know.

Debra: You need to help me.

Patti: Help is something we ask for only when when we can't do something for ourselves.

Debra: I don't understand.

Patti: Christ is king.¯And I am so old now. Where are my teeth?

(phone rings)
Debra: Yes? You are? You did? You think? You can? You will? You tried? You didn't? Thank you.
Where is Althea?

Patti: I don't know.

Debra: I don't want to fight.

Patti: We haven't changed the subject of our conversation or the inflections in our voice for an hour. How could we be fighting?

Debra: So you've changed?

Patti: Does a sparrow without a beak have a chance of being anything other than half a sparrow with no chance of becoming the swan it was born to be when Christ birthed it into His kingdom?

Debra: I need to go.

Patti: Am I getting out?

Debra: That is now for me to know and for you to find out.

Patti: One last thing -

Debra: Yes, what is it?

Patti: Um...Jesus...?

Curtain.
eperkins
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joined:5/21/07
THE ANARCHIST - Full Script
Posted: 11/16/12 at 04:49pm
Is the script really that long?
broadwaydevil
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joined:2/16/11
THE ANARCHIST - Full Script
Posted: 11/16/12 at 04:51pm
Jordan neglected to mention that the version of the script he posted was before cuts were made during rehearsals.
Scratch and claw for every day you're worth! Make them drag you screaming from life, keep dreaming You'll live forever here on earth.
eperkins
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joined:5/21/07
THE ANARCHIST - Full Script
Posted: 11/16/12 at 05:00pm
I'm sure Lupone could get 2 hours out of that.
Wynbish
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joined:4/27/12
THE ANARCHIST - Full Script
Posted: 11/16/12 at 05:01pm
How long until Knowitall says, "That is not the script. Mamet is brilliant. Please see it"?
Playbilly
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joined:3/30/12
THE ANARCHIST - Full Script
Posted: 11/16/12 at 05:06pm
UGG. Maybe Mamet could use some jokes from The Performers since they won't need them after Sunday.
"Through The Sacrifice You Made, We Can't Believe The Price You Paid..For Love!"
broadwaydevil
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THE ANARCHIST - Full Script
Posted: 11/16/12 at 05:07pm
Or at least use Cheyenne Jackson as a prop.
Scratch and claw for every day you're worth! Make them drag you screaming from life, keep dreaming You'll live forever here on earth.
Playbilly
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THE ANARCHIST - Full Script
Posted: 11/16/12 at 05:16pm
Or, an actor from "Glengarry" can walk over to this show during their interission, and adlib until he has to return. Like those crossover Murder She Wrote/Magnum PI episodes.

That I'd pay to see.
"Through The Sacrifice You Made, We Can't Believe The Price You Paid..For Love!"
egghumor
Broadway Legend
joined:3/9/11
THE ANARCHIST - Full Script
Posted: 11/16/12 at 05:29pm
Yeah, Cheyenne can be Patti's vision of Jesus.

Thanks, Jordan! That script the best laugh I've had in a very long time!
Updated On: 11/16/12 at 05:29 PM
Kad
Broadway Legend
joined:11/5/05
THE ANARCHIST - Full Script
Posted: 11/16/12 at 05:34pm
So David Mamet is just incapable of writing a woman who is also an actual human being.
wonkit
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joined:9/30/08
THE ANARCHIST - Full Script
Posted: 11/16/12 at 05:55pm
This thread has to be better than 90% of the stuff on Broadway right now. With or without songs.
Almira
Broadway Star
joined:12/6/09
THE ANARCHIST - Full Script
Posted: 11/16/12 at 06:36pm

Well, for those who have shouted they'd pay to see LuPone read the phone book... here's your chance.

Great minds discuss ideas; average minds discuss events; small minds discuss people. - Eleanor Roosevelt
Updated On: 11/16/12 at 06:36 PM
Idiot
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joined:10/9/10
THE ANARCHIST - Full Script
Posted: 11/16/12 at 06:55pm
Doubt she'll go up during a performance like Madonna did in SPEED THE PLOW, though.
egghumor
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Posted: 11/16/12 at 07:07pm
Who would be able to tell if she did (except Mamet and co-star)? According to Jordan's script she could say "I don't know what to say right now..." or "I need to use the bathroom," and no one would know the difference.
Jordan Catalano
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Posted: 11/17/12 at 06:20am
Originally the first draft of the script was a conversation between two women seated next to each other in bathroom stalls. Mamet was quoted as saying "Chicks love to talk while they shlt, right?", which he later said gave him the inspiration for the play.
egghumor
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Posted: 11/17/12 at 07:41am
Bathroom stalls... Prison cells... it's all the same.
Huss417
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THE ANARCHIST - Full Script
Posted: 11/17/12 at 08:07am
A Mamet script without one F bomb or any expletives. Next he will be writing for Disney. :)
"I hope your Fanny is bigger than my Peter." Mary Martin to Ezio Pinza opening night of Fanny.
Kad
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joined:11/5/05
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Posted: 11/17/12 at 11:31am
Wasn't he writing an adaptation of The Diary of Anne Frank?
g.d.e.l.g.i.
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joined:6/13/12
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Posted: 11/17/12 at 11:40am
This smells like a "Broadway Abridged" candidate.
Formerly gvendo2005
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Blocked: After Eight, suestorm, FindingNamo, david_fick, emlodik, lovebwy
givesmevoice
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THE ANARCHIST - Full Script
Posted: 11/17/12 at 01:41pm
A Mamet script without one F bomb or any expletives. Next he will be writing for Disney. :)

There was exactly one f-bomb, which I'm sure was supposed to function as a precision F strike. It would've worked, too, if there was more crack and sizzle to the rest of the play.
When I see the phrase "the ____ estate", I imagine a vast mansion in the country full of monocled men and high-collared women receiving letters about productions across the country and doing spit-takes at whatever they contain. -Kad
ajh
Featured Actor
joined:5/6/11
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Posted: 11/17/12 at 02:57pm
Jordan, I've long thought you're one of the funniest people on here......and I love you even more now as, after reading this, you've just saved me a heap of $!!!
macnyc
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joined:7/26/08
THE ANARCHIST - Full Script
Posted: 11/17/12 at 04:51pm
I just saw the show, and Jordan's script is 100 percent accurate. I'm disappointed that I missed the f bomb though. They must have said it while I was dozing.
Jungle Red
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Posted: 11/17/12 at 05:58pm
Best thing I've read all year!
"Bill Clinton is the ultimate whore! He stole Madonna's crown." -Jim Colyer, on 10/29/2012
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
THE ANARCHIST - Full Script
Posted: 5/27/13 at 10:00pm
How was Mamet not nominated for this????
Dollypop
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Posted: 5/27/13 at 11:03pm
I'm still trying to figure out where Althea is.
"Long live God!" (GODSPELL)
Jordan Catalano
Broadway Legend
joined:10/9/05
THE ANARCHIST - Full Script
Posted: 5/27/13 at 11:06pm
She's at Starbucks yelling at the barista for not drawing a smiley face on her cup.

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