Postmodern Households

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Three couples – yes, one of them gay. Kids – some want them and some get them without wanting. Everyone has been a kid at one time – and some still are. Nothing or no-one can give you the clarity about why to be together, why to create a family and how to hold it together. Even the kids can’t. But still, people don’t give up – they make an effort. Petteri is making an effort too, an effort to cope with living on his own. He can do it – he’s a big boy by now.

Postmodern Households is a description of the possible versions of today’s families, which according to one study consists of 1,5 members in average. That missing half of a member has often been lost in communication, the author states with empathy.

The characters: Lissi (15), Maks (16), Paul (35), Ngabe (33), Linda (42), Robert (61), Petteri (39), Woman, Mother, Child.

 

Extracts from the play:

NGABE: I wouldn’t change it, honestly, I… I’m probably a city person through and through. A city centre person. I wouldn’t do that.

PAUL: Me too, I mean, maybe at some point. At some point later.

NGABE: But you should still have a flat, a place of some sort. In the city. In the centre. I can’t imagine, that I, that… you understand? All those restaurants, glass and nickel, I can’t imagine…

PAUL: I can’t imagine you as a country person.

NGABE: Really?

PAUL: Hoeing or herding goats.

NGABE: Really? But. For children it’s better in the countryside.

PAUL: Yeh. That’s true. I didn’t think about that.

(A short pause, the crashing of the sea.)

***

MAKS: I hit him.

LISSI: You hit him?

MAKS: Yes. I hit him.

LISSI: You hit him. Ok.

MAKS: Yes. With a knife. Fuck, I hit him with a knife.

LISSI: How? Where?

MAKS: Well, to the neck… Fuck. Blood started shooting out. I ran, he stayed there lying next to the swing. Twitching.

(Pause.)

LISSI: God…

MAKS: I didn’t want to. I didn’t see. It happened… by accident. You see?

LISSI: God.

MAKS: I couldn’t have let him, fuck… I had to get back, you see? You waited, you felt bad. I have to take care of you, of all of us…

***

LINDA: You know that you are…

ROBERT: Yes, I’m…

LINDA: Well… you are…

ROBERT: …you too, eee …

LINDA: I… (Pause.) I need to talk to you about something.

(Pause.)

ROBERT: Yes, dear?

(Pause.)

LINDA: I’ve been thinking about it.

ROBERT: Yes? What about, dear?

LINDA: About our life.

ROBERT: Really? And…?

(Pause.)

LINDA: We…

(Pause.)

ROBERT: Yes?

LINDA: We should. (Pause.)  Dammit…

ROBERT: What? Dear?

LINDA: Godammit, it’s pitiful, God, how pitiful it is…

ROBERT: Dear…? Dear?

(A long pause.)

LINDA (on a monotonous voice): We should move back to the city. Back among people. Close to a school, a kindergarten.

  • Postmodern Households (dir Taago Tubin)

    Postmodern Households (dir Taago Tubin)

  • Postmodern Households (dir Taago Tubin)

    Postmodern Households (dir Taago Tubin)

  • Postmodern Households (dir Taago Tubin)

    Postmodern Households (dir Taago Tubin)

  • Postmodern Households (dir Taago Tubin)

    Postmodern Households (dir Taago Tubin)

  • Postmodern Households (dir Taago Tubin)

    Postmodern Households (dir Taago Tubin)


Play Genre:

Author:

Original title: Postmodernsed leibkonnad

Written: 2009

Acts: 2

Roles: 2f, 5m

Translation: , ,

Awards: First award of New Drama Competition in 2009.

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