Caryl Churchill Plays: 3 by Caryl Churchill

By Caryl Churchill

Includes:Ice Cream, Mad wooded area, The Shriker, Lives of the nice Poisoners and A Mouthful of Birds, in addition to an creation through the writer.

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The lost boy? It could be. Who killed him? It was a dream. Well make up something, then. Wake up and make up. Don’t leave me hanging. The dream stops there. Everything surrounding it’s gone. I want to know the rest, too. Thought telling you might help. But it doesn’t. I feel myself beginning to invent. Filling in the blanks but the blanks are real. Part of the dream. Dream? Yeah. Shit, man. (93–94) At the end of part 1, Cudjoe cannot invent a liberating fiction that gives 26 / Black Male Fiction and the Legacy of Caliban answers and makes connections; the nightmare of oppression, which sounds too real to Timbo to be unreal, to be a dream, remains.

Caliban desired the flesh. She descended upon him like the New England schoolmarms with their McGuffey’s Readers. . Caliban, witches whelp that he was, had a better idea. Her need, his seed joined. An island full of Calibans. He didn’t wish to be run through her copy machine. Her print of goodness stamping out his shape, his gabble translated out of existence. No thanks, ma’am. But I will try some dat poontang. Some that ooh la la, oui, oui goodness next to your pee. Which suggestion she couldn’t abide.

An interchangeability that is also dependence: the loss of one is loss of both. I breathe into the space separating me from my son. I hope the silence will be filled for him as it is filled for me by hearing the nothing there is to say at this moment. I hope saying nothing is enough to grip the silence, twist it to our need. Which is holding on, not letting go. My breath in him. This temporary contact fallen into silence, into listening for the other’s silence. Not because it is enough but because it’s all we have.

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