Kyra ran the cold steel edge along the valley of her pulse. Years of built-up pain and anger began to ease. Red drained upon the floor. Raising her hands towards the light she lamented. What a scene, straight from Hamlet yet she felt more like Desdemona.
“Check the heat on Box 5, 2 needs a red filter and move spot 10 onto Kim’s face.”
By the pricking of my thumbs,
Something wicked this way…….
Stephen lumbers center stage. “Cut!” cries the director.
“Sorry! But Kim’s got a call.”
“Now? Can’t it wait?”
“It’s Mercy Hospital. Apparently you’re Kyra’s emergency contact.”
Word Count: 100
Now you’ve no doubt recognized my mix of Shakespeare’s plays- Hamlet, Othello and Macbeth. Powerful tragedies all, full of betrayal, madness, and chaos. Hamlet’s overwhelming grief and seething rage born of treachery and incest. Desdemona for her beauty, a tragic character of ill-fated misfortune and love lost. For as the witches of Macbeth chant “Fair is foul, and foul is fair: Hover through the fog and filthy air.” There is a fine line between good and evil, make-believe and reality that entwined for my story.
Stage lighting serves so many functions for performance. Special effects yes, but it is the ability for selective visibility, focus and revelation that make the composition an art. It creates the environment to support the performance. Much like good costume design does, each element lending towards delivery.
Rochelle, our irreplaceable host, has reminded us to read and comment on each other’s works. I have been a terrible culprit, remiss as of late. And promise to do bettah!
In that vien please read the other participant stories here.