General Script posted February 6, 2015 Chapters:  ...14 15 -16- 17 


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There is an unexpected monster of the piece.

A chapter in the book British Women

Monster.

by Tomes Johnston

Amanda and her daughter are British prisoners in a European Prisoner of war camp. Amanda is an old flame of the Commandant and says that he is Samantha's father. Commandant Koch's men want to rape Samantha, while Koch is trying to protect her.

VAN DAMME:
(ADDRESSING THE AUDIENCE AS LIGHTS COME UP ON AMANDA AND SAMANTHA IN THEIR CELL).
The perceptions of good and evil are a very simplified way of looking at things, and it isn’t quite as simple as that... Good and evil. These are outdated ideas that were imposed upon us by the church. The idea of an all-powerful being ruling over us like a God. The eternal struggle between good and evil… It makes me sick. When Samantha started to see past the uniform of Commandant Koch and see a human being, the lines started to get blurred a little.
 
(SAMANTHA AND AMANDA QUICKEN).
 
SAMANTHA:
It all seemed so easy before… It was easy before I got to know him… I’m so confused now.
 
AMANDA:
Really? Why this change of heart?
 
SAMANTHA:
I don’t know. He’s a father and husband I suppose. He isn’t that different to my own father really. He’s middle-aged, dotes on his children and eats just as unhealthily as my own father.
 
AMANDA:
And what’s he like towards you? I mean, does he like you?
 
SAMANTHA:
Why should he like me? He knows that I want him to leave… Or even die.
 
AMANDA:
Do you?
 
AMANDA AND FEMALE CHORUS:
Do you?
 
SAMANTHA:
Don’t we all?
 
SAMANTHA AND FEMALE CHORUS:
Don’t we want them all to die?
 
SAMANTHA:
He has a family and it would be unfortunate for them. I know that all too well. His eldest is called Amy. He told me that. It would be devastating for her, but he is a soldier after all. It is to be expected.
 
SAMANTHA AND FEMALE CHORUS:
And a soldier’s job is to give his life for his country.
 
AMANDA:
That tone in your voice…
 
SAMANTHA:
What tone?
 
AMANDA:
The tone of your voice when you speak of him lately is sad.
 
SAMANTHA:
He’s just not the kind of man I expected. He is kind and never mistreats me. I have to be careful, mother… In a place like this, you get starved of humanity and when you get a scrap of it, you think it’s a feast.
 
SAMANTHA AND FEMALE CHORUS:
He’s still the enemy.
 
AMANDA:
But we’re going to survive this because of him. I hope and pray that we can be together with your brother and father once again. Maybe we can be a family once more.
 
SAMANTHA:
I miss them so much. That young guard looks so much like Victor. Neither of them should be caught up in a war like this. They should be thinking of their futures.
 
SAMANTHA AND FEMALE CHORUS:
Now he is just a killer.
 
SAMANTHA:
I can’t even think about Victor or father killing anybody.
 
AMANDA:
I’m sure Bruno Koch’s family can’t imagine him killing anybody either.
 
SAMANTHA:
Do you think Victor or father would commit war crimes?
 
AMANDA:
Samantha…
 
SAMANTHA:
I hear that it happens on all sides.
 
AMANDA:
Your father and brother wouldn’t hurt a fly.
 
SAMANTHA:
But that was before… They’re soldiers now. I think that war changes people, and not for the better.
 
SAMANTHA AND FEMALE CHORUS:
We’re all monsters now
 
AMANDA:
Nobody in our family is a monster.
 
SAMANTHA AND FEMALE CHORUS:
But I killed sixteen soldiers.
 
AMANDA:
Keep quiet…
 
SAMANTHA:
I used to be so innocent. I used to be afraid of the dark… I killed sixteen people… Now I’m the monster in the dark. I might never sleep well ever again. I can hear their screams every night. Mother, I’m scared…
 
SAMANTHA AND FEMALE CHORUS:
I will never sleep soundly again.
 
SAMANTHA:
The horrors of this camp aren't the reason that I can’t sleep. My conscience is keeping me awake. I’ve never been so scared in my life, but it’s not the guards I’m afraid of… It’s me.
 
SAMANTHA AND FEMALE CHORUS:
I’m the monster now.
 
SAMANTHA:
I’m so scared, Mother.
 
(LIGHTS FADE TO MUSIC).
 


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