Dramatic escalation

Kate sits in a chair stage right. A stage hand sets up a table with a glass and a pitcher of water to her left, then leaves the stage. A recorded voice plays.

Recorded Voice: Kate begins the scene sitting in a chair. She gets up and stretches and makes her way over to a table. She is thirsty, so she pours herself a glass of water and drinks it all in one go. Then, she returns to her chair and takes a seat.

Kate stands up and then stretches her arms up in the air. She stretches her shoulders, her back, and her legs. She walks casually over to the table. She picks up the pitcher and pours water into the glass. When the glass is filled, Kate drinks the entire contents of the glass. She sets the glass back down on the table, then walks back over to the chair and sits down.

The stage hand removes the glass and pitcher from the table, then after taking them off stage, returns with a wide mouthed pitcher and a bottle with a narrow opening. The stage hand places the new pitcher and bottle on the table and moves the table a few feet farther up stage and to the left. The stage hand walks over to Kate and holds out a hand. Kate hands the stage hand her glasses, then the stage hand leaves the stage.

RV: Kate begins the scene sitting in a chair. She is unfocused. She gets up and stretches and makes her way over to a table. She is thirsty so she pours herself some water and drinks it all in one go. Then she returns to her chair and takes a seat.

Kate stands up and stretches her arms and her back. She walks over to the table with mild caution. She picks up the pitcher and attempts to pour the water into the bottle. Due to the narrowness of the bottle’s opening, the width of the pitcher’s mouth, and her nearsightedness, the process is intermittently successful. When the bottle is at least partially filled, Kate drinks the entire contents of the bottle. She sets the bottle back down on the table, and makes her way back to the chair and sits down.

The stage hand removes the bottle and pitcher from the table, then after taking them off stage, returns with an electric kettle and a porcelain cup and saucer. The stage hand places the electric kettle and the cup and saucer on the table and moves the table a few feet farther up stage and to the left. The stage hand plugs in the kettle and turns it on. Then, the stage hand walks over to Kate and places a blindfold over her eyes and leaves the stage.

RV: Kate begins the scene sitting in a chair. She is in darkness. She gets up and stretches and makes her way over to a table. She is thirsty so she pours herself some water and drinks it all in one go. Then she returns to her chair and takes a seat.

Kate stands up and goes through a few stretches. She slowly and cautiously walks over to the table. She finds the electric kettle and the cup and saucer. Kate turns off the electric kettle and attempts to pour the steaming water into the cup. Due to the hot water and her inability to see, the process is possibly unsuccessful the first few tries. When the cup is at least partially filled, Kate drinks the entire contents of the cup. She sets the cup back down on the saucer, and carefully makes her way back to the chair and sits down.

Curtain.

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