Scene I: In The Beginning
Adam and Lilith stand on the stage in the middle of a clearing in a great garden. They are adoring themselves and their bodies as they have just been made by god.
Adam: We are blessed! We have hands, we have feet! Lillith: I can move! Lilith sways around in a circle.
Adam: Lillith, can you taste the salt in the wind against your tongue? We are alive!
Lilith: I am alive! Lilith flings her arms about, making a trail through the garden with her feet, moving about freely, drifting away from Adam. Adam notices Lilith moving away.
Adam: Lilith, where are you going? Haven’t we enough here in our little paradise?
Lilith: I’m going out to explore the world. I want to see what lies beyond this clearing.
Adam: You can’t go. Adam gently but firmly grabs Lilith’s forearm. Where ever I am, you must be and I choose to stay here.
Lilith turns her face towards him with a quizzical expression.
Lilith: Why must that be?
Adam: Because I am man. You are a woman. Man is the head of woman and woman must obey man’s will and desire.
Lilith turns back from attempting to go away from the garden. She has been dissuaded from going.
Lilith: I don’t like this rule, but if I must, so shall I do. I will remain here in this clearing. Lilith looks about, defeated. She sets about picking berries, breadfruit, kumquats, and other fruits. She still has a look of consternation on her face.
Adam: Are you now satisfied?
Lilith is still gathering fruit.
Lilith: Yes. I will gather this fruit for our evening meal. We will be hungry by sundown.
Adam stands behind her, a satisfied, patronizing look on his face.
Adam and Lilith are smiling at each other, standing off center stage left. They are holding each other and slightly petting each other, starting to make love. They begin to kiss and both become aggressive lovers.
Lilith: While clawing at Adam’s back I want you so, Adam!
Adam: And I you Lilith! They kiss more and make their way onto the ground. They struggle and roll around fiercely as they get further into passion. Adam finally puts Lilith firmly on the ground and attempts to mount her. He almost makes it, but Lilith struggles free and forces her way back on top. She mounts him firmly.
Adam: Lilith! This is not the way it’s supposed to be!
Lilith continues to heavily buck Adam while on top of him.
Lilith: What do you mean? She sets into gallop. Adam finally stops her and places her firmly back on the ground.
Adam: As an explanation Man is supposed to take the woman. The woman has to lie underneath. He attempts to mount her once again. Lilith struggles and pushes him off.
Lilith: No! I do not want to be beneath you! We are equals and I will not lie on the ground! She stands and moves away.
Adam: Reaches for her Come Lilith! We have to procreate and bring forth fruit! Our god has made it so! Lilith takes off running further away from him. Adam protectively takes hold of his erection and tries to pursue her. He catches up with her and tries to force her to the ground.
Lilith: No! Not while I have to lie on the ground! We shall never procreate and no children shall I bear on this earth!
A look of shock comes over Adam’s face, as if he has been hit by lightning .
Adam: Lilith, you have to! It is God’s will! We must be fruitful and multiply! We have to bring forth children to roam the earth! Adam steps towards Lilith and tries again. She jumps away from him violently.
Lilith: No! Never shall I lie on the ground for you. I am your equal and I refuse to lie underneath you! She storms off and stands under a tall shady tree in the center of the stage.
Adam: In a maudlin manner Well then, you must leave the garden and I must ask god for another woman.
Lilith is startled by this and looks out towards Adam.
Lilith: Leave? Why must I leave the Garden? This is my home! Lilith is both frightened and angry. Adam storms towards Lilith, in warrior mode.
Adam: Leave this garden at once! Adam moves to force her out and two dagger like objects swoop down from out of nowhere as if to assist him. Lilith flees from the clearing, but doesn’t leave the garden. She is hiding behind several trees upstage left. She can still be seen by the audience. Tired, Adam staggers towards center stage right and begins to quiver as if possessed by something. Lilith watches all of this.
Adam: Possessed God! I must have another woman, someone to bear the fruit of my loins. Will you give her to me? Adam’s eyes are closed and he takes hold of his side as if he is experiencing pain, but the expression on his face is one of near ecstasy. Adam starts to moan and grown and yell in passion as he feels the spirit of the lord overtake him. The whole stage begins to shake with the sounds of thunder and the lights begin to flicker on and off as Adam goes deeper into ecstasy. Moments later, everything is restored. Adam is lying on the ground and slowly turns his face towards the audience. Lying next to him, closest to the audience is Eve. In clear surprise, Adam takes hold of her face in his hands and kisses her lightly, patronizingly.
Adam: Talking to her in a patronizing manner You and I have many things to do. He begins to get up Go over and fetch berries for our breakfast. Eve rises, smiling and submissive, and begins to pick berries. Adam sets about toiling in the garden. Lilith is watching all of this from behind.
Adam and Eve are at work. Adam is toiling about the ground. Eve is pregnant and bent over picking berries and other fruits and putting them in a basket. Lilith is walking by all of this from upstage left, behind the clearing. She has a bag on her shoulder and a walking stick. She is constantly roaming. She stops, however, to watch this scene. Adam stops what he is doing and approaches Eve.
Adam: Oh Eve, we are blessed! We are to have our third child. We shall name him Cain. Eve nods and continues to pick her berries. Adam approaches her, takes hold of her to stand her up, then pats her belly. Lilith becomes visibly torn and jealous at the sight of this and continues to watch as Adam and Eve pet one another there in the clearing. Lilith’s facial expression tells everything. She is at once happy for her freedom and jealous for the connection that has occurred between Adam and Eve. Slowly, Lilith pushes her bag up on her shoulder and continues her walk around the clearing. The stage slowly shifts with Lilith as she walks, Adam and Eve slowly drifting off stage stage left as Lilith walks deeper and deeper into leaves, trees, and tangled vines. As Lilith swipes forward to clear some hanging vines from her path, she comes upon a door, stage right. She slowly opens it and peers out. She sees, as the audience sees, on the other side of the door a beautiful world full of roses, trees, with a mystic look to it. Lilith becomes visibly moved by the sight of this and after looking out for a long time, takes a decided step out into this new world. As Lilith passes through the door and starts walking into the new world, Nina Simone’s “The Other Woman” starts to play. Slowly the lights start to fade.
Causes Brandon Wallace Supports
Free Mumia, Justice for the Jena Six, Justice for Katrina, Justice for Assata Shakur, Anti-Patriarchy work, the Bolivarian Movement...social justice...