CLAY MCLEOD CHAPMAN
Production Note | volume
Between twenty and thirty minutes before the start
of the show, around about the same time the house is ready to open—one
actor should situate himself directly outside the main entrance to the
theatre, clearly agitated, trying with very little success of entering
inside. He should move himself around those members of the audience making
their way through the front door. The majority of this should be done
in silence, whatever discourse relegating itself to simple bits of dialogue—such
as, "I've got to go back inside" or "Candice?
Candice?" repeated over and over again.
The desired effect is to create the atmosphere
of the building being enveloped in fire. The man, having escaped—is
now increasingly aware of the fact that
a loved one, his wife or daughter, is still trapped inside.