This will be a two-act play.
The play opens at a funeral of the main character, Alex.
It is an open coffin affair, with Alex at rest in the center of the room, tilted up slightly making him visible to the audience.
The room is filled with approximately 10 mourners all of whom are either in small groups chatting, or standing alone deep in thought. There is general chitchat amongst the mourner’s predominately on the subject of how Alex died?
It is quickly established that Alex potentially took his own life, although due the circumstances of his death, this is far from clear.
Other talking points are of family matters and reminisce.
The chatter slowly builds up the character of who Alex was to each person and fleshes out who is in attendance and what their particular relationship was to the deceased.
This part of the play will include both sad and funny conversations which revealing how we each individually deal with death.
After approx 20 mins of this everything suddenly stops - mid conversations. The lights are slowly lowered and the main light focus to stage left.
Then, just as suddenly Alex the deceased literally screams back into life. A horrific wretched scream of horror and pain as he propels himself from the coffin, crashing to the stage floor. Panicked and confused he scrambles to where the light is, clinging desperately to the stage curtain.
His monologue starts as he recalls the last few moments of his life, which are incomplete and confused with his own current terror. He slowly gets back to his feet and examines his surroundings.
Realizing where he is and potentially what is happening he begs the mourners to speak to him but they remain silent. Alex again beings to fall apart.
As he falls back to the ground, sobbing a man enters the room, walks up to the coffin and beings to talk to the where Alex had been lying.
Alex immediately recognises the man as his father.
The father starts to ask Alex questions as to why he did what he did, and why he had lived such a questionable life.
Alex tries to answer back, and gradually the non-sequiturs from Father and son form a broken conversation.
The father asks why Alex did what he did. Alex tries to explain, but the explanation is hollow try as he does to blame those in the room.
He addresses those he blames directly and is shocked when they respond – but only in a direct way, yes/ no without elaboration, like asking someone who is asleep – Alex starts asking everyone in the room questions. The Father asks his Son if he has yet got a satisfactory answer for his actions – there are none. The Son asks what happens next and the Father says they need to go back.
End of Act one.
This act opens at the wedding of the deceased.