I want us all together for one day. Happy. “Cosby Show Happy”. None of that other shit–– Cosby Show. Cliff, Claire, Theo and me. That’s us. One day. A tearless Christmas and child support payments. And uhh .. mom to have no more bags under her eyes. A good number for the lottery. Jalil to be happy. Dad really fucked up by not being there so if you can make him feel better… How did you grow through the cracks? (beat)A transpass—yeah! I want dad to walk down the street and find a monthly. Just show up. No lies. I hate liars. Cliff Huxtable never lied. A job! Yeah, a job that he can keep. Then he’ll show up and be here again. I miss him. Um… two tickets to Six Flags! Yeah, just me and my brother. You’re better than a rose. You make dreams come true.
-LEFTOVERS, by Josh Wilder
Today in rehearsal, we did some moment to moment work on Kwamaine’s wishing monologue. Here are a couple of different references that came up during work time with Director, Summer Williams and actor, Christian Scales:
How to go about the wishing it self: Some inspiration
“You’re better than a rose” is in reference to the poem “The Rose That Grew From Concrete” by Poem by Tupac Shakur
Did you hear about the rose that grew
from a crack in the concrete?
Proving nature’s law is wrong it
learned to walk with out having feet.
Funny it seems, but by keeping it’s dreams,
it learned to breathe fresh air.
Long live the rose that grew from concrete
when no one else ever cared.