“GRACIOUS”

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SCENE TWO

“GRACIOUS”

John Hawthorne walks over to the tourist counter to thank Helena.

 

John                                         I’d like to thank-you, gracious, for your help was nice.

Helena (coyly)                     My job’s to answer questions and to give advice.

John (flirtatious)                Well you could help me greatly if I knew your name.

Helena                                     It’s on my I.D. — I tell all the men the same.

 

John (looking)                     Yes, Miss Barcelos let me ask a favor of you

Helena (joking)                    I might be more inclined if I knew your name too.

John                                         They call me John Hawthorne I come from Boston Town.

I don’t know one soul down here could you show me round?

 

Helena                                    My name’s Helena Alexandra de Barcelos

If you wanna     see the sights like no other fellas.

Then I’m sure you won’t mind meeting

someone who must meet you too.

At any rate, I need permission from her if I can date you.

 

John                                        Your mother?

Helena (smiling)                 No other!

 

John (gulps)                         You make it sound like torture, should I feel this way?

Helena (joking)                   Oh no, my mom won’t bite, her bark just sounds that way.

John (humored)                 You know your smiling eyes tell me you play a game.

I must know more about your life than just your name.

 

John                                         Your name’s Helena Alexandra de Barcelos

Yes I wanna  see the sights like no other fellas.

And I surely won’t mind meeting.

Someone who must meet me too

At any rate I need permission from her if I can date you.

 

John                                         So here’s my business card, I’m at the Rio Park.

Helena                                     And here’s my number but please call me before its dark.

John                                         Just name the things that you would like for us to see.

Helena                                     You know the first thing this is how it has to be.

 

John                                         Your mother?

Helena                                     No other!

Pause, and sighs.

 

John and Helena duet       My (Your) name’s Helena Alexandra de Barcelos

If you (yes I) wanna,  see the sights like no other fellas.

Then I’m (and I surely) sure you won’t mind meeting

someone who must meet you (me) too.

At any rate I need permission from her if I can date you.

 

If I can date you.

 

(ritard)  If   I can date….you!

 

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