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The musical is inspired by two things – The Arab Spring, and the Occupy Movement. Everyone is on stage throughout the entire musical. Many of the expository plot points are news headlines displayed (maybe by projector) and read aloud by the cast. Almost a Brechtian and avant-garde delivery of the material. The setting is a fictional country, present day, but with almost a Blade Runner vibe. Think dystopian. Think Hunger Games. Science fiction meets punk.

Main characters (some to be named):

The Hero – In his fifties. A former member of the state’s army, now a writer of a popular yet private anti-state online community, ‘For The People, By The People’ (FTPBTP). Unintentional face of the rebellion. A radical.
Rhiannon – His devoted wife.
Ruby – His 22 year old daughter.
The Sidekick – Slightly younger than our hero. Best friend. Fellow writer on FTPBTP. Could be female if we are short on dudes.
The King – A tyrant. The quintessential wealth monger.
The Head of the Army – Takes power of the state after fall of the king. A ruthless soldier who uses force as a negotiating strategy.
A Young Armyman – A member of the army. 22. A layered character. Conflicted with his choice to be a part of the army in such a volatile time.
The Young Armyman’s Father – A stern man, second in command to the head of the Army. proud of his son’s involvement. Emotionally abusive to his son.
The Hero’s Mother
The Hero’s Father
Many Other Chorus Members

The show opens on a room in a palace. Nighttime. Everything is quiet. No one is in the room. Below on the main stage are camped out protesters with signs calling for justice. They are camped in front of the palace’s gates. Most of the protesters are asleep, some are huddled together quietly talking. Our hero and his sidekick walk into the room in the palace, wearing all black. The sidekick is on lookout. Our hero puts a drop of poison in a tea cup. They flee. Moments later, the king walks into the room, sits down, takes a sip of the cup. Blackout.

“THE KING IS DEAD,” someone shouts in a panic during the blackout.

Opening number:

“The Inevitable Small Rebellions” ISR_ROUGH_01.12.12

The hero:

Trying harder now

My feet wont touch the ground

The prey is running away

Without making a sound

Pushing through the crowd,

Those fools can’t stop me now,

Back home she’s waiting alone

Wondering aloud

Rhiannon (at home):

Has he been found it?

Did they take him away?

Will he return to me

A hero today?

Sidekick:

The word has gotten out,

The old man’s sleeping now,

The gates are burning away,

Cheered on by the crowd.

Chorus (protesters outside the gates):

Listen as we sing with the hearts of our Fathers, (We don’t want to wait any longer)

Remembering all you put them through, (And so now we gather here for the final hour)

Yesterday you came for the hearts of our daughters,

Today, today, today we come for you!

Listen as we sing with the hearts of our Fathers, (We don’t want to wait any longer)

Remembering all you put them through, (And so now we gather here for the final hour)

Yesterday you came for the hearts of our daughters,

Today, today, today we come for you!

Hero:

As I’m running home,

I see I’m not alone,

Chorus:

The clouds are clearing away,

As I hear the shots ring out.

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Immediately after the cast sings “shots ring out,” three shots are fire into the protesting crowd. Three people are shot. Two die. The head of the army is pushing his forces through the camp and the rest protesters are forced to flee. FTPBTP reads the protester movement has found an asylum outside the city walls and all members of the opposition should convene there.

Our hero calls Rhiannon to assure her he is okay. (In the spirit of avant-garde delivery, there won’t be actually phones they are talking into, they will just be facing front, across the stage from each other.) He sings “City Lights.”

“City Lights”

The hero:

Feels like I’ve been walking for days

It’s getting colder

Through every tunnel and highway

Bag on my shoulder

And my feet won’t, won’t let me turn the other way

Got both my eyes dead set ahead

Set on the city

Where most folks dangle by a thread

While some sit pretty

Some they say my chance my slip away

If I turn my head and walk the other way

Some they say my big shot might go astray

If my target shines so bright I look away

One devil on my shoulder singin out

Stop you fool

Another on the other disavowed

Keep your cool

Some they say my chance my slip away

If I turn my head and walk the other way

Some they say my big shot might go astray

If my target shines so bright I look away

All of these cars keep passing by

Not a single one offers a ride

And even if the bright lights of the city are not in sight

I’m gonna run I’m gonna run I’m gonna run

The hero and the rebels:

I’m gonna run!

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The protesters/rebels have all met up at the meeting point and are now discussing their options in light of the King’s death and the two protesters that were shot.

Scene now shifts to the head of the army and other army soldiers hanging out in a seedy bar (brothel?) While they are angry about the death of the King, we quickly see that the head of the army only cares that he is the one to succeed power in the state. All kinds of villainous talk takes place. The head of the army is seen also as a chauvinistic pig, treating the woman terribly. (As you can tell, this scene is to really establish that he will be the villain in this story). He sings the song “Desire” to a girl with whom he has been flirting, almost tauntingly. Some lyrics will have to change (here, as in other songs as well). The young armyman and his father are in this scene as well, although you can tell the young armyman is uncomfortable by the scene.

“Desire” DESIRE – Rough 1 01.21.12

You’re not fooling anyone

You’re the trigger when I hold the gun

I can feel the pressure like a bullet to my brain.

You know you never let me turn the key

With your heart shaped box in front of me

Guided by the voice that are shouting in my mind

Tempted by the fruit where all the juices taste like wine.

Come back baby, now now don’t be shy

Come back with the fire in your eye

I feel the burn

Set me free, desire

There’s a secret that you oughta know

There’s a part of me that let you go

Oh when you come around I turn my head down to the ground

And when you walk away I know you hear me when I say

Come back baby, come now don’t be shy

Come back with the fire in your eye

I feel the burn

Set me free, desire

And are you waiting?

Are you baiting?

Hearts keep racing,

Hearts keep breaking apart!

Set me free, desire.

Set me free!

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At the end of the song, somehow the young armyman has managed to sneak his way out of the seedy tavern to find his girlfriend, Ruby (who we don’t know is the hero’s daughter at this point). The two meet up, it is still nighttime. They discuss the events of the night briefly, but move on to talk about other things that young lovers talk about. It’s a romantic night. They sing a love song to each other (and are joined in by our hero and Rhiannon, singing from their respective locations. (Our hero and Rhiannon are singing to each other in the same way that Feival sings “Somewhere Out There” in American Tale. Great opportunity for a beautiful dance number here…

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Young Armyman and Ruby:

After all the waiting, I’ve returned

From far away, from a fairytale,

From a journey that lead me right back to here.

So any day and under any sun, I’ll be here,

Dancing till the shadows disappear,

Knowing your the one, shining bright,

And forever burning through the night,

So together we ignite

Far from everyone,

Out of sight,

From miles away, they will see the light,

From the connection we electrify tonight

So any day and under any sun, I’ll be here,

Dancing till the shadows disappear,

Knowing your the one, shining bright,

And forever burning through the night,

So together we ignite

So any day and under any sun, I’ll be here,

Dancing till the shadows disappear,

Knowing your the one, shining bright,

And forever by my side.

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Headlines of an escalation of force throughout the state. Civil liberties be stripped away. Lethal force being used by the police state with reckless abandon. Our hero’s portrayed as the face of the revolution in the media. Etc. Back at the rebel/protester outpost, our hero is having doubts about what to do next, wanting to avoid an all out war. He is uncomfortable with his new role. His sidekick steps in and sings “Fireman” with him, along with the other rebels and Rhiannon who has arrived at the outpost, to bring him to his sense. This is his moment. This is his calling. He must give hope to all those who are being mistreated by the state. Through the course of this song, we see the transformation of our hero from a humble scraggly writer, to a confident leader of the rebellion. By the end of “Fireman,” our protester outpost is a rebellion headquarters, supports all around, with pictures of his face. An Evita moment.

“Fireman”

The sidekick:


The kindling for fire

Burn and burn to get higher

Then step to the edge

And cut from your wire

Safe from the masses

With means to cover our assets

The hero:

Tempt me at the ledge

I’m gunna find the strength to move pass this

Call me fireman

Against all that money

Chorus:

We yelled Fie! Fie! Fie!

Sidekick:

I won’t hear what they say

Today’s another day

The Hero:

Call me fireman

The Hero and the Sidekick:

Burn, Burn, Burn

Burn, Burn, Burn

And take a step to the edge

And find another way

Chorus:

The kindling feeds fire

Burn and burn with desire

Then step to the edge

And cut from your wire

Call me fireman

Burn, Burn, Burn

Burn, Burn, Burn

And take a step to the edge

And find another way

Burn, Burn, Burn

Burn, Burn, Burn

And take a step to the edge

And find another way

Call me, call me, call me fireman.

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Our hero gets word that his elderly father is gravely ill due to the lack of resources being sent to those less wealthy in the state. He asks Rhiannon to run to fetch Ruby, they have to visit his Father before anything escalates too much. This is the first time we see that Ruby is our hero’s daughter. It’s kind of an “uh oh” moment. The family travels to visit the mother and the father. A toughing scene about an old man coming to terms with his mortality. He and his wife sing “Stars.”

“Stars”

The Mother and Father:

Paying double, double,

Waging triple for your time,

Are you able to part with these,

Like im able to with mine?

Its a necessary evil,

I’m not here to waste your time,

Whats this necessary evil, oh

The Father:

The truth is that I,

The truth is that I dont know.

The Family:

Oom bah way oh,

The Chorus:

Way oh!

Oom bah way oh, ti…..me

The Mother and Father:

Its a necessary evil,

I’m not here to waste my time,

Whats this necessary evil, oh

The Father:

The truth is that I,

The truth is that I let go.


Please let me float to space,

While the stars sing out their song

Chorus:

Oom bah diddy oh wah yay

Oom bah diddy oh wah yay we say

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The young armyman and Ruby meet up in secret again. We start to see his struggle to be a part of the army. He is free spirit inside but on the outside, he must be an armyman. It is what is expected of him by his father. It is where he feels like he belongs. It’s all he knows. His identity. He sings “Myography.”

“Myography”

The Young Armyman:

Have you read,

Myography,

The pages are about a man I,

Learned to be.

Started out,

A prodigy,

But burned the candle when the,

Light was free.

Now I’ve found a place that I,

Can call my own.

And I wonder if I’ll ever try,

To make it home.

Does it seem,

A tragedy?

When suddenly we struggle with,

Reality.

Do you fear,

Mediocrity?

Well chalk it up reasons

Why we bleed.

Now I’ve found a place that I,

Can call my own.

And I wonder if I’ll ever try,

To make it home.

Should I learn to live,

With the views in sight?

Or decide to break free?

I will break free.

Pull me away.

Now I’ve found a place that I,

Can call my own.

And I wonder if I’ll ever try,

To make it home.

Should I learn to live,

With the views in sight.

Or decide to break free!

I will break free.

Hold me.

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More headlines about escalation. Army planning on raiding a space they believe to the rebellion’s headquarters. War believed to be inevitable. “Fireman” reprise.

Burn, burn, burn!

Now take a step to the edge and cut from your wire!

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Knowing that his big moment is right around the corner, our hero sings a love song to his wife. He is coming to terms with his mortality as well and wants to make sure Rhiannon will remain strong if he doesn’t make it.

“Rhiannon”

The Hero:

Rhiannon, my girl, the most beautiful in the world.

Her eyes are soft, silent blue and whisper sweet “I love yous”

Now don’t fall away from my arms, I’ll keep you here free from harm,

The day will come when I am gone, Rhiannon please, carry on.

Oh darling, that showed me emotion,

I’ll always be for certain.

That day will come, this one devotion,

We’ll live life free from hurting

Now don’t fall away from my arms, I’ll keep you here free from harm,

The day will come when I am gone, Rhiannon please, carry on.

Oh Darling, that showed me emotion,

I’ll always be for certain.

That day will come, this one devotion,

We’ll live life free from hurting.

Oh my girl, the winds have changed for better

Now they blow, put up heart strong, let it go.

Oh smile forth, you know it lifts up all those downers,

Let it go, put forth heart strong, let it go.

Every day you wake up knowing your heart will continue growing,

Oh let it shine, let shine, my Rhiannon.

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Ruby and the young armyman meet up in private. He tells her that he is going to fight for the army. He tells her that they are going to war. Soon. He tells her that her Father’s headquarters is going to be attacked. She tries to talk him out of it. He doesn’t budge. There is a coldness in his eyes now. He is resolved. She tells him she never wants to see him again. She sends him away, she is sobbing. She sings “That’s How It Felt” with the rest of the girls in the show.

“That’s How It Felt”

Ruby (the parenthesis parts are sung by the other girls in the cast):

I finally found out what it means when you have a real heartbreak, (real heartbreak)

This is not just a song, (not just a song)

Every time I look inside myself I see that I must keep, (man must keep)

Rambling on. (rambling on)

I cried for you, I cared for you, I can’t believe I ended it, (ended it)

But I know this is right, (i know its right)

Thinking of the thought of you will mean that i will not be dreaming, (I must dream)

Throughout the night. (through the night)

(That’s how if felt)

It was never black, it was never white,

I was never sure that I got it right,

(That’s how if felt)

I got it in my head, got it in my heart,

I don’t know how it coulda start,

(That’s how if felt)

I believe the people, all the people

Who do say, who do say,

(That’s how if felt)

Loving one another for the other lover

Is the only way.

(That’s how if felt)

(That’s how if felt)

It was never black, it was never white,

I was never sure that I got it right,

(That’s how if felt)

I got it in my head, got it in my heart,

I don’t know how it coulda start,

(That’s how if felt)

I believe them people, all them people

Who do say, who do say,

(That’s how if felt)

Loving one another for the other lover

Is the only way.

I finally saw right through you and I knew what I had to do, (had to do)

This’ll be a new song, (be a new song)

Looking in your eyes and then you realize I’ll not be singing no love song,

‘Cuz now that’s gone.

(That’s how if felt)

It was never black, it was never white,

I was never sure that I got it right,

(That’s how if felt)

I got it in my head, spread down to my heart,

I don’t know how it coulda start,

(That’s how if felt)

I believe them people, all them people

Who do say, who do say,

(That’s how if felt)

Loving one another for the other lover

Is the only way.

(That’s how if felt)

(That’s how if felt)

Oh now it was never black, it was never white,

I was never sure that I got it right,

(That’s how if felt)

I got it in my head, got it in my heart,

I don’t know how it coulda start,

(That’s how if felt)

I believe them people, all them people

Who do say, now who do say,

(That’s how if felt)

Loving one another for the other lover

It’s the only way.

(That’s how if felt)

That’s how it ends!

It was always up then it was always down,

Never had a chance to even look around,

(That’s how it felt)

It started in my head, spread down to my heart,

I don’t know how it coulda start,

(That’s how if felt)

I believe them people, all them people

Who do say, who do say,

(That’s how if felt)

Loving one another for the other lover

Is the only way.

(That’s how if felt)

(That’s how if felt)

Oh now it was never black, it was never white,

I was never sure that I got it right,

(That’s how if felt)

I got it in my head, got it in my heart,

I don’t know how it coulda start,

(That’s how if felt)

I believe them people, all the people

Who do say, now who do say,

Love, love, love, love.

That’s how it felt.

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Headlines about the attack. It is going to happen tomorrow. Our hero walks into Ruby’s room. She is sleeping now. He stands above her to say goodbye. All the other men in the show are standing above cradles, saying goodbye to their sons/daughters. This is meant to be a touching moment where we see that both sides must sacrifce. Although we see the army as a bunch of bad guys, they have children as well. They all sing “Ruby”

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All the men:

Darling, a promise is a promise,

You will not miss a moment,

Not a moment, I swear. I swear.

And as I see you lying there,

There’s so much that

I will share with you, Ruby.

With you, Ruby.

And soon we’ll see the sunrise,

The stars will travel from the sky,

Out from the sky,

To your eyes,

To your eyes my dear.

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Headlines, war is here. Army forces move to surround the rebellion headquarters. Tension runs high as both sides wait for orders. Here, the hero (on the front lines) and the young armyman (on the opposing front lines) and Ruby and Rhiannon (at home) sing the song ‘That Lovers Make,’ to each other. Battle follows. FYI, full chaotic preparations for battle happen at 2.55 in this song. The nervous calm before the fighting starts at 3.22 and the actual fighting at 3.47.

‘That Lovers Make’ TLM ROUGH 1 21 12

Ruby:

Love, is all I ever needed you to say.

Young Armyman:

Help me brother, help me find my way.

The Hero:

Going back to trace the shadows in the sun.

Help me brother, help me come undone.

Rhiannon and Ruby:

Listen, lying there awake.

All Four:

When love has filled the sound, that lovers make.

The Hero and Young Armyman:

Take this heart, take it as my proof.

Help me brother, help me bear the truth.

Will I steal away from, never to hear my song?

Help me brother, help me move along.

All Four:

There’s this feeling I can’t shake,

When love has filled the sound, that lovers break.

Chorus (Armies, both sides):

I follow roads that lead me back to you,

And rise before the storm that greets the calm.

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The arrangement that we’ll use of this song will be slightly different: imagine a slow fade out of lighting while fighting is going on, and the voices keep singing their “Ahhs” After a blackout, lights come up on our hero, alive. Bodies litter the stage. He takes a closer look at one of them. It’s the head of the army. Quietly, voices start to sing, reverently, “The Inevitable Small Rebellions Reprise”

The Chorus/Rebels:

Listen as we sing with the hearts of our Fathers

Remember all you put them through

Yesterday you came for the hearts of our fathers

Today, today we come for you.

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A smile crosses over his face. They one. The revolution has happened. Tyranny over. He rushes home to greet Rhiannon. She is safe. He and Rhiannon sing “Unnamed Song Reprise”

Still Unnamed Song (BMS 1-12-12 ROUGH 1)

The Hero and Rhiannon:

After all the waiting, I’ve returned

From far away, from a fairytale,

From a journey that lead me right back to here.

So any day and under any sun, I’ll be here,

Dancing till the shadows disappear,

Knowing your the one, shining bright,

And forever burning through the night,

So together we ignite

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More headlines of progress. War is won by rebels, but unrest remains. Justice served but chaos replaces the police state. Our hero sits at home after sending his daughter and wife to bed. He pours himself a drink. A knock at the door. He opens the door. Gunshot. Right to the stomach. Our hero buckles over onto the floor. Young armyman looks frightened but resolved with gun in hand. Looks around and flees. Our hero sings “Autumn Song” with the chorus backing him up.

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The Hero:

Bluebird fly away, away, away

Bluebird will you tell everyone,

What’s done is done,

And what’s won is won.

You are waiting for a change,

While all remains the same.

Do you hear that gorgeous sound,

Comin’ up from the ground?

No I won’t sing alone in this song,

I’ve waited long, oh so long,

And oh so calm.

You are waiting for a change,

While all remains the same.

And you won’t believe the change,

If all around stays the same.

So fly away bluebird,

Far away bluebird,

Spin the earth so these leaves will change,

So nothing stays the same.

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