Sunday, July 19, 2009

Historical Pitch Session 6

“It’s a rending tale of right and wrong, love and—”

“Love? Does the guy get the girl?”

The old guy adjusted his white drapery. “…He gets her body.”

EE rubbed his hands in glee. “I can tell already it’ll be a best-seller. How juicy is the scene?”

“Juicy? Oh, you mean dramatic. Very.”

“Very as in adult audiences only, or we can still get some teens to read it?”

Sophocles squinted. “I’m not sure it matters… it is very dramatic, heartwrenching, gut-ripping….”


“Well, not her—she hangs herself.”

EE raised an eyebrow. “So you’re going for an audience that likes necrophilia.”

“Huh—oh—OH—no, no, no. When I said he gets her body, I mean he gets her dead body. He comes in and finds she’s hanged herself. Then he—”

“He what?”

“He kills himself, too. And then Creon—”

“Let me guess. Kills himself.”

“Uh, no, actually. His wife does, but he begs the gods to kill him.”

“What a wimp. Look, you got anything spicier?”

Sophocles shuffled his manuscripts. “I’ve got another about a king named Oedipus.”

EE yawned. “Let’s hear it.”

“Well, the problems started with a prophecy.”

“Prophecy shmophecy. Get to the meat.”

“He… killed his father and married his mother?”

EE sat up straight. “Now THERE’S something I can work with!”



Aimee K. Maher said...

This is great. Good job, Rachel.

Dave F. said...

A treatise on how to tragically wreck a Greek Tragedy. That's so tragic really. Hysterical tears tragic! Chorus tragic. tragic, tragic, tragic, I say!


WouldBe said...

EE has a soph spot for dysfunctional families?

ril said...

The ancients were a tad less PC than we are today, and yet didn't seem to suffer for it. Other than they're all dead. Good one.

sylvia said...

I love EE as the sleazy agent in this, nicely set off by the drama.

Rick Daley said...

EE getting enthusiastic and not rejecting a work...I never thought of that, what a clever twist ;-)