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SWAN SONG

A 4-page comic script by Ayal Pinkus.

Revision Mon Sep 18 11:15:48 CEST 2017.
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An adaptation for comics of Anton Chekhov's early one-act play, published in 1889.

This script is released under the Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International Public License , which means artists are allowed to modify and use this script without having to pay a fee.

PAGE-BY-PAGE BREAKDOWN

  1. 19th century dark wood drawing room. Young Stefanov and older Alexander sip cognac. "No," the Father says. "You can not marry my daughter unless you give up the stage," Alexander continues.
  2. "But acting is my life, my passion!" the young Stefanov pleads. A silence. A realization. Stefanov walks out briskly and angrily.
  3. Theater at night. Packed audience. Stefanov, now dressed in costume peeks at the aufience, then turns to a colleague. "See all these people? They applaud me, but allow me, a lowly actor, to marry their daughter? Never!"
  4. The curtain opens. "You're up. Stefanov," Ivan says. "Why do I waste my life entertaining them, Ivan?" He turns, sighs, disillusioned he empties a Vodka bottle and unsteadily stumbles onto stage.

CHARACTERS

Stefanov: CharacterDescription
Alexander: An older, distinguished man of the upper class, father of the young woman Stefanov wants to marry.
Ivan: A minor actor, Stefanov's colleague.

PAGE ONE - THREE PANELS

PANEL ONE (010_010)

19th century dark wood drawing room. Young Stefanov and older Alexander sip cognac.

1. ALEXANDER: No.

PANEL TWO (010_020)

Stefanov exasperated.

2. STEFANOV: But why, if I may ask, sir?

PANEL THREE (010_030)

Alexander addresses Stefanov.

3. ALEXANDER: You can not marry my daughter unless you give up the stage.

PAGE TWO - FOUR PANELS

PANEL ONE (020_010)

Stefanov, pleads, begs.

1. STEFANOV: But acting is my life, my passion!

PANEL TWO (020_020)

A silence. Alexander can not be swayed.

PANEL THREE (020_030)

Stefanov's face. He realizes he will not be allowed to marry the woman he loves.

PANEL FOUR (020_040)

Stefanov is getting up, a disillusioned, broken, shell-shocked, heart-broken young man.

2. STEFANOV: Thank you for your time, sir.

PAGE THREE - FOUR PANELS

PANEL ONE (030_010)

Outside a theater at night on a busy city street. It's Saturday night and people are enjoying a night out.

PANEL TWO (030_020)

Inside the theater. A packed audience

PANEL THREE (030_030)

Stefanov, now dressed in costume is peeking at the aufience through the curtains.

PANEL FOUR (030_040)

Stefanov has turned to a colleague actur, Ivan.

1. STEFANOV (ADDRESSING IVAN): See all these people? They applaud me, but would they allow me, a lowly actor, to marry their daughter? Never!

PAGE FOUR - FIVE PANELS

PANEL ONE (040_010)

The curtain is opening. revealing an anticipating audience.

PANEL TWO (040_020)

Ivan, pleading to Stefanov.

1. IVAN: You're up. Stefanov.

PANEL THREE (040_030)

Stefanov empties a Vodka bottle.

PANEL FOUR (040_040)

Half drunk, half angry, Stefanov addresses Ivan.

2. STEFANOV: Why do I waste my life entertaining them, Ivan?

PANEL FIVE (040_050)

Ivan looks worried as Stefanov unsteadily stumbles onto the stage.

THE END