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SWAN SONG

A 4-page comic script by Ayal Pinkus.

Revision Wed Nov 22 16:09:33 CET 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 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: A talented actor and handsome young man, women fall in love with him and he's clearly the type of wild man women like to tame and take home to rebel against their parents. A 19th-century rock artist, if you will.
Alexander: An older, distinguished man, member of the upper class establishment, father of the young woman Stefanov wants to marry. He is stern, yaded, head of the household. He has plans for his daughter and is looking for a good catch for her, he's looking for a stable financial future for her.
Ivan: A minor actor, Stefanov's colleague.

PAGE ONE - FOUR PANELS

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19th century drawing room. Young Stefanov and older Alexander sit on victorian-era chairs. Painted portraits of of high-society ancestors line the walls. Light falls through a window through the opened curtains which are tied to the sides. We look past Alexanders big silhouette, over Alexander's shoulder at anxious Stefanov.

PANEL ONE (010_010)

19th century drawing room. Young Stefanov and older Alexander sit on victorian-era chairs. Painted portraits of of high-society ancestors line the walls. Light falls through a window through the opened curtains which are tied to the sides. We look past Alexanders big silhouette, over Alexander's shoulder at anxious Stefanov.

1. ALEXANDER: No.

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Bust shot of Stefanov, exasperated.

PANEL TWO (010_020)

Bust shot of Stefanov, exasperated.

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

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Bust shot of Alexander as he addresses Stefanov stoically but sternly and decidedly.

PANEL THREE (010_030)

Bust shot of Alexander as he addresses Stefanov stoically but sternly and decidedly.

3. ALEXANDER: You can only marry my daughter if you give up the stage.

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Stefanov has lowered his head and is staring at the ground, saddened, defeated.

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Stefanov has lowered his head and is staring at the ground, saddened, defeated.

PAGE TWO - FOUR PANELS

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Stefanov leans in as he pleads and begs.

PANEL ONE (020_010)

Stefanov leans in as he pleads and begs.

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

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A silence. Alexander can not be swayed. But he looks away, avoiding eye contact with Stefanov as if he's uncomfortable and trying to distance himself from the situation and ignore Stefanov.

PANEL TWO (020_020)

A silence. Alexander can not be swayed. But he looks away, avoiding eye contact with Stefanov as if he's uncomfortable and trying to distance himself from the situation and ignore Stefanov.

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

PANEL THREE (020_030)

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

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We see over Alexander's shoulder as Stefanov has gotten up and is bowing in a show of reverence and respect to Alexander. He is a disillusioned, broken, shell-shocked, shaken, heart-broken young man but he hides it.

PANEL FOUR (020_040)

We see over Alexander's shoulder as Stefanov has gotten up and is bowing in a show of reverence and respect to Alexander. He is a disillusioned, broken, shell-shocked, shaken, heart-broken young man but he hides it.

2. STEFANOV: I thank you for your time, sir.

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

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.

1. ALEXANDER: By Ayal Pinkus, based on a play by Anton Chekhov.

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Inside the theater. A packed audience

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Inside the theater. A packed audience

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

PANEL THREE (030_031)

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

2. STEFANOV (ADDRESSING IVAN): See all these people?

3. STEFANOV (ADDRESSING IVAN): They applaud me.

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Stefanov has turned to a colleague actur, Ivan.

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Stefanov has turned to a colleague actur, Ivan.

1. STEFANOV (ADDRESSING IVAN): But would they allow me, a lowly actor, to marry their daughter?

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Ivan, pleading to Stefanov as Stefanov empties his Vodka bottle.

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Ivan, pleading to Stefanov as Stefanov empties his Vodka bottle.

2. IVAN: You're up, Stefanov.

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Half drunk, half angry, Stefanov addresses Ivan.

PANEL THREE (040_041)

Half drunk, half angry, Stefanov addresses Ivan.

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

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4. ALEXANDER: By Ayal Pinkus Based on a play by Anton Chekhov

5. ALEXANDER: No.

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

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7. ALEXANDER: You can only marry my daughter if you give up the stage.

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

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9. STEFANOV: I thank you for your time, sir.

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10. STEFANOV (ADDRESSING IVAN): See all these people?

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11. STEFANOV (ADDRESSING IVAN): They applaud me.

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12. STEFANOV (ADDRESSING IVAN): But would they allow me, a lowly actor, to marry their daughter?

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13. IVAN: You're up, Stefanov.

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

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THE END