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June 13, 2010

ACT 2: of Becoming One

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Emily Stern Performing Becoming One; May 16, 2010, Featured Artwork by Emily Stern; series entitled, "The Broken Tablets"; Photo by Jordana Golden

ACT 2

HALACH:AND ISAAC SAID ,
ISAAC: I FEEL SUCH LOVE HERE.
REBECCA:WHO IS THAT MAN WALKING IN THE FIELD TOWARDS US? WHO IS THIS STRANGER STARING BACK AT ME?
IS THIS REALLY HAPPENING? WHO IS THIS I SEE?
A STRANGER HERE TO CHANGE ME,
A MESSENGER FROM GD.
WHO IS THIS STRANGER AND HOW COULD IT BE
THAT THIS COMPLETE STRANGER’S NO STRANGER TO ME?
PLEASE GD LET ME ONLY SPEAK TRUE THINGS.
THERE IS SO MUCH TO TELL.
ISAAC:INNUMERABLE ONE, IS IT ALL OR NOTHING?
REBECCA:HE WERE A LAUGH WRITTEN OUT LONG HAND.
ISAAC:I FELT MY WHOLE BODY BURST.
ARE WE GENERATING A LIGHT
THAT FEELS LIKE A CANDLE
WRAPPED IN YELLOW AND BLUE?
REBECCA:HOW CAN YOU LOVE A FLAVOR
JUST ONE FLAVOR SO DEEPLY SO PURELY SO TRUE?
HOW CAN YOU LOVE ME?
AND LOVE HOW I LOVE YOU?
AND HOW CAN YOU SAVOR THIS MOMENT
SO DEEPLY, AND GIVE ALL THE LOVE THAT YOU DO?
DO YOU ALL KNOW THAT THIS A JOKE
A PRACTICAL JOKE?
I’VE STOPPED HUMORING YOU.
HOW CAN YOU LOVE ME
OR LOVE ME OR LOVE ME
OR LOVE ME THE WAY THAT YOU DO?
ISAAC:AND IT’S AN URGENT MATTER
BEING HERE WITH YOU.
DOING EXACTLY WHAT WE’RE MEANT TO BE DOING.
REBECCA:I AM AFRAID I AM REALLY MYSELF.
IF THERE IS A PART I’M PLAYING….
ISAAC:IF LOVE WERE TO OPEN, TO FULLY OPEN . . .
REBECCA:THERE’S NO WHERE TO THE PERFECT LOVE,
AND THE ONLY WHERE TO DO IS UP…
GO TO THE TOP OF THE MOUNTAIN.
ISAAC:YOUR PRESENCE HAS AWAKENED
A LEVEL OF MY PSYCHIC SOUL
NEVER BEFORE SPOKEN TO DIRECTLY.
YOU LOOK ME IN THE EYE, YOU LOOK ME IN THE HEART.
HALACH:THEY ARE FACING THE SUN.
THEY SAY THIS IS PRETTY,
BUT WHAT IS LOVE?
THEY ASK TO BE TAUGHT
WHAT SONG IS
BY BEING SUNG.
ISAAC:KALLAH KALLAH KALLAH,
SISTER LISTENER TEACHER FRIEND,
DANCE AND DANCE TILL THERE’S NO END,
TASTING SWEETEST HONEY WITH YOUR TOE
IN PROMISING YOUR HAND.
REBECCA:IF LOVE WERE TO OPEN,
TO FULLY OPEN,
I’D SAY I HOPE I MADE NO ASSUMPTIONS
OF ONE AND ONENESS,
HALACH:AND THEY WILL JOIN THEIR HANDS
AND THEN THEY BOTH WILL TURN THEIR HEADS
AND LOOK INTO EACH OTHER’S EYES.
ISAAC:V’ZOT HAMITZVAH HACHooKeem
v’hameshpateem ASHER TSEEVA YA.
ELOHEYCHEM L’LAMAAD ETCHEM LA’ASOT
B’ARETZ ASHER ATEM OVREEM
SHMA L’REESHTAH: L’MAAN TEERA
ET YA ELOHECHA
TO KEEP WITH ALL OF HIS MITZVOT
THAT I COMMAND YOU. THAT YOUR SON
AND THE SON OF YOUR SON
ALL DAYS OF YOUR LIFE
SO THAT YOUR DAYS MAY BE LENGTHENED.
REBECCA:WALK BEFORE ME, AND I MAY LEARN TO FLY.
I DANCE TILL THERE’S NO END
IN THE PROMISE OF MY HAND.
OF WATERY STONES.  (Her torah)
WHAT IS HERE IS WHOLE AND WIDE,
LET US CHANGE EACH OTHER’S LIVES.
HALACH: AND HE SAID I FELT SUCH LOVE HERE
TRUST COME TO WHISPER—- KALLAH
IMAGINE THIS MOMENT JUST SPIRALS OF LIGHT
NOW ARE THE WILLOWS. IT RAINED LAST NIGHT,
A CAMP IN THE KIND OF KINGDOM
WHERE SHE BROKE HIM REMEMBRANCE.
WATERS FROM THE MOST HIGH
HAVE FULL OF GROUND AND LOVE
REBECCA:LAMPS OF FOLDED TABLETS.
THAT THE GROUND REMEMBERS,
HALACH:AND THEN THE GROUND COMES TO MEET THEM.
THE FLOWERS TOLD L’DOR V. DOR
ABRAHAM:JOKSHAN MEDAN MIDIAN ISHBAK
AND SHUAH.
ISAAC:I DO NOT WANT ANYTHING FROM GD.
I ONLY WANT TO SEE WHAT SHE (REBECCA) WANTS.
DO YOU WANT TO GIVE MY SOMETHING
THAT I AM TO RECEIVE?
DO YOU WANT TO GIVE ME?
IF THERE IS SOMETHING THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO GIVE ME,
IF THERE IS SOMETHING THAT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SAY,
IF THERE SIMPLY IS SOMETHING
TO UNTANGLE IN MY MIND, MY SOUL,
IF THERE IS SOMETHING THAT YOU WOULD LIKE
TO TRUST ME WITH,
TRUST ME WITH THE WIDTH OF THIS LAND.
HALACH:(whispered) THE FLOWERS TOLD THE STORIES OF YOUR POEMS.
REBECCA:EACH A LITTLE PIECE INSIDE THE OTHER,
JOKSHAN BEGOT SHEBA AND DEDAN THROUGH GLASS.
ISAAC:A TRANSLATION OF PRESENCE OFFERED ME A LANGUAGE    
REBECCA:THAT SEEMS TO TRANSLATE TO A FACE THAT MOVES.
AND IS MOVING ME.
HE SAID RISE AND I SAID COME DOWN.
I KNOW THE PLACE YOU’RE LIVING IN
WHEN IT WAS SAID LET THERE BE LIGHT
BECAUSE LIGHT WAS NEVER FIRE
THAT WAS JUST THE MOVEMENT.
WHAT I WANTED TO DO NOW.
CHANGE THE NATURE OF THE MOMENT.
WITH YOU.
ISAAC:MAYBE LIKE A HAND AS YOU
OFFERED ME A LANGUAGE.
ONE STEP AND A TIME .
ASSHURIM LETUSHIM LE’UMMIM
MIDIAN EPHAH EPHER ENOCH ABIDA ELDAAH.


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ACT 1 spins around ABRAHAM and SARAH as they enter a new transient and transcendent land amidst the stars.  This scene expresses the process of awakening and transcendent nature of asking the question who am i? The characters in the play locate themselves within the question and the quest. They are wrestling with their divine spirit.“pray tell me your name. but he said “why do you ask my name?” (Gen. 23:30)

We move to Act 2, the coming together of ISAAC and REBECCA in as they begin to walk through life as a couple. Symbolically expressed language and imagry of commitment, marriage, childbirth, and the receiving of Torah. I have tried to equate the breaking of tablets to a ground memory, ancestral memory, or bodily memory within all life.  Apology for the heterosexuality of it all, hopefully wavering in the multiplicity therein.

This is a poetic exploration
told in 3 acts
of contraction and expansion,
searching and questioning,
praying, of breaking,
being on the land as a person of faith,
this seeing of the stars in the sky,
the seeds in the ground,
the glass that breaks at weddings,
The tablets that shatter in the sand
The birth that exists here,
and most of all hope. 
It is told through our matriarchs and partriarchs
to show the continuation of our lineage
interwoven with the living Torah of guidance.

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