SCRIPT

  

DUNCES OF THE ROUND TABLE:

PADDY JOHNSON VERSION

 

Written by:
HC HUYNH

  Performed on:
 April 5th, 2016

Guest Critic:
Paddy Johnson


Performance Instructions:

1.  Follow the script

2.  Pause if things are done off script

3.  Comply to the time guidelines of the Critical Session
      - 10 minute cold read by Paddy Johnson
      -  5 minute “Artist & Critic” discussion
      - 15 minute Open Forum

                        Each role for each segment will be explained in the script.  You may read the script ahead of time but not everything will be guaranteed to go as planned.

 4.  If at any point the performance breaks down, jump straight to the open forum discussion for the remainder of the time.

 5.  The role of the narrator is played by an audience member who is willing to participate.  The performance will begin once someone is willing to comply.


Int. Steuben Gallery – Gallery A – Tuesday Evening

Characters:   The Narrator
                      Paddy Johnson
                      THE DUNCE

PART 1: THE COLD READ
 

The Narrator

Welcome to the last Critical Session.  Tonight we have Paddy Johnson [pause and allow Paddy to gesture her presence] critiquing the work of HC HUYNH.  In her place tonight, we have THE DUNCE. [THE DUNCE waves] This first portion will be Paddy giving a 10 minute cold read of the work.


Paddy Johnson

[Paddy gives a 10 minute cold read of the work]
 

***EXACTLY 10 MINUTES MUST PAST BEFORE CONTINUING THE SCRIPT***


   PART 2: THE “ARTIST & CRITIC” DISCUSSION
 

*** IF THE 5 MINUTES IS UP, JUMP TO PAGE 5***
 

The Narrator

Paddy has given a very generous read of the work.  Now we transition to the [use your hand to gesture the quotations] “Artist & Critic” discussion of the work.  Unfortunately, the artist is not present. So THE DUNCE will take her place.  However, THE DUNCE will not be taking questions.  THE DUNCE turns to Paddy [THE DUNCE turns to Paddy] and asks, “Is this what you have expected?  What qualities of this reflected what was in the portfolio? What is different?”

 

[Paddy replies back to THE DUNCE]
 

The Narrator

THE DUNCE makes a contemplative face [THE DUNCE poses contemplatively] and asks Paddy, “How do you feel about the artist not being present tonight?  Does it enhance or hinder the work?” 

 

Paddy Johnson


             [Paddy replies back to THE DUNCE]


The Narrator

THE DUNCE stares out at the audience to think about what Paddy had just said. [THE DUNCE stares out at the audience to think.] A thought dawns THE DUNCE [THE DUNCE gestures a thought dawning] but then the thought fleeted and THE DUNCE retrieves. [THE DUNCE retrieves] Slowly THE DUNCE turns to Paddy and asks… [THE DUNCE asks Paddy a question]

 

Paddy Johnson

[Paddy replies back to THE DUNCE]

 

The Narrator

The “Artist & Critic” discussion has come to an end.

 

 

PART 3: OPEN FORUM

 

The Narrator

This Critical Session now transitions over to an Open Forum.  The audience may ask questions directed only to Paddy.  THE DUNCE will not be taking questions.  Paddy also has the opportunity to pose questions to the audience as well.  [Pause]  THE DUNCE stares into the crowd in search for John Monti. She sits on the set hoping that John would ask Paddy a question.
 

***WAIT TO SEE IF JOHN MONTI WILL ASK A QUESTION.  IF NOT, SKIP TO THE NEXT LINE FOR THE NARRATOR IN THE SCRIPT.***
 

Paddy Johnson

[Paddy answers John’s questions]

 

The Narrator

THE DUNCE then looks at Kelly Driscoll with longing eyes for a comment. 
 

***WAIT TO SEE IF KELLY DRISCOLL WILL ASK A QUESTION.  IF NOT, JUMP TO THE NEXT PORTION.***
 

***ALLOW THIS TO BE A NORMAL OPEN FORUM UNTIL THE END. THE DUNCE WILL CONTINUE TO BE SILENT***

 

THE END