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 Posted: Mon Apr 12th, 2010 02:31 pm
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GREAT MOMENTS IN HISTORY
MARCH 15, 44 BC
CAESAR HAS BREAKFAST
A BREAKFAST TABLE COMPLETE WITH TOAST AND COFFEE
A MAN AND A WOMAN SIT AT THE TABLE
EACH IS DRESSED IN SOMETHING THAT RESEMBLES A TOGA
THE WOMAN IS DOING HER NAILS
THE MAN IS READING A NEWSPAPER


CALPURNIA
Jeesie!  Jessie dear could you come in here please?

A young woman appears she is dressed in something like animal hides and has the requisite maid hat on

JESSIE
Yes Ma'am?

CALPURNIA
Jessie you may clear breakfast please, but leave the coffee.

JESSIE
Yes Ma’am. 

She shuffles off

CALPURNIA
I swear that girl.  She is slower than Alexander riding an elephant into India. You simply have to find another country to invade with better slaves.  Why don’t you go back to Gaul?  The girls from there are so interesting. They’re a bit smelly, but at least they moved quickly.  Julius?  Julius, are you listening?

JULIUS
(still reading the paper)
Yes dear.

CALPURNIA
I was talking with Antonia, you know Mark’s second wife.  And she was telling me how they had been getting these girls up from Egypt. They’re smart and clean and good with children. Wouldn’t it be nice to hear the patter of little feet around the palace.  Oh, I’m not saying immediately, but soon. I mean, you’re not getting any younger, and neither am I.

Julius drops the paper down enough to look at her
She doesn’t notice him looking and he continues reading


CALPURNIA
It’s just that everyone says the same thing when I’m out and about.  “So...When are you going to be giving us our little emperor?”.  I never know what to say.  I just smile and laugh and change the subject.  And if they press, I just say that you’re very busy running the empire and that we never have any quality time together.  That seems to put them off for awhile. 
Jessie comes back in with a tray and begins clearing dishes from Calpurnia’s side

CALPURNIA
Jessie. Now do be sure to give the scraps to the lions. They are looking a bit scraggly since we ran out of Israelites. Jessie!  Jessie, do you hear me?

JESSIE
Yes Ma’am.  Scraps for the lions. 

Jessie shuffles towards the other end of the table

JESSIE
Are you finished with your breakfast Mister Caesar?

Caesar drops his paper and takes a sip from his coffee cup.

JULIUS
Yes Jessie.  I’m all done.  Thank you.

JESSIE
Yes sir.  Thank you sir.

Jessie clears his place and shuffles off

CALPURNIA
Why is she so pleasant with you?  It’s like pulling teeth for me to get her to say please or thank you. 
 
JULIUS
Well, maybe if you were a bit nicer to her, she’d be nicer to you. 

CALPURNIA
Oh don’t be silly, she’s the help. 

Julius picks up the paper and begins reading

CALPURNIA
Oh, honey put down the paper and talk to me.

JULIUS
About what?

CALPURNIA
How is work?
 
JULIUS
Work is work.

CALPURNIA
Are you getting along with the Senate any better?

JULIUS
No.

Calpurnia sits quietly for a moment

CALPURNIA
How come we never talk any more? When we first got married we would talk all night.  We would lie in bed and watch the stars as they moved across the sky.  You never talk to me anymore.

JULIUS
We talk.  We talk plenty.  I’m talking to you now.

CALPURNIA
No you’re not.  You are reading the paper and answering questions. That’s not talking. (pleading) Julie, please?

JULIUS
All right.  Fine
He puts down the paper

JULIUS
What do you want to talk about?

CALPURNIA
I hear that your planning another trip to Egypt.

JULIUS
Yes. I’m going to Egypt.  I’ve got a mess that needs to be cleaned up down there.

CALPURNIA
It wouldn’t have anything to do with that harlot Cleopatra would it?

JULIUS
(pleading)
How many times do we have to go over this?  It was ages ago.  She meant nothing.  It was a war.  You know how men get when they go to war in a foreign place.  The blood was up, I was lonely.  Besides, she was a queen of a conquered land, what was I supposed to do?  She threw herself at me.

CALPURNIA
I’m sure you didn’t fight her off.  And now I here she’s staying at the lake house on the outskirts of town.  Oh Julius how could you?
She begins weeping



JULIUS
(going to her)
Calli?  Calli?  You know you’re the only woman for me.  You’re the one I want to spend the rest of my life with. How could you ever think that I’d care about anybody but you?  Your my little “Tesorina”.  My greatest treasure.  Now stop your crying.

He takes her face in his hands tenderly



JULIUS
Look at me. 

She looks the other way



JULIUS
(pulling her face towards him)
Come on. Look at me.  Now you believe me don’t you?

CALPURNIA
You really love me?

JULIUS
Of course I love you. Who bought you this big house?

CALPURNIA
You did.

JULIUS
And who got you that new chariot with all the bells and whistles on it?

CALPURNIA
You did.

JULIUS
And who’s going to send a legion of troops back up to Gaul to get you some nice, clean, girls to work around the house for you.  Maybe a nice nursemaid or two for the kids.

CALPURNIA
(jumping up and hugging him)
Oh Julie!  Do you mean it?  Really really mean it? Little Dictators of our very own?

JULIUS
As long as you stop all this nonsense about the Cleopatra woman.  All right?

CALPURNIA
Cross my heart and hope to die.

JULIUS
I need to get to work.

Walking back to his end of the table

JULIUS
What are you doing today?

CALPURNIA
Some of the girls and I are going to go see a play and then spend the afternoon at the vomitorium.

JULIUS
Well you have fun.  Don’t stay out too long.  Remember we’re having Brutus and his wife over for dinner.

CALPURNIA
Oh, he is such a bore.  Blah, blah, blah, blah, blah.  He never stops talking.

JULIUS
A necessary evil I’m afraid.  I have to put up with all kinds from the office if I want to keep the peace.

He starts gathering rolls of parchment from the table

JULIUS
I swear the paperwork never ends in this job, one day it will be the death of me I know it. 

He leans in to give her a kiss

CALPURNIA
Be careful, my big handsome dictator you.  Don’t let those little men push you around.

Caesar leaves
Calpurina takes a sip of coffee
Jessie comes dragging in


JESSIE
Excuse me Miss Calpurina, is Mister Caesar gone off to work?

CALPURNIA
Yes Jessie.  He has just left for the senate.  Why?

JESSIE
There’s a man outside the back gate all dressed in rags asking for Mister Caesar.  He keeps saying to tell him to beware some somebodys named Ides during the month of March.. He’s a strange one Miss.  All raggedy and soothsaying like.

CALPURNIA
Send him away Jessie,  and go and draw me a bath.  I need to get ready for the theatre.

JESSIE
What’s you seeing Miss Calpurnia?

CALPURNIA
Something by that new playwright, Plautus.  It’s got stabbings and monsters and things in it.  I’m not too keen on that sort of play, but it’s all that rage I understand. Now hurry on and fill the bath.  I’m dreadfully late.

JESSIE
Yes Miss. Right away Miss.  Stabbings in the theatre. Who’d a thought?

Jessie shuffles off


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 Posted: Mon Apr 12th, 2010 02:42 pm
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Moonmi,

What a fun way to start the day!  Thank you.

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Delightful.

Just another married couple going about their business.

I laughed out loud at:

CALPURNIA
Are you getting along with the Senate any better?

Times haven't changed much. Michelle could ask that of Barack today!

Keep doing more of these. They could make for a fun night of shorts.

best,

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"All raggedy and soothsaying like. "- Love it.

Please keep these going, they're great fun.

-Wilde

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riding an elephant into India. You simply have to find another country to invade with better slaves.  Why don’t you go back to Gaul?  The girls from there are so interesting. They’re a bit smelly, but at least they moved quickly.  Julius?  Julius, are you listening?





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I like this. It's snappy and vivid at the same time.

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