Aye, Calypso!

Brief: Write a play in which you meet one of your idols.

Excerpt:

JACQUES:                  Do you know why these were made without handles?

MELISSA:                   I do. It was so the submarine officers on watch could wrap their hands around them for warmth.

JACQUES:                  Warmth is something we all need when we are at sea.

(he places the mugs on a low table between them, and pours tea from a pot into each)

Do you need milk or sugar?

MELISSA:                   I used to. Not so much anymore.

JACQUES:                  I find I like the bit of astringency that comes with black tea. It’s bracing. Reminds you you’re alive.

Notes:  Some of Jacques’s lines are taken from actual quotations.

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06 – Aye Calypso!

Jacques Cousteau Statue by Ron Jordan

CC BY-NC-ND 4.0 Aye, Calypso! by Melissa Bartell is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License.

2 thoughts on “Aye, Calypso!

  1. I loved this! I was glued to the TV watching the Undersea World of Jacques Cousteau.
    I live where we can walk in his footsteps. I have met his wife Francine. She wore his red watch cap.
    This was a charming piece. I could hear his French accent.
    And of course the words of John Denver. Beautiful piece! You are very talented.

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