About the play “In the Same Boat”

Author: Egils Snore

Lenght: 3 scenes

Genre: drama

Cast size: two female and one male part

 Scene take place:  1st – during late 1970’s, Scene 2nd and 3rd – during early 1990’s.

Play was written in: 1996

Synopsis: Scene 1. Husband and wife. A Latvian theatre star in her 50-ies welcomes her ten years younger husband in his dressing room after his first true but belated success in theatre. Seeing his wife in the dressing room is an unpleasant surprise for the husband who despite his success has decided to leave the stage and become a film director. And he has decided to divorce his wife who until then had supported him and advanced his career in the theatre. He is a strikingly handsome man, famous all over theSoviet Unionfor his legendary part as a Soviet spy. However in the relationship game the wife turns out to be much stronger than the on-screen spy. Using all the weaponry of psychological warfare, the wife finds out that the husband has met another woman with whom he could have a meaningful relationship; the wife declares that she would not give him a divorce. Still the husband insists. The wife goes on to threaten her husband and tells him how she organised refugee boats to cross the Baltic Sea from Kurland over to Sweden in 1944 during WWII, while secretly being a KGB agent. The boat trips ended up in the hands of the Red Army patrols close to the shore and for most of the refugees it meant a soon death. The legendary on-screen spy does not want to continue this conversation and leaves the dressing room. However his marriage lasts for many years.

Scene 2. Husband and lover. In the wake of the 1991, the husband has come to see his long-time lover whom he had been meeting for ten years in great secrecy. It seems that this is a moment when their feelings and mutual understanding have reached the peak. He does not tell it to her in so many words but he feels that he has finally regained his true independence only now together with the new Latvia state. However to have independence alone is not enough for him; and a creative personality who had been forced to live in lies or half-truths in his professional life for years needs spiritual cleansing or blessing. Like many others he has decided to receive it from a prophet who has found his way toLatvia. Fearing for him, his lover resists this idea. They start to argue and he leaves, offended that his lover does not regard him to be great enough to need this blessing.

Scene 3. Wife and lover. Later also husband as a vision. Soon after receiving the blessing of the false prophet the man the both women share is dead. The lover calla the wife in a fit of passion and arrives to her summer cottage. The older woman gets the psychological upper hand again and she finds out everything she has ever wanted to know, she even discovers that the lover had been to the morgue and she had noticed strange spots where the false prophet could have touched the man’s body. The younger woman is still in a fit of passion, she drinks whiskey the wife offers her, and after easing her heart the lover accepts the wife’s invitation to spend the night in the cottage where she had met her lover secretly several times. As soon as her head hits the pillow she falls asleep but the older woman cannot quench her anger and approaches her bed with an obvious intention to kill her.

A vision: a boat appears through fog. The man is sitting in the boat, dressed as a Red Army officer. He invites one of the women to join him in the boat. It turns out that he has chosen the older woman.

The morning starts with the younger woman’s call to the police, telling that she has found the older woman dead on the floor with a pillow in her hand.

Email author: egilssnore@inbox.lv

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