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Scene 1:

The Fugitive King

From the circus ring the Ringmaster reminds us that change, still relentlessly underway, has already weakened the power of the crown. In fact, one by one all the political presumptions of the ancient regime have been attacked and destroyed. As the Ringmaster retreats into the shadows, we are taken back to the Tuileries Palace where both the King and Queen bewail their plight: the good times at Versailles are gone; their children play outside in a garden which is hardly more than a prison, and they have even been prevented by the mob from a visit to St. Cloud, where they hoped "to breathe freely" for a moment. With their safety no longer guaranteed, Louis and his family attempt to flee Paris for the Provinces. The Ringmaster reveals the details of their failed escape, their capture, and their return to Paris. As he does so various incidents are acted out for the audience by circus performers. Assuming the title of Baroness Korrf, the Queen, with the King disguised as her valet, sets out to join the Marquis of Bouille, a loyal royalist, in the Alsace Lorraine. On the way, a keen-eyed postmaster recognizes Marie Antoinette and raises the alarm. The party is intercepted at Varennes. Distrust of both King and Queen, already general, is greatly exacerbated by their attempted flight. Despite threats of foreign intervention (the Brunswick Manifesto proclaimed Prussias intention to invade France) to protect the King and his interests, he and the Queen are escorted back to Paris and its openly hostile crowds. The atmosphere grows more and more charged. The National Assembly, having temporarily suspended the Kings remaining powers, but still keen to retain a constitutional monarchy, now exonerates the King of any potentially treasonable intentions in his failed escape. The people, however, represented here by the Chorus, express increasingly vehement Republican sentiments. A crowd of 6000 march to the Champs du Mars to sign a Republican petition. The National Guard opens fire, and fifty unarmed citizens are mown down. Even now the National Assembly advocates preserving the monarchy, and in the Constitution of 1791 does precisely this. The King, still dressed as a valet from his flight to Varennes, is escorted from the royal box to the center of the ring. There, he is re-invested with all the trappings of the monarchy. Bowed down by the weight of his vestments, which include the crown, orb and scepter, and by the responsibilities that accompany them, he drags himself, now an unwilling and pathetic figure, back to the box.

RINGMASTER
And high above
Homing in the restless sky
Rooks, melancholy, proclaim a schism between
God, sacred, and the Crown, profane
Between the heavens and the King
The dark horizon cracks a crooked grin
Admitting one small grain of change
Then two, then four, then bit by bit
Then tock by tick
All the old presumptions hove in range

KING
The King is afraid that his kingdom is slipping away

QUEEN
The Queen pines for the good times at Versailles

KING

He works on his locks to the sound of the ticking of clocks

QUEEN
The children play in a garden thats ringed with steel

KING
They wanted to visit St. Cloud to be able to

KING & QUEEN
Breathe in the air

OFFICER
The National Guard forbade them to leave

KING & QUEEN
But the Marquis of Boulli had a trump card up his sleeve

RINGMASTER
The Marquis of Boulli a good General
And fiercely loyal to the crown
With his army in the East
Hatched a plan to see the King released

QUEEN
The Queen assuming the title Baroness Korrf
Her papers signed by the King of course
Set forth before the break of day
To join up with Boulli in Alsace Lorraine

OFFICER
From the shadows King Louis disguised as a humble valet
Sneaks out to make his getaway
With a small entourage of course

OFFICER & CHORUS
Just a few hundred light horse

TROUBLEMAKER
Well let him go, let him run, with his Austrian whore

TROUBLEMAKER & MALE CHORUS
Let him go to Prussia

OFFICER & MALE CHORUS
Let him go to Austria
Let him go and die there

TROUBLEMAKER & MALE CHORUS
Let him go

OFFICER & MALE CHORUS
Let him die

TROUBLEMAKER, OFFICER & MALE CHORUS
Let him rot with his Austrian Queen...

CHORUS
That the Republic at last can come into being
But wait, fate would intervene

OFFICER
A keen-eyed postmaster by chance

OFFICER & CHORUS
Recognized the King and Queen and

CHORUS
Rode ahead to raise the alarm

RINGMASTER

In Parliament the moderates have their say

CONDORCET
The King has not fled
He was kidnapped instead
And spirited away

OFFICER
To suggest that the King would run is a damnable lie

CONDORCET
It sticks in our throats and conflicts with our national pride

OFFICER
But the Austrian court
And Brunswick of course
Say theyll declare war
If the Kings not restored

TROUBLEMAKER (mimicking Brunswick)
You must leave the King alone
Or all Paris will be torn down

Down to the very last stone

TROUBLEMAKER & OFFICER
Paris will be pulverized
Down to the very last bone

QUEEN
When the carriage returned
The acrid smoke of bridges burned
Hung heavy, like stifled sigh
And they say the Queen had a tear in her eye


OFFICER CHORUS
When through the carriage windows A few drops
Louis turned to face his peers in her eye
A loyal friend, the Comte de Dampierre A nice touch, a good try
Doffed his cap with elegance Too little
In deference to the King too late
A brave and foolish thing to do For a last roll
In light of the prevailing mood of the die

QUEEN
Witness the act of an honest man
To stand with cap in hand before the baying throng
Was a brave gesture but a foolish one

RINGMASTER & CHORUS
The crowd in a gesture less than elegant

RINGMASTER
Brutally remove his head

CHORUS
Brutally remove his head

CHILDRENS CHORUS
To take your hat off
Is the gesture of a toff
But even his lordship needs a head
To take his hat off of
So Dampierre lost his life
By being somewhat too polite
In face of all the pain and fear that festered

For more than a thousand years

SERGEANT (off stage)
By the left, Quick March!

CHILDRENS CHORUS
Dampierre has lost his head
The King has lost his crown
The carriage rolls through the streets
The crowd jeers, the wheels squeak
Hey, hey, what goes around
Always comes around

MALE CHORUS
In Germany and England
They celebrate our liberty
Over there by and by
Theyll have their 14th of July
In Germany and England they fete our

MALE CHORUS & CHILDREN

Liberty

OFFICER
The National Assembly try to whitewash the King

MALE CHORUS
His brothers in law
Are camped on every border
They fear to depose him
Would mean war

MARIE MARIANNE, RINGMASTER, OFFICER & CHORUS
But feelings run deep
And the man in the street
Hungry, weak but unbowed
Scents the taste so sweet of peacock meat
As it wafts over the crowd
So they march to the Champs du Mars
To demand Republic now

CHILDRENS CHORUS
We sing in the Champs du Mars

We sing of what we want
Republic with no delay

SERGEANT
Company Halt!

CHILDRENS CHORUS
Republic here, now, today
The National Assembly
Has got it wrong

SERGEANT
Present...

CHILDRENS CHORUS
We sing in the Champs du Mars

SERGEANT
Take Aim...

CHILDRENS CHORUS
We sing of what we want

SERGEANT
Fire!...

CHILDRENS CHORUS
Repub...

RINGMASTER
The echoes never fade from that fusillade
Lafayette fired upon
An unarmed crowd, six thousand strong

The fragile ship of State
Sinks beneath the waves
The crashing sea of blood
Drowns out the sound of the parade
They tidied up the Champs du Mars
They piled up the dead
The dead whose only crime had been
To dream of freedom
The dead whod never get to see
The King would be restored instead


Scene 2:

The Commune de Paris

With the monarchy restored despite the growing tide of opposition, Louis future, as well as that of the Crowns, seems even more in doubt. In Parliament, from where the Ringmaster addresses us, the various factions argue over the fate of the Capet dynasty. The moderates (the Girondins) cognizant of the threats from Austria and Germany to support the King with military action, are loath to bring him down. Republican fervor, however, now concentrated in the peoples insurrectionary Commune de Paris, seems irresistible. The National Guard, including the Marseille contingent, arrive in Paris to protect the city should the Austrian army endanger it, and, lending its support to the Commune, demands that Louis be deposed on the spot. Only Swiss guards defend the royal family at the Tuileries Palace. The Priest and the Chorus (the people of the Commune) condemn the moderates in Parliament who eventually fall in line. The battle for the Tuileries Palace commences. Hundreds of people are killed before the palace is taken. The Priest appears to be the only man left standing. The National Assembly, he informs us, now takes the stand of the dead and the dying: the monarchy is finished.

RINGMASTER
The Monarchy restored
The Crown sits tilted and uneasy now
The Girondins, one eye cocked nervous in the East
Are loath to bring it down

TROUBLEMAKER
But at the gates
Beyond the palsied grip of limp and timid politics
The Marseillais are girded for the fray
With pike and pick and bloodied stick
Theyll plant the laurel tree
And their song will be a fanfare for the Commune de Paris...

MALE CHORUS
Vive la Commune de Paris
For the love of God

In the name of freedom
For the crippled and the poor

RINGMASTER
The bells ring out the tambourines beat
The rise and fall of voices
The sound of marching feet
Signals the demise of the Capet dynasty

TROUBLEMAKER
Its not whether now but when
The King and Queen have only men
From Switzerland to defend the Tuileries
Remorseless as a rising tide
The san colottes prepare to die
Vive la Commune de Paris

CHORUS
Vive la Commune de Paris
Vive la Commune de Paris

Vive la Commune de Paris
Vive la Commune de Paris
Vive la Commune de Paris
Vive la Commune de Paris
Vive la Commune de Paris
Vive la Commune de Paris
Vive la Commune de Paris

REVOLUTIONARY PRIEST
Vive la Commune de Paris in Gods name

CHORUS
In Gods name

REVOLUTIONARY PRIEST
Vive la Commune de Paris
For the

REVOLUTIONARY PRIEST & CHORUS
Halt and the maimed

REVOLUTIONARY PRIEST
Who have no Pope and no hope of paradise

CHORUS
No hope of paradise

REVOLUTIONARY PRIEST
And nothing to lose but their miserable earthly lives...

CHORUS
Nothing to lose but their lives

REVOLUTIONARY PRIEST
Everyone under the sun has the power
To change the way the world is arranged

MALE CHORUS
If you dont use it
The powers that be will abuse it
Give up but half of your power
And youll get shafted

CHORUS
Vi......ve la Commune de Paris

REVOLUTIONARY PRIEST & CHORUS
Vive la, vive la, vive la Commune

Vive la, vive la, vive la Commune de Pairs

RINGMASTER
The National Assembly is confused
The Girondins blow back and forth
Like flags and ashes scattered by the truth

BOY
Oi, Mister...What is a Girondin?

RINGMASTER
A Girondin is careful of the company he keeps
He looks to find a sign before he leaps

TROUBLEMAKER
Like ranks of Marseillaise, six hundred deep
Arranged before the Tuileries

CHORUS
Its the end of the monarchy
Vive la Commune de Paris!

RINGMASTER
The presence of the Prussians on the border
Is a worrisome thing
The Brunswick manifesto
Serves only to stiffen the sinews
And weaken the King
To depose him now
Fills the Girondin hearts with fear
But the Prussians cross the border
And the order of the day becomes clear

REVOLUTIONARY PRIEST & CHILDRENS CHORUS
The monarchy is over
No more days in clover

CHORUS
The monarchy, cest fini

REVOLUTIONARY PRIEST & CHILDRENS CHORUS
Brunswick is a liar

Just listen to our cannon fire!

REVOLUTIONARY PRIEST
The National Assembly comes in line
With the halt and the maimed
And the dead and the dying
The monarchy, cest fini


Scene 3:

The Execution of Louis Capet

The war against Austria and Prussia, breaking out in the Spring of 1792, provides grounds to accuse Louis of treachery. The Ringmaster tells us that the people have been to see the King, demanding that he drink the health of the nation and again wear the red cap of liberty rather than look for comfort to his emigre brothers and their foreign allies in Austria. Apparently, the King no longer really cared. Donning the red cap too late to satisfy his visitors, they unceremoniously ripped it from his head. Now he is resigned to his fate. As a guillotine is rolled into the ring, the revolutionary dead appear to rise as ghosts. The Ringmaster gives a running commentary whilst the King, "a simple soul not bad, not mad", approaches the scaffold. As he mounts the steps to the blade, Marie Marianne asserts that too many people have died for the cause of freedom at the battle of the Tuileries for him to escape death now. Besides, the Priest adds, the King has betrayed the crowns sacred trust. It is necessary to take his life to wipe the slate clean, to begin again. The Troublemaker reiterates this notion. The ghosts raise their arms, pointing to the guillotine. As the blade falls, they lower them. Everyone stands motionless as the guillotine is trundled from the ring. The Queen, and her son, the Dauphin, who have been watching from their places in the royal box, descend to the ring, and move amongst the stationary ghosts. The Queen turns to her son. Terror, blood, and the blade are ever the constants, she sadly tells him.

RINGMASTER
In the spring of ninety-two
The Austrians and the Prussians too
Crossed the line
The war had come
The people went to see the King
Reluctantly he let them in

RINGMASTER & CHORUS
And over tea they said that
He must choose one hat

RINGMASTER
A crown in Koblenz with his friends
Or if he choose to make amends
He might adopt

CHORUS
He might adopt

RINGMASTER & CHORUS
Their scarlet bonnet

RINGMASTER
Surprise, surprise, when left to choose

Too late he choose "The Bonnet Rouge"

MARIE MARIANNE
Adieu Louis for you its over
Too many carpenters and bookkeepers and gardeners
Gave their ordinary lives to be free
On the battlefields of the Tuileries

REVOLUTIONARY PRIEST
To be King is a sacred trust
But you betrayed us
Poor King Louis
We must take your life
Clean the slate, start anew
Poor Louis, its over for you

TROUBLEMAKER
The time for grief is not yet here
Its to build a world without tears

That we toll the funeral bell
And shed our precious blood
Poor Louis and your precious blood as well

CHILDRENS CHORUS
Poor King Louis, youll soon be dead
Poor King Louis, far from your bed

TROUBLEMAKER
Far from your bed

CHILDRENS CHORUS
Life must always end to start anew

REVOLUTIONARY PRIEST
Poor King Louis
Its over for you!

QUEEN
Its always the terror you can rely on
To eat its way into your heart
Like rust and there to spy on

The blood, the blade, the speeches made
That mingle in your very entrails


Scene 4:

Marie Antoinette The Last Night on Earth

The Ringmaster returns. The ghostly figures remain. The Ringmaster tells us of the Queens subsequent plight. Bereft and hated, she is imprisoned with her son. We see her in the company of the boy, treating him with courtly deference, as if he were King. This, so the Ringmaster informs us, naturally reminds her enemies of the threat of succession. The boy is therefore taken away. The Queen now appears to be utterly lost, shorn of everything. In a trance, she dances with the ghostly specters. The light changes, the dance ends. A jailer brings her writing materials. In the freshly changed scene, the window, and the oak tree from the garden in Act 1, Scene 1 become apparent. Reading aloud as she writes a final letter to her sister-in-law, the Queen now movingly expresses the pain she feels at having to abandon her children. It is her consuming regret. God, how she misses them! she is unaware of the Priest who has been attentively listening. This is the same Priest who was in the garden with her when they were both children, the same Priest who tried to remind her of that occasion in Act 2, Scene 1. Now he tries to remind her again. when she hears his voice, the Queen freezes as if startled. Yet she still doesnt turn to face him. In an echo from the past her mother seems to be calling her in. With her back to the Priest, the Queen protests that she knows him not. The Priest gently persists, urging her to remember the oak and the peach tree, and her mother calling. Quite suddenly the Queen begins to remember. In shock, she clutches at her throat. Taking his cue, the Priest continues a silent appeal. Finally, the Queen turns to him, and, in a moment of fleeting recognition, clasps his outstretched hands. He pulls her to his breast in a desperate embrace. Having recognized in him her childhood friend, she welcomes him, but as a man rather than a Priest. The Priest kneels, closing his eyes in supplication. Unknown to him whilst he prays clowns lead her to a waiting tumbrel, and she is drawn away. When he eventually opens his eyes and sees her leaving, he tries to follow, but is prevented from doing so by one of the clowns. The Priest and Marie Antoinette then raise their arms to one another, but the Queen slowly and relentlessly departs on her final journey.

RINGMASTER
The window now bereft, abhorred
Counts numbered days the summer long
In Temple Prison with her spawn
On pretext of unnatural acts
With jests and jibes and guile and facts
The sans culottes prune the tree
Now a sister to the dispossessed
The halt, the maimed and all the rest
Like a leaf on a pitiless sea
Shorn of family and rank
Humbled in the dank air
She mingles with the dancers macabre
And the ghostly dancers twirl

In the dread minuet
And beggar the illusions of that little Austrian Girl

QUEEN
Adieu my good and tender sister
I am condemned to die
My only regret is to abandon my children
My children, my God, how it tears me to leave them
My love for them was always first and last
My God, I miss my children so

REVOLUTIONARY PRIEST
Madame Antoine, if we could only turn back the clock
To that garden in Vienna

MARIE THERESE & FEMALE CHORUS
Madame Antoine, Madame Antoine

Mother is calling, darkness is falling

QUEEN
Monsieur, I know thee not

REVOLUTIONARY PRIEST
The oak tree without and the peach tree within
Your mother was calling
The darkness was falling

QUEEN
My little cock robin pray kneel here beside me
The dance is about to begin

REVOLUTIONARY PRIEST
Courage Madame, in this great rebirth
Like wind-fallen fruit we return to the earth

QUEEN
I saw but a priest

REVOLUTIONARY PRIEST
I am but a man
Madame, please take my hand

QUEEN
Monsieur, please take my hand


Scene 5:

Liberty

The Queen is dead. All who have witnessed her execution reflect on the contradictions and ambiguities inherent in the use of the guillotine. Can the use of violence and terror, even be justified to achieve liberty? A question that haunts us to this day. Marie Marianne, the Ringmaster and the Priest separately and finally together express the hope that lasting peace and a full realization of the dreams of improvement that animated the revolution will come. This hope, this dream, they say, needs to be fully understood and appreciated, as do the reasons that promote unhappiness and civil unrest. Relative security, sufficiency, and serenity are the right of all. No one should thrive at the expense of another. This Republic, this great possibility, is within us all. Ca Ira.

TROUBLEMAKER
We want to get rid of the Guillotine
And abolish pain somehow
But to make a world free of tears
We build these scaffolds now

OFFICER
Come dry your tears and pray explain
How can we abolish pain?
If we dont build these scaffolds now
These instruments of injustice
These tools of execution

REVOLUTIONARY PRIEST
Weve given to the Guillotine
More blood than you have ever seen
What end could justify these means?

OFFICER
Weve given more of our blood

MALE CHORUS
Weve given

REVOLUTIONARY PRIEST
Weve given more of our blood

MALE CHORUS
Weve given

OFFICER
Weve given more of our blood

MALE CHORUS
More of our blood

CHORUS
Weve given, weve given
More blood, than we could turn to love

REVOLUTIONARY PRIEST & OFFICER
Than we could ever hope could turn to

REVOLUTIONARY PRIEST
Love

REVOLUTIONARY PRIEST & OFFICER
More blood, than we could
Ever hope could turn to love

CHORUS
Weve given, weve given
More blood, than we could turn to love

REVOLUTIONARY PRIEST
Come angels of mercy
Come doves of peace
Shine a light on all these warring clubs and cliques

OFFICER
The jackal and hyena who prowl these city streets
Would turn in their own mother for a little extra meat

REVOLUTIONARY PRIEST
From the piles of dead the Republic comes to life
Her mutilated body reeling like a drunken fishwife
Gives birth to the future

OFFICER
Gives birth on the street

REVOLUTIONARY PRIEST, OFFICER & CHORUS
Impure and exultant she gives birth to the dream

RINGMASTER & MARIE MARIANNE
When the dream

REVOLUTIONARY PRIEST
When the dream

RINGMASTER & MARIE MARIANNE
Is understood

REVOLUTIONARY PRIEST
Is understood

RINGMASTER, REVOLUTIONARY PRIEST & MARIE MARIANNE
That no man should live in chains
That the great and the small are equal after all

RINGMASTER
And in the bushes where they survive

The winter hail and the slaughter
The birds were attacked by the dogs and the rats
Hiding round every corner

REVOLUTIONARY PRIEST
When youre a rat caught in a trap with not even cheese you get mean

CHILDRENS CHORUS
But we are not rats

OFFICER
When youre a rabid dog you need to spread your disease

CHILDRENS CHORUS
But we are not dogs

REVOLUTIONARY PRIEST & OFFICER
When youre a man and they say you should be an angel

CHILDRENS CHORUS

We're not even human

REVOLUTIONARY PRIEST
When youre less than nothing

OFFICER & MALE CHORUS
Less than nothing

REVOLUTIONARY PRIEST, OFFICER & CHILDRENS CHORUS
Less than nothing as sure the sparrows sing

MARIE MARIANNE
If wishes give us power to make it all come right
If we could walk through mirrors
If we could touch the light
Wed shrug off our illusions and what was left would be
The strength and bravery
To feel what we feel
And be what wed be...

REVOLUTIONARY PRIEST
Of all the women none can hold a light to liberty

REVOLUTIONARY PRIEST & CHORUS
With wings to fly and eyes to see

TROUBLEMAKER & CHORUS
Shes the one who loves us
The one that we adore
When youre laughing with the sun out
Or lying wounded in a dug out

REVOLUTIONARY PRIEST
With wings to fly and eyes to see
Freedom is her name

OFFICER
She makes a fearsome ally
If you stand up with no shame

REVOLUTIONARY PRIEST

But liberty is nothing if you love her on your knees

OFFICER & MALE CHORUS
And liberty cant hear you!
When youre hanging from an olive tree!

RINGMASTER
If we dont founder in pursuit of luxury
In forgetfulness of others needs
And in the depths of our own beliefs

MARIE MARIANNE
If we dont hide in that solitary dream
Safe in our shells
In respect for the powers that be
And in fear of ourselves

CHILDRENS CHORUS
If wishes could come true

If mirrors could be seen through
No more mystery
Only the strength and bravery
To help one another
To see what its like to be...
Happy!
No bird needs to be afraid
To leave his nest and to parade
Up and down the boulevard all day
All day
All day!
No bird must be greedy
And eat up all the seed
Til every bird has had enough
Every bird
Be he rich or be he poor
Be he great or be he small
every bird, every bird, every bird, every bird
Will go to the ball

RINGMASTER
If this lifes a journey we take

REVOLUTIONARY PRIEST
If the secret the sharing of cake

MARIE MARIANNE
Holds the key, holds the key to joy

RINGMASTER
And unlocks these doors inside

REVOLUTIONARY PRIEST
Where Republic must surely hide

MARIE MARIANNE
If wishes really could come true

RINGMASTER
If we see through the illusions

REVOLUTIONARY PRIEST & CHORUS
And abide by the constitution

MARIE MARIANNE
Therell be human rights for everyone

CHORUS
Unique and universal

COMPANY
For everyone
Under the sun!

RINGMASTER, REVOLUTIONARY PRIEST, MARIE MARIANNE, TROUBLEMAKER & OFFICER
If we are not lost in these towers of ivory
In respect for the strong
And in fear of our need to belong
The promise of Republic lies within
Ca Ira

COMPANY
Ca Ira

Curtain

   
 
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