November 24 & 25: Thomas McKechnie

November 24 & 25: A Model Train Set

Thomas McKechnie

CHARACTERS

The Performer
Oil Exec

A Model Train Set

A model train set. It is connected to a stationary bike by wires.

A performer approaches the stationary bike, the performer wears the uniform of a job they have. Gets on and begins to peddle.

As the performer peddles electricity is generated. First the performer’s effort lights up
a little house. The performer feels good. After a while a car starts, also powered by the performer. Then other houses, the whole town, a train.

Each time the performer slows down and things begin to turn off the performer feels guilt and attempts to power through, keeping everything powered.

The performer continues this way until they cannot peddle any longer.

They slide off the bike onto the floor.

An oil exec enters.

Performer attempts to crawl towards him.

EXEC: We’re now hearing oppositional opinions on the construction of the new leg of the pipeline in this area. (Pause.) Anyone? (Pause.) Going once? Going twice? (Pause.) We have found little to no opposition to the construction of the new leg of the pipeline in this area. Thank you everyone and long live democracy.

END.