Sangam Playhouse






Let’s set them with princes (Et qu’on les asseye au Rang des Princes)

A Play by

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75 minutes
An excerpt from the play. Please contact the author (laurentcontamin@hotmail.com) for rights to perform, publish or use this text in any form.




DAVIOUD
How much oxygen did they have left at that point?

DELANGRE
About seven hours, if they used the reserves and remained calm, without panicking. Seven or eight hours–ten maximum. Anyway, it’s nothing at all. There was nothing they could do. You can’t produce oxygen without a fire room and electrolysis. That would leave the emergency air network–not nearly enough for the entire crew. As for being rescued, they would have needed more time being that far from the coast at such great depth.

DAVIOUD
What would you have done in their place, Captain?

DELANGRE

DAVIOUD
I mean the most natural reaction–or what you’re taught. The proper conduct.

DELANGRE
Probably to bang on the hull to be heard. And hope for a miracle.

DAVIOUD
But you just said it would have taken at least forty-eight hours to secure a rescue submarine.

DELANGRE
Right.

DAVIOUD
That’s more than the seven or eight hours you’re talking about.

DELANGRE
Right.

DAVIOUD
So?

DELANGRE

DANIEL
I’m ready, Sir.

DAVIOUD
Let’s go. This way, Captain.

Sound of a videotape starting, with some interference. Videotape.

HARDUIN
Hello and welcome to the Fearsome Circus! Get ready! This is going to be an outstanding, unique evening! In a few minutes you’ll see the most amazing numbers ever performed in the wonderful world of the circus! All men from 7 and 8 are requested to proceed to gangway A3 for their final instructions! Everyone should meet in the cafeteria in two minutes! Please use Joy Street, since War Training Avenue has been requisitioned as a dressing room where the artists can warm up and put on their make-up!

DAVIOUD
What is this all about?

DELANGRE
It’s the megaphone in the machine room. They must have cut off the P.A. system to save electricity.






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