Winners and Losers

Winners and Losers

Marcus Youssef

Language: English

Pages: 96

ISBN: 0889229325

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub

Two friends pass the time together playing a made-up game in which they name people, places, or things and debate whether they are successful or not; in other words, whether they are winners or losers. Each friend seeks to defeat the other, and because one of these men grew up economically privileged and the other did not, the competition very quickly heats up.

Marcus Youssef is associate artistic producer at Vancouver's NeWorld Theatre and teaches theater at Concordia University in Montreal.

James Long has been making theater since 1995 and is artistic director of Theatre Replacement in Vancouver.

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radical faction. Which I think is relevant because when we think about the Soviet Union we think communism lost, the end of history. But if the Mensheviks win that factional conflict, the entire twentieth century unfolds completely differently. Think about all the things going on in the world right now. Like ISIS . Sure, bad dudes. But we don’t talk much about how ISIS is often supported by our NATO allies, Turkey, because they both hate the Kurds. Or how many members of ISIS are the same 37

audience) As Jamie said, we’ve been doing this for a long time. (to JAMIE) But from the very beginning, even when your dad was still alive, the heart of that story, I say it hasn’t changed a bit. JAMIE It’s called acting, Marcus. Craft. 47 MARCUS Yeah. Beat. JAMIE Pamela Anderson. MARCUS Uh, okay, sure . . . uh . . . loser. JAMIE No, winner. MARCUS Why? JAMIE Oh, cuz she’s just such a skank. And she knows exactly what she’s doing with the skank thing. Plus she’s got PETA , which

gives her all the street cred in the world. MARCUS The ethical-animals thing ups it a bit for me but still, loser. JAMIE Marilyn Monroe. MARCUS Loser. JAMIE No, winner. Because she breaks my heart . . . because she was such a Hollywood error. They really fucked her up down there. But what is the image we have of Marilyn? It’s like this one. (does the Seven Year Itch poster skirt shot) Or the one in the towel. MARCUS I don’t see how they’re winners. But it totally makes sense to me that

Marcus’s knee. MARCUS It’ll have real consequences . . . Beat. JAMIE No, I’m not going to punch you. Because you don’t punch a tourist. Because tourists talk and talk and talk. They have absolutely no idea what they’re saying, but they keep on talking. You don’t punch them for it. No. You say, “Stay. Spend your money. Buy T-shirts.” And then you wait for them to leave and you forget about them. MARCUS Right. Like when people who had unhappy childhoods are abusive, and basically racist, you

recording of a past, improvised event. Rather, the provocatively self-imploding consequence of publication is the exposure of the mechanism of “the real,” a peeling back of the curtain to “out” the various authenticity effects as just that, effects born from consciously applied techniques. This interplay between the real and the constructed generates the conditions for the thrilled but fearful audiencing experience of Theatre of the Real in general and Winners and Losers in particular. In our

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