Kirsten Riiber

Ensemble since 2012

The lights dim on the left half of the stage. MRS.WEBB disappears.

EMILY: I didn’t realize. So all that was going on and we never noticed. Take me back-up the hill- to my grave. But first: Wait! One more look. Good-by, Good-by, world. Good-by, Grover’s Corners…Mama and Papa. Good-by to clocks ticking…and Mama’s sunflowers. And food and coffee. And new-ironed dresses and hot baths…and sleeping and waking up. Oh, earth, you’re too wonderful for anybody to realize you.

She looks toward the stage manager and asks abruptly, through her tears.

Do any human beings ever realize life while they live it?- every, every minute?

STAGE MANAGER: No.

pause

KIRSTEN: (from the last row in the house at the top of her lungs) WHAT???!!!!!!!

(A sizable porcelain vase is hurdled toward the stage and shatters. KIRSTEN, a twenty-five-ish lanky looking creature, chest heaving, keeps her wild eyes locked on the man playing STAGE MANAGER. All at once she cartwheels onto the stage, picks up a sharp piece of porcelain and holds it to the actor’s throat. After an exceptionally long moment of eye contact, she kisses him deeply.)

AUDIENCE MEMBER 1: (whispered) Hey, what’s going on here?! I paid top dollar for these seats!

AUDIENCE MEMBER 2: Don’t look at me! Here I was thinking this was a bio page.

AUDIENCE MEMBER 1: You look lovely in that dress. I meant to say that earlier.

AUDIENCE MEMBER 2: You’re saying it now, though. You’re saying it now.

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Kirsten Riiber is a visual artist, writer and performer who also serves as the Memory Care Director for Bethany Retirement Community. As an Ensemble Member of The Neo-Futurists she created Tangles & Plaques (2017), appeared in Saturn Returns (2016) and has been writing and performing two minute plays in The Infinite Wrench since 2012. Riiber is a recipient of the NEA’s 2018 Creativity Connects grant and will tour Tangles & Plaques to Chicago universities; aiming to bring a more widespread understanding of Alzheimer’s and dementia related illnesses to young people in the city.