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By the Waters of Babylon

  • genre Drama
  • time 110 - 120 minutes
  • either
  • 1 f, 1 m

On a hot afternoon in Austin, Texas, the widowed Catherine hires Arturo, a Cuban writer turned gardener, to tame her overgrown backyard. What begins as a cordial interaction between employer and employee quickly turns into a cautiously intimate encounter between two exiles freighted by pasts they cannot forget. Over the course of several hours Catherine and Arturo swap lies and tell stories. La...

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On a hot afternoon in Austin, Texas, the widowed Catherine hires Arturo, a Cuban writer turned gardener, to tame her overgrown backyard. What begins as a cordial interaction between employer and employee quickly turns into a cautiously intimate encounter between two exiles freighted by pasts they cannot forget. Over the course of several hours Catherine and Arturo swap lies and tell stories. Laugh. Argue politics and music. Make Mojitos and get a little drunk. Fight and make up. And together -- warily, clumsily -- they begin to dance the oldest dance in the world.

SET: Act I: A backyard in Austin, Texas. Overgrown. Over the course of the act, the tall grass and weeds are cut.

Act II: Catherine's bedroom. A bed. A chair. A bedside table. The room is suggested rather than literally constructed. The Garden should remain visible and a presence, even inside.

NOTES: Adult language and content.

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