EXT. THE GATES OF A LUXURIOUS MODERN MANSION
A man is changing the sign of the mansion. He has just scrapped off the old sign and is installing the new one.
CLOSE-UP of the installed sign: "Residence of Madam Le Faux". INT. THE FOYER OF THE MANSION
We see servants entering and exiting the foyer. They are preparing for a grand dinner party. Some are carrying large
This sharp-witted screenplay by writer Andrea Ang fleshes out Proverbs 1:20-33; 9:1-9,13-18 as it explores Wisdom and Folly.
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20 ¶ Wisdom crieth without; she uttereth her voice in the streets: 21 She crieth in the chief place of concourse, in the openings of the gates: in the city she uttereth her words, saying ,
23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words unto you.
24 ¶ Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; 25 But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: 26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; 27 When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. 28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: 29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD : 30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof. 31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. 32 For the turning away of the simple shall slay them, and the prosperity of fools shall destroy them. 33 But whoso hearkeneth unto me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil.
1 Wisdom hath builded her house, she hath hewn out her seven pillars: 2 She hath killed her beasts; she hath mingled her wine; she hath also furnished her table. 3 She hath sent forth her maidens: she crieth upon the highest places of the city, 4 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, 5 Come, eat of my bread, and drink of the wine which I have mingled. 6 Forsake the foolish, and live; and go in the way of understanding. 7 He that reproveth a scorner getteth to himself shame: and he that rebuketh a wicked man getteth himself a blot. 8 Reprove not a scorner, lest he hate thee: rebuke a wise man, and he will love thee. 9 Give instruction to a wise man , and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man , and he will increase in learning.
13 ¶ A foolish woman is clamorous: she is simple, and knoweth nothing. 14 For she sitteth at the door of her house, on a seat in the high places of the city, 15 To call passengers who go right on their ways: 16 Whoso is simple, let him turn in hither: and as for him that wanteth understanding, she saith to him, 17 Stolen waters are sweet, and bread eaten in secret is pleasant. 18 But he knoweth not that the dead are there; and that her guests are in the depths of hell.
The two images that stood out for me were houses and food and how these are treated differently in Wisdom and Folly. Although they both freely invite people to their homes, Wisdom's food is home-made and her words nourishing while Folly's is stolen and those that come to her "are deep in the realm of the dead". For me, Folly is like eating at an expensive restaurant: the food's good, portions are small and you're really paying for the atmosphere. One can only eat out so many times before getting sick of it or the satisfaction wears out. Wisdom is like a home-cooked meal: it might be simple but it warms the heart and stomach and really, I'd prefer to eat at home in the long run.
I was very interested in this idea of a housewarming party and using stark visual contrasts for Wisdom and Folly's way of hosting a party. Folly (Madam Le Faux) lives in a house of extravagance, everything we see in her home is on full display, she has others doing the work for her. Her guests flock to her. Wisdom (Old Madam Chie- "Chie" is Japanese for Wisdom) on the other hand, lives in a small and cozy house, she lovingly takes time to prepare her meal for others. Her guests arrive very late but she waits patiently for them. By the end of the night, we see two very different results in each household.
Originally from Singapore, Andrea Ang is a NYC-based theatre-maker, writer and teaching artist. Her work has been seen in NYC (SITI Lab, Dixon Place, The Tank, Triskelion Arts), Maine (Barn Arts) and San Francisco (Fury Factory Festival).
Her play, No Place, will be making its international debut at the M1 Singapore Fringe Festival in 2020, along with her company Square One Collective. Andrea is a graduate of SITI Company’s Conservatory program and holds a BA(Hons) in English Literature from the National University of Singapore.