Circus, May 12, 2012

Fox Theatre

Atlanta, GA


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(ORGAN, CIRCUS MUSIC)

TR (RINGMASTER): And now, ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, direct your eyes to the trapeze high above the center ring and the world's only Singing Trapeze Act ---- the Dangling Participles.

LL: Oh my gosh. Oh my gosh. Wow. We are way up in the air. (TRAPEZE SWINGS UP AND THEN BACK DOWN)

GK: Don't look down. You know that.

LL: And all those people staring up at us.

GK: They're supposed to look at us.

LL: I'm afraid I might drop the guitar.

GK: Visualize success, okay? Three weeks ago we were folksingers playing coffeehouses and now----- trapeze artists in the circus. We're on our way kid.

LL: I don't know. I'm afraid of heights. I get motion sickness very easily.

GK: It's all in your head. Just make your body do what your head tells you. Here comes the trapeze. (TRAPEZE SWINGS) Okay. I've got it. I'm going to swing out on my knees and hang down and in two swings, you'll swan dive out and I'll grab your ankles and we'll sing. Okay?
Okay. See you later. (HE LEAPS, TRAPEZE SWINGS) Swing my legs up. And around the rope. And hang down. Arms extended.

(TRAPEZE SWINGS)

(OFF): Okay. On the next swing. Here you go------- one, two, three. (SS FLIES)

LL (LEAPING): theeeeeaiaiaiaiai (GRAB OF ANKLES)

GK: Got you. Good leap.

LL: Oh god. I can't do this.

GK: You're doing fine. Sing the song.

LL: Do not drop me.

LL & GK:
I see my light come shining
From the west unto the east
Any day now, any day now
I shall be released.

(TRAPEZE SWINGS)

GK: Okay. Next is the triple. Okay? Okay.

LL: What do I do with the guitar?

GK: Hold it in your left hand. I'll catch you by your right.

LL: I don't feel well.

GK: Okay. You ready?

LL: No. You do it.

GK: That's not how it works. You flip, I catch. Okay? Set? Go! ---- Let go!!!

LL: Too late. We'll do it next pass.

GK: What's wrong?

LL: It just didn't feel right. You were off-balance.

GK: Me? Blame me-----

(TRAPEZE SWING)

LL: You're a little bottom heavy, babes.

GK: What??

LL: Weak arms and heavy hips ---- not the best thing for trapeze.

GK: Time for the triple. Ready?

LL: No.

GK: What do you mean, No? This is our signature trick.

LL: I'm scared.

GK: We were folksingers for ten years. We've got no health insurance. No savings. We're living out of duffel bags. The circus pays us $1800 a week, babes. Next season we'll ask for more. We can afford a house. A garden. And we'll have a dishwasher. And you're going to get that linen outfit you saw in the window. And the black dress. And the pearls.

LL: Pearls. I'm ready for the triple.

(TRAPEZE SWINGS)

GK: Okay. On three. One-----two------and------

LL: NO NO NO NO NO

GK: Okay. I got you. You're okay. You're just fine. Take deep breaths.

LL: Real pearls? Genuine pearls??

GK: Of course.

LL: Okay. Let's do it.

GK: One----- two------and------GO. (SHE LEAPS, FLIPS THREE TIMES, ANKLES CATCH, AND GUITAR CHORD)

GK: Sing it, babes.

LL & GK:
I see my light come shining
From the west unto the east
Any day now, any day now
I shall be released.

GK: Okay, I'm letting you go now. (LL FALLS: I SEE MY LIGHT COME SHINING. BOINGGGGGGG)
Here I go. (GK FALLS: ANY DAY NOW, ANY DAY NOW) BOINNGGGGGG

LL & GK: I shall be released.

(BIG BAND PLAYOFF)

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