LA FORZA DE LA STANZA

(’84) – revision
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-(A poetic opera
in 17 elusive images,
written with no rhyme or reason.)

ACT ONE – SCENE FOUR

-The battle rages on…
Captain McEvil’s battalion
has the advantage
over Commander Bueno’s rebels,
who are dug in & surrounded.

-The general pops open a bottle of champagne
to hail the impending victory…
Commander Bueno contemplates
doing the “honorable thing”
but is kept from doing it
by a firing squad.

ACT THREE – SCENE SEVENTEEN (finale)

-Don Fettuccini assembles
everyone in the grand ballroom,
asks them to join him
in a song to life,
in a spirit of love
& understanding…

-Ana Maria confesses her infidelity
to Rigatoni, who promptly kills her,
then forgives her…

-Gossippina, the town beldam,
spreads a few rumors…
all join in a chorus of
“Viva la pasta!”

-The large lady sings.

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