As creators of a brand-new musical, we reserve the right to keep reworking some things. Therefore, since we’re rewriting a little portion of Act I, we’re going to skip over our early draft of that section and go right to the end of the act. Julia is all grown up and out of the house, leaving HOPE and CHARLES with, it seems, not that much in common anymore. CHARLES starts taking frequent business trips; HOPE has an affair with one of her co-workers; CHARLES finds out and confronts her angrily. This hostile encounter unleashes long-suppressed emotions in both parties and leads them to the topic they never speak about: the death of their first child. In this song, they finally have it all out with each other.
LONG STORY SHORT demo #8: “Knock Down, Drag Out”
See you next Wednesday, October 1, for demo #9: “Empowered.”