~ The Fall of the Inka ~
The Fall of the Inka
The stage set consists of three parts. On the left side, you can see a picture of the Inca town of Machu Picchu, on the right side t a figure of an Indian can be seen. The centre part shows a landscape in Peru: in the background, we see snow-covered mountains, in front terraced fields, a road, and some llamas. Two children in Indian clothing come on stage and say.
Child 1: Dear audience, when Columbus discovered America about 500 years ago, this also was the beginning of the destruction of the Indian cultures that existed there.
Child 2: We now want to show you the destruction of the Inca culture in South America.
Child 1: The Inca people lived in the Andes and there had created a highly developed state in a rather hostile surrounding.
Child 2: There had built cities and good roads with many bridges.
Child 1: Their state was well organized. All inhabitants had to work, but nobody, not even the old or the ill, had to starve.
Child 2: The Sapa Inca, their divine emperor, the Son of the Sun, ruled them.
Child 1: Driven by their greed for gold, Europeans came to South America. Since there was much gold in the Inca state, they wanted to conquer it.
Child 2: The Europeans reached their aim within a very short period of time though they were only a handful of men. But not only did they conquer the Inca realm, they also destroyed it.
Child 1: Now look what happened back then.
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Now the women do the dance of planting, raising and lowering their clothes. Suddenly the prefect calls out.
Prefect: Stop! Look, there’s a messenger who comes running on the road from Tumbez to Quito. For sure he’s bringing us important news!
All: Let’s hope he’s bringing good news!
The messenger appears on the stage.
Prefect: Halt, messenger! What news do you bring?
Messenger (still catching his breath): Men and women of Cuzco, something strange has happened in the town of Tumbez by the sea.
All: What did happen?
Messenger: The sea has thrown strange beings ashore. They had the form of humans. But their heads were crowned by hair of snow, and underneath their mouths, they had red wool.
All: How horrible!
Messenger: They have slings that make sounds like thunder!
All: How dreadful!
Messenger: They kept asking for golden things, again and again.
All: Where are these creatures now?
Messenger: The sea swallowed them again a few days ago.
All: The Gods be thanked!
Messenger: But now, there is a terrible disease in Tumbez that causes festering ulcers on the whole body, and almost everybody dies from it. There is no cure.
All: Inti, God of the Sun, protect us!
Everybody leaves the stage, and the grandfather and the grandchild appear on the stage.
Grandchild: Grandfather, those manlike creatures that had been thrown ashore and then were swallowed up again by the sea, were they those white devils?
Grandfather: Yes, my grandchild. They had come ashore from their ships only for a short time. They had quickly noticed that they were too few people to conquer our land, and so they returned to their ships.
Grandchild: But they returned, didn’t they?
Grandfather: Yes, they did, but we didn’t know it then. We had forgotten these strange incidents soon. Nobody knew that they were the heralds of a storm that was to destroy our entire world a few years later.
End of Scene 1
Proposals for sceneries:
Machu-Picchu (all scenes, stage left side)
Landscape with terraces (scene 1, centre)
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