BECAUSE, OR, THE MANY AND
VARIOUS USES OF THE UNBRELLA
written & directed by Anna Baardsen
"It is the habitual carriage of the umbrella that is the
stamp of Respectability." -Robert Louis Stevenson
by C.M. Gonzalez
video stills by Adina Valerio
Louisa (Mandi Moss) doesn't like carrying her dumb ol' unbrella
Her wind-up NanNan (Colin Willkie) upbraids her. "There is
more undignified than a young lady without a properly poised
wind-up Conductor (Michael Holmes) informs them that the train
to Fissure, where
Louisa will be conducting her school interviews, has been
delayed. He also says there's
a winding station, but NanNan fully wound before she left the
house this morning.
The Conductor is sure Louisa's school interviews will go well -
"They're always impressed by an unbrella held with dignity!"
NanNan finds the
proper instructive speech to recite to Louisa.
heard it all before.
The clerk (Megan Crockett) passes the time.
Louisa asks for her credit stamp so she can get a lolly-fizz, a
box of nico-dots, "and
maybe some adventure paper to pass the time." Her
purchases cost 5.2 grams, but there's
a 10 gram minimum. How much is the next train ticket? It'll
bring her total to 20 grams 50.
The train - to Hollows - leaves in two minutes.
Louisa boards the train to Hollows.
NanNan is quite angry when she learns that Louisa has run off,
so angry a steam whistle erupts from her mouth!