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  • Dog and Wolf
  • Catherine Filloux (bio)

Entre chien et loup [between dog and wolf] is a multi-layered expression. It is used to describe a specific time of day, just before night, when the light is so dim you can’t distinguish a dog from a wolf. However, it’s not all about levels of light. It also expresses that limit between the familiar, the comfortable versus the unknown and the dangerous (or between the domestic and the wild). It is an uncertain threshold between hope and fear.

Céline Graciet

Production Notes

Play is performed in one act, without an intermission. We move fluidly between locales with lights and sounds. Lana, her killer, and dream characters are heard as voice-overs.

Cast of Characters

Jasmina

(pronounced Yas-MEE-nah), forties, a human rights worker and refugee from Bosnia; rebellious, traumatized, has a sense of style, with an Eastern European accent. (Her other name, Fatima, is pronounced Fah-TEE-mah.)

Joseph

, fifties, a U.S. immigration attorney; in control, tough, good sense of humor, transformative, wheelchair-bound.

Judge / Mother / Waitress

, a U.S. circuit court judge; a mother and a waitress who are both Eastern European.

Lana

, Jasmina’s deceased sister.

Man

, Lana’s killer.

Scene One

Joseph, seated in his wheelchair, is going through an application form in his office. Jasmina begins to light a cigarette.

joseph

There’s no smoking in here!

jasmina

I will need the cigarette.

joseph

Sorry. It says here your name is “Fatima”? [He mispronounces it.] [End Page 57]

jasmina

No.

joseph

What is your legal name?

jasmina

[Correcting his pronunciation.] Fatima. [She appeals to his vulnerability.] This question would require for me to have a cigarette . . .

joseph

Well, didn’t you read the warning from the Surgeon General? It causes cancer.

jasmina

[Looking at cigarette.] You Americans like to kill people with greenhouse gases, correct? No Kyoto Protocol.

joseph

We protect our fifth-amendment rights fiercely, our freedom to pollute. So your name is Fatima but you go by a different name? An alias?

jasmina

I do not know this word . . .

joseph

Pseudonym.

jasmina

Do you mean what may be referred to as the “pen name”? I am not that kind of writer.

joseph

No, it means you use a different name when you’re in hiding. Look, I’m overbooked. I told the PHRD that I’d see you, but if you’re not going to answer my questions . . .

jasmina

Yes, I am “in hiding.” They shoot through my door trying to get to me.

joseph

What were you doing at the door?

jasmina

Bell, it rang. So stupid.

joseph

What does that mean?

jasmina

I go to door. This is stupid. I am this kind of person. Door rings. Go to door. Plant garden. Expect flowers.

joseph

You can’t say that.

jasmina

What . . . ?

joseph

Don’t ever say you’re stupid, for our purposes.

jasmina

We share a purpose?

joseph

Your name is Fatima. For the sake of this interview.

jasmina

Ah, interview?

joseph

When did you get here?

jasmina

Three month ago. My organization . . . [End Page 58]

joseph

The PHRD?

jasmina

Yes, Protect Human Rights Defenders rush me to get this position, “scholar in danger,” while we apply for asylum. [Referring to cigarette.] If we do close the door, could I . . . ?

joseph

Sorry, it’s against the law. And this is a law firm.

jasmina

One young student who is working near me at university says, “I thought you’d be different?” Perhaps she think that all Muslims wear the headscarf and do not smoke?

[Points to the wheelchair.] In my country it is land mines that put people in wheelchairs.

Yeah, that’s what got me on Park Avenue—a land mine. What other names have you used?

[Still referring to land mines.] Skull-and-crossbones signs in hills . . .

What other names have you used?

I do use the “disguises”—is this the term . . . ?

Meaning?

To hide what is my identity.

What kind of disguises?

Eyeglasses, different hair, hats, the scarf? The headscarf.

Why?

Because I am wanted.

By whom?

Wanted by many. I try to make joke.

Is that a Bosnian joke? We’ve got about six...

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Additional Information

ISSN
1527-943x
Print ISSN
1045-7909
Pages
pp. 57-89
Launched on MUSE
2013-02-28
Open Access
No
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