Another of the Mallorcan plays, Captain Walter Arnold (1916) offers a brief conversation between intimates, beginning with “Do you mean to please me” and ending with “We dazzle altogether.” A number of names appear, including Polybe, explained in a letter from Stein to Carl Van Vechten: “Polybe was a Mallorcan hound who went crazy in the moonlight and I had to whisper in his ear and spell his name to him.” In the interpretation we developed for SIX.TWENTY.OUTRAGEOUS, Daniel Thomas Davis’ chamber opera, ME returns home from a shopping expedition and shows V her purchases. A playful argument is followed by an erotic adventure. Meanwhile, THREE, busily sewing at a machine, looks on skeptically.
The recording is ten minutes.listen read the play
Read the program notes accompanying the performance of SIX.TWENTY.OUTRAGEOUS.
Watch Captain Walter Arnold, Act Two of the performance of SIX.TWENTY.OUTRAGEOUS (begins at 37′).
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