Everyone, arrange in an arc with the 5 primaries in the front, and the GC on boxes or risers or something behind them.
The stage is bare except for the sacred chao, the giant gold apple, and the large 5 sitting in front of the cast.
Main cast in white choir robes, with stoles that have the chao on one side, and something representing their name on the other. PRICKLE: Sea Urchin. BOOM: Bomb. ORANGE: An orange. SWEET: Candy. PUNGENT: An onion or skunk.
Is Eris real? asked Grandfather Mal
who'd suddenly lapsed in his faith
For I must admit that this very question
has greatly confused me of late
So Mal travelled far, yea he travelled wide
and five diff'rent sources he bade
Eris herself will certainly know!
spoke Mal at the start of his quest
Alas, I'm not real, said Eris when asked
but you'd best put my words to the test
I may not exist, but you know that I am
a mischievous liar at best!
A definite fake, the skeptic just stated
No shred of evidence to be had!
If you cannot prove it, tis simply not true
but a fable or nonsense instead
And since he could not prove that he was real
the skeptic disappeared where he sat.
Is she not labeled? the scientist queried
She sounds like a plot device to me
Or perhaps a parable, but I cannot be sure
Things need to be labeled, you see!
Real things have names, and tags and measures
I propose: Eris (Divina Discordii)
Is a unicorn real? The Philosopher riddled
and the thought of such a beast?
What is wisdom to me may be rubbish to you
but I'll tell you this at least:
The true test of being - Is it still real
after all thought upon it has ceased?
She's not as real as my food, the pragmatist said
not as real as a brook or a stream
But has a simple idea ever changed your life?
or a feeling, a thought or a dream?
These things have the power to influence us
however unreal they may seem
There is a wasp on your ear! I see in your eyes
the sudden panic that you must now feel
But now, if I tell you that I simply lied
is the fear you felt any less real?
Then what does it matter? the pragmatic shrugged
and he silently finished his meal
ALL, including CHORUS:
Ah Eris! Not real, but real enough
as a great many things are today
A plot device, riddle, a joke and much more
a dream and a goddess they say
Oh, man lives in dreams, in fiction and fancy
in this dreaming may we ever stay!
SONG: BATTLE HYMN OF THE ERISTOCRACY Revised
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