Tourists' Influence On The Incline Of The Leaning Tower Of Pisa
(La influencia tourística en la inclinación de la Torre de Pisa)
COUNTRY OF ORIGIN: Venezuela
translated by Prof. Charles Philip Thomas
CAST: 1 woman, 1 man
SCENIC REQUIREMENTS: A reception area of a ``one star'' hotel in Florence, Italy
The play takes place in Florence, where Dante, a receptionist in a pretentious hole-in-the-wall hotel, falls in love with Nikita, a South American singer whose purpose in life is to kill tourists. Little by little Nikita and Dante reveal a vast tourist conspiracy. In reality, upon leaving their countries, tourists are transformed into monsters (werewolves, worms, satyrs, slugs) that destroy monuments and devour the natives of the places they visit. In the hotel lobby, Nikita and Dante confront two of these monsters which Dante has managed to murder, but who still possess mysterious powers capable of reviving themselves. At the end of the play, Dante (who has been to Paris) changes into a satyr and begins to make plans to help a tourist commando who will make the Tower of Pisa fall. Nikita gives up her role as assassin and, in love with Dante, readies herself to accompany him in his plans for the destruction of marvelous monuments.