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Sun Stand Thou Still

by Leegrid Stevens

A man, nearly blinded by a face-off with the sun, picks up an unlikely hitchhiker, a mysterious woman selling apples.  However, he later discovers that the woman is hunted.  Her former lover and the police track her down, trying to piece together the mystery behind her unexplained deaths.  The nearly blind driver pushes on to reach the inevitable ocean, the end of his journey, to bury the woman he barely knew.

Published in Plays and Playwrights 2004.

Production History:
Ka-Tet Theatre, Chicago
Aquinas College, Grand Rapids, MI
Det Lille Teatret, Oslo, Norway
Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, NY
Spring Theatreworks, NY

DRIVER
This is the first time I’ve ever picked up a hitchhiker.  (Pause, no reply.)  Ya don’t like country music?

HICHHIKER
I’m just not used to it.

DRIVER
Ya like trucks?

HICHHIKER
Trucks?

DRIVER
Yeah.  Like this one.  Trucks.

HICHHIKER
They’re fine.

DRIVER
Let me ask you… You ever seen a pretty girl standing out by the road, thumb in the air, hitchhiking, lightly tossing her thumb back and forth?  And she’s got this kind of smile, you know, the kind only a woman can make.  And her hair resting on her shoulders, … You ever seen one of them?

HICHHIKER
No.

DRIVER
May I be frank?

HICHHIKER
Sure.

DRIVER
I thought you was one of them.  That’s what I thought you were.  I can’t see too well.  Eyes need repairs or sumthin.

HICHHIKER
I don’t know what to say.

DRIVER
Yeah.  You ride this road long enough, the mind starts to play nasty tricks on you.

HICHHIKER looks out the windshield. 

HICHHIKER
You see well enough to drive?

DRIVER
According to the legal system, no.  Blind as a cat, legally.  But you and I both know that the legal system needs a major overhaul.  And I mean major, you know.  They screw so many things up.  Take me for example, I’m not supposed to be driving, but here I am.  I’m driving.  Besides, I don’t really need to see.  This road is easy.  Just straight.  Nothing to it, just straight far as the eye can see.  (Pause)  Which, I guess isn’t that far.

HICHHIKER
I think it’s blind as a bat.

DRIVER
What?

HITCHHIKER
You said blind as a cat.  Cat’s can see.

DRIVER
Not blind ones.

HITCHHIKER
You’re as blind as a blind cat?

DRIVER
That’s not blind enough for you?  There something out there blinder than a blind cat?

HITCHHIKER
No.

DRIVER
That’s right.  Except, I’m not that blind.  I can still see some.  But legally… you know.  But what is legal these days, right?  I’m probably breaking the law right now.

HITCHHIKER
You are.