Seed For The Planting


Act I:    THE STAGE IS SET

Scene i:  Kollwitz Apartment, Summer, 1943
Scene ii:  Kollwitz Apartment, Summer, 1891
Scene iii:  Kollwitz Apartment, Summer, 1892
Scene iv:  A Large Party, Berlin
Scene v:  Hall outside Dr. K's offc., 1896
Scene vi:  Berlin Street, 1899
Scene vii:  Studio, Kathe Kollwitz, 1903


Act II:   THE GREAT WAR

Scene i:  Berlin Street, 1914
Scene ii:  Kollwitz Apartment, 1914
Scene iii:  Berlin Street, late Oct. 1914
Scene iv:  Kollwitz bedroom, 1917
Scene v:  Union Meeting Hall, Summer, 1918


Act III:  THE DUAL


Act IV:  NAZIS COME TO POWER

Scene i:  Hall outside Dr. Kollwitz office
Scene ii:  Kollwitz Apartment, July 1936
Scene iii:  Kollwitz Apartment, 1938
Scene iv:  Berlin Street, 1939
Scene v:  Hall outside Dr. K's offc., 1940
Scene vi:  Kollwitz Apartment, 1942
Scene vii:  Kollwitz Apartment, 1943

CHARACTERS
(in order of appearance)

Ambulance Driver
Kathe Kollwitz
Jeep
Dr. Karl Kollwitz
Hauptman
First Old Woman
Second Old Woman
Third Old Woman
Young Man
Young Woman
Middle Aged Man
Middle Aged Woman
Lina
Midwife
Peter Kollwitz - Child
First Man
Second Man
First Woman
Second Woman
Peter Kollwitz
Walter Koch
von Hindenburg
First Nazi
First Free Corps Volunteer
Second Free Corps Volunteer
Third Free Corps Volunteer
Young Man
Second Nazi
Hans Kollwitz
First Woman
Second Woman
First Banker
Second Banker
Young Woman
Social Democratic Party Member
French Ambassador
 
Artist, Maiden Name Schmidt
Kathe's friend
Kathe's husband
German playwright
Patient of Dr. Kollwitz
same
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same
same
same
same
Kollwitz's housekeeper
 
Karl & Kathe's younger son
Citizen - Berlin Streets - 1914
same
same
same
Young Man
Kollwitz's friend
German general and later President
 
Demobilized German
Veteran of W.W.I
same
Worker
 
Karl & Kathe's older son
Members - Women's Int'l League for
Peace and Freedom
 
 
Int'l Workers Relief Organization
 
 

ACT I
Scene i

SUMMER, l943


The place is the apartment of Kathe Kollwitz, 25 Weissenburgerstrasse at Worther Platz, Berlin, Germany, the time is the Summer of l943. Kathe sits impassive, slumped against the back of her chair, staring into space. A man enters through an open door stage left wearing a Red Cross insignia on his German uniform, he is the driver to evacuate her from Berlin.


Driver

Frau Kollwitz, you are the last to be evacuated -- I will help you down the stairs.

Kathe Kollwitz

Who are the others in the truck?

Driver

Three old women -- one in the front, two in the back.

Kathe Kollwitz

Where will you put me?

Driver

In the back.

Kathe Kollwitz

Do you think there will be a raid today?

Driver

They come every other day during daylight hours now, there was none yesterday.

Kathe Kollwitz

Then I suppose we must hurry, where is my cane to lean on, I would be lost without it.

Driver

You can put your weight on me.

Kathe Kollwitz

No, I must have it to carry my weight when you are no longer around.

Driver

It's fallen behind the chair, I will get it for you.

Kathe Kollwitz

Thank you.

Driver

Hurry now.

Kathe Kollwitz

I'm coming.

Driver

Take your time, I won't leave you.

Kathe Kollwitz

Thank you. (After crossing the room to the door she hesitates.)

Driver

What makes you stop, is something forgotten?

Kathe Kollwitz

Forgotten? No... nothing. (Still hesitating).

Driver

Have you left something behind then?

Kathe Kollwitz

Have I left something behind?

ACT I
Scene ii

SUMMER, 1891


The same apartment 50 years earlier, there is a knock at the door. Karl Kollwitz is reading and Kathe is putting flowers in a vase. Kathe goes to answer the door.


Kathe Kollwitz

Jeep!

Jeep

Schmidt...(Cocks head and laughs tentatively.)..
Frau Dr. Kollwitz ... Kollwitz.. Frau Dr.

Kathe Kollwitz

What is it, Jeep?

Jeep

Excuse me, but you don't seem like a Frau Dr.

Kathe Kollwitz

You must still call me Schmidt as you did at the Art Academy.

Dr. Kollwitz

But you are married now ... to me.

Kathe Kollwitz

You are so silly, Karl. (She joins Jeep's laughter.)

Dr. Kollwitz

What is so funny? (They laugh harder.) Are you laughing at me? (They laugh harder still.) Is my tie out of place? My collar? -- Does something that I'm wearing make me look ridiculous?

Kathe Kollwitz

Oh, Karl...

Dr. Kollwitz

I don't understand your laughing.

Kathe Kollwitz

I know you don't.

Dr. Kollwitz

I wish that you would stop -- my late afternoon patients will think us all mad. (They laugh harder.)
Please will you come in! (Jeep comes in and Dr. Kollwitz closes the door but they continue to laugh.) Perhaps a glass of water will help you stop -- like with hiccough patients --or if you hold your breath...

Jeep

The good doctor prescribes a cure for our mirth -- but the disease is too strong to respond to his remedies.

Dr. Kollwitz

What is wrong with the two of you?

Kathe Kollwitz

He thinks something is wrong with us.

Dr. Kollwitz

Please, please sit down and calm yourselves.
(Wringing his hands.) The neighbors will report to the authorities that I cannot maintain order in my house. (He closes a window.)

Jeep

Let them!

Dr. Kollwitz

If you will not stop I will go out into the street to dissociate myself from it!

Kathe Kollwitz

Don't worry, nobody will connect you to it.

Dr. Kollwitz

I am going all the same.

Jeep and Kathe Kollwitz

Goodbye. (He leaves.)

Jeep

(To Kathe.) Pardon me Schmidt but your apartment seems so small.

Kathe Kollwitz

That's because it is. (They fall into another round of hilarity.)

Jeep

In your letter you seemed depressed.

Kathe Kollwitz

Did you come to cheer me up?

Jeep

Don't forget what's mine is yours and what's your is mine.

Kathe Kollwitz

You can have him.

Jeep

He seems like a dear man!

Kathe Kollwitz

He is a dear man.

Jeep

Are you pregnant?

Kathe Kollwitz

No, thank God!

Jeep

Have you given art up yet?

Kathe Kollwitz

Never! (Door opens.)

Dr. Kollwitz

I'm back.

Kathe Kollwitz

Karl's back. ( The laughter increases again.)

Dr. Kollwitz

I have made a diagnosis.

Jeep

He know what's wrong with us.

Dr. Kollwitz

(Smiling.) You are both suffering from fatigue and that has lowered your strength and most importantly the mental ability to control yourselves. (Laughter increases.) In your case Jeep it is from the long trip and Kathe you have been working too long hours on your etching!

Kathe Kollwitz

(To Jeep.) He wants me always home to fix his dinner!

Dr. Kollwitz

I know the trouble even if you won't admit it!

Kathe Kollwitz

Shall we agree with him?

Jeep

Why not?

Dr. Kollwitz

I know the only remedy for it. I am going to put you both to bed. You don't even need to take off your clothes.

Kathe Kollwitz

Are you putting us to bed like Mama?

Jeep

At least when he puts us to bed as naughty children he doesn't spank us.

Dr. Kollwitz

There -- now rest and we will talk sensibly in the morning.

ETC.