Manuscripts/Mixed Material Polk County: A Comedy of Negro Life on a Sawmill Camp with Authentic Negro Music in Three Acts
SCENE It is dawn. Birds twitter from the woods. A rooster crows lustily from offstage, and is answered by another. The Square is silent and deserted. Snores can be heard from the houses nearest the footlights.
(Enters upstage left. He has a heavy stick and raps on the porch of the house closest to where he enters and chants;)
Wake up,Jacob! Get on the rock
Taint quite day, but its five oclock!
(Raps again and crosses the stage and raps on the porch opposite)
Wake up bullies! Day's a'breaking
Get your hoe-caKe a'baking and your shirt-tail shaking! (Crosses back, raps again)
Hey, you rowdy mule-skinners! You better learn how to skin. Cap'n got a new job and needs a hundred men!
(A drowsy hum of noise begins to rise inside the houses. Lights begin to appear, and there is movement behind the drawn shades. Lonnie crosses and keeps rapping and chanting)
Wake up, bullies! I know you feel blue
I dont want you, but the Bossman do!
(The communal noises mount. More movement and lights and other signs Of waking)
What did the rooster say to the hen?
Aint had no loving in the lord knows when.
(In a bantering tone)
Git out from under them covers, Sop-The Bottom! You
could have been in the bed when you was skinning last