From the Play
KOOLI, the lazy leader of a group of monkeys
CHATTI, a talkative, conceited monkey
PANDI, a very piggish and lazy monkey
HEMA, the snake
BJAK, the mouse deer
SAHIB, the tiger
TAKUT, the musang, a civet-like animal
THE LOVELY RED FLOWER
Place: Somewhere in the Malaysian tropical jungle on a hot day.
Time: about two weeks ago.
AT RISE: The three monkeys KOOLI, CHATTI, and PANDI are lollygagging about under a tree.
KOOLI: I am so hot!
CHATTI: I am so tired!
PANDI: I am so hungry!
KOOLI & CHATTI: Yeah! Yeah! We’re hungry, too! Hungry! Hungry! Hungry!
PANDI: Ohhh, I wonder where we can get some food…
KOOLI: Yeah, me too…
CHATTI: Kooli, how do the other animals get their food?
KOOLI: Like Sahib the tiger?
PANDI: He eats according to the Law of the Jungle!
CHATTI: No, no, no, not Sahib or Panther. Someone… smaller.
KOOLI: They grow their own food, Chatti, they grow it.
CHATTI: They grow it? Ha!
PANDI: Ooh, that’s too much work! That’s too much work!
CHATTI: I agree with Pandi, that’s too much work! Besides, I’m too good looking to be a farmer!
KOOLI: And I’m too smart…
PANDI: And I’m just… oh, forget it… I just don’t want to do it…
KOOLI: Okay, we all want to eat, right?
PANDI: We don’t want to plant and grow our own food! Ugh!
CHATTI: That’s just too much work for a bunch of superior, good looking monkeys like ourselves…
KOOLI & PANDI: Right!