Romeo & the Beanos
an original screenplay by J. Thomas Wells
Springsteen, Barbara Streisand, JayZ, Yo Yo Ma, to name a few.” Romeo smiles and nods. “What are they really and where do they come from?” Romeo: “I’m not sure what they are but they’re alive and they’re going somewhere.” “Explain.” “Well they didn’t arrive on the scene by chance. They seem to have a destiny and I’ve become entwined in it.” “And where do they come from?” “From Indonesia. By nature they’re not very loud unless there’s a large group of them singing together; that’s why I designed the Bean Box amp so that a hand full of them can perform with an artist.” “They’re singing, the beans are singing?” “Actually it’s more like humming, they’re vibrating.” “Recently you sent some of them off for a scientific evaluation.” Romeo nods. “Joining us live from Setarcos University (his face on an insert screen), Professor Oscar Throckmorton, author of the best seller The Cruelty and Glory of Scientific Method. Good evening Professor.” “Mr. Adebo, these objects you have sent me are most unusual. There remain some unanswered questions. But I have been able to determine that they are quite old, perhaps millions of years, they are alive and they have a unique and rare quality, they engaged is audiosynthesis. The Show Host queries the Professor on that point and he explains, “they process sound similar to how some plants process light with phototsynthesis. And where did you get them Mr. Adade?” “They come from Indonesia.” “Hmm, the home of Java Man. I would like to send them over to our paleontology department for further study.” “That’s fine but remember our deal, you must sing to them every day.” The Professor politely nods.
The show hostess engages Romeo further, “Well, as the professor said, there are some unanswered questions. You must have some thoughts on all this. How do you explain what’s happening here? Romeo, “Well, it’s simple enough, they’re magic.” “Whoa Romeo, I think you’re walking out on a limb here. You’re expecting us to believe in magic?” “Well, if you don’t then you’re not really paying close attention. Just look around, look at life. A tiny acorn sprouts and grows to be a hundred foot high tree. A leaf performs a complex chemical conversion with the air and then turns into a colorful pallet that would make any artist jealous. A baby is born, gets up, walks, then talks, sings, writes poems, builds skyscrapers, jet planes, computers and smart phones. It’s so prevalent and ongoing that one can easily take it for granted, but whether you can explain it or not, that’s magic. Life IS magic.” “Well alright, I see your point. N ow tell us what’s happening on April 26th.“ “All 99 of the Beanos will be reunited and all the artists who have been performing with them are coming together for one huge concert at the San Manuel Amphitheater in San Bernardino.”
A view of the amphitheater from the air, with the traffic and crowds filing in.
Juliet and Miranda are driving past the marquee listing all the performers. The heliport has steady traffic as the artists arrive. On stage are the various instruments and audio equipment. To one side is an elevated platform. Upon it is a grey velvet lined tray covered with a lattice of reeds and twigs. Tiny wireless mics are attached to the lattice . A dim spotlight illuminates the beans, slightly aglow, resting in the tray. The large screens above the stage and scattered about the grounds are all focused on the tray. The surrounding lawns, beyond the seating, have filled to capacity - 65,000. It is now dusk. All eyes are on the beans.
A lone figure steps upon the stage. Romeo picks up a microphone and introduces himself. We see this from where Miranda and Juliet are sitting. She is aglow with full attention on Romeo. He looks her way, as if feeling her presence. She waves, he waves back though there is a vast distance between them.