an original screenplay by J. Thomas Wells
For thousands of years on an isle of the Indonesian Archipelago the Telur Suci, a small pre-historic egg, was worn about the throat as an amulet. Being only a few centimeters from the vocal cords, it began to process sound. After a few hundred years it began to participate, sweetening the voice of its host. But this is the back history.
Our story begins in modern times in Washington DC when Romeo, a Starbucks barista, discovers a small quantity of the Telur Suci in a shipment of coffee beans. He is the only one close enough to hear their tiny voices, which leaves him alone in his task of saving them from the coffee grinder. He succeeds in the rescue but loses his job.
Their destiny in the music industry quickly becomes apparent. And Romeo, like a Great Dane adopting a box of orphaned chicks, steps to the task without a clue. He is assisted by Galdifore, the Indonesian Shaman and steward of the Telur Suci, and Juliet, a college flunkout, whose ruin and salvation is through the words of Shakespeare.
The Telur Suci, aka the Beanos to Romeo, pervade the music scene with a speed that makes the Beatles look like lazy slackers. This perfect fairy tale is not without trouble. The Gru’kiba is the Indonesian firebird that has attained immortality by a steady diet of Telur Suci. And she’s hot on their trail.
All comes to a head at the Beanos’ sold out outdoor concert when the Gru’kiba lands on the stage for her next meal. Romeo and Galdifore are quickly bested by the firebird, leaving Juliet alone in its path. She quickly gathers her wits and turns to the bird. “To be or not to be, that is the question,” She delivers the full Hamlet soliloquy right between the eyes.
The firebird is mesmerized, the Beanos are traumatized, and the audience frozen in the moment. And then the inevitable happens …