Act 1, Scene 1
• In London, seventeen-year-old Tess is listening to a recording of her mother singing when she was young. This is for a school project.
• Her eccentric Aunt Pfeni arrives with her belongings in shopping bags.
• Her aunt offers her Shiva, an Indian statue of rebirth and destruction.
• Tess says her mother needs it more.
• Tess's mother Sara enters and is critical of Pfeni's writing career.
• Tonight is Sara's birthday.
• Tess wants to invite her boyfriend.
• Tess and her boyfriend are into revolutionary politics.
• Tess leaves to go meet her boyfriend.
• Sara and her sister Pfeni argue about the past.
• Pfeni recalls their days in New York fondly.
• Sara is critical of her daughter, and of the idea that anything having to do with her past could be relevant (Tess's school project).
• Pfeni and her sister Sara play a childhood clapping game.
• Pfeni's boyfriend Geoffry arrives and...
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