by Robert Kerbeck
An empty locker room at a Moscow ice skating rink. Benches line the SL and SR walls. The sound of chanting: Putin, Putin, Putin. Chanting fades.
SCENE 1: CHAFFEE RESIDENCE, Washington, D.C., February, 1857, Moving-In Day. The flat is shaping up to be a modestly upper-class Victorian residence—resplendent rugs, elegantly-shaped tables and chairs, gas lamps and a fire in the fireplace.