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THE HISTORY OF MARIA'S TROUPE

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THE HISTORY OF MARIA'S TROUPE

    Maria’s Troupe By Casey Bell

SYNOPSIS

    MARIA’S TROUPE ?

    By: Casey Bell

    Maria’s Troupe is about a director, Maria and her Troupe. Maria directs, The Party

    Stops Here, written by the famous Viola Stephanie. Most of the play takes place during the rehearsals. Maria’s troupe includes the following. Brian is the stage

    manager, who has a habit of being late, and usually is unaware of what is going on with the production of the show. Clair, Alex, John, Sarah, Greg, and Jill are the actors in the play. Jill is not only the beauty and drama queen whose self image is always more important than anything else, but also the problem amongst the cast. She even risks the show by adding a musical number at the last minute. All in all on opening night everything that can go wrong does. Set pieces fall apart, light cues are missed, the backstage area has a mouse problem, and much more catastrophes occur. At the end of the production Maria is not only furious with the performance, but is surprised by an unexpected visit of the playwright, whom asks to speak to Maria immediately. Maria does her best to keep herself together and she faces Viola face to face. What happens to Maria? Did Viola like the production? What happens to the cast and crew of this show? There’s only one way to find out. Come join Maria and her crew in

    Maria’s Troupe.

    Maria’s Troupe By Casey Bell

    Character Breakdown MARIA BALLARD: Director

BRIAN: Stage Manager

VIOLA STEPHANIE: Playwright

    ANTHONY BRIDGES: Interviewer for newspaper

ACTORS

    Clair, Alex, John, Sarah, Greg, and Jill

EXTRAS

    Ushers, Audience Members, Actors

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    SAMPLE READING ACT ONE SCENE TWO

    This scene takes place the next day June 21.

    MARIA

    (Lights come up. MARIA, GREG, JOHN, JILL, ALEX, and SARAH are sitting around waiting. BRIAN enters). You’re late, again. (Beat) Guys go get ready for the next scene (GREG, JOHN, JILL, ALEX, and SARAH exit).

    BRIAN

    I’m aware. I have a watch (Sits next to Maria).

    MARIA

    Are you aware, that we have been waiting for you? (Looks at watch) You’re thirty minutes late. We wasted

    thirty minutes. (Beat) What’s your excuse this time?

    BRIAN

    I was at home watching Arthur.

    MARIA

    You can’t be serious.

    BRIAN

    (Seriously) I’m very serious. I love watching Arthur, it’s very educational.

    MARIA

    Brian, I thought I told you to be on time last night.

    BRIAN

    Well, you’re thinking right, because you did.

    MARIA

    So, why are you late?

    BRIAN

    I thought I explained that already?

    MARIA

    Arthur is not an excuse. It’s not a reason to be late to rehearsal. You must be here on time. I don’t know how

    clear I can make that. No more being late Brian. (Beat) Now, get your script, I need you to read lines for Clair.

    BRIAN

    Do what for what?

    MARIA

    I need you to read Clair’s lines for the rehearsal.

    BRIAN

    Why. What’s wrong with Clair?

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    MARIA

    She left early yesterday, because her sister went into labor. She took her to the hospital.

    BRIAN

    That’s amazing; I didn’t even know that Clair had a sister.

    MARIA

    She called me today, and said she can’t make rehearsal. Neither her sister, nor the baby is doing well. So, we’ll

    just have to do the rehearsal without her.

    BRIAN

    We can’t rehearse without her. Why don’t we just call it a night?

    MARIA

    What? No, we are not doing that, just read her lines.

    BRIAN

    I still say we just call it a night.

    MARIA

    I can’t do that. This show opens this week. I don’t have time to cancel rehearsals.

    BRIAN

    It’s just one day.

    MARIA

    It will be two if you can’t yesterday.

    BRIAN

    That was your fault. You shouldn’t have cancelled it.

    MARIA

    I didn’t cancel– ...Brian would you please just

    BRIAN

    Do I really have to?

    MARIA

    (Annoyed) Get a script and read her lines.

    BRIAN

    Well, you don’t have to yell about it.

    MARIA

    I WASN’T YELLING!

    BRIAN

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    Well, you are now. (She sighs heavily at him) I’m getting the script (Gets his script from book bag).

    MARIA

    Guys, please get in place for this scene. Thank you. (The actors except JOHN get into place).

    BRIAN

    Do the actors know about Clair? I mean they know I’m reading, right?

    MARIA

    Yes they do. I told them within the thirty minutes you weren’t here.

    BRIAN

    Oh. Well, you didn’t have to say it like that. (Opens script) What page?

    MARIA

    Twenty-three.

    BRIAN

    JOHN enters and lies on the bed, a brief black out occurs then the lights slowly fade in. Brian clears throat).

     Remember when I used to read to you at night, before you went to bed? (JOHN nods head yes). You mind if I read to you? (To MARIA) What book is Clair reading to him?

    MARIA

    That doesn’t matter at this point?

    BRIAN

    Oh, sorry.

    MARIA

    Start from the beginning please.

    BRIAN

    (BRIAN clears throat). Remember when I used to read to you at night, before you went to bed? (JOHN nods head yes). You mind if I read to you?

    JOHN

    I would love that. It’ll bring–

    BRIAN

    (To MARIA) Are you sure it doesn’t matter. The script says that she reads The Three Little Pigs.

    MARIA

    There is note in the back of the script that says it’s okay if the director decides to use another book. Now, can

    you please just continue? (BRIAN nods yes) John, start your line again.

    JOHN

    I would love that. It’ll bring back sweet memories.

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    BRIAN

    (GREG enters) Not you again, get out, and don’t come back.

    JOHN

    (GREG intends to leave) No, don’t leave. Mom, I want to talk to him.

    BRIAN

    Aaron, he is bad news. I don’t want you around people like him.

    JOHN

    Mom, please I must speak with him. (There is complete silence for about 5 seconds. After the pause they both recite each other’s name). I’m sorry you go first.

    GREG

    No, no, you; tell me what you need to tell me.

    JOHN

    Jason, please you go first, I can wait. (GREG folds his arms as if in protest to speak first). Alright, I’ll go first.

     I’m sorry I ruined your party.

    GREG

    Are you crazy? You didn’t ruin it. I’m sorry I gave you all that stuff. I didn’t know it was going to make

    you;I’m sorry.

    JOHN

    Come up here. (GREG gets on top of the bed).

    BRIAN

    Is he really supposed to jump on the bed? It looks...stupid. It doesn’t look right. Besides I don’t think the bed

    could actually hold that much weight.

    MARIA

    Brian, the bed is fine. Would please stop interrupting and just read the lines?

    BRIAN

    All I was saying is that

    MARIA

    Brian. Be quiet. John, continue please.

    JOHN

    I know you think this is your fault. You know, my mother thinks it’s her fault. This is no one’s fault but, mine.

     I made the decision to take ecstasy and drink beer. I was the one who did not use discretion. It is my fault. So,

    please, stop blaming yourself, (brief silence, and blackout).

    MARIA

    (Light comes up over MARIA and BRIAN. BRIAN is reading a magazine.) Great, let’s go on to the next scene.

    (To BRIAN) When reading for Clair, just read. That’s it. (Lights out over MARIA and BRIAN).

    SARAH

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(Lights come up over stage, SARAH and the party extras are on stage, they party for a brief moment before

    GREG enters, SARAH notices him). Hey stranger, long time no see. Where have you been?

    GREG

    I went to visit Aaron.

    SARAH

    How’s the slugger doing?

    GREG

    He’s doing. (Beat) Uh;Lizzie I need to talk to you alone.

    SARAH

    Jason, we’re partying, come on, party with us. We can talk later.

    GREG

    No. I want to talk now. (GREG talks to the party extras). Excuse me; may I have your attention? (The party and music stops). The party’s over; everyone please leave. (The party people adlib disapproval) Come on, get out. (They begin to leave).

    SARAH

    (Pulling him aside) What is wrong with you? You’re ruining a good thing. (Talking to the party people) Guys, you don’t have to leave.

    GREG

    Yes you do. Everyone out (beat) now.

    SARAH

    (Party extras exit). What is wrong with you? You never turn down a party.

    GREG

    I’m changing, Lizzie;I’ve changed. I can’t do this anymore.

    SARAH

    You can't do what anymore; what are you talking about?

    GREG

    I can't live this lifestyle. No more parties, drugs, or alcohol, it ruins lives. It makes people unconscious and

    SARAH

    Are you still worried about Aaron? Get over it. Aaron is fine. Besides, he was a punk; he took too much too

    soon. You’re a pro; you can keep partying without passing out.

    GREG

    Lizzie, I don’t want to do this anymore. I’m done with it, and you should be done with it too.

    SARAH

    If you’re going to punk out on me, then we can’t be friends.

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    GREG

    That is not a problem with me; you know where the door is. (SARAH exits, blackout).

    MARIA

    (GREG exits, the scene is being set for the JOHNSON’s house). A spotlight appears on MARIA) Let’s keep it

    moving guys, thank you. (JILL enters with belongings ready to leave) You’re not leaving, are you?

    JILL

    Yes. I’ll see you tomorrow.

    MARIA

    Wait a minute. (Stands) Where are you going?

    JILL

    I have a manicure appointment.

    MARIA

    We have a rehearsal to do.

    JILL

    Maria, I need to leave now, or I will be late. I cannot be late. My nails cannot be late.

    MARIA

    Jill, you can’t be serious. Can’t you cancel the appointment or postpone it?

    JILL

    (Shocked) Cancel, postpone; how dare you?

    MARIA

    What? What did I say?

    JILL

    I cannot postpone my nails. My nails need care. How dare you suggest I cancel or postpone. I have to get my

    nails done, and that’s final

    MARIA

    Jill, please, we need you in order to rehearse. (Announcing) The show opens this week. Are we all aware of

    that?

    JILL

    Have Brian read my lines.

    MARIA

    He’s reading for Clair.

    JILL

    Then you read it. I’m getting my nails done, now.

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    MARIA

    Jill, you can’t leave (JILL walks towards exit) Jill, please don’t leave (JILL exits). I don’t believe this. (To BRIAN) Why didn’t you say anything?

    BRIAN

    What did you want me to say?

    MARIA

    You could have told her, she couldn’t go.

    BRIAN

    I thought to, but

    MARIA

    You didn’t want to argue?

    BRIAN

    No.

    MARIA

    You realize she already made up her mind?

    BRIAN

    No.

    MARIA

    You thought she wasn’t going to listen to you?

    BRIAN

    No, I was reading and I didn’t want to lose my place.

    MARIA

    (Sighs hard; speaking to BRIAN) I’m going backstage to meditate. We will continue rehearsal in an hour.

    BRIAN

    Maybe we should just go home.

    MARIA

    (Looks at watch) It’s only seven. We still have three more hours of rehearsal. We’ll all take an hour break, and

    I’ll call Jill and Clair and hopefully they’ll be able to come and rehearse.

    BRIAN

    It’ll be too late by then.

    MARIA

    I need as many rehearsals as I can get. Don’t argue with me. I just don’t understand does anyone care about

    this production besides me. Does anyone care about the kids?

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    BRIAN

    What kids?

    MARIA

    The kids from Make-A-Wish Foundation.

    BRIAN

    What do they have to do with anything?

    MARIA

    (Frustrated) Tell the cast they get an hour break. Rehearsal resumes at 8PM (exits).

    BRIAN

    (Yells) Cast and crew, please come to the stage! (GREG, JOHN, ALEX, SARAH and extras enter). Jill had to

    leave, so Maria thinks it’s best if we take an hour break and then resume with rehearsal. She’s going to call Jill

    and Clair later and hopefully they can make it back here in time.

    SARAH

    But, that doesn’t make sense. It’ll probably be too late by then.

    BRIAN

    I know, I told Maria that already, but she has spoken. You have an hour for break. (Puts coat on, and gathers

    belongings) If Maria asks, tell her I went to Starbucks (exits).

    GREG

    I’ll be napping backstage (exits).

    SARAH

    This is stupid. What are we suppose to do for an hour?

    JOHN

    We can have sex.

    SARAH

    Shut up John.

    JOHN

    Come on Sarah. You know you want me.

    SARAH

    Keep dreaming.

    JOHN

    I will. They’ll be sexy and wet.

    SARAH

    Oh, gosh, you’re so disgusting.

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