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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

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