Sunday, March 10, 2013

Act 4 Scene 3 THE GROACH COMES ASHORE

The Groach Comes Ashore

Act 4 Scene 3

THE GROACH COMES ASHORE





~ Curtain Rises ~

INTERIOR OF THE LIVING, BREATHING GROACH SHIP.

(THE GROACH IS ABLE TO TAKE THE FORM OF A SHIP, AN INNOCENT LOOKING LITTLE GIRL OR A MOSQUITO. SHE LURES PEOPLE WITH TREASURE & THEN DEVOURS THEM.)



ACTOR

(To Actor Playing Hamlet)

I can't do this anymore!



ACTOR PLAYING HAMLET

Do as the ship commands! Speak your line!



[ THE GROACH SHIP begins to swallow up the complaining actor. The ACTOR screams in agony as he is sucked into the ships floor.]



THE GROACH SHIP

(Groaning and Creaking)

I hope he was a bit player. I was a bit hungry.


OPHELIA

( Very nervously saying her lines, scared to death.)

There's rosemary, that's for remembrance...



THE GROACH SHIP

Say no more! My jewels have been taken from the shore and call for me! I must eat you all at once and transform into a mosquito so I can surprise each thief!



HAMLET

We can wait on the island and finish the play for you when you return!



THE GROACH SHIP

I am tired of Hamlet.



HAMLET

Shakespeare wrote more plays. You must know them all or simply be known as the belly without a brain!



[ OPHELIA grabs HAMLET by the throat]



OPHELIA

(Whispering through gritted teeth, lips not moving)

She just ATE Laertes and you think insulting her is going to save us?!



HAMLET

[Manages to hoarsely continue tempting THE GROACH]

You have not seen TITUS ANDRONICUS. Oh God! There's the play for you!



THE GROACH SHIP

I will like this play?



HAMLET

It was written just for you! The world will fear you all the more when you can quote it!



THE GROACH SHIP

Then I will leave you in the ruins on Moth Mountain and when I return you will play TITUS for me.



~ Curtain Closes ~



~ To Be Continued ~

Monday, March 4, 2013

Act 4 Scene 2 BIZZ BAFF THE BISCUIT BASHER / THE TOOTH FAIRY

Act 4 Scene 2


Act 4

Scene 2

~ Curtain Opens ~


The enchanted island's port village square.


[ Freddie's yacht sits on the dark, stormy sea in the distance. All her passengers are coming ashore. The village is deserted and beset with wind and rain.]

Enter YOLANDA, OWEN, EMEYLE and all the PASSENGERS/WEDDING GUESTS from FREDDIE'S yacht, all rushing from the dock to the shelter of the hotel.


YOLANDA

( SHOUTING over the HOWLING WIND)

If the village is abandoned, are you quite sure we should stay here?


EARL

(SHOUTING)

There's no turning back now. We can't make it back to the yacht.


[EMEYLE runs out of the hotel, back into the rain. EARL grabs her and forces her back towards the hotel.]


EMEYLE

(Hysterical)

He's not in the hotel! Owen's gone missing.


EARL

(Sternly, dragging her back into the hotel)

He'll be very upset when he returns to the hotel and finds you're not there.


[EARL and YOLANDA drag EMEYLE into the hotel.]


ENTER the fairies, SEWDEW, SEAMINT and SEABEAN. They flit about in the wind until they spy what they are looking for in the window flower box of TOOT'S SWEETS BAKERY.


(SEADEW flickers over and snatches the bag off the window box. It is so heavy that she falls to the ground with it.)


SEADEW

(Dazed)

I didn't expect it would be full.


(SEAMINT and SEABEAN gather round and watch as SEADEW opens the sack.)


SEAMINT

Not one coin has been delivered!

[SEAMINT puts his hands on his hips and taps his foot impatiently.]

SEABEAN

What kind of tooth fairy is this!?

[SEABEAN scratches his head.]


[SEADEW rises and points to the window display. There lies the TOOTH FAIRY/BIZZ BAFF THE BISCUIT BASHER, sleeping on her back, her legs propped up on a wedding cake and her head resting in a bed donuts. She has biscuits in her hands resting over her heart.]


SEADEW

The kind with a sweet tooth!


SEAMINT

Bizz Baff The Biscuit Basher!


[SEAMINT and SEABEAN buzz into the shop, lift up the sleeping BIZZ BAFF and carry her outside. They place her next to SEADEW beneath the flower box. BIZZ BAFF has donuts and cupcakes sticking to her hair and wings.]


SEADEW

Wake up, sweet Bizz Baff! Thou art in a sugared sleep. Rowan commands thee to return. Gather ye teeth another night.


[BIZZ BAFF yawns, stretches, realizes she has biscuits in her hands, bites one and speaks with her mouth full.]


BIZZ BAFF

(With mouth full of cookies)

This order provokes me to unact heavy deeds.

SEAMINT

What deeds undo? Uneat and unsleep? Not one coin has been traded for one tooth!


SEABEAN

This heavy sack speaks for thee!


BIZZ BAFF

And THIS sack has teeth enough to bite thy tongue!


[BIZZ BAFF produces a huge sack of baby teeth. SEABEAN, SEAMINT and SEADEW look into sack and are amazed and puzzled.]

BIZZ BAFF

Under pillows, under heads,

In nearby and far away beds,

Well served I the Fairy Queen,

Trading each tooth lost tonight,

With sapphires blue and emeralds green,

Rubies red and diamonds bright!

Thus every tooth looser did I reach!

With treasure I gathered from yonder beach.


[SEABEAN, SEAMINT and SEADEW all cover their faces and groan.]


SEAMINT

That same beach was tonight visited by the Groach who scatters her enchanted jewels in the sand so that she may eat those who find them.

SEABEAN

Hurry! Rowan will tell us how we may yet save the children!


SEABEAN, SEAMINT, SEADEW and BIZ BAFF exit in a hurry



~ Curtain Closes ~


~ To Be Continued ~











Monday, February 25, 2013

THE MAKING OF ANOTHER MIDSUMMER

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We hope you have enjoyed this behind the scenes look at the making of ANOTHER MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM.
 
 

Act 4 Scene 1 HIDEOUS BLUE / THE ARTEMIS STONE

Act 4 Scene 1
  • Act 4
  • Scene 1
  • ~ Curtain Opens ~
  • The Temple of the GODDESS ARTEMIS.
  • Enter OBERON and his fairies, all heavily armed.  A  VOTRESS stands on the steps of the temple.
  • VOTRESS
  • You must return with the blue diamond.
  • OBERON
  • Votress, where is Titania?
  • VOTRESS
  • It is as I told you.  When the stone is here, only then will Titania appear.
  • PUCK
  • Does the great Goddess Artemis only protect virgins who give her jewels?
  • [ PUCK lunges towards the VOTRESS but OBERON holds him back. ]
  • VOTRESS
  • The Artemis Stone is a weapon, stolen from this temple.  Do not underestimate its power like you overestimate Titania's continence.
  • PUCK
  • Master, let me make this hag tell us the truth!
  • [ OBERON yanks PUCK  back again, harshly.]
  • OBERON
  • ( To Votress)
  • We will bring you the stone.  Well I know where it is.
  • [ The VOTRESS turns and goes inside the temple.  OBERON motions for his train to follow him.  They begin to exit.]
  • PUCK
  • (to Oberon)
  • Master, how do you know where it is?  Is it not with your Queen? Have you seen it since?
  • OBERON
  • The hideous blue adorns the breastplate of Mab. We go to crack it now like the shell of a boiled crab.
  • [ Exit OBERON and his army of fairies. ]
  • [Enter ROWAN.  She kneels at the foot of the steps of the temple.  The GODDESS ARTEMIS appears.]
  • ROWAN
  • I stole the stone.  I meant to free Oberon from the curse and then return it before it was missed.
  • ~ CURTAIN CLOSES ~
  • ~ To Be Continued ~
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Act 3 Scene 6 THE BLOODY LETTER

Act 3 Sc 6 Kill Rowan 004
 
DAME JE MARSHALL PRODUCTIONS PRESENTS
ANOTHER MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM 
 
 ACT 3
Scene 6
THE BLOODY LETTER
~ Curtain Opens ~ 
The dark and dangerous clearing, deep in the forest where OBERON regroups and prepares for battle.  A low fog rolls in and a light snow begins.
 Enter HAREBELLE and YARROW, guarding the scene.
HAREBELLE 
It were good that Oberon restored our youth.  My older bones could not abide these battles and the wandering weathers of this night.  Mark how Oberon hath frighted summer's sultry night into these frozen vapors with the sting of a viper's bite.
YARROW 
Even our young bones may not launch arrows against Queen Mab's army to any effect.  We were defeated because her warriors were like open doors through which our arrows flew to lodge in trees!  But soft, villagers approach! Let them not see us!
[ HAREBELLE and YARROW hide.]
 Enter NICHOLAS WINTERBOTTOM, PERCY PEAR, FRANCIS QUIBBLE, WALTER ANDREAS, TOOT and SIEVE
PERCY PEAR
We look like bears in these coats.  Are bears in season?
WALTER ANDREAS
Would you rather freeze to death?
PERCY PEAR
The season is not in season.  I suppose all bets are off.
WALTER ANDREAS
Nobody wants to hang your mug over their fireplace, believe me.  You're not in season.
[FRANCIS  QUIBBLE is so cold his lips are blue and his tongue is tied.  He sees a tree studded with arrows and tries to warn everyone.]
FRANCIS QUIBBLE
Umteen ees nn seas on!  Ook at at eee! 
[NICHOLAS WINTERBOTTOM fishes out black cloths from a bag and hands one to everyone.  He hands two to FRANCIS QUIBBLE.]
NICHOLAS WINTERBOTTOM
(To Francis)
Your face is frozen! Tie the second one around your mouth...to warm your lips.  I can't understand a word you are saying. 
NICHOLAS WINTERBOTTOM 
(To everyone)
This will keep us safe.  Tie on your bandit masks like so, everyone!
 [ FRANCIS sighs, turns his back on the arrow studded tree and follows WINTERBOTTOM and tugs on his coat sleeve to get his attention again.  Meanwhile, YARROW and HAREBELLE remove the arrows and hide again.]
NICHOLAS WINTERBOTTOM
I don't see anything.
SIEVE
Are we going to commit masked robbery?
PERCY
(To SIEVE)
That's the plan.  Quick! Nab those pinecones before some squirrel beats you to it!
PERCY 
(To WALTER) 
You look like a giant, woolly, prehistoric raccoon.
WINTERBOTTOM
We aren't going to rob. We are just borrowing the peace and quiet that robbers enjoy.  No one wants to bother a robber.  Now let's head up the mountain to that cave where I used to play as a boy.   We can build a fire and hide there tonight.  In the morning we will check to see if the village is still there.
TOOT
My bakery!
SIEVE
I wish I had robbed your bakery before we left the village, but I wasn't a robber then.
They all exit. 
Enter YARROW and HAREBELLE, followed by TOADFLAX and YEW carrying POPPY on a stretcher which they place of the ground gently and replace the cloth that was covering POPPY'S face.  POPPY is dead.
TOADFLAX
How stood your guard?
HAREBELLE
Quiet, save for some villagers seeking refuge in the caves
TOADFLAX
There is no refuge in this night.  Like as not they will find in the cavern some relative to the merciless spirits who killed our Poppy.  I would not venture the caverns tonight.
YEW
Nor would I
Enter FOXGLOVE, BUD, PUCK, OBERON and a legion of OBERON'S FAIRIES, all armed with bows and arrows.  PUCK bows to OBERON before making his report.
PUCK
Before the attack I was given a letter by Rowan.  A letter writ by Queen Titania.  Upon my injury, I gave the letter to Poppy for safe keeping.
TOADFLAX
Poppy is dead. 
Enter more Soldier Fairies carrying the bodies of STRAWBERRY and FORGET-ME-NOT, which they place beside POPPY.  PUCK  is sickened by POPPY'S death, but does what he must.   He kneels and searches POPPY for the letter.  He finds the letter soaked with POPPY'S blood.
PUCK
(Softly to Poppy)
Gentle Poppy, I do not think heaven has had time to prepare for you.  Do your best to persuade them to allow me to enter when my time comes.  I desire more adventures with you.  Who are your companions?
[PUCK pulls back the cloths and to reveal STRAWBERRY and FORGET-ME-NOT. PUCK weeps a little and quickly pulls himself together.]
PUCK
(Softly to POPPY)
Good choice of traveling companions, Dear Poppy. Look after eachother.
(PUCK kisses POPPY'S forehead)
PUCK 
Until we meet again.
[PUCK rises and quickly brings the letter to OBERON as the soldiers continue to bring in more of the dead and place them next to POPPY.  PUCK hands the blood soaked letter to KING OBERON.  OBERON opens it carefully.] 
OBERON
This is my Lady's hand.  The ink runs with Poppy's blood, joined by my tears, for Titania  has refused to remain my wife.
[OBERON crumbles the letter, throws it on the ground and turns away so no one can see him weep.]
Enter HERALD with his golden beaver down. Before HERALD can say a word, OBERON'S FAIRIES have  all drawn their weapons and have HERALD in their sites.   OBERON spins around with no trace of the heartache that gripped him a moment ago. OBERON motions for HERALD to approach. 
OBERON
 (Aside to PUCK)
I know that gait, and yet I should not, for it's owner is a dead man.
 OBERON
 (To Herald)
Speak Herald. Tell us thy name and speak of ransom.
HERALD
Queen Mab graciously grants King Oberon permission to gather his dead and leave this island before dawn, never to return.
OBERON
Speak thy name, Herald.
HERALD
Thou knowest I am the Herald Bandar, once Knight of thy train, stolen from the Indian King, stolen from thy Virgin Queen,  stolen from thee by death, stolen from death by my dread mistress Queen Mab.  Take flight with thy dead, former master, before their souls are snatched and forced to kill thee. 
PUCK
Surely Poppy is already beyond Mab's reach!
HERALD
No one is beyond Her Majesty's reach.  Accept the mercy Queen Mab offers and flee.  Heed this the message or suffer my fate.
OBERON
You may tell your Queen that her message is understood and that we will spend this night searching for a worm vile enough to eat her wretched heart for breakfast at dawn.  Fare-thee-well, Bandar, Herald from hell.
BANDAR THE HERALD bows and exits.
OBERON
(To PUCK)
Select a group to tend the dead and tell the rest to prepare to embark at once.  We are going to the Temple of The Virgins.  This eve turned when that blue diamond appeared upon my love's sweet neck.   Suddenly she is moved to remain a virgin for all time and will have none of me.  The Goddess Artemis knows Titania's heart is mine.  Prepare the troops to hunt the Great Huntress!
PUCK
(Bows and prepares to exit)
Good, my Lord.
OBERON
And let it be known by all that Rowan is a traitor to be killed at first sight.  Do not attempt to capture her. Kill Rowan.
PUCK
(To himself)
I will kill Rowan tonight as I have killed her many times in my dreams.  It is an honor I dream of often.  It is an honor I will not share.  Rowan is mine and mine alone.
PUCK and the remaining FAIRIES exit.
[OBERON stands alone with the dead]
OBERON
May the Gods forgive me if Rowan is not a traitor.  Traitor or no, she deserves to die for not protecting Titania.
OBERON exits.
 [Two knotholes in a tree open and reveal  a pair of eyes that look about.  ROWAN steps out of the tree.  She looks upon the dead and SIGHS sadly.  She walks to where OBERON threw the letter and picks it up, carefully uncrumpling it.]
ROWAN
(To herself)
O letter misread! True writ, but thy ink hath bled.  I must take you now to Artemis.  Nothing here to be done or said.  Everyone here wishes me dead.
~Curtain Closes~
HAPPY HOLIDAYS
FROM  DAME JE MARSHALL PRODUCTIONS! 
 

ACT 3 Scene 5: DRINK THOU THIS HELL-BROTH


 
DRINK THOU THIS HELL-BROTH 
 
ACT 3
 
Scene 5
 
~ Curtain Opens ~
 
The forest, in the mountains of the enchanted Greek island, where the trees are dead, all save one, which appears dead as well, but has eyes that spy.
 
[ The evil spirits AGONIGHTUS,  KALIMAY, WACANDAMACA and FIFI  stand in a small clearing in front of a cave. Their faces are melted to the bone from the exposure to St. John's Wort flowers at Thisbe's Tavern.  ROWAN spies on them as a dead-seeming tree.]
 
 AGONIGHTUS
 
Someone watches us.  Yet behold how the Belladonna still rests upon her  bed of the sea.
 
[ AGONIGHTUS points off stage.]
 
KALIMAY
 
If not Belladonna, then who can it be?
 
FIFI
 
[ Points to the heavens.] 
 
Does Beatrice watch us with starry eyes?
 
 
 
 WACANDAMACA
 
Forgive us, Beatrice.  We could not have known.
 
AGONIGHTUS
 
 We should have known the Groach was made of lies and she and Mab already had the stone.
 
FIFI
 
Twas their plot that stripped our faces to bone.
 
KALIMAY
 
We seek to save you and make them atone.
 
[ They raise their arms to the skies. ]
 
ALL
 
By Groach and Queen Mab we have been betrayed!
 
Thus our faces taken by their device!
 
Faceless we are but are not to be stayed!
 
Double crossed we, but never so done twice! 
 
 
 
[ A sinister VOICE comes forth from the CAVE with a glowing green mist.] 
 
 VOICE FROM CAVE
 
Sisters, I am more here than I am there!
 
So by the Stone of Artemis torn twain,
 
My good nature imprisoned where you stare,
 
The rest of me cast near hell worse than slain!
 
[ They all walk to the mouth of the cave.]
 
ALL
 
Beatrice!
 
 
 
VOICE FROM THE CAVE / BEATRICE 
 
Aye, my greater part is here in this hold,
 
By Queen for her King was I stole from life!
 
Secrets of the battle I now unfold.
 
She herself did cut with the diamond knife!
 
Her good self now locked in same stars with mine,
 
Her bad side walks the isle still in body,
 
Whilst I, an ooze, locked in earth do confine!
 
Till thee drink of me to my soul embody!
 
Drink thou this hell broth and speak only death!
 
All who smell thy words shall die of thy breath!
 
Make haste and to thy fell purpose take seize!
 
There is life left yet in one of these trees! 
 
[ The CAVE vomits a disgusting looking, lumpy broth.  WACANDAMACA, AGONIGHTUS, FIFI and KALIMAY fall to their knees and scoop up handfuls of the hell broth and drink.  They all rise and don golden helmets exactly like the one QUEEN MAB wears.  They all exit.]
 
VOICE FROM THE CAVE / BEATRICE
 
[ Hissing out with a rolling green fog] 
 
Die! 
 
[ ROWAN exits the tree she was hiding inside. ]
 
ROWAN
 
[Sighing to herself]
 
O most horrible sight!
 
Long yet short grows this night!
 
[ ROWAN exits just before the deadly green fog reaches her hiding place.]
 
~ CURTAIN CLOSES ~
 
                                  ~ TO BE CONTINUED ~