Michael J. Farrand

TOMB OF THE CAPULETS



SUMMARY

America's royal family of the stage endure another seeming episode of their handsome father's infidelity, only to have everything set right in the end.


CHARACTERS

Lionel Barrymore
10, son of Maurice and Georgiana Barrymore; "Mike" to his little brother

Ethel Barrymore
9, sister to Lionel; "Eethel" to her father

John Barrymore
6, brother to Ethel; goes by "Jack"

Uncle Jack Drew
35, dapper, first gentleman of the American stage, son of Louisa Lane Drew, sister to Georgina

Maurice Barrymore
39, exceptionally handsome and athletic, exceedingly witty and charming; wife to Georgina, father of Lionel, Ethel, and Jack

Uncle Googan*
32, illegitimate son of Louisa Lane Drew

Mummum
Louisa Lane Drew, Queen Mother of the American stage

Matilda
Irish maid

Georgiana Drew Barrymore
Actress, wife to Maurice, Mother to Lionel, Ethel, and Jack, brother to John Drew; goes by "Georgie"

Constable O’Shanahan*
Irish policeman

Oscar Wilde*
English playwright and novelist

Madame Modjeska
49, Polish lead actress on the world stage

Count Bozenta*
Phony Polish Count, Madame’s consort

Big John Sullivan*
American bare-knuckle heavyweight boxing champion

*all four roles can be played by one actor


SETTING

ACT I:
A pleasant Saturday morning in 1888 in Louisa Lane Drew’s parlor in a grand Philadelphia mansion inhabited by her extended family.

ACT II:
Later that evening.

ACT III:
The next morning.

© 1999 by Michael J. Farrand