Michael J. Farrand

TREACHERY



SUMMARY

Royce Bentley's golddigging mother, Gunhilda, has had him committed for twenty years to Cerebellum Manor because his outrageously profligate spending threatened her fortune. While in the asylym he falls in love with a multiple-personality escape artist who loses one persona for each time she attempts to flea (the guards shoot her but discover no body). Upon Gunhilda's death, she leaves her son three million dollars cash, and allows him to be sent home to Wulfweardsweorth. She knows he'll arrive penniless, and the estate will be lost, unless he finds a woman to counteract his gullibility, profligacy, and generosity.


CHARACTERS

GUNHILDA: wealthy golddigging mother of Royce Bentley, who commits him to an asylum to protect her fortune from his profligacy.

ODELIA: faithful Wulfweardsweorth maid, who loves Royce Bentley like a mother.

OSBERT T. BEOWULF: family attorney who wants to steal the estate.

ROYCE BENTLEY: the prodigal son.

Brunhilda

Grimhilda

Thorhilda

(off-stage voices)

SHARED ROLES: Gunhilda, Brunhilda, Grimhilda, and Thorhilda.


SETTING

ACT I:
A Winter evening in 1903 at Wulfweardsweorth, a Pennsylvania-Gothic estate.

ACT II:
Immediately following.

© 1999 by Michael J. Farrand