By: Donna Latham
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Type: One Act Play
Genre: Drama
Theme: Adaptations
Running Time: 30 minutes
Speaking Cast: 4 females, 5 males, 9 total cast
Flexibility: 3 extras, doubling possible
Title Includes: Mature Theme
Author's Notes:
Be Bold, Be Bold is based on the old English tale “Mr. Fox.” It’s the story of a young woman who discovers, when evidence literally plops into her lap, that her lover is a serial killer. To develop the play, I wondered: Who were the original Mr. Fox and Lady Mary? What prompted the tale's inaugural telling? I decided the story initially developed as a family secret—-buried for generations in the rose garden. I created the characters Grandmama and Olivia to frame the piece, which I envisioned as a play-within-a-play with twists. To maintain the evocative flavor of the oral tradition, I wrote in an interpretive, choral style. Characters speak both lines of narration and dialogue as past and present intertwine.
In this tale of murder and retribution, Grandmama shares the story of Lady Mary, a young woman in love with mysterious Mr. Fox. When Mr. Fox returns from his latest travels, he and Lady Mary will seal their wedding contract. The day before his return, Lady Mary seeks out his secluded estate, which she has never visited. There, she finds a bizarre inscription above the entry: "Be Bold, Be Bold." Embracing her boldness, Lady Mary enters and quickly discovers a deadly secret.
Mature Theme
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