BLACK HEARTS AND BEARDED LADIES
Type: Full Length
Themes: Gangs & Mafia, Family
Duration: 90 minutes
Speaking Cast: 16 females, 10 males (26 total cast)
SYNOPSIS: When four rude, crude, unladylike ladies take up residency at the Sweetwater Inn under the guise of musicians, the Inn is turned upside down. The foursome is the fiendish, thievish Bearded Lady Bandits incognito and they’re staying at the Sweetwater Inn along with an odd, but hilarious assortment of other drop-ins including Clarissa, a fortune-teller who all-too-accurately predicts doom; a mysterious swindler, Fredrico Vinyofski, competing with the Bearded Lady Bandits for financial growth; Luna, a maid who eats an occasional fly; Franklin and Pickles, two likable but lazy relatives; an egotistical (greedy) psychiatrist, Dr. Frankenmirth; and a lovable lodger, Mr. Mimms, who is looking for love in all the wrong places. Many a time this would be considered a full house, but family’s family and when the wealthy, headstrong, trigger-happy Aunt Golda arrives to announce her sixth marriage, the real trouble begins. One interior set.
West Holt Public Schools
River Valley Speech and Drama
North Cedar High School Drama Department
East Ascension High School
Otter Valley Country Club
When I first wrote this play, there were only two bearded ladies, but when I held auditions all the girls wanted to be bearded ladies, so I added two more! They were so popular with audiences that I brought them back in "For the Love of Lucy." The part of Clarissa, the fortune teller, was intended for a female, but a boy tried out for the part and outshone all other contenders! He almost stole the show.
This is one of my earliest plays, an old-fashioned comedy full of zany, likable characters, unlikely situations, and a happy ending. I just wanted audiences to laugh a lot, have a good time, and leave with a smile on their faces. Very simple and fun to direct.
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