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A Thousand Words (058)

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  • TITLE OF WORK: A Thousand Words
  • SELECT ONE: Original
  • MUSICAL STYLE: Standard Broadway; Jazz or Blues; Other
  • NATURE: Drama or Tragedy; Romance; Educational
  • INTENDED AUDIENCE/USE: Adult
    STRUCTURE: Spoken dialogue with occasional songs
  • APPROXIMATE DURATION (Hrs/Min): 2 hours
  • DESIRED INSTRUMENTATION: piano, drums, electric guitar, bass guitar, violin, chello
  • BRIEFLY STATE THE THEME or MESSAGE: The definition of love applies to all people - thus love is universal and is a natural right.
  • NUMBER OF SETS: 2

Cast Description

WARREN JOHNSON (Tenor)18-23, male. A reserved and conservative individual, Warren grew up in Winslow Town, Pennsylvania. He was the all-American athlete in high school, and went to work in the Winslow Mines after high school with his best friend, DANIEL. He is conflicted when years later DANIEL expresses his romantic interest in him and realizes that he too might have similar feelings. He is a loyal and trustworthy man who is not afraid to fight for what he believes in.

DANIEL SANDERSON (Baritone-Tenor)18-23, male. A flamboyant man who is not afraid to say what is on his mind. He has been WARREN’s friend his entire life but wants to be more than just his friend. He dreams big and pictures himself far away from Winslow as an actor. He puts forth a confident front to people, but inside he is emotionally fragile and sensitive.

ELIZABETH MORRIS (Soprano)18-23, female. The most beautiful girl in all of Winslow Town but not very bright and easily manipulated. She is a hopeless romantic and loves all of the conservative roles that a female is expected to fill.

LUKE WILLIS (N/A) 23, male. WARREN’s good friend in high school. He is a very crude individual that strives to be the most manly that he can be. He never leaves Winslow and works in the mines all his life. He has always loved ELIZABETH but has never been able to date her.

RICHARD HANKS (Baritone-Tenor)28, male. RICHARD is a journalist for a magazine who actively searches for big stories in order to further himself as a renowned writer. He finds himself entangled in collecting stories for his magazine to dispute a bill banning same-sex marriage in Pennsylvania. He keeps himself very busy, which disrupts his current relationship with his girlfriend of five years, JESSICA.

KRISTY – (N/A) 32, female. RICHARD’s boss at his journalism firm.

OLD WARREN (N/A) 89, male. WARREN JOHNSON in the late 90s. A very elderly man who is constantly visited by nurses because he lacks a family. Not concerned with the troubles of the world, he is seclusive, but is filled with wisdom. He has long put away the memories of DANIEL in his mind, but RICHARD reaches out to him for his story.

VIRGINIA CLARICE (Alto) 26, female. A famous actress on the big Broadway in 1936. She is a gregarious woman who lives for the dramatics both off and on stage. She has no desire to fill the normal expectations of a lady at the time, and as such, has been a long committed relationship with a black man, THOMAS.

THOMAS JONES (Baritone) 25, male. A black enlisted soldier who longs to marry VIRGINIA. He has been disappointed by how he is treated in the military, but hopes that by proving himself he can become a hero to society and wed VIRGINIA without conflict.

GEORGE (Baritone) 24, male. A soldier in World War II. He was drafted into the United States Army and left his home in Louisiana.

FRANKIE (Tenor) 19, male. A soldier in World War II. He was drafted into the United States Army and left his home in Oklahoma. He is a fun guy and loves to joke around; his beliefs are strongly rooted in his family.

JACOB (Baritone) 23, male. A soldier in World War II. He was drafted into the United States Army and left his home in New Jersey. He is a devout man that longs to return to his fiancé so that he can marry her.

ENSEMBLE REQUIREMENTS: One or two female characters are sufficient to play characters in the 1940s. Soldiers double as male ensemble characters.

 

 

 

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