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Feedstore Quartet (063)

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  • 1. TITLE OF WORK: FEEDSTORE QUARTET
  • 2. SUBTITLE: None
  • 3. SELECT ONE: Original
  • 5. MUSICAL STYLE: Standard Broadway
  • 6. NATURE: Drama or Tragedy
  • 7. INTENDED AUDIENCE: General
  • 8. STRUCTURE: Spoken dialogue with occasional songs
  • 9. APPROXIMATE DURATION (Hrs/Min): apx. 90 minutes plus
  • 10. DESIRED INSTRUMENTATION: Piano, small orchestra, country sounds
  • 11. BRIEFLY STATE THE THEME or MESSAGE: Three love stories revealed by main 4 characters (all old men in their 60s-70s) revealed through flashbacks of their younger selves, and two of the characters as young boys. The theme is love can be a burden.
  • 12. NUMBER OF SETS: Unit

Cast Description

Joe — (Bass/Baritone) An African-American man in his late fifties, early sixties whose appearance is older than his age.  Joe is a musician who played across the South during his younger days.  After he lost his eyesight he returned to his hometown where he sits and plays his accordion every Saturday morning in front of the town’s feed store.

Joey — (Boy Soprano) Joe as a boy 10 or 11 years old.

Young Joe — (Baritone) Joe as a young man in his late teens early 20s.

Eugene — (Tenor) A white southern man in his early to mid-sixties.  He has lived at home with his Mother for most of his life.   He never married.

Gene — (Boy Soprano) Eugene as a boy, 11 or 12 years old.

Young Eugene — (Tenor) Eugene as a young man in his late teens or early 20s.

Rufus — (Baritone) A local man in his early or mid-60s who greatly enjoys telling tales from his glory days of his youth..

Young Rufus — (Baritone) Rufus as a young man in his late teens or early 20s.

Charlie — (Baritone) A retired peanut farmer from Alabama in his mid-60s who lives with his son’s family after his wife, Sara, passed away.  He grieves for his beloved Sara and Alabama.

Young Charlie — (Tenor) Charlie as a young man in his late teens or early 20s.

Synopsis

Feedstore Quartet takes you to a fictional Mississippi town on a sultry summer Saturday in the mid-1950s. There racial and sexual prejudices abound. In front of the town’s busy feed and seed store three old white men sit in rocking chairs “shootin’ the breeze.” Nearby is Joe, an elderly, blind African-American, playing his accordion for passersby. As pleasantries and barbs fly between the men, several townspeople pass, unseen by the audience, triggering conversations about the civil war, the present, the church, and, of course, bigotry. This is the old-South after all. While the old men chat, their former selves appear in memory as boys and young men, revealing long hidden secrets.

A trio of love affairs surfaces: Rufus and his shot-gun wedding to the love of his life Lula Mae, Charlie and his beloved Sara whom he met while calling at a barn dance in Alabama, and the hidden love between a youthful Eugene and Joe. The past and present intermingle as memories are played out and duets are sung between the younger and older versions of the same character.

Finally the full extent of Eugene and Joe’s youthful relationship, its sweet beginning and bitter end, is revealed to the audience, if not to the other unsuspecting men sitting on the feed and seed store porch. In the present, Eugene and Joe are left in silent, sad regret.

As the day comes to a close, the old men drift home. The audience is left with an anthem of love lost and love embraced sung by all characters, past and present.

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