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Violet Sharp - Full Length Play, Drama

Violet Sharp

William Cameron

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Full Length Play, Drama

6m, 7f

ISBN: 9780573700613

“Looks beyond the sensationalism that surrounded the 1932 kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh's toddler son to focus on one of its other casualties” - Los Angeles Times
Based on the true story 1932 Lindbergh Kidnapping Case, Violet Sharp is named for the young British maid working at the home of Anne Lindbergh’s mother.

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Description

Full Length Play

Drama

Based on the true story 1932 Lindbergh Kidnapping Case, Violet Sharp is named for the young British maid working at the home of Anne Lindbergh’s mother. In the wake of the historic kidnapping of beloved aviator Charles Lindbergh’s 20-month-old son, Violet raises the suspicion of the police with a contradictory testimony about her whereabouts to police investigator Officer Walsh. Under pressure from her own personal demons as well as the police, Violet’s efforts to clear her name cannot seem to overpower a growing reputation of guilt.

"Looks beyond the sensationalism that surrounded the 1932 kidnapping of Charles Lindbergh's toddler son to focus on one of its other casualties”" - Los Angeles Times

“Concentrates on Violet's personal tragedy, leaving us to ponder the larger issues of celebrity and media manipulation” - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

“Smart, emotional, thoroughly researched… fun to watch.” - Pittsburgh City Paper

Characters

CASTING

6m, 7f

CASTING NOTES

Violet Sharp may use double casting. The playwright suggests the following but other combinations are certainly possible and are left to the discretion of the director.

Women: Actress 1: Violet Sharp ; Actress 2: Betty Gow ; Actress 3: Adela ; Actress 4: Anne Lindbergh, Edna Sharp, Laura Hughes, Nurse

Men: Actor 1: Harry Walsh ; Actor 2: Charles Lindbergh ; Actor 3: Norman Schwarzkopf, Septimus Banks ; Actor 4: John McGrath, Miller 


Violet Sharp, 27 - British servant to Mrs. Dwight Morrow

Betty Gow, 20’s - Nursemaid to Charles Lindbergh Jr.

Adela - Elegantly dressed reporter of the ‘sob sister’ school of journalism    

Charles Lindbergh, 30 - Famed Aviator and Father of the Child

Anne Lindbergh, 26 - Author, Navigator, Pilot and Mother of the Child    

Colonel Norman Schwarzkopf, Sr., 40’s - Commander, New Jersey State Police

Captain Harry Walsh, 40’s - Jersey City Policeman

Septimus Banks, 40’s - Head butler for Mrs. Dwight Morrow

Edna Sharp, 20’s - Violet’s younger sister 

Laura Hughes, 30’s - Secretary to Mrs. Dwight Morrow                                                            

Sgt. John McGrath - New Jersey State Policeman                                                                                      

Miller, 24 - A young suitor

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Tara Kennedy 5/7/2013 11:34 AM
As this story was told from the perspective of a character often forgotten about in the tellings of Lindbergh Kidnapping, the reader/audience was able to look at the trial from a more removed point of view. Since Violet Sharp was not employed in the actual Lindbergh household, but that of Anne Lindberg's mother, the reader is presented with an opportunity to view the entire situation from the case to the individuals involved in a new and different light.

What intrigued me the most was how Charles Lindberg himself was portrayed. In "Violet Sharp" he is presented as a hero-figure, who tries to shield Violet from the police and their suspicions. This view of Lucky Lindy was drastically different from the man described in John Logan's "Hauptmann" where he was seen as a villain out for blood to find his son's kidnappers.

The use of the press to move the plot along and update the audience on what was happening was ingenious as the newspapers and radio were how the American public would have been updated on the case and trial. This script's ability to provide the audience with intriguing new was to examine and reflect on the Lindbergh Kidnapping will surely prompt viewers to do their own research and come to their own conclusions about this long-standing mystery.

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