Forsooth!

by  Connor M. Foley

Short Play, Comedy  /  5m, 3f

Winner! 2012 Baker's Play High School Playwrighting Competition, Third Place

Trapped inside a poorly-written play, Lady Lydia is a damsel in a distressing situation. With her father murdered and her hero a brainless cliché, Lydia must undertake an investigation of her own to find the killer amongst the play’s eclectic cast of characters. Helped on her way by a harmless villain, and hindered by her clueless hero, Lydia’s greatest opponent may be The Director—a writer deluded into thinking his play is the best ever written. For The Director, the play is a work of art. But for Lydia, the play is her life. Will Lydia be able to outwit The Director and write her own destiny? Or will she break the fourth wall, and send the play tumbling into chaos? The answer lies in a historical-tragic-romantic-comedy-mystery-drama that can only be described with one word… Forsooth!

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  • Cast Size

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    5m, 3f
  • SubGenre

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    Fantasy, Parody / Spoof
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Baker's High School Contest

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Trapped inside a poorly-written play, Lady Lydia is a damsel in a distressing situation. With her father murdered and her hero a brainless cliché, Lydia must undertake an investigation of her own to find the killer amongst the play’s eclectic cast of characters. Helped on her way by a harmless villain, and hindered by her clueless hero, Lydia’s greatest opponent may be The Director—a writer deluded into thinking his play is the best ever written. For The Director, the play is a work of art. But for Lydia, the play is her life. Will Lydia be able to outwit The Director and write her own destiny? Or will she break the fourth wall, and send the play tumbling into chaos? The answer lies in a historical-tragic-romantic-comedy-mystery-drama that can only be described with one word… Forsooth!
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Accolades

  • Winner! 2012 Baker's High School Playwrighting Competition, Third Place. 

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Published in the collection Dramatic Debuts Volume 5

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  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre

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Casting

5m, 3f
LYDIA: Female, age 19. Only child of Sir Harold and romantic lead.

DAVIS: Male, age 19. The evil main villain, who is also a respectable noble.

FABIO: Male, age 19. Ruggedly handsome servant who serves as the hero.

GRETCHEN: Female, age 19. Lydia’s humble maid Gretchen.

THE DIRECTOR: Male, age 40. Writer and Director of “Forsooth!”, the greatest play ever written.

SIR HAROLD: Male, age 40. Lydia’s father, whose estate is without a male heir.

FATHER PETER: Male, age 60. A depressed monk.

LAFAYETTE: Male, age 40. Captain of the guard for Harold’s estate.

LADY MORGAN: Female, age 300. Looks more like 30, is not a vampire.
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Connor M. Foley

Connor Foley became interested in acting and writing upon entering high school. In his junior year, he was invited to join the Coterie Theatre’s Young Playwright’s Roundtable in Kansas City. Forsooth! is Connor’s second attempt at a full-length play, which he wrote in his senior year of high school. Besides wr ...

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