Penelope (Pharel)

by  Phanesia Pharel

Short Play, Drama  /  7m, 10f, 5m or f

Published in the collection Thespian Playworks 2016.

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Penelope (Pharel)

by  Phanesia Pharel

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    7m, 10f, 5m or f
  • Duration

    Duration

    30 minutes
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

Additional Info

Penelope is about a teenager dealing with the failed education system, racism, sexism, and the hate and ignorance surrounding it all. Penelope has to walk the tightrope of life to survive her circus of a school.

Published in the collection Thespian Playworks 2016.

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Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups

Cautions

  • Caution Strong Language Strong Language

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Time Period: Present Day
  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: Yankeedom. Where the real natives are hidden and the real issues are ignored.
  • Additional Features: No intermission
  • Features / Contains: Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

Casting

7m, 10f, 5m or f

ERIS - Pronounced EE-riss. Thirty-four. Penelope’s mother. A symbol of love and misunderstanding. A prostitute due to the never-evolving social pyramid of Yankeedom. Penelope’s standard of beauty. 
THE CHORUS OF JUDGEMENT - The fully cloaked Ku Klux Klan. 
PEENELOPE* - Also known as Black Female 77. Sixteen. An orphan, hardworking with a sweet soul, but feisty when tested. 
KLAN MAN / RINGLEADER OF CHAOS - Owner of the institution, he is the father of Saul. A shadow of hatred. Forty-nine. 
THE CHORUS OF INSECURITY - Teenagers. The circus students. Races must be accurate: Native American female, white female, black male, Asian female, Latina female, and one butch lesbian female of any race but black. 
ADVISER OF DREAMS / OWNER OF NIGHTMARES* - Thirties. The school counselor. 
CLUELESS CLOWN* - Forties. A mean and spastic spirit, complacent clown and teacher. 
DING DONG* - Eighteen. Short in height. He pities Clueless Clown (due to his instability) and is only seen in the beginning of the play. 
FREEDOM OF SPEECH - Twenties. Personification of the First Amendment. 
SAUL* - Seventeen. White male. Son of the Ringleader. Aspiring Ringleader and student in the program. Charming. 
BOOK-KEEPER - Forties. Kooky librarian. 
CLOCK - Time itself. Any gender. Any age from sixteen to forty. 
GAEA - Pronounced GAY-ah. Mature/elderly female. Mother Earth. 
GAEA'S MASTER - Forty. American greed and consumption, also known as capitalism. A white businessman with no time to waste. 
THE CHORUS OF DESIRE - Chorus members in their teens or early twenties, who represent sexuality. 
THE ORGASM - Sixteen. A personified moment of ecstasy and vulnerability. 
REGRET - Played by the same actor as Eris. A representation of Penelope’s fears. 
JIM CROW* - Saul’s Grandfather. 
SAUL'S MOTHER - Doubles with the Book-Keeper. 
PROSTITUTE* - Twenties. Penelope’s godmother. A hardworking call girl. Black.

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Cast Attributes

  • Role(s) for Asian Actor(s)
  • Role(s) for Black Actor(s)
  • Role(s) for Latino Actor(s)
  • Ensemble cast
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Features Teens
  • Flexible casting

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Authors

Phanesia Pharel

Phanesia Pharel

Penelope was presented in a staged reading as part of the Thespian Playworks program at the 2016 Thespian Festival in June 2016 under the direction of Dominic Orlando.

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