Rose Colored Glass (Costin)

by  Andrea Costin

Short Play, Dramatic Comedy  /  11m, 3f

Winner! 2011 Baker's Plays High School Playwriting Competition, Second Place
When Ol' Bart Kasich's wife Lily died, the diamond of all golden girls, he was left to sell many of her remaining treasures in his antique store in a 1960's small town - and the one object left behind that dominates every customer's attention is her rose-colored glass vase. As long as the vase is in tact, Bart will forever see through rose tinted glasses.

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Rose Colored Glass (Costin)

by  Andrea Costin

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  • Cast Size

    Cast Size

    11m, 3f
  • Accolades

    Accolades

    Baker's High School Contest,
  • Suggested Use

    Suggested Use

    • Scene work
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience

    Target Audience

    • Appropriate for all audiences

Additional Info

Normally when someone is characterized as looking through rose-tinted glasses, it suggests that they see the world in an optimistic light. Most people with this trait can take the glasses off, but not Ol' Bart Kasich. When his wife Lily died, the diamond of all golden girls, he was left to sell many of her remaining treasures in his antique store in a 1960's small town. Most of Lily's things are present throughout the shop, but the one object left behind that dominates every customer's attention is her rose-colored glass vase. When Lily died, so did the flowers that filled it. Mysteriously, she had the vase corked at her death and with such a deep rose tint it is impossible to see its contents. If Bart were to remove the cork in order to reveal Lily's last actions when living, he would break the vase. This vase has created so many memories throughout his marriage. As long as the vase is in tact, Bart will forever see through rose tinted glasses. Published in Dramatic Debuts Volume 4.
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Accolades

  • Winner! 2011 Baker's Plays High School Playwriting Competition, Second Place

Keywords

Aging, Death, Love, Marriage, Memory

Considerations

Performing Groups

  • High School/Secondary
  • Community Theatre

License details

  • Minimum Fee: $45 per performance

Production

Details

  • Setting: The summer of 1964. An old, dusty antique shop full of furniture and smaller nick-knacks. The walls and the rest of the interior are just as old as the antiques it holds for sale. The shop has a welcoming, American, small-town atmosphere.

Casting

11m, 3f
BART KASICH - an elderly man who runs an antique shop with his brother Eugene on a Lane Street; a warm, loving person whose most important possessions in his life are of those relating to his past wife Lily
TOM - a young man (14 or 15 in age) that becomes an employee at Bart and Eugene’s antique shop; hard-working and caring, although he gets easily frustrated by his sister Louisa
LOUISA - Tom’s playful, naive little sister who frequently visits him on the job
EUGENE KASICH - Bart’s older brother who runs the antique shop with him; family is an important ideal to him, and he is very understanding of Bart’s remorse over his widow Lily
LILY - portrayed as a confident, young world traveler and cultured flapper in Bart’s recollections of her; was the love of Bart's life, and was very much in love with him throughout their marriage
YOUNG BART - Bart when he was at the age he was married to Lily; his shy boyness turns into charisma with the aid of Lily’s influence
YOUNG EUGENE - Eugene while young; lively, social, and a casual partier; has an air of controlled rebelliousness
BUTCHER - one of the caring merchants who work on Lane Street
FRED - a pompous young college friend of Young Eugene’s who gets him and Bart entered into the speakeasy
CUSTOMER - a man in his thirties who is rude and arrogant when he refuses to comply with Bart’s decision on selling his vase
WOMAN - a rich and self-centered antique shop customer
CHILD - a fussy little male five-year-old who follows his neglectful mother (the woman in the shop)
MAN - bouncer who allows Young Bart and Young Eugene into the Speakeasy
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Cast Attributes

  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Reduced casting (Doubling Possible)
  • Parts for Senior Actors

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Andrea Costin

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