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War Brides: A Play in One Act   By: (1872-)

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[Illustration: Good by! good by!]

WAR BRIDES

A Play in One Act

BY

MARION CRAIG WENTWORTH

ILLUSTRATED WITH PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THE PLAY AS PRESENTED BY MME. NAZIMOVA

NEW YORK

THE CENTURY CO.

1915

Copyright, 1915, by

THE CENTURY CO.

Acting rights controlled by

DRAMATISTS' PLAY AGENCY,

145 West 45th Street,

NEW YORK CITY

Published, February 1915

TO MY LITTLE BOY BRANDON

LIST OF ILLUSTRATIONS

Good by! good by! Frontispiece FACING PAGE Arno: You are wanted 42

Hedwig: Franz? } Amelia: Franz, too } 62

Amelia: No, you must not! You have too much to live for 66

This play was first produced on January 25, 1915, at B.F. KEITH'S PALACE THEATRE, NEW YORK CITY, with the following cast:

Hedwig (Joan) Mme. Nazimova Amelia (Amy) Mary Alden Mother Gertrude Berkeley Hoffman (Joseph Kerman) Charles Bryant Minna Edith Speare Arno C. Brown Hertz (Captain Bragg) William Hasson

Peasants, Women and Soldiers.

Time Present. Place A War Ridden Country.

Personal Manager for Madame Nazimova William F. Muenster

WAR BRIDES

The war brides were cheered with enthusiasm and the churches were crowded when the wedding parties spoke the ceremony in concert. PRESS CLIPPING.

SCENE: A room in a peasant's cottage in a war ridden country. A large fireplace at the right. Near it a high backed settle. On the left a heavy oak table and benches. Woven mats on the floor. A door at left leads into a bedroom. In the corner a cupboard. At the back a wide window with scarlet geraniums and an open door. A few firearms are stacked near the fireplace. There is an air of homely color and neatness about the room.

Through the open door may be seen women stacking grain. Others go by carrying huge baskets of grapes or loads of wood, and gradually it penetrates the mind that all these workers are women, aristocrats and peasants side by side. Now and then a bugle blows or a drum beats in the distance. A squad of soldiers marches quickly by. There is everywhere the tense atmosphere of unusual circumstance, the anxiety and excitement of war.

Amelia, a slight, flaxen haired girl of nineteen, comes in. She brushes off the hay with which she is covered, and goes to packing a bag with a secret, but determined, air. The Mother passes the window and appears in the doorway. She is old and work worn, but sturdy and stoical. Now she carries a heavy load of wood, and is weary. She casts a sharp eye at Amelia.

Mother:

What are you doing, girl? [ Amelia starts and puts the bag in the cupboard. ] Who's going away? They haven't sent for Arno?

Amelia:

No.

Mother: [ Sighs, and drops her load on the hearth. ]

Is the hay all in?

Amelia:

Yes. I put in the last load. All the big work on our place is done, and so [ Looks at her mother and hesitates. Her mother begins to chop the wood into kindling. ] I'll do that, Mother.

Mother:

Let be, girl. It keeps me from worrying. Get a bite to eat. What were you doing with that bag? Who were you packing it for?

Amelia: [ With downcast eyes. ]

Myself.

Mother: [ Anxious. ]

What for?

Amelia:

Sit down, Mother, and be still while I tell you

[ Pushes her mother into a chair. ]

Mother: [ Starts. ]

Is there any news? Quick! Tell me!

Amelia:

Not since yesterday. Only they say Franz is at the front. We don't know where Emil and Otto are, and there's been a battle; but

Mother: [ Murmurs, with closed eyes. ]

My boys! my boys!

Amelia:

Don't, Mother! They may come back... Continue reading book >>




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