Six Plays for Young People from the Federal Theatre Project (1936-1939): An Introductory Analysis and Six Representative Plays

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ACT ONE

Scene One

On the farm. HIRAM is fixing the fence on the left. HE puffs on his pipe, determined. Puts the hammer down, walks up and down, scratching his head.

HIRAM (Walks to the fence and calls loudly): Aggie! (HE listens) Aggie, where are ye? (Pause. Walks to the house on tip toes. Opens the door suddenly) Aggie! (Wonderingly) Where are ye keepin' yerself? (Comes out on the porch) Come out here, ye sassy thing. Don't ye hear me callin' ye? (Calls louder) Aggie! Aggie! Dern ye hide! Where are ye? (Runs into the house. HORSE appears skipping) Where are ye?

(HORSE disappears. HIRAM is furious. HE walks to the center, stamping his foot)

HIRAM: Aggie, come here this minute . . . I'll beat the stuffin's out of ye when I git ye! Ye dern old fool. I'll . . . don't you hear me callin'! (HORSE tiptoes across the stage) Where in the sam hill can ye be? Don't ye know I need ye? Aggie . . . Come here this minute . . . do you hear me . . . come here before I . . . (HORSE gently nudges HIRAM who turns around in a fury, sending the HORSE back several jumps) Ye darn fool . . . Didn't you hear me callin' ye? (HORSE gaily dances around the fence) Well, don't ye be trying to make up to me now. (HORSE comes towards HIRAM) Ye know when I call I have something to say. (HORSE nods) Here I am callin' my fool head off, needin' ye important! And where are ye? . . . HIDIN'! (HE turns quickly, frightens the HORSE who nods his head up and down) Keep yer head still when I talk to ye! (The head stops; the tail begins) Yer tail still, too. I have somethin' to say. (HORSE puts his head on HIRAM's shoulder. HE tries to push it off, but the HORSE snuggles closer) Aggie, yer an old divil . . . but I love ye! (HORSE neighs happily and dances about) Well, I have something to say to ye.

(HORSE continues to dance. HORSE sits on fence. HIRAM paces up and down, fills his pipe)

HIRAM: Ye see, Aggie . . . I've been thinkin'. . .that . . . (Stops, knocks ashes from pipe. Sadly) Ye know I ain't got no money. (HORSE agrees) But ye don't know that the Sheriff is comin' to kick us off. (HORSE jerks up) Yep. (HORSE slumps. HIRAM walks about) If he does . . . I don't know what we cin do . . . we'll have no place to go . . . there'll be no place for us to sleep . . . I've lived here all my life . . . you too . . . it's been our only home . . . Remember when I first got ye? Ye was a little horse then . . . a colt . . . (HORSE dances around him) Yep. Ye was a pretty thing then. (HORSE stops. Looks coyly at HIRAM. HORSE sits. HIRAM goes to him. Pause. HIRAM gets up and walks up and down)

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