RING AROUND THE ROSIE, Act 1, Scene 1
SETTING: The village of Eyam in the English Midlands, 1665. AT RISE: Six ACTORS stand in a circle.
WILLIAM MOMPESSON: This is the story of one man.
CATHERINE MOMPESSON (his wife): This is the story of one woman.
ROBERT TALBOTT: Who . . .
LITTLE JOHN: In a time of chaos.
BIG SAM: Confusion.
MAD MEG: Disruption.
ROBERT TALBOTT: Total collapse.
LITTLE JOHN: Stood firm.
WILLIAM MOMPESSON: On his own word.
CATHERINE MOMPESSON: On her own word.
BIG SAM: In spite of . . .
MAD MEG: Everything. And more.
ROBERT TALBOTT: Heaped on us.
LITTLE JOHN: Whether From the hand of God or the Devil.
BIG SAM: Who knew? Who cared? The outcome was the same.
WILLIAM MOMPESSON: One man.
CATHERINE MOMPESSON: One woman.
MAD MEG: Who . . .
ROBERT TALBOTT: Would not
LITTLE JOHN: Could not
BIG SAM: Chose not.
WILLIAM MOMPESSON: To move.
MAD MEG: From where they stood.
ALL: Dead center.
CATHERINE MOMPESSON: For the sake of . . .
MAD MEG: The others.
ROBERT TALBOTT: The principle.
WILLIAM MOMPESSON: Because he . . .
CATHERINE MOMPESSON: She . . .
WILLIAM MOMPESSON: Thought it was the right thing to do.
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