Billy Ben's Pirate Play (Classic Reprint)
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|Excerpt from Billy Ben's Pirate Play
(The Sitting-room of the Benson Home, one Saturday afternoon. The furniture having been pushed to one side and carried out until a satisfactory stage space has been secured, Willie Benson, otherwise "Billy Ben," in a complete Indian suit, with a wooden sword and pistols, is explaining the arrangements to his aunt, Margaret Williams.)
Willie. Now this much will be stage (indicating with the sword), and this much will be audience. (another wave of the sword). Do you think that'll be all right?
Miss W. (seating herself in the audience part of the room). Yes, that'll be fine. Are you going to have a curtain?
Willie. The curtain will be there, but we can't put it up until the day of the play. You see in a pirate play there is n't much scenery; it is the acting that counts. In a love play it is different.
Miss W. (meekly). I suppose that is true. Do you pay much attention to costumes in a pirate play?
Willie. (largely, straightening his tipsy headgear). A good deal, but there is no change of costume. Pirates do not care much for clothes, and of course there are no wimmen in the play. Well, I guess everything's ready. Shall we commence? (Miss Williams nods.) - Come on in, Tommy Tompkins! - Tommy is the Cannibal King, you know.
(Enter Tommy Tompkins, got up in what he conceives to be an appropriate winter costume for a Cannibal King. He carries a tin shield and a baseball bat.)
Tommy. (halting). Oh, I didn't know your aunt was here!
Miss W. How do you do, Tommy.
Willie, (taking his "position" on the stage). She's going to be audience, you know, and see how we do it.
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