Avarice

  • Cast Number: 26
  • Run-time: 15 minutes
  • Bible Reference: 1.Timothy 6:10

A 6 scene comedy written in dialog and rhyme
The author was inspired to write this play after reading a poem entitled “The Pardoner’s Tale” by Geoffrey Chaucer in his book “The Canterbury Tales” (Penguin, 1955; pg 274-280).

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Please contact the author for additional information, nigeandsue@internode.on.net

Bible Reference 1 Timothy 6:10
For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil

Cast 26 (approx)



Set A painted backdrop depicting the verandah of a hotel.
A country scene on the outskirts of a village.

Lighting There are no particular requirements other than the ability to have blackouts and the use of spots.

Costume I have made reference in the script to the dress of Max and Maud. I have also mentioned the priest dressed in black robes. Other than that, you will have to decide what era to set the play in. Personally, I like the idea of dressing up in the 14th century as I think it will enrich the production. Having said that, I am aware that you may have a tight budget.

Scene 1

The scene opens with two announcers walking to the front and center of the stage. Maud is dressed in the traditional dress of a town crier, whilst Max is dressed in modern clothing.

In a flourishing manner, Maud unrolls a large scroll and clears his throat melodramatically before reading in a loud, pompous voice.

Maud We crave that ye should rest thy tongue,
Incline thy ear this way,
Set fast your eyes upon this stage,
As we begin our play.

Max shakes his head disapprovingly and walks forward a few steps as if to take the audience into his confidence.

Max In other words, get ready, the play’s about to start.

Maud looks at Max crossly before finding his place again and continuing.

Maud 'Twas Chaucer who long years ago,
Penned verse for all to read,
And from his words this play hath sprung,
On his bright mind we feed.

Once again Max moves forward and speaks to the audience.

Max In summary, this play is based upon a poem by Geoffrey Chaucer.

Maud ignores Max and continues reading the scroll.

Maud And now in truth, our job is done,
The play shalt now take place.
When curtain draws across this stage,
Then wilt thou see our face.

Max shakes his head in dismay. Maud melodramatically rolls up his scroll and leaves in a pompous fashion.

Max What he means is: that's it from us, but we'll talk to you again at the end.

[Blackout]

Scene 2

Three revellers called Pete, Rex and Mo are sitting on the porch of a tavern that looks out into the street. They each are sipping a glass of strawberry milk. To the rear of the stage is a publican who is busy polishing glasses on the bar. A lad is mopping the floor at the other end of the porch.

Pete Your round Rex.

Rex (Calling to bartender in a tough, manly voice)
3 more strawberry milks there bartender.

Publican Yes sir!

He goes to begin preparing the drinks when we hear a loud bell sounding. They all look offstage in the direction of the noise. Presently we hear murmuring and wailing. A boy enters carrying a bell which he is sounding. He is followed by a priest in long black robes who enters holding a bible before him and is moving in a slow and solemn manner. Behind him there enters 6 bearers who are carrying a coffin. A cluster of mourners bring up the rear of the procession.

Mo What, not another! Who is it this time?

He turns and addresses the tavern lad.

Mo Lad, run along and ask who's in that coffin?

Lad The news has spread, I thought you must have heard. It was yer old pal Jim. They say that while he dozed, a thief took his life.

Rex A thief?

Lad (With gravity) They call him Death.

Rex Death?

Lad He kills all round here. If you should meet him, you best be wary.

Publican Too right. This Death has near wiped out all the folk from the next village. I reckon Death must live near there.

Mo Is he so fierce? Here mates, let's shake hands as brothers. In this affair, let us swear to defend each other.

Pete Together, united we stand!

Mo We'll kill this double-crosser called Death.

The three stand and shake hands.

Rex Let's get 'im boys!

They exit the stage, slapping each other on the back, bristling for a fight.

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