Cast of Characters
This play is based on a short story written by my best friend, Sarah, who gave me permission to adapt her story into a play to use for this assignment.
CAMILLE, gullible 9 year old girl, who gets lost in the woods
ZEBRA, deceitful arrogant 12 year old boy, who offers to guide Camille out of the swampy, bayou woods
BIZARRO/KARMA, 22 year old man, necromancer, who’s possessed by his own spouse.
The play’s setting takes places place in a swampy bayou in New Orleans, Louisiana, on the night of a mild October 31st, which falls upon a half moon.
(The murky woods of the bayou/swamp in New Orleans, Louisiana. Saturday night, late evening on October the 31st. A slight beam is casted from the half moon and is casted on CAMILLE, nine year old girl gets her self lost when she wanders to far from home. She frantically paces to and fro trying to remember her way back.)
(Thinks out loud)
Uh oh, I could’ve sworn I came from this way, but then again that tree looks awfully familiar. What am I saying all them trees look the same!
(ZEBRA enters the scene. Notices Camille in a state of panic and smirks before leaning casually against the tree behind him. Let’s out an amused snicker to let himself be known.)
(Turns around, surprised.)
Huh? Who’s there?
Well, ya are, but I’m goin’ to guess that that question was directed at me. Sorry, if I caught ya with ya pants down.
Your not from around her, are you, princess?
(Takes a step back)
Well, no...I’m not. I just wanted to explore my environment a bit since I just moved here 3 weeks ago, but I guess I got a bit carried away and now -
(Smirks before finishing her sentence)
Your lost. It happens, well not for me anyway since I live in this here bayou. So ya, I run into tourists and newcomers like ya all the time.
(Stared at him skeptically)
Is that so? Then where’s ya house, swamp boy?
(Raises and eyebrow before letting out a small chuckle.)
It’s about a 10 minutes south from here.
Why are ya so far from it?
(Approaches him cautiously, looks concerned)
(Brushes off her concern for him and scoffs)
I’m not that far from home. I’m only huntin’ for frogs for me and my pa and ma to eat.
If ya say so Mr.
Mr.? Please, call me Zebra. Everyone does around these parts. Now princess, unless ya want me to continue callin’ ya that, what to I call ya?
I’m Camille, it’s a pleasure meetin’ ya, Zebra.
The pleasure is all mine, Camille.
(Looks up at the moon)
It’s getting late, I should get ya back to ya folks. They must be awfully worried about ya.
Oh my god, ya right! Oh man, I’m gonna to get in serious trouble! My dad’s gonna tan my hide!
(Walks to the right of him before gesturing for Camille to follow)
Then come on, follow me. I’ll guide you to ya home and make sure no harm comes to ya.
Okay, if ya say so.
(Follows Zebra. Exits stage)
(ZEBRA continues to lead Camille deeper into the bayou. The half moon cast a beam of light on Zebra as strange markings start to appear on his skin. Camille looks in starts to feel uneasy at the very sight of the weird tattoo like markings as she starts to question her guide)
(Turns his head toward her before replying)
(Gives Zebra a suspicious look)
What are those markin’s? I don’t recall seein’ them on ya earlier.
(Eyes widen in shock as he looks down at his hands and quickly covering his face with his Zebra printed jacket)
(Starts to look afraid. Her voices starts to falter as she struggles to get the words out)
B-but, how can it be n-nothin’!? They weren’t there when we met and now they suddenly reappear out of the blue? Zebra? Have ya
been lying to me this entire time? Tell me the truth, what’s going on!
(Gives her a malevolent cheshire cat smile)
On the night of the half moon creatures are neither dead or alive. They’re caught right in between the livin’ and the dead.
(Takes a step back from Zebra)
Zebra, stop. You’re scarin’ me! I want to go home, now.
(Gives her a sickening sweet smile)
This is your home and we shall be your new family.
We? What do ya mean we?
(Circles around her)
Ya see, Camille I drowned 3 yeas ago right in this here swamp. My pa brought me back, but my ma didn’t like that one bit. She took her life as a result of my pa’s misdeeds. My pa was unable to bring her back, but he was able to bring her soul back. As a result my pa serves as her host.
(BIZARRO/KARMA enters the scene)
Welcome to the family, Camille. My wife and I have been expecting ya.
(His voice suddenly switches to a high female voice)
Hello, Camille. Zebra’s always wanted a little sister.
Are y’all insane?
(Switch his voice back to his own)
Every dog should have a few fleas. Is it insane to reunite the family, Camille?
(Backs away again)
I don’t see how that has anything to do with me!
(Joins Bizzaro/Karma and tries to reassure Camille)
I’m sorry, Camille for hollerin’ like a stuck pig, but ya see we can’t let ya go. Ya already know to much and to be honest we’re doin’ ya a favor.
(Yells at them)
How is tricking me, doin’ me any favors!
(Switches back to Karma)
Because we usually have to kill the ones who stumble upon our secret. To protect our family from people not around these parts. They wouldn’t understand and label our misdeeds as immoral.
Heck, they probably would kill me, just because I’m not supposed to be alive.
(Approaches her cautiously before reaching out to her)
We give all, the ones who dig up the truth a choice. Join our family or join the dead. The choice is yours, Camille.
(Hesitantly, takes Zebras hand. Black out.)