EDITING [PLAY] The Vegetable by F. Scott Fitzgerald - thw

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Post by WiltedScribe » January 29th, 2019, 8:50 pm

The Vegetable; or, From President to Postman by F. Scott Fitzgerald (1896 - 1940).
<i>” “Any man who doesn’t want to get on in the world, to make a million dollars, and maybe even park his toothbrush in the White House, hasn’t got as much to him as a good dog has—he’s nothing more or less than a vegetable.”</i><br><br>Such is the preface of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s only outing as a playwright. The action begins when 35-year-old railway clerk Jerry Frost gets drunk off a bootlegger’s potent hooch on the eve of Warren G. Harding’s presidential nomination. As a result, the second act takes place entirely within Jerry’s intoxicated fantasies, where he has become the new U.S. President and must deal with an assortment of colorful characters and situations. It is here where comic farce and political satire come to intriguing blows, as Fitzgerald finds opportunities to comment (discreetly or not) on the political climate of his day. When his pseudo-presidency goes all to pieces, Jerry’s fantasy comes crashing down, and as he comes to his senses in the third act, we find that his career aspirations have become decidedly less lofty.<br><br>Though decidedly a minor work from <i>The Great Gatsby</i>’s author, <i>The Vegetable</i> finds him skewering the American Dream’s ethos in ways he would never do again. It’s lighthearted, naughty, irreverent, and does just the trick to escape—even if briefly—from our turbulent times. ( Tomas Peter)
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    • Project Code: JuRy7O5t
    • Link to author on Wikipedia (if available): (F. Scott Fitzgerald) : http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F._Scott_Fitzgerald
    • Link to title on Wikipedia (if available): https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Vegetable,_or_From_President_to_Postman
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    • Original publication date (if known): 1923
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      Genres for the project: Plays/Comedy; Plays/Comedy/Satire

      Keywords that describe the book: comedy, fantasy, political satire, marriage, farce, F. Scott Fitzgerald, prohibition, American history, dream, white house, president, flapper, jazz age, bootlegging

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Last edited by WiltedScribe on June 3rd, 2019, 11:14 am, edited 3 times in total.
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Post by WiltedScribe » January 29th, 2019, 9:03 pm

Many thanks to Chuck for suggesting this play. I couldn't resist offering it now, seeing as it's newly in the public domain and a work from a major American author. Oh, and it's hilarious. What's not to like?

A DPL is welcome. I also wouldn't be averse if someone volunteered to edit. Even if they wanted to share duties, that's fine. This is a long play, and quite a handful for one person to deal with. Unless they love the process, in which case this is the project for you. :wink:

The characters are described in rich detail within the play itself, so you don't need me to offer profiles. Fitzgerald goes above and beyond in that department. :lol: I'm thinking of biting the bullet and playing Jerry myself. Most of the roles, including the narrator, are quite sizable, so be warned. There are only a couple smaller roles for those who don't want a large commitment.

Now to await a MW!
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Post by bhavya » January 29th, 2019, 9:24 pm

Hello!

Can I claim Charlotte?

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Post by WiltedScribe » January 29th, 2019, 9:26 pm

bhavya wrote:
January 29th, 2019, 9:24 pm
Hello!

Can I claim Charlotte?
Yes, of course! Thank you for the claim. I'll put you in when I have the MW ready. :)
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Post by mightyfelix » January 30th, 2019, 12:02 am

You're right. It is irresistible. I'll read the narrator. :D

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Post by SonOfTheExiles » January 30th, 2019, 12:44 am

Snooks the Bootlegger, please. No names, no pack drill.

(Okay, hands up everyone who figured I'd take this role. :lol: )

Since I don't really do a good American accent, may I play it with my best "criminal tendencies" Australian accent? (Huh, that guy on Sesame Street trying to fence a letter of the alphabet. I could've sold Ernie the entire Comic Sans font in thirty seconds. :wink: )

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April, June, and Snooks who gets out on Thursday..."


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Post by Foon » January 30th, 2019, 4:15 am

This looks like fun!

May I claim Doris?
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Post by ToddHW » January 30th, 2019, 4:58 am

I'll MC. MW coming up shortly.

EDIT: Ready

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Post by Kitty » January 30th, 2019, 5:07 am

Can I be the detective please ? I always wanted to be a sleuth. :mrgreen:

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Post by ChuckW » January 30th, 2019, 6:32 am

mightyfelix wrote:
January 30th, 2019, 12:02 am
You're right. It is irresistible. I'll read the narrator. :D
Spoilers: The narrator is the best part! :-)
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Post by ChuckW » January 30th, 2019, 6:33 am

I’d be happy to help with the editing when the time comes. Just let me know. :-)

Could I also claim Fish?
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Post by mightyfelix » January 30th, 2019, 7:44 am

ChuckW wrote:
January 30th, 2019, 6:32 am
mightyfelix wrote:
January 30th, 2019, 12:02 am
You're right. It is irresistible. I'll read the narrator. :D
Spoilers: The narrator is the best part! :-)
That's why I couldn't resist it! :lol:

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Post by WiltedScribe » January 30th, 2019, 8:49 am

Thank you for your claims, everyone. :9: I've filled out the MW and I hope it's now up to date.
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Post by WiltedScribe » January 30th, 2019, 10:08 am

benderca wrote:
January 30th, 2019, 9:44 am
Mr. Jones please?
You've got it, TJ! Thanks for joining. :)
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