The Victory Garden Plays
By Tara Meddaugh
While tending to Victory Gardens which grow, flourish and die on the Homefront during World War 2, children, parents and spouses struggle with their own new realities of love, life and death.
1 female child, 7 female, 4 male, with options for double casting being:
1) 1 female child, 4 female, 3 male
2) female child, 2 female, 2 male
Approximately 1 hour 15 minutes
While soldiers fight abroad in WW2, those remaining in Westchester County strive to make a difference on the Homefront by creating Victory Gardens, supplementing limited food supply. But the pressures on the homefront extend much further than simply growing produce. A child worries her failing rooftop garden is an omen of misfortune for her father’s return from a POW camp. An infertile woman throws her purpose into feeding neighborhood families. A wealthy man whose chemical plant is commissioned by the government for war purposes struggles with how to leave a meaningful legacy not tainted with warfare. These stories, and more, are given light in The Victory Garden Plays, a series of vignettes chronicling people’s journeys with their new realities of love, growth, life and death.
This is a play composed of 5 10-minute plays with 2 actors in each play, as well as 2 monologue plays (5-10 minutes each). Below are the movements of the play, along with the cast list. While the play is designed as a whole, each movement stands on its own as a complete short play. Movements therefore may be performed individually as 10-minute plays or short monologue plays.
Movement 1: RUBY AND MILLIE & The Dying Cucumbers (1 female, 8-12 yo, 1 female 15-20 yo)
Movement 2:RUTH AND HARRY & The Dinner Party (1 female 20s, 1 male 20s)
Movement 3: GRACE AND PETER & His First English words (1 female,40s-60s)
Movement 4: FRANK AND JERRY & The Chemical Plant (2 male, 40s-60s)
Movement 5: ALICE AND RICHARD AYERS & The Adventure of the Seed (1 female, 18-20s)
Movement 6: DOROTHY AND JOHN & The Wooden Crate with Splinters (1 female 20s-30s, 1 male 20s-30s)
Movement 7: RUBY and MILLIE & the Old Chemical Plant (2 female, 60s)
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