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The Fourth Daughter - a play about a girl from Peru who counts on luck....both kinds of luck...

The Fourth Daughter - a play about a girl from Peru who counts on luck....both kinds of luck...

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Published by Dale Andersen
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Synopsis: What's in a name? Well, for starters, a name can define you. Or disguise you. Or hide you. Or defile you. Or change you. Introducing Cuarta, a twenty-something Peruvian woman. Cuarta means "the fourth daughter." Cuarta's three older sisters all have flower names. Yolanda which means violet. Orquídea which means orchid. Flor De Oro which means goldenrod. So something bad must have happened, right? Uh, did I forget to mention that the mother died giving birth to Cuarta? That's why there were no flowers for Cuarta. Just a number for a name for a bad luck girl. Cuarta goes to America and marries Atilano. Atilano is Spanish for Atilla the Hun. Cuarta believes in luck. Both kinds of luck. The good and the bad. And throughout the play, there are signs and symbols and personifications of its hold over her. There's the psychic. And the deck of cards. And the lucky numbers and the feng shui. All of which culminate in Cuarta and Atilano's going for all the marbles on a single spin of a roulette wheel.
A full-length play.

Synopsis: What's in a name? Well, for starters, a name can define you. Or disguise you. Or hide you. Or defile you. Or change you. Introducing Cuarta, a twenty-something Peruvian woman. Cuarta means "the fourth daughter." Cuarta's three older sisters all have flower names. Yolanda which means violet. Orquídea which means orchid. Flor De Oro which means goldenrod. So something bad must have happened, right? Uh, did I forget to mention that the mother died giving birth to Cuarta? That's why there were no flowers for Cuarta. Just a number for a name for a bad luck girl. Cuarta goes to America and marries Atilano. Atilano is Spanish for Atilla the Hun. Cuarta believes in luck. Both kinds of luck. The good and the bad. And throughout the play, there are signs and symbols and personifications of its hold over her. There's the psychic. And the deck of cards. And the lucky numbers and the feng shui. All of which culminate in Cuarta and Atilano's going for all the marbles on a single spin of a roulette wheel.

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Published by: Dale Andersen on Mar 09, 2009
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THE FOURTH DAUGHTER 
 A play byDale Andersen27702 Crown Valley PkwySuite 117, D-4Ladera Ranch, CA 92694562-508-5820andersen.dale@gmail.com 
copyright 2005Cast of CharactersCuarta Hispanic, female, late 20sPsychic Female, olderOrquídea Hispanic, female, late 30sYolanda Hispanic, female, early 40sFlor De Oro Hispanic, female, late 30sPapa Hispanic, male, 60s Atilano Hispanic, male, early 30s Aaron White, male, early 30s Narciso (yng) Hispanic, male, 5 or 6 Narciso (teen) Hispanic, male, 12 or 13Priest Hispanic, male, 30sDoubling:1. Orquídea & Flor De Oro play Lola & Lupe & Guides.2. Flor De Oro plays Bargirl.3. Yolanda plays Nurse4. Papa plays News Vendor and Accountant.5. Aaron plays Man and Policeman.6. Aaron and Papa play Firemen.
 
THE FOURTH DAUGHTER 2 ACT I
(At Rise: First space: PRIEST in spotlight atsmall table. On table, small open chest. Second space: interior of living room in PSYCHIC’s home.Sitar music playing. Occult art on wall. PSYCHIsits, reading. CUARTA passes by window threetimes. The first time, she has a hedge clipper.The second, a rake. The third, a basket of clippings. PRIEST & PSYCHIC watch her intently each time. Then silence as PSYCHIC goes back toher reading. PRIEST takes some papers from chest)
PRIEST: Mama’s chest. I got this when she passed on. Papers. few mementos. Here, a letter from a woman named Clovia.
(Reads)
Dear Cuarta:I enjoyed your letter so much -- and the grapes werewonderful. Such large bunches! I’m about to turn into agrape. Please visit soon. I miss you terribly.CloviaPS. Do you remember when you cut your hand stealing mygrapes? Ha ha. Just kidding.
(PRIEST space fades to black. Urgent knock)
CUARTA’S VOICE THROUGH DOOR: Ma’am! Ma’am!PSYCHIC:Yes? What is it?CUARTA’S VOICE THROUGH DOOR: Ma’am! Ma’am! Please! I need help.
(PSYCHIC rushes to door, opens it)
PSYCHIC:Oh, you’re cut! You’re bleeding. Come in. Come in.
(CUARTA enters, holding one hand in the other)
CUARTA:I’m so sorry, Ma’am. I’m dripping blood on your rug.PSYCHIC:It’s okay, dear.CUARTA:Let me stand here by the door, so I don’t ruin your.
 
THE FOURTH DAUGHTER 3PSYCHIC:I said it’s okay. Come on over here. Come.
(PSYCHIC takes CUARTA, holding her cut hand,guides her to table and has her sit in chair.Fade to black. Lights up. Same set. They’resitting at corner of table at right angles.CUARTA’s elbow is on table with wounded hand up.PSYCHIC has aloe vera leaf which she cutslengthwise on cutting board. She presses the cutedge of leaf to the wound. CUARTA looks nervous)
PSYCHIC: Aloe vera. Press it to the wound, let the gel inside theleaf do its work. Aloe vera is an excellent astringent.Do you know what an astringent is?CUARTA: No.PSYCHIC:
(Binds the wound)
It draws the tissues together. It heals. It’s an herbal medicine. From Mama Nature’s copious pharmacy. It’s not avery deep cut. How did you do this?CUARTA:I was cutting some grapes from the vine.PSYCHIC:Grapes? My grapes? Who said you could pick my grapes?CUARTA:Just a small bunch. I. I didn’t know you didn’t want us to.PSYCHIC:So that’s where my grapes went. It was the gardeners.CUARTA:I’m sorry, Ma’am. I. I thought it was okay.PSYCHIC:I’m joking. You can pick my grapes. Anytime your littleheart desires, uh. What is your name?CUARTA:Cuarta. My name’s Cuarta.PSYCHIC:I’m Clovia. You’re new. I haven’t seen you before.So. Cuarta. What kind of name is Cuarta?

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