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Myth_ America - Drama Interventions Collection_ Tm

Myth_ America - Drama Interventions Collection_ Tm

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Published by Diane Cameron
The peddling of flesh in the form of beauty pageants seems to be a national obsession. Walk like this, talk like this and sit like that... We are quick to forgive the failings of the beautiful while calling them colorful. However those females who are successful but not blessed with outward beauty are held to a different set of standards. Which came first... the contestants or the organizers of these fleshfests? Who are real victims?
The peddling of flesh in the form of beauty pageants seems to be a national obsession. Walk like this, talk like this and sit like that... We are quick to forgive the failings of the beautiful while calling them colorful. However those females who are successful but not blessed with outward beauty are held to a different set of standards. Which came first... the contestants or the organizers of these fleshfests? Who are real victims?

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Published by: Diane Cameron on Dec 12, 2008
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MYTH AMERICABy Diane Cameron
A satirical comedic play about the beauty pageant industryTHE DRAMA INTERVENTIONS COLLECTION
This is an interactive play in that the actresses choose their own names.Substitute the contestant number for the names the actors choose.
No object is so beautiful that, under certain conditions, it will not look ugly.”
Oscar Wilde 
 
The Pageant Finalist (10)Ms. Valentine - The Pageant SponsorTiffany - The Pageant Sponsor’s GranddaughterMarie - The AssistantMr. Stone - The ReporterParent & Family Members of ContestantsCamerapersonTelevision Host
 
 
The Scene opens
with the finalist sitting in chairs in a waiting room. Anassistant is going from girl to girl notes on a clipboard and engaging in quietconversation as she approaches each girl. They have looks of excitement,bewilderment and impatience on their faces and in their mannerisms. Theassistant continues to speak to each contestant and there is Hawaiianthemed background music playing over the loudspeaker system. Thepageant is being held in Hawaii and the pageant crew is wearing islandthemed clothes and dark glasses. A table is set up with assorted fruitincluding pineapple, bottled water, ice and assorted health snacks that thegirls are entitled to as they are all waiting to be told the next step in theprocess. The assistant leaves the room and the girls begin to talk to eachother.Act 1 – Scene 1Contestant 1_________________ I wish they would tell us more about whatis going on instead of asking us all these silly questions….Contestant 2__________________I knows, but I guess this is just part of it.Contestant 3__________________ you shouldn’t feel that way; this couldbe a big opportunity for all of us. I have always dreamed about being in abeauty pageant every since I was a little girl.Contestant 1__________________You’re still dreaming now girl! Everybodyknows these beauty contests are all about who has the money and whodoesn’t.Contestant 4 _________________What an attitude to have _________________the judges will be able to see thru all of that.Contestant 5_________________Allright…. What if they are a little phony,but look at it this way, we are all here in Hawaii on a free vacation…. so theway I see it, win or lose…. we all get something out of the deal….Contestant 2_______________Well you do have apoint___________________.Contestant 6_______________I doesn’t even know what everybody’s issueis, but I’m saying all of us would like to win or we wouldn’t be here.Contestant 7_______________Ok Ok well who wouldn’t want to win but atthe same time I don’t want to hype myself up too much just in case I don’t.Contestant 8_______________And they have all of these rules, do’s anddon’ts can’t and all of that…
 
 
Contestant 9_______________Well I have this friend of mine who wantedto enter the pageant with me, but she has a 10 month old and thatdisqualified her from the start.Contestant 1_______________And I’m sure you are not surprised?Contestant 10______________I think what she is saying is they have thiscertain criteria for entering the pageant, and at the same time… they arebusy hustling us to sell tickets, get sponsors for the Pageant book, shop atcertain stores, get our hair done at this or that place….Contestant 7 ______________ I know, they even told me what brands of makeup to buy for my kit…. it’s crazy….Contestant 5______________ Makeup? I was even told what kind of underwear to purchase… Now who in the world care about what brand of underwear we have on?Contestants 4_______________I think you all are taking it a little tooserious… It’s supposed to be funContestant 3_______________Well everybody, I am glad to be here.Besides I think I have a good chance of being “Myth” America anyway(This statement draws silence and cold stares from all the other girls fromwhom Contestant 3 is totally oblivious.)Contestant 1______________Anyway…Contestant 6______________Well, it doesn’t hurt to feelconfident___________but you do have competition…Contestant 2______________She has LOTS of competitionContestant10_____________I know one thing…. I am starving…I wanted toeat as soon as my plane landed yesterday. I don’t like any of the food inthose so-called Meals for Models Handbook they gave us. Thank God for thatupgrade the airlines gave me to First Class…That will probably be the lastgood mean till I am back in ____________________.Contestants 9____________I know no pizza or fried food or sodas…. Imean, that’s my whole diet.Contestant 8___________ What about all of the exercise? I am not lookingforward to running 5 miles every morning at 5:00, and you know that startsin the morning.Contestants 4___________I think you all are complaining too much… doesanybody know the time?Contestant 7___________ (Looks at her watch) it’s 7:00 in the morninghere in Hawaii, and for most of us it’s still last night in our brains…Contestant 2___________Does anyone want to trade me some pretzels for

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