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Elizabeth Bathory

Elizabeth Bathory

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Elizabeth Bathory

Length:
96 pages
1 hour
Released:
Jul 6, 2013
ISBN:
9781936381463
Format:
Book

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When Elizabeth Báthory discovers that the blood of maidens will keep her young, she sets off on a bloody killing spree that lasts for years and results in the deaths of hundreds. When she is finally caught, she is walled up in her own castle. There, ever young and beautiful, she is denied the love and adoration she so craves. Then a young priest, looking for fame and advancement, comes to save her. Will her need for his flesh be stronger than his need for her soul? [A play in five scenes and based on a true story | Elizabeth Bathory is widely considered to be one of the inspirations for Bram Stoker's DRACULA | Drama (PG) released in 2012 by Dragonfly Publishing, Inc. | Available in ebook and print]

Released:
Jul 6, 2013
ISBN:
9781936381463
Format:
Book

About the author

Edward Eaton has studied and taught at many schools in the States, China, Israel, Oman, and France. He holds a PhD in Theater History and Literature, and has worked extensively as a theater director and fight choreographer. He has been a newspaper columnist and theatre critic. He has published and presented many scholarly papers, and has a background in playwriting. He is also an avid SCUBA diver and skier. He currently resides in Boston with his wife Silviya and son Christopher.


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Elizabeth Bathory - Edward Eaton

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ELIZABETH BATHORY

Written by

Edward Eaton

SMASHWORDS EDITION

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PUBLISHED BY:

Dragonfly Publishing, Inc.

www.dragonflypubs.com

Elizabeth Bathory

Copyright ©2012 Edward Eaton

Drama / Dramatic Verse

eBook Edition

EAN 978-1-936381-46-3

ISBN 1-936381-46-X

Cover Art ©2012 Dragonfly Publishing, Inc.

Illustrations ©2012 Dragonfly Publishing, Inc.

Dragonfly Logo ©2001 Terri L. Branson

Published in the United States of America

This is a work of fiction based on real people and historical events. This eBook edition is protected by copyright and is sold under a standard single user license for the exclusive use of the initial retail customer. This file may not be copied, printed, changed, used for library lending, or distributed by any means for sale or for free to any other persons or business entities without the prior consent of the publisher and all copyright holders. All rights of this play are strictly reserved and applications for permission to perform it, for either professional or amateur productions, must be made in advance to the playwright either through the publisher or the playwright directly. Single copies of scripts are sold only for personal reading or production consideration. One copy for each speaking role, the director, and the stage manager must be purchased for production purposes. The required number of copies of the Play to be purchased for production is six (6).

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Table of Contents

Dedication

Acknowledgements

Characters

SCENE I

SCENE II

SCENE III

SCENE IV

SCENE V

About the Author

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Dedication

This work is dedicated to my wife, Silviya, and to my little man, Christopher.

Sine quibus non

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Acknowledgements

The playwright would like to thank Richard Girardi and Brian Triber of Ubiquity Stage for their support and encouragement.

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Characters

ELIZABETH BATHORY: Hungarian Countess. She is arrogant, proud, imperious, beautiful, haughty, and alone. She is 54 years old, but in the flashbacks should look middle to early twenties, perhaps as young as thirteen or fourteen.

PRIEST: Young and fairly naïve Priest. He is ambitious, perhaps a bit recklessly so. Although well born, he is not particularly influential. If he succeeds at obtaining Elizabeth’s confession and conversion, his career could take off. He is no older than his late twenties.

MOTHER: Elizabeth’s mother. She is strong and accustomed to being obeyed. The director can decide her age. [Consider: Lady Capulet in Romeo and Juliet is 26.]

LADY IN WAITING: A Lady in Waiting.

MAID: A maid.

FERENC: A young, fierce warrior. He is a violent killer, but a tender lover. Women want him. Men want to be his friend.

STRANGER: Demonic and evil, he is creepily sexy.

THURZO: Early in the story, he is a young man only a few years older than Elizabeth. By the end, he is middle-aged. He is strong and proud, but not quite as heroic or attractive as Ferenc. Perhaps he has some issues with this.

GUARD: A guard.

SETTING: Hungary. The tower room in the Castle Cjesthe.

TIME: 1614

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SCENE I

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[The lights come up to reveal the COUNTESS ELIZABETH BATHORY huddled by the fireplace, an old crone enveloped in a cloak.]

[We hear the screams of young women in torment.]

[We hear the wails of loss and mourning from their families.]

[The voices fall silent.]

[There is the sound of a baby’s crying.]

VOICE OF ELIZABETH:

No! Not my boy!

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