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Name: Aditi Verma

Class: 7D

Date: 22nd March 2013

REWRITING A SCENE IN FRANKENSTEIN


Which scene will you rewrite? What is the situation in the scene? What do others do to the Monster? - When the monster is in the town, all the towns people and dogs are chasing him.

How does this affect the Monster? What impact does it have on his life? What choices does he make as a result? - The monster thinks everyone is evil, hates him and wants to destroy him. He runs into the woods where no one can easily catch him. How will this affect the Monster? What impact will it have on his life? What choices will he make as a result? - The monster will always stay happy. He will be liked by everyone. This will make him positive and he will help in solving the problems in the village such as: Irrigation, drinking water, getting logs from the woods because all these tasks require a lot of power and he is empowered for the same.

How will you change the situation? How might things happen differently during the scene? - The monster goes into the woods, panting, he sees an old lady picking logs for fire. She senses the good intention in him and asks what happened to him and why hes panting. The monster, with some difficulty in language and communication, tells her his story so far and she helps him convince the villagers that he is person with a good soul and he can help the village in several ways.

NOTE ON STAGING
SET DESIGN In the woods, an old looking cottage. Inside the cottage: an old bed, a small wooden table with some kitchen utensils, a basket of fruits and vegetables and a fireplace later with fire. A small window without shutters, a creaky door made of thin, weak wood. In the village: a few huts, some street animals, a well and a cart. In the dispensary: a stretcher and lights all the walls are white.

PROPS Logs for the old lady, Matilda. Stones and sticks for the villagers. Stethoscope for the doctor.

COSTUMES

Monster: a torn white shirt with blood, dirt and mud on it. Loose, torn and dirty black pants. Later, clean shirt and pants. Old lady: a simple and clean dress, with flower print. Villagers: casual T-shirt and jeans. Doctor: White coat above a white T-shirt and pants.

LIGHTING/SOUND/SPECIAL EFFECTS

Dim, yellow lighting in the forest/woods part. A spotlight on the monster when he is trying to explain his story to Matilda, the old lady.

Name: Aditi Verma

Class: 7D

Date: 22nd March 2013

Nice, white, medium bright lighting on the monster, Matilda and villagers when the monster is trying to convince the villagers that he is a good person with the help of Matilda, the old lady. Warm lighting (yellow-orange color) inside the cottage. Bright yellow lighting so that it represents a sunny morning. Sound Effects: Rustling of leaves (When: its written in the stage direction)

I have chosen a simple set design to show that the old lady, Matilda is poor, and relies on the woods for logs and food. I have also written old, creaky furniture, as Matilda is old and a little outdated. I have chosen a pretty simple design for the village as well because Villagers are not very wealthy people so the set should include stuff that looks affordable by the village welfare society. I have seen that in hospitals everything is usually white and boring so I have tried doing that in my play script. The prop I have chosen for Matilda is logs because as I said before, she depends on the woods for logs and food. The villagers are carrying stones and sticks because they are trying to get the Monster and beat him up to death. The doctor just has a stethoscope because its a village with a small dispensary so I dont think that I should include hi-tech props for the doctor. For costumes, the Monster is wearing a torn white shirt with blood, dirt and mud on it because everyone since his journey so far have been trying to harm in some way or the other. Due to all that running, exhausting journey his clothes is bloody and dirty. The old lady is wearing a simple, clean flower printed dress because she is poor and she can only afford to wear simple dresses and also because she is old, all the sparkly new generation -ish dresses wont suit her. The villagers are young, strong people so they are wearing the type of clothes (T-shirt and Jeans) an ordinary person would wear. Here, ordinary would be defined as: they are earning a good amount of money and can afford their own basic needs. The doctor is wearing white clothes because whenever I went to the doctor I saw them wearing these white boring clothes. I have used dim, yellow lighting in the forest part because I want the audience to focus on the characters that time not the set. Its an important part and if the lighting is dim, the audience can see the characters in the scene, not accurately clear but they can and can understand their emotions and feelings. I want a spotlight on the Monster when he is talking to Matilda, the old lady, because I want the audience to see and feel the Monsters emotions and it should really show what the Monster has gone through. I have chosen to have nice, semi- bright lighting on everyone on stage when the Monster explains to the villagers because I want the audience to see and observe everyones reactions and expressions during that part. I want the audience to see it because maybe the villagers wouldnt be convinced, but maybe they will and I want the audience to see that. CHARACTERS Monster: Kind- hearted, tired and frightened, desperately looking for a supporter who can understand him and his feelings. Matilda (old lady): Kind, wise, supportive and mature, is poor but a respected personality in the village. Villagers (chiefs): 5 Angry, young and furious men, eager to catch the monster but later understanding and supportive. Villagers (others): 10 Angry, young and furious men, eager to catch the monster but later understanding and supportive. Doctor: Focused, friendly, helpful and is trying his best to cure the monster. (My play-script starts on the next page)

Name: Aditi Verma

Class: 7D Deeds of Trust

Date: 22nd March 2013

In the woods, dim lighting, the Monster is panting while Matilda, the old lady is calmly collecting logs and reaching for her cottage when she spots the Monster, hastily running deep into the woods. The old lady looks at the Monster; he is petrified but had innocence on his face and honesty in his eyes. She senses it and with a little hesitation, asks... Matilda: Hello, young manwhat happened you seem to be a little tired? She walks towards him, and gently touches the Monsters shoulder. Monster: Oh, hellohello.uhI need help, dogs chaseman chasedogs bite.please help, I goodI help you, I bring you food. Please save me! The Monster takes the logs from Matilda heading to the direction Matilda is going, trying to prove himself by showing an example. Matilda: Thats alright, young manthats alright, but you tell me, why are the villagers and dogs chasing you? Matilda asked, following the Monster. The Monster stops, sighs and wearily tells the old lady his story. Spotlight on the Monster. Monster: Frank.Frankenstein make meI dont know but I wake up, Frankenstein run away and abandon meI comecome to village. Man throw stones.dogs bite...everyone hate me but I good, please help. Leaves rustle, the Monster becomes petrified, thinking its the villagers who came all the way here chasing him. Matilda: Ohoksounds pretty tragicbut dear son, I know you are good and I will help you convince all the other villagers that you have enveloped generosity within you. After hearing this, the Monster realizes water droplets are oozing out of his eyes; confused, he wipes them away quickly, thinking it is something abnormal which only happens to him. Matilda sweetly smiles, in order to know that she is perfectly correct at judgingthe Monster. Matilda takes the Monster to her cottage, where he takes refuge for the moment. A few days later, the lighting changes, the Monster is clean but is still wearing those torn and dirty clothes. The cottage is all bright and pleasant. Its full of food, fruits and veggies, prospering day by day. Matilda is comparatively happier than earlier and so is the Monster. They are peacefully having breakfast. Sowhen are you planning to meet the villagers and convincing them dear son? Monster: Matilda: [sighs] I am not sure, Mother. Should we go today? Well, if you are fine with itthen sure. The Monster and Matilda, enveloped in a black cloak, sneakily visit the village. Abruptly, they are spotted by one of the Villagers. Villager 1: Hey you! Stop! You wont be able to escape this time! Stop! In a matter of seconds, the Monster and Matilda are surrounded by a huge crowd. The lighting changes to nice, white, medium bright lighting on the Monster, Matilda and villagers when the Monster is trying to convince the villagers that he is a good person with the help of Matilda. Villager 2: [uncovers the Monster and Matilda.] You vile thing! How dare you enter the village?

Name: Aditi Verma

Class: 7D

Date: 22nd March 2013

While Villager 2 is busy rebuking the Monster, Villager 1 spots Matilda. He is simply baffled to see them together! Villager 1: Matilda: Villager 1& 2: Oh my! Lady Matilda! [Exclaims pulling her away from the Monster.] What are you doing with him?! Dear son, please listen to him, he has been misunderstood, please give him one chance to explain what happened to him. Please! Please! We are sorry, lady! But NO! NEVER! [Looks at Matilda and then at the Monster] The Monster is silently staring at the situation but Matilda is determined that she is going to let the Monster get a chance. She tries to convince the villagers again Matilda: Villager 1& 2: Villager 3: Matilda: Monster: Villager 1: Villager 2: Villager 1 & 2: Monster: [pleading to the villagers] Look at this innocent creature and you call it vile! Listen to him, at least once! Please! NO! Well, if Lady Matilda says, then lets just listen to him once? Please! Please! Alright then. Yeahlets give him one chance to defend himself. Okay, now explainwhat do you want to say? Dr. Frankenstein has created me. I dont know but as soon as I woke up, he ran away and abandoned me. I think its because I look ugly and scary. I ran and came to the village, everyone started to chase and beat me. I was unable to tolerate this incessant torture. I dont know what I is being punished for. Then, when I ran into the woods, I met Mother, she is different, she didnt get scared of me instead she came and helped me. She asked me what happened to me and why I am running. I told her my story and she agreed to help me convince all the othersthats it. Everyone is silently watching. Villagers are looking regretful. Villager 1: LookMr. Uhmwhatever your name isI, I mean we are really sorry for all the bad behavior we have had for you and also for hurting you but All the respected heads of the village discuss for 5 minutes. Villager 2: On behalf of the Somersham village, I would like to announce that Mr. Monster is partly a member of our village for now. He will have to work hard, help us and show us what he really is or is says he is. He says that he wants to help us. Now onwards, we will see and observe him and make further decisions later. Some villagers are still a little scornful while some are happy that the Monster got a chance to prove himself. Matilda: [to the villagers] thank you very much, dear son. Matilda walks to the Monster; he feels so fortunate to find Matilda at the first place that he picks her up and turns around so many times. [Laughing] Son, put me down! I am getting dizzy! Monster: [to Matilda] Oh sorry Mother! [Puts Matilda down] [To Villagers] Thank you, thank you so much everyoneI am so fortunate that I found

Name: Aditi Verma

Class: 7D

Date: 22nd March 2013

kind and generous people like you. From today, I promise and pledge that whatever may happen, I will always be there for Somersham and will help and serve all. Everyone is eager to know what will happen next. A few days later, lighting changes to a sunny morning. Everything is going normal like every day routine when Villagers: Fire! Fire! Run! Fire! Everyone starts screaming and howling. Petrified of the fire, a huge chaos is formed. At Matildas cottage Matilda: Monster: [casually] whats all this noise coming from the village, dear son? Dont know mother, Ill go check! [Quickly finishes up his breakfast.] The Monster leaves for the village. At Somersham Villagers: Run! Fire! Fire! From inside a cottage, a family of 6 is stuck in the fire with nobody to save them. Family: [crying and shouting at the same time.] save us! Save us! Somebody please save us. The Monster hears the cries and runs into the cottage; he saves the family and brings them safely out of the fire. In the meantime, the fire extinguisher comes and lets the fire out. Monster: Villagers: Monster: [to the family] are you alright? Is anybody hurt? Fire! Fire! [turns around]. Where? Tell me? Where? The Monster gets worried if someone else is stuck in the fire. Villagers: On your back! Someone let it out! Quickly! The Monster doesnt even realize it. Water is sprinkled on the Monster but unfortunately it is too late and the fire burnt the Monsters back. The Monster is quickly taken to the dispensary. Matilda is informed by the villagers and she leaves hastily. At the dispensarythe room is filled with despair. A few minutes later Doctor: Well, as he is made of meat, it will be very easy to cure him, we can just exchange the meat with a different one and he will be perfectly normal! The Doctor smiles sweetly while saying this. Matilda: Doctor: [Wais (join hands as in a begging gesture) to the doctor] Oh Doctor! You dont know what a big favor you have done for us! Thank-you, thank you so much! Well, thats my duty! To love all and serve all! After a small operation, the Monster comes out of the ward and gives his angelic smile to everyone present there. Matilda gives a smile back kissing him on the forehead.

Name: Aditi Verma

Class: 7D

Date: 22nd March 2013

Next day at the village, the Monster is given an award/medal for risking his own life to save the others Villager 1: Hello, people of Somersham, today I would like to award Mr Monster for the bravery he has showed to save us, the people of Somersham. We would like to thank him and give him this certificate and medal so that we remember his bravery for generations. He has proved that he is good, helpful and kind. From today onwards, he is a member of Somersham and has all rights to do anything in the welfare of this society. He has all rights to work hard and earn money in this village. He has all rights to get involved in all jobs of Somersham. Villager 1 himself claps along with crowd, celebrating the victory of the Monster and the village. Monster: Thank You! Thank you everyone! For giving me this chance to prove myself. I am really happy today because now my heart is pure. Thank you. Everyone cheers and claps for the Monster and Somersham. He gives the medal and certificate to the Monster. The Monster happily accepts the reward, sharing it with Matilda. Some people are laughing with joy while some are crying with joy but finally everything happens with joy. Curtains close. The End