We wrote a chatroom with two of the characters from the play the crucible, Abigail and Elizabeth. They are arguing over John Proctor, who is Elizabeth's husband. Abigail is in love with John Proctor and wants Elizabeth to be acused of witchcraft so she can be hung.
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For some more original work please read the Readers' Theater pieces that a was made by Vivian P.
The Readers Theater of A Thousand Pieces of Gold
This Readers Theater is taken from the book
A Thousand Pieces of Gold. To
base this Readers' Theatre on, but it is my interpretation. I used chapters
five and pages 43-50 of the book. So please enjoy my Readers Theaters.
This is Summary of A Thousand Pieces of Gold: Back in China in 1871 there lived a family. This is Lalu's family. She had one younger brother and a father and mother. For most of their lives they lived a pretty good life. Until the drought came and Lalu's father couldn't grow crops so he didn't have any money. Lalu's father is forced to sell her to the bandits.
Lalu:Lalu is a selfless, kind and tough young woman. She has gone threw many hard ships and yet she uses the problems and turns it into an advanage. She loves children and loves to make them when they are sick. She loves to make candy and toys. Overall she is brave and strong.
A Cai :He is Lalu's five year old brother and sometimes her can be annoying and demanding, but still he looks up to Lala and will always love her.
Lalu's Mother:She is very stern because she wants Lalu to grow up right and be a good housewife. Yet she is very loving and loves her son and daughter as well as her husband.
Lalu's Father:He's Lula's favorite family member and his is Lalu. He likes to show Lalu the ways of the world. He believes that Lalu isn't a weak and feeble like most women in their village he also talks to her like an adult. Lalu says she would still love him no matter what he does.
Settings:Lalu is in her house it is in the late afternoon. Her house is pretty much is a big shack and with very few separate rooms. The sun is low in the sky and in a few minutes the sky would turn dark.
At Rise:We see Lalu huffing and puffing as if she has run a very long way and she is standing the doorway of the shack. We see Lalu's mother franticly throwing food into a basket. A Cai is tugging at his mother's pant leg and begging to be held.
Lalu's Father: (turns to Lalu)You have been ordered to hide in the fertilizer pit
Lalu's Mother:But there won't be enough to fit all of us also what if A Cai cries?
Lalu:(Lalu tries runs over to her mother to help her pack the food)
Setting:Lalu and her family are in the crowded around the fertilizer pit
Lalu's Father:Hurry everyone get in! (then slips off unnoticed)
Lalu:(Lalu starts to get in)
A Cai:Ha ha, Lalu has to sit in poop.
Lalu's Mother:Be quiet little one if the bandits catch you, they will steal you away forever. Lalu move over so that A Cai can get in.
A Cai:I don't want to, it smells. (slowly climbs into the pit)
Lalu's Mother:(Getting in to the pit) Yes I know, that what makes it a good hiding place. (turning to Lalu) Lalu hold the basket so that when A Cai gets himself to sit down you can give it him (hands Lalu a basket)
Lalu:Here take it A Cai.
A Cai:(A Cai doesn't notice and Lalu drops it) Hey mama told you to wait and now look what you did, the food is all in the poop and it's the only food we brought . (begins to cry)
Lalu's Mother:Please don't cry A Cai, when the bandits are gone we can fish them out and then wash the food.
A Cai:I don't want to eat poop
Lalu's Mother:Quiet, if the bandits catch us eating will be the least of your problems.
A Cai:But, I'm hungry
Lalu:Listen, if you stop crying I'll run inside and grab another basket.
A Cai:(A Cai stops crying)
Lalu's Mother:There's no time, I can already hear the bandits banging on our door.
A Cai:I'll go then (stands up)
Lalu's Mother:Sit down!
Lalu:I'm going and that's final! Remember if you don't be quiet I won't come back. (Lalu runs to the house).
Lalu's Father:What are you doing here?
Lalu:The food fell into the manure. Here, I'll take some of these back. (stuffs food into her shirt).
Lalu's Father:No, we must leave some for the bandits or else they will tear this place this place apart.
Lalu:Please let me take a little bit for A Cai. He is crying and I to give him some food so he will be quiet.
Bandits:Open Up! (beats on the door and then the door opens)
Lalu's Father:Quick behind the stove!
Lalu:(Lalu quickly hides behind the stove)
Chen:What do you have hiding in here?!
Lalu's Father:Nothing, I gathered some sweet potatoes for you (thrusting it toward Chen)
Chen:(pulls out a pocket knife) You dare insult me with one basket!
Lalu's Father:It's all we have left
Chen:Liar! (Chen turns to the stove and pulls Lalu)
Lalu's Father:That's my daughter!(charges toward Chen)
Chen:(Chen kicks Lalu's father to the other side of the shack) I know. (turns toward Lalu) Don't you recognize me? (smiles)
Lalu:Chen! You used to be our hired laborer
Chen:Smart as well as beautiful! (grabs Lalu and holds her tightly in his arms)
Lalu's Father:Let her go!( races toward Chen with balled up fists).
Chen:(Chen punches Lalu's father in the stomach causing Lalu's father to fall down gasping for breath) Careful how you speak to me, I am not your laborer anymore.
Lalu's Father:(gets up and balls his fists, but doesn't charge)
Chen:(laughs) Let's not have any foolish show of bravery. A single whistle and my men come pouring through this door and smash you to a pulp. (Chen walks toward the door dragging Lalu behind him)
Lalu:How could you, a farmer, do such a terrible thing!(Chen stops)
Chen:Quite easily, I never was farmer. Only a hired laborer. A person to get rid of when the times are bad. Well, now I am a bandit leader and I am in charge of fifty men.
Lalu's Father:Please I beg of you, let her go!
Chen:Don't worry I'll pay for this little fox.
Lalu's Father:She's not for sale!
Lalu:Think of your wife and children Chen! What would they think?
Chen:(looks at Lalu) Do you think your father thought about my family when
he took away my livelihood?
Lalu:There are other farmers to work for, why turn your life to crime?
Chen:I have perfect reason, the drought. Your family was the last people I worked for and that was seven months ago.
Lalu:We've been hungry too. My younger brother and I have are covered in sores and our stomachs are bloated like dead fish.
Chen:But you're alive. My wife and children are dead. From starvation.
Lalu:I didn't know.
Chen:Of course not. Who cares about a common laborer.(does an evil laugh) Do you really think a sentimental fool can be a bandit chief. When the drought came I joined the bandits and helped them raid my village and then sold them children and gave them my wife for the men to use. My wife only lasted a week, but you're tough, I think you'll last a month with the men or maybe I'll keep you for myself (then licks Lalu's cheek ). (turns to the door and shouts) Zhao!
Chen:Bring me some seed!
Zhao:(Zhao runs and then returns with two bags of seed and then hands it to Chen and exits)
Chen:She is worth two bags of seed (throws is to the ground)
Lalu's Father:(he crouches down and picks up the seed)
Lalu's Father:Lalu, I'm sorry.
Chen:(laughs) (then exits with Lalu still in his arms)
Lalu is sold once again to merchant in America. She escapes her fate as a bar severer and entertainer for men when she is won as a prize in a poker game and then her new owner sets her free. She goes in explores America trying to fit in with the other Americans.