Monologues and Dramas
|I Beg Everyone’s Pardon: The Testament of Francois Villon
|Translation, stage adaptation and 7 vocal
settings by Stephen Eridan
Monologue for male actor, 90 minutes long
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I Beg Everyone’s Pardon is not only a dramatically effective adaptation of François Villon’s greatest and longest poetic work, but also includes striking (optional) vocal settings of seven ballades. Further increasing the value of this dramatic work, three episodes from Villon’s life and 3 of his greatest ballades not part of the Testament are seamlessly integrated into the text. The full monologue at 90 plus minutes provides an evening’s worth of entertainment that will linger long in the mind. Very simple set and staging make this a cost effective venture for the performer and company as well. Hear an excerpt from this work in our Audio section.
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Scene. A modest sized garret, sparsely furnished with a low bed in the far left corner, behind the door to the stairway. Towards the front, a cheap writing desk with papers strewn over it. Two quill pens and an inkwell are on the left hand corner of the table. A chair is nearby. On the right side of the room is the lone window, shuttered and without glass. Underneath the window is a small chest. A man, alone in the room, is lying on the bed under a blanket too short to cover his feet when it's pulled up to his chin as it is now. He tosses fitfully as if feverish or having a bad dream.
The Testament Pt. 1 with
Song Ballad: Please Have Pity
Ballad: Debate Between Head and Heart
Episode 1 – Tale of the Devil’s Fart
Song Ballad: False Beauty
The Testament Pt. 2 with
Song Ballad: Father Noah
Song Ballad: At Daybreak
Episode 2 – At the Castle of Duke Charles
Song Ballad: Whether You Trade Indulgences
Episode 3 – At the Gibbet of Montfaucon
Song Ballad: So to Devotes and Mendicants
Song Ballad: This Clause Stands as the End
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