November 13, 2011

The Staphysagria Duck  |   A three-act play about Homeopathy
CHARACTERS:

CAROLINE: Main heroine, 5 year old girl with ASD

L & B:  Caroline's friends from Kindergarten

MR. FERGUSON: Caroline's Father

MRS. FERGUSON: Caroline's Mother, MR. FERGUSON'S wife.

STAPHYSAGRIA:  Homeopathic Remedy selected by Pierre Fontaine, Homeopath


ACT ONE:  THE PLAYDATE

The SETTING:

The Ferguson's home on a sunny Friday afternoon in November.  Too cold to play
outside, the girls are having a playdate indoors.

SCENE ONE:

L & B are playing in Caroline's playroom.

MR. FERGUSON:  Caroline, come back and play with your friends.

CAROLINE:  (FROM ADJACENT ROOM)  No!

MRS. FERGUSON:  Come on!  It's your turn to swing!

CAROLINE:  (IGNORING REQUEST)  The K says Kuh, the K says Kuh, Every letter
makes a sound the K says Kuh..
(scripting The Letter Factory)

Mr Ferguson brings Caroline to the playroom, but the scene replays itself
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SCENE TWO:

L & B are giddy and playing "Build A Bear Workshop" in the Ferguson's Living Room.
Caroline is swiveling back and forth on a chair in the office, refusing to join the fun.

MR. FERGUSON:  Thank you for shopping, that'll be $30.00.

L: I don't have the much, how about a special deal? Two bears for one?!  Plus I'm a
good customer, I love this store! .....
  Play continues .....

MRS. FERGUSON: (DOWNSTAGE LEFT) stirs a clear liquid

ENTER STAPHYSAGRIA -- two drops given to CAROLINE in the office.

Two minutes pass.

CAROLINE:  Casually strolls into kitchen where L & B are painting rubber ducks at
the kitchen table.  She sits down, grabs a brush and carefully observes her friend's
duck's color schemes

CAROLINE:  Blue!  Open blue please.

MRS FERGUSON: (IN SHOCK AND AWE)  You got it!

CAROLINE Continues to look on, intently observing what her friends are doing.

CAROLINE: Black Please. For Duck!   

Ten minutes pass.  The girls continue to paint, laugh and enjoy each other.

L. Notices an electronic book reader that CAROLINE is especially territorial about on
the kitchen counter
.  

L: Can I play with this while they finish?

MRS FERGUSON: Sure.

L: chooses a Cinderella cartridge Caroline has refused no less than 27 times.

CAROLINE is intrigued, listens to the story and shares knowing glances with her
friends.

B:  I love this book!  

CAROLINE looks at B and smiles happily.  Not at all upset that her friends are using
her treasured story reader.  The wheels are turning, "If my friends like Cinderella,
maybe I should too."
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SCENE 3:

L, B & CAROLINE on the kitchen floor playing a game of Topsy Turtle.

B:  I'll be Red!

CAROLINE: Green!

L: I'm Blue.

All girls play together, cheering as Topsy teeters. MR. & MRS. FERGUSON look on
incredulously.



















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ACT TWO:  THE DANCE CLASS

THE SETTING:

A Local Dance Center, CAROLINE and VARIOUS GIRLS gather for weekly class.  
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THE BACK STORY: Caroline has never before actively participated in the Tap Dance
Portion of the class.  She has issues with new / different shoes and generally runs
around the studio until the tap portion has ended.  
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MRS FERGUSON: (TO THE TEACHER) We're in trouble... I forgot Caroline's Tap
shoes.
(Knowing there's no way Caroline will wear any from the used bin)

MRS. FERGUSON: Caroline, let's put on these borrowed shoes.

CAROLINE: (NOT AT ALL BOTHERED) Ok!  

CAROLINE:  (STANDING AT THE BARRE) ENTHUSIASTICALLY TAPS ALONGSIDE
HER TEACHER AND AN ASSISTANT.

SHE WATCHES THEIR MOVES, INCLUDING THE "DIG" AND THE "SHUFFLE" AND
COPIES PERFECTLY, SMILING PROUDLY AND OFTEN SEEKING THEIR
APPROVAL.

Appropriately a "Never Settle for Less than your Best" banner hangs above.

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ACT THREE: THE EVENING

THE SETTING:  

The Ferguson's home.  Caroline and MR. FERGUSON sit together reading books on
the sofa.  Caroline reads from the book she selected, "Best, Best Friends."
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THE BACK STORY: Caroline has not read books for several weeks.  She's occupied
her free time wandering the house scripting television shows.
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CAROLINE: (READING) Clare and Mary are best Friends.  Every day when they get
to school they give each other big hugs.  They sit together at storytime...

MR FERGUSON:  What do you do when you're with a friend?

CAROLINE:  Play.  

MR. FERGUSON:  What else?

CAROLINE:  Hold Hands.

MR FERGUSON: How does that make you feel?

CAROLINE: Happy!

LATER THAT EVENING, Caroline sits with the story reader and chooses the
Cinderella story cartridge in lieu of the Mickey Mouse story with which she's been
obsessed.  Apparently, if her friends like Cinderella, so does she.

THE END.
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A REVIEW:  
The Staphysagria Duck
friends has dual significance... She's also overcome
huge sensory issues to be able to have anything
wet or "dirty" on a duck... for the whole story, here's
the former blog about it:   
A Girl and her Duck