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Today's piece is also part of "Disgraced," my idea for a series about an upperclass English girl in 1914 who is forced to move with relatives in Newport, Rhode Island to escape the shame of a scandal and build a new life.

This piece takes place before "#3 Companion" when our hero Elise first arrives in her aunt's house.

No One Knows You Here
By Phoebe Roberts

ELISE CHARNMORE, niece to the earl of Brockhurst
ELEANOR HAVERHILL, her great-aunt

Newport, Rhode Island, 1914
~~~

(ELEANOR and ELISE sit in a luxurious parlor over tea. ELISE’s cup and plate sit untouched in front of her.)

ELEANOR: And are you all settled in?

ELISE: Rosaline’s still unpacking.

ELEANOR: Do you like your room?

ELISE: Oh, it’s lovely. Very large, and a great deal of light. And I do so enjoy the, uh… the persistent cherub motif in the décor.

ELEANOR: Thank you, dear. I chose it myself.

(Pause.)

ELEANOR: Elise, we’re so happy to have you.

ELISE: Are you really, Auntie?

ELEANOR: Of course we are.

ELISE: You aren’t afraid I’ll bring shame upon your house?

ELEANOR: Elise! We needn’t talk about this.

ELISE: That’s why I’m here, isn’t it? Because none of my local relations wanted me darkening their doorsteps.

ELEANOR: You must understand, the circumstances are quite different there.

ELISE: They seemed to believe so.

ELEANOR: But you should be glad, my girl. In America, you won’t be troubled.

ELISE: And why is that?

ELEANOR: Why, no one knows you here, of course.

(ELEANOR’s head slumps to the side as she lapses into a narcoleptic sleep.)

ELISE: Ah.

(ELEANOR wakes again with a start.)

ELEANOR: What? What? Oh, Elise, dear. What were we talking about?

ELISE: Nothing, Auntie.

About Me

My name is Phoebe. I'm Boston area theater professional and English professor focused in writing, acting, directing, and modeling. I'm known for having lots of interests, lots of opinions about those interests, and a very high estimation of the value thereof. This blog is for talking about whatever's on my mind, from my daily life to my activities to musing on any number of abstract topics. Thanks for taking the time to read.

My productions:

Upcoming Productions:



MRS. HAWKING part 2 and 3


at the Watch City Steampunk Festival 2016

presented by The Chameleon's Dish

Vivat Regina
by Phoebe Roberts

at 2PM

and

Base Instruments
by Phoebe Roberts

at 6PM

Saturday, May 13th 2017
at 274 Moody Street, Waltham, MA

Other Achievements:

"The Tailor at Loring's End" screenplay
Quarter Finalist in the Final Draft Big Break Screenwriting Competition 2013

"Adonis" screenplay
Top Ten Percent in the Bluecat Screenwriting Contest 2015

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