On for the Money, Two for the Show

Act II, Scene 3

(Note: This scene is to depict the passage of several weeks.  It takes place in different villages which are actually in the same place (stage right).  A few VILLAGERS tend to chores until LANZO AND LEA arrive; then a group gathers.  Then others arrive.  The term SHOWCASE is used to indicate where groups may perform.)

(Action between LEA and LANZO is mimed. Instrumental of Hey Li Lee plays in the background while they are walking.)

VILLAGE 1. 

(Curtain opens with LANZO AND LEA entering stage left front.  LEA is bent, limping, and nagging at LANZO.)

(VILLAGERS embrace LANZO, call for others to join them.  LEA sits, watches others gather and dance, and drinks and eats daintily.)

(SHOWCASE.)

(ALL join in singing Hey Li Lee verses and chorus.)

VILLAGER:

(LEA will snort in disgust and then watch the others.  Other VILLAGERS will laugh and jeer, then join in the chorus.)

Gunda has captured Ulrich’s heart,
Hey li lee, li lee lo,
Fitting 21 cows on a cupid’s dart,
Hey li lee, li lee lo.
Chorus
(VILLAGERS stop to gossip.  LANZO and LEA say their farewells and go to stage left.  Lights dim except for spotlight on LANZO AND LEA walking. LEA is complaining; LANZO is teasing.)

VILLAGE 2. 

(Lights come up on the village.  LANZO AND LEA approach.    LEA stoops less, discontinues mimed complaining, and looks resigned.)

(VILLAGERS embrace LANZO, call for others to join them.  LEA eats the muffins with some gusto.  When offered a bota, she pours wine into her cup and drinks. Occasionally she smiles and sings along.)

(SHOWCASE.)

ALL join in singing Hey Li Lee verses and chorus)

VILLAGER: (LEA will laugh and then watch the others.  Other VILLAGERS will laugh and jeer, then join in the chorus.)
Rumor is Markus will soon be wed,
Hey li lee, li lee lo,
To a wife light as lead,
Hey li lee, li lee lo.)
Chorus

(VILLAGERS stop to gossip.  LANZO and LEA say their farewells and go to stage left.  Lights dim except for spotlight on LANZO AND LEA walking. LEA says nothing, bites her lip and looks resigned; LANZO keeps turning to look at her.)

VILLAGE 3. 

(Lights come up on the village.  LANZO AND LEA approach.    LEA walks without difficulty and is pleased to see people.)
(VILLAGERS embrace LANZO, call for others to join them.  LEA shoves muffins into her mouth.  Wipes the mouth of the bota several times, but finally drinks from it.  She smiles sings along.)

(SHOWCASE.)

ALL join in singing Hey Li Lee verses and chorus.)

VILLAGER: (LANZO will look startled and miss a strum or two.  LEA will  laughing heartedly.  Other VILLAGERS will laugh and jeer, then join in the chorus.)
Trommler Duchy’s only heir,   
Hey li lee, li lee lo,
Is out courting a maiden fair,
Hey li lee, li lee lo
Chorus

(VILLAGERS stop to gossip.  LANZO and LEA say their farewells and go to stage left.  Lights dim except for spotlight on LANZO AND LEA walking. LEA teases, throws grass at LANZO.)

VILLAGE 4. 

(Lights come up on the village.  LANZO AND LEA approach.    LEA is excited and eager.)
(VILLAGERS embrace LANZO, call for others to join them.  LEA shoves food into her mouth and laughs with villagers.  She drinks from the bota readily.  She sings with gusto.)

(SHOWCASE.)

ALL join in singing Hey Li Lee verses and chorus.)

VILLAGER: (LANZO will laugh  LEA will choke, look at the jeering villagers, and then join in the laughing.  Other VILLAGERS will laugh and jeer, then join in the chorus.)
What’s Markus need with a wife new,
Hey li lee, li lee lo,
When his sister’s tongue can cut in two,
Hey li lee, li lee lo.
Chorus

VILLAGE 5. 

(Lights come up on the village.  LANZO AND LEA approach. LEA is excited and eager.)
(VILLAGERS embrace LANZO, call for others to join them.  LEA is shouting and calling with the rest of them.  She shoves food into her mouth and drinks a stream of wine from the bota.  She acts as song leader with a few dance steps thrown in.)

(SHOWCASE.)

ALL join in singing Hey Li Lee verses and chorus.)

LEA: (LANZO will look resigned.  Other VILLAGERS will laugh and jeer, then join in the chorus.)
Lanzo likes to laugh and tease,
Hey li lee, li lee lo,
But his hair is filled with fleas,
Hey li lee, li lee lo.
Chorus

(VILLAGERS stop to gossip.  LANZO and LEA say their farewells and exit stage left. Lights dim.)

One for the Money, Two for the Show

Act II, Scene 1

(In front of Ritter House.  Late morning.  DIANA and ELISABETH enter through front door, stage back right.  Move forward while talking.)

DIANA: (Wails) I can’t believe any of this.  I just can’t.

ELISABETH: Well, at least I got you out of there.  You’ve got to calm down before someone hears you.

DIANA: That wasn’t a marriage, was it?  Lea can’t be bound to that man for life?

ELISABETH:  A bride, a groom, a priest-we call that a marriage.  (DIANA wails again.) Of course..well, there are ways out. 

DIANA: Can he refuse Lea’s dowry?  Can’t she take Blackberry Villa regardless of what he says?

ELISABETH: I’m not sure.  I’m sure Markus will be fair.

DIANA: But maybe he arranged all this.  Maybe he told that…that vagrant the answer just so he wouldn’t have to give up the villa.

ELISABETH:  Cousin Markus isn’t that bad.  Remember…he tried to get Lea to wed one of his friends.

DIANA: But he can’t let her just walk away from Ritter House without anything.  What is he…

   (Door opens.)

ELISABETH: Hush, someone’s coming.

(LEA enters wearing carrying two bags, one small and one large and heavy. DIANA and ELISABETH start toward her.)

DIANA: Lea, you can’t go.  How can you think of leaving us?  (Hugs LEA who drops heavy bag.)

ELISABETH:  Stay here, Lea.  Markus wouldn’t dare force you to leave with that man.

LEA: (Walks forward.) Stay?  And give everyone an opportunity to laugh in my face?  Markus?  Ulrich?  Karina? (Pause.) And Gunda.  I could not bear to see Gunda gloat.

ELISABETH: (Puts arm around LEA’s shoulders.  They continue to walk forward.)  You know the longer you are wed, the harder it will be to dissolve the wedding.  You can’t….

LEA: (Faces Elisabeth) Don’t talk like that.  If you are truly my friend, you will tell everyone how happy you are for me…that I’ve found a witty man…and am off…on an adventure.

DIANA:  No, you can’t…

ELISABETH:  You think that’s fair to your friends.  We will have idea were you are, if you’re well or ill…or even alive or dead.

LEA: Oh, I’ll survive.  The road has no terrors equal to the gloating of Karina or Gunda.  They have enjoyed this whole thing too much.  I will survive—even with that squalid, dirty little beast.

ELISABETH:  Lea, listen to yourself…

(Door opens.  ALL look back to it.  MARKUS and LANZO enter.  LANZO wears a backpack and carries a lute.  They stand apart from the girls. The girls talk among themselves.)

MARKUS:  Are you sure you cannot stay a while, Stefan.  The summer is young—you need not start your journey just now.

LANZO:  Lanzo.  (MARKUS looks confused.)
     Not Stefan, Lanzo. (MARKUS nods.)
    Oh, I’m anxious to see how dear Lea likes the gypsy life—and how my father takes the news of what I have done.

MARKUS:  I will come visit before All Saints’…and bring her home if I need to.

LANZO: (Chuckles)  I’ve no doubt you will need to—but  I guarantee Lea will be chastened and changed.

(MARKUS and LANZO embrace.  MARKUS then turns to LEA.)

MARKUS:  And a farewell hug from my sister.

LEA: (Grimaces).  Of course, dear brother. 

MARKUS: (Hugs LEA) I have asked Lanzo to stay the week with us so you could see your brother wed. 

LEA: Ah, I do regret not seeing you and dear, sweet Karina wed, but we are anxious to lose ourselves in the beauty of the countryside…and commune with nature under the glorious stars. 

(DIANA wails.  ELISABETH comforts her.)

MARKUS:  It is decided then.  I bid you both good journey.

LUCAS and LANZO shake hands.  LEA squeezes DIANA’s hand and then ELISABETH’s.  Then she walks stage left without looking back.  Gian hastens to pick us his lyre and follow her.)

LEA: (Turns before exiting)  My bag, you fool.  You didn’t bring my bag.

LANZO:  (Gives “who me” gesture) Methinks you are also the fool then.  You didn’t bring the bag either.

LEA:  I will not take one more step until you get my bag.

LANZO:  (Laughs.) Then statues it is.  (LANZO mimics Lea’s stance and freezes.)

(Lights dim.  Curtain.)