FAIRIES TOOK JUNIOR
Workshopped, written and
performed with the Performing Arts Group, Basement
Theatre, Arts and Culture Centre, St. John's under the
directorship of Patricia Andrews
Act 1, Scene 1
Full lights. Jane and Junior are
hanging out. (Junior can run up the steps among the
audience if he wants to)
Junior, stop running around like a
crazy guy! This is supposed to be a quiet walk, not a
race! You know we’re not even supposed to be out here on
Ah, go on with ya! That stuff is for
old folks. All our friends sneak out here once in
Well, let’s sit over here in the sunshine. I wanted to
talk to you about helping with my arithmetic. I think
I’m gonna fail it.
Sure I’ll help you, and you help me
with my reading. You knows I can’t read worth a damn.
(big yawn) Oh my God, I’m some sleepy…..must be the
fresh air…….(closes her eyes, leaning against Junior)
Music comes up and fairies come
in…SL. Bonfire Dance…chanting…
There is no better place to be
Than here with us, beneath
Where sun is bright and
grass is green!
Come, and play with us!
Listen to our voices kind
And let no thoughts be in
All sorrows and sadness be
Come, and dance with us!
Join our laughter!
Feel no pain!
The sun is warm, there is no rain!
Let our music fill your ears,
It’s time to play, we’ll
have no tears.
And here you’ll stay for
years and years.
So eat and laugh and play with us!
Forever you will stay with us!
And ever joyful you will be, here with us, beneath the
Golden Girl brings cake to Junior
For you, my darling.
All for me?
Yes, my love, all for you. Come, try some. You will
never taste better.
(urging) Yes! Try some! Just
a little, it’s ever so good, (etc)
Fairies dance off SL. Junior follows
Junior! Junior! Where are you? (looks all around for
Junior) Junior! You’re scaring me……..this isn’t fun
anymore. Please…come out right now! My God, Junior!
Where’d you go? How could you leave me on Fairy Island
by myself? Oh God. Suppose the fairies took him! I have
to get his mother. I have to get Miz Helen.
Jane runs off SR
Lights fade….scene change. Add a
table and bread pan, table and chairs, the bench,
patchwork quilt, cushions, rug. Tablecloth.
Have radio on sideboard, playing
low….(Harry Hibbs tape)
Act 1, Scene 2
Making bread, three sisters present,
Beulah, Philomena, they are playing cards. Helen and
Sister Mary Agnes are chatting.
Sister Mary Agnes:
Mmmmm….Oh my! That bread smells good! We don’t
get to smell that very often in the convent. It’s some
good to be home again for a visit!
It’s good to have you home with us , Agnes. The girls
don’t get to see their only aunt often enough.
(aside, lowers voice) Even though I knows Junior is
the apple of your eye.
did not come all the way over here to get beat by
you…hurry up and take your turn. Gotta get home before
dark….so the fairies don’t get me. Don’t rub the spots
off the cards, come on!! Play!
Fairies, my arse…don’t be so damn
foolish. They wouldn’t be long bringing you back once
they saw what they got. 30 for 60!
Philomena slams hand down on the
Sister Mary Agnes:
well, children, you haven’t changed.
Still squabblin’, I see. And…Philomena….language…
Sorry, Aunt Agnes….
Go for it girl, if you can, you had
better have the five!
Loud Bang on door….
(goes to answer the door)
Who in the name of God is
that now banging at the door?
Ms. Helen, Ms. Helen, come quick, Junior is gone!
Jane by the arm and comes to center stage)
Calm down girl, hold your horses. What do you mean
Junior is gone? Gone where??
Oh, it is all my fault, we weren’t supposed to be
there…Mom always said not to go there…
Go where…where, for the love of God?
Ann Marie enters.
It was such a beautiful day, I said we would be back
before dark, and we didn’t think there would be any harm
Any harm in what? Sit
down Jane and you start right at the beginning.
Jane sits down.
Please don’t tell me you went “there”
(she says this accusingly)
herself) Sacred Heart of Jesus, you don’t mean Fairy
Jane starts to cry and nods her head.
Oh my God, my God, what are we gonna
Sister Mary Agnes:
Hang on girls. Let’s not panic. Helen, what do you want
We gotta go out to Fairy Island and
get ‘em before it is too late. (Sense of urgency in
her voice) Ann Marie, get the crucifix off the wall.
This has happened before, the old people say the only
way to get him back is to pray and hold up the crucifix.
Oh, for God’s sake, will ya give up
with the fairy tales!
Oh Agnes, thank God and the Blessed
Virgin that you’re here. Michael is out in the woodshed.
Will you go tell him something has happened to Junior?
Ann Marie comes back with the
crucifix, Mother grabs it and turns to her other
Philomena, stay in the house. Don’t
stir out till I gets back. Watch that bread don’t burn.
Beulah, Ann Marie, you come with me. Stay right behind
me and do exactly what I tells you!
He never even put any bread in his
pocket. I am always telling him to make sure that he has
breadcrumbs in his pocket.
(Mom, Beulah and Ann Marie rush out
(Sister Mary Agnes puts her arm
around Jane, who is sniveling with fright)
Sister Mary Agnes:
Come on, my child, I’ll go speak to
Mr. Michael and then I’ll walk you over to your house.
It’s been a few years since I saw your mother.
(Sister Mary Agnes and Jane walk
towards SR. Sister Mary Agnes has her arm around Jane’s
(sobbing) Oh, I hope nothing bad has happened to
Junior. He’s my very best friend. Like, you know, I
never meant to leave him by himself. I don’t know what
came over me. Its like I blacked out or something. But,
I promise, Sister Mary Agnes, I PROMISE, I’ll never ever
leave him alone again – not for the rest of our lives!
Sister Mary Agnes:
Hush, my dear. It’s not your fault.
Things happen. Sometimes we don’t know why. We just have
to have faith…
(They exit SR) Philomena is left
alone to look after the house.
GREEN CLOTHS:Elaine SL covers rocker
and Jr Chair. Heather and Tina cover tables, sideboard.
Act 1, Scene 3
Outdoors. Junior is on the fairy side
of the wall…
Mom, Ann Marie and Beulah, yelling for Junior.
Then… They see the fairy wall, music,
crucifix in her left hand, high above her head)
Hail Mary, Full of Grace, pray for us sinners! Junior,
leave that place right now and come to me! Sacred Heart
of Jesus, deliver him. Junior, this is your Mother!
I can’t believe what I am seeing.
Oh, Mom, look, what’s that wall? (looks towards the
audience) It’s beautiful, like rainbow glass!
Hail Mary, Blessed Virgin, make them let go of my son!
Away fairies, release him!
That music, it’s beautiful, like
something from a dream. I need to get closer.
Ann Marie, don’t listen to that fairy
music! Put your fingers in your ears now or they’ll get
you, too, just like Junior!
Kneel! Kneel down!
Annemarie and Beulah kneel, Mom
stands behind them and they say the “Our Father” slowly
building with urgency)
Junior comes out backwards SL. He has
a circle of leaves over his salt and pepper cap..…
Take this Crucifix and hang onto it for dear life.(gives
it to Beulah) Junior, my God, Junior.
(Annemarie drifts towards the wall.
Mom pushes her back.)
Get that wicked thing off your head.(hauls
off the leaves) Put your back against mine, Ann
Marie. Mom and Junior will lead the way home and I’ll
keep facing the wall and keep that crucifix between them
They go offstage: Junior
first, Mom behind with a good grip on him,
Annemarie, Beulah, backwards, with crucifix
Lights down, fairy music fades
Act 1, Scene 4
Kitchen. Junior is sitting,
looking dazed, Jane is on the floor at his feet,
Mom stands behind him. Philomena and
Beulah sit at table. Dad stands near her.
Oh, Junior, I saw them coming up the garden with you and
I just had to come on over! Junior, where’d you
go? I got some fright!
Annemarie, get him upstairs and make him take off them
clothes and give ‘em to your father as fast as you can.
(goes to SR) Michael, then you burn
them clothes, every stitch that boy’s wearing. We’ll
find Sister Mary Agnes. Where’d she go, anyway?
She’s over at my house having a cuppa tea with my Mom. I
run over and get her.
exit Jane SR.
(Junior and Annemarier leave, stage
For the love of God,(stands up)
I’ll go light the damn stove. There’s six parts to a
stove, you know - Lifter leg and poker…damper hole and
scraper. Fairies! What nonsense!
(Michael leaves, stage right)
Will ya all stop talking about the
music and those foolish fairies. What happened out
there? Do not tell me that you got caught up in that
superstition again. Dad’s thinks you’re all cracked! And
so do I!
Shut your mouth, Phil. Tis all bad
(sits in rocker)
Your Nanny told me that a
young girl disappeared years ago when your Father was a
boy. Now he says he can’t remember anything about it. I
sometimes wonder if he is in denial. After all, he’s not
saying it’s foolishness to burn the clothes.
(gets up, clears table)
Now give it up, Mudder!
You and Dad have a good marriage. Daddy has stood beside
you through the birth of all of us. He loves us all and
I know he loves you. When Junior came along, that was
it! We realized how much he wanted a son. It is probably
the same for every father.
Ann Marie enters
Mom, I have to tell you there is
something wrong with Junior. I don’t think he can speak
anymore, (Ann Marie is struggling to get her words
out) and…and… there is something else, his eyes,
there is no color left in them.
Mom, for God’s sake, what’s wrong
with him? Don’t you think I should be getting a doctor
instead of waiting for Sister Mary Agnes?
We have to have a holy person; a doctor can’t help us
now! God and the Blessed Virgin got him back. Now the
rest is up to us.
Enter Sister Mary Agnes.
Sister Mary Agnes:
Jane said to come quick. She said The
fairies took Junior but you prayed and got him back.
Well done, Helen! Your faith is strong. Sacred Heart of
Jesus and his Holy Mother is helping you.
Agnes! Thank God you’re here! Help us please! This is
where I need your strength and your prayers.
Helen and Agnes sit – rocker, Jr’s
chair – hold hands and pray together in a low voice.
(beckons to Ann Marie) Now, don’t
speak a word of this to anyone. Understand?
For once we agree on some part of this fairy rubbish,
Beulah. For God sakes don’t go talking about this
outside the house.
Lights go down
Act 1, Scene 5
Lights back up. Beulah is at
sideboard. Michael, Philomena, Annemarie sitting
at table. Sister Mary Agnes in rocker. Junior
is asleep in the chair… nightmares, Mom is trying
to wake him up..
Junior, wake up, you are having a bad dream. Sacred
Heart of Jesus! I can’t wake Junior!! Sister Mary Agnes,
let’s put a drop of Holy Water on him. There it is,
there on the table.
pretends to take it and drink it,
Helen grabs it ,gives it to Sister Mary Agnes,
who shakes it on Junior. Junior wakes up and
(wakes up sputtering, wiping the holy water off his
face) What’s goin’ on? What are ya all doin’ here.
What are you shakin’ on me, Mom?
back his hair) we brought you home, Junior, you are
safe. Take your time now, and tell us what happened to
Me and Jane went for a walk over across the sandbar.
Jane said there was no harm in us going over there. It
was such a nice day and all that. I found this good spot
– see? – between two rocks, for us to sit down for
awhile. I dunno what was wrong with Jane –she, like,
dozed off or something. Then I saw this wall. It was
Ann Marie: (interrupting)…like
I reached out and touched it and my arm went right on in
through. Then, somehow, I was inside. I forgot all about
(He looks sheepishly at Jane)
I didn’t mean to go in. Honestly! But on the other
side of that wall it was something else! No where in
Newfoundland is it that nice and warm and beautiful.
(leaning forward excitedly)
And then what happened?
Tell me what you saw! Did
you see any fairies? What did they look like?
(looks stern and angry) ANNEMARIE!! SIT!
There was a party going on or
something. They had music and dances and laughing and
talking! They were having a feast. The tables were piled
with food like I never saw before. And the clothes they
were wearing! (he shakes his head) I don’t even
know if I can describe them, they were so beautiful.
(He looks at the sisters, with his old Junior-grin)
You girls would sure like to have clothes like that.
(Junior stops talking. His gaze is
fixed somewhere mid point and his mind is back there
with the fairies)
There is this girl, with long hair, like gold, and she
offers me this big cake – all for myself. Oh my…………..(once
more, words fail him)
turns away, shaking his head. He is having a hard time
dealing with the fact that his only son is gone cookoo
Junior it's all in your mind boy...
.There’s no fairies out there. I’ve been out there a
thousand times and I never saw one.
Then you called, Mom. My God, Mom,
you really scared these nice people, shouting and
praying in such a loud voice. They liked me and I wanted
to stay with them for a bit. I thought I had myself a
feast, but – no - they wouldn’t let me take anything
with me. One of them grabbed me and pushed me back out
through the wall. I really, really wanted to stay.
walks to SR, very agitated and upset.
Junior: Why oh why couldn’t
you just leave me alone? Everything is so bright there.
The sky is more bluer. The grass is more greener. And
the food looks different from ours. It got more colour
Tell me the truth now, Junior. Did you eat anything
while you were in the faerie world? Anything at all?
(Junior looks at her with those
silver eyes. Tears spill out and run down his cheeks. He
looks sad and miserable. He nods.)
Yeh. I spose I did eat a bit of that nice cake. I only
There you are! He ate the something! That’s it! That’s
it! Junior will never again be entirely in this world. A
part of Junior will always belong with the fairies!
Crosses stage to Junior
(Loudly, with emphasis) YOU - ARE - NOT –
SUPPOSED – TO – EAT – THEIR – FOOD.
Every fifty years or so, someone
disappears on Faerie Island. Sometimes, with prayer,
they come back. Most times, they do not. The old folks
have their own ideas about the fairies. Putting bread in
your pocket to appease them is one. Another is burning
the clothes of those that make it back. The important
one is about tasting faerie food. If you eat anything in
the faerie world, you are lost forever!
Mom, will you tell me why you burned his clothes? And
why would fairies want our plain old bread when they
have all the wonderful food that Junior told us about?
(goes to rocker) I really can’t tell you the
reasons, Ann Marie. It’s got to do with faerie magic
contaminating the clothes and apparently our bread is
real and their pretty, colorful bread is not real. They
try and capture humans every now and then to mix our
warm blood with theirs. Prayers seem to work in getting
a captured person back
That doesn’t mean that fairies are
evil. No one knows for sure if they are evil or real, or
Dad and Philomena:
We KNOWS they’re not real!!!!
exits SR with clothesbasket under her arm.
Your great-grandmother and your grandmother told me and
someone told them and I have to tell you. It goes on
from generation to generation. No one knows if all these
things work or even if the stories are true, but we have
to try. Even though I believe in God and the Blessed
Virgin, I also have to remember the old ways!
Sister Mary Agnes:
yes, Helen, remember how they would
worry about us, if we went berypicking? My dear, our
mother had us loaded down with so many medals and
charms, that we could hardly walk! (laughs)
That’s enough! That’s enough! The boy needs to stop this
talk and rest. Someone turn on the radio for him.
For God’s sake Michael, what’s wrong with ya? You got no
patience and you’ve been crooked all week since we
(stands up) Rescued Junior? Rescued from what?
The boy didn’t need rescuing, its all in your head –
look at this place, it is like a friggin shrine in here,
enough to drive ya nuts!
Why don’t you just give in and go see poor old Mrs. Abe
Barker over in the cove. You were with her young girl
Bridie when she went missing years ago. They got her
back with prayer
Prayer, my arse, I knows nuttin about it; I’ve had
enough of this fairy foolishness.
Sister Mary Agnes:
Michael, Helen. Please. Don’t let
this come between you. You need to be strong together
for the sake of your children
throws up his hands in disgust and storms away.
Sister Mary Agnes:
Why did you suggest that to him
Helen? You know there was always some things kept quiet
about that time. I remember Mother would always shush us
whenever we asked.
Because, Agnes, I think Michael has blocked it from his
mind for all these years. It is what makes him so stern
and harsh. If we could get him to open up to the idea,
it would help him realize what Junior has facing him.
Sister Mary Agnes:
Ah, Helen, nothing changes in this
place. I’ve been all over the world; I’ve witnessed many
things; worked with cardinals and bishops…..yet when I
return to this little place it is like time has stood
still. You know, I think there’s too much Irish in all
Act 2, Scene 1
Home of Mrs. Abe Barker:
Tablecloth gets changed, flip charts with paintings,
bottle of rum and glass, lights up. Mrs. Abe at the
table – Michael knocks on the door.
Michael, my son, come in, come in.
Sit down and have a drop of rum.
(sitting down and sipping rum)
Mrs. Abe, it’s been a long time, girl. You know how it
Yes, b’y, news travels. I heard about
your little boy. I spose thats why you might be here.
Michael nods and has another swallow
Before we talk, have a look.
My God Mrs., you’re some handy wit a
Wait now, me son.
Mrs. Abe (yells
out to Bridie) Bridie,
look who’s come to visit.
My God, how can it be? You haven’t
aged one bit.
remember the rainbow glass? And we heard that music? I
wanted to go closer and I did too, didn’t I Mikey?
Bridie walks up to Michael and
touches his face and says
That’s okay, Mikey.
Bridie wanders offstage
Mrs. Abe: Do
you remember, Michael?
I remember that day. Tell me what happened after.
When you came running in to your
Mother and told her that Bridie had gone into the wall,
your Mother summoned everyone she could. We all traipsed
out there, armed with our crucifixes and prayer beads.
The older folk had been through it before.
This thing goes back hundreds of
years. It was a night and day vigil. Some would go home
and others would take their place. There was constant
prayer. It took a week, Michael. The wall stayed visible
to everyone. We were all scared it would disappear
before we got her out. But it never did. Once day, out
popped Bridie. Just like that.
(Mrs. Abe heaves a deep sigh)
I have cared for her ever since. Her
poor father was worn down by it. Pneumonia took him one
winter, leaving just Bridie and me. She would never eat
if I didn’t coax her. She says that food got no taste.
At first, she was desperate to go back on the island.
That’s why we moved away.
Those paintings are what she says she
saw while she was gone. She says she has nothing else,
only her paintings, to remember it by. Maybe your boy
isn’t as bad as Bridie, seeing as he wasn’t gone for so
long. (She sits there ,shoulders bowed, an old woman
with a heavy burden) I don’t know, Michael. It’s too
strange for me. All I can do is care for her. I wonder
what will happen when I’m gone, too.
I don’t know missus, I am starting to wonder the same
Act 2, Scene 2
(Glenn is Junior, wearing a coat
and has the same hat as young Junior. Annemarie
sits at kitchen table, playing solitaire. Junior comes
in. He is slightly drunk. Has a beer bottle in his hand)
Hey there Junior. How come you’re
home so early?
Ah, Jane and them are gone to the
dance up in the Parish Hall, I couldn’t be bothered. (throws
his coat on Jr’s chair, sits at the table with
Junior, b’y, you needs to get out
more. Go to a dance, why don’t ya? Get yourself a
girlfriend. (Scoops up the solitaire game and puts
away the deck) You know what I think? I think you
compare every girl with that fairy girl you saw when you
were fifteen. You got to forget that, my love. That’s
only going to drive you crazy.
(gets up, picks up coat,
muttering) ……..Speaking of driving you crazy……
Junior, Remember the time the fairies
took you when you were fifteen?
Yes, I remember it, Annemarie. I’ll never forget it. I
wish to God it hadn’t happened. I keep seeing the girl
that gave me the cake. She looks just as young and
beautiful as she did twenty years ago. I dream about
her. She tells me to come back and promises that life
would be happier for me in her world. I really believe
that is where I belong.
I feel empty and sad inside me all the time. No matter
how much I drink and party, it never goes away.
(Takes a deep swig of his beer
bottle) I walked out there
once, you know – when I was loaded drunk.(sits)
Jesus, Mary and Joseph,
Junior! You never did!
(holds his beer bottle up to the light and gazed
through the glass of it, as if he is seeing it all
again) I stood on the sand for a long time – perhaps
an hour. Faintly, I could hear the music but the wall
never appeared. Somehow, I knew that if I took one step
onto that island, the wall would come. I almost did, but
I thought of Mom, and I knew I could not cause her any
more grief. Perhaps one day, if she’s gone before me, I
will do it.
(Junior drops the beer bottle, puts
his elbows on the table, and sinks his head into his
hands. Annemarie puts her hand on his shoulder.)
Junior b’y, I believe you, I seen it too, but we gotta
live in this world.
Act 2, Scene 3
Kitchen. Philomena at
sideboard with spuds, Beulah at table. Jane
sits on floor.
Our only little brother, grown to be a man, yet still
yearning after something that I never believed was real.
Ann Marie still swears she saw the fairy wall.
Well, he’s not short on girlfriends; girls say he is
cute, even if his eyes are a bit disturbing, I think
they are kind of mysterious.
Our poor brother can’t seem to settle on any particular
girl. But what about Ann Marie’s new friend Jennifer?
She’s carefree and funny, she’s a great bit of fun, and
I’d give anything to have that head of beautiful blond
(get up) If you ask me, there is something
strange about her. Junior needs someone more grounded,
besides, she’s got fat ankles!!
Well, I think that Jennifer is the
best thing since sliced bread. Junior has had so many
miserable, unhappy years.
It’s time that he straightened up and got himself a good
he’s got himself a good woman, if he’d only notice
Act 2, Scene 4
Annemarie and Jennifer are sitting on blanket)
Annemarie, I’m so glad we have become friends. Being new
to this town, I never knew anyone. I was so lonely. But
now, since meeting you and being included with you and
your friends, I’m not lonely anymore.
I’m glad too, Jennifer. You’re different from the other
girls. All they talk about is clothes, and movie stars,
and makeup. You seem to see the magic in everything. You
love flowers, sunsets, birds, and music. Things I never
really thought about before.
(brushing her hair) You know, sometimes I feel
like I’m from another world or something.(sighs)
I’ve been this way for as long as I can remember. I
don’t know what’s wrong with me. (pins up her hair)
Junior enters SL. He sees his
sister sitting with someone. From behind, her hair
reminds him of the fairy girl. He stops. He can’t
believe what he sees. He puts his hands over his eyes
for a moment, takes them away, and realizes that he’s
(turns and sees Junior) Oh Junior, there you are!
Come over and meet my new friend Jennifer.
The girls stand up.
Jennifer turns. Their eyes meet.
Junior is confused. Jennifer pauses. Some part of each
recognizes the other..
(holds out her hand) Hi Junior. Annemarie talks
about you all the time.
Junior : (takes
Jennifer. Are you sure we
haven’t met before? You remind me of someone.
Er…er…nothing. Where did you say you came from?
Oh, I just moved here, from…from….. (Turns away,
Perhaps you’d like to go to the dance tonight.
Well! Finally! Say yes, Jennifer.
I’ll say yes, alright.
Junior has a different shirt.
Act 2, Scene 5
Rum bottle. Two glasses. Dad and
Junior are sitting together, having a drink.
Dad, b’y, tis not very often that you and me gets the
place to ourselves without all the women around.
Yes, Junior, my son, I don’t know where time goes, I
don’t. Seems like only yesterday me and your mother had
babies crawling around the house.
Maybe there will be more babies soon, Dad. You’ll have
grandchildren someday. (takes a large gulp of rum)
Dad, I know you’ve worried about me
ever since that time out on the island. But now, I wants
to tell ya that I’ve met a girl.
Michael lays downs his drink, gets up
from the table, clutching his left arm. His face is all
Dad? What’s wrong?
dunno…..my arm feels funny and I’m sweatin’ like a
bull…can’t get a deep breath…
(jumping up) Here sit down. Sit down. Have
another sip of rum. (Makes him sit) You all
his face with his handkerchief) Yeah. I’m okay now.
Must be something I ate. (Junior hovers over him,
worried) I said, I’m okay now. Leave me alone. I’m
okay. Gas, that’s all…….(swallows some rum. Smacks
his lips) Now the, tell me about this girl. I knew
you’d turn out okay.
Props: Cooking Pot, Teapot, mugs,
carnation milk can, sugar basin purity biscuits,
Act 2, Scene 6
Helen in rocker, Sister Mary Agnes sits
left of table, Annemarie on floor with head in
Mom’s lap, Beulah behind Mom,
Philomena doing a slow pace SL, Junior SR by
Dad can’t be dead. He can’t! He was fine just this
morning! He went off through that door to the sawmill,
with his lunchbox in his hand, waving good-bye. Now
they’re saying he dropped dead of a heart attack? That’s
impossible. He just can’t do that! He can’t leave us!
(Starts crying) Oh Daddy!
is tear-filled. Moves across SL, towards Annemarie)
Hush, Annemarie. Hush! You’re only upsetting mom even
more. People die all the time. It is just a new thing
for us, that’s all. I know it’s hard but be strong. Be
strong. (suddenly sits, as if her legs can’t hold her
(crying too) Our Dad is with the angels now. I
know he’s watching over us, wherever he is.
(sadly) Me and Dad never did have much fun
together – except for when we went duck huntin’. I got
no one to go shootin’ ducks with now.
(crying, wiping her eyes with a tissue. Blows her
nose) Oh Michael. I wish I could’ve had a chance to
I cooked your breakfast – like I do every morning – fish
and brewis with lots of fat pork scruncheons – and you
went off through the door,(gets up, moving towards
SL) saying, “can’t wait to have the salt meat and
cabbage for supper tonight.”
(Junior touches her shoulder. She
shrugs him off.) There it
is there in the pot, look. (Wails) You’ll never
eat it now!
Sister Mary Agnes:
Why don’t we say the prayer for departed souls together?
(puts arm around Helen, heads her to the rocker)
(Philomena rises and walks SL. She wants nothing to do
Sister Mary Agnes and Helen:
Hail, holy Queen, Mother of Mercy; our life, our
sweetness, and our hope.
To thee do we cry, poor banished children of Eve; to
thee do we send up our sighs, mourning and weeping in
this valley of tears.
(Philomena has a change of heart and kneels, blessing
Eternal rest grant to him, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon him. May the soul of
your faithfully departed servant, Michael through mercy
of God, rest in peace. Amen.
Make changes for Mrs. Abe’s kitchen:
Different table cloth
Act 2, Scene 7
Mrs. Abe’s house. Same props. Sister
Mary Agnes comes to visit.
Sister Mary Agnes! Nice to see you again after so many
Sister Mary Agnes:
(reaches out and hugs Mrs. Abe) Martha, Martha.
Oh my, no one has called me Martha in years and years.
It is always Mrs. Abe this and Mrs. Abe that. I’ve
totally forgotten who I am anymore. Come in. Come in and
Sister Mary Agnes:
I’m sorry Martha but you were always
Martha to me. (looks around)
Where did you get all the lovely
They’re Bridie’s, Agnes. You remember she was taken that
time. It was just before you left for the convent.
Sister Mary Agnes:
Yes, I do remember. We did a lot of
praying that time. I sometimes think it was what swayed
me towards my decision to dedicate my life to the
Church. I was so unsure for so long……….
(sits at table)
and…….did you ever regret your decision?
Sister Mary Agnes:
(sighs) Well, no(sits at table)…...and
yes. It was a very fulfilling vocation – not easy, mind
you. I especially resented having a shaved head. Itch!
My dear, there was times that I wanted to rip off that
veil and just scratch!
I got used to it after awhile. Just like I got used to
having no husband, no children, but I had the the
Church. I have university degrees, I have worked at the
Vatican, I have traveled to distant lands, but…….
(Stops. Walks over to the paintings)
There’s many mysteries in
the world, Martha. This….. (gestures to the
paintings) this thing that Bridie and Junior have
experienced is only one of them.
(shaking her head) That still doesn’t make it any
Sister Mary Agnes:
I know. I know. (walks around restlessly)
Sister Mary Agnes:
Martha……or Mrs. Abe, if you want……….I’ve made a
decision. I’m not going back. I’m leaving the convent.
(stands up. She is shocked)
What, Agnes?(goes to her) Do you realize what
you’re saying? Why? Why?
Sister Mary Agnes: Because there’s
work here for me, Martha. Let someone else take care of
the people of the world. I’m going to take care of my
own people! Helen and Junior need me. Michael is not
here for them now. I’ll get to the bottom of this fairy
business. By hook or by crook.
Removes her veil slowly, and stands
looking at it.
………….are you sure, Agnes?
(still looking at the veil in her hand) I’m
Scene ends…….lights down.
Act 2, Scene 8
(Kitchen. Mom and Junior are
sitting at the table, discussing who should get Dad’s
clothes, his gun, tools, etc.
Oh my, I can’t bear to think packing away all his
things! I wants you to have it, Junior.
Yes, mom, I know. When me and Jennifer gets a place of
our own, I’ll put it all there. You knows I’m not much
of a hand with tools, even though I try. And his capelin
net! No one could swing that out over the water like
Dad! He taught me how to do that. He always said his gun
was mine when he was dead. Oh my, the ducks he shot with
Enter Annemarie, Philomena, Beulah,
who has a small book in her hands. Annemarie goes
to sit at table, Beulah stands behind her,
Philomena goes to Mom and Junior.
Mom, Junior, we found something…... (pauses)
We were getting Daddy’s good suit ready for the funeral
and we found it in his inside pocket………
It’s a journal. In Dad’s handwriting.
Dad kept a journal and we never knew………
Sacred Heart of Jesus……… (Raises her eyes to Heaven)
Michael, old man, how many more surprises are you
going to lay on me?
Mom listen to this. Dad wrote this! “I decided to
write down some of my thoughts. I’m not a very good
writer, but here goes. It hasn’t been a bad life, with
Helen by my side. I don’t care what you say, you can
have all the money and fame in the world, but without
the love of a good woman, you might as well be as poor
as a church mouse.
Me and Helen are pretty good
together, you know. A little house, three beautiful
girls, all grown now, and doing quite well for
themselves, thank you very much!! No sir, not bad at
all. That’s not to say now it wasn’t a bit tough on the
nerves every now and then. I mean what with those
boyfriends, and crushes and broken hearts, and
engagements …well, let’s just say it’s a good bloody
thing that Helen was around!”
(Beulah is, sobbing) Oh
Daddy……we always wanted to make you proud.
(Taking the book) Let me read some, Beulah.
“And then, of course, (gets up,
goes to Junior. Junior stands up. Annemarie hugs him)
there’s Junior. Poor old Junior. My only boy. Never
been quite the same since that time when he was fifteen
years old. Helen and Beulah thinks the fairies took him.
Fairies! I got a hard time gettin’ my head around
(Philomena gets up)
Helen nagged me to pay Mrs. Abe
Barker a visit. I knew I had to do that to ease me mind.
It took me a few days to get up the gumption to go over
to the next cove to see old Mrs. Abe and her daughter
Bridie. When I see Bridie, same age as me – with no grey
hair, smooth young skin, I was frightened to death.(Annemarie
sits on floor) Frightened to death! I needed a few
belts of Lamb’s Rum to keep me straight. Sweet adorable
Jesus…….but her eyes were just like Junior’s.”
(crying uncontrollably) Ohhh, poor Daddy………
(taking the book) Okay……… My turn now.
my mind started spiraling out of control and it took me
to a time and a place long ago, when Bridie and I were
young, that I thought I had put away forever, out at
that little island.
Like Junior, we saw a rainbow wall,
where, we knew none had stood before.
We were just kids, you know, carrying
on, daring each other to go in. I’ll swear to this day
on a stack of bibles that it was just an accident, but I
pushed her a bit too hard and in she went. Right through
the wall, it seemed to me. The only thing I remember
after that is running back to get Mrs. Abe and to
explain,(beat) as best I could at the time, what
It was an accident, just an
accident. Mrs. Abe told me after that it took a week(stands
up goes SR) before they found Bridie wandering
around in the bush on the island, barely able to utter a
word you could understand.
(goes to Junior. Junior stands up)
Junior, my son, I’ve never told you any of this and
looking back, I suspect if I did, it might have bridged
the gap between us.”
(she passes the book to Junior)
I can’t read anymore. Here, Junior. You have a go.
Boy! Who would have thought that Dad was such a writer!
(starts to read) “I provided
for Helen and the youngsters the best way I knew how. I
put a warm and dry roof over their head, food on the
table. An ordinary working man like me doesn’t go around
telling people his young fella was taken by the fairies.
(Beulah gets up. Goes to Junior. She
also tries to hold Philomena’s hand. Philomena pulls
away and gets up SL)
Sure, the boys down at the
lumberyard would have said I was cracked. I love Junior
like any father would love his son. I’m not sure if he
fully realizes that. I should have helped him more…….”
That’s all he got written Mom. Poor
Dad, tis never gonna be the same around here without
Dad. (Passes the book to Helen) I guess you had
better keep this yourself, Mom.
2, Scene 9
Outdoors. Sister Mary Agnes
and Jennifer are onstage.
Sister Mary Agnes……
Just Agnes now……..
…….. thank you so much for taking this little stroll
with me. I need someone to give me a clear, unbiased
opinion. Even though you’re part of Junior’s family,
you’ve been away for a long time and you are able to
view all this with less emotion.
What is it, Jennifer? I have been watching you with the
family. It’s like something is holding you back. You
seem to be unable to give freely of yourself. Why is
Yes! That is exactly what I want to
talk about! Junior and I have become close…but……I’m not
Not sure? Not sure about what, Jennifer?
Well…….I’m not sure about our relationship. He hasn’t
said it exactly, but I think that it is in his mind for
us to be married.
And would that not be a good thing?
Sister Mary Agnes, I have to tell you the truth. I don’t
feel as though I belong here. I love you all…..but….I
want to be somewhere else…………….and I don’t even know
where that somewhere is!!
Jennifer, you are aware of the incident in
Junior’s younger years, where he disappeared. Did you
know that his mother got him back through the
intersession of God and the Blessed Virgin?
Well, everyone makes reference to it
every now and then, but I never ever got the whole
story. You say he disappeared. Where? Where did he go?
(slowly) there’s some that say he went into the
Fairy World, my dear.
(becomes agitated) What? What? How crazy is that?
There’s no such thing! No such thing!
Why does that upset you exactly, Jennifer?
(pacing back and forth) I don’t know. I don’t
know. It was, like, when you said it……when you said
Fairy World..…a sharp pain struck my heart. (sits
abruptly) Where is it? Where is this Fairy World that
you’re talking about?
My child, perhaps you need to ask Junior………
Same props - outdoors
Act 2, Scene 10
Scene opens outdoors. Jennifer and
Junior are together. They are sitting on the bench.
Junior has his arm around Jennifer. They appear very
lovey-dovey. Jennifer gently touches Junior’s cheek.
From the bushes, unknown to them,
Jane is listening, SR. She is so jealous and angry.
Jennifer, something happens to me
when I am close to you. It is hard for me to explain,
but I can close my eyes and a memory comes back to me. I
feel like it has haunted me for a long time and now, for
some reason, it fills me with a kind of peace – almost
like coming home. I wonder, is this what love feels
like? I never felt it before. All I know I don’t want
this feeling to stop. Do you feel the same way,
Jennifer? Does any of this even make sense to you?
JENNIFER: Oh, Junior. It
makes more sense than you will ever know. The feeling
that you have - I have it too…when I close my eyes, I
see beautiful people, dancing, celebrating. And the
colors - they are the most vivid colors I have ever
seen! Everyone is smiling, laughing…and I want us to be
a part of that…I want to share that with you. You are
the kind of man I have always wanted. I think a person’s
eyes are windows to their soul and you have a beautiful
shining soul.(gets up, walks) Oh Junior…..if only
we could go away from here…..somewhere far, far
away……..I know of so many beautiful places. You and I
could go together……..
(gets up SL)
Yeah…. speaking of
that….what secrets are you keeping. Aren’t lovers
supposed to be open and honest with each other? You
won’t even tell me where you’re from…… Well, I would
like to know more …..if you love me enough, you’d tell
Well, darling, you haven’t
been completely open with me either. Your sisters say
you had a weird incident happen to you when you were
young. What’s up with that?
rather not talk about that.
My love, (takes Junior’s hands)
you HAVE to talk about it. Open and honest, remember.
Here’s a bargain: if you will tell me about that, I
might tell you more about me. (hugs him)
Jane can’t take anymore. She runs
out. Junior and Jennifer are shocked to see her.
(yelling, pushing Jennifer)
leave him alone, you witch!
Jane, what are ya’ going on with? You and me have been
buddies all our lives. I care about you too. And
Jennifer likes you. She even said so. (Turning to
Jennifer) Didn’t you Jennifer?
(getting up from bench, walking away offstage) I
think you need to work this out yourselves Junior. I’ll
talk to you…. later….
Exit Jennifer SL
Junior, what are you doing?
What do you mean, what am I doing? What are YOU doing?
Coming in here like a savage, spying on me and Jennifer.
What’s gotten into you lately?
It’s you and that Jennifer that’s getting into me
What in god’s name are ya’ going on with?
I just can’t stand aside and watch this happen to you
all over again…
… all over again…?
Junior, (takes him to the bench and sits) ever
since that day, you know, when you and me were on the
island, and you got taken by the faeries while… I….
Well, I’ve wanted so bad to have the old Junior back.
You see, if I hadn’t fallen asleep,
if I hadn’t left you alone, maybe all this wouldn’t have
happened. I’ve tried so hard to be there for you ever
since, to take care of you through all your troubles.
We’ve went to dances, we’ve went
fishing, we even went duck huntin’ after your father
passed on…. Just regular stuff Junior. I’ve just
been tryin to bring you back to reality, back to this
world. (Junior rises. Walks to SR)
After all you’ve been through, and
how far you’ve come, I just feel like this Jennifer girl
is hauling you back into a dream world again.
(Junior comes back and sits down)
I dunno Junior, there’s just something about her…I can’t
quite put my finger on it…
(takes Jane’s right hand in both of his. Kisses her
hand.) Jane, you’ve always been there for me, you’re
my best buddy... I don’t blame you for what happened…
But, (puts Jane’s hand back) I’m with Jennifer
now, and I think things are gonna be ok. She is amazing.
Don’t you see that? (Junior stands up)
up too, shaking her head) I can see clearly Junior,
its you that needs to open your eyes… those beautiful
eyes…. (Approaches Junior, places hand on face, sways
towards him, as though to kiss him. Junior pushes her
(backing away) Let’s just pretend this never
Scene ends…lights down.
Act 2, Scene 11
Anne Marie, Junior,
Kitchen. Junior has a beer bottle.
(pacing) Where could Jennifer
have gone? The last time I seen her was the other day
when Jane stormed in on us and…. Never mind… I just
don’t know what happened. She never said goodbye. It’s
just like she… vanished off the face of the earth.
Hold on, slow down Junior.(takes beer bottle from
him) Did you have a fight with Jane or Jennifer or
something? I know that you and Jane have always
been very close.
Yeah a little too close …..(pauses)… did you ever
think Jane was jealous of Jennifer?
Well, Philomena and Beulah said something of the like,(Junior
sits) but I never really thought much about it.
Well, me neither, but then again, you know me, always
got my head in the clouds. She tried to kiss me you
Oh… oh my… in front of Jennifer?
No, she frightened Jennifer away first.
Well, how you feel about Jane?
I think a lot about Jane, she’s always been there for
me, like you Annemarie, Jane is just like another
sister. But Jennifer is different. You know how I’ve
always tried to explain to you what it was like on
Faerie Island? Well, Jennifer makes me feel the same
way. (pauses) I dunno, it’s hard to explain.
It’s okay Junior, I understand.
I dunno Annemarie, I just can’t take anymore of this
waiting around and not doing anything. It seems like my
whole life is one thing after another, but nothing ever
seems to work out. Then Jennifer comes along, and the
world starts to make sense to me again, and now she is
gone too. I’m gonna take control of things for once, I’m
gonna march out there and find her, and I’m not coming
back until I do.
Junior grabs his coat and starts to
put it on. Annemarie hurries over to him.
Junior wait, just be careful….(she
helps him button his coat) I’ll wait up for you
until you get home.
Junior exits. SR. Annemarie busies
herself folding a blanket.
Knock at door
Junior? (hurries towards door)
No it’s just me, Annemarie, I wanted to talk to Junior.
But he just barged on past me in the lane. Do you know
where he’s gone?
He flew off the head, he went looking for Jennifer, but
something tells me, he’s not gonna find her. She just
disappeared. I’m afraid if Junior doesn’t find her, he
might go back out to the island…
Oh no, what have I done, this is all my fault. I need to
go find him before it’s too late.
2, Scene 12
Outdoors. Junior, alone on the
Enter Jane, looking for
Junior, finds him
Oh Junior, thank god you’re here. I thought I’d never
see you again. I’m so sorry, c’mon, lets get out of
here, you need to go home. (nervously)
I’m not going home; I’m never going home again if I can
help it. This is my home. I’ve never been happy since I
left here anyway. Now that Jennifer is gone, this is all
Junior, you still have me……(walks SR)
Junior stands up. Makes to follow
Jane. Fairy music starts. Junior looks back over his
shoulder. Sees fairy wall.
Jennifer appears, golden hair down,
her back to Junior. (fairy music, lights)
Wait……wait…. Jennifer? (beat) Is that you?
Golden Girl turns around, revealing
that it is indeed Jennifer, in fairy form; she takes
Junior by the hand
It’s time to come home (smiling)
Exit Junior, Jennifer into the
rainbow wall SL
(running over from SR to Center
Stage) Junior, Junior,
where are you? Junior you’re scaring me. Please come
Oh God Junior, where’d you go? Not
Jane sinks to ground, in a fairy trance, like before
) Fairies dance out………
THE END... lights down.