Beggars Did Ride
This farce results from a dream of wishes fulfilled. During the upheaval of the feminist movement of the early 70’s, families, couples and society were still struggling to deal with changing gender roles. Rose and Ernie Carr have a heated late night argument about opportunities for women which Ernie ends by saying, “I wish I could be a woman so I could show them how.” In Rose’s dream, he gets his wish, as do his construction crew brothers, his teenage daughter and others. They all learn to be careful what they wish for.
Rose Carr – late thirties
Ernie Carr – late thirties
Rhonda Carr – their daughter, about fifteen
Mike Kelly – early forties
Gin Kelly – early forties
Gloria Maxswell – middle twenties
Herman Maxswell – middle twenties
Midge Caspar – early thirties
Bill Caspar – early thirties
Howard Rhodes – around sixty-five
Marge Motts – any age over thirty
Rev. Martin Beeler – over thirty
Dr. Ava Foster – early forties
Brick Browning – about sixteen
Becky Wilding – early twenties
(The characters of Brick Browning and Rev. Martin Beeler could be doubled. The characters of Marge Motts and Becky Wilding could be doubled.)
General Costume Directions:
Men changed to women should have well-padded bosoms and hips. Except for Ernie, when meeting Brick, and Bill later in the play, they should be dressed in men’s clothes. Clothes should be big enough so that shirt shoulder seams hang down about 2 inches and the waist of the trousers are too big and are gathered in by a belt that has the end about 3- 4 inches hanging free.
Women changed to men should have heavy shoulder, collar bone and lower rib cage padding and wear sports bras. As males, Gloria wears slacks, turtleneck shirt and blazer and Rhonda wears jeans and shirt and later also slacks, turtleneck and blazer.
Women portraying women should wear dresses.
Men portraying men should wear masculine attire that fits well.
All Sets are suggested by simple furnishings.
The era of the play is the early 70’s during the rise of the feminist movement