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“Arnold, the Dark Eagle”

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Brown, Robert S. (American playwright, retired, 1933-____), “Arnold, the Dark Eagle,” a 50-minute drama in English, set in Arnold's townhouse, London, England, midmorning, 1801,


; • © 1993 by Robert S. Brown; • in Robert S. Brown’s Arnold, the Dark Eagle (Bridgewater, Connecticut, U.S.A.: The Author, 1993) ; • script/rights available from Robert S. Brown, 52 Stackhouse Lane, Bridgewater, Connecticut 06752, U.S.A., e-mail BobBrownActor@aol.com, telephone (home) 860-354-8989. • Cited by Robert S. Brown via ftp December 20, 2003; Brown says,

§ Dramatis Persona Benedict Arnold (m), 60, America's most famous traitor.

§ Synopsis “As Arnold declares in his own words, ‘I beg you to remember that if the British had won, they would have hanged Washington.’ How did Arnold go from America's greatest hero to America's most despised man, a man so despised that for over two hundred years no one has ever named their child Benedict?

§ Comment “The single set, an English drawing room, can be as simple or as complex as the director wishes. The few essential props are minimal. Stage lighting is basic. • Victors write the history books. But what if Arnold finally were able to speak openly, fully? What would he disclose? Here he tells—in real time—his side of the story. Arnold at sixty suffers from asthma, malaria, gout, dropsy, and heart disease. His left leg is shorter than his right—the result of two war wounds. A gentleman, he is gruff in nature. • The play has garned three playwriting awards. • “Arnold defected to the British and received substantial remuneration for his defection. These included pay, land in Canada, pensions for himself, his wife and his children (five surviving from Peggy and three from his first marriage to Margaret) and a military commission as a British Provincial brigadier general. The British provided handsomely for Arnold, but never completely trusted him. He was never given an important military command. They moved to London where he found no job, some admiration and even some contempt. He moved his family to Canada where he reentered the shipping business. The Tories there disliked him and had no use for him, and eventually he returned his family to London. When the fighting began between France and England, he tried again for military service, but to no avail. His shipping ventures eventually failed and he died in 1801, virtually unknown, his wife joining him in death three years later.”—Benedict Arnold, http://www.ushistory.org/valleyforge/served/arnold.html, accessed December 20, 2003. • Research could include the papers of American major-general Benedict Arnold (MS Am 1446) reposited at Houghton Library, Harvard College Library, Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts 02138, U.S.A. • Also, research could include Willard M. Wallace’s Traitorous Hero: the Life and Fortunes of Benedict Arnold (New York: Harper, 1954; Freeport, New York, U.S.A.: Books for Libraries Press, 1970), ISBN 0836953495, LCCN 74117896, 394 pp. • Also, research could include Willard Sterne Randall's Benedict Arnold: Patriot and Traitor (New York: William Morrow, 1990), ISBN 1557100349, 667 pp., the chief source used by Robert S. Brown. • Also, research could include Norbert J. Hruby’s one-act Peggy: The Life and Times of Mrs. Benedict Arnold (Grand Rapids, Michigan, U.S.A.: The Author, 2003); the script/rights are available from Norbert J. Hruby, 245 Briarwood SE, Grand Rapids, Michigan 49506, U.S.A., telephone (home) 616-459-1149, e-mail nordolor@iserv.net. • Robert S. Brown has a B.S. in English, Fordham University, a B.A. in Theatre Arts, WestConn University. His vital statistics an an actor are height 5’ 10”,weight 155, eyes green, hair brown/gray. Acting resume is available upon request; he is an AFTRA member. He has had various roles in films, industrials, printed ads, voiceovers and TV.

§ Themes 1801, American Revolution, Arnold (Benedict Arnold, militia captain and ardent American Revolutionary Patriot turned traitor, buried in the basement crypt of St. Mary’s Battersea Church, London, England, January 14, 1741-June 14, 1801), loyalty, treason.

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