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Cook, Kay K. (American playwright, college professor, 1939-____), “Sweet Maggie Blues,”

a 50-minute comedy in English, set on the Gulf Coast of Texas, U.S.A., 1934,

3f (+ 1 male voiceover);

  •  © 1998 by Kay K. Cook;  •  script/rights available from Kay K. Cook, 997 Three Fountains Drive, Cedar City, Utah 84720, U.S.A., e-mail cook@suu.edu, telephone (home) 435-586-0559, (work) 435-586-7837, fax 435-865-8169.  •  Cited by Kay K. Cook, via ftp September 7, 1999; Cook says,

  § Dramatis Personae Bonnie Parker (f), 24, outlaw partner of Clyde Barrow; Miriam Amanda Ferguson (f),  57, governor of Texas; Amy Turner Kellam, of the Kentucky Turners (f), 20, Texas housewife.

  § Synopsis “Three women—Bonnie Parker (of Bonny and Clyde fame), Miriam Amanda Ferguson (then-governor of Texas), and Amy Turner Kellam ("of the Kentucky Turners," as she explains)—encounter one another on the deserted Texas Gulf Coast. Having never met, these three incredibly disparate personalities first clash, then conspire against one another. As Bonnie’s gun exchanges hands, they realize their common humanity. Barely escaping the Texas Rangers, who are in hot pursuit of Bonnie, the three women jump into Amy’s Model-A and head for New Orleans. In the piano bar Sweet Maggie Blues, where Miriam is in charge, Amy plays the piano, and Bonnie writes the music and sings.

  § Comment “Although the three women are historical figures, they probably never met. This play explores the possibilities of how their lives may have turned out differently if they had met. The one male may read the voiceover parts of two characters who are heard but not seen. The set is minimal. Music is preferred but not necessary.  Rag music of ‘When You and I Were Young, Maggie’ is available from playwright.  •  ‘Sweet Maggie Blues’ was part of the Utah Shakespearean Festival’s New Plays staged readings in 1998. ‘Maggie’ also received a staged reading at Ground Zero Theatre, in Dallas, Texas, summer, 1999.  The audiences in both Utah and Texas responded  enthusiastically. Also, the 4th International Women Playwrights Conference, in Athens, Greece, October, 2000, has accepted ‘Maggie’  for a reading.”  •  “Ferguson, Miriam Amanda (Ma) (1875-1961), U.S. public official, born in Bell County, Tex.; governor of Texas 1925-27, 1933-35; second woman to be governor of a U.S. state; claimed her election was vindication of her husband, James E. Ferguson, governor in 1917, who was impeached and removed from office.”—Compton’s Encyclopedia Online, http://www.optonline.com/comptons/ceo/15458_Q.html, accessed November 23, 1999.  •  “Bonnie Parker, robber, murderer. Born: 10/1/10. Birthplace: Rowena, Texas. Died: 5/23/34. One half of the infamous Bonnie and Clyde duo, Bonnie Parker assisted her partner, Clyde Barrow, in a nationwide crime spree that lasted from 1932 until their deaths in 1934. Already married to an imprisoned murderer, Bonnie met Clyde in West Dallas, Texas in January 1930. The pair combined to commit 13 murders, numerous kidnappings, and several burglaries and robberies. The FBI and other law enforcement agencies engaged in one of the largest manhunts the United States had seen up to that time, capturing national attention. With most of their accomplices already dead or captured, Bonnie and Clyde were ambushed and killed instantly by a posse of lawmen led by Texas Ranger Frank Hamer near Sailes, Bienville Parish, Louisiana, on May 23, 1934. Bonnie and Clyde's legacy of crime is remembered in the movie Bonnie and Clyde (1967), which inspired others, such as Natural Born Killers (1994).”—Information Please, Bonnie Parker, http://cbs.infoplease.com/ipea/A0761944.html, accessed November 23, 1999.

  § Themes 1934, American South, biography, Ferguson (Miriam Amanda Ferguson, governor of Texas [1925-1927, 1933-35], 1875-1961), historical characters, Parker (Bonnie Parker), plays by and about women.

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