Great Expectations by Rocco Natale

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About The Play

Drama. 75-90 minutes. 1-7 females, 1-5 males (4-8 performers total). Suitable for high school and older.

Great Expectations
was developed at The Newington-Cropsey Art Academy and received staged readings and full productions with TAB Productions, the University of Connecticut and New York University.

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In this adaptation of the classic Dickens' novel, a young orphan boy named Pip is fostered by his sister and her husband, Joe.  Across the marsh comes a mysterious stranger, a convict, who frightens Pip and forces the boy to steal food for him. The convict escapes and Pip thinks no more of the event. In time, Pip is sent to a grand but dilapidated manor house, where a reclusive old woman named Miss Havisham (dressed in the torn wedding gown she wore on the day she was jilted at the altar) wastes away the time with her beautiful adopted daughter, Estella.  Pip falls in love with Estella, who has been taught to be elitist and cruel by her adopted mother. The years go by and though Pip becomes Joe's apprentice, he yearns for a life beyond his reach. Out of the blue, Pip is informed by a lawyer named Jaggers, that he has a secret benefactor who believes in Pip's "great expectations." Pip imagines Miss Havisham has made his fortune.  Indeed, it appears as if she has groomed Pip and Estella for marital bliss...but all is not as it appears. The mysterious convict returns with one startling discovery after another.  In the end, love triumphs in this story which trumpets the will of the human spirit and human heart.

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Did You Know?

Will Coleman wrote and produced his first play at the age of seven, for his second grade class.  It was about Winnie-the-Pooh, and probably broke a lot of copyright laws.