THE FORESTERA Stage Play by Roger Ferguson II
a king greedily cuts down trees. by this he brings the wrath of 2 powerful gods
Narrator- opens the play
Pan- half goat half man, god of the forest
Artimis- goddess of the hunt, carries a bow
King- loyal follower of Aires
Queen- wife to the king
Prince- believes his father is always right
Servant- works for the king
Aires- god of war, carries a sword
Athena- goddess of wisdom and war, carries a spear
Zeus- king of the gods
Hera- goddess of marriage, Zeus’s wife
Apollo- god of sun
Aphrodite- goddess of love
Poseidon- god of the sea
Hermes- messenger god
Dionysus- god of wine, always has a cup in hand
Scene 1- A forest
Scene 2- A palace
Scene 4- A forest
Scene 1: in the forest.
Narrator- In a time of magic and myth, gods and goddesses, titans and monsters, a Greek king wages a massive war. Favored by Aires, the god of war, the king is victorious in his conquest. However this war of his requires much wood. Miles of forest fall to his axe. The god of the wilds Pan and goddess of the hunt Artimis are enraged by this.
(Enter Prince, King, and Queen)
Queen- What a lovely day.
King- Yes, thank Apollo, the sun is shining bright today.
Prince- Are these the woods you plan to harvest father?
King- Yes. The men will start chopping them down tonight.
Queen- Such a shame, it is so nice here.
Prince- Mother, you know father needs wood for our war.
Queen- Yes son, I know. Still it is a shame.
King- These woods belong to me, I will do as I please with them!
Queen- What if you anger the gods by cutting down so many trees?
King-(laughs) Hahaha. I am favored by Aires; the gods will do nothing, for he is great. They dare not anger him.
Queen- My husband you must not say such things. Aires is but one god, you should not provoke the others.
Prince- Father is king! He may speak as he pleases. No one dares cross Aires or father, man or god. (Laughs)
Servant- My lord, the General a waits you at the palace.
King- Wonderful! Come son, wife, let us go and meet the General.
(Exit King, Queen, Prince, and Servant)
Pan- That filth! How dare he think to destroy these woods. Already he has hacked down tree after tree. Men need trees to survive, but he goes too far!
Artimis- My brother, let us go and smite this vile king!
Pan- Ah! Dear sister, you have heard of his plan to destroy this forest?
Artimis- Of course and I will not allow it!
Pan- What shall we do?
Artimis- I shall feather this forester between the eyes!
Pan- What of Aires? He favors this king and would bring his wrath on us!
Artimis- silence coward! I fear him not.
Pan- I am no coward! He is war, we are great, but he would destroy us.
Artimis- Let fear rule you then! I shall defend our kingdom!
Pan- I fought the Titians with Zeus, I am god of nature! Do not mistake reason for fear. I will help you slay this dastard, but I think we should do it quickly before Aires hears of our plan.
Artimis- Good! There is the passion, and I agree, we should end him now! Come; let us deal with this king.
(End scene 1)
Scene 2- The Palace.
( In this scene gods and goddesses are not able to be seen or heard by the humans. The humans and gods are always on opposite sides of the stage.)
(Enter king, Queen, and prince)
King- That was a good meeting!
Queen- Yes, the General Seems to have everything well handled
Prince- Of course he does. Father picked him to lead our army himself.
King- I am quite proud of the General. Thank Aires for such a competent man!
(Enter Pan and Airtimes)
Artimis- (with her bow drawn) Now let us end this forester’s blasphemy.
Aires- Lower your bow dear sister. The king is under my protection. Fire and face my wrath!
Artimis- Do not dare talk down to me!
Pan- The king has destroyed miles of our kingdom! He will suffer our wrath.
Aires- Fools! I am Aires; you stand not a chance against me! (Draws swords)
Athena- (spear in hand) Stay your hand!
Aires- You dare interfere, goddess of wisdom?
Athena- Be silent swine! I am not some lesser god you may order about. I am as great as you, and wiser by far.
Aires- Why are you here?
Athena- To stop this. Violence will not fix this. Reason, Logic, and Clear judgment should be our tools. We are civilized after all, let us act it.
Aires- What are you proposing?
Athena- No proposal, by Zeus’s order the three of you
will follow me to
Artimis- I need no one to interfere.
Athena- Sister, I understand your anger, but dare not to defy the pantheon.
Pan- let us follow her, we cannot fight all the gods and goddesses. Calm yourself Artimis, we shall plead our case. They will see us to be right.
Athena- You are wise dear Pan. I am please one of you has retained their wisdom.
(End scene 2)
Scene 3 :
(Zeus, Hera, Apollo, Poseidon, Athena, Hermes, and Dionysus sit in a half circle. Zeus and Hera sit in the center of the half circle. Artimis, Pan, and Aires stand before the gods.)
Zeus- Fellow gods and goddesses, thank you for meeting on such short notice.
Hermes- You are the boss big guy, we can hardly ignore your call.
Zeus- Thank you for that Hermes. We are here to help our comrades solve their quarrel.
Poseidon- What is the conflict?
Athena- Artimis, Pan please tell the court what angers you so.
Hera- Yes dears, what is the matter?
Artimis- Pan and I have dominion over the wilds.
Dionysus- That is true, for you are goddess of the hunt, and he is god of the forests. (Takes drink)
Apollo- Yes, this is known to us. Please continue.
Pan- Humans need wood to survive. We accept this willingly. But this king has chopped down miles of forests!
Hermes- What is the problem though? What do trees matter.
Artimis- They give the world oxygen. They allow us to live! They shield the world from sun and wind, provide homes for creatures. The world needs them to survive.
Pan- And they are part of our kingdom. What if men took all the water from the sea dear Poseidon? Would you not bring down your wrath?
Poseidon- They would not live!
Pan- The woods are our sea.
Poseidon- Your point is valid and well made.
Artimis- We deserve the right to protect and punish! This king must pay.
Zeus- We will see. Aires, if you would speak now.
Aires- As you wish father. The king is my most loyal follower. He is a great leader. He is an awesome fighter. For that I favor him and give my protection.
Apollo- Why does he chop so many trees down?
Aires- His people need wood for fire, housing, and tools. His army needs wood for arrows, boats, catapults, wagons, and so on for his war in my honor.
Hera- Does he honor Pan or Artimis?
Poseidon- Does he give tribute to any gods or goddesses?
Aires- He pays tribute to only me.
Zeus- What do you think dear wife?
Hera- The woods are Pan’s and Artimis’s kingdom. They have the right to protect it.
Apollo- Yes, but the king is a favorite of Aires.
Athena- let us compromise. The king needs wood, Pan and Artimis need their trees. I say make the king plant three trees for every one he cuts down.
Hermes- Clever. They both win then.
Zeus- Do you agree to this Pan, Artimis, Aires?
Pan- Yes, it is acceptable.
Artimis- I will agree.
Aires- sister Athena, your wisdom is undeniable. I will agree.
Zeus- Very well. Aires, Pan, and Artimis, you three tell the king. If he refuses to follow the compromise, he is under Pan’s and Artimis’s mercy.
Aires- He will do it, I will make it clear.
Zeus- Then go now. We are done here.
(End Scene 3)
Scene 4: The forest.
(Enter king, Prince, and Queen.)
King- Were are the men? Why are these trees still here!
Pan- I sent them away king.
King- you…you are the god Pan!
Pan- Yes, and I am unpleased with you.
Artimis- I also am displeased.
Queen- The goddess of the hunt….
Prince- What does it matter if you are pleased or not? Aires favors us!
Aires- Silence fool. I favor your father. You are a spineless imbecile. Speak with respect to the gods.
King-(drops to one knee) My lord, what warrants your visit this day?
Aires- you’re foresting has angered Pan and Artimis. I have saved you from their wrath, but the gods have decried that for every one tree you fell, three must be planted in its place.
King- I will do as you wish lord.
Aires- Do this and you will suffer them not.
Pan- Fail to do this and we will be back.
Artimis- We will keep an eye on you, forester king.
(Exit Pan and Artimis)
Aires- I may not be able to save you again, so do not tempt their wrath. They are backed by the other gods and Zeus.
Queen- I told you, you risked angering the gods.
King- Yes dear, I should have listened. Son!
Prince- Yes father?
King- Go fined the General. Tell him the gods demand three trees to be planted for every one they cut down. Hurry boy, Aires himself has ordered us to do so.
(End Scene 4)
© 2012 Roger Ferguson II
Shelved in 2 LibrariesAdded on October 26, 2010
Last Updated on August 6, 2012
Roger Ferguson II
AboutName: Roger Wayne Ferguson II I am 19 years old and enlisted in the united states Navy. I love to read and write, though i havent wrote in a while. my hand is itching to create so hopefully i have so.. more..
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