THRILLS AND HIGH ADVENTURE!
"The Piratical Voyages of Captain Roderick Reef!"
by Richard Nathan
Before the lights come up, a voice introduces the story:
Avast, me hearties! Climb aboard the
good ship Roving Finn, and raise the Jolly
Roger! 'Tis time to set sail with bravest
pirate ever to cruise the Spanish Main! 'Tis
time to join The Piratical Voyages of
Captain Roderick Reef!!!
Lights come up on the Captain's Cabin on the good ship Roving Finn! But the Captain in not in. Lying on the floor, dying is CAPTAIN LOPEZ and his daughter JUANITA. Juanita is disguised as a cabin boy. They both speak with heavy Spanish accents.
Daughter, you must be brave. My eyes grow
dim as my bones grow cold. I must repay my
debt to God! I fear... I fear the end is near!
The end is near? You mean you're going to die?
You always were a bright girl! Summon the
pirate Captain. We must trust he will be
But, Father... he is a pirate English dog!
True. But I feel there is something noble about
It is true he is perhaps the handsomest man I
have ever seen, with eyes like a storm at sea,
and teeth as white as the foaming surf, but can
we trust a pirate?
We are his prisoners! We have no choice.
If you say so. I will call the Captain.
She goes to the door of the cabin and shouts to the deck:
Captain! We need to speak to you!
A moment later the dashing CAPTAIN RODERICK REEF arrives.
Good morning, Captain Lopez. I hope you've
been enjoying my cabin. It's not often I lend it to
a Spanish prisoner and his cabin boy, but given
the state of your wounds...
Captain, I have a confession to make. This is not
my cabin boy!
He is not? Then who is the lad?
She is my daughter, Juanita Lopez! When you
attacked my ship, and I saw that all was lost, I
disguised her as a cabin boy.
Juanita takes off her cap and lets her hair down. She doesn't look very different than she did at the start of the scene, but it's enough to convince Reef that she is a woman.
Very clever! Just the sort of thing I would have
done, had I a daughter! But why tell me now?
Because I am dying! And I must trust you to
protect her from your pirate crew.
That may take some doing. But I will protect her!
You have my word!
The word of a pirate!
The word of Captain Roderick Reef.
You are Roderick Reef! I should have known it was
you. Only Roderick Reef would have attacked with
such cunning and bravery! Juanita, you are safe. Even
his enemies say Captain Reef is a man of his word!
And now... I die!
He dies. Juanita wails her heart out. Captain Reef takes her in his arms to comfort her. She breaks away from him.
Take your hands off me, you English pig! You
and your pirate crew... you killed my father, and
his entire crew!
True, my lady. But you must confess, some of
the fault was his! If he had surrendered when we
first raised the Jolly Roger, no one would have
Would you not fight to protect what is yours?
Yes, but I would win!
No wonder you are a pirate! With morals like
that, what else could you be?
I could have been a nobleman, if I'd had the right parents.
But my father was a farmer. I knew the only way I
could live my life as I chose, and not be ruled by
others, was to become a pirate. And that is what I did.
And you steal gold from the Spanish.
Who stole it from the natives. It's a grim world we
live in, my fair Spanish lady.
Enter MAD JOE THE PIRATE.
Harrr, Cap'n! Me thinks I've seen another
Spanish ship. Laden with gold, if we be lucky!
Mad Joe notices Juanita with her hair down!
Cap'n! Be this not a poxy woman? Harrr! She
be a poxy woman, or my name be not Mad Joe
Mad Joe leers at Juanita! She grabs hold of Captain Reef in fear!
She is a woman, Mad Joe, and she's under my
Harr, Cap'n! That be against the rules, that be!
Every pirate knows, no woman comes
aboard a pirate ship and lives, unless she be a
pirate herself! That woman be no pirate, you
can lay to that! So she must die!
This woman will live. I have given my word as
Harrr! Then maybe it be time for a new Cap'n!
Mad Joe and Reef draw their swords and a duel is on! As the sword fight continues, Mad Joe and Captain Reef trade verbal barbs.
Harr! I always thought you was too courtly
to be a pirate!
I always thought you too crude to be a man!
Your fancy talk won't save you now!
Then I'll rely on my fancy blade!
When I be done with you, you'll be finished!
I'm finished now!
Reef runs his blade through Mad Joe! Mad Joe dies!
That beast would have killed me!
She runs to his arms and kisses him! Reef gently pushes her away.
I don't know what you've heard about
other pirates, but Captain Reef doesn't
kiss cabin boys!
` That's right, Juanita, - or should I say Juan.
Better put up your hair and put that hat back
on and tuck your hair in before I introduce you
to the crew as my new cabin boy! Hurry up,
Juan! It's time to set sail for adventure!
here to go to more
THEATER OF THRILLS AND HIGH ADVENTURE!
© 2005 by Richard Nathan. All rights reserved
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