We Are the Beltanes
by Franklin Newman
Cast of Characters
DR. KARYN BELTANE: Matriarch of the Beltane Family
and Coven. A doctor. English.
ARTIGOL (Artie): Karynís grandson, a young boy of about 10.
LT. RYAN BELTANE: Karynís second husband and Grandfather to Artigol. A
dedicated police officer. English.
ROWENA BELTANE: Karynís only sister. English.
GILDA WOODLAWN: A rising Afro-British fashion designer. English.
DR. KYLIE MORIARTY: Karyn assistant and protťgť; sheís a
high-functioning autistic, and a distant relative and part of the Coven.
Kylie always wears green and has wild crimson hair. English.
SEAMUS: Karynís abusive, alcoholic ex-husband, and Father of Sebastian,
Keith and Glorianna. Irish.
SEBASTIAN BELTANE (Older): Karynís eldest son. Highly ranked British
flight officer. English.
SEBASTIAN BELTANE (Younger): Karynís eldest son shown in flashback.
GLORIANNA BELTANE (Older): Karynís eldest child, and Artigolís mother.
To say sheís ďtroubledĒ would be kind.
GLORIANNA BELTANE (Young): Karenís eldest child in flashback. A young
girl of about 12. English/American immigrant.
KEITH BELTANE (Older): Karynís youngest son, a computer engineer for a
major corporation. English.
KEITH BELTANE (Younger): Karynís son shown in flashback; a young boy of
BESS LIVINGSTON: Keithís fiance, a Jamaican immigrant the familyís never
met before. Jamaican.
LIAM: A waiter. English.
CATHRYN BELTANE: Sebastianís only child, a young of about 6. English.
STEVE MORIARTY: Kylieís husband. He is an American who moved to England
when he married Kylie. Took Kylieís name in marriage. He likes to wear
Western boots and hats. American/English immigrant.
AGNYS ATHENA BELTANE: The youngest of Karynís children; Ryanís only
biological child. English.
THE GODDESS: Mistress of the religion. All of the Beltanes except
FAYE MORIARTY: Kylieís daughter, a young girl of about 3. (Pretty much
uninvolved except one scene.) English.
FATHER MORIARTY: Kylieís brother, also autistic; an Anglican priest. He
always wears purple and wild crimson hair. English.
SARAH WILLOPPS: An African-American musician and actress who served with
Kylie in the British navy. They have been best friends for years. She is
famous all over England, considered a European rising star.
DRUSILLA LIVINGSTON: Bessí mother. Karyn flew her to London from
Jamaica, to witness Bessí wedding day. Jamaican.
Karynís ex-husband, Seamus, and her ostracized,
drug-addicted daughter, Glorianna, do whatever they can, including
disrupting the holidays and a family wedding, in their efforts to kidnap
Gloriannaís son, Artigol. But no powers on earth (and beyond) will allow
this to occur.
PLAYWRIGHTíS NOTE: Rather than pinpointing each set piece
and/or costume, discretion is left to each producing agency with the request
to bear in mindó when designing the sets, dressing and costumes, pay special
mind to the nature of the Beltane familyís background. All choices should be
rich in greens and earth-tones, accentuated with Wiccan theme and sense.
Rich greens should be prominent. Plant life in everything from decorations
to wallpapers, etc. Remaining true to the lifestyle best keeps the play
itself more realistic. Also, it is recommended that the primary
settings be in the Beltane houseó the sitting room and the kitchen, where
many of the scenes and action take place. Other locations, such as the
clinic, the restaurant, and Seamusí house might be easier to be taking
downstage or aside with lighting to establish a different time and place,
without having to engage in a full set change for each shift.
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