Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Mystery of the Gangster Ghost Part 9 Hysterical History of the Great Depression

MYSTERY OF THE GANGSTER GHOST

PART 9

ACT 1 SCENE 7 - 

THE HYSTERICAL HISTORY OF THE GREAT DEPRESSION

(BAILIFF [can be played by ELIOT] rushes in to PETE)

BAILIFF

It was Capone.


PETE

Which one?


BAILIFF

Al.


PETE

Tell me about it.


BAILIFF

Capone ended up in front of Judge

Rutherford...


PETE

Oh great. Our most corrupt Judge

facing off against our most

notorious citizen.


BAILIFF

It wasn’t pretty.


(Lights come up and the stage is now transformed in to a

court room)


(Al CAPONE stands at the defendant’s table smiling talking

and waving to the crowded courtroom [the "fans" of Al Capone

can either be on stage or in the audience as if the audience

is a part of the courtroom]. A very nervous BAILIFF is

trying to keep control)


BAILIFF (cont’d)

Everyone. Sit down. Quiet! The

judge will be here any moment.


CAPONE

I appreciate you all coming here

and showing your support today.


VERA

We love you, Mr. Capone!



CAPONE

I love you back, doll.


PERSON 1

You’re our hero, Capone!


CAPONE

All of you are heroes to me. You

all get out there every day and

face the harsh world out there. No

jobs, losing your homes, not sure

where your next meal is coming from.


PERSON 2

But you feed us. You give us jobs.


MUGSY

Who else does that?


VERA

Why is he even here? This ain’t

right? They shouldn’t have him on

trial. They should have President

Hoover on trial!


(PEOPLE cheer at this. BAILIFF tries to get people to calm down)


PUGSY

Al Capone for President!


(PEOPLE cheer more)


CAPONE

"Vote early and often!"


(PEOPLE laugh)


BAILIFF

Settle down you! Or I’ll run the

lot of you in for disturbing the peace.


(People boo at BAILIFF who nervously backs away. A child

runs up to Capone and stands on a chair near him)


SQUIRT

Thank you for the bicycle, Mr. Capone!



CAPONE

You bet, kiddo.


VERA

He buys kids bicycles, he feeds us

with his soup kitchens, gets food

to our kids in school, he gives us

work. Set him free!


(PEOPLE starts chanting)


PEOPLE

Set him free! Set him free!


(BAILIFF is really happy when he sees Judge RUTHERFORD

appear)


BAILIFF

Please rise for the honorable Judge

Rutherford...


(PEOPLE start booing. Judge, RUTHERFORD, gets up on bench

and gives the PEOPLE a very evil stare. The booing dies

down. RUTHERFORD sits and CAPONE motions them to sit too)


RUTHERFORD

I will clear this courtroom if

there are any more outbursts from

the mob gathered here.


CAPONE

Don’t worry, Judge. These good

people won’t disturb the peace... I

assure you, they are no mob.


RUTHERFORD

Well, you’d certainly know a mob if

you saw one.


(PEOPLE start to boo, RUTHERFORD bangs his gavel, BAILIFF

nervously reaches for his gun but CAPONE calms them down)


CAPONE

Seems like you’ve been listening to

rumors, Judge. I thought justice

was blind.


RUTHERFORD

Blind but not stupid, Mr.

Capone. Sit down or I’ll find you

in contempt.



CAPONE

Settle down, tiger.


RUTHERFORD

You will refer to me at your honor!


CAPONE

"Now I know why tigers eat their

young."


(PEOPLE laugh)


RUTHERFORD

Bailiff!


CAPONE

Now, now. "Don’t you get the idea

I’m one of those... radicals. Don’t

get the idea I’m knocking the

American system." I’m all for justice.


RUTHERFORD

Then you’ll be pleased to hear I’ve

replaced the jury with an entirely

new group of people for your trial.

It appears that the last jury was bribed.


CAPONE

Bribed? How strange. By whom?


RUTHERFORD

Don’t play innocent with me. Your

corruption is well known. You’re a

well-known leader of illegal

enterprise...


CAPONE

"I am like any other man. All I do

is supply a demand."


RUTHERFORD

You live like a King in a time when

people are out of work and

suffering.


CAPONE

Judge, you live like a king and you

ain’t even earned it like me.



RUTHERFORD

That’s it! Bailiff!


(BAILIFF heads for Capone and reaches for a firearm but VERA

pulls a gun from her purse and holds it at BAILIFF’s head)


CAPONE

"You can get more with a nice word

and a gun than you can with a nice word."


RUTHERFORD

You’re in contempt, Capone!


CAPONE

I simply don’t think you’re the

right man for this trial... your

honor. Unless a corrupt man is

more fit to judge corruption.


RUTHERFORD

Bailiff!


BAILIFF

Sorry, your honor. I’m a bit busy.


(VERA takes Bailiff’s gun and forces him in to a chair)


CAPONE

You say that I’m corrupt because of

my success in a time of economic

woe. But what about you... a

servant of the people... how did

you get so prosperous?


RUTHERFORD

I’m not on trial here, Capone.


CAPONE

Maybe you should be.


(PEOPLE cheer. MUGSY and PUGSY grab Rutherford. CAPONE

takes RUTHERFORD’s spot on the bench)


RUTHERFORD

Unhand me! Get down from there!


CAPONE

Order in the court.


(PEOPLE laugh)



CAPONE (CONT.)

So who should be on trial here... a

man who helps the people or a man

who uses abuses his honorable

position for person gain?


RUTHERFORD

I don’t have to listen to this.


CAPONE

But you do. Sit down.


(MUGSY and PUGSY force RUTHERFORD in to defendant’s chair)


CAPONE (CONT.)

Now I may have two homes, but you

have five, your honor. I have a

Cadillac... you have two. I have a

yacht... you have two. While I’m

completely sober at work...


(CAPONE pulls out a flask from the bench.)


CAPONE (CONT.)  

You appear to get quite drunk.

People react strongly to Capone pulling out the flask.


RUTHERFORD

You planted that there. That’s not mine.


CAPONE

Your honor... how did you come by

alcoholic beverages during Prohibition?


RUTHERFORD

It’s not mine!


CAPONE

What’s this engraving on the

flask? Initials? JFR?


VERA

Joseph Franklin Rutherford!


RUTHERFORD

No, JFR could mean anything.


CAPONE

Justice For Rich? Just For

Rutherford? Jump For Riches?



(PEOPLE laugh)


CAPONE (CONT.)

All in favor of the honorable Judge

Rutherford going to jail instead

citizen Capone say ay!


PEOPLE

Ay!


CAPONE

Take him away!


(MUGSY and PUGSY are joined by others and drag off

RUTHERFORD and BAILIFF. VERA goes up to CAPONE and sits by

him. He gives her the flask and she takes a drink)


CAPONE (CONT.)

"This American system of ours, call

it Americanism, call it capitalism,

call it what you will, gives each

and every one of us a great

opportunity if we only seize it

with both hands..."


(CAPONE grabs VERA by the shoulders)


CAPONE (CONT.)  

"...and make the most of it"


(CAPONE tries to kiss VERA. She squeals and runs. CAPONE

chases her)


CAPONE (CONT.) 

Life! Liberty! and the Pursuit of

Happiness!


END OF SCENE


Mystery of the Gangster Ghost Hysterical History of the Great Depression


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