Victoria Parke by D.C. Copeland | Script Revolution

Victoria Parke



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An old woman uses the 4th of July as cover to break out nursing home oldsters with the help of her senior theatre troupe.

Victoria Parke is an old woman living out her last days just above poverty. She is the heartbeat of her generation of senior citizens. As a younger woman, she performed in vaudeville. Now she has taken it upon herself to become the director of a street theatre made up of retired people who haven’t given up living. They use a park bench as their stage, hence the name of their troupe: Geras Guerrilla Park Bench Theatre.

Victoria is living with an old man whom she describes as “one of the best dancers to have ever lived.” His name is HERBERT GARRISON. He made a few movies back during the day until he was banned because his dancing at that time was considered obscene. He went into obscurity and, as time passed, drifted to this town to die. He met Victoria instead and she won’t let him give up without a fight. Their life together lately has been one of constant bickering and insults. He has given up on life and she hasn’t. When MARIA DELGADO, a poor Puerto Rican kid who has become enamored with the world of theatre as presented by Victoria and her troupe, is chastised unfairly by Herbert, Victoria finally gives up on the old man, packs up her belongings in a grocery cart and looks for another place to live.

Unfortunately, there isn’t a room to be found anywhere. She spends the first night sleeping under a bridge and wakes up the next morning to find that all of her meager possessions have been stolen.

Alone and living on the streets, Victoria’s world is completely turned upside down. She has been stripped of her past and her future. It is now a test of her faith in herself and what she believes. Is Herbert right? Is it wrong to persevere at her age? An old friend she has been visiting in a nursing home along with its residents have not been helpful in coming to a positive conclusion that it is.

But the theatre is in her blood and the show must go on. Victoria will not succumb to tragedy but will do what she has to do to live. Her last performance is on the streets for her life where she bravely meets death and spits in his eye when she concocts a "rescue mission": to hi-jack a bus full of seniors from the nursing home on the 4th of July. This event is both funny and heartwarming as the generations come together to share the holiday fireworks and each other. It ends on a realistic bittersweet note where life leaves open-ended stories with Victoria reassuring one of the nursing home residents not to worry about getting back to the "home," because they will probably get a police escort.

Submitted: October 17, 2017
Last Updated: January 24, 2019

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The Writer: D.C. Copeland

Hello, thanks for taking a look at who I am. Hopefully you aren't here because you were “misdirected,” that you want to find out more about just who this D.C. Copeland is after reading one of my loglines. I'm an artist, a muralist, and a writer whose canvases and stories are for the most part writ large across time and space. While in college at the University of Miami , I co-founded Ecology Action of Florida . That sense of saving the environment can be found in many of my works. While creating works of art and fiction, I supported myself and my family as the Warner Bros Pictures Florida Field Rep for Publicity and Promotion for nearly 20-years. During that time I got to know many... Go to bio

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