SAINT SOMEBODY - My Leg's Bad, Isn't It? - Frederick Dee

Author Rita Anderson
Austin, Texas

PLAY DESCRIPTION

When an African-American “deserter” wanders into the camp of the Irish Brigade near Gettysburg, conflicts intensify, but the soldier carries an old statue that his family calls “Saint Somebody,” since they don’t know her real name. Based on real events at The Wheatfield, SAINT SOMEBODY suggests one solution as to how the Brigade of 600 held back Confederate troops for three days when they were outnumbered by thousands. What the Irish Brigade needed—and found—was a miracle.

MONOLOGUE DESCRIPTION

Time: July 2-5, 1863 during the American Civil War

Situation: FREDERICK DEE, a young African-American during the Civil War, wants to serve as a soldier to fight against slavery, and then to become a doctor when the war is won. – He is speaking, here, to an older white nurse, after he is wounded.

Subject Matter: War, Grief, Identity, Civil War, African-American, Buffalo Soldier, Doctor, Medicine, Slavery, Hope

Note from Playwright: I wrote SAINT SOMEBODY for the unsung heroes of the Civil War, mainly the women and African-American soldiers who served. FREDERICK DEE also represents the handful of POC doctors who served in the war, unbeknownst to most of us.

Supplemental Information:

“All persons held as slaves within any states. . .in rebellion against the United States shall be then, thenceforward, and forever free. . . [And] such persons of suitable condition [African-American men] will be received into the armed service of the United States.”

The Emancipation Proclamation, January 1, 1863

“Once let the black man get upon his person the brass letters, U.S.; let him get an eagle on his button, and a musket on his shoulder and bullets in his pocket, and there is no power on earth which can deny that he has earned the right to citizenship.”

Frederick Douglass

Roughly one million slaves were freed and 180,000 African-Americans enlisted for the Union Army, which had never allowed black soldiers. 40,000 of them died: 10,000 in battle and 30,000 from illness or infection.

To read the full script SAINT SOMEBODY, visit Rita’s website www.rita-anderson.com.

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    Full-Length Play
  • Character Age
    Teen (16-18), Young Adult (18-21), Adult 20-30
  • Character Gender Ident./Sexual Orient.
    Male, Universal
  • Character Ethnicity
    African/African American
  • Genre
    Drama, Historical Drama
  • Period
    Pre-Contemporary, Classical
  • Length
    2 min or less
  • Writer Gender Identity/Sexual Orientation
    Female, LGBTPQQIA/Non-Binary
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