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With This Ring

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WITH THIS RING
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A play written specifically with Valentine's Day in mind, With This Ring is the story of a wedding band that travels over five generations and the visceral effect it has on those couples who come to possess it. The ring is first presented to an Irish immigrant by her husband at the turn of the nineteenth century. It then skips a generation in the 1960s as the couple's grandson inherits it, has it inscribed, and presents it to his new wife, before it becomes a point of contention in the mid-80s between an estranged couple contemplating a divorce. At long last it finds its way to an engaged couple in 2007 and a special visitor who is coming from out of state for their wedding.


SYNOPSIS


A play written specifically with Valentine's Day in mind, With This Ring is the story of a wedding band that travels over five generations and the visceral effect it has on those couples who come to possess it. The ring is first presented to Irish immigrant Bridget McCoy by her husband Sean at the turn of the nineteenth century. Sean is a police constable in Rockaway Beach, New York. Since he was unable to afford a ring for his bride when they were first married, he worked a second job to make enough money to buy it.

The ring then skips a generation in the 1960s as the couple's grandson Joe McCoy inherits it, has it inscribed, and presents it to his new wife Matty. Joe wants to move from Rockaway Beach to a new house in Long Island, but Matty, an actress/artist, wants to remain in the neighborhood where they both grew up. Joe is worried about the changing demographics of the neighborhood, which proves to be prophetic when he is tragically murdered by a local delivery boy who steals the ring.

In Scene Three, set in the mid-1980s, the ring becomes a point of contention between an estranged couple contemplating a divorce. Paul, a writer who came across the ring in a pawn shop, is living in the sparsely furnished apartment, when his soon to be ex-wife Karen pays him a visit to bring over the divorce papers. During a heated argument over their divorce and the ring, Paul throws the ring out the second story apartment window.

The ring finds its way to Bobby and Liz, an engaged couple in 2007 who is expecting Liz’s Great Aunt Matilda from California for the wedding. It turns out that Bobby found the wedding ring that Paul tossed from the window when he was a kid playing with his toy soldiers outside in the grass. He held on to it and gave it of Liz. Aunt Matilda (Matty McCoy) returns from her exile on the West Coast to discover the ring that was stolen from her and Joe many years before.

Much of the charm of the play is in watching the decades-long transformation of the quaint apartment, part of a Victorian-era mansion in Rockaway Beach, New York, where the author spent his adolescent summer years. Clips of accompanying music from each era plays as the scenes change and add to the flow and mood of the play. The play has received many productions since it was written in 2007.

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WITH THIS RING is a must see! Mr. Simonelli writes dialogue in a visceral style reminiscent of Mamet and Chayefesky.

–Bloomberg Radio


Characters:

Bridgette Mccoy: Mid-30s feisty and sentimental housewife. Speaks with an Irish Brogue.

Sean Mccoy: Mid to late-30s New York city policeman. Speaks with an Irish Brogue.

Joe Mccoy: Late-20s Sean and Bridget’s grandson, a natural crusader.

Matty Mccoy: Mid to late-20s Joe’s wife, artistic and savy.

Frankie: Sixteen-to-20 a troubled, drug addicted, teenager.

Paul: Mid-40s frustrated writer. A victim of circumstances that he helped create.

Karen: Mid-40s Paul’s confused, hurt and bitter estranged wife.

Bobby: Late-20s Wall Street investment banker.

Liz: Mid to late-20s Maddie McCoy’s great niece.

Aunt Matilda: Mid-60s (see Matty McCoy).

*Doubling Matty and Aunt Matilda is acceptable.

Setting: The play is set in an apartment that is part of a large Victorian House in Rockaway Beach, New York City between 1918 and 2007.

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“Tragedy, hope and coincidence come together in surprising and inspirational ways.” – MyCentralJersey.com

With This Ring is a must see! Mr. Simonelli writes dialogue in a visceral style reminiscent of Mamet and Chayefesky. A riveting evening in theatre. Go see it now!” -Bloomberg Radio

“The core of With This Ring is love, and the play ripples with human touches.” –WeAreGreenBay.com

An Authorized Materials/Rehearsal Package must be purchased from Stage Rights as a part of your licensing agreement. Your materials will be sent to you two months prior to your opening date, unless other arrangements have been made in advance with your Stage Rights Licensing Representative.

The Authorized Materials/Rehearsal Package for WITH THIS RING consists of:

18 Production Scripts / $221.00 (shipping included)

Production Scripts for Plays are professionally printed and bound with a full-color cover.

You will have the option to purchase additional Production Scripts at a discounted rate when you complete your Licensing Agreement.

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Optional Materials:

Stage Manager’s Script – Printed on standard 8.5” x 11” 3-hole-punched paper, with the same page numbers and text as the Printed Production Scripts, but with more space on the page for notes and cues.