Act One, Scene One.
Setting: The forest road, a two-mile walk from the closed gate.
Sound effects: Chickadees singing cheeseburger songs and White-throated Sparrows inquiring about Sam Peabody, Peabody, Peabody.
Props: Birch, maple and aspen trees leafing out.
Cast: Mourning Cloak butterflies in full mourning regalia.
Setting: A bog.
Sound effects: Wind in the trees, a certain Grackle with a regular rusty-gate note; turtles plopping into water; Canada geese honking like bullfrogs.
Cast: Western Conifer Seed Bug upon a wooden wildlife blind.
Stage clothes: Dressed to the nines in a traditional afternoon ensemble.
Scene Three: Flowers of the bog.
Set decorations: Hobblebush in flower and featuring a crab spider in the wings.
Sessile-leaved Bellwort showcasing its flowerhead in a subtle manner.
The cast grows: one Painted Turtle.
Two Painted Turtles.
Four plus Painted Turtles.
Setting; a tree snag.
Cast: a Grackle posing beside a potential nesting site.
Cast: An American Wigeon located at twelve o’clock in the circle of Canada Geese.
Main character: Female American Wigeon donning a warm brown body, grayish head with smudge around her eye, and pale bill tipped in black.
Supporting characters: Canada geese in preening mode.
Action: The Wigeon swims back and forth as the geese preen.
Has perhaps the duck imprinted upon the geese?
She watches every movement as she munches upon the bog grasses.
This is the second in one act plays dramatized at the bog where the Wigeon’s behavior is questioned by humans but hardly by the geese.
Stay tuned for the next one act play as life plays out at the bog.