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© THE LEGEND OF BETSY ROSS AND THE FIRST FLAG
ACT 1 – AT BETSY’S ROSS HOUSE
(George Washington, George Ross y Robert Morris stand outside the house of Betsy Ross)
GEORGE ROSS: Well, this is it.
ROBERT MORRIS: So this is your niece’s house?.
GEORGE ROSS: Yes, this is her place. And I can reassure you that she’s a very good seamstress.
GEORGE WASHINGTON: Indeed she is. She has embroidered some of my shirts ruffles. I know she has great skill with a needle.
ROBERT MORRIS: (knocking at the door) Let’s see if she’s home.
(Betsy Ross opens the door. She looks surprised)
BETSY ROSS: (To George Ross) Oh, uncle George, what a nice surprise.
GEORGE ROSS: Betsy…General George Washington, and Colonel Robert Morris want to talk to you.
BETSY ROSS: Sure, please come in. (The three men enter into the living room) It’s an honor to have you in my house. Please, sit down.
GEORGE ROSS: Betsy… General Washington has a very special request for you.
GEORGE WASHINGTON: Mrs. Ross, I know that you are the best seamstress in Philadelphia, and I have a very important job I would like you to do.
BETSY ROSS: Tell me. What can I do for you?.
GEORGE WASHINGTON: We need a flag to give people a visual symbol of the new, free and independent nation that is being formed. For this reason I’m asking you, if you can sew the first American flag.
ROBERT MORRIS: (He takes out a paper from his pocket, and gives it to Betsy ) Please, take a look at this drawing we have.
BETSY ROSS: (looking at the paper) I don’t know if I can, but I will try, if you allow me to make some changes.
GEORGE WASHINGTON: What do you have in mind?.
BETSY ROSS: Well, you have designed a circle group of thirteen-six pointed stars, and I suggest five-pointed stars.
GEORGE WASHINGTON: A five-pointed star is hard to make!.
BETSY ROSS: As a matter of fact, they are easier to cut. Look. (she takes a piece of paper, folds it deftly, and with a single snip of her scissors, she makes a symmetrical five-pointed star)
GEORGE WASHINGTON: (to George Ross and Robert Morris) What do you think?.
ROBERT MORRIS: I can see no problem, General.
GEORGE ROSS: Me neither.
GEORGE WASHINGTON: It’s fine with me too. We accept your suggestion.
BETSY ROSS: Very good!. Now tell me…why you placed the thirteen stars in a circle?. What does it mean?.
GEORGE WASHINGTON: Each star represents each one of our colonies, and they are in a circle, so that no one colony is viewed above another. These thirteen stars in a circle stand as a new constellation in the heavens!.
BETSY ROSS: Oh, I see. Those stars will be in the upper left corner on a blue field for freedom and justice. It will have thirteen red and white alternating stripes with a red stripe on the top and on the bottom. Red stripes for the blood and sacrifice, and white stripes for love and peace. And instead of a square flag, as you have sketched. I recommend a rectangular shaped flag (she pauses) See General, if I make it square, it will look wider, while a rectangular flag will look beautiful waving in the wind.
GEORGE WASHINGTON: Very well, Mrs. Ross. How soon can you start working on the flag?.
BETSY ROSS: I realize, that this is a very important assignment, so I’ll start working on the flag immediately.
GEORGE WASHINGTON: Good!. When can you have it ready?.
BETSY ROSS: In just a couple of days.
GEORGE ROSS: Fine, we must go now. We’ll be back in two more days.
(They leave the stage)
ACT 2 – AT BETSY’S ROSS HOUSE
(George Washington, George Ross, and Betsy Ross are in the living room. The American flag is on a center table)
BETSY ROSS: (looking at the flag) The flag is ready, General.
GEORGE WASHINGTON: (looking closely at the flag) It’s just what I expected!.
BETSY ROSS: I’m glad you like it.
GEORGE WASHINGTON: (lifting the flag) Look at it. We have our flag at last; symbol of our new country, the United States of America and of the land of the free!.
(Two children enter the room/stage, and stand in the middle of the room/stage. One of them has the flag made by Betty Ross, and the other one has today’s American flag. They say the Pledge of Allegiance)
CHILD 1: I pledge allegiance to the Flag of the United States of America,
CHILD 2: And to the Republic for which it stands;
CHILD 1: One Nation under God, indivisible,
CHILD 2: With Liberty and Justice for all.
CHILD 1 AND 2: God Bless America!.
Author: K I D S I N C O
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