My Vacation in Paris

by  Joe Calarco

Full Length Play, Drama  /  4m, 6f

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My Vacation in Paris

by  Joe Calarco

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    4m, 6f
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    • Appropriate for all audiences
    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)

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In the months leading up to the French Revolution Thomas Jefferson’s two daughters spend an afternoon with revolutionary and early feminist Olympe De Gouges and her son Pierre learning about the Revolution and questioning their own understanding of the word freedom. With the two girls is their slave Sally Hemings who is faced with a decision regarding her own freedom that will alter all of their lives. 
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  • High School/Secondary

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  • Time Period: 18th Century
  • Setting: Paris, 1789.
  • Additional Features: No intermission


4m, 6f
SALLY HEMINGS - 16 yo. Slave to Thomas Jefferson. Very light skinned. A dreamer. 
MARTHA JEFFERSON - 17yo. Daughter to Thomas Jefferson. Smart. Contained. A good hostess.
MARIA JEFFERSON - 11 yo. Daughter to Thomas Jefferson. Precocious. Vivacious. An optimist. 
JAMES HEMINGS - 19 yo. Brother to Sally Hemmings. Chef of Thomas Jefferson. Loyal. Fiercely devoted to his sister.
OLYMPE DE GOUGES - 41 yo. A ferocious advocate for women’s rights and a supporter of the aristocracy. A “bohemian.”
PIERRE AUBREY - 23 yo. Olympe’s son. A French revolutionary. A leader of the rebellion. Passionate. Speaks his mind. 
SOPHIE - 20 yo. Servant to Olympe. Contained. Well educated. 
CITIZENS - A minimum of two men and one woman. 
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  • Roles for Teens


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Joe Calarco

Joe Calarco's published work includes in the absence of spring (inaugural production of Second Stage’s New Plays Uptown series, included in The Best Stage Scenes of 2004), Shakespeare’s R&J (Lucille Lortel Award), Walter Cronkite is Dead, and his short plays, Just A Little Sniffle and Parting Gifts. Other adaptations i ...

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My Vacation in Paris was commissioned and produced in 2006 by Signature Theatre in Arlington, Virginia under the direction of Marcia Gardener.

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