This is an adaptation of an old folk story, personalized with some of my personal experiences as a young college student. It tells the tale of youthful optimism dashed when an odd stranger steals the delicious treat of fresh, hot zeppoles, and eats them, almost tauntingly, as the victim looks on in disbelief.
Zeppoles was written with the intention that a student perform it as a monologue in a drama competition, or as an audition for a drama program/school at the middle or high school level, as lately I have received requests for short dramatic pieces for those purposes; but it could easily be used for story telling at the upper elementary levels with teacher direction.
Technically, there are three characters, but only the narrator speaks. When I read this as a story to my elementary students, I act out the roles of both seated characters, and only imply the existence of a sleeping homeless person for a moment at the very end; but having kids acting out these nonspeaking roles might be fun in a drama presentation where it's not mandatory that a monologue be delivered.
I personally never used props beyond the two chairs, but if you enjoy incorporating them, the following may be desired: two brown paper bags, filled with tissues to look full, gloves, a scarf, a hat, a sweater, and a winter coat with hood.
Performance/read time is 10-15 minutes. Works for male or female readers/actors. 11 pages, 16 pt. font for easy reading.
I hope you will enjoy it!
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