knights of the square table.
The down-to-earth knight of legend, Sir Galahad, is sent by a dying king on an epic quest for the Princess Jacqueline’s hand in marriage. His quest is complicated when he catches the eye of the castle’s like-minded messenger, Lady Heron, and finds himself falling for her while a ruthlessly selfish, threatening type lurks in the shadows, also on the quest for the princess’s hand.
This final retelling of my debut play, Good Knight and Goodbye, maintains the innocent, silly energy I approached the story with in 8th grade and folds in the stronger characterization and shades of dark humor that developed when rewriting it in my dorm room at Wheaton.
KNIGHTS OF THE SQUARE TABLE is dedicated to Mrs. Fisher, my eighth grade English teacher – one who has always believed in my ability to put my money where my mouth is, even when I was a fourteen-year-old boy.
PRINCIPAL CHARACTER BREAKDOWN
SPOILERS BELOW. YOU HAVE BEEN WARNED!
SIR CALEB GALAHAD
Male, 20-31 Years Old, Any Ethnicity, Straight
A skilled swordsman who is the subject of countless legends of his bravery throughout the kingdoms. While he is brave and has accomplished quite a bit in his life, his personal humility, responsibility, and quiet sense of humor may be his most defining (and somewhat surprising) traits.
LADY ANDREA HERON
Female, 18-29 Years Old, Any Ethnicity, Straight
An energetic messenger for the royal family, though her hyper-competence has led her to serve far beyond her title, becoming de facto chief of castle staff. She has developed a little crush on Sir Galahad and seeks an opportunity to act on it.
KING CARLTON THE FOURTH
Male, 35-55 Years Old, Any Ethnicity, Any Sexual Orientation
The pompous king of Slekochovakia prone to lengthy, aimless monologues done no favors by the fact that he is not particularly bright. Though he does not intend evil, his narcissism often leads to dubious executive decisions. Despite these flaws, he is fond of both Sir Galahad and Lady Heron.
Female, 18-22 Years Old, Any Ethnicity, Straight
The headstrong, beautiful daughter of King Carlton and Queen Victoria. Her parents’ hands-off style has allowed her to develop a penchant for mischief. She was betrothed to a Prince Charming before the start of the play, but this engagement ended abruptly. Something about a glass slipper. She didn't really care to listen.
Male, "826" Years Old, Any Ethnicity, Straight
The kooky, womanizing court wizard of Slekochovakia. He lives by the mantra, "Life is short. You have to look out for number one because no one else will. Trust no one, step on everyone in your way, and throw them off a cliff even if they win."