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Dramatis Personae

Dramatis Personae

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We all know "dramatis personae" is Latin for "characters in a drama." (And we definitely did not use a dictionary for that. No way.) In this game, host Ophira Eisenberg quizzes contestants on characters from literature, theater, movies, and TV.

(APPLAUSE)

OPHIRA EISENBERG, HOST:

Let's welcome our new contestants everybody. Standing in front of me is Mark Beazley and Tamara Glenny.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Hi... Tamara, am I saying it right, Tamara?

TAMARA GLENNY: You are.

EISENBERG: I am. Tamara, oh you're British.

GLENNY: I am.

EISENBERG: Originally from London?

GLENNY: Originally.

EISENBERG: Originally. And how long have you been living here?

GLENNY: Longer than you've been alive probably.

EISENBERG: Longer than I've been...

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: I doubt that, but I accept the compliment.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: So you are - Wow, I'm told that you have been in publishing for 30 years, but now you're a UN translator?

GLENNY: Yes.

EISENBERG: That's exciting, yeah.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Oh yeah and you speak like 100 languages. Russian; Spanish; French; Italian.

GLENNY: Yes, but that's not 100.

EISENBERG: That's...

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: ...100 more than I speak.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: We are happy to have you. Tamara.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: And Mark Beazley, you're an editor at Marvel Comics.

MARK BEAZLEY: I am indeed.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: What's your favorite superhero? I have to ask.

BEAZLEY: Spiderman or the X-Men.

EISENBERG: Spiderman and the X-Men?

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: What - if you could have any superpower, what would it be?

BEAZLEY: Oh.

(LAUGHTER)

BEAZLEY: Probably teleportation.

EISENBERG: Teleportation.

BEAZLEY: Yes.

EISENBERG: Yes.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: I want that fire thing, but anyways. Welcome everybody. And you are going to enjoy this next game. It's called Dramatis Personae. Now I know that is Latin for - because that, that is my first language.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: For characters in a drama, right John?

JOHN CHANESKI: It, it sure is. In this game, Ophira will read lists of characters from literature; theatre; movies; and television. We'll start with the smaller parts and move onto the more central roles. And as soon as you know the work, ring in. If you're wrong, your opponent can hear the full list before answering. For example, if I said, Ophira?

EISENBERG: Yes.

CHANESKI: Cosette; Gavroche; Fantine; Jean Valjean.

EISENBERG: The story of my life, "Les Miserables."

CHANESKI: Oh yes.

(LAUGHTER)

CHANESKI: Mais oui.

EISENBERG: So these could be literature, could be television, film. Are you guys ready?

BEAZLEY: Yeah.

EISENBERG: Connie Rivers; Rosasharn Rivers; Jim Casey; Ma Joad.

CHANESKI: Tamara.

GLENNY: John Steinbeck. Sorry. I'm blanking.

CHANESKI: Mark.

BEAZLEY: "The Grapes of Wrath."

CHANESKI: "Grapes of Wrath" is right.

EISENBERG: "Grapes of Wrath."

(APPLAUSE)

CHANESKI: Do you want to thank Tamara for doing a lot of the work on that for you?

EISENBERG: Yeah exactly.

BEAZLEY: I got it on Joad.

EISENBERG: You owe her a beer.

BEAZLEY: I do.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Mia Wallace.

CHANESKI: Mark.

BEAZLEY: Oh "Pulp Fiction."

CHANESKI: "Pulp Fiction" is right.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Penny Johnson; Robbie Gould; Max Kellerman; Jake Houseman; Johnny Castle; Frances Baby Houseman.

(LAUGHTER)

CHANESKI: I had the time of my life at this movie. Take a...

(LAUGHTER)

CHANESKI: Yes Mark.

BEAZLEY: "Dirty Dancing."

CHANESKI: "Dirty Dancing" is right.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: I think the audience are like, shall we all stretch for a second and hug? It's very tense out there. You guys are, come on. You guys are doing great.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Your next clue. Ratty; Mole...

CHANESKI: Tamara.

GLENNY: "Wind in the Willows."

CHANESKI: "Wind in the Willows" is right.

EISENBERG: Correct.

(APPLAUSE)

CHANESKI: Tamara's on the board.

EISENBERG: Wallace; Wee-Bey Brice.

CHANESKI: Mark.

BEAZLEY: "The Wire."

CHANESKI: "The Wire" is right.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Did you hear that right when I said Wee-Bey Brice and was like oh? Oh my god, it's one of my favorite shows.

(LAUGHTER)

CHANESKI: I'm just sad we didn't - we didn't get to Omar Little, he's so great.

EISENBERG: We didn't get to Bubbles.

CHANESKI: Omar. You're so terrible but so great Omar.

(LAUGHTER)

EISENBERG: Harry the Horse; Miss Adelaide; Nicely- Nicely Johnson.

GLENNY: Oh god.

CHANESKI: Tamara.

GLENNY: "Guys and Dolls."

CHANESKI: Yes, "Guys and Dolls."

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: All right, we have our scores and it looks like Mark has four points and he is going to move onto our Ask Me One More final round.

(APPLAUSE)

EISENBERG: Another hand for Tamara, what a great contestant.

CHANESKI: Way to go Mark. I think Mark teleported to a library to get some of those answers. That's not fair.

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