MR. DICKENS GOES
written & directed by Anna Baardsen
9/19/09 - 9/26/09
Frank Capra didn't see it coming either.
Hopper's Elder Son
Hopper's Younger Son
EPISODE ONE (9/19/09) Photos this week by Aaron Francis
Mr. Charles Dickens (Michael Holmes), the greatest writer in
holds up his likeness in case you didn't recognize him.
Soon, Mr. Dickens
will be sent to Congress, where his idealism and innocence will
be sorely tested.
Gov. Hubert Hopper (Colin Willkie) is informed that
Senator Foley has died, and a replacement must be found.
His children (Jaime Robledo & C.M. Gonzalez) suggest Charles
who writes the most clever stories, and loves the little
Hopper's cronies, Senator Paine (JJ Mayes) and the corrupt
James Taylor (Scott Leggett) love the idea of appointing a
who won't realize the chicanery they're getting up to in
After a halting speech, the children,
led by Clarence (Victor Isaac),
gift Mr. Dickens with a briefcase.
EPISODE TWO (9/26/09) Photos this week by
Paine (Megan Crockett), daughter of Senator Paine,
waits for Mr. Dickens' arrival at the Washington train station.
Dickens is briefly beguiled by the flirty Susan,
but he's distracted by the sight of the Capitol Dome,
and rushes off on an impromptu tour of the nation's capital.
Meanwhile, Mr. Dickens' secretary-to-be, Clarissa Saunders
awaits his arrival in the company of her friend and would-be
suitor, reporter Diz Moore (Corey Klemow).
A distraught Susan arrives, upset not so much at Mr. Dickens'
unknown whereabouts as his resistance to her charms.
Mr. Dickens' inspirational patriotic tour of the capital.
He dreams of establishing a National Children's Library.
ponders the merits of working for a writer.
Mr. Dickens arrives at his office at last, quite late at night.
His good spirits are quickly dampened by Saunders'
mordant mockery of his obliviousness to his lateness.
worries that he's already alienated
everybody he's met in Washington, but...
"Perhaps to prevent you from spending the night at the
Smithsonian Institute, it would be best if we shared a cab."
possible that in this mercilessly mordacious
woman, I had found an ally after all?"