(Lights light up the stage and background people appear to act out scenarios that she speaks of)
Mary: It’s currently mid-July, 1931. Peoples are calling these times “The Great Depression” and to be frank, I understand why. I don’t know of one place where people are truly happy here. Papa has lost his job about three months ago and with Mama, William Jr, Baby David, and myself to feed, we’ve had to move from our own apartment to share with another family, the Green family. Mr. Green walked out shortly after losing his job. Though divorce isn’t highly thought of, Mr. and Mrs. Green used to argue all the time and it was simply better for them to be apart. This caused a major problem for Mrs. Green though. With four children to raise doing it on her own has been hard. Her eldest son Noah Green is 17 years old and has been doing all he can to take care of his younger siblings and mother. With all of us living together, the tiny apartment is cramped. We all live tightly close together that sometimes I feel I might actually go mad. I feel we’re struggling more than we would be on our own, but with the lack of money in Papa’s pockets, we’re not given any choice but to deal with what we’ve got or we’re gonna be on the streets.