By: Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero
To the memory of Amalia B. Reyes
Wanted: A Chaperon is a play in one act, written and directed by Wilfrido Ma. Guerrero. Jose Villa Panganiban has translated it as "Kailangan Isang Tsaperon".
This household comedy tells about conflicts among a rich couple and their children because of their opposing views on behavior and on family norms. The conflicts here revolves on the parent's want for their children to have a chaperon
First Performance: The Filipino Players, under the author’s direction, at St. Cecilia’s Hall, November 21, 1940
* DON FRANCISCO (The father)
* DOÑA PETRA (The mother)
* NENA (Their daughter)
* ROBERTING (Their son)
* DOÑA DOLORES
* FRED (Her son)
* FRANCISCO (The servant)
* PABLO (The mayordomo)
TIME: One Sunday morning, at about eleven.
SCENE: The living-room. Simply furnished. A window on the right. At the rear, a corridor. A door on the left Sofa, chairs, etc. at the discretion of the director.
When the curtain raises, DON FRANCISCO, about sixty, is seen sitting on the sofa, smoking a cigar He wears a nice-looking lounging robe. Presently ROBERTING, his twenty-year old son, good-looking, well-dressed, enters. He wants to ask some. Thing from his father, but before he gathers enough courage, he maneuvers about the stage and clears his throat several times before he finally approaches him.
ROBERTING: (Clearing his throat). Ehem-ehem-ehem!
FRANCISCO: (Looking up briefly). Ehem
FRANCISCO: (Without looking at him). What?
ROBERTING: Well, you see it's like this-
FRANCISCO: Like what?
ROBERTING: It's not easy to explain, Father
FRANCISCO: If it isn't then come back when I'm through with the paper ROBERTING: Better now, Father. It's about-money.
FRANCISCO: Money! What money?
ROBERTING: Well, you see-...