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by visiting a prostitute. But Birdlace can't bring himself to revel like his friends do. Feeling terrible about how he treated Rose, he leaves them and goes to her. He apologizes as best he can and offers to make it up to her by taking her out to a fancy dinner. At first incredulous, Rose sees Birdlace's apology, though misguided and inarticulate, is in fact genuine. She consents to the date, demanding they never again discuss the dogfight ritual and its indignities. They cautiously set out on their date. At a swanky restaurant, Rose challenges Birdlace's tough exterior and cuts through his posturing, lies, and bravado. They share a meal and inch closer to understanding each other. Later, they take in the late-night view from the Golden Gate Bridge. Rose tells Birdlace that, despite its unpleasantness, what happened earlier that night has helped her to a new understanding. She can no longer allow herself to be defined by what other people think of her. In the remaining hours before Birdlace must report and ship out, Rose nervously invites him home with her. They share an awkward and romantic first sexual experience. The next morning Birdlace returns to his buddies and the world of casual cruelty that shaped him. The Marines head overseas, where they will be pawns in the growing Vietnam conflict. Birdlace sees his friends, including Boland and Bernstein, killed in action. These harsh memories linger as Birdlace arrives in San Francisco in 1967, a broken, confused, lost man, unwelcome and derided. Birdlace makes his way through the changed city to find an older, wiser Rose at the diner. Compassionate as ever, she welcomes him home. MUSICAL NUMBERS 1. Prelude: Take Me Back 2. Some Kinda Time 3. Hey, Good-Lookin' 4. Come to a Party 5. Nothing Short of Wonderful 6. Come to a Party (Reprise) 7. That Face 8. Dogfight 9. Pretty Funny 10. Hometown Hero's Ticker Tape Parade 11. First Date/Last Night 12. Before It's Over 13. Give Way 14. Some Kinda Time (Reprise) 15. Come Back 16. Finale: Take Me Back CAST • BERNSTEIN A Marine private first class and Birdlace's good friend. A bit nerdy and very inexperienced with the opposite sex. (Male, 18-25 yrs old -Range: B2 - B4 ) • BOLAND A Marine private first class and Birdlace's closest friend. A poor Southern cad, he is the most vocal supporter of the dogfight and fairly crude in his behaviour and language. (Male, 18-25 yrs old - Range: B2 - B4 ) • EDDIE BIRDLACE A Marine private first class. He is well respected and a natural leader amongst his comrades. Initially a hothead; a cocky smooth talker. He eventually sheds his brash exterior when he falls for Rose. (Male, 18-25 yrs old - Range: A2 - A4) • MAMA The owner of the local diner. She is unamused by the Marines' antics and protective of her daughter, Rose. (Female, 40-50 yrs old - Speaking Role ) • MARCY Boland's date for the dogfight. She is a nearly toothless and homely prostitute. Crass and brash, but sneaky and cunning. (Female, 25-35 yrs old - Range: F#3 - Eb5 ) • ROSE FENNY A diner waitress who dreams of life as a musician. She is a naturally shy girl, naive of the world around her. Becomes smitten with Birdlace and discovers a lot about her self-respect and confidence along the way. (Female, 18-21 yrs old - Range: G3 - E5) • ENSEMBLE Marines (Sergeant, Gibbs, Fector, Stevens); Bus Passengers; Singers; Hippies