I adapted six of the Hapsburg stories as one-act plays, all comedies. There will be a production of “Algebra” and “This Is My Story” in the Underground Theater, under the sanctuary of Hinton Avenue Methodist Church, Charlottesville, on the weekend of January 31, 2015. “Algebra” is an adaptation of the story “Twirlette,” featuring the Clough sisters–Elizabeth twirls a baton, and Emily tutors a high school senior in algebra. “This Is My Story” is an adaptation of “Tittle-Tattle”–five citizens compete in public speaking at the Lyceum, as each tells a story from his or her life. The audience votes for the best.
There’s more to come from Hapsburg. “Cousin Tony” arrives for his annual rest after Mardi Gras, gives a chest of jewelry to the Clough sisters, supposedly from their great grandmother, and returns to New Orleans to die. Mavis looks for “Sensible Shoes” at the Thrift Shop and gets mixed up in a bank robbery, while the robber hastily disguised as Claire steps out with unsuspecting Ernie, who came to look for collectible toasters.