Segment 8: Natalie May Dashett Screen Test (1936)

written and produced by Viktor Devonne for 2 Night Stay
performed by Gretchen Violetta



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Natalie May Dashett sketch by Fishy Business

director: Screen test: Natalie May Dashett, Villeroy Studios, March 18, 1936.  Name.

Natalie: Natalie.  Natalie May Dashett.

director: Spell that.

Natalie: N-a-t-a-l-i-e.

director: Your last name.

Natalie: Oh (laugh) D-a-s-h-e-t-t

director: Where are you from?

Natalie: Duanesberg, New York.  Upstate New York.  Near—

director: Age?

Natalie: 20.

director: Says here you do Shakespeare?

Natalie: I can do a lot of things.  I just did Oscar Wilde this year.

director: Hm.  Lewin do that?

Natalie: Yes, sir.

director: He’s a piece of work.

Natalie: Yes, sir.

director: You get along with him?  No keep the hair up, it looks good.

Natalie: Yes, sir.

director: Did you?

Natalie: I’m sorry, sir?

director: Sal, can you get her a glass of water?  Girl looks like she’ll faint dead away.  Did you like working with Albert Lewin, I asked.

Natalie: He was very good to work with, but he didn’t—thank you—he didn’t have a lot of very nice things to say to almost anyone.

director: But good to work with?

Natalie: I learned a lot.

director: Shell-shocked, I bet.  Well.  You have the blue dress on; Lottie said you also had a red with you?

Natalie: Yes, sir.

director:  Let’s see it.

Natalie: Right here, sir?

director: There’s a screen.  What’s the most lines you had in a single show?

Natalie: Bianca was probably about 25.

director: Shrew?

Natalie: Yes, sir. 

director: Supporting girl.  You know we’re taking a chance hiring a girl with no experience.

Natalie: I have experience, sir.  I just haven’t done a picture yet.

director: You’re on the radio?

Natalie: Yes, sir.

director: Who’s your coach?

Natalie: I worked with Madeline Fisher.

director:  Old girl?  Hump on her shoulder?

Natalie: Yes, sir.

director: Let’s see it.  The red looks good on you.  I like the collar.  You have a monologue prepared?  Let’s hear.

Natalie: Why, gentlemen, you do me double wrong,
To strive for that which resteth in my choice:
I am no breeching scholar in the schools;
I’ll not be tied to hours nor ‘pointed times,
But learn my lessons as I please myself.
And, to cut off all strife, here sit we down:
Take you your instrument, play you the whiles;
His lecture will be done ere you have tuned.

Good sister, wrong me not, nor wrong yourself,
To make a bondmaid and a slave of me;
That I disdain: but for these other gawds,
Unbind my hands, I’ll pull them off myself,
Yea, all my raiment, to my petticoat;
Or what you will command me will I do,
So well I know my duty to my elders.

director: Do you know what any of that means?

Natalie: Some of it, sir.

director: Turn left and right for the camera.  OK, thank you.  We’ll let you know.


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Viktor Devonne presents 2 Night Stay

A murder mystery, a ghost story, and found footage, via podcast.

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