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Pilgrims (radio play manuscript)
"A wonderfully idiosyncratic take on love and marriage in a future age." —Gordon House, former head of BBC Radio Drama
By Diane Ney.

Cast: 3 to 4m., 2w. Remember the good old days of radio—when people had to use their imaginations—when the mind was a stage? Those days are back—only better! The sounds of a future world find their voice in the distant past, as snatches of poetry ("Good Pilgrim, you do wrong your hand") provide the inspiration for this light-hearted fantasy about love and commitment. Marriage has been forbidden because The Ancients discovered it led to breakdowns, insanity and object throwing. Instead, people renew their coupling vows every seven years, often taking advantage of the escape clause. This seems perfectly natural to Celia, who's celebrating her 20th birthday, her Woman's Birthday, when she becomes legally free to choose her first coupling partner. She's hoping that will be Mike, her fellow literary restorer, who's working with her on creating a story for the upcoming Festival of the Ancients from the poetry fragments. Mike loves Celia, but, inspired by those heady fragments and by a book on ancient coupling practices, he's decided to convince her to marry him. Given that this radical practice will mean they must leave the City and live in the wilderness without any technology or rent control, Mike is going to have to do a lot of convincing. And fast. The boat leaves in three hours and they still have to take care of all the preliminaries listed in the book (like the "shower"). Complicating Mike's plans is Celia's muscular intended, Drake, who's rarin' to couple with the birthday girl. Approximate Running Time: 45 minutes.

Notes
Some of the advantages to producing radio plays:

One Simple Set—A radio station—made up mostly of drapes, a control booth (if desired), mikes, and sound effects equipment.

Less Wardrobe—no changes of wardrobe are necessary.

Less Staging—actors simply stand at mikes most of the time.

Less Rehearsal—actors don't memorize lines—they just read them.

Fewer Cast Members—one actor plays many parts.

No Props—only scripts.


This title is in manuscript format. Upon licensing, a permission to photocopy form will be issued.
Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  One-Act
Catalog Code:  PB3
No. of Act(s):  1
Pages:  35
Royalty:  $35.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $39.95
Approx. Running Time:  45 min.
Categories
Target Audience: High School | College and Adult | Family (All Audiences)
Performing Group: College Theatre | Senior Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Comedy | Drama | Fantasy | Radio Play
ISBN (10): 158342380X
Publication Date: 08/14/2006
Biographies
Diane Ney's stage plays have been produced in regional theaters nationwide, and she has had numerous radio plays produced by the BBC. Four of her plays have been published, and three have won awards, including the Kesselring Award for The Jeremiah. One of her plays, Great Hunger, was nominated for a Helen Hayes Award for Best New Play. Ney is ...More
Rights & Availability
This title can be licensed/sold throughout the world
* Please note that royalties quoted in our catalog are intended for K-12 schools with a standard curriculum only. All other producing groups must submit a completed application.


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