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The Chancellor\'s Tale
The Chancellor's Tale
By Paul Mohrbacher.

Cast: 3m., 1w. This is a dramatic behind-the-scenes power struggle within a church over whether to serve its people or to serve its traditions. It's also about the perils of being male and female, homosexual and heterosexual, in an organization that says we are all one. Like every other organization involved in power struggles, the church has winners and losers. The theme of this play is personal survival—how people create niches on the great scaly walls of monolithic organizations, places in which they can be safe, places from which they can jump. The time is now and the place a church in an American city. A radical pastor triggers the problem by his witnessing of a union between two lesbian women. His action creates a dilemma for the chancellor who oversees the diocese: should the church discipline the priest and remove him from his parish or should he just be encouraged to pursue a quieter ministry which includes homosexuals? Demanding rigorous action against the pastor is a fellow priest, Peter, who is a friend of the chancellor. Peter becomes even more alienated as he uncovers the chancellor's vacillation. Meanwhile a friend of the liberal pastor, an outspoken woman who teaches theology at a local Catholic college, helps the pastor confront his mixed motives in challenging the church. At the same time she forces a heartbreaking resolution of his relationship with her. Caught in the middle, the chancellor tries desperately to balance these powerful forces only to find them, lethal and devastating, directed at him. The play catches an essence of this moment, and at the same time echoes of a thousand years ago—the liberal pastor and the female theologian could be Eloise and Abelard, just as the driven conservative priest could be the inquisition! An insightful and adult play that is written with great power and deeply moving sensitivity. Area staging.

Play details
Status:  In Stock
Type of show:  Full-Length
Catalog Code:  C85
Cast Size:  4
No. of Act(s):  2
Pages:  57
Royalty:  $75.00 /perf.*
Cost:  $8.95
Approx. Running Time:  70 min.
Target Audience: College and Adult
Performing Group: College Theatre | Community Theatre | Stock & Lort
Genre: Drama
ISBN (10): 0871291681
Paul Mohrbacher was born in Duluth, Minn., and has lived in the Twin Cities area of Minneapolis/St. Paul all his life. The Chancellor's Tale is Mohrbacher's first complete play, begun in 1987 shortly after the pope's visit to the United States (an event figuring in the "tale").More
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* 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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