Mr. Smith is a high-school English teacher who used to know this for sure: he loves his students, his wife and his poetry. When a single event unravels his world and sends him free-falling into a crisis of faith, a Boy Scout named Virgil mysteriously arrives to take him on a soul-searching trek through a haunted wilderness that begins in an empty church, continues to a camp out in the woods, and ends on a front porch with a red door.
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- Type of Show Full-length Play
- Product Code V38000
- Cast Size 2
- Min. Royalty Rate $90/perf
- Cost $10.95
- Approx. Run Time 85 min
- ISBN(13) 9781583426944
Media Reviews"The Velvet Rut sometimes feels like a Twilight Zone echo of Dante's The Divine Comedy (in which the Roman poet Virgil acts as a guide to hell and purgatory). But in James Still's play, it's a Boy Scout named Virgil rather than a dead poet who helps Mr. Smith recover his will to live in the aftermath of nightmarish violence on Earth. The Velvet Rut works to derail ordinary trains of thought, prodding us out of comfort by raising questions that are more exciting than the easy answers many plays provide." -St. Paul Pioneer Press
"When our world falls apart and our defenses collapse and we have just enough will to resist committing suicide, then a new perception of reality may usher its way into our life in a way we never would have imagined. That perception is what playwright James Still has captured uncannily in his luminescent play, The Velvet Rut." -Star Tribune/Daily Variety