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Jurgen, the Pawnbroker

Acts: 3; Pages: 68; Actors: 1 female; 5 male

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The play is based upon the novel, Jurgen, a Comedy of Justice, a medieval romance novel written by James Branch Cabell in 1919. The setting is the fictional European area of Poictesme; the time is the mid 1200’s. As a young man, Jurgen—a self-styled poet—was surely destined to be a duke or a cardinal or something and be married to his “Heart’s Desire,” Dorothy la Desirée the sister of a count. Thirty years later, pawnbroker Jurgen is married to a shrewish wife and he is sure that life has cheated him of love and position. A chance meeting with the Devil (?) sets him on a quest to do a major life do-over in his former youthful body.  Along the way he meets several fantastical beings, has several amorous adventures, and gives himself enough promotions to further his aims (Duke, Emperor, Pope). He even is allowed to sit on the throne of God.

A Priest, a Rabbi and a Horse . . .

Acts: 1; Pages: 13; Actors: 2 female; 2 male

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Some people don’t like to keep getting interrupted when they’re telling a great joke.

Diabolus ex Machina

Acts: 1; Pages: 64; Actors: 2 male; 2 female (one, a child)

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A deus ex machina is a stage device in Greek and Roman drama in which a god appeared in the sky by means of a crane (Greek, mechane) to resolve the plot of a play. A diabolus ex machina (author’s own definition) denotes something that appears suddenly and unexpectedly in your computer and provides an apparently insoluble difficulty. See what happens when a writer’s main character rebels against the story being written about him.

Hemlock

Acts: 3; Pages: 43; Actors: 4 male; 2 female

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Are there unintended consequences to Physician-Assisted Suicide laws now appearing in various states around the country? Maybe . . . ?

Something Like a Star

Acts: 1; Pages: 14; Actors: 2 male; 3 female

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High school students and their teacher listen to – – and afterwards discuss – – a poem written by Robert Frost that has been set to music by Randall Thompson.

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