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Michael

Miles Malleson

Short Play, Drama  /  3f, 4m, 2boy(s) or girl(s)

The angel Michael comes from Heaven to learn three lessons about mankind: what dwells in man, what is not given to man, and what men live by. 

Michael

by  Miles Malleson

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    3f, 4m, 2boy(s) or girl(s)
  • Duration
    Duration
    30 minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Faith-based
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Adult
    • Teen (Age 14 - 18)
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Description

Michael, the Angel, is appointed to gather souls departing in the hour of death. He fails in one of his divine missions, and as punishment is sent to dwell in the cottage of a Russian peasant boot-maker. Through the events of his life with these humble folk he learns the answers to three questions: ‘What dwells in Man?’, ‘What is not given to Man?’ and ‘What does Man live by?’

Having learned that it is not given to man to know his own needs, and it is Love by which he lives, he imparts this knowledge to those who have housed him, and is permitted to return to his labours.


History
Michael was first produced by the students of the Academy of Dramatic Art on Tuesday, April 3, 1917, at the St. James Theatre.

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Professional Theatre
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
  • Church / Religious Groups

Licence details

  • Minimum Fee: £13 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Specifics

Details

  • Duration: 30 minutes
  • Setting: A peasant's hut.
  • Additional Features: No intermission

Casting

3f, 4m, 2boy(s) or girl(s)
Cast Attributes
  • Non-Traditional casting
  • Cross gender casting
  • Features Children
  • Roles for Children

SIMON - middle aged
MATRYONA - a peasant woman
ANIUSKA - a child
MICHAEL - apparently about 18
A RUSSIAN NOBLE
HIS SERVANT
A WOMAN
TWO CHILDREN

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