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The Gardener

Vera Isabel Arlett

Short Play, Drama  /  4m, 1boy(s)

Three Roman soldiers are unwittingly hosted by the man they have been sent to arrest.

The Gardener

by  Vera Isabel Arlett

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  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    4m, 1boy(s)
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Fantasy, Fables/Folktales, Faith-based
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    • Appropriate for all audiences
Description
The Old Man Phocas is at peace in his beautiful garden at Sinope in Pontus, overlooking the Black Sea. His servant ushers in three Roman soldiers, weary with travel, whom he entertains graciously. Not knowing who he is, they tell him that they have been sent to arrest Phocas, because he is the centre round whom the Christians of Pontus rally. Serene, he gives them hospitality for the night, sends his boy to warn the Christians to lie low, and digs his own grave. In the morning, he declares his identity. The eldest soldier is distressed but one of his companions threatens to denounce him if he swerves from instructions. The third soldier, a young man who loves beauty and humanity, tries to protect Phocas. He is overborne, but Phocas comforts him and enlightens him.

Considerations

Performing Groups
  • Elementary School / Primary
  • High School/Secondary
  • College Theatre / Student
  • Community Theatre
  • Senior Theatre
  • Shoestring Budget
  • Blackbox / Second Stage /Fringe Groups
  • Church / Religious Groups
  • Youth/Camp Programs
Cautions
  • No Special Cautions

Licence details

  • Minimum Fee: £30 per performance plus VAT when applicable.

Specifics

Details

  • Time Period: Greek; Roman & Biblical
  • Setting: A Garden, 303 AD.
  • Additional Features: Not Applicable
  • Features / Contains: Fantasy Costumes, Period Costumes

Casting

4m, 1boy(s)
Cast Attributes
  • All Male
  • Roles for Children

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Authors

Author

Vera Isabel Arlett

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