The Flight into Egypt

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The Flight into Egypt

10 Minute Play, Comedy  /  1w, 1m, 1any gender (adult)

This short play, set in the Holy Land of Egypt, is part of Thornton Wilder's Playlets: Short, Short Plays for 3-5 Persons.

The Flight into Egypt

  • Cast Size
    Cast Size
    1w, 1m, 1any gender (adult)
  • Duration
    Duration
    10 minutes
  • SubGenre
    Subgenre
    Farce, Fantasy, Fables/Folktales, Faith-based
  • Suggested Use
    • Competition or audition material
  • Audience
    Target Audience
    Appropriate for all audiences
The Flight into Egypt

Details

Summary

“The Holy Land. Egypt... From time to time there are auctions of the fittings that made up the old dime museums, and at such an auction you should be able to pick up a revolving cyclorama of the Holy Land and Egypt, which is the scenery for this piece...”

A loquacious donkey named Hepzibah, who moves along on her own time, stars in this comic drama as she transports Mary and the baby Jesus to Egypt and safety, with Joseph traveling along on foot. Hepzibah alternately complains, gossips, and talks about politics and religion–and from her mouth comes a cosmic question that foreshadows some of the recurring questions in Wilder’s drama and fiction: What is the relationship between reason and faith?

This short play is included in the collection Thornton Wilder's Playlets: Short, Short Plays for 3-5 Persons.

History
This comic piece was first published in The Angel That Troubled the Waters in 1928. In 1940, by then an internationally acclaimed playwright, Wilder wrote to his close friend Sibyl Colfax that this playlet was “one of the best things I was ever permitted to write.” The piece was inspired by the playwright’s boyhood experiences in church pageants, and by Hugo Wolf’s song “Nieu Wondre Maria.”
Cast Attributes

HEPZIBAH

OUR LADY

ST. JOSEPH

  • Time Period Greek; Roman & Biblical
  • Setting The Holy Land. Egypt.
  • Features Period Costumes
  • Additional Features Physical Comedy
  • Duration 10 minutes
  • Cautions
    • No Special Cautions

Media

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    Thornton Wilder: It's Time

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Authors

Thornton Wilder

Thornton Wilder (1897-1975), born in Madison, Wisconsin, and educated at Yale and Princeton, was an accomplished novelist and playwright whose works explore the connection between the commonplace and the cosmic dimensions of human experience. The Bridge of San Luis Rey, one ...

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