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Handley, Jody (American playwright, writer, communications specialist, 1975-____), “Bless Me, Father,”

a 10-minute contemporary comedy in English, set in a Catholic confessional, 2002,

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; © 2002 by Jody Handley; • in Jody Handley’s Bless Me, Father (San Francisco, California, U.S.A.: The Author, 2002); • script/rights available from Jody Handley, 825 Bush Street #508, San Francisco, California 94108, U.S.A., telephone (home) 415-440-7708, (work) 415-786-8597, e-mail jody@playwrightscentersf.org. • Cited by Jody Handley, via ftp February 5, 2004; Handley says,

§ Dramatis Personae Father Frank (m), 26, priest; Felicity (f), 18, seasoned penitent .

§ Synopsis “Father Frank’s never heard a confession. Felicity, on the other hand, has given plenty. And their lives are about to collide in a most unholy fashion.

§ Comment “One scene. Confessional works with two chairs side-by-side. Props include a flask and priest collar. • Staged reading for Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco Sheherezade, 2001. Mature content. • “Jody Handley's most recently staged work was ‘Subjects,’ produced by the Unidentified Theatre Company as part of the 2003 Bay Area One Acts Festival. Unidentified also produced ‘To Engage in Mutual Touching or Caressing of the Lips’ in March, 2002. In the Playwrights’ Center of San Francisco’s 2001 DramaRama, ‘To Engage . . .’ beat out finalist ‘Subjects’ to win the short play competition. Other credits include ‘Land's End’ in the Playwrights' Center's Sheherezade 2004, ‘All's Fair’ in Three Wise Monkeys' Overnighters Play-in-a-Day marathon, ‘A Midsummer Night’s Real World for Daytrippers’ Play-In-A-Day Marathon and ‘Lucky Penny’ in Three Wise Monkeys’ Short Leaps.”

§ Themes Catholicism, confession, lying, priest, schoolgirl, sex, religion, repentance, virginity.



See also Jody Handley’s

  • "Curls," a 50-minute drama in English, set at a child's beauty pageant at elementary school in Midwest, U.S.A., 8:00 p.m., winter, 2003, 3f
  • "Land's End," a 10-minute contemporary comedy in English, set at Land's End, San Francisco, U.S.A., 2003, 1m1f
  • "Lucky Penny," a 10-minute contemporary comedy in English, set in an apartment, 2002, 3m1f
  • "Subjects," a 40-minute contemporary drama in English, set in an apartment in San Francisco, 2001, 1m1f
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  • To Engage in Mutual Touching or Caressing of the Lips," a 25-minute contemporary comedy in English, set in an apartment, 2000, 1m1f
  • "The Waiting Room," a 27-minute bare-stage religious drama in English, set in Hell, immediately following Jesus' crucifixion, 2m

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