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"Joseph and Mary"

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Dougherty, Dean (American playwright, writer, actor, director, 1944-____), “Joseph and Mary,”

a 10-minute mystery play (as in the York Cycle) in English, set in Nazareth, somewhere in the Middle East, c. 4 B.C.E.,


; • © 1985, rev. 1999 by Dean Dougherty; • in Dean Dougherty’s Joseph and Mary (Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.: The Author, 1999); • script/rights available from Dean Dougherty, 508 Beechwood Drive, Kennett Square, Pennsylvania 19348, U.S.A., e-mail Dean1980WS@aol.com, telephone, (home) 610-444-0920. • Cited by Dean Dougherty via ftp April 1, 2002; Dougherty says,

§ Dramatis Personae Joseph (m), a nice person, a carpenter; Mary (f), a nice person, Joseph’s wife.

§ Synopsis “Joseph, a carpenter, returns from sales trip. Mary tells him that the Angel of the Lord has told her she will be the Mother of God. Joseph finds this rather hard to believe. His language is not obscene, but he is incredulous and very angry. Given what Mary has said, his initial reaction is normal. They discuss the matter. Eventually Joseph says he will still marry her.

§ Comment “Please, do not make an initial inquiry over the phone. • To play the parts, actors should decide what they believe. This is a very natural play. There is humor, but there are no thunderclaps or visible or aural evidence of angels.” • Addendum: “Currently completing another anthology: 20th Century. cast-size-gender: 1 woman, 1 man. Copyright: 1985, rev. 1999. One scene. Costumes are either period or contemporary. Nothing is outlandish or over the top. These are plain, simple, and decent people. They are not stupid. There can be no sight gags. There is enough humor without them. Even the lucrative ‘In Rome We Trust’ sign is never shown. This play is one of a dozen in an anthology called God's Greatest Hits. . . . Some have casts of more than four, but no cast is large. GGH won the Delaware Valley Prize for Theater in 1985 and was performed at Strabismus Theater, Pennsylvania [U.S.A.]. One of the plays, ‘Moses and Friend,’ was performed at the Wilmington Opera House, Delaware [U.S.A.], in 1999.”

§ Themes Bible stories retold, cycle, family, Joseph, marriage, Mary, medieval mystery play, New Testament, sales, visit.

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