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Barrie, Shirley (aka Shirley G. Barrie, Canadian playwright, arts administrator, 1945-____), “Revelation,”

a 35-minute tragicomedy of errors in English, set in a graveyard, Resurrection morning,

1m1f; © 2000 by Shirley Barrie; • script/rights available from Shirley Barrie, 462 Clendenan Avenue, Toronto Ontario M6P 2X6, Canada, e-mail sbarrie.kchubb@sympatico.ca, www.shirleybarrie.ca, telephone (home) 416-762-7050, fax 416-762-8769. • Cited by Shirley Barrie, via ftp September 7, 2000; Barrie says,

§ Dramatis Personae John (m), 35, a handsome, well-dressed man; Mary (f), an elderly woman with poor eyesight, and a sharp tongue.

§ Synopsis “‘The trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible.’ It’s judgement day. John, a handsome man in his mid-30s climbs out of his coffin to find himself having been buried next to an old woman with poor eyesight, a sharp tongue and a confused mind. To his horror, she turns out to be Mary, his wife who’d insisted on being buried beside her ‘true love’ in spite of a long second marriage to Angus, a cantankerous Scot. Mary is delighted at her reunion with John and is ready to take up where they left off before his tragic accident. John is reluctant not just at the physical difference between them, but also because of what he’s hiding emotionally. At the same time, before he’s ‘judged,’ he’s compelled to find out what happened to Mary and their son after his death. As Mary’s mind jumps from recent past, to present, to far past, a series of revelations show how they both have deluded themselves about relationships and love.

§ Comment “‘Revelation' won first place in the Drama Workshop Playwriting Contest at the Civic Center Studio Theatre, Des Moines, Iowa, U.S.A., in 2000.” • Addendum January 31, 2005: “The play also won third prize in the Drama Association of Wales Playwriting Competition in 2002. It was produced at the New Ideas Festival, Alumnae Theatre, Toronto in 2001 and at the Toronto Fringe Festival in 2002.”

§ Themes accident, change, coffin, death, deception, error, judgement day, living in the moment, marriage, memory, remarriage, resurrection, reunion, tragicomedy, true love. See also Shirley Barrie’s

  • "Madhouse," a 10-minute black comedy in English set in the basement corridor of a hospital, late evening, 2000, 1f
  • "Possession," a 20-minute comedy in English, set in a room with a chair, a side table, a stack of books and a telephone, Saturday evening, 2004, 1f (+m or f percussionist)
  • "A Witch's Brew," a 40-minute comedy-drama in English set in a duck blind, an upscale condo, a garden, and a timeless anywhere ere, now and all time, 3f

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Page mounted September 8, 2000, and updated March 1, 2001, January 30, 31, 2005, by the Webmaster.

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