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Lanci, Gabriel (American playwright, February 18, 1940, 19__-____), “Waiting for the Lion,”

a 15-minute drama, in English, set in a a cave in the Jordanian desert, high noon, A.D. 430,


© 1994 by Gabriel Lanci, script/rights available from Gabriel Lanci, 32 Baltimore Street, Lynn, Massachusetts 01902, U.S.A., telephone (home) 781-593-1085, (work) 781-593-1085, e-mail GabeLanci@aol.com. Cited by Lanci Gabriel via ftp, June 5, 1998; Lanci says,
Dramatis Personae Zozimus (m), holy hermit;  Mary (f), famous whore of Alexandria.

Synopsis “Zozimus, a holy hermit, is at prayer when a shadow blocks the cave opening. It’s a woman, Mary, the famous whore of Alexandria. Now 79 years old she has come to Zosimus hearing that he writes down stories of peoples’ lives that are kept for the enlightment of generations to come. Mary has lived in the desert for 47 years, praying, fasting and doing battle with demons. After many years she has been given peace, and now she is worried that God no longer lets her suffer for her ‘great sin.’ Mary feels that if she tells someone of her sin and repentance she might die redeemed. Her story is of deliberate sin, murder and destruction of innocent souls. At her final attempt at blasphemy, she heard a voice telling her to go into the desert. It is there she has spent her days, praying for the people she has sinned against. A lion has now appeared outside her cave and dug a pit as a sign of her approaching death. Zozimus Advises Mary to return to her cave and she goes. Zosimus tells us how he later found her. As he placed her body in the pit, a lion appeared and pushed sand into it filling it and then disappeared into the desert. From his cave, now, Zosimus has noticed lions prowling past, but none has stopped for him.”

Comment See also Gabriel Lanci’s

  • The Darkling Plain,” a 10-minute drama, in English, set in a rocky cliff near a mountain top in central Italy, a dark night in 771 A.D., 2m,
  • Holding Breath,” a 10-minute drama in English, set in a hospital room, a summer afternoon, 1996, 1m2f
  • Light Falling On A Distant Shore,” a 30-minute suspense drama in English, set in conference room in city skyscraper, 3:00 p.m., business day, 1996-98, 3m1f
  • The Passion Play,” a 30-minute drama, in English, set in bar in an elegant restaurant, early evening, 1985 or any time since, 3m
  • Undine,” a 30-minute drama-fantasy in English, set beside a pool in a forest glade, dawn now and night long ago, 2m2f
  • Water Songs,” a 10-minute drama, in English, set upstairs room in a large house by the sea, late afternoon, 1987 or any time after, 1f
  • Themes Alexandria, animal, biographical record, blasphemy, burial, cave, confession, death, demons, desert, destruction, fame, fast, God, harbinger, hermitism, innocence, lion, mission, murder, old age, peace, pit, prayer, prostitution, redemption, repentance, sign, sin, soul, suffering, voice, whoredom.


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