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“Up the Mountain and Down”

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d’Amato, Miriam F. (American playwright, teacher, 1933-____), “Up the Mountain and Down,”

a 35-minute drama, an adaptation in English, in five scenes, set in the Land of Canaan, 1200 B.C.E.,


; • © 2001 by Miriam F. d’Amato; • in Miriam F. d’Amato’s Up the Mountain and Down (Winthrop, Massachusetts, U.S.A.: The Author, 2001); • script/rights available from Miriam d'Amato, 62 Floyd Street, Winthrop, Massachusetts 02152, U.S.A., telephone (home) 617-846-8251, e-mail mdamato@lynx.neu.edu. • Cited by Miriam F. d’Amato via ftp September 22, 2003; d’Amato says,

§ Dramatis Personae Abraham (m), old, a stern and vigorous man; Isaac (m), 18, son of Abraham and Sarah, quiet, well-built; Sarah (f), old, wife of Abraham, slightly less vigorous than Abraham, shows traces of great beauty.

§ Synopsis “Sarah is angry with Abraham because he dictates their lives, and Isaac is resentful of his passive role in the family. Sarah follows her husband and son to Mount Moriah, sees Isaac bound, and calls out to Abraham not to hurt their son. When Abraham and Isaac come down, they find Sarah waiting. She claims she has saved Isaac; Abraham has heard only the voice of the angel of God; Isaac, in shock, has heard nothing. This family is in crisis, and their reactions cause Isaac to leave and Sarah and Abraham to reconcile.

§ Comment “‘Up the Mountan and Down’ follows the Biblical story of the binding of Isaac by his father, Abraham, after Abraham hears God's command (Genesis 22:1-19). • (scene i) Main room of the tent of Abraham and Sarah, Canaan, early evening. (scene ii) Outside the tent, that night, (scene iii) Main room of the tent, dawn, the next morning, (scene iv) Mount Moriah, afternoon, three days later. (scene v) Mount Moriah, one hour later. The settings for each scene can be minimal, utilizing lighting as appropriate. The Voice of God can be taped. • This play has been read three times and lends itself well to a reading and discussion. It suits all ages, from high school to senior citizens.

§ Themes Abraham and Isaac, adaptation, Akeda, angel, Bible, binding of Isaac, dominance, family, Genesis, God, Hebrew Scriptures, marriage, midrash, Mount Moriah, Old Testament, reconciliation, resentment.

See also Miriam F. d'Amato's

  • A Noodle Kugel for Company,” a 25-minute drama in English, set in the living room/kitchen of a small apartment, 7:00 p.m., Saturday, winter, 1990s, 1m1f

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