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Plays by
Gwen Adams

The Other Wiseman:
A Festival of
Lessons and Carols

A PLAY BY GWEN ADAMS

The Other Wiseman by Anna Wiebold

Two Commedia dell'Arte Plays for the Modern Stage

PLAYS BY GWEN ADAMS

The Other Wiseman by Anna Wiebold

Puss-in-Boots &
The Return of Puss-in-Boots

A PLAY BY GWEN ADAMS

The Other Wiseman by Anna Wiebold

The New Underground Theater

In the footsteps of St. John Paul II (1920-2005)
& The Rhapsodic Theatre

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The Other Wiseman

A Festival of Lessons and Carols

Adapted for the stage from the story by Henry Van Dyke.
Full-length play
Comedy | Drama
Cast Size: (with doubling) 7 M., 5 W. May be expanded up to 19 m., 10 w., 4 either gender, extras as needed, 1–3 infants.

Two Commedia dell'Arte

Plays for the Modern Stage

Full-length plays
Comedy | Drama
The Secret Room: Adapted from the fairy-tale “Bluebeard” as told by Charles Perrault.
Cast Size: 6M., 4W., 1 either gender
The Flower of Beauty: Adapted from the fairy-tale “The Flower of Beauty” as told by Elsie Spicer Eells.
Cast Size: 5 M., 4 W., 2 either gender
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Puss-in-Boots

& The Return of Puss-in-Boots

Based on the fairy-tale as told by Charles Perrault
Full-length play
Comedy | Drama
Cast Size: (with doubling) 1 M., 1 W., 6 either gender, extras. May be expanded up to 1 m., 2 w., 13 either gender, extras.
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The New Underground Theater

In the footsteps of St. John Paul II (1920-2005) & The Rhapsodic Theatre

What was the Rhapsodic Theatre?

As a young man, Karol Wojtyła participated as an actor in the Rhapsodic Theatre founded by actor, director, and literary critic Mieczyslaw Kotlarczyk (1908-1978).
Against political oppression and hostility to the Catholic Faith, the Rhapsodic Theatre gathered in private homes.
“The theater wasn’t a physical building but an act of artistic resistance . . .
“The shows that the Rhapsodic Theater staged were offered secretly, in people’s living rooms, out of fear of arrest. The sets were minimal (since they had to be smuggled in and set up amid furniture). Everything was stripped away but the essential: to tell the truth, beautifully.

We're carrying the fire.

~Cormac McCarthy, The Road

New Plays for the New Underground Theater

What if times were tough for us? Politically, economically? What if we had to stay home indefinitely? What if it was hard to live our Catholic Faith?
Could we do something so bold as the Rhapsodic Theatre?
You think: “We’re not exactly an amateur or professional company.”
You’re a family, a religious order, a teacher and a handful of students, or just a group of friends.
There’s no ticketing.
Your concessions are simple: cookies, popcorn, a mug of hot chocolate, a glass of wine. Maybe you’ve made sets, props, and costumes from household items. You’re reading a play together; you’re keeping hope alive. There’s no audience–just God and a handful of friends.
If this sounds like you, then you’re doing just what John Paul II and the Rhapsodic Theatre did.
If this sounds like you, then you fall under the bracket of “private group reading.” Nothing would make me happier than to learn family and friends were gathering in small groups across the world to tell stories, share friendship, and keep hope alive by doing live theater in their own homes.
Stage a great play–Shakespeare, Calderon, Chekhov! Or enjoy one of my plays by requesting a license to hold a private group reading and stage your own Underground Theater in the footsteps of St. John Paul II and the Rhapsodic Theatre.

Keep Beauty Alive.

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