Plague Play

Does violence simply beget more violence? Aaron discovers his body is simply a vessel to destroy a civilization. Supernatural disasters ravage his oppressors, as well as his own body, mind, and soul. His little brother Moses is able to see what is to come...and it's not very pretty. They are frightened, they are emboldened, and they have no idea what they're actually doing. An adaptation of the Book of Exodus: Chapters 7-11.
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Plague Play

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  • William Meurer:
    11 May. 2024
    I had the pleasure of seeing this show recently at IATI theater in NY, and it quickly became one of my favorite plays I've seen all year. Erin Proctor's examination of the effects of the ten plague's on not just its victims, but also its prophets is bitingly funny, cleverly thought out, and above else brutal. Proctor's adaptation asks you to forget all other versions of Exodus you may already know, and to look at the story for what it truly is; a terrifying holy war where no side makes it out unscathed.
  • Daniel Prillaman:
    3 May. 2024
    I was fortunate enough to catch a production of “Plague Play” and good God (maybe, what the hell is God doing here? It doesn’t seem as angelic as it should be?). A nuanced, incredible exploration of cycles of violence and war, justification, hope, grief, and aid. These four characters are so well-written: distinct, layered, each struggling to understand what they are encountering in real-time. The spectacle is largely kept off-stage, letting the words and performances take our imaginations to the darkest places of human suffering. A deftly structured descent (ascent? spiral?) into lament, anguish, and amidst it all, gratefulness.
  • Shaun Leisher:
    7 Dec. 2023
    A play about violence and suffering. A play about the cost of war. I need to see this fully produced. Lots of opportunities for unique stagecraft.

Character Information

  • Aaron
    30s,
    Male
    An enslaved Hebrew. Moses’s older brother and Miriam's twin. His body is used as a vessel to bring forth the Plagues. Always the pessimist.
    The Wicked Child.
  • Moses
    30s,
    Male
    A Hebrew-born, Egyptian-raised, Midianite-transplant. It’s complicated. Granted with the ability to see what is to come.
    The Simple Child.
  • Miriam
    30s,
    Female
    An enslaved Hebrew. Moses’s older sister and Aaron’s twin. Has an innate sense of hope. Always the optimist.
    The Wise Child.
  • Tzipporah
    30s,
    Female
    A Midianite. Moses’s wife and sister-in-law to Aaron and Miriam. Kind of just along for the ride.
    The Child Who Does Not Know How To Ask.

Development History

  • Reading
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    Uncle Mike Productions
    ,
    2022

Production History

  • Professional
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    IATI Theater
    ,
    2024
  • Professional
    ,
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    2023

Awards

Semi-Finalist
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Royer Award
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Association for Theatre in Higher Education
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2023
Semi-Finalist
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Breaking and Entering Theatre Collective
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2023