Only Human

Selected by Mystic Vision Players, St. Paul's Arts Council's Short New Play Festival, The Factory Theatre at Greenville U's New Plays Festival and other theaters across the U.S.

(Monologue) A priest remembers a tragedy in his past. (A response to gun violence in US places of worship)
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Only Human

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  • Scott Sickles:
    30 Dec. 2019
    What I find most fascinating about tragedy and trauma is how they resonate over time and distance... how they stays with us alongside happiness and triumph. There’s a symbiosis between great love and great loss in “Only Human,” that brands the heart, sharing both the tragedy being remembered and the happiness inspired by the person who was taken away. The monologue also confronts how being near a tragedy affects one differently than if one had directly been part of it while it happened. All this is examined through a spiritual lens that is deeply and individually personal. Beautiful!
  • Mekdelawit Keller:
    10 Dec. 2019
    Absolutely haunting. Guns know no christ. We see leaders of churches as powerful beings, some of which kinda dont seem human. They feel, we all feel. This monologue takes the Bible and questions it like anyone would after a shooting, but through the mouth of someone who believes in the Bible from its core. Powerful.
  • Doug DeVita:
    4 Dec. 2019
    Breathtaking in its simplicity, and gut-wrenching in its humanity, this is a beautiful monologue about an all too common occurrence these days, written with O'Grady's customary elegance and style. Moving, and unfortunately, necessary.

Character Information

  • Rob
    40s.
    A Catholic priest. He could be wearing a priest's uniform or ordinary street clothes.

Development History

  • Reading
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    St. Paul's Arts Council (IN)
    ,
    2020
  • Reading
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    Phoenix Theatre (MN)
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    Focal Theatre Lab (IA)
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    St. John's Lutheran Church (NYC)
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    2019
  • Reading
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    Lakewood Playhouse (WA)
    ,
    2019

Production History

  • Professional
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    Mystic Vision Players
    ,
    2020

Awards

Selection
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Short New Play Festival
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St. Paul's Arts Council
,
2020
Selection
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New Plays Festival
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The Factory Theatre at Greenville University
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2019