Only Human

(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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  • Nolan Nightingale:
    2 Jun. 2020
    This is the kind of monologue that an actor can really sink his teeth into. When this piece isn't ripping your heart out, it is funny in a very human way, the story of a couple of priests just having a fun conversation. This makes the tragedy of the piece all the more poignant.
  • 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.

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, Short New Play Festival
    ,
    2020
  • Reading
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    Phoenix Theatre (MN)
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    Focal Theatre Lab (IA)
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    St. John's Lutheran Church (NYC)
    ,
    2019
  • Reading
    ,
    Lakewood Playhouse (WA)
    ,
    2019

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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Mystic Vision Players
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(selected for production but cancelled due to COVID-19)
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2020
Selection
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New Plays Festival
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The Factory Theatre at Greenville University
,
2019