Marginalia

A medieval scriptorium in the 14th century. A girl who has visions who wants to read Sappho. A boy with a secret who wants to make books. Two monks who spend their days among words but can't seem to talk straight to one another . A wealthy widow who wants to build something that outlasts her. And an Abbott who likes to kneel.

A play about faith as an act of creation, creation as an act of...
A medieval scriptorium in the 14th century. A girl who has visions who wants to read Sappho. A boy with a secret who wants to make books. Two monks who spend their days among words but can't seem to talk straight to one another . A wealthy widow who wants to build something that outlasts her. And an Abbott who likes to kneel.

A play about faith as an act of creation, creation as an act of faith, and building the life you want out of the margins.
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Marginalia

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  • David Hansen:
    11 Apr. 2020
    WIth this script, Gwynn celebrates passion; passion for books, passion for reading, passion for writing, and passion for passion. She has created a lively little abbey, peopled with charming characters, each seeking their own garden of earthly delights. If only the world were more like this Benedictine cloister. It is a captivating play, one which I would love to see produced. Highly recommended!

Character Information

  • AALIS
    16,
    Any race/ethnic identity
    ,
    Cis Woman
    An oblate given to the monastery who has had visions since she was a child. She/hers.
  • ADAM
    16,
    Any race/ethnic identity
    ,
    Trans man
    a monk who has just joined the monastery. He/His. Must be played by a trans man/trans-masculine actor.
  • PHILOMENA
    40s-50s,
    Any race/ethnic identity
    ,
    Cis Woman
    A widowed wealthy woman of nobility, who is a benefactor to the monastery. She/hers.
  • SERAFINO
    30s-40s,
    Any race/ethnic identity
    ,
    Cis Man
    a monk and transcriber in the scriptorium. He/His. Must be played by a Black or Middle Eastern actor.
  • WILMOTT
    30s-40s,
    Any race/ethnic identity
    ,
    Cis Man
    a monk and illuminator in the scriptorium. He/His.
  • FREDERIC
    40s-50s,
    White
    ,
    Cis Man
    the Abbott of the Monastery. He/His.