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Gordon Bennett

GORDON BENNETT

  

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Gordon C. Bennett is Professor emeritus at eastern University, St. Davids, Pa, where he taught Communication (Speech and Theatre) for 29 years before taking early retirement. During that time he was responsible, as department chairman, for the supervision and/or direction of two mainstage productions each school year. Mr. Bennett has a Ba in psychology (Dickinson College), an M.Div. from the American Baptist Seminary of the West, and an M.A. in Communication from Temple University. He is the author of several articles in journals as well as two books on church-related Theatre. He has published a wide variety of one-act plays with both church and secular publishers. His one-act, VeRILY, is still in print with Pioneer Drama Service. His latest work is a two-act Drama about the life and times of Moliere, GOD OF LaUGHTeR, which was first produced at eastern University in 2000. In 2001 it was given a staged reading by Hedgerow Theatre as part of its New Horzons Festival, and in 2003 it won CITa's national prize for best full-length play in their biennial competition. For sample scenes from GOD OF LaUGHTeR go to: htttp://hometown.aol.com/orcagb/myhomepage/business.html. To contact Mr. Bennett call: 610-466-0693.

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        Defeat Of the Horseless Carriage, The         Elms Sinnomore         From Nineveh To Now         God Of Laughter         Happy Tales, Fables And Plays         Holy Trinity, The         Public Enemy Number One         Role Players, The         S Is For Sloane         So Why Does That Weirdo Prophet Keep Watching The Water?         Solomon Grundy         Sweet Land Of Liberty         Verily



Defeat Of the Horseless Carriage, The

Synopsis:
open stage requiring a variety of properties, thirties costumes] a movement to ban the automobile from the nation's highways is launched by the feisty, personable Lizzie Boardman. the story is told via the lecture hall-Lyceum framework with transitional ragtime music. an older Lizzie tells her story to the audience while a younger Lizzie plays the role in reenacted scenes. Humorous and engaging.

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Genre:
two-act epic Drama, two hours

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Male:  9            Female:  6            Other:  with doubling

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Elms Sinnomore

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This is a takeoff on Gilbert and Sullivan rewritten with a church and pastoral plot, using the original music with new lyrics by Hugh Morrison Pease. as in "Pinafore" we have young lovers of unequal station. Instead of the Pinafore Captain, we have the Chaplain; instead of the admiral, we have a Bishop. the sinister Dick Deadeye turns up as Rick Redeye, the church custodian, a cynic who sees a hypocrite under every pew.

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Congregations In Pa. And Va    

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Genre:
two-act religious musical

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Male:  8            Female:  3            Other:  plus a four-voice chorus

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From Nineveh To Now

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This collection is based on Old Testament stories of Jonah, Noah and Daniel.

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Bethany Press, Paoli, Pa   -

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trilogy

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God Of Laughter

Synopsis:
God of Laughter is a historical Drama about the celebrated comedian Moliere, his life and times in 17th Century France. By turns interspersed with hilarity, confrontation, pathos, desperation, and reconciliation, the play offers an arresting look backstage into Moliere's relationships, and we see him creating his own works out of life experience. the two acts cover the last 15 years of his life, and we find that, besides the flesh and blood antagonists that plagued him, time itself becomes a major obstacle for this most ambitious and talented satirist. the supreme irony of Moliere dying of TB following the fourth performance of the Imaginary Invalid in which he takes the role of a hypochondriac, along with a riveting deathbed scene involving his wife armande and her lover Baron as well as a "visit" from his old friend and mentor, Madelaine Bejart, makes for a powerful denoument.

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won the 2003 full-length play Award from Christians in theatre Arts in their national competition.

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Eastern University, Pa     2000

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Friendship Press, New York.   -

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Genre:
Historical Drama, 2 act One act

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Male:  6            Female:  4            Other:  or 6m 6f

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Happy Tales, Fables And Plays

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a collection of 16 short readers theatre pieces. Titles include "Mosquito Tale," "Joybox," "the Man Who Wouldn't Shake Hands," and "Michael Quest."

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Holy Trinity, The

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Set in a mental ward, three psychotics interact in this work. Two men, who think of themselves as God and the Holy Spirit, confront a woman who thinks of herself as Jesus.

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Genre:
20 min One act

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Male:  2            Female:  1            Other:  -

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Public Enemy Number One

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episodic form similar to Rice's "the adding Machine." expressionistic play, with humor and satire, depicting the effects of the automobile on a man, his family and society.

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Eastern College    

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Genre:
70 min One act

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Male:  5            Female:  4            Other:  or 4m 5f with doubling

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Role Players, The

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Two therapists attempt to help two neurotics deal with their deepsea ted guilt and fear. When they discover that the clients identify with Judas and Mary Magdalen, they role-play some biblical scenes.

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Eastern College    

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Genre:
40 min One act

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Male:  2            Female:  2            Other:  -

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S Is For Sloane

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This comedy features an eccentric old gentleman filing a most unusual lawsuit.

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Genre:
comedy One act

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Male:  2            Female:  3            Other:  -

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So Why Does That Weirdo Prophet Keep Watching The Water?

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Solomon Grundy

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the leading character is a funeral director. In the style of Moliere.

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Pioneer Drama Service, Denver, Co.   -

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Genre:
two act comedy

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Male:  5            Female:  4            Other:  -

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Sweet Land Of Liberty

Synopsis:
In this exercise in American fantasia, Uncle S-am and aunt Sal are folksy raconteurs who introduce ironic historical scenes to prove that America has, from the beginning, practised the highest ideals. This work is a kind of Dramatic wishful thinking.

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45 min One act

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Verily

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Verily, a short two-act Drama, concerns two psychotic individuals and their two counselors. Both patients are delusional: Jerome believes himself to be Judas Iscariot and Marla, Mary Magdalene. the setting is a mental institution, and the counselors have brought them together, hoping that if they act out their biblical roles it may provoke some kind of self-awareness and change their conditions. Remarkable things do happen as they interact in the biblical settings, prompted by their counselors, and ultimately they find a redemptive forgiveness that promises to change their lives.This is arresting Drama, not without humor, and with flashbacks and surreal elements that community theatres and more advanced church Drama groups will find challenging.

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Genre:
Short Play One act

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Male:  2            Female:  4            Other:  -

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