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Charles Case's plays including biography, theatres, agent, synopses, cast sizes, production and published dates
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Shekinah, a new black comedy by Charles Case, revolves around the tragic, humorous and desperate lives of post-World War I spiritualists. People who lost loved-ones to WWI or a child to polio made especially easy prey for these practitioners of mystic bunkum, who would abuse the desperate and those whose desperation made them blind. Shekinah involves a trio of such charlatans: a woman named Billie Dove, whose talent as a medium is legendary, and two male cohorts in crime, Henry, a cantankerous old vaudevillian, and Wesley, his young protege-turned-murderer. the setting is 1919 Chicago. Billie and Henry have been on the con for a long time when they meet the ultimate mark: a wealthy doctor clinging to his belief in ghosts as his last hope to be a Father to his dead son. the craft and mendacity of the threesome are matched against the intelligence and rational humanity of the doctor, who invites Billie Dove to live in his home and channel his ten-year-old son. abandoning her accomplices, Billie ends up playing governess and caretaker to a thought, a wisp of air and lingering love. the production will use many of the simple yet effective tricks of the period to reproduce the seance magic performed by sham mediums in the 1920s in the 'spook racket'. the title of the play is a Hebrew word meaning a symbol or manifestation of God on earth.
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