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Holy Ghosts - Full Length Play

Holy Ghosts

Romulus Linney

Full Length Play

10m, 5f

ISBN: 9780822205265

Seeking to retrieve his runaway wife (and the possessions she has take…

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Seeking to retrieve his runaway wife (and the possessions she has taken with her), Coleman Shedman arrives at the rural meeting house of a southern pentecostal sect with a lawyer in tow. But his wife, Nancy, is unwilling to forsake the love and protection of her new "husband," the Reverend Obediah Buckhorn, and return to the brutal, hard-drinking Coleman. And when the strapping Reverend Buckhorn himself arrives, it is quickly evident that Coleman will not be able to take her back by force. Rich with atmosphere and the feel of southern rural life, the play blends humor and poignancy as it probes into the circumstances and stories of the various cult members—culminating in a gripping snake-handling scene in which the cynical Coleman, to his own amazement, is himself converted to a true believer.
A stunning, often funny, and ultimately moving study of a Southern snake-handling cult, which has enjoyed successful productions both Off-Off-Broadway and in leading regional theatres. "…the flow of language and the rhythm of the play's construction are the work of a superior intellect." —NY Magazine. "By every imaginable measuring stick, Linney is an author to be reckoned with…" —Birmingham (Ala.) News. "The play is an American gem cut out of the spirit of mountain people—funny and deeply moving…" —Birmingham (Ala.) Post-Herald.


10m, 5f

Romulus Linney

Romulus Linney

Romulus Linney was the author of three novels, many short stories, and forty plays, staged throughout the United States and abroad. They include The Sorrows of Frederick, Holy Ghosts, Childe Byron, Heathen Valley, 2, and a stage adaptation of Ernest Gaines' novel, A Lesson Before Dying.He won two OBIE awards, one for Sustained Excellence in Playwriting, two National Critics Awards, three ... view full profile

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