Devil of the Second Stairs

by  George Herman

Full Length Play, Drama  /  9f

A remote priory is the center for local missionary activity. It is winter and the nuns are preparing for the burial of a deceased sister. As they are singing the Miserere, a warm wind rushes through the chapel and the dead nun sits up in her coffin and laughs! Thus begins for the community of nun…

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Devil of the Second Stairs

by  George Herman

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    9f

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A remote priory is the center for local missionary activity. It is winter and the nuns are preparing for the burial of a deceased sister. As they are singing the Miserere, a warm wind rushes through the chapel and the dead nun sits up in her coffin and laughs! Thus begins for the community of nuns a week of terror, voodoo, suspicion, diabolical possession and attendant horrors.
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  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance

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  • Setting: The Priory of St. Helen of the Cross in a remote area of upstate Minnesota. The present. Mid-winter.

Music

  • Musical Style: N/A (Not a musical)
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Casting

9f
SISTER MONICA - about 50, suspicious, exact6ing and authoritative.
SISTER HELENE - about 20, tall, newly professed, intelligent.
SISTER LOUISE - also about 20, gentle and dedicated, also newly professed.
SISTER ANNE -  thin, glasses, about 40, a professional, gifted with a sense of humor.
SISTER JANET - an African-American woman, about 30, speaks in a clipped, crisp Bahamian accent, impressionable.
SISTER MARY - mid-30's, a little overweight, generous, warm, ethusiastic.
SISTER CAROL - about 22, beautiful, a victim of innocent over-simplification.
MOTHER MARGARET - actually her age is indeterminate, glasses, inscrutable, perceptive.
SISTER JUDITH - very old, glasses, small and wizened.
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  • All Female

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George Herman

George Herman is the recipient of 36 awards for his writing. His children's play Nine Dragons is now an illustrated book from Tuttle (Boston). He is the author of A Company of Wayward Saints, which won a McKn ...

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