by Jim Leonard Jr.
Full Length Play, Drama / 6m, 5f
This marvelously theatrical play is the story of a disturbed young man and his friendship with a disenchanted preacher in southern Indiana in the early 1930s.
"A splendid drama by a playwright...with poetic as well as human feeling." - Variety
"The Diviners, which would be meritorious from anyone, is astounding from so young a writer...Renders the humor and horror of the hinterlands with staggering accuracy...Compelling." - New York Magazine
"The playwright's warmth, humor and love for humanity permeate the drama, and make it both touching and entertaining." - Variety
KeywordsAdolescence, Aging, Christianity, Death, Friendship, Love, Memory, Parenting/Family, Religion
- Minimum Fee: $125 per performance
- Time Period: 1930s
- Setting: The play takes place in the homes, fields, and public gathering places of the mythical southern Indiana town of Zion, population forty.
- Features / Contains: Period Costumes
BUDDY LAYMAN – an idiot-boy
JENNIE MAE LAYMAN – his sister
FERRIS LAYMAN – their father, a mechanic
C.C. SHOWERS – a backsliding preacher
NORMA HENSHAW – owner of the Hoosier Dry-Goods, a true believer
DARLENE HENSHAW – her niece
GOLDIE SHORT – owner of the Dine-Away-Cafe
BASIL BENNETT – a farmer, the local doctor of sorts
LUELLA BENNET – his wife, a doubter
MELVIN WILDER – a farmhand
DEWEY MAPLES – a young farmhand