Frere Lawrence — A Play

Frere Lawrence — A Play

by Thomas F. Rogers

(For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups)
The late private life of T. E. Lawrence derives from Lawrence’s posthumously published autobiography, The Mint. A military hero of mythic proportions after WW I and dutifully subject to his society’s stringent Victorian mores — so antithetical to his true nature — he later adopts the surname Shaw and chooses anonymity as a non-commissioned serviceman, thus totally expunging his former identity, a kind of suicide. The noble, neurotic Lawrence evokes our nearly insatiable and often frustrated yearning for intimacy, or as Freud titled it, the “discontent” of “civilization” — the perhaps most fundamental socio-biological root of everyone’s ‘double bind,’ for which talent and prominence are ultimately no sublimation and often the catalytic source of a deep seated loneliness. Both with a mix of present tense and flashback (derived from Lawrence’s classic memoir, The Seven Pillars of Wisdom, and through the eyes of so-called intimates, the story unfolds as a nightmare of images and aural effects that weave the fabric of the “genius” known as “Lawrence of Arabia.” Contains adult language and situations.


  • 17M 3F (can be doubled to 5M 3w)
    • T.E. Lawrence, retired corporal, British Royal Air Force–in his late forties
      Hainsworth (also plays: Australian Major, Other Enlistee, Bey & R.A.F. Seargent)–middle aged
      Charlotte Shaw, wife of George Bernard Shaw–middle aged
      Davis (also plays Young Arab Daud & Young R.A.F. Enlistee)
      Finley (also plays Young Arab Farraj, Other Enlistee & Young R.A.F. Enlistee)
      Madge, Finley’s girlfriend
      Nora, Davis’ girlfriend
      PolicemanVOICES (can be recorded or doubled by off-stage performers)
      Mullah’s Voice
      Voice (Arab)
      2nd Voice (Arab)
      3rd Voice (Arab)
      Turkish Voice
      Austrian Voice
      Voice (Turkish)
      2nd Voice (Turkish)
      3rd Voice (Turkish)
      Mullah’s Voice (different from Mullah’s Voice, above)
  • 1 Unit Set
  • 2 hours
  • ORDER #3058

Available for ALL producing groups.


  • The Perusal Pages File (in PDF format) can be read by clicking FrereLawrencePERUSAL It contains the first act of the three act script.
  • This and other plays by Thomas F. Rogers may be read in the new publication: The Plays of Thomas F. Rogers Volume 1 : Perestroika and Glasnost (the FIVE plays included are: Charades, Crime and Punishment, God’s Fools, The Idiot, and The Second Priest. You can purchase the five play volume HERE for $16.00 (saving $3.99 off the list price) and getting to read five of Tom Rogers’ plays about Russia before, during and after Communism. Introduction by Bob Nelson, Professor of Theatre at University of Utah.
  • Volume 2 of The Plays of Thomas F. Rogers : Personal Journeys, is also available containing SEVEN titles: Frére Lawrence, Gentle Barbarian, The Immortal, The Seagull, Siegfried Idyll, The Wager, and A Good Man Is Hard To Find (a short play), all dealing with personal struggles, choice, accountability and consequences. The entire Volume 2 is available HERE.Introduction by Tim Slover, Professor of Theatre at University of Utah.


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(Any PDF purchased will be emailed to your email address — if you need to provide that to us (not the one on your PayPal account?), email us. CDs will be mailed to a snail mail address. Do not purchase rehearsal materials or pay for royalties until you have performance clearance.)

  • Script in PDF format  — Order #3058a : $25.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)

  • First Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3058d : $75

  • Second Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3058e : $65

  • Professional Royalties will be quoted upon application


  •  Part of the PREMIERE PLAY FILE. Your production group could be listed here as the Premiere Producer.


The following is how the credits should read in all programs, posters, fliers, handbills and other promotional advertising for the show:

Frere Lawrence

Thomas F. Rogers

NOTE: The names of the Playwright(s), Composer, Lyricist, and Bookwriter shall be equal in size, type, coloring, boldness, and prominence. No billing shall appear in type larger or more prominent than the billing to the Authors except for the title of the play. (In a press release all type, will of course, be the same size.)


Frere Lawrence is presented through special arrangement with Leicester Bay Theatricals.  All authorized materials are also supplied by LBT,”

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