Hancock County • a play

Hancock County • a play

by Tim Slover
(For production by Professional Groups, Community Groups, and College & University Groups)

In 1844 the Mormon prophet Joseph Smith and his brother Hyrum were killed by a mob. The next year their accused assassins came to trial. Hancock County dramatizes that trial and the tensions between the Mormons, led by Brigham Young, and their enemies, who were trying to drive them from the state of Illinois.
“Hancock County” is a very fine play; an intelligent, thrilling, tightly-drawn courtroom drama/tragedy that unfolds into a meditation on America, violence, and forgiveness. It bears comparison to Robert Bolt’s “A Man For All Seasons.” — R. W. Rasband of Association for Mormon Letters
“Hancock County” moves swiftly from one scene to another, using and re-using minimal set pieces and props. It also employs the occasional dose of dry humor…” — Eric Snider, Provo Daily Herald

Compared by some to

“A Man For All Seasons” by Robert Bolt


  • One set
  • 5 men, 2 women
  • 2 hours
  • ORDER # 2021

Available for all producing groups


  • The PERUSAL PAGES file (in PDF format) will be available here: HancockCountyPERUSAL
  • Or you can read the entire play in the new Anthology: Saints On Stage (Available from Zarahemla Books)

ZT Performance Licence Application  a filler form. No production rights can be granted until this application is filled out and sent to us.


  • Script in PDF format  — Order #2021a : $25.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)

  • First Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #2021d : $75


  • Second Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #2021e : $65


  • Professional Royalties will be quoted upon application


  • Mormon Playwrights Project — 2013
  • Nauvoo Theatrical Society — 2003
  • Premiered at Brigham Young University — 2002

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