The Second Priest — A Play

The Second Priest — A Play

SecondPriestARTby Thomas F. Rogers.

(For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups)

This play poses the pacifist dilemma. Set in an unspecified locale, now, or sometime in the future, it’s idealistic hero, Agen, refuses to take the lives of his political enemies. In consequence, his wife dies and he loses his memory. As, years later, he recovers from his amnesia, he proves the perfect candidate for his nation’s highest office. Manipulated by his minister and boyhood friend, Cantri, while negotiating a binding peace with a foreign power, Agen unintentionally abets the death of his only child. In an effort to enforce the treaty he’s already paid such a high price for, he finally attempts, in a public address, to dissuade his nation from developing any more deadly weapons. In order to stop him, Cantri orders Agen’s assassination. Ironically, a man’s attempt to combat war and bloodshed by disavowing violence has led to, first, the deaths of his wife and son, and then his own.

This play is more timely than ever with the political climate in the U.S and elsewhere, today!

Hard hitting drama not for children under 13.


  • 8M 3W (doubled) play all the roles.
  • About 2 hours.
  • ORDER #3068     


  • The PERUSAL PAGES file for The Second Priest are available by clicking SecondPriestPERUSAL. The PDF file is the first act of the play and all other pertinent information about the play.
  • 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 University of Utah Theatre Professor, Bob Nelson.
  • 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 University of Utah Theatre professor, Tim Slover.


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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 #3068a : $20.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)

  • First Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3068d : $75

  • Second Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #3068e : $65

  • Professional Royalties will be quoted upon application


  • Premiered at BYU — 1979


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

The Second Priest

a play by
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.)


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

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