Mess of Pottage • Marriage and Other Eternal Constructs

by Eric Samuelsen

Three couples and their married life at BYU. They are neighbors in an apartment complex, and have been thrown together by proximity. They become friends, despite their differences, obvious or not, because they believe that ‘to love one another’ is to live as God has asked us to live. As tensions and personalities shift, change and grow, we find that, despite our best efforts, all is not well in Zion. We are targets for the Evil one to insert himself into our lives and cause dissension. Not that this is overtly stated in the script, but it is a presence, like it should be in all great drama. There is laughter and tears. Emotions run hot and cold. Pride ever-present in the seemingly smallest of transgressions. For LDS young marrieds this play is a vital lesson on loving with all your heart, because then, maybe, your heart will change a little, too.


PLAY DETAILS:

  • 3f 3m, all early 20s
    • CRAIG and CHANDRA CARMACK
      MIKE and GRETA ALVAREZ
      STUART and MELISSA HANSON
  • 3 representations of apartments onstage in a single setting
  • Contemporary costumes
  • About 90 minutes
  • PART OF THE PREMIERE PLAY FILE
  • ORDER #2101

PERUSAL MATERIALS:

  • A copy of the PERUSAL SCRIPT (in PDF format) which contains half of the script of the play is available, (it also has an extensive Author’s Note.):  Mess Of Pottage PERUSAL

PRODUCTION/REHEARSAL MATERIALS:

(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 #2101a : $25.00 (from which you will be authorized to copy for your production)
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  • First Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #2101d : $70
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  • Second Performance Amateur/Educational Royalty — Order #2101e : $60
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  • Professional Royalties will be quoted upon application
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PRODUCTIONS

  • Premiered ––  maybe by your theatre, company, or group?
  • Orem Public Library — Staged Reading, 2013

BILLING CREDITS

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

Mess of Pottage: Marriage and Other Eternal Constructs
A New Play

by
Eric Samuelsen

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.)

ALSO:

THIS NOTICE MUST APPEAR IN ALL PROGRAMS, ON ALL POSTERS AND PUBLICITY MATERIALS AND INTERNET ADVERTISING/WEBPAGES FOR THE PLAY:
Mess of Pottage: Marriage and Other Eternal Conflicts is presented through special arrangement with Leicester Bay Theatricals.  All authorized materials are also supplied by LBT, www.leicesterbaytheatricals.com”

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