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Damien by Aldyth Morris   Leave a comment


 

Damien is a 1976 one person show about Father Damien by Aldyth Morris.

Damien is a 1976 one person show about Father Damien by Aldyth Morris. The play was originally performed in Hawaii by Terence Knapp and has had numerous professional and amateur productions since that time.

The play is set in 1936 when Damien’s body is being transported from Molokai to his native Belgium. Damien’s story is retold through a series of flashbacks.

Damien featuring Terence Knapp was broadcast nationally on PBS in the United States in 1978 and again in 1986 on American Playhouse. The broadcast received a number of recognitions including a Peabody Award.

I imagine this film would be a great fit for those of us who have fond childhood memories of those old TV shows we use to watch while lounging around on the couch. Shows such as Wild America with Marty Stouffer, This Old House with Bob Vila, The Joy of Painting, or Mr. Rodgers. However this particular piece is likely to affect you more than the charming way Mr. Vila performed his home restorations.

Note: The DVD and VHS copies of this film appear to be quite rare. I found a used DVD on ebay last year, but do not know where else they can be found at decent prices. Amazon has some sellers with low priced VHS copies along with some reviews.

source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Damien_(play)
play script: http://www.goodreads.com/book/show/458172.Damien#other_reviews