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The Plays of Thomas F. Rogers Volume 1: Perestroika and Glasnost

Posted on Oct 10, 2016 in Books About Theatre, New Releases, Plays

Thomas F. Rogers is a prominent Playwright and former Professor of the Russian language, now retired. Having lived in the U.S. and in Russia, his plays have made the mystery and controversy of “The Red East” singularly accessible  His plays, “Charades,” “Crime and Punishment,” “God’s Fools,” “The Idiot,” and “The Second Priest,” gathered in one volume for the first time, deal with Russia, Russians, and  The U.S.S.R, their relations with other countries as well as internally, and focus on the transition into and out of Communism. Taut, political and ideological dramas, all, they enlighten the Human condition, in thoughtful and lively stage adaptations. Now arranged in this one volume, they are available for study and perusal by Professors, Scholars, and Students, Producers, Directors and Actors, who will grow to appreciate the keen mind, probing satire, and wit of Thomas...

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The Immortal — A Play

Posted on Sep 30, 2014 in Plays

by Thomas F. Rogers  (For performance by Professional, College/University, Amateur and Community groups.) This play imaginatively derives from real incidents that occurred when the Shah of Iran was deposed in 1941 by the theocratically dominated factions that now govern that country’s people. But he did not leave the country until 1953.  What the play imaginatively treats are the Shah’s actual thoughts and his possible reaction while dying and in exile.  Parables from the Middle East and India are extensively employed in the script as commentary on his circumstances and, more broadly, on the world’s realpolitik, which never seems to change. The issues of this hard-hitting play are just as timely and at home on the stage today as they were in the 1950s. Totalitarian regimes rise and fall and rise again. NOTE: The artwork at the left is a...

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The Wager — A Play

Posted on Apr 16, 2014 in Premiere Plays

by Thomas F. Rogers based on the novel by Phillip Flammer (For production by Professionals, College/Universities, Community Groups) The Wager is a tense dramatic adaptation of a novel-length manuscript by Air Force pilot and Professor of History, Philip Flammer. The play is set in 1945, at the end of World War II. Eight Nazi soldiers, two of them severely wounded, find themselves caught in a shack in a wood surrounded by Soviet troops. Their urgent goal is, somehow, to escape the Russian soldiers and make their way through the forest back to their own lines, but as the most experienced soldier among them, Sergeant Reinberger, explains after returning from a solo reconnaissance mission, the Russians are so thick in the woods that, particularly with wounded men, escape is impossible and death inevitable. The dramatic question is then, how might...

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Huebener — A Play

Posted on Jan 23, 2014 in Plays

by Thomas F. Rogers (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, High Schools, and Church Groups) One of the classics of Mormon Drama, HUEBENER explores the true incidents surrounding the 17-year-old Helmuth and his fight against Nazi propaganda. A testimony of the truth about belief and faith in God and a statement against all totalitarian regimes. Yes, this is a play centered around Mormons, but Helmuth’s resistance to Hitler, along with others like Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Corrie Ten Boom, Sophie Scholl and the White Rose, and Anne Frank, make their stories as universal as any other. It has played in all types of theatres around the world and has drawn audiences of many differing faiths. It is a cinch to captivate your audience. “If one is allowed only a few peak experiences in life, one for me was watching...

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The Second Priest — A Play

Posted on Jan 4, 2014 in Plays

by 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,...

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God’s Fools — A Play

Posted on Jul 30, 2013 in Plays

by Thomas F Rogers (For production by Professional Groups, College/University Groups, Community Groups, Church Groups) This play commemorates all who were ever persecuted by totalitarian regimes–not because they opposed the systems under which they found themselves, but because they valued religious freedom above political expediency, and as believers, pledged their loyalty to God, not other men. The character of Mitja, the protagonist, was suggested by the case of Sergej Kourdakov, a young defector with a similar background, who, in 1973, is believed to have been murdered by the KGB in the foothills of Los Angeles–ostensibly a suicide. Brief, mild language present in this play. PLAY DETAILS: 5M 3W 1 Interior 2hrs ORDER #3062 Available for ALL producing groups. PERUSAL MATERIALS The Perusal Pages File (in PDF format) can be read by clicking GodsFoolsPERUSAL It contains the first act of the...

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