Benedictus

Play

New Work
Writers: Tom Attea

Overview

Show Information

Book
Category
Play
Number of Acts
2
First Produced
2013
Genres
Drama
Settings
Contemporary, Simple/No Set
Time & Place
The Vatican, Present Day
Cast Size
medium
Ideal for
All-Male Cast, College/University, Mostly Male Cast, Regional Theatre
Casting Notes
Mostly male cast
Includes mature adult, elderly, adult, young adult characters

Synopsis

Benedictus focuses on a fictional pope who decides to retire after having a series of visions directing him to resign from the papacy and preach a new gospel. Pope Benedictus is visited by Jesus, Mary, God and the Holy Ghost, who urge him to abandon his conservative theology in favor of humanistic fulfillment. However, his intentions do not gain favor with the Cardinals, who swiftly look to undermine the determined, elderly Pope. Are Benedictus’ visions real? Is the world ready for a new gospel?

Lead Characters