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Incorruptible
INCORRUPTIBLE logoBy Michael Hollinger

February 20 - March 13, 2004
Directed by Robert Matson

Although it is set in a monastery in Priseaux, France in 1250 A.D., nothing is sacred or spared from Michael Hollinger's humor as he skewers both celebrity worship and material worship in INCORRUPTIBLE.

As the play opens, the monks are in a funk. The bones of their patron St. Foy haven't produced a miracle in thirteen years. As a result, the pilgrims have stopped coming and the money has stopped flowing. They can hardly feed and clothe themselves, let alone help the villagers in need.


Shane Brown and Jamie Brewster in INCORRUPTIBLE   Corey Martin, Jordan Weeks, and Kendall Segovia in INCORRUPTIBLE

When they discover that the bones of St. Foy have been stolen by a rival monastery in Bernay and the bones are now working miracles, the monks become desperate and susceptible to the schemes of a wandering minstrel.

Jamie Brewster in INCORRUPTIBLE   Corey Martin, Shane Brown, Jamie Brewster, and Scott Doyle in INCORRUPTIBLE

Centuries before dot coms, the monks turn to large scale marketing with a mail order bones business. Prosperity abounds, but the going gets tough when they have to produce an "incorruptible," that is, a body of a saint that resists decay. Throughout the farce, Hollinger sprinkles memorable one-liners and plenty of rollicking action as he explores the age old question, "Do the ends justify the means?"

The cast of INCORRUPTIBLE   Corey Martin, Shane Brown, Scott Doyle, and Patton Graves in INCORRUPTIBLE

In ancient times, there was a regular cult of the dead that existed before the birth of Christ. In the early days of Christianity, the Church did not oppose it. There was a wide trade in relics - "incorruptible" bodies or skeletal bits and pieces of dead martyrs and saints. They were enshrined by towns and churches. Well-to-do individuals also bought relics.

Corey Martin and Lana Henson as the nuns of INCORRUPTIBLE   INCORRUPTIBLE

The playwright drew his inspiration from an actual feud between two French monasteries. A monk from Conques stole the bones of St. Foy from a church in Agen in the 9th century.

Sainte Foy, also known as Fides or Faith, was a 12-year-old girl of Gaul (now France) who was beheaded by the Romans in 303 A.D. for refusing to renounce her faith. Today, her relics are kept at the Abbey Church of Sainte-Foye in Conques, France. Her golden reliquary is considered a masterpiece of Dark Age art.

More photos of the Sainte Foy abbey and relics.

 

 THE CAST    


Jordan Weeks and Kendall Segovia in INCORRUPTIBLE

 

INCORRUPTIBLE

Brother Martin   Shane Brown
Charles, abbot of Priseaux   Scott Doyle
Brother Olf   Corey Martin
Brother Felix   Patton Graves
Peasant Woman   Jamie Brewster
Jack, a minstrel   Jordan Weeks
Marie   Kendall Segovia
Agatha   Lana Henson
     

THE CREW

   
Director   Robert Matson
Set Design   Corey Martin
Lighting Design   Steven Gillmore
Costume Design   Corey Martin
Sound Design   Robert Matson
Steven Gillmore
Stage Manager/ Light Board   Michael Greene
Sound Operator   Hillary LaReau
Set Construction   Corey Martin
Steven Gillmore
Jordan Weeks
Scenic Painting   Corey Martin
Rhonda Clark
John Brumley
Robert Matson
Properties   Corey Martin
Rhonda Clark
Robert Matson
Stitchers   Catherine Pongratz
Jennifer Coon
Running Crew   Jennifer Coon
Poster Design   Phil Carlton
Don Lusk
Photos   Jennifer Coon
Phil Carlton
CST Webmasters   Don Lusk
Phil Carlton
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 SPECIAL THANKS TO

Heller Theatre, Larry Latham, Pollard Theatre, Timothy Stewart

Cast sponsor - Chris Steves
Opening Night Party Sponsor - Scott & Kim Weaver


Produced by special arrangement with
Dramatists Play Service, Inc.
   

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