Dramas / Plays

Royalty Free One Act Plays

The Islamic Dialog series can each be turned into playscripts and produced as one act plays.  The number of characters in each dialog ranges from 2 to 6.  In addition they were designed for an initial narrationa dn an epilogue.  This can be spoken by a male of female.  The series of dialogues all deal with dramitac and cultually important aspects of Moslems in modern society.  The actors playing the parts can do so with or without accents.  Different directors have had different preferences.  Prop requirements are minimal and all scenes are typical indoor scenes in homes, offices, and public places such as restaurants.

Royalty Free Production

Thanks to a grant from the Eigen-Arnett Educational and Cultural Foundation, the Islamic Dialogues may be produced without fee or royalty.  Directors may feel free to make changes that comport with their creative judgments.  Producers may reproduce athe materials for production purposes even though they are copyrighted.  Selling of printed versions of the dialogues, even if substantially changed is prohibited.

However, there is no prohibition on charging admission for the production so long as the Author and Scriptamus are given credit for same and the foundation grant asknowledged.  Video versions of productions may also be sold with no royalty owed.  However, donations to the Eigen-Arnett Educational and Cultural Foundation.  It is an Internal Revenue Service Approved 501(c)3, non-profit foundation and all donations are tax deductable.

The Dialogues

Islamic Dialogues: 1–College in America

Characters: 4 Males.  1 Narrator of either gender.

A dramatic dialog of an American Moslem father and his son with two imams in Detroit. The boy has been at the Univeristy of Michigan and the father had visited for the first time and was somewhat shocked. He asked his old friend and imam to talk with them as he was not sure that he was being a good father exposing his son to the diverse and non-Islamic culture of a large modern university. The imams view the situation very differently and present a microcosm the range of viewpoints on secular modernism within Islam.

Islamic Dialogues: 2 The Martyred Son

Characters: 2 Females & 1 Male.  1 Narrator of either gender.

The Martyred Son, is a tragic playlet of a Palestinian family whose first knowledge of the radicalization of their only son is after his death in the process of murdering 7 Israelis. Their soul searching and recriminations developed while they rethink how such a thing could occur, provides a painful glimpse into the dynamics and impact of the extreme fundamentalists on what otherwise might be a normal society. One critic has observed, “anyone of any religion will tear up reading this poignant, intimate account of what we never usually consider when we hear of another suicide bombing.”

Islamic Dialogues: 3 The Dinner of the Tunisian Politicians

Characters: 2 Males.  1 bit part of either gender. 1 Narrator of either gender.

A dialogue of two Tunisian senior government officials, both Western educated, regarding the problem of modernizing the rural, desert South of the country where religious Islamic fundamentalism and the desert cultural tradition are major obstacles. The modernity, and relatively successful development of the country, with no oil or other natural resources, compared to other Arab countries is historically, culturally and politically explained in this insightful dialogue.

Islamic Dialogues: 4 The Arab View of Manual Labor, Reality, and Respect

Characters: 2 Males.  1 Narrator of either gender.

In this dialogue an Arab immigrant to America–a computer programmer–interacts with a psychologist also of Arabic ethnicity. The dialogue opens the cultural Arab antipathy to manual labor and the view that it is insulting to ask a person to do it. The notion of shame and somce differences between American and Western values and Arab values and norms are dramatically contrasted.

Islamic Dialogues: 5 The 100 Million Moslem Minority

This is a dramatization of the difficult position Moslem citizens of India were in when Islamic Pakistan attacked India in 1971. Many Indian Moslems were expeted by their fellow Moslems in Pakistan to support Pakistan if not overtly then at least covertly. Yet the Moslem minority of India had more freedom, a better standard of living, and a more honest government than the Islamic nation on their border. The drama illustrates the tension between loyalty to religion and loyalty to nation that people often face. It also illustrates the fundamentalistic Islamuc concept of religion and nationhood and its difference from most other religions and the views of more contemporary Moslems.

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