Opening in July, 2018 at The Duke Theatre at 42nd Street
In his play, by Tony Award winner, John Wulp writes of Margery Kempe, an English mystic who lived in the 1300’s. She fancied herself to be extraordinary, and she wanted the whole world to be aware of this fact. She first tried to make herself notorious by throwing her lot in with the Devil and buying a brewery. When this failed she decided to pursue an opposite tack and elected to become a saint instead. Although she had no real qualifications for the job, she worked at her new career diligently. Her quest for saintliness set her free from the sexual demands of her husband and the needs of her six children. She was free to roam the world performing bogus miracles. Eventually she even made a tour of The Holy Land.
From the author: “Margery Kempe is a universal figure. In her desire to give meaning to her life, she embodies the human condition. I see in her the material for comedy, but it is a loving comedy. Although I wrote the play more than sixty years ago, it is amazingly contemporary. In her refusal to let her life be defined by men, Margery Kempe is a uniquely modern woman. But if she is timely, she is also timeless. The discrepancy between ambition and ability has always been the stuff of comedy.”