P.O. Box 1401
Rapid City, SD 57709
Be Just! (30-45 minute version)
By: Thor Hopper
Cast: 4 flexible, opt. extras
Performance Time: Approximately 30-45 minutes, 34 pgs
HORROR/SATIRE. Adapted from the short story “In the Penal Colony” by Franz Kafka. An esteemed foreigner arrives at a penal colony and is asked to witness an elaborate torture and execution device that inscribes into a prisoner’s skin the law he has broken before letting him die, a process that takes 12 excruciating hours. An Officer who is the sole defender and advocate of the apparatus gleefully shows off the device to the Traveler and describes the current system of absolute justice in which the accused is instantly found guilty with no opportunity for a defense. The Officer begs the Traveler to vouch for the device to the new commandant so that the brutal executions may continue. When the Traveler refuses, the Officer frees the Prisoner and sets up the machine to inscribe “Be Just” into his own flesh. This provocative, timely play mixes horror with gallows humor and provides an opportunity for a tour de force performance by the Officer.
Freeviews: To read play excerpts click here.
About the Story: To read more about the story click here.
Scripts: $6.95 each
Prompt Book: $13.00
Poster Package: $50.00 (50/pkg)
Distribution Rights: $60.00
Artwork Rights: $50.00
Play Pack: $152.00 (7 scripts for cast/crew, 1 royalty, 50 posters, 1 prompt book)
Stephen Murray has been a performing arts educator for more than 30 years. He holds a Doctorate of Musical Arts from Boston University. His plays and musicals have been performed throughout the United States as well as in Canada, Germany, South Africa, Singapore, Malta, Australia, and Japan. He received the Anna Zornio National Children’s Playwriting Award and won the Columbia Entertainment Company National Playwriting Contest. Dr. Murray is also a director, conductor, performer, and songwriter.