The owner of the town's Dry Goods general store, Norma Henshaw, has her eye set on bringing an old-fashioned Christian revival to the community. Once you see it performed with accurate age portrayals the potential partnership becomes much more uncomfortable. And really, I mean all plays, even the masterpieces and the ones I end up fan-girling over. Showers: A former preacher battling his own demons who befriends the boy. While Buddy is the character this show is known for, I found him rather irritating but that is solely due to my distaste for young children and their ignorance. The body of the play is the memory of the time leading to the climactic event.
While Buddy is the character this show is known for, I found him rather irritating but that is solely due to my distaste for young children and their ignorance. This trauma and the loss of his mother in the same accident has left him deathly afraid of water. Theatre and Fine Arts Faculty, Santa Fe College, Retrieved from 24 July 2014. Shortly after settling in, C. This is alarming in its beauty and quiet tragedy.
A story about love, companionship, and salvation, The Diviners is a touching and endearing play. Join us on this eBook adventure as we explore Diviners Characters. The Diviners The Diviners By Jim Leonard Jr. The Diviners is a story of faith and friendship in Depression-era Indiana. In his debut as a professional playwright, Jim Leonard Jr. This sets in motion events that lead to irreversible consequences for Buddy and Showers.
She fills the maternal role of her family. About the Play: Winner of the American College Festival Award The Diviners is a full-length drama by Jim Leonard, Jr. Set in a small Indiana town in the 1930s, this gothic prairie melodrama centers on a tragedy that befalls Buddy Layman, a mentally challenged boy who is divining for water for a local farmer. Especially recommended for school and contest use. Buddy develops a relationship with a disillusioned pastor from Kentucky named C. This story of a mentally damaged boy and his quest to find a meaning in loss and life was a success when Hanover staged it for the American College Theatre Festival in 1980 it won the top prize at the Kennedy Center.
Showers takes work on a farm in a fictional hamlet named Zion — population forty — where the local soothsayer is a raving teenage boy. It is simply a marvel to watch him work. This is alarming in its beauty and quiet tragedy. In theater class students read numerous plays, but this one stuck about to me because often I found myself disappointed in the endings of plays because some didn't feel complete, but while not a complete ending, the reader feels fulfilled. However, that did not alienate me and I, along with my peers, wept for Buddy's fate. The action then jumps to Buddy searching divining for water for a well on Basil's farm.
She has a rebellious streak that fights her Aunt's rules but loves her Aunt. However, that did not alienate me and I, along with my peers, wept for Buddy's fate. He is short tempered and hesitant to do anything that might cause his son anguish, even if it is for his own good. He is very curious yet frightened when learning about different things. When will the film be made? The audience gasps in wonder when Beck effortlessly chug-a-lugs two full bottles of root beer in succession. Showers takes an immediate liking to Buddy and vice versa. The play was originally developed with assistance from the American College Theatre Festival and originally performed by the Hanover CollegeTheatre Group in 1980.
The play later received its first professional production with the in 1980. We also encourage you to consider which character or characters in this play are truly the diviners -- who brings life and transformation to the community, or points out the blessings that were already there, just hidden from sight? Showers, a former preacher, comes to the farm seeking employment and food, a special and ultimately tragic bond develops between the two. The town doesn't have a preacher and the women try to persuade him to preach while he tries to persuade the child to wash. One day a stranger named C. The other male is Ferris Layman, a loving, stubborn and colorful father.
The two become close friends and C. One day a stranger and retired preacher, C. Ferris Layman, Buddy's father, offers C. Showers passes through Zion looking for work and food. Since then, Buddy has become hydrophobic, with an inordinate, horrific fear of water, including ponds, rivers, rain, and even filled washtubs. Because of this experience, the boy is terrified of water, yet he has also developed a certain brand of giftedness. The townsfolk are searching for a new religious figurehead for their abandoned church with C.