Reverend Jonah

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Scirocco Drama, 2008 - Drama - 93 pages
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To a conservative church in a south-western Ontario town comes Jonah Arias?a troubled, left-leaning, pill-popping United Church minister. Reverend Jonah is young and idealistic, with courage enough to challenge the power-brokers in his small community. When he starts an inappropriate relationship with a young woman in the congregation, and then decides to repatriate a former member of the church expelled for being in a lesbian relationship, the ensuing battle threatens to derail Jonah's career and fracture the church. The play, like Reverend Jonah himself, is unafraid to ask the tough questions: Do we have the right to judge one another? What constitutes integrity? What is courage? Are we prepared to embrace rather than censure our fellow human beings? Thoughtful and powerful, Reverend Jonah challenges us to explore the meanings of community in the very broadest sense.

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About the author (2008)

Paul Ciufo’s play Reverend Jonah was a finalist for the 2008 Governor General’s Literary Award for Drama. Reverend Jonah premiered at Blyth Festival and was published by Scirocco Drama (2008). Ciufo’s full-length radio drama On Convoy was produced and broadcast by CBC Radio. The stage version of On Convoy was produced by Goderich Little Theatre Company. Paul works full-time as a financial planner. He lives in Grand Bend, Ontario with his wife Julie and their daughters Celia and Brynn.

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