Mary, Mother of God

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Alliance, OH – Professor Lahaie is proud to announce the completion of his latest play, Mary, Mother of God, which will premiere on the campus of the University of Mount Union in Alliance, Ohio in April 2017 under his own directorial hand.

SYNOPSIS: Dr. Amanda St. Claire, a psychologist for New York City’s 14th Police Precinct, has been tasked to identify a vagrant woman who believes she is the Virgin Mary. As casual therapy gives way to more serious exploration, the good doctor grows despondent over the lack of progress concerning Mary’s true identity. And though Mary remains good-natured and pleasant about the doctor’s inquiry, she shows a stubborn insistence that she has been sent by God to meet the needs of the broken-hearted. The doctor is even more troubled by Mary’s contagious attitude of joy and blessing—a textbook example of cognitive consonance—that carries with it a power to draw others into her delusion. St. Claire eventually resorts to hypnosis as a most mount20union20logoinvasive tool to break through Mary’s delusional life story, only to come face to face with her own darkest secrets. In turn, the doctor becomes the patient as Mary’s true identity is finally revealed.

 

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The Atlantian Transformation

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A Short Story by Scot Lahaie

Colonel Williams had served as commander for the moon colony on Oceana for fifteen years. Every spring a supply ship arrived from earth bringing much-needed supplies and a bevy of new personnel—soldiers, scientists, and technicians. And though most of the men and women working at the colony were human, there was always an interesting smattering of alien scientists in the group: Boleans, Martians, Pandorians, Mussatians, Forlings. The array of skin colors, the scales and antennae, the multi-eyed and double-headed; Colonel Williams thought he had seen it all. But this year’s crop of new recruits brought an Atlantian by the name of Piapong Sumetikong. And despite his best effort and years of experience with alien cultures, the Colonel was unprepared for his first encounter with the Atlantian.

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The Trance at Coma Prime

A Short Story by Scot Lahaie

Caesar Winsome awoke. Through the shaded visor of his flight helmet he could see the Orion galaxy in all its grandeur. Brilliant points of light pulsated like beacons in a cloud of dust, calling out to him from the heavenly abode. Sensing the stiffness of sleep, he stretched his legs, one and then the other. He took care to rotate the ankles, first in a clockwise fashion, and then counter. The stiffness eased after the blood began to flow again. If I could just stand up or walk about, Caesar thought to himself. The narrow confines of the one-man spacecraft prevented any such movement. He had been in the pilot’s seat of his X-55 galaxy-class star cruiser for just shy of three months. And he knew there would be many more to endure on his lonely one-man journey through empty space. Continue reading

Announcing the Publication of “So You Think You Can Worship”

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San Diego, CA – The Script Company is proud to announce the acquisition of SO YOU THINK YOU CAN WORSHIP, a Christmas play, written by Scot Lahaie. The play is available for perusal upon request, and The Script Company stands ready to negotiate performance rights for interested producing groups.

SO YOU THINK YOU CAN WORSHIP is a Christmas Play intended for production in a Church setting. The play is comprised of seven vignettes with congregational singing separating each section. The vignettes each tell the story of various characters in the saga of Christ’s birth (Mary, Joseph, Zachariah, Elizabeth, the shepherds, the wise men, and the angels). Speaking directly to the audience, these Biblical characters each share a different Hebrew word to describe their encounter with the Christ child, creating a coherent thread that runs through the whole of the play. Seven words for worship… seven unique encounters with the Word made flesh… one very unique night of worship.

Announcing the Publication of BIG BROTHER 2019

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San Diego, CA – The Script Company is proud to announce the acquisition of BIG BROTHER 2019, an epic dystopian drama, written by Scot Lahaie. The play is available for perusal upon request, and The Script Company stands ready to negotiate performance rights for interested producing groups.

BIG BROTHER  is a techno-savvy blend of theater and media that takes its inspiration from George Orwell’s dystopian novel 1984. The play is set in a not-too-distant future in a declining America where political apathy has led to the rise of a secret organization whose express purpose is to control the nation through technological superiority. Big Brother’s immediate goal is to make America ungovernable by pitting its citizenry against itself until Marshall Law can be declared, effectively destroying the democracy from within. The play follows a young hacker named Spartacus as he wages a one-man cyberwar against Big Brother, who in turn unleashes the full resources of the organization to eliminate him. The epic battle of wills that plays out across the Net ignites a grassroots uprising that promises to rekindle the flame of American democracy.

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Announcing the Publication of Scot Lahaie’s GADFLY, a cosmic cabaret

Gadfly

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San Diego, CA – The Script Company is proud to announce the acquisition of GADFLY, a dramatic play, written by Scot Lahaie. The play is available for perusal upon request, and The Script Company stands ready to negotiate performance rights for interested producing groups.

GADFLY explores the power of the establishment to determine what we call accepted Truth, and chronicles how it has historically been the outsider that has moved our understanding of Truth forward. The play is a cosmic Cabaret where special guests are invited to defend their teachings or actions, to include Socrates, Copernicus, Columbus, Galileo, Einstein, Darwin, and science philosopher William Dembski, to name a few. These visitations are marshaled by a musical Poet Guide named Virgil, who is backed by a British threesome with a ukulele and a squeeze box. Virgil keeps the action moving forward as the “Idols of the Institution” play judge and jury over the minds of our history’s greatest thinkers. The resulting journey beyond space and time sheds light on the present claims of science in the contemporary age as compared to the claims of our greatest thinkers down through the ages. It is, above all else, an exoneration of contemporary scholars to pursue truth wherever they find it.

Announcing the Publication of Scot Lahaie’s LUMINARIUM

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San Diego, CA – The Script Company is proud to announce the acquisition of LUMINARIUM, a dramatic play, written by Scot Lahaie. The play is available for perusal upon request, and The Script Company stands ready to negotiate performance rights for interested producing groups.

Luminarium is a dramatic retelling of the conversion of King Drtad, the first of the Armenian kings to embrace the Christian faith. The action of the play is set in 284 A.D. in the Palace of King Drtad where Gregory has laid aside his noble pedigree to become a servant in the house of the King. The conflict rises when the King calls upon Gregory to make sacrifice to the goddess Anahid. Gregory declines the offer, which kindles the King’s anger and lands him in the King’s dungeon. Gregory endures torture with grace and patience, believing that his suffering will lead to the King’s conversion. When the King discovers that Gregory is the son of the assassin that killed the King’s father, he rejects Gregory’s faith claims and sentences him to die in the dungeon without food or water, releasing a curse upon the kingdom and hastening the play’s tumultuous conclusion—-the King’s conversion and Gregory’s miraculous survival.

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Ode to a Cataract

Oh you dark spot
That clouds my vision
A demon of sight
The warden of my gray prison
Floating endlessly
before my gaze
an evil specter of future days
I curse thee!
I call thee out!
The road less traveled?
Is that what its about?

“To see or not to see”
echoes of the modern early at its rise
an age old curse
a companion to despise
to wrangle
to fight
to struggle
to lose one’s sight
Out, damn spot! Out!

These eyes so bright
Too young for such a malady
Colors burst
Shapes collide
Silhouettes are strong
No weakness there to hide
Glare
Reflection
Shades of brown
Weakness
Focus
Baskerville’s hound?

Dog days of summer gone
The hours rushing past
Winter’s twilight seems so long
Deep shadows they do cast
Gray tones
Sad tunes
Hip-hop, jazz or taps
The band will play
My eyes will fail
Will all be lost…
as death’s dark spot prevails?

© 2005 by Scot Lahaie

Midnight’s Somber Dream

The curtain’s up
the lights are on
I stand upon the stage
The crowds are there
applause is rich
I’m unsure of my own age

I was younger
but not so old
it’s really such a blur
Quoting text
and making jest
emotions I must stir

“Out damn spot!”
and “Goodnight sweet Prince”
and other words like these.
I speak them loudly
I speak them gently
I say them all to please.

For in this dream
at twilight’s seam
my mind’s all a-twitter
I remember things
that never happened
and slowly grow so bitter.

© 2008 by Scot Lahaie

Ode to a Postmodern Child

Critics good and critics bad,
critics bright and critics dim,
critics modern and critics post—
traffic in articulation,
profess to be our salvation.

He-s and she-s just like me,
perhaps,
with great responsibilities.
For with their words, which are many,
they mold and shape our thoughts, though few,
mindless folk without a clue.

De-centered,
De-constructed,
there to find and to discover
lost readings of my past.
My childhood called to task?

Winnie the Pooh is not my friend
and Scooby Doo becomes suspect.
For de-centered and de-constructed
these names derive from feces, so I am told.
Winnie the Poop and
Scooby Doo Doo is what we get.
Are these really their theses?

Authors dead or lay dying.
Cannons rebuked, and cannons fired.
Readers’ response is all the rage.
Why write a work, a poem, or play?
Chaos rules! Relativity reigns!
Hopeless children still are crying.

Nothing sacred? No holds barred?
What have we gained?
What have we lost?
Do the margins hold?
Who have we pissed off?

The arts enlighten, stories brighten.
But not today.
Spirit lost.
The lab forsaken.
Lost our minds? Lost our way?
Shame! Sham? Shaman.

© 2002 by Scot Lahaie