Forgive Me, Father
by Kelly Younger
Catholic priest, 30s, novice
PENITENT: Irish male sheep farmer, late-60s, simple. The Penitent may be played
by an actress if minor adjustments are made to the pronouns in the script. Irish accents
are ideal, but not necessary. Also, on page 12, the Penitent refers to his twin as
"Thomas Patrick." If the actor playing the role is well known to the audience,
it adds to the humor to insert the actual first and middle name of the actor here.
A young Irish priest hears his first confession from an old Irish farmer
lost on his way to the post office. But who ends up confessing to whom? And who really
needs the forgiving?
A church confessional. Two chairs separated by a curtain. A
stained-glass image shines brightly on the upstage wall.
Note: On Page 13, the
Penitent refers to "Americans" and "Bostonians." The director has
permission to localize these two lines for a more comedic effect (e.g., if being performed
in New York, the lines can be "New Yorkers" and "Brooklyn Irish, to be
exact" etc.). Boston also appears on Page 15.
Tough Economic Times Call for "Tender" Play
- Kelly Younger's
Tender at Gloucester (MA) Stage Company
What a great way to laugh off the winter doldrums."
McDonald, Knight News
'Forgive me Father!' but this is too funny!"
- Marg Millett,
The Glengarry News
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About This Playwright
YOUNGER is an award-winning
playwright with work staged off-Broadway, regionally, and internationally.
This World We Know won the New American Play Festival and premiered at The
Firehouse Theatre in Richmond, VA. It was also a finalist for the National
New Play Network Showcase of New Plays and received development support from
Naked Angels/Furious Theatre. He co-wrote a hit comedy Kalamazoo with
Michelle Kholos Brooks that won the Riva Shriver Comedy Award and premiered
for a sold-out, extended run at Bloomington Playwrights Project. Pacific
Resident Theatre in Los Angeles followed with a 5-month extended run, with a
run at Adirondack Theatre Festival scheduled for June-July 2015.
Younger’s short play, Mandate, won the 39th Samuel French Off-Off-Broadway
Short Play Festival, premiered at the Stella Adler Theatre in Hollywood,
participated in the Last Frontier Theatre Conference, ran in the Edinburgh
Fringe Festival, was turned into a radio play by for Utah Public Radio, was
a finalist for the Heidemann Award from the Actor's Theatre of Louisville
Humana Festival, ran at the Barrington Stage Company, and has thus far
received productions as far away as Dubai, UAE.
New York’s Irish Repertory Theatre commissioned Younger to write the stage
adaptation of the novel Banished Children of Eve by Peter Quinn, the
production of which ran 57 sold-out performances off-Broadway in Fall 2010.
He is also the author of The Rorschach Play, which was a finalist for the
Joanne Woodward/Paul Newman Drama Award and received development support
from Rogue Machine Theatre in Los Angeles. His play Tender was nominated for
Best New Play IRNE award, was a finalist for the $150,000 Laurents/Hatcher
Award, and was selected for Manhattan Theatre Club’s “7@7” reading series,
directed by Lynne Meadow.
Younger is also working in the television and feature worlds, developing
with Mandeville Films at Disney Studios, DreamWorks Animation Studios, as
well as individual projects with Robert Lawrence (Clueless) and Espen
Sandberg and Joachim Ronning (Oscar Nominated Kon-Tiki). Younger placed in
the top 10% in the Academy Nicholl Fellowships in Screenwriting, and in the
top 5% in the Warner Brothers Television Writers Workshop.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Younger earned an MA in Classics at Loyola
University Chicago and PhD in Drama Studies from University College Dublin
in Ireland. He is currently the resident playwright in the Department of
English at Loyola Marymount University. He is a proud member of The
Dramatists Guild of America and an associate member of Pacific Resident
Theatre in Venice, CA.
He currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife, two children, and a dog
named Sean. For more information, visit