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Forgive Me, Father by Kelly Younger


ISBN #1-933159-45-6
JAC #2005-0041



  • CONFESSOR: Irish 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?


The Setting

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.


7/22/10 - 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." - Alex McDonald, Knight News


'Forgive me Father!' but this is too funny!" - Marg Millett, The Glengarry News

If this one-act interests you, consider Younger's Lady Gregory's Ingredients!


Forgive Me, Father by Kelly Younger

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Playwright Kelly Younger

About This Playwright

KELLY 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


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