Lesser Demons

Written by:

Dorothy Dittrich

Artist/Creator(s) Identify As:

2SLGBTQIA+

Cast Size:
8

Roles For:

  • LGBTQ+: 8
  • Men: 3
  • People of Colour: 8
  • People with Disabilities: 8
  • Women: 5

Genre:

Comedy

Themes:

Family
Forgiveness
Love
Spirituality

Length:

110 min.

Year Written:

2004

Synopsis:

We all have our demons, but Hannah’s demons have names and faces and they’ve got important plans. When Hannah agrees to a little weekend getaway to one of the Gulf Islands with her husband, she has no idea what lies in wait. From past lives to deals with the devil, “Lesser Demons” takes a comic look at some serious subjects: family, love, creativity, spirituality and forgiveness weave through this story of facing our demons and the choices we make. Using symbols of spirituality and religion from the west and east with some psychology for good measure “Lesser Demons” asks what it means to ignore one’s creativity. Is creative expression a right, a privilege or a fundamental human need?

Characters:

SYLVIA, Lesser Demon: Ambitious, discontent, wickedly amusing.

MORTY, Agent of Death: Quiet, serious, cautious, dry.

SOPHIE, Angel: Grounded, practical.

HANNAH, Human: 40 – 45. Privileged, questioning her life choices, middle class, unrealized artist, discontent.

DAVID, Human Mid 40’s. Comfortable, practical, privileged, material minded, also discontent, not sure why.

SLOTH, A Sin: Profoundly lazy with potential to be industrious and productive. A sweet soul.

ABIGAIL, A temp: Sin in training, an unpleasant negative malcontent.

ANGELA, A temp: Sin in training, an unpleasant negative malcontent.

Resources:

Lesser Demons is available through the Canadian Play Outlet.

To view other works by this playwright, click here.

Notes:

Developed through Playwrights Theatre Centre in Vancouver, and has been read as part of a professionally produced readings series.