Quiet in the Land

Written by:

Anne Chislett

Cast Size:
16

Roles For:

  • Men: 10
  • Women: 6

Genre:

Drama

Themes:

Canadian History
Community
Faith
Family
Intergenerational
Isolation
Marriage
Religion
Rural
Small Town
World War I

Length:

125 min.

Year Written:

1981

Synopsis:

Yock brings about a crisis in his Amish community by enlisting in the First World War in Quiet in the Land.

Characters:

Christy (Christian) Bauman – an Amish farmer aged between 40-45

Yock (Jacob) Bauman – Christy’s son, aged 18-22

Hannah Bauman – Chrisy’s mother, aged 60-70

Zepp (Joseph) Brubacher – an Amish farmer, the deacon of the congretation, same age as Christy

Lydia (Lydie) Brubacher – Zepp’s oldest daughter, about 18

Martha Brubacher – Zepp’s middle daughter, about 18

Nancy Brubacher – Zepp’s youngest daughter, about 11

Menno Miller: a friend of Yock’s, about the same age.

Levi Miller (extra): Menno’s father, aged 40-60.

Esther Miller (extra): Menno’s mother, aged 40-60.

Padah (Peter) Miller (extra): Menno’s younger brother, aged 10-15.

Mr. O’Rourke: an Irish farmer and neighbour, aged 40.

Paddy O’Rourke: Mr O’Rourke’s son, the same age as Yock.

Bishop Eli Frey: a visiting bishop from Ohio, with ‘oversight’ of this congregation.

Other children and extras as available.

First Produced:

1981, Blyth Festival

Resources:

Quiet in the Land is available through the Canadian Play Outlet Website.

To view other works by this playwright, click here.

Notes:

Governor General’s Award for Drama, Chalmer’s Canadian Play Award