The Making of St. Jerome

Written by:

Marie Beath Badian

Artist/Creator(s) Identify As:

Person/People of Colour

Cast Size:
6

Roles For:

  • Men: 4
  • People of Colour: 2
  • Women: 2

Genre:

Asian Canadian Theatre
Drama

Themes:

Death
Family
Filipino
Grief
Justice System
Police
Race
Siblings
Violence

Length:

60 min.

Year Written:

2010

Synopsis:

“In The Making of St. Jerome, when Jason De Jesus discovers his younger brother Jerome was the victim of a senseless shooting, his world is filled with questions surrounding Jerome’s death. Was his brother a threat or a casualty of racial profiling? Was he an innocent bystander or someone other than his family’s shining star? Internalizing his survivor’s guilt while reflecting on their strained relationship, Jason’s quest for truth and justice is tainted as he discovers there are no simple answers.” (From the PCLN Website)

Characters:

JASON DE JESUS: twenty-two years old, Kuya

JEROME DE JESUS: seventeen years old, little brother

CHORUS [two men, two women]: ever-present and relentless

As a group they are:

FAMILY, MEDICAL STAFF, the NEWS

Individually they are:

CHORUS 1 [MAN]: Father, Officer X, Father Williamson, Dean, Paul, Police Chief

CHORUS 2 [WOMAN]: Mother, Irene, Girl, Anchor

CHORUS 3 [WOMAN]: Julie, Tess, Reporter

CHORUS 4 [MAN]: Lawyer, Vince

First Produced:

Next Stage Theatre Festival, 2010

Resources:

The Making of St. Jerome is available through Playwrights Canada Press.

See Marquis Literary for more information.

The Making of St. Jerome can be accessed through the Canadian Play Outlet.

Notes:

Nominated for 3 Dora Awards.

“[The Making of St. Jerome] offers a nuanced and contemplative study of an all too common and culturally divisive occurrence. ” —Justin Haigh, Plank Magazine

“[…] a perceptive script by Marie Beath Badian, which doesn’t seek to point fingers but rather tries to deconstruct a complex and highly charged event through the eyes of society, the mass media and the individuals affected. ” —Bruce DeMara, Toronto Star (From the PCLN Website)

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