One of my favorite artists and writers, Tomie DePaola, posted on Facebook that July 25th (that’s today, people!) used to be the feast day of St. Christopher, who used to be the patron saint of travelers. (Short version: St. Christopher is to saints as Pluto is to planets.)
In honor of St. C, whose plastic effigy my grandfather kept on the dashboard of his old brown Dodge Dart (and who must have kept us safe when we traveled, saint or no, since my grandpa always reached his destinations safely) – I’m reposting this short play, which I was very proud of. It features a dog-faced saint, a cross-country car trip, and a love-mad, gun-toting lady astronaut straight outta the tabloids.
The play was performed by the great actors Susan Marlowe and Kyle Felts in Los Angeles back in 2011. It’s a huge regret of mine that I never had the chance to see them perform it. But I share the text of it with you today.
Enjoy. And travel safely, wherever you’re going tonight. (But if you do have trouble on the road, I like to think that even after his sainthood was revoked, ex-St. Christopher is still on the lookout for weary wanderers.)
Short Play 52: AFTERLIVES OF THE SAINTS 3, or: ST. CHRISTOPHER