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Abstract:
Nineteen screenplays prepared as part of a Writers' collective at Desert Rose Bahá'í Institute, either fictionalized dramatic presentations of pivotal events in Baha'i history or adapted from historical books.
Notes:
See also the author's Helen Frances Grand (1865-1944).

Dramatic Readings

by Marlene Macke

2017-2020
Introductory note (from a personal email):
    A few years ago I went to the Desert Rose Bahá'í Institute in Arizona for a personal writer's retreat, found several like-minded friends there and we started a group Writer's Retreat for 15 persons which ran very successfully for 3 years. I also joined a writer's group online with participants from mostly Canada and the United States. [Marlene was named the first "Writer in Residence" at Desert Rose.]

    A popular mode of writing emerged among us in the form of dramatic readings, particularly aimed at the Centenary of the Twin Manifestations. My personal goal was to have one for every Holy Day.

    My experience showed that non-Bahá'í friends were really animated after hearing these dramatic reasons and asked a lot of questions, way more than if we had just readings from the Sacred Text or even a guest speaker. I also invited non-Bahá'ís to take some of the roles which really excited them that much more. Dramatic Readings also find resonance with youth groups and at firesides.

    Several other Bahá'í writers have picked up on this mode of writing... Looking for a home online that can be accessed by other Bahá'ís, it seems this website is the best venue for such a collection. I find myself anxious to find such a site because I've been diagnosed with a terminal illness and wish to have my dramatic readings endure beyond my passing to the next World of God. [email from M.M. to J.W., November 2020]

See also the author's obituary at hodgesfuneralhome.ca/obituaries/2021/1/10/marlene-marie-macke and the author's archived Facebook page.

All documents sent to me in WordPerfect format, opened with OpenOffice, and then exported as PDF. [-J.W., 2021]

Download screenplays (sorted alphabetically by filename)

TitleFormatLink
The Pattern of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá’s Life: “Be As I am” OpenOffice:
PDF:
macke_abdul-baha_be_as.odt
macke_abdul-baha_be_as.pdf
Life & Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá as told through the reminiscences of Bahíyyih Khánum and Munírih Khánum, with Lorol Schopflocher OpenOffice:
PDF:
macke_ascension_abdul-baha.odt
macke_ascension_abdul-baha.pdf
Bahá’u’lláh: The Baghdad Years: Part I – The Baghdad Years OpenOffice:
PDF:
macke_bahaullah_baghdad_1.odt
macke_bahaullah_baghdad_1.pdf
Bahá’u’lláh: Part II – The Baghdad Years: As told from the perspective of His Wife and Daughter OpenOffice:
PDF:
macke_bahaullah_baghdad_2.odt
macke_bahaullah_baghdad_2.pdf
Bahá’u’lláh: The Baghdad Years & First Day of Ridván: Part I – The Baghdad Years OpenOffice:
PDF:
macke_bahaullah_baghdad_3.odt
macke_bahaullah_baghdad_3.pdf
Bahá’u’lláh: The Baghdad Years & Ridván: Part III – 9th Day of Ridván, 1863 OpenOffice:
PDF:
macke_bahaullah_baghdad_4.odt
macke_bahaullah_baghdad_4.pdf
Bahá’u’lláh: The Baghdad Years & First Day of Ridván OpenOffice:
PDF:
macke_bahaullah_baghdad_5.odt
macke_bahaullah_baghdad_5.pdf
Adapted from The Chosen Highway OpenOffice:
PDF:
macke_bahaullah_chosen_highway.odt
macke_bahaullah_chosen_highway.pdf
Our Beloved Bahá’u’lláh: Remembrances of the Leaves of the Holy Family Part I – The Early Years (1817–1853) OpenOffice:
PDF:
macke_bahaullah_early_years.odt
macke_bahaullah_early_years.pdf
I Knew the Báb: His Early Life through the Remembrances of Those Who Knew Him: A Dramatic Reading in Commemoration of His Birthday OpenOffice:
PDF:
macke_early_life_bab.odt
macke_early_life_bab.pdf
Festival of Naw-Rúz OpenOffice:
PDF:
macke_festival_naw_ruz.odt
macke_festival_naw_ruz.pdf
The First Trumpet Blast: Some Letters of the Living Share Remembrances of the First Days of the Báb’s Ministry: A Dramatic Reading in Commemoration of His Birthday OpenOffice:
PDF:
macke_first_trumpet_blast.odt
macke_first_trumpet_blast.pdf
I Knew the Báb: His Early Life through the Remembrances of Those Who Knew Him A Dramatic Reading in Commemoration of His Birthday OpenOffice:
PDF:
macke_i_knew_bab.odt
macke_i_knew_bab.pdf
Interview with Colonel Sám Khán: A Dramatic Reading by David Hofman OpenOffice:
PDF:
macke_interview_sam_khan.odt
macke_interview_sam_khan.pdf
Life & Ascension of ‘Abdu’l-Bahá as told through the reminiscences of Bahíyyih Khánum and Munírih Khánum, with Western Pilgrim Lorol Schopflocher OpenOffice:
PDF:
macke_life_ascension_abdul-baha.odt
macke_life_ascension_abdul-baha.pdf
Martyrdom of the Báb: A Dramatic Account of the Events Surrounding the Martyrdom OpenOffice:
PDF:
macke_martyrdom_bab.odt
macke_martyrdom_bab.pdf
Bahá’u’lláh: The Festival of Ridván As told from the perspective of Ázíyih Khánum, His Wife, and Bahíyyih Khánum, His Daughter OpenOffice:
PDF:
macke_ridvan_festival.odt
macke_ridvan_festival.pdf
History and Significance of the First Mashriqu’l-Adhkár in the West OpenOffice:
PDF:
macke_significance_first_mashriq-adhkar.odt
macke_significance_first_mashriq-adhkar.pdf
Tabreez: A Dramatic Reading OpenOffice:
PDF:
macke_tabreez.odt
macke_tabreez.pdf
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