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A Time To Live (1135F)

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  • TITLE OF WORK: A Time To Live
  • SELECT ONE: Adapted from a work in the Public Domain
  • MUSICAL STYLE: Broadway
  • NATURE: Drama,Romance
  • STRUCTURE: Spoken dialogue with occasional songs
  • APPROXIMATE DURATION (Hrs/Min): 1 hr. 50 min.
  • DESIRED INSTRUMENTATION: piano at minimum. String quartet too a bonus. Full orchestra perfect.
  • BRIEFLY STATE THE THEME or MESSAGE: prejudice (and how love can overcome this)
    12. NUMBER OF SETS: 5 to 7

Cast Description

Naomi Mother of Kilion and Mahlon, wife of Elimelech

Ruth & Bilhah Ruth - Widow of Mahlon, Naomi’s youngest son. Bilhah - Milcah the yenta’s choice for Boaz (no lines)

Boaz Wealthy bachelor and painfully shy kinsman of Elimelech.

Nemuel Miserly, scheming close kinsman of Elimelech.

Ahaz/Shopper Ahaz - Friend of Boaz, field foreman, and Elder in Bethlehem.

Dan/Shopper/Worker Dan - An Elder in Bethlehem.

Miriam/Dinah Miriam - Naomi’s best friend. Dinah - Prideful sister of Boaz

Elimelech/Slaver/Raphu Elimelech - Naomi’s husband who trusts his uncle Nemuel to his family’s detriment Slaver - Slave Trader who does business with Nemuel. Raphu - Town elder

Milcah/Worker/Shopper Milcha- The town yenta – a gossip and self-styled match maker. Worker - A servant working in Boaz’s field

Merchant/Slave Merchant - Foreign merchant who also deals in slaves. Slave - Nemuel’s slave in ‘flashback’ Bethlehem

Kilion/Mehu Kilion - Naomi and Elimelech’s oldest son. (Young teen or boy.) Mehu - Nemuel’s young slave in ‘present day’ Bethlehem.

Caleb/Mahlon Caleb - Miriam’s son. (A boy.) Mahlon - Naomi and Elimelech’s youngest son.


Naomi returns home to insular, close-minded Bethlehem after ten years in hated Moab. Her husband and sons are dead, and she brings with her a Moabite daughter-in-law, Ruth. They struggle against prejudice and a patriarchal system that, without a male heir, would strip Naomi of her land and family heritage. Their only hope is for a relative to marry Ruth and produce a son with her - a ‘kinsman redeemer”. The closest kinsman is wicked, miserly Uncle Nemuel, who only wants the land. The kinsman who truly loves Ruth is painfully shy, slow moving cousin Boaz. Naomi hears that Nemuel is plotting to get Ruth out of the way and hurriedly employs her own plan to force Boaz’s hand and get him to become betrothed to Ruth. Nemuel kidnaps Ruth on her way back from the scene of Boaz’s proposal and sells her off in slavery. His treachery is exposed at a meeting of town elders which Boaz has arranged in order to ‘call Nemuel’s bluff’ and get him to cede his right, as closest relative, to be the kinsman redeemer. Struggles and chase scenes ensue, culminating in Ruth’s rescue and marriage to Boaz.  Based on the Book of Ruth from Jewish and Christian scripture.

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