Tom Dudzick

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"Hail Mary!"

An irreverent look at religious fundamentalism. This comedy introduces Mary, a plucky novice who bravely does battle with her Mother Superior, a staunch defender of "that old time religion." Mary puts her future as a nun in serious jeopardy when she dares teach the children her personal, unorthodox views of God and his commandments. Her dream of Sisterhood is further threatened with the untimely arrival of a childhood sweetheart who suddenly declares his love. Will Mary give it all up for the love of a man? Or will she listen to the pixiliated priest who mysteriously appears and declares Mary to be the world's next savior?

Praise for "Hail Mary!"

Jimmy Fowler, Fort Worth Weekly:

A wealth of sharp, invigorating, and occasionally hilarious verbal sparring over existential issues that transcend Catholicism.

The script has enough dramatic symmetry not to make Mother Regina into the black-caped she-beast of Christopher Durang's stage nightmares. She sincerely views conservative church teaching as a solid foundation for living and a bulwark against life's arbitrary cruelties, as exemplified by a family crisis from her own youth that led her into a lifetime of church service.

Audiences who want a bracing combination of laughter and deep thoughts should check out this beaming comedy.

The Plays

Two new one-act plays featuring the Pazinski Family and Sister Clarissa!
The Irish Adaptation of "Over the Tavern"
Hilarious and heartfelt conflict over a “miracle” in the family barbershop. “Best comedy of the year in Connecticut. You have to see it to believe it.” ...John Georgette, Jr.,
An hilarious and touching depiction of 1959 Americana. “Absolutely enchanting... a little bit of heaven!”
-Richard Christiansen, Chicago Tribune
The Pazinski clan ten years later, embroiled in the turbulent 60’s. “This is a ‘Moon’ that winces with pain and winks with joy.”
-Hedy Weiss, Chicago Sun-Times
“Over the Tavern’s” final chapter takes place in the bar room almost a decade later, during the infamous Blizzard of ’77, and masterfully completes the Pazinski saga.
“Exhilarating, profound: what ineffective little adjectives to describe 'Greetings!'"
-J.R. South, Albany Times-Union
An hilarious look at religious fundamentalism!
A backstage comedy about a greenhorn Buffalo playwright swept up in the whirlwind of Broadway!
One-Act Comedy
A riotous road trip back to the old neighborhood.
Fine Art Print
Classic comics from films' golden age have their own last supper -- da Vinci style!

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