Waiting for the Host

Waiting for the Host $13

Marc Palmieri

Published by Dramatists Play Service

4 Male 3 Female

The play can be performed as one show or separated by its two parts

In Part One - Waiting For the Host - while theatres, playgrounds, schools, and churches are shuttered by a modern plague, the rector of a small church on Long Island gathers a handful of parishioners via video conference

His goal is to record a theatrical reading of the story of the Passion for the church website

As exes bicker and technology confuses, this socially distant endeavor quickly becomes chaotic

Still, in the effort, the group finds a strange, painful closeness, and that their comic and clumsy reading has become a kind of desperate prayer

In Part Two - Still Waiting - the pandemic lockdown is well into its second month

Members of the church find themselves bitten by the “acting bug”

With the help of a “professional director” from Manhattan, they hope to launch a community theatre at the church

To their surprise, the bishop and church leadership found their Passion Play objectionable, and their plans are met with resistance

They decide to put on a showcase of their skills, with an “updated” version of medieval Biblical plays, and find they win the support of an unexpected guest


“Call it a play within a play within a crisis … The play authentically flaunts all the glories and pitfalls of a typical online group session” ~ NJ Star-Ledger

Waiting For the Host allows a new work, a new approach to theater, a new approach to performing, a new approach to directing to take place and it is definitely entertaining. The play does not disappoint. It is real, raw, and brings some much-needed laughter - exactly what theater is supposed to do” ~

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