In Search of the Holy Grill

Book By: Craig Williams
Play #: 2134
Pages: 28 pgs
Cast: 4 m, 5 w, 1 flexible

An evil banker, Char Cole, wants the land the church sits on to build a casino. He sends a bogus mortgage bill demanding the church pay a $10,000 balloon payment to scare the congregation in to selling him the property for a fraction of what it is worth. Church members hurriedly decides to submit a secret barbecue recipe to a contest in hopes of winning the huge cash prize. They even open a barbecue restaurant in the church to raise money. Meanwhile, Miss Phit, the bumbling church secretary, is constantly getting the bulletins and newsletters wrong, sending misleading and funny information out to the congregation. In the end, however, it is Miss Phit who saves the day because she is really undercover as an A.N.G.E.L., er, make that A.N.G.L.E., the Anti-Nefarious Gangster Law Enforcement. While a narrator instructs the audience when to boo and hiss, everyone will know when to laugh in this rich 30-minute comedy.

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PAMELA J CARIKER 1 Performance(s)
OWASSO, OK 4/14/2019
FELLOWSHIP BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
CONVERSE, LA 3/24/2019
TRINITY LUTHERAN CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
QUAKERTOWN, PA 8/25/2018
ST. PAULS UCC-DOC 1 Performance(s)
DEARBORN HEIGHTS, MI 8/12/2018
HERITAGE GRAND DRAMA CLUB 3 Performance(s)
KATY, TX 4/6/2018
CLEMENT BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
HURDLE MILLS, NC 8/13/2017
BURGMANS 1 Performance(s)
CHAPPELL , NE 8/10/2017
COMMUNITY THEATRE OF LINDEN 1 Performance(s)
STOCKTON, CA 7/8/2017
BALD MOUNTAIN BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
WEST JEFFERSON, NC 2/11/2017
LANDISVILLE MENNONITE CHURCH 3 Performance(s)
SALUNGA, PA 1/20/2017
WEBBER MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
NORTH CHESTERFIELD, VA 9/24/2016
MINNEWASKA AREA JR SR HI SCH 2 Performance(s)
GLENWOOD, MN 4/15/2016
THEATRE GROUP 1 Performance(s)
ROCKWALL, TX 6/20/2015
PROVIDENCE CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
LAKE PROVIDENCE, LA 4/24/2015
FIRST UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
KELSO, WA 4/1/2015
ISRAELS LUTHERAN CHURCH 2 Performance(s)
PARIS, OH 4/26/2014
CASTLE ROCK UMC 1 Performance(s)
CASTLE ROCK, WA 4/15/2014
DRAMA MINISTRY 1 Performance(s)
LE MARS, IA 10/20/2013
DRAMA MINISTRY 1 Performance(s)
LE MARS, IA 10/19/2013
DARKE COUNTY CIVIC THEATER 3 Performance(s)
ARCANUM, OH 9/28/2013
VALLEY HIGH SCHOOL 3 Performance(s)
ALBUQUERQUE, NE 9/19/2013
BEAR LAKE UMC 1 Performance(s)
BEAR LAKE, MI 9/7/2012
PIONEER VILLAGE 1 Performance(s)
KENMARE, ND 7/15/2012
LDS CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
PLEASANT GROVE, UT 4/27/2012
SECOND CONGREGATIONAL CHURCH 2 Performance(s)
WILTON, NH 11/11/2011
ALCORN CENTRAL HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
GLEN, MS 12/4/2010
ALLEN TEMPLE AME CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
TAMPA, FL 9/25/2010
PRIVATE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
CORPUS CHRISTI, TX 5/21/2010
MASTERS HAND 2 Performance(s)
LONGMONT, CO 5/3/2010
KNOXVILLE CHURCH OF THE NAZARE 2 Performance(s)
KNOXVILLE, IA 3/27/2010
ALLEN TEMPLE AME 1 Performance(s)
TAMPA, FL 2/6/2010
WILLISTON HIGH SCHOOL 2 Performance(s)
WILLISTON, FL 5/22/2009
UNITED METHODIST CHURCH OF WOO 1 Performance(s)
WOOSTER, OH 11/16/2008
PARK VIEW MIDDLE SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
LANCASTER, CA 11/15/2008
HISS UNITED METHODIST 2 Performance(s)
PARKVILLE, MD 6/6/2008
BETHLEHEM LUTHERAN SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
CARSON CITY, NV 5/9/2008
HEALY HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
HEALY, KS 5/1/2008
BENDLE HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
FLUSHING , MI 12/1/2007
BENDLE HIGH SCHOOL 1 Performance(s)
FLUSHING , MI 12/1/2007
FOND DU LAC COMM THETARE 2 Performance(s)
FOND DU LAC, WI 11/1/2006
SCOTUS CENTRAL CATHOLIC HS 1 Performance(s)
COLUMBUS, NE 10/6/2006
OMAR SAILMAKERS 1 Performance(s)
BEAUFORT, NC 7/19/2006
THEATRE GROUP 1 Performance(s)
LOUISVILLE, KY 5/24/2006
BOONE HIGH THEATRE 2 Performance(s)
BOONE, IA 4/14/2006

Behind The Scenes

PLAYWRIGHT CRAIG WILLIAMS TALKS ABOUT

"IN SEARCH OF THE HOLY GRILL OR IT'S ALL A BIG MISTAKE"

 

 

Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?

A: When I was visiting my son in Massachusetts he took me by an old church that had been converted to a barbecue place named "Holy Smoke." We began to explore the puns that fit with such a restaurant. In addition, I had heard about "misquotes" found in church bulletins. The two seemed to fit together.

 

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?

A: My favorite part is the twist at the end, where Miss Phit or Miss Stake is identified as a crime fighter. I could not bring myself to have the minister engage in the mayhem that generally found in a melodrama, so I had to come up with an alternative. It does provide a surprise.

 

Q: WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?

A: The characters are purely fictional.

 

Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?

A: This play, as with most melodrama, stresses right wins out over wrong. But for the most part, the play is for fun.