PULP CUTTERS’ NATIVITY

A Christmas Poem in Two Acts


being
a contemporary adaptation of the
medieval English miracle play
The Second Shepherds’ Play

by

David Budbill

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Drawings by Lois Eby

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Countryman Press , 1981

ISBN: 0-914378-79-1

ISBN: 0-914378-80-5 (pbk)

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PULP CUTTERS’ NATIVITY is a funny and sad, raucous and raunchy, devout and foreboding drama in which characters from JUDEVINE return to act out a modern adaptation of “The Second Shepherds’ Play.”

Three Judevine woodcutters, Antoine, Doug and Tommy, take the place of the 15th century shepherds and a stolen chain saw replaces the stolen lamb. Judevine’s Arnie also returns to become the thief, and Arnie’s cantankerous and conniving wife, Gil plays the original Gil. In this version the Announcing and Attending Angel is a waitress from the local diner.

PULP CUTTERS’ NATIVITY follows the structure of the original 15th century English play “religiously” and diverges from it only at the end where I move the singing forward a little and indulge a modern fear and foreboding as ill fated Tommy Stames sees in The Baby Jesus a vision of Gandhi, Martin Luther King and himself.

For those of you who know JUDEVINE, “At The Landing,” the third scene in Act II of JUDEVINE, is the first scene of PULP CUTTERS’ NATIVITY.

PULP CUTTERS’ NATIVITY is also Act II of the play TWO FOR CHRISTMAS.