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Cosmowriters                    November 25, 2019


                         ANTHONY E. GALLO     

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         ​ THE CABALA

                                         A TWO ACT PARODY

                                    Based on the Thornton Wilder Novel "The Cabala"


                    ANTHONY e. Gallo

This two-act drama about two young Americans in Rome and an elite set of aristocrats, known both mockingly and respectfully as The Cabala, is totally based on Thornton Wilder’s 1921 novel when the author was 24 years old.  He is a hard act to follow. 

All members of the Cabala have wealth and a burning desire to turn back the clock, to reinstate kings in Europe’s republics.  Some believe in the Divine Right of Kings and want that doctrine to become Church dogma.    Gods of all sorts come and go.,   And the two Americans get some hearty advice by a mysterious man in blue on their way home. 
​Sam, a newly-arrived recent Yale graduate finds himself entertaining a gathering of wealthy and influential Europeans in post-World War 1 Rome. Surprisingly, a legendary  Cardinal encourages him to become a part of the group. At first Sam feels privileged but then finds out that the "Cabala" is really a pagan cult comprised largely of insecure, aimless, and superficial people who have quickly come to depend on him.  
Sam tries to free himself but finds that he is hopelessly attached to the group. He must also save two other members who are prone to violence.  And all are under the influence of a powerful Cardinal who is both saint and sinner.
In the struggle between good and evil, Sam finds that he is equally attracted to both.  Finally, truth comes to the rescue when he find escapes to  Hollows Corners.


Samuele, 23,   American  Yale graduate living in Rome
Carlo, Cardinal Viani, 89(but youthful)
Lucia, 40,  wealthy and devout Roman Catholic European aristocrat 
Ottima, 60,  cook, housecleaner and some more
Elizabeth (Miss Grier) , 50,    Wealthy  American spinster
Giovanna, The Duchess d'Aquilanera,  (55) Mother of Marcantonio
Marcantonio, 23,  Giovanna's sexually promiscuous son 
Alix, unhappily married French princess in love with James 
 Jane, Countess  Bernstein, 50,   wealthy French woman
James Blair, 23,  Samuel's  Roommate
Virgil, Ancient Roman Poet