Tom Key Gets Lost

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For Theatrical Outfit, Key has adapted two Walker Percy books, The National Book Award Winning Novel, The Moviegoer (2001, “A comic gem” The Atlanta Journal and Constitution); and Lost in the Cosmos: The Last Selp-Help Seminar (1996, “An hilarious tour de force” The Atlanta Journal and Constitution). In 2004, Key wrote and performed under the direction of Susan Booth, a monologue for a world premiere of the play, Leap, at The Alliance Theater. Atlanta Journal and Constitution Theater Critic, Wendell Brock cited Key’s story as “riveting”.

Tom Key adapted and performed nationally a one-person play in 1980 entitled Cotton Patch Gospel. It was inspired by Dr. Clarence Jordan’s paraphrase of the New Testament who set the story of Jesus in the American South. His performance attracted the late singer songwriter, Harry Chapin, to collaborate with him to develop the monologue into a multi-character musical. It opened off Broadway at the Lamb’s Theater and ran from October 1980 to April 1981 with Key in the leading role and serving as co-author of the book with Drama Desk Award Winner, Russell Treyz as co-author and Director. 

Cotton Patch Gospel won two Dramalogue Awards; received an original cast recording; was filmed before a live audience with the off Broadway cast; and published by Dramatic Publishing Company in 1982. Its most recent reprint was in 2009 and after almost three decades later it continues to be produced across North America by schools, universities, amateur and professional resident or touring theater companies. It has been produced three times by The Alliance Theater and twice by The Dallas Theater Center to critical acclaim and box office success.

Key has also adapted John Bunyan’s English classic, The Pilgrim’s Progress for the stage and it was published in 2009 by Dramatic Publishing Company. 

Since 1977 he has toured internationally the one-person show, C.S. Lewis On Stage, which he adapted from the writings of the author of The Screwtape Letters and The Chronicles of Narnia. It has been performed at the John F. Kennedy Center, Harvard, Yale and Oxford University of England and in 2008-2009 was produced by Provision Theatre of Chicago with Bradley Armacost in the leading role.

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