Rogers, Thomas F.

Thomas F. Rogers

 

Thomas F. Rogers –
A former director of the BYU Honors Program, Thomas F. Rogers was a professor of Russian language and literature at Brigham Young University, now retired, and the author of more than a dozen plays, many on Mormon subjects. Four of these have been published in God’s Fools (Signature Books, 1983), which also received the Association of Mormon Letters Drama Prize that same year. Those titles are HUEBENER, GOD’S FOOLS (or JOURNEY TO GOLGOTHA), FIRE IN THE BONES, and REUNION. Other titles include: THE SECOND PRIEST, THE SEAGULL (Adapted from the Chekov play), GENTLE BARBARIAN, FRERE LAWRENCE, CHARADES, were published in a second anthology entitled ‘Huebener’ and Other Plays by Thomas F. Rogers, in 1992. Then  THE ANOINTED. He has also penned stage adaptations of Dostoevsky’s novels, Crime and Punishment and The Idiot. The former received a BYU production, directed by Tad Danielewski, in which Tom played the role of Marmeladov.  In 1995–1996 God’s Fools was produced (in translation) by a professional repertory theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia.  (While Tom was serving as an LDS mission president. He also played the role of the American double spy, Cooper in that production.  Later on that mission he directed a Russian language version of Huebener in St. Petersburg.

He directed the premiere productions of Robert Vincek’s For the Lions to Win, Thom Duncan’s Matters of the Heart and Eric Samuselsen’s Accommodations as well as States-side productions of Huebener.  He’s also directed Chekhov’s The Three Sisters (in German) for Deutsches Teater Salt Lake City and Synge’s Playboy of the Western World, Pirandello’s It Is So If You Think So and Pinter’s The Caretaker for the BYU Department of Theatre.
Cited by Eugene England as “undoubtedly the father of modern Mormon drama,” he received the Mormon Arts Festival’s Distinguished Achievement Award in 1998 and in 2002 a Lifetime Service Award from the Association of Mormon Letters.

His latest published stories appeared in the Summer 1991 issue of Dialogue (receiving an annual Dialogue fiction award) and in the collection Christmas for the World. Rogers was once the editor of Encyclia, journal of the Utah Academy, and author of a critical monograph, Myth and Symbol in Soviet Fiction (The Edwin Mellen Press). He studied at the Yale School of Drama and holds degrees from the University of Utah, Yale, and Georgetown. He has also studied theater in Poland and Russian at Moscow State University and taught at Howard University in Washington, D.C., and the University of Utah. Rogers’ theatrical activity includes acting and directing in addition to writing plays. He has traveled extensively in Russia, Eastern Europe, and India. He and his wife Merriam are the parents of seven children, thirty-eight grandchildren and, so far, three great-grand-children. They reside in Bountiful, Utah.

MUSICAL AUTHORED

PLAYS AUTHORED

  • Huebener
  • Fire In The Bones
  • Reunion
  • God’s Fools (or Journey To Golgotha)
  • The Second Priest
  • The Seagull (Adapted from Chekov)
  • The Gentle Barbarian
  • Frére Lawrence
  • Charades
  • A Good Man Is Hard To Find (based on the Flannery O’Connor story)
  • The Idiot (adapted from Dostoyevsky)
  • Crime and Punishment (adapted from Dostoyevsky)
  • Petunia Passes, a one-act
  • Intruder in the Dust (Faulkner adaptation)
  • Judgment Day (Flannery O’Connor)
  • Woyzeck (from Buechner a translation)
  • The Wager (from the Phillip Flammer novel)
  • Military Justice: The Last Mass Execution in the United States (Richard Whitingham history)
  • The MTC: Set Apart” (from the Ben Parkinson novel)
  • The Scarlet Letter (Opera libretto) (from Hawthorne)
  • Nest of Feathers
  • Josephine
  • Siegfried Idyl
  • And He That Wavereth
  • Once Upon a Summer
  • The Deserted
  • The Immortal
  • First Trump
  • (most of the above plays will soon be available through Leicester Bay Theatricals)

Click Dialogue_V41N01_77 to read an article about Tom and his plays from a 1977 issue of DIALOGUE Magazine.

Click 1986_r_001 to read a review of the First Collection of Tom Roger’s plays by Eugene England called “God’s Fools: Plays of Mitigated Conscience”

 

Expect a collection of Thomas F. Rogers plays to be issued in the near future by Zion Theatricals in cooperation with Zion BookWorks.

 

MUSICALS AUTHORED

The Anointed