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The Diviners (2006)

The Diviners takes place in the fictional town of Zion, Indiana, during the Great Depression of the 1930s. The play begins and ends at Buddy's funeral. Locals Basil and Dewey give the eulogy. Then the story goes back to the start of the summer. Buddy is dying because he is so scared of water that he won’t wash. The cause of this fear is the fact that he almost drowned as a child, and, ironically, the experience has transformed Buddy into a human divining rod. C. C. Showers, an ex-preacher, arrives in and befriends Buddy and his family. Showers claims he has given up on preaching, but the townspeople keep on believing that his arrival is a sign from God. Showers focuses on Buddy’s needs and finally convinces him to go down to the river and wash, but in the town’s misguided effort to celebrate this success, Buddy drowns.

Play by Jim Leonard Jr.

  • Woman talking to two young fishermen
  • Three men fishing by the river
  • Two guys taking their bike for a ride
  • A man by the river talking to two others while they are in their house
  • Three children find a dead person
  • One of the children is distraught
  • Two children with their arms out
  • recreation of American Gothic, but in play form.
  • Two men standing under the moonlight
  • Children talking down by the river
  • A girl an boy falling in love
  • Hugging with lightning in the background