Fire on Earth

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Fire on Earth

Fire on Earth was produced by the Fresh Ink Theatre Company at the Factory Theatre in Boston, February 1-16, 2013, directed by Rebecca Bradshaw.


(Full-length historical drama, two acts. Cast: 5 men)
1524. England. John Tewkesbury is a savvy trader and smuggler, smart enough to know William Tyndale’s illegal translation of the Bible will be a hot commodity. But, to sell the good book, he must elude the spies of Sir Thomas More and escape the fires of the Catholic bishops. In this true story about the struggle between dangerous information and powerful knowledge, one man journeys from merchant to martyr.

Read the first act of Fire on Earth

Production History


Awards (as a previous version, entitled God’s Voice):

  • Writer’s Digest Stage Play Competition, 9th Place, 2003
  • Hanover College, Religious Playwriting Contest, Finalist, 2003
  • Semi-Finalist, PlayLabs, Playwrights Center, Minneapolis, 2003
  • Sonoma County Repertory Drama Competition, 4th Place, 2003
  • Reva Shiner Contest, Bloomington Playwrights Project, IN, Semi-Finalist, 2003


Casting and Production Requirements:

Time: Summer 1523 – October 6, 1536.
Setting: England, Germany, Antwerp (Belgium)
Set: Bare stage with portable set pieces brought on as necessary (these would include a desk on wheels, a wheelbarrow, and a stake). Lots of paper and books.