Floundering in his post-pandemic grief, a widower embarks on a silent retreat after a near tragedy sparks his loved ones into action. Sent to a Trappist monastery in the middle of nowheresville, Sam is met by the important voices in his life, as well as a few quirky (and sometimes armed!) monks. Along with a fellow traveler on her own journey of healing, Sam struggles to find a new path forward without leaving his old love behind.

A lifelong Kentuckian, Garrett Bates has been collecting stories for decades that he now weaves together to evoke laughter, reflection, and hope. With a firm belief that we are all created to create (in whatever we do), Garrett’s escapades are taken (and/or embellished!) from the time he devoted to his family and prior career. The Abbey is his first-produced full-length work and was the byproduct of his own silent retreat at a Trappist monastery. He is thrilled to now be included in the impressive lineage of the BBTF! Garrett resides in Louisville, KY with his wife, Melanie, and their mini-goldendoodle, Baxter, the worst dog ever.
Produced by: Broadway Bound Theatre Festival

Production Team

PLAYWRIGHT: Garrett Bates
DIRECTOR: Lynn Colatrella


Sam Fluhr: Duane Lanham
Brother Armand: Bob Filipowich
Exuberant Retreatant, Novice Monk, Retreatant Male: Motts Pelazza
Father O'Connor: Ted Yudain
Mary/Retreatant Female: Laura Silence
Voice of Jackie: Ellen Krinick Porto
Voice of Nicole: Liz Sabia
Voice of Tammy, Sally: Sarah Jean DeFelice
Mechanical Voice, Bill, Voice Mailers, Unseen Priest: Motts Pelazza
Voice of Annie Fluhr: Laurie Guzda
theater set of a living room

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