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A Matter of Faith


3W, 3M / Drama

Betty Morgan is a Jehovah’s Witness who has leukemia and only a blood transfusion can save her. Yet, it is against her religion to receive blood under any circumstances, even to save her own life. Betty knows that if she takes the transfusion she will be shunned and ex-communicated from her faith so she decides to forego treatment and accept “whatever plan Jehovah may have.”

Yet, when Betty falls into a life-threatening coma, her husband, Sam, makes the difficult decision to fight for Betty's life despite the fierce objections of certain family members and other Jehovah’s Witnesses. But will time run out for Betty as those around her debate whether she should live or die in the name of her faith? Loosely based on real events, A MATTER OF FAITH is a contemporary drama that explores the complexities of right-to-die issues in the context of religion and the real price of what it means to have blind faith.

Image by Cathy Mü

Development History


John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

Staged Reading

September 2011

Director: S. Robert Morgan

*A Matter of Faith is part of The Essential Theatre's Play Reading Series and Development Program under the artistic direction of S. Robert Morgan of HBO's critically-acclaimed "The Wire." The play development program has been funded by various organizations such as the National Endowment for the Arts and the DC Commission on the Arts & Humanities.

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Seattle Repertory Theatre

in partnership with Northwest Playwright Alliance

February 2011

Director: La'Chris Jordan

Actors: Asha Biney, Tina B. Austin, Jason Foster, Isiah Anderson, Jr., Tonya White, Tim Hoban

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