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Kingdom Come


A powerful and deeply affecting play about Norwegian immigrant settlers coming to America in the mid-19th century, and the tremendous hardships, both physical and emotional, which they endured. First produced with resounding success at the Milwaukee Repertory Theatre.

Beginning in Norway, where the stern Lutheran Church teaches that emigration to America is sinful and that a vengeful God will punish anyone who defies the church's stand. Two borthers, Jens and Thomas Ansen defy the church and leave for Wisconsin with their brother Kal. Defying a furious pastor, the brothers inspire others who are dubious that America is such a swamp of irreligion as the church contends.

The second act dramatizes, with stunning effectiveness, the settlers' struggles in seeking a new and better life in a stange and often hostile country, and the strength that enbles them to surmount obstacles like blizzards and locusts. Kingdom Come is a beautiful play that is special in its ability to move people and leave a strong human impact on its audience.