SILENT NIGHT is a short play dramatizing the origins of the song “Silent Night”. Disaster threatens the tiny village of Oberndorf, Austria, on Christmas Eve, 1818. Father Josef Mohr, pastor of St. Nicholas’ Church, is informed by his choir director that the humidity from the recent spate of rain and snowstorms has rusted the organ pipes and there will be no music for Midnight Mass; worse, the sexton declares that the rising Salzach River may flood the town and church itself. Fr. Mohr visits Franz Gruber, a guitarist and folk musician, and asks him to compose a choir song for guitar. Together, Mohr and Gruber create the words and music for Stille Nacht! Heilige Nacht! — Silent Night, Holy Night — and at Midnight Mass, the town gathers, fervently sings the song and receives word that the rampaging river has stopped and is beginning to recede — town and church saved! Playscript contains full set, stage, costume directions along with useful staging tips.