Episcus and Edendus: A Ten-Minute Musical

Book and Lyrics by Greg Edwards, Music by Ron Barnett

Set in Ancient Rome, Episcus and Edendus is a musical tale about a Christian and a lion who reject the roles assigned to them by society and instead dream of, and schlep to, a world where they can both be free. Namely, Portugal.

Episcus and Edendus was a finalist for 2016 City Theatre National Award for Short Playwriting.


  • EDENDUS, a Christian
  • EPISCUS, a lion
  • PRIMA, SECUNDA, and TERTIA, a Roman Greek chorus


  • Artistic New Directions (New York, March 2009)
  • BMI (New York, June 2008)



Read the script. Or listen to some tunes:


In May 2008, Ron and I were paired up randomly for BMI's ten-minute musical assignment. As we brainstormed possible character relationships, Ron suggested a Christian and a lion. This appealed to the side of me that enjoys seeing people being eaten by wild animals (a very large side of me), and we wrote Episcus and Edendus.

To summarize: in wrestling, as in location-based dating, itís okay to be masc, but donít be a dick about it. ~ Wrestling with Masculinity