BOUNTIFUL— Playwright and author Thomas F. Rogers will be the featured speaker at the Centerville chapter of the Sons of the Utah Pioneers, set for April 4 at 6:30 p.m. in the downstairs dining room of the Wight House in Bountiful. Rogers is best known for his play “Huebener,” the 1976 historical play about an LDS youth who defied the Nazis.
Rogers, a professor of Russian at Brigham Young University from 1969 until his retirement in 2000, has written extensively on topics related to faith, literature, and the challenges and rewards of religious life. He has also written about his experiences in places such as Germany, Russia, Poland, the former Yugoslavia, India, China, and Syria.
Described in a 1988 Distinguished Service citation from the Mormon Festival of the Arts as “undoubtedly the father of modern Mormon drama,” Rogers is the author of almost 30 plays, many on Mormon subjects. In addition to “Huebener,” these include Fire in the Bones, the first literary treatment of the 1857 Mountain Meadows Massacre. A collection of four of Rogers’s plays received a 1983 award for drama from the Association for Mormon Letters, and in 2001 the organization awarded him with an honorary lifetime membership.
The Wight House is located at 93 N. Main Street in Bountiful. All are welcome. Those who want to participate in the meal, which costs $12.50 per person, should notify Grenn Clark at 801-641-0865.