Duke, the Dog Priest
Esuriens Productions has obtained the rights to adapt Duke, the Dog Priest (Green Integer Press) by Domício Coutinho for television. Through the eyes of a sacristan at a Little Italy church in the 1960s we learn all of the goings-on in the church, the neighborhood and, by extension, New York City just as the counterculture, the sexual revolution and Vatican II are beginning to change everything.
At the heart of the series is the story of Rosely, a precocious girl given up for adoption who turns to prostitution after she is expelled from St. Thecla's school at age fifteen. Rosely's story intersects tragically with that of Brother Alphonse, St. Thecla's chief cook, who commits suicide after encountering her near Times Square and following her to a nearby hotel for sexual relations. Considered by clergy and parishioners alike as one of the church's most pious members, Brother Al's death rocks the parish. It triggers a crisis of conscience in the clergy and the parishioners and provides the series with a spine through which dozens of others stories are interwoven.
As the story unfolds, over three seasons of television, it develops inexorably toward its surprising end where we discover the identity of Rosely’s mother. Along the way, we meet a rich cast of characters. They include Dorothy, a wealthy widow who owns a local flower shop and has an epic crush on Father Thomas; Jonathan, a stockbroker madly in love with Rosely; Rabbi Mortimer, who fears his daughter is possessed and turns to Father Thomas for advice; Janice, the mayor's wife, who finds strange solace in hearing the angelic voice of a homeless man in the church choir; Lunar Crater, the neighborhood prostitute who does a brisk business in the cemetery behind the church; and even the church dog, Duke, who has become the personal responsibility of Brother Al and figures prominently in the plot.
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