June 7, 2011
Monky Business

"A monastery is forced to interact with the outside world when their mead becomes wildly popular."

Abbot Costello likes the quiet life. He likes his bees, he likes his garden and he likes the mead he and his brother monks have been making for hundreds of years. Now, because a hip-hop star on holiday sent a tweet, that mead has become the hottest new thing in hollywood and it’s placing his way of life in jeopardy. With millions of dollars to be made that would help their charitable work, the little monastery must suddenly learn to deal with the very materialism and false idolatry they’ve spent their whole lives trying to avoid. Can the monks weigh the good they could do with the money against the threat to their way of life? ¬†Will the their lack of world experience make them vulnerable to exploitation? And what about Thelonious the master distiller who just might want to keep the whole lot for himself?

Suggested catchphrase: “Why do they keep sniggering when I say my name?” (Costello’s constant question whenever he deals with the outside world)

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