ora canonica - the hour of prayers, the hour of meeting, the hour leading to a rite of passage. Laurel Marena's latest literary work, a two-act psychological play, begins as seven characters, one by one, enter into a dark place, each one receiving a lit candle. The scene is set for them to challenge issues of morality in light of their own life experiences. Each must follow his own quest for truth; one may find emerging belief reflected in the aspect of a fellow traveller, while another may find revelation deep within himself. There exists a belief amongst some of the most 'elevated' that they need occupy no time, nor manifest any concern with the pedestrian doubts of lesser mortals. Only six of these people, one by one, will exit by a passage to the unknown. One will stand alone, in darkness.