How do I use these plays in my class or small group?
Just have the group sit around a table or in a circle as they normally would, pass out copies of the play, assign parts, and start reading! You might also want to read the Gospel passage itself beforehand, though this isn't required to understand the plays.
Can these plays be performed in front of an audience?
They weren't really written to be performed on stage, or even to be read aloud to an audience, so you'd probably have to make some adjustments for them to work well either way. But you certainly have my permission to try!
What if my church doesn't go by the lectionary?
You can use the plays in any order you like, and I've provided additional sorting options above to help you browse through them in various ways.
You got something wrong in one of the plays!
Please feel free to click the "discuss" links above to enter into a discussion of any of the plays, but keep in mind that, in order to create complete and compelling literary works out of what are often extremely short readings, I've "padded out" the stories quite a bit with invented plot and background, and have even occasionally rearranged events for better dramatic effect or to raise further questions for discussion.
Please also remember that while you probably have a framework of theological interprations that for you forms an integral part of these stories, other churches might have very different interpretations that seem to them just as absolute, but I have to create content that will serve you all.
Finally, consider that the disciples themselves would have had no such interpretive framework, or at least nothing that was consistent or correct, as epitomized by the fact that they never realized Jesus was going to be killed despite his repeated and explicit warnings about it! It is their raw human experience as they stumbled through momentous events that I've tried most to capture in these plays.