I cheated in this play about Jesus’ appearance before Pontius Pilate. I lifted the entire scene, almost verbatim, from “Jesus of Montreal“, one of my ten favorite movies of all time. (A movie I’ve watched every year around Easter with a different friend or grouping of friends for over 20 years now!) If that leads a single reader to go on to watch the movie, this play will have accomplished its purpose. Read the rest of this entry »
I’ve always felt the lesson of this story of the widow’s mite was too obvious. It’s very easy to give the “right” answer in Sunday School, but it might be harder to make the same call in real life.
When faced with differences between versions of the same story, I usually work out one unified sequence of events and get on with the play, but the variations in this account of Jesus healing a blind man (or blind men) at the gates of Jericho were so interesting that I decided to make them the subject of the entire play. (But don’t worry, I bring in Thomas and Mary at the end to save the day.)
I must confess that most of this play about James and John trying to secure high positions with Jesus in his kingdom is devoted to the execution of a single joke that probably doesn’t really exist in the original text. Read the rest of this entry »
The big dramatic challenge to this story about a rich man asking Jesus what he had to do to obtain eternal life was the odd response of the disciples to Jesus saying it was easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for the wealthy to enter the kingdom of God. Read the rest of this entry »