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Month: April 2013

This Very Night

You may have noticed by now that James is my least favorite disciple. In this play about our entanglement with money, however, he gets to be the hero. Whatever faults he might have, he’s also got integrity and a commitment to the truth as he sees it, and I use his three great No’s to…

The Prayer

We come to that most well known, beloved, and (in our minds today) conventional prayer of all, the Lord’s Prayer, only not in the elegant “King Jamesified” version we recite in our churches today, but in its shockingly short and raw original form as first given by Jesus.  It doesn’t come in until the end, though,…

Martha

In this play about the classic types, Martha and Mary, Martha strikes back! (Were you expecting anything else?) Here, perhaps for the first time in these plays, I let my own biases and theological preferences rule the day, which I’ve said I’d try never to do. I take sides! I’ve always thought it was a…

The Good Samaritan

Because the story of The Good Samaritan is so well known, I felt I could take more liberties than usual, and I had a lot of fun flipping it around so that the parable was the reality and the reality the parable. Aside from that, I performed all my usual Wineskin Project duties: made the…

Jerusalem

“As the time approached for him to be taken up to heaven, Jesus resolutely set out for Jerusalem.” I’m going take this opportunity to talk about my choice of terminology in these plays. You’ll already have noticed that I have the disciples calling Jesus “rabbi”. I debated long and hard about whether to have them simply…

Legion

What does it say about us when a story of demon possession doesn’t shock, frighten, or otherwise discombobulate us? It might mean we don’t believe the story is true. It might also mean that we believe it’s so true that we’ve passed beyond the mere (but terrifying) physical reality of it, and into a more…
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