The Wesley Grove Disciples are once again hard at work on another powerful Lenten drama. The play writer, Liz Honaker, wrote this script over the past year and says the following:
“This script first took shape as a play about the Lord Jesus from the perspective of several of His family members, including a nephew (not mentioned in Scripture, but entirely plausible, if one believes that Mary and Joseph had other children in their family). However, James’ voice began to “speak” louder than the others, and I realized that if the play was going to have an impact, it had to examine some of the deeper mysteries that we encounter. For instance, how does an individual or family go through hard times and still trust God? How do family members who heartily disagree with one another’s interpretation of God and His Word still seek after Truth? I know I have only touched on these subjects, but I hope some of the dialogue or action of this script can help bring peace to the troubled mind or the disgruntled believer.
Some of the play involves symbolism: hammer, nails, wooden planks, sponge, bread and wine. And while they are symbols, they are also very real and tangible: the Lord’s death was tangible; His hunger and thirst on the cross, the shame and humiliation He went through, the bread and wine at Communion – all are real. I have deliberately kept stage props to a minimum. For instance, the table (and benches) mentioned in the first scene remains throughout the play. Apart from having different tablecloths to indicate a different location, the basket and the items placed in and around it should remain in the same place.
I have tried very hard to interpret the words and actions found in the Gospels rather than manufacture a story out of them. Almost every scene has some Scriptural background; please take the time to immerse yourself in these passages so that the Spirit can bring true Life to the performance.
This play is essentially a “talking” play – a lot of the dialogue is directly towards the audience. That can either be a good thing or a bad thing. Sometimes the acting is so empowered that little action is required to “flesh out” the performance. In other cases, the audience needs visual clues to help it enter into the message of the play.
I am deeply honored to have been challenged by the Wesley Grove Disciples to once again submit an Easter play for their presentation during Holy Week. May God honor our attempts to bring Him praise and glory!”
Mark your calendars and plan to join our Disciples for this very special annual Easter tradition on Thursday April 13th at 7:00 pm. And as always please keep our cast, crew, and musicians in prayer as they devote countless hours in preparation to bring a special witness to you again this year!