It really happened!
I wrote a play (with a great deal of help from Matthew, Luke and John, and the kind permission of the folks at Crossway) and I got to see it produced.
My friend Claudia in New Zealand said in the comments of an earlier post that she’d like to see it.
So for Claudia, and for all of you, here it is. Think of it as a Christmas card.
Video of the World Premier!
(The run time is about 20 minutes. The video is a tad longer because I included some introductory words to the congregation, and a prayer.)
I am so proud of the brave members of 1st Presbyterian Church in Dubuque Iowa for volunteering to take part in the “world premier.” It was extremely fun working together to live into the really truly story of Christmas. Thank you!
The Wonder of Direct Feedback
It was a fascinating process for me as a writer. For a very long while, I wrote articles for various publications and chapters for books, and never really knew how they were received.
Then, when Kneeling with Giants came out, social media and email brought direct feedback now and again. That was very very exciting.
But with this play it was much more direct.
- I got to be right in the room with actors as they engaged with my words — or my interweaving of biblical words.
- And I got to be with a congregation as they encountered the script and the embodiment of the action I’d imagined and directed.
That, I have to say, was TOTALLY COOL.
The best comment after the production? Check this out:
I was so blessed. I’ve read the story maybe thousands of times. But I’ve never seen it before!
That is exactly what I was hoping for.
As actors explore how to be the biblical characters and show the biblical story, every one who sees it takes at least a little step deeper into it.
We indwell the story of the coming of the Son of God, the Word made Flesh in the person of Jesus.
Then we find out it is really our story. No matter how dark our world, the Light has come.
And the darkness? Darkness can never overcome it.
This is Immanuel — God with us.
Next Year at Your Church?
If your church is considering putting on a Christmas play next year, I hope you will encourage them to take a look at my Christmas Play. They can see it in action right here on this post.
And they can find out about performance licenses and photocopy permissions by clicking right here.
A Possible Favor?
And if you have read it, performed it, or seen it, would you consider posting a review on Amazon? It is one of the nicest things you can do for an author. You can find the page by clicking here.
(That is an affiliate link by the way.)