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Drama for Real Life: 16 Scripts About the Choices That Shape Us
Inter-varsity Press / 2006 / Paperback
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Emerging drama ministries face a daunting challenge: to give voice to the unvoiced anxieties and uncertainties of people coming of age in a complex world. These feelings and doubts are difficult to express in words, but they can be sketched out in the action and tension of drama. Includes sketches on: love and marriage, job and vocation, faith and doubt, morality and ethics, temptation and desire, and life and death. An award-winning storyteller and accomplished author, Steven James presents sixteen scripts for use by drama ministries in church or on campus. Disigned for ease of us, Drama for Real Life features:
Emerging drama ministries face a daunting challenge: to give voice to the unvoiced anxieties and uncertainties of people coming of age in a complex world. These feelings and doubts are difficult to express in words, but they can be sketched out in the action and tension of drama.
Steven James is an innovative storyteller and popular conference speaker, appearing weekly at conferences, churches, schools and other special events across the United States. He earned his master's degree in storytelling, and now also trains educators on creative communication techniques. During 2003, James earned Storytelling World Honor Awards for the story "Twinkle Little Star" and for the book He is the author of more than a dozen books and more than 500 articles, scripts and stories that have appeared in more than 75 different anthologies and magazines. He has been published in and others. He is currently a contributing editor for
"It was a refreshing pleasure reading the scripts written by Steven James: refreshing to see a 'real life in real words' approach in the scripts, and a pleasure to see the author break out of the normal predictability in Christian drama scripts."
"I've always known Steven James to be a brilliant storyteller who has a deft touch at bringing Bible truths to life through his writing. This collection, however, also shows that he has a clear comprehension of the stage and the power of drama to bring transformation by making an emotional connection with his audience through his writing. His scripts are insightful, thought-provoking and relevant."
" Drama for Real Life is a welcome addition to my list of recommended resources for church drama ministry! Steven James's writing is creative and original. He is one writer who understands how to best use drama in the context of worship. I especially appreciated the extra effort he has put into making the dramas 'user friendly.' I look forward to more from this talented writer!"
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Author: Steven James
Located in: Johnson City, TN
Submitted: December 09, 2005
Tell us a little about yourself. I have a Master's Degree in Storytelling and perform around the country. The dramas in this book have grown out of my love for story and connecting people with the tale God is telling our planet.
What was your motivation behind this project? I had a number of dramas I had worked on over the years and this was a good chance to bring all of those ideas together in one place.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? Churches will find dramas that are honest, gritty, and image-rich to reach out to the emerging, postmodern world.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Well, I've enjoyed the work of many dramatists and performers over the years. The scripts in this book were influenced as much by our changing culture as any other author or artist.
Anything else you'd like readers / listeners to know: Most of the scripts in this collection only require 2-4 actors so they're easy to cast and direct.
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