Number of Pages: 64
Vendor: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 2002
Dimensions: 11 X 8.5 (inches)
Availability: In Stock
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Submitted: November 19, 2012
Tell us a little about yourself. Born in Michigan, raised in New York, college in Ohio, seminary in California. I try to dress Biblical stories in non-Biblical clothes in my writing, so people who read the Bible get a new perspective, and so people who don't read the Bible aren't intimidated.
What was your motivation behind this project? I attended a disastrous Christmas pageant rehearsal. Too many kids had too much time with too little to do. I figured there had to be a way to make the process of rehearsing engaging, and while I was thinking about that, it also occurred to me that the script needed to both teach and engage the cast.
What do you hope folks will gain from this project? I hope folks understand that the Nativity story is not, strictly speaking, about Jesus. It's about how people react to a dramatic manifestation of God's grace: with confusion (Mary), excitement (shepherds) or rage (Herod). As a result, I hope people hear the story as if they've never heard it before; most of us have grown so accustomed to the story that we gloss over the absurd or challenging parts of it.
How were you personally impacted by working on this project? It went over so well at my church, I wrote and/or directed the pageant for 7 years.
Who are your influences, sources of inspiration or favorite authors / artists? Peter DeVries, Anne Lamott, Groucho Marx.