These interpretive, dramatic monologues give voice to selected minor characters from the Gospels of Matthew, Mark, and Luke. Presented in a reproducible, copy-friendly format, the monologues provide a creative way to present Good Friday/Tenebrae services and to tell the gospel story of Jesus Christ.
The monologues can be presented as a collective work or can be used individually as sermon helps, Bible study presentations, and in other creative ways in worship settings.
There are three sets of narratives, one each based on Matthew, Mark, and Luke. In addition, each set is individually titled, has a central theme woven throughout its narratives, and contains a suggested worship service outline. Each set contains 3 to 5 monologues that are 7 to 10 minutes long when performed.
These monologues can be memorized or presented in readers-theater style. Dialogue and stage directions are provided to allow for easy stage setup, shorter prep time, and require fewer rehearsals than those for a full-production drama. This offers those watching and participating a fresh perspectives of the gospel story.
An ordained minister, a registered nurse, and a professional actress, Amanda Burr is lead pastor of the United Methodist Church of Palm Springs, California. She earned her bachelor and master degrees in nursing, and received her M. Div. and D. Min. from Claremont School of the Theology. Since her early college years she has acted in stage and television roles. She has received awards for her acting, directing, and set design. She is a member of the Palm Canyon Theatre, a regional theater company in Palm Springs. In addition, as a member of the Guatemala Mission Team of Interfaith Action International, she volunteers each year to install wood efficiency stoves and be the teams nurse. She lives in Cathedral City, California.
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