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And Now For Something Completely Different

Posted by jlwile on January 31, 2011

An infrequent but very entertaining commenter on this blog is known for thinking that there is just too much science at this stop on the information superhighway. While I disagree, I can at least understand the substance of the complaint. As a result, I would like to post something quite different today. For those who don’t know, I was (at one time) a professional actor, and I have dabbled from time to time in the writing of scripts. Recently, my church asked me to write and produce a “sermon-length” play. I have always been fascinated by the great men and women of Christendom, so I chose to honor the church’s request by writing a play about John Newton.

There is quite a lot of artistic license in the play, but I tried to be faithful to at least the broad strokes of Newton’s life and his abolitionist work. If you are looking for something completely different from genetics, radioactivity, and evolution, perhaps you might enjoy a 30-minute interlude by clicking on the link below. There are a few moments when the video is too dark due to the limitations of church lighting, but those moments pass reasonably quickly. If nothing else, the last three minutes are well worth watching, as they contain an excellent song sung by one of my favorite singers, who also happens to be my wife.

John Newton: A Wretched and Admirable Man




Cast of Real Characters:
Dr. Jay L. Wile – John Newton
Bethany Skipper – Elizabeth Cunningham
Chris Williams – Nigel Bremley


Special thanks to Rose Delph for help with the set, Wayne Thomas and Dan Joyce for lights and sound, and John Flanders for making the video.


Note that I added “Christian Drama” as a category here. I am not sure how much I will do with it, but I leave open the possibility that I will post more on this topic.

Comments

4 Responses to “And Now For Something Completely Different”
  1. Amanda Read says:

    I really enjoyed watching the play. That was a wonderful script!

    Here is something I wrote about Christians and Drama a couple of years ago: http://amandaread.com/?p=153

  2. jlwile says:

    Thank you so much, Amanda. I heartily agree with this statement from your article: “Non-discerning people produce material that becomes a hit thanks to a non-discerning audience.”

  3. The Black Sheep says:

    Well that’s certainly a change from science! WOOHOO! Very interesting play; great writing!

  4. jlwile says:

    Thank you, Black sheep. I somehow knew you would like it! I thought the young woman who played Elizabeth Cunningham was quite remarkable. What do you think?

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