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Worth Telling Again: 10 scripts from the Gospels to read aloud by Mark R. Turner
Here is a volume you can use to share and participate with other readers. Drawn from Turner’s 50 year career of writing, performing and producing for theater and film, 10 scripts are prepared for groups to read aloud or even perform for an audience. Printed script size, 8.5×11, spiral bound for easy handling in reading sessions, these short pieces are re-tellings of incidents and parables from the Gospels. They are not paraphrases of scripture, but are set mostly in the current era, using current English, filling in details natural to the situations implied by the ancient texts.
“Born Blind,” from John 9, actually walks with Blind Ben to the Pool of Siloam to wash, interact with pedestrians, and walk back to his old neighborhood a new, seeing man. “Campaign Supper,” from gospel accounts of The Last Supper, is set as a company dinner capturing the group’s expectation of their Boss’ rise to power, only to see him wash their feet and tell them about the ordeal shortly to overwhelm them, while Jude (Judas) acts strangely reserved. “Where’s My Sting?” from scriptures about death being overcome, is a comedy sketch about Death and his servants discovering one of their catches (that Nazarene fellow) has escaped! “Café Water,” from John 4, retells the story of Jesus and the woman at the well set in a modern, urban café. The parable of the sower and the soils, found in Matthew, Mark and Luke, is a drama entitled “City Seed” set in a modern metropolis. Other scripts are based on the raising of Lazarus, scenes from after Jesus’ resurrection, and the Prodigal Son.
Steps for organizing your own reading group are offered in the introduction. Presented in reader’s theater style integrating narrative with dialogue, each script includes background on characters, scripture references, the history of the script and the approximate time length. This volume will be an excellent tool which your group can use to experience together deeper meanings and the relevance of these ancient stories. Licenses are available to copy individual scripts from one copy of the book and for other uses.
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