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Matter of Death and Life, A - Short Play, Drama

Matter of Death and Life, A

Jack Kurtz

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Short Play, Drama

3m, 4f

ISBN: 9780874407112

A penetrating mini-musical exploring the Christian concepts of life and death, ingeniously written as a retelling of the life of Christ. This script is full of humor and searing dramatic impact, and is extremely easy to stage. This compelling, deeply moving theatre-piece for the church has received enthusiastic praise and has toured throughout the Midwest, been televised and acclaimed as one of the most powerful chancel dramas for youth today.
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Description

Short Play

Drama

Chancel Drama / Pageant, Faith-based

40 minutes

Settings Of Play - Bare stage or church chancel with seven stools of varying heights. If desired, stools may be used by the folk singers. The author provides extensive suggestions for staging and direction.

FEATURES / CONTAINS

No intermission, Play w/ Music

Bare Stage/Simple Set

Contemporary Costumes / Street Clothes

CAUTIONS

No Special Cautions

TARGET AUDIENCE

Appropriate for all audiences

PERFORMANCE GROUP

High School/Secondary, College Theatre / Student, Community Theatre, Professional Theatre, Reader's Theatre, Shoestring Budget, Church / Religious Groups

A penetrating mini-musical exploring the Christian concepts of life and death ingeniously written as a contemporary retelling of the life of Christ.  The script has humor and searing dramatic impact, and is extremely easy to produce.  The figure representing Christ is portrayed with reverence and uses, with few exceptions, only the words of Scripture.  Those who move in and around His life and ministry are depicted in broad, satirical form.  This compelling, deeply moving theatre-piece for the church has received enthusiastic praise and has toured throughout the Midwest, been televised and acclaimed as one of the most powerful chancel dramas for youth today. 
Characters

CASTING

3m, 4f

CASTING ATTRIBUTES

Non-Traditional casting, Expandable casting, Parts for Senior Actors

CASTING NOTES

Plus singers. Except for the reader portraying Christ, all readers will present several characters.

CHORUS SIZE

Medium

One reader portrays only the CHRIST

ALL OTHERS first portray a variety of people from around the world, then caricatures of people related to the Christ, then  modern business people.

 

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MUSICAL STYLE

Folk

VOCAL DEMANDS

Easy

Author
Jack Kurtz

Jack Kurtz

Jack Kurtz has been a Presbyterian pastor for 37 years, PC(USA), in Missouri and Northern Virginia. Educational degrees include: Doctor of Ministry, San Francisco Theological Seminary; and Master of Divinity, McCormick Theological Seminary. Mr. Kurtz has created a theatre company, Fools for Christ Parable Production Company, in each of his three churches, and he wrote and directed many of the ... view full profile

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