Eyes Upon the Cross

by  Don A. Mueller

Collection / Anthology, Drama

A Cycle of Playlets for Lent - with eight plays in the cycle, all intended for production in the chancel. The cycle says that the people on the hill during the crucifixion, and in the homes during and after it, were not so different from the people in the audience, and had the same strengths and wea…

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Eyes Upon the Cross

by  Don A. Mueller

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Taking place during the crucifixion, the playlets that comprise Eyes Upon the Cross catch characters in the life of Jesus at this time: Mary the Mother, the Centurian, Judas, Barabbas, Simon, Peter, and Mary Magdalene. Each playlet reflects a sentence spoken by Jesus on the cross and is complete in itself, or more can be combined for a fuller drama. We never see the cross or Jesus, but both are a vivid part of the play. The somber theme is lightened by flashes of humor. Audience members may ask themselves, "What would I do in these circumstances?" The crucifixion becomes real and relevant.

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  • Minimum Fee: $75 per performance
    $45 per short play individually



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  • Duration: 60 minutes (1 hour)
  • Setting: Calvary
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Don A. Mueller

When a fellow pastor made a suggestion to Rev. Don A. Mueller, then serving a small methodist church in Oakland, CA, Mueller liked the suggestion; Instead of seven dusty sermons on the last words of Jesus from the cross, what about seven playlets. Each reflection one of the sayings of Jesus. Mueller began to write, ...

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For several years Eyes Upon the Cross was performed in Jerusalem on Good Friday both in English and Arabic. It has recieved international use.

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