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AM I GUILTY?
A seven-part Lenten candle-extinguishing series
By: Audrey Surma
(Duration: 6 scenes, 3-5 minutes per scene; Speaking Cast: 1 female, 1 male, 2-7 total cast)
These meditations for Lent and Easter are a serialized Tenebrae service. A reader extinguishes one candle each Sunday of Lent after presenting a third-person account about these characters: 1. Caiaphas, 2. Moneychangers, 3. Voice from the Mob, 4. Claudia (Pilate's wife), 5. Barabbas and 6. Cornelius (a centurion). "Am I...  read more
AT THE CROSS
Biblical monologues with Lenten candles
By: Bradley N. Hill
(Duration: 8 scenes, 2-3 minutes per scene; Speaking Cast: 1 female, 3 males, 4-17 total cast)
Characters walk from the pages of Scripture into your sanctuary to express how their lives overlapped and intertwined with Jesus in the wake of his impending crucifixion. Their feelings range from skepticism to grief, but all were deeply affected by the man Jesus and his ministry. Each character extinguishes one candle every week to symbolize a growing darkness...  read more
CRIES OF FAITH
Short monologues for Lent and Easter
By: Jeffrey B. Snyder
(Duration: 11 scenes, 2-3 minutes per scene; Speaking Cast: 1 female, 1 male, 2-11 total cast)
These 11 monologues are the personal capsule thoughts of those acquainted with Christ during his short time on earth. These monologues don't attempt to tell the whole Lent/Easter story. Instead, they beautifully yet succinctly capture one aspect of Jesus' earthly ministry. Their three-minute length means they may easily be integrated into a worship service...  read more
EIGHT DAYS IN JERUSALEM
Readings for Lent
By: Karla Jensen, Mark Jensen
(Duration: 5 scenes, 5-6 minutes per scene; Speaking Cast: 6 either, 6-30 total cast)
A one-of-a-kind approach! The week of Jesus’ crucifixion is segmented into five readings for Lent. Readers discuss the important events from this pivotal time in history. Their spirited dialog draws on influences as diverse as the “Happy Birthday” song, TV commercials, cartoon characters, Elvis, memorized childhood prayers and other icons from pop culture, as...  read more
ENCOUNTERS BEFORE THE DAWN
A series of six Lenten dramas
By: Keith Madsen
(Duration: 6 scenes, 3-5 minutes per scene; Speaking Cast: 2 females, 2 males, 4-12 total cast)
These insightful two-person encounters demonstrate the varied reactions of key biblical figures to Christ's crucifixion. Included are: 1. The Powers That Be—Two powerful men, Joseph of Arimathea and the Centurion at the Cross, feel humbled by Jesus' impending power over death. 2. Payment Must Be Made—Peter denied him. Judas...  read more
EPIC JERUSALEM
A Lenten series meets Hollywood
By: Karla Jensen, Mark Jensen
(Duration: 5 scenes, 6-8 minutes per scene; Speaking Cast: 1 female, 8 males, 3 either, 12-53 total cast; 
     Flexibility: 1-30 extras, doubling possible, gender flexible)
Aaaand action! Whap! With the clapperboard’s snap, well-known director Claus Van Husen joins Tinsel Town’s trend of filming biblically based movies with his major motion picture on the life of Jesus. The over-the-top actor playing Jesus revels in the glory of his triumphal entry into Jerusalem, but it’s all downhill from there—he balks at driving the...  read more
THE GAMES PEOPLE PLAY
A drama series for Lent
By: Mary Ann Smith
(Duration: 5 scenes, 5-7 minutes per scene; Speaking Cast: 1 female, 1 male, 9 either, 11-39 total cast; 
     Flexibility: gender flexible)
This Lenten series of five sketches cleverly integrates the familiar games we've all played and illustrates how they can unwittingly become an integral and even detrimental part of our lives. Included are: 1. Solitaire—This game of isolation may be harmful to your spiritual health, 2. Hide and Seek—Hiding from God and...  read more
GLIMPSES -- THEN AND NOW
A Lenten series with candle extinguishing
By: Patricia Kent
(Duration: 7 scenes, 5 minutes per scene; Speaking Cast: 2 females, 2 males, 2 either, 6-26 total cast; 
     Flexibility: doubling possible, gender flexible)
These effective portrayals combine so many appealing elements: a crown of thorns wreath; both contemporary and biblical perspectives; the fresh, vibrant Scripture of The Message and a short performance length. Each week of Lent one anonymous biblical character and an ordinary person of today reflect on an issue, followed by a Scriptural response and...  read more
 
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