Dr. Casey Andrews recently sent Whitworth English Blog this dispatch about Jan term 2013 and an upcoming dramatic presentation:
Casey Andrews’ Jan Term 2013 course was called “Church Drama.” (No, not an in-depth look at what happens when the Youth Pastor is fighting with the Senior Pastor and the Altar Guild won’t share its closet with the Dorcas Society.)
Students studied the history of Christian theatrical works and then wrote and performed their own plays.
On Sunday, January 27, the class performed a play called “The Hard Part” at Fowler United Methodist Church in the Garland District of Spokane. “The Hard Part” was written by John Steven Paul and Soul Purpose, the Liturgical Drama Troupe of Valparaiso University where Prof. Andrews first became involved with this kind of work.
The play uses lectionary texts about the healing of Naaman from 2 Kings and Jesus’ cleansing a leper from Mark’s Gospel in order to explore the various ways Christ heals physical, emotional, and spiritual illness.
This play will also be performed on campus in Whitworth’s chapel on February 28 at 11 a.m.
You can see a video of the play here (submitted by Rosie McFarland ’14).
The photo at the top of this post is from here.