What happens when a creative community commits to tackling the enormous challenge of biblical illiteracy in a society? Blue Gospel Scripts. Writers, musicians, spoken-word artists, graphic designers, videographers, theologians, dancers, producers, and others are collaborating to soulfully stage the entirety of the Bible in 36 episodes. During a 4-year development process, scripts and songs are being specially crafted by award-winning lyricist, Dave LeMieux. 2017 is beta-testing season. 2018 will ramp-up to the real thing.
Are these events like Broadway plays?
No. No one is in costume. However, each episode does feature memorized monologues, special songs / musical elements, supportive media and subtle technical production.
Is this a church?
For some, perhaps. Though there's no sermon or childcare - and no offering taken. :)
How often will the events happen?
During the 2017 beta-testing season, we have an event scheduled once per quarter. Each event features a different script, i.e.: Genesis/Exodus, The Book of Job, The Book of Esther, etc. During the 2018 ramp-up, frequency may increase to monthly - again, featuring different scripts. Eventually (2019 or 2020) the events would happen as often as every week - or several times per week. The vision is for the entirety of the Bible to be soulfully staged each year - every year. That's 36 unique scripts performed within the span of a year. Each unique script could be performed more than once in a week, i.e.: Wednesday at a south venue, Thursday at a central venue, Friday at a north venue, etc.
Will there ever be videos of these events available?
Yes and no. Special "studio" video-productions of each script will be more effective than simply videoing a live performance. Live performances in large halls have a particular ambiance that is easily interrupted by a 5-camera video-crew running around. We'd like to avoid that. :). At the same time, the sometimes sterile environment of a studio can take away some of the power of live performance. Likely scenario is special events specifically designed for video taking place in larger studio environments with certain special-guest audience-members on hand. We'll phase these events in over time, as additions to our live events, with the goal of having video-versions of these scripts available for mass consumption.
How can I support this ongoing project?
Spread the word. Come out for a live event. Make a financial contribution toward the production budget. Say a prayer on behalf of the Blue Gospel Scripts team - that their work would make a powerful impact on society.
Upcoming live event: The Book of Job
The Book of Job: "The first poetic book in the Old Testament - addressing the problem of theodicy - the vindication of the justice of God in the light of humanity's suffering. A rich theological work setting out a variety of perspectives. Widely and often extravagantly praised for its literary qualities, with Alfred Lord Tennyson calling it, 'the greatest poem of ancient and modern times.'" Wikipedia