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 Books of Esther, Song of Songs, Ecclesiastes, and Proverbs 31
The Book of Esther: "...relates the story of a Hebrew woman in Persia who becomes Queen of Persia and thwarts a genocide of her people. The only book in the Bible that doesn't explicitly mention God."
Song of Songs: "...gives the voices of two lovers, praising each other, yearning for each other, proffering invitations to enjoy. Jewish tradition reads it as an allegory of the relationship between God and Israel; Christian tradition as an allegory of Christ and the Christian Church."
Ecclesiastes: "...a musing by King Solomon as he relates his experiences and draws lessons from them, often self-critical. 'Ecclesiastes is the greatest single piece of writing I have ever known, and the wisdom expressed in it most lasting and profound.' Thomas Wolfe"
Proverbs 31: "...presented as advice... about how a virtuous king should reign, and also detailing the attributes of a virtuous wife..."
(All above descriptions from Wikipedia)