Hm. How have I not posted since the 8th? This seems to be an October trend for me. Last year too I missed two blogposts in a row in October. Not sure what’s up with that—maybe a coincidence, or maybe in October I’m just braindead after writing a new Christmas play?
Anyway, I’ve returned! And since I’ve been absent for a couple of weeks, I thought a general update might be called for today.
As I’ve mentioned, I finished my newest Christmas play at the end of September (more on that in a moment). Immediately after that, I dived into a new writing project, creating a workshop which I then presented at a convention on October 18! The annual convention of FACCS (Florida Association of Christian Colleges and Schools) was held October 17-18 in Orlando, Florida, and I was thrilled to speak there and learn from so many other Christian teachers at the same time.
I got to speak about one of my favorite topics, which of course is theater! Specifically, I explored theater as a kind of hospitality and discussed how to teach drama students to “forget themselves” onstage, thinking of their acting as service to the audience. I may turn the presentation into a blogpost at some point, but for now I’m grateful to have had the opportunity to share it at FACCS.
That was my mid-October. And now…I can finally share a few facts about the new Christmas play I keep mentioning! First I imagine you’d like to know the title. So here it is: The Return of Ben Morgenstern.
As you can see in the photo, I like to include a verse from Scripture with each play I write, though usually the play was inspired by far more than one verse, so it’s hard to choose just one. This play has multiple themes threading through it, which tie to Christmas through subtle references to the Wise Men and the star of Bethlehem. That said, I had in mind not just the Christmas star as I was writing, but also Jesus Christ himself as the “Morning Star,” and Him in us, making us lights shining in darkness.
That’s how 2 Peter 1:19, the verse I chose for the title page of this play, connects thematically, with its reference to the morning star: “And so we have the prophetic word confirmed, which you do well to heed as a light that shines in a dark place, until the day dawns and the morning star rises in your hearts.” Oh yeah, and any ideas what the German surname Morgenstern means? Yep. Morning star.
I’ll be sharing more details in a couple of weeks, so that’s all I’m going to say for now. At least you have a title and a verse. 🙂 I’ll also give you a heads up that The Return of Ben Morgenstern will premiere this December at my home church! We’ll be giving three performances, December 8, 10, and 11, and we’ll livestream them on the Kittywham Productions Facebook page if you want to watch from afar. More details coming like I said, but at least you can mark your calendars now.
Thanks for your interest in reading this update, and I hope you enjoy the last days of October!