Category: Quotations

Free Excerpt from Dramatic Dialogue “One Man’s Treasure”

Of all our skits and short plays, I think I’d say our Dramatic Dialogue One Man’s Treasure is my favorite, if I had to pick. I love pulling stories from the pages of Scripture and imagining them on a stage, and One Man’s Treasure does just that. Inspired by one of Christ’s shortest parables (a single verse!) in Matthew […]

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“The Purpose of Playing”: Hamlet on Mirrors and Sawing the Air

Lately I’ve been rereading Hamlet and freshly remembering the play’s challenges, questions, and lessons. It’s Shakespeare’s longest drama and probably his most famous, understandably. I studied Hamlet my senior year of high school and in four different classes during my time at Hillsdale College—and the play never gets old. I guess that makes this my fifth reread, […]

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G. K. Chesterton on Art

“Art, like morality, consists of drawing the line somewhere.” G. K. Chesterton, The Collected Works  

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Anne Lamott on The Truth About First Drafts

From Bird by Bird: Some Instructions on Writing and Life, by Anne Lamott: “People tend to look at successful writers…and think that they sit down at their desks every morning feeling like a million dollars, feeling great about who they are and how much talent they have and what a great story they have to tell; […]

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Madeleine L’Engle on the Servant Artist

From Walking on Water: Reflections on Faith & Art, by Madeleine L’Engle: “Obedience is an unpopular word nowadays, but the artist must be obedient to the work, whether it be a symphony, a painting, or a story for a small child. I believe that each work of art, whether it is a work of great […]

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The Road Goes Ever On…

Anyone else feel surprised by summer this year? by it being May 1st all of the sudden? I’m nearly beside myself with joy to see leafy green everywhere and clean-slate skies. I always think of that e. e. cummings poem at this time of year: “I thank You God for most this amazing day:for the […]

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A Chat with a Stage Manager

Andrew, age 23, acted as the stage manager for a production of Rejected: The Inside Story, and he’s been so kind as to share some thoughts about his experience. I hope you enjoy this “backstage” perspective  that  Andrew  offers! What were your main responsibilities as stage manager, and how did you go about them? My […]

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Ask the Actor: Ana Owens

Fifteen-year-old Ana Owens performed in a production of my play Narrow Escape last summer. She played the role of Kendall, a rather ditzy, oblivious prisoner who refuses to follow the Guide to freedom unless she can take with her the chain that binds her. Ana enjoyed her experience with the drama, and she was kind […]

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Ask the Actor: Cristian Washburn

Nineteen-year-old Cristian Washburn performed in a production of my play Narrow Escape last summer. He played the role of Chris, one of the few prisoners in the story who trusts and follows the Guide to freedom. (Check out the picture at the end of this post to see Cristian in costume and in character.) Cristian […]

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Testimonial: Joana Stratton

I’m so honored to have received this lovely testimonial recently from Joana Stratton, a friend, mentor, and role model. She’s the Education Department Chair at Hobe Sound Bible College, and she and her husband Jon direct the college’s theater productions as well. “When I see one of Rachelle Ferguson’s plays, I am often surprised by […]

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