Sunday, March 27, 2011

WWJD

My friend Anna is one of my heroes. I met her in 2007 - her husband Chris was a student on the BYU Arabic program in Amman that Jeremy was in charge of. Not only is she effervescent and genuine, not only is she possibly the most well adjusted mother of small children I've ever met, not only did she babysit little Miriam in Amman so I could work, and not only does she consistently make me laugh hysterically, in addition to hosting my ragtag family of four in Lincoln, Nebraska on our way to Ithaca as well as on our way back...

(I could go on, can you tell?)

...but she wrote a play, and it is being produced. I KNOW.

It's called WWJD. And you should go see it. Soon. The details are here. If you, like me, are not in the Provo area, you can read the play here. I can almost promise you that you've never read anything like it. I have never seen Jesus characterized the way He is here and although I'm pretty sure someone could talk his or herself into being offended, they'd have to try pretty dang hard. (And they'd be wrong, mwahahahaha.) I've been thinking for a few minutes about how I could succinctly describe the play's tone and the best I've come up with is respectfully irreverent. Or irreverently respectful. Or brilliantly touching, or touchingly brilliant, or earnestly jovial...

Just see it (or read it) already.

Congratulations, Anna! 

7 comments:

Susanne said...

Congrats to your friend! I started reading the play since I don't know where I'd see it. Oddly enough I was reading a Southern Baptist publication this morning and saw an article with some interesting portrayals of Jesus. I decided to look at his website which had some neat pictures of the journeys of the Messiah.

See this -- http://www.thejourneysproject.com/CollectionDetails.aspx?id=73

And I can see Jesus washing dishes. He came to serve others after all. Not sure about the ginger ale since I think he was fine with wine. In that regard, Mormon (and Southern Baptist) he was not. :)

Cait said...

That theatre is three blocks from our house, so I think we'll have to go.

Kathy Haynie said...

Yay for Anna! Yay for her play! Yay for me to get to fly to Provo to see it AND spend a couple of days with my darling daughter and granddaughter while I'm there.

Liz Johnson said...

I am on page 13 and love it so far. :)

Susanne said...

I really liked the Christ-haunted talk at the end! Thanks for sharing your friend's play!

Anna said...

Man, I totally loved this blog post. I read it five times. It made me very very very cool. It also made me feel a little less like a blog-stalker of your life and more like a cool friend. Which is a pretty significant thing.

Also, there is no such thing as a well adjusted mother of small children.

Merkley Jiating said...

That took me forever to get around to reading it (I guess having a baby does that to me) but I really enjoyed it. I wish I could go see it performed!

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