Did the Nativity costumes just come alive? Pastor Hadley doesn’t know what to think when he is washing the Nativity costumes and the first sheep pops out of the dryer. Granted, he hasn’t been doing well after the recent loss of his fiancée, taking a leave from his ministry and turning away from God. Last night’s church fire just proves that when it rains it pours. Maybe that wasn’t a sheep he saw…but then out of the dryer comes Amir the Sheep Shearer and Jesse the Angel. Turns out the dryer is a time tumbler, and time and prophecies once fulfilled have been altered. The sheep shearer who came through was staying at an inn within the town of Bethlehem. Now he is here, and there is space at the inn, meaning Mary and Joseph will find a room! Pastor Hadley and his brother Cliff need to go back to make sure the prophecies of Christ's birth are fulfilled. Wearing a rich Samaritan and stinky camel costume, the brothers guide Mary and Joseph to the stable, lead the shepherds to the fields, and find hope in baby Jesus. This story blends brotherly love, adventure, humor, and marvelous mystery, but most importantly, it shows us about finding faith again. Runs about 80 minutes.
PLAYWRIGHT ANDREW FRODAHL TALKS ABOUT
BACK TO THE NATIVITY
1. What inspired you to write this play?
I’ve always wanted to write a story about time travel. And one day I asked myself what would happen if one of the people staying at the inn the night Jesus was born, was somehow trapped in our time? Would this change the prophecies?
2. What's your favorite part or line in the play?
When Hadley and Cliff first arrive in Bethlehem and Cliff is forced to wear a camel costume.
3. Where did the characters come from? Are they based on people you know?
My imagination. However, Hadley and Cliff share a brother relationship very similar to my own brothers.
4. What did you try to achieve with this play?
I wanted people to know that no matter what they have gone through, there is HOPE. It can be easy to let circumstances, whatever they might be, deter us from a loving God. God looks at our circumstances very differently than we do.
5. Do you have anything else you'd like to add?
The world of Piddlesfoot, Vermont and Bethlehem is full of fun and zany characters. Enjoy bringing these folks to life. The more fun you have on the stage with them, the more real they will become.