Since they were knee high, Dill Mickle and Phil Slaw, now brothers-in-law, have dreamed of being the grand marshals of Crabshore, Maryland’s Christmas Crabtacular. The honor of grand marshal only goes to the fisherman who catches the biggest crab. Gladys Leech has won for the past twenty years! But Phil is trying something different this year, a new tactic. He is going to use faith as bait. (Just like the catch Jesus netted on the Sea of Galilee!) Dill has doubts, but Phil ends up catching a crab of ridiculous measure. They end up beating all the odds to become the grand marshals of the Christmas Crabtacular! However, the men face a difficult choice when the Buoy Bible Church’s Nativity float is boycotted by citizens of Crabshore. Dill and Phil must choose to either stand up for the baby in the manger or fulfill their dream.
Will they fulfill their lifelong dream of driving the duck boat in the Crabtacular parade, or make a better choice? The play mixes humor with the message that God gave us all a gift and it’s beyond measure! About 45 minutes.
Playwright Andrew M. Frodahl talks about his play
Dill & Phil's Christmas Crabtacular!
What inspired you to write this play?
I’ve witnessed first-hand a small group of offended people boycott a live nativity. We live in a world we’re you can be offended by anything and everything. It seems the more the cry for tolerance is sounded the less there is.
What's your favorite part or line in the play? Why?
When Phil catches the crab of ridiculous measure using faith as bait.
Where did the characters come from? Are they based on people you know?
I was asked to write a short skit for the Pastor of our church who was leaving for a new position in Maryland. It was a skit about two crab fishermen talking about the new pastor they hired. Dill & Phil were born.
What did you try to achieve with this play?
Often times Christians are quick to engage in a battle of words and be keyboard heroes to contest with those who oppose our beliefs. If we join the contesting voices, we achieve nothing. Our job isn’t to protest it’s to present the gospel. We live in a world desperate for hope and to be rescued. That’s what the nativity represents - hope and salvation.
Do you have anything else to say?
God has given us all a gift that is ridiculous beyond measure! John 3:16