Shepherds and Kings

Book By: Karen Jones
Play #: 1558
Pages: 24 pgs
Cast: 5 m, 6 w

It's Christmas and city slicker Gerald King is trying to find a way to bring his family closer together. They have drifted apart due to their daily routines: Gerald with his job; Alice, her meetings; and the kids – well, they’re teenagers (say no more). They have embarked on a trip to the mountains to get their very own Christmas tree. However, they get lost and have to be rescued by the Shepherds, an extended mountain family. The Shepherds mistake them as being down on their luck and welcome them into their home and their hearts. As relationships develop, the Kings and the Shepherds examine the Christmas story and discover a new perspective on the familiar scripture: a hidden truth that shows the Christ Child in a new light for both the Shepherds and the Kings. About 30 - 40 minutes.

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ST. PETER’S LUTHERAN CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
COATSBURG, IL 12/24/2018
ALTO C. H. CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
ALTO, GA 12/23/2018
THE OASIS OF LOVE CHURCH 2 Performance(s)
HUNTINGDON, PA 12/23/2018
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
GRUETLI LAAGER, TN 12/23/2018
NEVAEH CABIN RENTALS 1 Performance(s)
BLUE RIDGE, GA 12/23/2018
THEATRE GROUP 1 Performance(s)
OSTERBURG, PA 12/23/2018
THEATRE GROUP 1 Performance(s)
TULLAHOMA, TN 12/23/2018
FIRST GENERAL BAPTIST 1 Performance(s)
ELLSINORE, MO 12/23/2018
MT. ZION MISSIONARY BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
CANTON, NC 12/19/2018
CALVARY BAPTIST CARTHAGE NC 1 Performance(s)
CARTHAGE, NC 12/16/2018
SCENIC HEIGHTS BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
WEST UNION, SC 12/16/2018
THEATRE GROUP 1 Performance(s)
VIRGINIA BEACH, VA 12/16/2018
SHADY GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
STALEY, NC 12/16/2018
WILLOW FERN BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
HAZARD, KY 12/16/2018
THEATRE GROUP 1 Performance(s)
MORROW, OH 12/16/2018
LONGVIEW CHURCH OF GOD 1 Performance(s)
HICKORY, NC 12/9/2018
THEATRE GROUP 1 Performance(s)
SPRINGFIELD, OH 12/9/2018
1960 1 Performance(s)
HENDERSONVILLE, NC 12/9/2018
HALLS UNITED METHODIST 1 Performance(s)
HALLS, TN 12/8/2018
EVANGELICAL UNITED METHODIST 1 Performance(s)
ELKTON, VA 12/31/2017
DRAMA MINISTRY 1 Performance(s)
EDEN, NC 12/25/2017
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
INDEPENDENCE, VA 12/24/2017
PONE GROVE BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
WINFIELD, TN 12/24/2017
STEVENS CREEK UMC 1 Performance(s)
FRIES, VA 12/23/2017
BILTMORE CHURCH OF GOD 1 Performance(s)
ASHEVILLE, NC 12/17/2017
NEW HOPE BAPTIST CHURCH 2 Performance(s)
MARYVILLE, TN 12/17/2017
COMMUNITY EVANGEL TEMPLE 1 Performance(s)
LINCOLN, ME 12/17/2017
TARBORO CHURCH OF GOD 1 Performance(s)
TARBORO, NC 12/17/2017
LIVING WATERS CENTER 1 Performance(s)
MARTINSBURG, WV 12/17/2017
CONCORD PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
KNOXVILLE, TN 12/17/2017
COLLY CHAPEL CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
HARRELLS , NC 12/17/2017
WINDY GAP BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
FRANKLIN, NC 12/17/2017
SAMPSON FREE WILL BAPTIST CHUR 1 Performance(s)
PIKEVILLE, TN 12/17/2017
HEMLOCK COMMUNITY CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
NEW LEXINGTON, OH 12/17/2017
ZION BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
MANCHESTER , KY 12/17/2017
WALTON UNION CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
SPENCER, WV 12/17/2017
DRAMA MINISTRY 1 Performance(s)
THAXTON, VA 12/17/2017
RISON BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
RISON, AR 12/16/2017
CONWAY FREE WILL BAPTIST CHURC 1 Performance(s)
CONWAY, SC 12/15/2017
THE CHURCH OF GOD 1 Performance(s)
WILMINGTON, NC 12/10/2017
FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH OF LOYALL 1 Performance(s)
BAXTER , KY 12/10/2017
EFFINGHAM CHURCH OF GOD 1 Performance(s)
EFFINGHAM, SC 12/10/2017
CHRIST LUTHERAN CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
CUMBERLAND, MD 12/10/2017
BETHANY GENERAL BAPTIST CHURCH 2 Performance(s)
CAMPBELL, MO 12/9/2017
DRAMA MINISTRY 2 Performance(s)
HOPEWELL, VA 12/9/2017
LAUREL RIDGE 1 Performance(s)
MCCONNELLSBURG, PA 12/9/2017
HILLTOP COMMUNITY CHURCH 4 Performance(s)
RICHMOND, CA 12/8/2017
LIBERTY BAPTIST CHURCH 2 Performance(s)
BRISTOL, CT 12/8/2017
BACHELOR CREEK CHURCH 4 Performance(s)
WABASH, IN 12/7/2017
OLD WASHINGTON BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
DAYTON, TN 12/3/2017
THREE FORKS BAPTIST CHURCH 1 Performance(s)
HICKORY, NC 12/3/2017
LEWISBURG BAPTIST ACADEMY 1 Performance(s)
LEWISBURG, WV 12/1/2017

Behind The Scenes

PLAYWRIGHT KAREN JONES TALKS ABOUT HER PLAY

SHEPHERDS AND KINGS

 

Q: WHAT INSPIRED YOU TO WRITE THIS PLAY?

A: I’m not really sure what actually inspired this play. I was thinking about a different story line altogether where all the kids wanted to be kings in the Christmas program and no one wanted to be the shepherds. In trying to find a good argument for the program director to use in persuading the children, the idea that the Christ Child turned out to be the “Good Shepherd” came to mind. Now, how that story line turn into this one is a mystery to me but then God works in mysterious ways. I just know that the play practically wrote itself once I got started.

 

Q: WHAT'S YOUR FAVORITE PART OR LINE IN THE PLAY? WHY?

A: I think my favorite line was Aunt Trucie’s statement: “You know the Lord puts people in our lives for a reason…” I think that is a very true statement. We have contact with people every day in our lives; from family and friends to complete strangers you meet on the street. I believe that when a person comes into your life, even if it is only for a moment, it is not an accident. God has placed them there in your care and for that moment you are responsible for that person. That’s a heavy responsibility and one I fear we often forget.

 

Q: WHERE DID THE CHARACTERS COME FROM? ARE THEY BASED ON PEOPLE YOU KNOW?

A: The characters in this story are actually based on the culture and surroundings of the Blue Ridge Mountains where I grew up. Hard working, good natured personalities who were always willing to give a helping hand. And “Yes” they did talk like this (and still do, if truth be told).

 

Q: WHAT DID YOU TRY TO ACHIEVE WITH THIS PLAY?

A: One: To show a different perspective on maybe why God chose the Shepherds and Kings as the audience for the announcement of the birth of His Son.

Two: To show that people, no matter how diverse their backgrounds are, can come to care for each other with a little love and compassion.

 

Q: DO YOU HAVE ANYTHING ELSE YOU'D LIKE TO ADD?

John 13:34. Love one another. Even as I have loved you, so you must love one another.