Based on the Azusa Street Revival
By Robin Capers
“New Things” for a New Year!
Immersive Theatre has arrived in the Salem, Oregon area.
A New Play is in the works for 2017.
A Drama Ministry Team is NOW forming.
YOU can be part of it!
A historical drama (1906-1922) with comedy & tragedy, music, song & dance, the play has a multi-ethnic cast with multiple roles, large & small, speaking & non-speaking, males & females, teens to seniors, behind the scenes, backstage & front-of-house.
Project Title: TONGUES AFIRE!
Premise: A penniless preacher and his small prayer group spark a supernatural awakening in a Los Angeles community that ignites a worldwide movement.
Original Stage Play: It’s something new, fresh, and exciting involving audience participation and eliciting supernatural response
Purpose of Creative Work: To provoke spiritual awakening by the Power of the Holy Spirit, to reveal hidden things of darkness, and to heal wounds from generations of racism
Related Scripture Verse: “I will show you my faith by my works.”—NKJV, James 2.18
Ultimate Objective: To produce this play in major US and international cities
Testimonial: “What a marvelous choice of subject matter (faithfully rendered for the theatre): The Azusa Street Revival. . . . It will be interesting to see how God uses each live performance of this play. The stage allows us to share the special nature of ‘pretend’ in a way that is totally theatrical and perfectly matched to the work of the Holy Spirit.” —Professor Kevin Crawford, Regent University, MDiv, MFA, PhD
Occasion: The Azusa Street Revival (1906-1922) with relevant updates
Target Audience: Individuals from all ethnicities and walks of life who long to be touched by God, long for His Presence, and long to be enveloped by His Love
CAST OF CHARACTERS
In Order of Appearance:
SEVEN CHORUS MEMBERS, a cappella singers
GODFREY* (50s to 60s), the antagonist, dynamic, smooth talker
SEVEN SISTERS* (teens to 20s), able to dance, small speaking parts
JEZEBEL (40s to 60s), the ruling evil spirit, prideful, haughty, arrogant
JENNIE EVANS MOORE (late 20s to 30s), becomes Seymour’s wife, African American, pretty, bold, loyal, funny, plays the piano, sings
EDWARD LEE (30s to 40s), Seymour’s friend, African American, supportive, laid back, sings
NELLIE LEE (30s to 40s), Brother Lee’s wife, African American, big personality, bossy, sings
RUTH ASBERY (50s to 60s), Brother Asbery’s wife, African American, wise mentor, kindhearted, lively, sings
RICHARD ASBERY (50s to 60s), the prayer group host, African American, quiet, procrastinator, sings
ELDER SEYMOUR (50 plus), the storyteller, African American, pleasant voice, speaks with a slight southern drawl
WILLIAM SEYMOUR (30s), the protagonist, African American, handsome, passionate preacher, dedicated, vibrant personality, sings
SISTER HUTCHINS* (40s to 50s), an arrogant elder, African American
SAVANNAH* (20s), a prostitute, flirtatious
ANGEL (teens to 20s), a lyrical/ballet dancer, non-speaking part
LUCY FARROW* (also Sister Hutchins), a loving & caring pastor
MISS CLARA LUM* (also Savannah), a stenographer, conniving & vindictive
FRANK FINKEL* (Godfrey in disguise), a biased & egotistical newspaper reporter
TWELVE AUDIENCE MEMBERS, selected prior to each performance
SIX EVIL SPIRITS (teens to 20s), males & females
MARRIED COUPLE (20 plus), male & female
CHARLES PARHAM* (Godfrey in disguise), founder of the Apostolic Faith Movement, pompous, control freak
HEBREW DANCERS* (also Seven Sisters)
PHOTOGRAPHER* (Godfrey in disguise)
* DUAL ROLE CASTING
- Godfrey / Frank Finkel / Charles Parham / Photographer
- Seven Sisters / Hebrew Dancers
- Savannah / Miss Clara Lum
- Sister Hutchins / Lucy Farrow
DRAMA MINISTRY TEAM NOW FORMING:
- Patrons of the Arts
- Cast & Crew Members
- Lighting & Sound Technicians
- Prayer Shawl Knitters
- Film Director & Crew
Director: James Capers, BSLS
Author: Robin Capers, MFA
Producer: Robin Capers, MFA
If interested: Please send your resume and a statement of why you feel called to this Drama Ministry. Use “Drama Ministry” as the subject to: Robin@ScrollNPen.com