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Acting out Acts

"Acting out Acts" Continued...

While typical theaters have a standard level of lighting and sound equipment to work with, most churches do not. Plus, the available stages vary in size.

That’s why Lenon designed the play to require a minimal set-up and scene setting, using projected images to display a map and the year, and a simple chair as a throne. Audience members fill in the rest with their imaginations. “If the artists are strong enough,” Lenon said, “people will get drawn in.”

One scene shows the human side of Paul as he argues with Barnabas about letting Mark join them on a second missionary journey after he had deserted them earlier. Paul accuses Barnabas of allegiance to his nephew while Barnabas accuses Paul of preaching forgiveness but not demonstrating it. The tension is heavy as voices rise and the two part ways.

“They were flesh and blood,” Hoyer said of the apostles. “They lived a life as utterly real as anything we experience, in every sense, and they did some of the most audacious things humanly imaginable.”

The troupe plans to continue traveling this year to churches in states such as Alabama, Louisiana, and California (visit the production’s website for a list of upcoming shows). With Machado currently working on a project in Brazil, actor Reggie Austen is filling in, with the two men alternating performances in upcoming shows.

At the end of the day, Lenon and Hoyer want to do more than just create a moving performance.

“I want to make sure when [the audience is] done with this they go, ‘I want to go read Acts,’ because the conviction will come there,” Hoyer said. “Our play, if done correctly, will promote an emotional response, but we can’t promote a convicting response. Only the Word can.”


Watch a trailer of Acts the 3-Man Show:

Angela Lu
Angela Lu

Angela is a reporter for WORLD Magazine who lives and works in Taiwan. She enjoys cooking, reading, and storytelling. Follow Angela on Twitter @angela818.


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