Christmas Presence was first produced by Drama by George and the Highland Vineyard (Louisville, KY) in a December 2007 touring production.
This Advent season, experience an ancient story in a whole new light. Imagine Jesus coming into the world … today.
For churches, Christmas is a strategic time for outreach to the community. People may be more open to discussing God than at other time of the year! Yet it can be hard to go beyond the shepherds and the manger to address the deeper truths of Christmas. After all, the Almighty wrapped in flesh; God living and dying on earth to save us from ourselves–those are difficult truths to comprehend.
That’s why Drama by George developed Christmas Presence. This contemporary Nativity play is firmly rooted in the Gospel narratives, but also re-imagines the very human events of Christ’s birth as though they happened in the twenty-first century.
In the play, Joseph and Mary attend their senior prom on the same night that an angel named “Gabe” tells Mary that she’ll bear a child. Later, members of a motorcycle gang stand in for the traditional shepherds, and a foreign ambassador brings gold, frankincense, and myrrh to the newborn king. All the while, Mary and Joseph struggle to come to grips with their son’s unique identity.
This Christmas, you’re invited to share the story of the Nativity with your community in a fresh way. Consider performing Christmas Presence as your church’s holiday play!
“People loved the play! It was very creative and thought provoking; it connected people to the heart of God. … I just wanted other churches to know what a huge hit it was for us [to feature Christmas Presence].”
Robert Pitman, Lead Pastor | The Highland Vineyard Church, Louisville, KY
“I think Christmas Presence is a great piece of writing [with] a wonderful, unexpected poignancy. … The ending actually made me choke up.”
Tom Long, Artistic Director | Friends of The Groom Theatre Company, Cincinnati, OH
“I wholeheartedly recommend this drama to churches and organizations … [It] was not only enjoyed by those who watched it, but also conveyed a compelling and evangelical perspective on the Nativity story.”
David E. Graetz, Chief of Chaplain Services | VA Medical Center, Louisville, KY
“The play was a wonderfully fresh take on the classic story of the birth of Christ. Funny and well-written, it remained true to the spirit of Christmas while providing our staff and residents with a new appreciation for a story that we all know and love. … we highly recommend [Christmas Presence] to all.”
Christen Foxx, Volunteer Coordinator | Wayside Christian Mission, Louisville, KY
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