Q: WHAT IS ACCORDING TO MARK?
A: “ACCORDING TO MARK” is a full-length play in which one storyteller brings the Gospel of Mark to life – just as was done in the early days of Christianity. The actor’s words are those of the Authorized King James Version of the Bible.
Q: WHY MARK? WHY NOT THE OTHER GOSPELS?
A: Matthew, Luke and John tend to focus on the divinity of Jesus, while Mark explores the humanity. In painting a complex portrait of Jesus as servant, he helps us identify with Jesus’ struggles and better understand His teachings.
Q: THERE ARE OTHER PEOPLE WHO DO THIS KIND OF THING — WHAT MAKES THIS PRODUCTION SPECIAL?
A: A member of the stage, film and television unions, Jim has been researching and performing this piece for over two decades and brings his years of training and professional acting experience to the production. His approach to the text yields a clarity and insight that can enhance or even challenge one’s notions of this story.
Q: WHY DID YOU CHOOSE THE KING JAMES VERSION?
A: The Authorized King James Version of the Bible was published around the same time Shakespeare was writing his greatest plays. Jim draws upon his Shakespearean training and experience to express the poetry and passion of this exquisite language.
Q: HOW IS THIS DIFFERENT FROM GOING TO CHURCH?
A: Though this is a word-for-word telling of the Gospel of Mark, ACCORDING TO MARK is a theatrical performance and not just a recitation of the text. The intent of the show is not to preach or to proselytize, but to bring a miraculous story to life. And instead of reading select passages without context, this production tells a complete story — just as audiences in Mark’s day would have experienced it.
Q: HOW LONG IS THIS PERFORMANCE?
A: The running time is just under two hours. There are two acts and a 15 minute intermission.
Q: IS THE SHOW SUITABLE FOR CHILDREN?
A: Yes! This performance is an entertaining, engaging way for students to experience the Gospel of Mark.
Q: WHAT KIND OF SET-UP DO WE NEED FOR YOU TO COME TO US?
A: Although ACCORDING TO MARK is a full-length play, its technical requirements are quite modest. It can play in a theatre, church sanctuary or even a classroom. A wireless microphone and a raised stage are helpful for larger rooms.
Q: HOW MUCH DOES THIS COST?
A: ACCORDING TO MARK is priced very reasonably in relation to other professional touring productions. Though we have fixed minimum costs associated with the production, we are absolutely willing to work with you in order to bring this show to your organization. Please contact us with any questions you may have.