Friday, May 14, 2010

Most of the Bible in 90 minutes - Dennis Dewey

Last night we had the privilege to see and hear Dennis Dewey perform an array of Bible stories beginning, of course at 'The beginning... , going on to 'The Fall', 'Abraham, Sarah and their guests','The Exodus', 'The Daughters of Zelophehad', 'Jonah' (we all liked the fish - and the song of lament), 'Jesus' Birth', 'Jesus, the boy in the temple', 'Jesus Calms the Storm', 'Jairus' daughter', 'The parables of the persistent widow' and 'The two praying', 'Jesus death and resurrection', and a bit of 'John's revelation'.

Wow! It was a great performance! Dennis brought out the voices of the characters in the stories and let the emotion of the story speak. And we felt like we were part of the story. I couldn't imagine listening to a sermon (although I've endured my share of long sermons) for 90 minutes and wanting more. 90 minutes represents a lot of material, both for the storyteller and the audience, and yet we discussed different scenes on the way home and this morning as well. We're still talking over the stories with our colleagues and they are as vivid in our minds now as they were last night.

As a storyteller, it's great to be in the audience and see tellers like Dennis perform. It gives me more ideas of how I'll tell one of those stories in the future, not that I'll attempt to do as Dennis did, but his voice and performance gives me more to think about and to explore.

It was a great experience. Wish you could have been there.

7 comments:

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Douglas and Jennings said...

This made me think of the show "Cotton Patch Gospel", now available on DVD. Five guys, lots of music, a few very simple props, about the same length as the one-man event that you mention.

Douglas W. Boone
Bunia, DRC

Jim Stahl said...

Thanks Douglas,
When we listened to Dennis tell these Bible stories though, it was mostly NRSV, but changing the language to sound more like it is spoken rather than written. When Dennis tells a story though there is so much more than the actual words, like gestures, nonverbals, intonation, etc. We were captivated. In this performance he had no props. It's amazing how captivating a good storyteller can be.
Jim